You have to download files from servers because owners put so many addons on them.
But when you download a file, fortunately it’s saved.
LUA files are just simple text files, so they’re really fast to download, but when you have to download materials/models, it’s longer, really longer.
Addons have so many different versions, especially with Wire, so if you don’t have the right LUA, you’ll have to download the file from the server, even if the file on the server is outdated from your version.
However, if you go on lots of servers, you’ll finally have lots of LUA, so the chance you don’t have the needed LUAs will decrease in time.
If you say you just got the game, you probably don’t have PHX and Wire, you really need them, it’s impossible playing Gmod without them for the main reason that every server have them, and you’ll see many errors if you don’t have them, because models of these addons aren’t downloaded on your computer when you join a server, it would take too long time.
You have to download Tortoise SVN: http://tortoisesvn.net/downloads
Then, install it, reboot your computer, create these folders in your " addons " folder.
- Advanced Duplicator
- PHX 3
- Wire Model Pack
Right click on the Advanced Duplicator folder and click on SVN Checkout, then enter this one in the URL: https://wiremod.svn.sourceforge.net/svnroot/wiremod/trunk/Adv%20Duplicator/
Same for the PHX 3 but now enter this one: https://phoenix-storms.svn.sourceforge.net/svnroot/phoenix-storms/
Wire Model Pack: https://wiremod.svn.sourceforge.net/svnroot/wiremod/trunk/wire%20model%20pack%201/
Once every addon is downloaded, you can start searching for a server.
When you’ll see errors, just quit the game, and right click on every folder which is SVN updated, and then click Update. It may solve the " errors " problem.
If prompted for password and username, put these ones: