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Freyar
03-29-2010, 07:56 PM
This is a general purpose FAQ for the Steam release of EvE Online.

Updates made when possible/needed. (PM if you have urgent information.)
(Layout stolen from Wally3K (http://forums.steampowered.com/forums/member.php?u=210220))

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Q. What are EvE Online's minimum requirements?


Minimum System Requirements:
OS: Windows® XP Service Pack 2 / Vista / 7
CPU: Intel Pentium® or AMD @ 1.5 GHz
RAM: XP – 1 GB / Vista – 1.5 GB
HD space: 6 GB Free Space
Network: 56k modem or better Internet connection
Video: 64 MB Shader Model 2.0 Graphics cards such as GeForce FX (5 series) class card or higher, ATi 9500, x300 series or higher and Similar chips from other manufacturers
Drivers: DirectX (http://wiki.eveonline.com/en/wiki/DirectX)® 9.0c (included) and latest video drivers
DVD-ROM : 2 speed DVD reader or greater required (for the retail box)Recommended system configuration for running Eve Online:
OS: Windows® XP Service Pack 2 / Vista / 7
CPU: Intel Pentium® or AMD dual core @ 2 GHz
RAM: 2 GB
HD space: 6 GB Free Space
Video: 256 MB Shader Model 3.0 Graphics cards such as GeForce 8 class card or higher, ATi 3000 series or higher and Similar chips from other manufacturers
Network: ADSL connection or faster
Drivers: DirectX (http://wiki.eveonline.com/en/wiki/DirectX)® 9.0c (included) and latest video drivers
DVD-ROM : 2 speed DVD reader or greater required (for the retail box)The minimum screen resolution for Eve is 1024x768.
Audio hardware must be Direct Sound compatible and the CPU must support SSE (for using Audio). For optimum performance, use latest drivers available.
Please note that Windows 95, 98, ME, NT and 2000 are not supported.



Q. Can I register my existing account (or retail purchase) on Steam?

No, only games on this list (https://support.steampowered.com/kb_article.php?ref=7480-WUSF-3601#which) may be activated on Steam for use.



Q. Does EvE Online have a monthly fee?

Yes. Buying more time at once will provide a better value, however.
$14.95 (30 days)
$38.85 (90 days) [$12.95/mo.]
$71.71 (180 days) [$11.95/mo.]
$131.40 (360 days ~year) [$10.95/mo.]All prices here are listed in USD. Other currencies may vary.



Q. Is there a way to play without having a recurring subscription?

Yes. You can buy what is called a "PLEX" or "Concord 30 Day Pilot License Extension". These are one-time purchases, but they do have some limitations.
You must purchase two or more (up to six) PLEX at a time.
You can only make one purchase (of two, four, or six) each day. (This is to prevent fraud.)
Two PLEX is $34.99, which translates to $17.49 per 30 days. (Those purchasing from the EU will be required to pay a "Value Added Tax".)
There is a one-hour delay in processing the orders for PLEX.


Q. Is there a way to play without having to pay a subscription fee with "real money" [or] I'm desperate for money, what can I do?

The interesting thing about PLEX is that it can be sold over the open market. This means that they can be traded at-will. As of 23MAR2010 in Jita (EvE Online's biggest trading hub), the price for 30-Day PLEX is 286,000,000.00 ISK [286 MILLION]. This price can increase or decrease depending on demand.

If you are looking to buy, you can search for it on the market directly by searching for "PLEX". Make sure the place you are buying it from, and the price are acceptable. Remember that EvE Online is one of the few games in which scams are permitted by the administrators.

If you are looking to sell, you can sell it using a custom order. Keep in mind that using the quick "Sell Item" link may result in you getting a significant reduction in the amount of ISK you get for your PLEX. Set it for the price you are willing to accept, but also keep in mind the costs associated with placing the order on the market. Typically taxes and fees will reduce the amount of money you get from the actual sale.



Q. Can I log in to EvE Online with an existing account?

Yes. However, if you don't own the client through Steam, you will be limited to playing the "Demo" version and will not have your time tracked by the Steam Community platform.



Q. What comes with EvE Online?

Your first month free, as well as free expansions in the future.



Q. How many expansions were released for EvE Online?

Second Genesis (2003)
Castor (2003)
Exodus (2004)
Cold War (2005)
Red Moon Rising (2005)
Revelations (2006)
Revelations II (2007)
Trinity (2007) [Steam Release] [Upgrade to DX9]
Empyrean Age (2008)
Quantum Rise (2008)
Apocrypha (2009)
Dominion (2009)
Q. Can I re-buy EvE Online and use the key on an existing account?


No, newly purchased keys will not work with existing retail accounts. They can work with existing trial accounts, however.



Q. How do I redeem my newly purchased key?

After installing, Steam will offer to put you to the account management page where you can tie your key to your account.



Q. How do I monitor my FPS?

CTRL-F will provide you with a performance monitor in-game.
You may need to use a third party program such as FRAPS should it not work.



Q. How do I deal with a BSOD (STOP ERROR) when trying to play EvE Online?

Normally STOP errors are an indication that there is a major fault with drivers. One of the most overlooked problems lies with audio drivers, especially for on-board chipsets. However, in order to be able to read your STOP error, you will need to make sure your machine doesn't restart automatically when it happens.
Start
Right-Click "My Computer"
Properties
Advanced
Startup and Recovery
Settings
Uncheck "automatically restart"Once you get your BSOD again, look for a bit of text at the top. It will usually say something along the lines of IRQL_NOT_LESS_OR_EQUAL (most common), and nearer the bottom you will see a file listed with a .dll extension. The error at the top will tell you whether it is something more serious than a driver problem, and the file will tell you which driver is causing the problem.

nv4_disp.dll is commonly associated with nVidia drivers.
ati3duag.dll among others with "ATI" in the name may be associated with ATI video drivers.

Reinstalling your drivers, or updating them to the newest revision may solve this problem. Make sure you uninstall old drivers first!



Q. I just got in, but I haven't a clue what I'm doing! Where do I start?!

The best thing to do is make sure that you do the tutorials. EvE Online is not the kind of game to hold your hand. In fact, the tutorial is the only time it will. Follow it to the letter. Don't go ahead of it. Make sure you follow through.

Should you be curious afterward, you can always take a look at this article (http://wiki.eveonline.com/en/wiki/Your_first_days_in_space) for more specific information.



Q. Okay, so I've got combat basics, and a few others. Skills are important, but what would you recommend?

The question is whether or not you intend to be with EvE for a good while. The most important skills you can train will be the "Learning" skills.

While "Learning" skills may be the most important, it is also important to not get bored. You'll most likely be anxious to get into a bigger or better ship, and there's nothing wrong with training for a short term goal. (Short-term being a week.) However, the benefits of having the Learning skills trained will significantly cut down on training time later on.



Q. Can I lose "experience" for dying?

Not in the traditional sense. EvE Online uses a pseudo-insurance system. You buy clones to insure your skill points that you have trained over time. A better quality clone, saves more skills in the eventuality of death.

You lose 5% of the difference between your clone's capacity and your current skill points.

IE: (1,000,000 SP - 900,000 [Clone])*0.05 = 5,000 SP lost.

You should always make sure your clone is "up to date" at any medical facility.


Q. What is a "carebear", a "yarbear" or "pirate"?

A "carebear" is a label attached to people who would rather help others, like yours truly. Carebear typically runs missions, mines, or manufactures things. They best operate in "safe" space (systems with a security rating of 0.5 or higher), and are generally not keen on PvP.

A "yarbear" is a "weekend pirate". On occasion this kind of pilot will go into low security systems and pirate, steal, kill, destroy, maim, etc. the best he can. When he's done, he will go back to carebear type things until the next time.

A "Pirate" is one who permanently plays the role of a pirate. This kind of pilot steals, kills, destroys, maims, holds hostages and in general causes havoc. It can be quite the exciting method of play, however supplies are usually quite difficult to get a hold of, and death is almost always assured one way or another.




Q. What are the basic "social" rules of EvE Online?

If it's too good to be true, it is.
If the guy doesn't look trustworthy, he isn't.
Always check the smallest detail in every transaction.
Don't shoot other people in Empire Space.
Don't smacktalk when you're outgunned.
Don't smacktalk when you're winning.
Don't agree to 1v1 "duels".
Keep an eye on the Player Political Map (http://go-dl1.eve-files.com/media/corp/Verite/influence.png).
Read the news.Q. Someone just stole some of my money, what can I do?

Welcome to EvE Online. EvE is better known for it's impressive use (http://games.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=06/08/23/1918246) of deception (http://games.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=09/07/04/021218) and theft. As said before, make sure you examine EVERYTHING. Do what you can to safeguard your stuff. Don't trust anyone immediately. You may get burned a few times, but that's what "toughens you up" in the future.

Freyar
03-29-2010, 07:56 PM
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driv4r
03-29-2010, 09:17 PM
That's very nice basic knowledge but answers' font size varies for some reason quite randomly. Is it meant to be like that?

Freyar
03-30-2010, 12:27 AM
That's very nice basic knowledge but answers' font size varies for some reason quite randomly. Is it meant to be like that?

It's an issue with the WYSIWYG editor.

Freyar
03-30-2010, 01:08 PM
I'm just curious on what you wrote, Monkey. I can't believe I missed it! :P

ADDED: Skill point loss, minor spelling/grammar edits, clarification on scams.

T@T-2-MoNk3y
03-30-2010, 01:16 PM
Q. Can I lose "experience" for dying?

Not in the traditional sense. EvE Online uses a pseudo-insurance system. You buy clones to insure your skill points that you have trained over time. A better quality clone, saves more skills in the eventuality of death.

Here are some examples:


You have 192,000 skill points. Your clone will save up to 500,000 skill points.
Should you die, all your skills will be preserved when you wake up.
You have 15,392,938 skill points. Your clone will save up to 500,000 skill points.
Should you die, you lose 14,892,938 skill points, working from the most recently learned, back. It is important to always upgrade your clone when you get close to the clone's capacity. You can do that at any station with a medical plant.


you lose a percentage of the points above the clones skill point capacity.

Pod (http://evelopedia.com/en/wiki/Pod)-killing doesn't mean that only the ship is destroyed, but that the escape pod (http://evelopedia.com/en/wiki/Pod) in which you are tucked away gets destroyed also. If this happens you will lose 5% of the difference between the Clone you have and the skill points trained.

source (http://evelopedia.com/en/wiki/Skills_Guide#Your_Clone)

Freyar
03-30-2010, 01:25 PM
you lose a percentage of the points above the clones skill point capacity.



source (http://evelopedia.com/en/wiki/Skills_Guide#Your_Clone)

Fixed. I remembered it being different. ><