For support regarding MWTC, visit the MWTC FAQ.

System Requirements

Below are the lowest system requirements for TCE & CQB (older TC versions require less):

PC Minimum Requirements
  • Windows 95, 98, ME, 2000 or XP
  • Pentium III 600 Mhz processor or equivalent
  • 128 MB RAM
  • 32 MB OpenGL compliant 3D video card
  • DirectX 8.1
  • 750 MB free hard disk space. (200 MB for ET and 500 MB for TC:E)
  • 56.6k modem or better Internet connection. Broadband recommended for games with more than 8 players
Mac Minimum Requirements
  • 800 Mhz PowerPC G4
  • 512 Mb System Ram
  • 64 Mb VRAM
  • 750 Mb HD space (450 Mb if W:ET is already installed)
  • Mac OS X 10.3x


Downloading the Proper Files

  1. TC:E is actually rather easy to install. First you must acquire Wolfenstein: Enemy Territory, and its most recent "patch" or update - both of which are totally free from Splash Damage.

    a) Wolfenstein: Enemy Territory Full
    (wolfET.exe 257.78 mb 29-May-2003)

    b) Wolfenstein: Enemy Territory Patch 2.60 Update
    (et_patch_2_60.exe Size: 5.53 mb 21-Mar-2005)

    c) Wolfenstein: Enemy Territory v2.60b Patch (optional)
    This is mainly a security patch and not mandatory for running the game. Must have 2.60 update installed.

  2. Next you need to obtain the lastest FULL VERSION release of TrueCombat:Elite (currently version 0.49) and its patch (0.49b)

    a) TrueCombat: Elite v0.49 Full
    (tcetest049.exe 453 mb 29-Sept-2006)

    b) TrueCombat: Elite Patch v0.49b
    ( 6.48 mb 01-Jan-2007)

    (for CQB installation, follow step 1, but you will need to download CQB 0.22 Full and CQB 0.223 Patch for step 2)

    For Linux and Mac OS X files, visit the Download page.


Once you have downloaded the mandatory files, you are ready to install TC:E!!

You must completely install Wolfenstein: Enemy Territory before you can begin to install TrueCombat:Elite. Just follow the steps below:

  1. Begin by running Wolfenstein: Enemy Territory Full. This will create the "Wolfenstein - Enemy Territory" folder on your harddrive.

  2. Now, patch your version of WET with the 2.60 Patch (Win only) (followed by 2.60b if you care to install the security patch - not mandatory!).

    Wolfenstein: Enemy Territory should now be completely installed on your computer.

  3. Run TrueCombat:Elite Full to install TCE. This will create a folder named "tcetest" inside of the Wolfenstein - Enemy Territory folder (example : C:\Wolfenstein - Enemy Territory\tcetest).

  4. Finally run the 0.49b Patch. Here you need to be a bit careful, extract your files to the "Wolfenstein - Enemy Territory folder", NOT the tcetest folder. If you do, you will end up with "C:\Wolfenstein - Enemy Territory\tcetest\tcetest" and the game will not be "patched".

You should now have a shortcut for TC:E on your desktop (and one for Enemy Territory). If you don't, right click and select "new" and "shortcut". The following is the DEFAULT command line for TC:E (this goes in the "Target" field of the shortcut properties):

C:\Program Files\Wolfenstein - Enemy Territory\ET.exe" +set fs_game tcetest +set com_hunkMegs 192 +set com_zoneMegs 64 +set com_soundMegs 32

(Adjust the drive and path information to reflect where you have installed ET and TC:E)

You are now ready to run the game for the first time. Run it and set up your various control and video settings to your liking, all of which are available from the in game option menus.

Also at this point it is an EXCELLENT idea to click on the "Play Online" button on the main menu, which launches the server browser, and click the "enable Punkbuster" button at the lower right, if it's not already enabled. (NOTE: the 2.60 ET patch "broke" the internal server browser, do not panic if you do not see any active servers. More on this is section III. Server Browsers).

