I think that some punctuation marks might give trouble, so try using a name without underscores or dashes etc.
Having to reset the res and control settings every time sounds like you still have some kind of problem with that player name. Those settings should be set for the player name and not need resetting. I have seen it occasionally happen that I have to redo the controls, but not very often - maybe once in 50 times that I load GPL.
Edited by Bob Simpson, Jan 28 2010 - 09:44 AM.