update on how to download maps (and for Cappy how to check if his Hamachi thing is working):
when connected to the server with Hamachi, right click on the
TGP OGR Server
line in the Hamachi client.
you get a ping" option - and in my case it works from the office, so it should work for all of you. More importantly, there's a "browse" option
after a moment a folder should open and within it there will be a subfolder called "maps" - you can read files from there (the maps are what I use on the server, all of them, not just the active set). If all that works from your client, your Hamachi is working fine.
Related to the use of Hamachi - slow system startup. If you are somewhat familiar with editing system files in windows, here's what I did:
use a text editor with brains (i.e. don't use notepad), so your line breaks are looking properly. Download notepad++ and you won't regret it.
Then download the "hosts" file from this site to make your internet experience suck less:
in windows, use the first file listed, hosts.txt. Save to downloads folder of your choice. Then go to your newly installed notepad++ and right click on the program to choose "Run as administrator" from the drop down menu (on XP just run it).
once the file is open, add this line to the very bottom:
that will redirect GRAW trying to talk to gamespy to a localhost black hole and hopefully reduce startup times. The rest of the file will eliminate most ads and trackers from the internet. Some stuff may feel broken, such as sponsored google links, which basically are ads, but for the most part the web still works, just faster and without the BS all sites add to make a buck. Feel free to add sits of your choice, e.g.
and you won't ever see that crap again.
now that you have the file ready, go into c:\windows\system32\drivers\etc
open the file called "hosts" in there. If you don't see it, use the notepad file open dialog and it will show it, or edit your file manager view settings to show all files, not just known types.
once you have hosts opened (no extension on that file!), copy all the data from hosts.txt into hosts. Then save hosts. Done. You just cut out most BS on the internet and made your browsing safer, plus GRAW will start faster.