Use CTRL+F to search for a word.
What is F.A.Q.?
For all you morons, it means frequently asked questions...or for some, it means Fuckin Asshole Questions because people are too stupid and lazy to read the documentation that comes with their programs and help files.
What is warez?
I don't know. Could be an abbreviation for "softwares?" Yet some people like to pronounce it "war-ez," as in "Juarez," because it's easier to identify than when someone says "wares."
Who the fuck are LitH Tek and hOOha?
They maintain NotriX so you bitch-ass cocks can get free software.
Why do some links go dead so fast?
Well on other sites, it's because many files are stored on free HTTP servers. And those servers delete the illegal content very quickly. Also many other sites use FTP links, but if an FTP changes passwords, port #, or directory names, then the link will no longer work. This is why NotriX consists of dedicated FTPs. It's much easier to handle (good for webmasters) and more reliable (good for you).
Why do you run your site?
We are tired of bullshit warez places which offer nothing but crap and wanted to prove that we can compete with the fat cats. There are about ten warez sites out of thousands that are worthy of our competition. Besides, don't you want to try out full version software before you go out and purchase it?
How do I support your website?
You can help NotriX by signing up for a Geocities account, and then emailing the username and password to hOOha. Note that the password will be changed later on and the account will be taken over by hOOha. It is time consuming to create many accounts since each account requires different email addresses.
FTP and FXP clients
What is FTP?
File Transfer Protocol. Everything on the internet uses FTP. Even HTTP (Hypertext Transfer Protocol) is like FTP. The best way to download files are from FTPz because they are reliable. When files are uploaded to websites with HTTP, often the links go bad (depending on the website it was uploaded to). But with FTP, all you have to do is connect to the FTP, select the files you want to download, then press the transfer button.
What is FXP?
It is FTP between two FTP servers. You connect to two different servers with an FXP program, such as FlashFXP, and then transfer files between two different FTP servers. The FTP servers must allow "bounce attacks" which let the servers connect to each other rather than going through you. This provides for quick transfers, and is helpful if you have a slow connection and want to get something quickly from a temporary FTP.
What do I use to log on to one of the FTPz?
Use a FTP client such as CuteFTP or FlashFXP. Read the help files of the FTP client programs if you don't understand something. The programs are quite self-explanatory.
What is a ratio FTP?
A ratio FTP is an FTP that requires you to upload stuff in order to get credits. The credits determine how much bytes you can download. A 1:5 ratio means that for each byte that you upload, you can download 5 bytes.
How do I request something?
To make a request enter the FTP. Then look for a folder called "uploads" or "requests." Then create a folder and upload a readme.txt in it. The readme.txt should contain information about the program that you want (what it is or what it does) to help people find the program AND your email address so you can be contacted after your request is fulfilled. Check the warezlist.htm first before uploading programs that NotriX already has. Also use the warezlist to request programs which are on that list. Another way of requesting something is if you know someone who has an FTP and fast internet connection (or if your workplace has an FTP). NotriX can upload the files to that FTP.
Archived files and other file types
What do I do with a .rar file, .r##, or .### set of files?
Get WinRAR. These files are like .zip files for WinZip, but WinRAR is more advanced and can compress files more dense than WinZip can. If there is an install.exe or some other kind of .exe, then the program should self extract the files and WinRAR isn't needed. However, WinRAR is highly recommended and you will definitely use it (and like it) in the future.
What do you mean by .###?
A # stands for a single digit number. For example .r## could stand for .r00 or .r01. And .### could stand for .000 or .001 and so on.
What is WinRAR (.rar, .r##,
It's like Winzip, but it can compress files better when using "best" compression, "1024 dictionary," and "multimedia compression." WinRAR is meant to work with .rar, but it also works with .zip, .arj, and many other archive file formats (but not .ace). WinRAR is fully compatible with WinZip so there really is no need for WinZip anymore. WinRAR cannot always extract .arj files, so you may need WinArj. It can also create self extracting archives (.exe) and multiple volumes (good for using floppy disks). The world should switch to WinRAR. It is easy to use and you'll need it to extract the files that NotriX has. Visit their homepage here.
To set WinRAR for maximum compression in v3.10, click
"options," then "settings." Select the "Compression"
tab. Then click "Create default..." and make it look like this:
Also, right before you are about to compress a file a window will pop up with
options. Make it look like this example:
"Archive" is the name that the archive will be named. "temp.rar" is just an example. If you want to add the archive to a specified directory, click the "Browse" button. Otherwise the archive will be added to the current folder that you are at unless you specified a folder (which depends on the options\settings compression and extraction tabs [see first picture]).
