Apart from all the normal ones (disable brackets, disable logging, disable resource cache, turn all textures to low, turn off effects, turn off sound, etc), you can use windowed mode instead of fullscreen mode, and reduce the window size for your clients. People who have tried this have gone from constant DCs with 4 clients to barely any DCs with 4 clients. I have yet to DC at all
with 2 clients in the entire northern campaign so far.
Reducing the resolution each client use cuts down on the system memory used, and with a 32 bit eve it is hard-capped to use 4gb of system memory (which works out slightly lower than that because reasons
, for example 32 bit skyrim with mods tend to crash if you move to about 3.3gb system memory used).
Now I will go through all the other well known tricks, just for posterity, some of you may have missed a couple of them.
After logging in all your clients to the login screens, close the Eve launcher.
Graphics settings: https://i.imgur.com/QynSXCr.png
Note that when you set it to "performance mode" you still have to turn character texture quality and overall texture quality down from medium to low.
Chat settings: https://i.imgur.com/DmMYHqL.png
"Log chat to file" must be unchecked.
Audio settings: https://i.imgur.com/LDFa4XB.png
"Enable Audio" must be unchecked.
General settings: https://i.imgur.com/Nh69o1W.png
The "tooltips delay", "radial menu delay" and "bracket list delay" I find is best to have on maximum setting (slider to the right). "notifications enabled" should be unchecked. "show introduction movie" should be unchecked just in case that file has to linger in the memory because spaghetti code. EDIT: "Try new map" should probably be unchecked. Thanks to u/HTL2001
Then do this: https://i.imgur.com/pS1mxYq.png
Click the E at the top left corner and go to this spot and open log and messages. Click the combat settings in that video: https://i.imgur.com/UFcngVC.png
"show messages in space" should be unchecked, and on a titan pilot or other dps you can uncheck everything I have unchecked here. On a fax pilot or logi pilot you can do the reverse, and only check the boxes "damage messages" (must be on to see incoming damage) and "incoming damage messages" and "remote assistance messages". Then leave the others unchecked. When you keep the damage messages window open, you can then see your log in real time. But when flying a titan DD-ing shit you could even turn off ALL this if you want to. You should also click the weird icon in the upper right corner of logs and messages window, here: https://i.imgur.com/FXoO6Mu.png
And then make sure its set to 100 not 1000, and you can uncheck all the non-combat messages. Again thanks to u/HTL2001
Then press the button combination CTRL + ALT + SHIFT + M and you get the window on the right pop up: https://i.imgur.com/XLrB4xh.png
Then click the "outstanding calls" window (which is the window to the left in this picture), and then you close the window to the right. How to use this window on the left: When you click a button like a capacitor booster, gun, or hold CTRL and left click someone to lock them up, then you get a line on the outstanding call window which says whether or not your command is in queue to be processed by the server. For example if you click your DD or a gun or module to activate, then you get an outstanding call that says something about "activate". Similarly if you cancel a module or go red on your siege module, you get an outstanding call that says something about "deactivate". Sometimes (rarely even during the last X47 fight) a call is dropped by the server for no reason and then you can see that you have to give the command again. BUT DO NOT SPAM YOUR COMMANDS. Clicking the DD button fifty times won't help, if one "activate" call pops up on the outstanding calls list when you clicked the DD, then your DD is going to fire soon. Just don't bog down the server more by spamming it. I would expect any reasonable coding guy to simply have a couple lines of code that kick anyone spamming commands. And therefore I would not be surprised if there is some code in the eve spaghetti that simply closes your socket if you spam commands too much (after all spamming commands that a server is programmed to try to process is what DDoS-ing actually is).
Overview settings: https://i.imgur.com/U6xtWZe.png
You can type the command I wrote in the chat window, in any chat window, and then open the overview settings. I am not nearly qualified enough to mess around with making overviews packs, BUT once you load any useful overview setting from your alliance, you still need to go to this setting: https://i.imgur.com/4gLobbw.png
Under Misc you should uncheck the "display in-range brackets" and "display active module links" boxes. I'm not entirely sure but I THINK if you uncheck the "display damage indication" then you can't see if people are yellow-boxing you and red boxing you. So leave that one checked. The targeting crosshair is optional, it only shows you which of your locked up targets you have selected, in space. So you could have that unchecked or checked it doesn't really matter.
Last but not least, when you undock, go to the top left corner of your overview window and click the four lines, that opens this menu: https://i.imgur.com/L1OvQVp.png
Then click "hide all brackets". Very important this because the brackets are EACH treated as one item to render in the graphics rendering (At least as I understand the eve code).
Then you right click a tab in your overview and you get this menu: https://i.imgur.com/CaCx5wH.png
Then you click "load preset to brackets" and select a "gates only" bracket preset.
