Invisible players? Stuck in spectator? Solutions in here.

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Postby DrJones » Wed Jul 08, 2009 7:07 pm

All of you might have experienced two annoying problems with TF2. One of them is getting stuck in spectator, the other is being killed by invisible players.

No worries, here are the solutions to these problems. To do either, you must first be able to access the Console in the game.

Enabling the console

In the game, click on Options.

You will see the keyboard options. Click on Advanced.

Click on Enable developer console checkbox.

Fixing Invisible Players
This bug happens if you alt-tab out of the game or the game loses focus (another program comes ontop of TF2) when playing the game Full Screen.
To fix this, while in a match, press tilde (~) to go to the Console.

In the console, type in: record fix
Press Enter or click Submit.

Wait a few seconds, then in the console, type in: stop
Press Enter or click Submit.
This will fix the problem. Press tilde again to exit the console and return to the game.
You can avoid the problem entirely by playing the game in Windowed mode.

Fixing being stuck in Spectator without having to re-join the server.
This happens if you try to join a team and end up being in Spectator mode that you seemingly can't escape from.
To fix this, while being stuck, press tilde (~) to go to the Console.

In the console, type in: kill; jointeam red

You can also type in: kill; jointeam blue

Press Enter or click Submit.

Press tilde to exit the console.
The game will either assign you to the team you indicated, to the team that is free, on bring you back to the team selection screen.
Either way, you will no longer be stuck in spectator.
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Postby Purplecat » Wed Jul 08, 2009 7:12 pm

The invisible players bug is so common that I would actually suggest people to bind it. Write the following in console:
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bind home "record fix;stop"

Will do the trick. Afterwards you can just press home to fix invisible players and such. (You can of course, replace home with the key of your choice).
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Postby Tehrasha » Thu Jul 09, 2009 5:55 am

Thanks much, Dr. Jones. This beats the hell out of using 'retry' in console every time.
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Postby McFuzzButt » Tue Jul 14, 2009 11:12 am

Thanks so much! I get both of them bugs all the time \o/

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Postby Ayeaka » Tue Jul 14, 2009 3:51 pm

Haha, I do get this a lot, so I've known this fix for a while.

The only problem is it's enemy spies that keep going invisible. xD So I never notice anyway.
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Postby Gamer Wolf » Mon Aug 03, 2009 7:28 am

Thanks for the tips Dr. Jones, especially for the one to get out of spectator limbo.
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Postby STrRedWolf » Mon Dec 21, 2009 12:01 am

The last one also helps with being stuck as a Civilian.
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