"Archive format" determines if the archive will use .RAR method or .zip method. You should almost always use .RAR. RAR compresses better than zip for almost all files. There are a few exceptions when zip excels RAR.
The "Volume size" is optional and can be changed to any size. This will split the archive in to chunks. e.g. You can use 15,000,000 bytes (about 15 MB) for each volume. A file that would have been a 50 MB .rar file would be three 15 MB files and one 5 MB file.
The "Create SFX archive" is for self-extracting .exe archives and usually uses between 16-64 KB. This feature works with both single file and volumes. A SFX can be extracted on any computer so other computers won't have to install WinRAR.
What is Winzip (.zip)?
Are you really that new to computers? It compresses files to save space. Compress means to squish file(s) to a smaller size. A 1 MB .doc file can be changed to say 250 KB. This program is very popular. Visit their homepage here.
What is WinAce (.ace and .c##
Its a new type of file that joined the WinRAR/WinZip compression bandwagon. I think its a stupid filetype, but many new programs seem to be in .ace format. I found WinAce v1.0 hard to use at first; those stupid buttons are almost hidden! Visit their homepage here. If a set of files come with an unace.exe file or ace32.exe or something similar, then you have to run the ace32.exe (or whatever that file is). You may have to use DOS to extract it (use the "run" command with it). Like this:
What's the difference between WinRAR/WinZip/WinAce?
WinRAR can pack files more dense than WinZip for most files. However, WinZip is usually faster to compress files and is more popular. Adrian's Rojak Pot used to have a WinRAR vs WinZip comparison. It compared WinRAR 2.06, WinRAR 2.50 beta2, and WinZip 7.0 SR-1. The site also had WinRAR vs WinZip part II which included tests with final versions of WinRAR 2.50 and 2.60. Since his website moved, he didn't upload those comparisons, so they are no longer available. NotriX prefers using WinRAR because it can compress a lot better and when people download files, they don't have to download as much data. However, some web servers (like Geocities) do not allow .rar file types to be uploaded. Thus is one reason why you find .zip files with a .rar file inside. But WinRAR can make self-extracting .exe's which are allowed on some websites.
WinAce is very competitive to WinRAR. Sometimes WinRAR compresses better; sometimes WinAce compresses better. But the ease
of use and features of WinRAR makes WinRAR the winner.
Where are the mp3s?
There are almost no mp3s on the FTP, but you can request mp3s that are on one of the mp3 lists. Check the mp3 lists in the MP3 section.
The best way to find mp3s (Method #1 being the most effective and #5 being the least effective):
Method #1. Use a program like Kazaa or WinMX. They are programs made for searching for mp3s. Hopefully you can find a person with an FTP and talk to him and get an FTP account.
Method #2. Go to http://oth.net/ and use their search. They give you a bunch of FTP results, but most are ratio FTPs.
What is the warezlist.htm?
Just click here to view the warezlist.htm. It is a list of all the archived stuff that NotriX has. Use it to request files that are on CD and not on the FTP (harddrive). This is because the harddrive does not have unlimited space. Also use it to see whether or not a program has been tested and to find out the number of files, file sizes, and a description of the program.
How can I play Half-Life online (or any new game which requires a CD genuine key)? (Also known as: "How do I get a real key that works for multiplayer?")
Go to a store such as CompUSA. Bring with you a safety pin, piece of paper, and a pen. Find the Half-Life box in the store. Stick the sharp end of the safety pin into the top of the plastic wrapping. Slide the pin to tear the plastic wrapping and peel it off (the box opens like a book so you have to take off a lot of the wrapping). It helps to stick the safety pin in and drag it to rip the plastic. Next, look on the back cover of the CD case. There is a 12-digit code along one of the edges of the CD case in the form of xxxx-xxxx-xxxx. The code (for all know) is all numeric so there's no need to confuse zeros with O's. Quickly write down or memorize that code. Then mutilate the box a little so no one would buy that copy of Half-Life. Put away the box and CD (and you may want to hide the instruction book in another shelf). When Half-Life asks you for the key, enter that 12-digit number.
I downloaded the files, but I need the serial # or instructions. Where is it?
There is often an .nfo or .txt file containing the serial # or instructions. If you still can't find it, use a crack search.
What is the .nfo file?
Contains information about the crack team, and usually a description of the program, how to install it, serial # (only certain programs), and number of files and their size. This goes the same for the file_id.diz, except that the file_id usually only contains the name of the program, crack team, and number of files and their size.
Where is the .nfo file?
