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Subject: Halo PC FAQ (READ FIRST BEFORE POSTING QUESTIONS)
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Halo 1&2 PC forum's resident OC ReMixer. Like rockified and metalized video game music? Subscribe to my YouTube channel.

Yeah. That's right. I don't have a 50 in H3. I never got Onyx in Reach. If a game sucks too much, I won't even bother trying for such trivial "accolades". Besides, I've done way more things that take far more skill and talent than anything that can be done in a video game.

So, I've noticed that half of the threads on this board are things that have been asked a thousand times. So I'm making an up-to-date go-to thread. I know mods lurk around this board, so a sticky would be very helpful if it ever happens. If this gets stickied and I missed anything, lemme know and I'll add it.


Does Halo PC work with Windows 7 32/64-bit?
Yes. Halo PC should work perfectly for any version of Windows 7 32-bit and 64-bit.

Do people still play it online?
Yes. Halo PC 1.09, as of June 2011, has 300 or more players online at any given time.

I get an error when I try to patch Halo PC. It's says I need to be an Administrator to patch the game, but I am an Administrator. What do I do?
Right-click the shortcut you use to run or patch the game and click "Run as Administrator".

Can I use a controller with Halo PC? Can I use an Xbox 360 controller?
Yes. However, Halo PC's control setup is entirely digital. As a result, analog sticks do not work as they did on the Xbox version. There is also no Xbox-like aim assist when using a controller.

Where can I download Halo PC?
Legally, nowhere. No digital distribution services offer Halo PC. Illegally, well, you're on your own.

The game runs slow, but I run a recent nVidia card.
Turn off Decals in the video options.

The game doesn't display the camouflage effect correctly.
Only certain video cards support that feature. If it's not working, yours isn't one of them. Try this fix from the Gearbox forum and see if it helps. (Thanks, Zetren)

There are no colors on the armor of Spartans, grunts, elites, ect.
You're using an integrated card that doesn't support color. There was a patch, but nobody knows where to find it anymore. Upgrade your video hardware.

Where can I buy Halo Mac?
Halo Mac is out of print. Copies on eBay usually run for about $100 dollars.

I don't wanna pay that much for a 7-year-old game! Can I run the PC version?
Yes. Dual-booting or Bootcamp should work. Our resident Mac expert has stated that it doesn't work in Crossover Games or Wine. If you can get it to work in either of the two, feel free to post. (Thanks, Dirk_Gently)

How do I install maps for Halo Custom Edition?
Unzip them and put the .map file in the maps folder of your Halo Custom Edition install path. This is usually C:/Program Files (x86)/Microsoft Games/Halo Custom Edition/Maps.

Where do I enter my CD-Key for the Halo Reach nameplate?
Go to your profile here on Bungie.net, click the "Game Settings" tab, and click "Nameplates".

Can someone give me their code for the nameplate?
No. As Tom T 117 said, asking for keys is not only extremely annoying, but banworthy.

Can multiple people play online using the same CD key?
No.

What about LAN play?
Same answer. No. Each player needs a different CD key.

Why can't anyone join my game/server?
That's most likely a port forwarding problem. Forward ports 80, 2302, and 2303 on your router for both TCP and UDP. If you don't know how to do that, Google it "port forwarding" and read up.

I shoot people with the pistol/sniper rifle, but my opponents don't die! Hax?
No, latency. Halo PC's netcode took a dive when MS mandated a rewrite of the netcode to support 56k connections. You have to aim in front of your targets based on your ping to the server. A ping of around 60 is usually a head's length or so. Work with it. It's called "finding your lead". You have to do this with ANYTHING that you want to hit your target; rockets, shotgun blasts, even melee attacks.

I could swear this game looked better on the Xbox. What happened to the shiny assault rifles and flag poles?
Gearbox messed some of the shaders up in the port. Thankfully, the community fixed that. You can find that fix here. (Thanks, Zetren)

[Edited on 06.02.2011 9:01 PM PDT]

  • 05.01.2011 8:11 PM PST
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thanks bro :)

  • 05.02.2011 7:53 AM PST
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"Always my pleasure to be lazy." - InvasionImminent

Good thread. Saving if for future reference towards new comers.

  • 05.02.2011 8:28 AM PST

This is the average H2 Fanboy.
Xfire: JacobGRocks.
50 in H2/H3? Great, but you still fail at this.

About the IGP Patch, it was really just a Intel driver update.

Oh, and Paralells/VMWare will NOT run Halo PC. Wine will, but VMs won't.

[Edited on 05.02.2011 8:45 AM PDT]

  • 05.02.2011 8:44 AM PST


Posted by: DusK
The game doesn't display the camouflage effect correctly.
Only certain video cards support that feature. If it's not working, yours isn't one of them.



There is infact a fix for that problem, I havent tested it yet though

http://gbxforums.gearboxsoftware.com/showthread.php?t=60814

EDIT: Just tested it, works flawlessly! Way better than the transparent look it had before. I seriously recomend everyone to use this, works for halo PC, halo CE and even trial

By the way, you do not need to apply this fix if you have an ATI graphics card, camo works normally on them.