For a more detailed Mac OS X installation guide, visit the MAC FAQ thread.

Server Browsers

TrueCombat:Elite comes equipped with an in-game server browser.

Even though you can use the internal server browser to find servers to play on, there's a known issue that the in-game server browser can often give incorrect server information. To combat this problem, there are other (and sometimes better) solutions:

Qtracker is an "external" server browser that supports many online games. It also has other features such as buddy lists. Since Qtracker maintains their own master servers, they are MUCH faster at finding servers than the internal server browser.

Qtracker is free to use but requests a donation. It supports TC:E "right out of the box".

NOTE: You will find TC:E under "Wolfenstein:Enemy Territory - Mods - TrueCombat:Elite". Highlight that, right click in the "pane" on the right and select "refresh this view". Find a server you want to join, right click on it and select "connect - NOW".

Config Editing

Moving on to something a little more advanced now, your configuration is stored in a file called etconfig.cfg. You can locate this file in the "C:\Program Files\Wolfenstein - Enemy Territory\tcetest\profiles\[player name]" folder (player name is of course replaced with YOUR player name.
Config files are actually very easy to edit, but you should ALWAYS back up your file before you start.

The easiest way to edit your etconfig.cfg file is to right click on it and select "open with..." and choose Wordpad from the list, never use Notepad, it does not format the text properly.

Virtually every aspect of your configuration can be changed, tweaked and manipulated by editing this file. In doing so you will (hopefully) gain better performance, and a more playable connection.

We will begin with connection tweaks, as every connection is different, and everyone has a different route to any given server these settings are mearly guidelines and suggestions. It is also a good idea to enable the lagometer, this is available through the game menus or the console (press the ~) and issue the /cg_lagometer 1 command (/cg_lagometer 0) will turn it back off.

The config entries, also known as "cvars", we will be adressing are : cl_maxpackets, cl_packetdup, snaps, and rate.

The cl_maxpackets setting restricts the number of packets being sent to the server by your client.

The cl_packetdup setting determines if duplicate commands are sent, range is 1 to 5 and is 1 as default.

The snaps setting is used to calculate how many gameworld updates you receive from the server. Usable range is 10 to 'server sv_fps setting' and defaults to 20.

The rate setting controls packets so that your downstream connection bandwidth does not get saturated. Setting controls maximum bytes per second. The server config places a cap on the rate setting, it will do you know good to set yours above this cap. The "recommneded" rate for TC:E is 13000.

Lets start with some "suggested" settings per connection:

seta cl_maxpackets "125"
seta cl_packetdup "0"
seta snaps "40"
seta rate "25000"

ADSL or Cable
seta cl_maxpackets "100"
seta cl_packetdup "1"
seta snaps "40"
seta rate "25000"

Slow DSL (IDSL ect)
seta cl_maxpackets "60"
seta cl_packetdup "1"
seta snaps "40"
seta rate
128000 BPS: seta rate "14000"
112000 BPS: seta rate "12250"

Other "broadband" connections (ISDN, some wireless)
seta cl_maxpackets "60"
seta cl_packetdup "1"
seta snaps "40"
seta rate
64000 BPS: seta rate "7000"
56000 BPS: seta rate "6200"

56K Modem
seta cl_maxpackets "40"
seta cl_packetdup "1"
seta snaps "20"
seta rate
50000 BPS: seta rate "5500"
48000 BPS: seta rate "5200"
46000 BPS: seta rate "5000"
44000 BPS: seta rate "4800"
42000 BPS: seta rate "4500"
40000 BPS: seta rate "4300"
38000 BPS: seta rate "4100"
36000 BPS: seta rate "4000"

To aid you in determining your connection speed try : for performance testing.


If you need help troubleshooting a TCE related problem, post your issue on the Technical Support section of our forums. Hopefully one of our experienced community members can help you.

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