If you can't see the .nfo files, make sure that you don't have "hide hidden files" check-marked in the windows settings. In Windows98, click My Computer, then "View," then "Folder Options." Then click the "view" tab. Under "Hidden Files," select "Show all files." You should always be able to view hidden files so you don't miss a file when cutting and pasting files.
The computer keeps saying that the .nfo file is corrupt! How do I view the .nfo file?
Open the .nfo file with Notepad (c:\windows\notepad.exe). The .nfo file is really the same thing as a .txt file, but it is registered as a different file in Window by default. In Windows 98, click My Computer, then "View," then "Folder Options." Then click the "File Types" tab. Look for "NFO." Click "Edit..." on the right-hand side. Select "open." Click "Edit..." underneath. Under "Application used to perform operation" put this: C:\WINDOWS\NOTEPAD.EXE. Change the path, if needed. Then press OK on the right-hand side to close that window. Then press OK on the bottom to return to "Folder Options." Then click OK to return back to My Computer.
Music videos, MPEG, MPEG-2, SVCD, DVD
What is MPEG?
Motion Pictures Experts Group. Digital video takes up a lot of memory so a compression method was created to keep memory sizes low. MPEG is a compressed format for videos, so zipping MPEGs will hardly save any space.
What is MPEG-1?
A video file that has a .mpg or .mpeg extension. Uses MPEG layer 2 audio (MP2).
What is MPEG-2?
A more advance algorithm of MPEG. It is used for SVCD and DVD. It can have variable bit rates. Uses MPEG layer 2 audio (MP2).
What is PAL?
The format of video used in Europe. A VCD using PAL format will usually be 352x288 resolution, 25 frames per second (fps). SVCDs are in 480x576 @ 25 fps.
What is NTSC?
The format of video used in North America (and maybe the rest of Western Hemisphere?). A VCD using NTSC format will usually be 352x240, 29.970 fps, 1150 Kbit/s video, 224 Kbit/s audio. SVCDs are in 480x480 @ 29.997 fps.
What is VCD?
VCD stands for Video CD. A Video CD can be played on most DVD players. A Video CD contains MPEGs. A VCD compliant MPEG means that the MPEG can be used to create a VCD. VCDs can be either PAL (Europe) or NTSC (North America). The bit rate of VCDs is 1150 Kbit/s for video and 224 Kbit/s for audio. VCD compliant MPEG files have a file extension of .mpg or .mpeg.
What is SVCD?
SVCD stands for Super Video CD. It uses MPEG-2 encoding. It has a resolution of 480x480 @ 29.997 FPS (NTSC) or 480x576 @ 25 FPS (PAL) which will be displayed at a 4:3 ratio aspect so it looks like a horizontal rectangle instead of a square. An SVCD compliant MPEG means that the MPEG can be used to create an SVCD. SVCD compliant MPEG files usually have a file extension of .m2v.
What is DVD?
DVDs are actually MPEG-2 files. DVDs usually have a resolution of 704x480 or 720x480. If you see DVD quality video files, they usually has a file extension of .m2v or .vob.
What is DivX ;-)? (This info may be slightly outdated since it was written for DivX 3.11 and 4.0)
This is not the same DiVX that Circuit City failed to market in 1997-1998. This DivX has a different spelling and has a smiley face at the end of the name. Uses MPEG-4 compression. Mainly used to convert DVD to DivX. It has very good image quality and excellent compression so file sizes are much smaller than MPEG-2. Video data rates are constant and can range from 600Kbit/s to 3000Kbit/s. But audio can only be as high as 128 Kbit/s (but MP3). There are time-consuming methods to join different DivX files which have different video data rates to get a video with the best video quality and the smallest file size. DivX compression generally involves 4 different settings: low data rates, high data rates, and "slow moving scenes," and "fast moving scenes." Tests have shown that 600Kbit/s with the "slow moving scenes" setting look better than 3000Kbit/s with "fast moving scenes" when dealing with a slow moving video. Get DivX ;-) from here.
Copying CDs and dealing with CDs that have copy protection
What is ISO (or .iso)?
Here's a vague, brief summary: International Standards Organization. A CD has to meet the ISO standard. A .iso file is an image of the original CD containing all the data (except for the empty sectors, which the .bin files keep). This is useful for backing up CDs. So ISO is the full version of the program. You need a CD-recorder to copy the .iso to CD (double click the .iso and record it using Easy CD Creator). After you burn this CD, the CD will be just like the store-bought CD.
What is .bin?