You also right click each tab and you go to "load preset to tab", then you select useful presets to each tab for your ship class. For a titan character, you should have something like "supercarriers only" in one tab, "titans only" in another tab, "carriers only" in another tab, "dreads only" in another tab, "faxes only" in another tab, and then "Tackle" (HICs Dics) in another tab, and one tab for "subcaps I can whore on" with lets say battleships only (and maybe monitors too). You also need plenty of other presets ready, for example a dreadbomb preset with HICs, dics and dreads. Travel presets, align presets, structures presets, ratting presets, looting preset, anchorable bubble preset, etc, etc, etc. the more specific you can make each preset the better it is for stability.
Now, this works fine in a big fight. If however you jump out and get dreadbombed, then you need to load brackets again to see what is going on. To do that you NEVER EVER CLICK "Show all brackets" in this menu: https://i.imgur.com/NsnebjH.png
Instead you click "stop hiding all brackets". Because remember, you loaded "gates only" to your bracket presets. So showing all brackets would over-rule this and show ALL brackets. Down to every single damn drone, can, wreck, cyno, anchorable bubble, everything.
So after you click "stop hiding all brackets", you can then right click the tab you need and load a bracket preset that suits you. Again, the more specific you can make these presets the better it is. The only item you should have visible at all times (in delve at least) is the "Mobile cyno inhibitor", that should be in all bracket presets. But you can make presets for different situations, so for example a dreadbomb bracket preset, where probably tackle and dreads is the major thing you want visible. But maybe also another dreadbombedPLUS preset where all subcaps are shown as well (without fighters and MTUs and everything else you don't need to see brackets from). And then a dreadbombESCAPE preset, where aligns are visible as well as HICs, Dics and dreads. Etc. You see what I mean. The idea is to have the minimum amount of brackets visible at any given moment. Especially for those who multibox a lot of characters.
If you are a supercarrier or carrier prepared to shoot fighters, I would load up overviews with just one class of fighter instead of all fighters. See here: https://i.imgur.com/EChg1wK.png
Only one of those three should be in the overview at one time in a fight like X47 or UALX. Just make sure your overview presets has enough versions of each overview preset to minimize the amount of stuff you have to have in the overview tab at any given time.
There is also one extra: When you have a stable system, don't overclock your CPU, memory or GPU. While an overclock may SEEM stable in a benchmark or game, they are rarely ACTUALLY stable. You can test this by running a program like BOINC https://boinc.berkeley.edu/
and then setting up a few projects which run on your CPU and your GPU brand (some projects are AMD GPU specific some are Nvidia GPU specific). If your overclock is truly stable, you should have 100% success rate on each computing task. But over a couple days you can quickly see if that is the case or not. If my old 8-core AMD FX8150 CPU is overclocked to its maximum water-cooled stable overclock of 4.5ghz from its stock 3.6ghz, then it runs games just fine, passes benchmarks like 3Dmark with flying colors, but it will still fail every single computing task in BOINC. Because it makes errors. Errors games like to dismiss, but which occasionally COULD lead to desync and even the server just booting your connection. It also doesn't make any difference to actual eve performance, because the server gives you ticks of new information at the same rate regardless of how quickly you process those changes and translate it into new frames on your screen. You may feel eve runs smoother by being able to drag and spin the X47 battlefield around faster by having a few more FPS, but server calls are still just as slow, your ship moves just as slow, it fires just as slow, and you still DC when you hit the 32bit system memory cap because you tried to get better settings with fancy things like "effects" turned on to see DD volleys.
PS: Its also best to not zoom in much, just zoom far out and don't swing around the camera unnecessarily. When zoomed out far it seems the ship models are simpler than when you zoom in, and in blobs we amass these days that makes a difference in your FPS and memory use.
PPS: I also forgot, I have tactical overlay off, which does seem to help.
I bought this old laptop for £25 not knowing the specs but was hoping to make a profit with what i could without spending anymore money. It was running Windows 7 (barely) and from what I can see, it only has 1GB RAM and an Intel Atom N450. I did a bit of research for distros that run as light as I can get them and tested a few (Lubuntu, Xubuntu and ZorinOS Lite (64 & 32bit)) on a live usb for performance doing general tasks (web surfing, making documents and what not). However they haven't ran the best. I'm obviously not expecting a miracle, what with the specs of the laptop, but I just wanted to get some opinions from the wonderful Linux community of Reddit as I'm sure there are a few people who will have done something like this before. Basically, I need a distro that will use as little resources as possible so that it performs okay (not waiting more than 30 seconds to open up a blank word doc or web browser etc..), and that simulates as close to Windows as possible as I'm just looking to sell to the average Joe over facebook for a small profit and would like to be sure I'm not ripping anybody off by selling something they won't be familiar with. Sorry for the long-ass paragraph I just seem to have a very specific request. Thank you in advance for whatever you guys come up with.
TLDR; I have a laptop with 1GB RAM barely running Win7 and would like an extremely lightweight distro that can feel and work as close to Windows as possible that performs okay for the average computer user.