To those interested in my 3D work, please skip this post.
To my 2nd and 3rd years, I give you render settings. Click through for the original res images and save them in a folder. Name this folder and know where it is. Follow these and nothing else. Check everything. Then check them again. Keep checking them as you work because if one setting is off by even a fraction things can get very bad very fast. Read the annotations I've penned in, they're intended to make meanings of things clearer.
Do not touch Caustics. Seriously. Don't.
Bottom line: Do exactly what the images show, leave them that way and you should be fine.
These are settings for V-Ray 2.40.03 running on 3D Max 2013. There is some overlap if you're using older versions of either, but you shouldn't be. If you haven't the software, contact me and I'll see about getting it for you.
This is complex software you're dealing with; it will always have bugs. If something doesn't seem right, let me know so it can be dealt with. Soon. Don't wait for it to get worse. Especially if you're a week away from a deadline.
I am available via AOD email and a large number of you seem to have my number, so you have multiple ways of contacting me.
Go forth and render.