Here's a vague, brief summary: It's a binary file consisting of all the bytes in each sector of the program. .bin is larger in file size than the .iso because it contains useless data as well. There is a .bin to .iso converter. Sometimes the .bin to .iso converter successfully makes the .iso, but the .iso is not valid to be recorded to CD. If so, then you have to use CDRWin, a different and more difficult to use CD recording program. CDRWin has a lot to do with cuefiles (.cue). Cuefiles have a small bit of programming language. The help files in CDRWin do an adequate job of explaining everything, so read them rather than bug other people..
I need help burning CDs. Can you help me?
The best way to learn about CD recording is by reading. GameCopyWorld has tons of information about CD recording. There is so much info there and they do a very good job of explaining everything. Just have patience and read everything. Also check out CD Freaks and CD-Recordable for more information.
How do I burn an exact CD duplicate/backup?
This was taken from DAEMON Tools but their screenshot was poor quality and could hardly be read. So I replaced that screenshot with a good quality one that can be read and added some other steps.
CDRWin is one of the best burning progs I know. It's not that easy to use but it has more features than any other soft. If you know how to use it it's a mighty friend in "copy-protection-war"!
Insert CD in to CD-R drive. Click on Load.
OK, let's start by clicking on "Extract Disc/Tracks/Sectors". Then select the settings below. Click on "START" to start the reading process. If you're trying to read a Safedisc or Laserlock protected CD or one using unreadable sectors ("Errors") as a protection scheme, CDRWin will start to count up errors. Just ignore them, they're OK. As long as CDRWin counts up those errors everything is fine. Just be patient! It may take quite some time to read the image (totally depending on the CD-ROM/CD-R(W) you're using for extraction) and it might look like it takes years to read the CD. But notice that on Safedisc Protected CDs only the first ~ 5% are read very slow - the rest of the CD is read with normal speed.
result of reading the image is two files with name you entered in
"Image Filename". One with the ending .bin (the CD image)
and one with the ending .cue (the "Table Of Contents" -
ATTENTION: CDRWin is heavy protected. If you use a worse crack or a "blacklisted" serial or keygen it only seems like the porgram was registered. But it IS NOT!!! If this happens the program seems to work like normal but ONLY PRODUCES COASTERS!!!
It's recommended you register the program if you want to use it or just use the demo version which is limited to 1x burning speed.
How do I copy a CD that uses SafeDisc?
New CDs are now using a program called SafeDisc. It is very difficult to copy these CDs. Usually you will have to crack the .exe or download a fixed .exe. GameCopyWorld, CD Freaks and CD-Recordable have information about this. Read the above on making an exact CD duplicate with CDRWin. Check out DAEMON Tools to get programs which can copy CDs with SafeDisc or to make virtual CDROMs.
How does SafeDisc work?
Devil's Rage answers: The manufactures' burner is special and burns the CD at a special speed. Consumer burners can't burn CDs at this special speed or frequency. There is a file called clokspl.exe. When u copy the game, install it. The .exe, for example aoeII.exe starts then it runs clokspl.exe which is the safedisc copy protection. It'll check to see (read the surface of the CD at a very slow speed) at what frequency/speed the CD was copied. If it detects something weird, game over. Now in the past I have used Nero to actually copy games with clokspl.exe but that's in the past; the safedisc which is now in version 3.1 is much harder to copy CDs. Older games with safedisc can be copied with nero, but nowadays it's easier to do this. Dump the whole game contents and music tracks to the hard drive. Crack the .exe like aoeII.exe, remove the clokspl.exe check or references and burn it back to a cdrom with the crack. This is becoming the standard, so I recommend learning reverse engineering. You can use windasm and an hexeditor. Softice works also but windasm is simpler.
How do you avoid the SafeDisc check?
Wait for a crack group to release a cracked version of the executable that doesn't use SafeDisc. The best way to avoid the SafeDisc check is to get DAEMON Tools which is the SafeDisc and Securom emulator. You can make a backup of the original CD and then use the SafeDisc emulator to use the backup CD. But you must make an exact image of the CD first; you cannot just copy the files from the original CD to the hard drive. Then use the image to burn the CD backup. Read the above on making an exact CD duplicate with CDRWin.
What is a fixed .exe?
A fixed .exe is an executable program which has already been cracked. When copying CDs that use SafeDisc, use the fixed .exe to replace the original .exe and then record the CD.
What is a crack?
A crack is a small program which changes the executable such as taking away a CD-check or the 30-day trial period.
How can I fix null skin errors for weapons in Quake2?
To fix null skin errors get Npherno's Skin Tool (NST). Choose the "File" menu. "Open" the gun model (e.g. w_shotgun.md2) then "Close/Delete" all skins until you see just black or the background color (this only deletes the skin from the list; it does not actually delete the skin file). Then "Open" a skin to match it (make sure its in the same directory as the model, or if you want to save texture memory, use the skin in the pak0.pak in the baseq2
directory). To link the model to the weapon in the pak0.pak, you'll have to use a pak editor, such as Qped, to open the
.pak. The .pak is like an uncompressed zip file. In the pak0.pak look into the models\weapons\g_* directories and export all those skins to the correct path in your quake2\baseq2\ directory. The Quakez section has links to these programs and more Quake related stuff.
In NST, after you load the correct gun skin select the "skin" menu, then the "link" button. Then choose the same gunskin (make sure you're in the correct directory because NST uses the last used directory--this is how most VWep authors screw up and how null skin errors occur; this is because they often link the gun skin to a skin in another player's directory). Then choose the file menu and select "save" to save the model which is now linked to the skin.
Sometimes a skin is the incorrect dimensions. If so, use "re-size all" under the "skin" menu and make it the correct dimension as the skin u have. Some VWep use different gun skins than the pak0.pak. For example the author
named Apocalypse made many VWep packs but used different skins (different size and picture) than in the pak0.pak. And his models have different skin mappings. Homer uses Apocalypse's VWeps. To fix Homer's null skin for the hand grenade I just used Ryla's hand grenade skin and put used it for Homer's and everything works OK.
Why do some Quake2/Quake3 skins have a line?
In GL mode you can sometimes see the seams. This is when GL does its blending; it pulls from pixels around it. When you paint right up to the edge and no further, it does not care about the mapping. It will pull from pixels outside the mapping's explicit boundaries. If it's black and the skin is a light color, it tends to make a dark seam at the polygon's edges on the model during gameplay. So just before skin artists release a skin, they may want to change the background color to a similar shade that the skin is.
What do the abbreviations mean and what are the definitions?
On the skins page, you will see these abbreviations and terms used:
V = VWep support
AQV = Action Quake2 VWep support
VArm = VArm support
AQVArm = Action Quake2 VArm support
VWep stands for Visible Weapons. It allows one to see the weapon that another person is using. Some models may have VWep that differ from the standard Quake 2 weapons (chainguns and rocket launchers, etc.). They may have in place swords, laser guns, or realistic looking guns.
NOTE: A few models have VArms. Basically, the model's entire arms are animated along with the weapon. So each weapon has different arm animations. In the player setup screen you will not see the arms on the model because the arms are part of the weapons. But when playing in a game the arms will be seen.
CTF = Capture
the Flag skins (blue and red)
LMCTF = Loki's Minion's CTF (blue and red)
3TCTF = 3 team CTF (blue, red, and green)
All CTF skins can be used with other CTF mods by renaming the CTF skin (with exception to the green color in 3TCTF). So as long as the skins have a CTF equivalent, you can always rename the file for it to work with the CTF mod of your choice (LMCTF requires the server to set the skins being used).
S = Sounds support
Some models have special sounds so you hear a different voice or noise when the character is hurt, falls, or dies. If there is no sounds support, that means that you will hear the default (male) sounds. You can always copy sounds (.wav files) from a different PPM and put them in the model directory of your choice.
PPM = Plug-in Player Model = A 3D model that you can plug in to Quake2 such as these characters and use them to play with or play as.
A model is a 3-D character. A skin is the 2-D colored mesh that gives the 3-D model color. For the more models and skins, go to PolyCount.
Animations are the model's movements. This includes running, jumping, dying, taunting, etc.
What is the significance of the filenames?
The filenames for the models and skins follow this pattern:
[name of model (what the directory name should be)]+[VWep (Standard Q2 or Action Q2, if any)]+[ctf skins, if any]+[sounds, if any]+[extra skins, if any] The only exception to this is the "WW2 GI" model; "ww2 gi" is the name of the model (there is a space between "ww2" and "gi").
You may need to download the original files (which contain the model) in order for the other files (skins, VWep, and sounds) to work. The models should be placed in x:\quake2\baseq2\players\<model name>\ (Read the readme that comes with the model for correct path.)
The plus sign (" +") means it is combined with the model (tris.md2).
For example, suit+aq2vwep.rar means it consists of the Suit model and Action Q2 VWep. It should be extracted to quake2\baseq2\players\suit or quake2\action\players\suit if you want to see the model in the player setup screen for AQ2.
The underscore ("_") means that the model (tris.md2) is not included.
For example, yohko_skins.rar means it consists only of Yohko skins (.pcx); it does not consist of the actual Yohko model (tris.md2).
"allvwep" will usually mean both standard Q2 VWep and Action Q2 VWep.