[Edited on 05.08.2011 3:05 PM PDT]

  • 05.02.2011 8:56 AM PST

Posted by: Nessy

The bungie.net community is the halo PC community that is renowned for being unbelieveably sucky.

Good thread Dusk.

I fear that the newbs will ignore it for the most part though.

  • 05.02.2011 1:19 PM PST

Something smells fishy...

Wow I made a FAQ similar to yours!

For some additional information see My FAQ: http://www.bungie.net/Forums/posts.aspx?postID=55117389

[Edited on 05.18.2011 11:23 AM PDT]

  • 05.02.2011 2:40 PM PST

This is actually the stupidest thing ever posted on B.net:

Posted by: the omega man117
Why does everyone hate Halo 2? Maybe its because its the worst game ever next to mario.

This forum would be dead if it wasn't for all those noob topics lol. Good FAQ though.

  • 05.02.2011 5:15 PM PST

Halo Reach PC über alles!

FINALLY an updated FAQ, Someone sticky this thread.

EDIT: Also what about questions relating to H2V?

EDIT 2 ELECTRIC BOOGALOO: List where to find maps for Halo CE/Halo 2 Vista.

[Edited on 05.17.2011 3:17 PM PDT]

  • 05.02.2011 6:02 PM PST
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Halo 1&2 PC forum's resident OC ReMixer. Like rockified and metalized video game music? Subscribe to my YouTube channel.

Yeah. That's right. I don't have a 50 in H3. I never got Onyx in Reach. If a game sucks too much, I won't even bother trying for such trivial "accolades". Besides, I've done way more things that take far more skill and talent than anything that can be done in a video game.

Updated with the link to the camo fix. Thanks.

Conker, I was thinking it'd be more appropriate for H2V to have another thread entirely. I'll do one in the same fashion as this one later tonight.

  • 05.02.2011 6:38 PM PST

Now, in the quantum moment before the closure, when all become one. One moment left. One point of space and time.

I know who you are.

You are Destiny.

Great thread!
Thanks Dusk!

  • 05.02.2011 9:18 PM PST

This is actually the stupidest thing ever posted on B.net:

Posted by: the omega man117
Why does everyone hate Halo 2? Maybe its because its the worst game ever next to mario.

A good, informative thread deserves to go to the top!

  • 05.05.2011 10:26 PM PST

Hey DusK, here is the link to the shader restoration patch. Maybe you could put it up.

http://www.modhalo.net/index.php?/topic/7593-shader-restorati on-patch/

Here's the deal, when Gearbox were porting halo from xbox to the PC, some shaders didn't make it through. And Gearbox didn't patch them (or the bloody net code...)

This unofficial patch fixes most of those shader bugs and makes Halo look cleaner, and makes it as original as possible
Here is a Halo CE version:

http://hce.halomaps.org/index.cfm?fid=4974

Although no where near as good, this patch only addresses the assault rifle and nothing else. If anyone knows of a better version, or can tell me how to convert the PC version to CE, I'd be very grateful.

[Edited on 05.08.2011 3:26 PM PDT]

  • 05.08.2011 5:25 AM PST

Daodan Latency at 65%

Dusk, one minor correction to the list: Halo PC does not run in Crossover Games and I don't believe it runs in wine on Mac. Only real way to run Halo PC on a Mac is through bootcamp.

Also the shader restoration pack that is posted above me also works on Halo for Mac. Also when I get more time again there will be a release of a shader fix for Halo for Mac for people running newer graphics cards.

  • 05.08.2011 6:17 AM PST

Sig made while listening to I-Doser.
Member of the i4Ni Clan.

Hey, I'm TetriS/r4v3n/Ryx. I've been modding Halo 1 pc since late 2008-2009, and playing Halo 2 Vista since summer of 2010. If you need any help with Halo 1 modding, just ask; I haven't modded in a while but I remember most of it.

I'm always up for a h2v game; message i4Ni TetriS and I'll get back to you.

Another thing to add: gearbox also messed up the bitmap for the loading screen on the halo ring, so if yours looks pixelated or wierd, the shader pack should fix that (or some bitmap floating around. I don't remember the url right now, but it's on the modhalo forums.)

Also, for the server joining, as it should be obvious you can join down (lower updates) but not up.

[Edited on 05.08.2011 6:54 PM PDT]

  • 05.08.2011 6:53 PM PST
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Halo 1&2 PC forum's resident OC ReMixer. Like rockified and metalized video game music? Subscribe to my YouTube channel.

Yeah. That's right. I don't have a 50 in H3. I never got Onyx in Reach. If a game sucks too much, I won't even bother trying for such trivial "accolades". Besides, I've done way more things that take far more skill and talent than anything that can be done in a video game.

Most sensible gamers won't worry about server versions. The client auto-updates, and if you're smart enough to run a dedi, you're smart enough to know to keep it up-to-date, unless you're intentionally running a specific version of the game.

Anyway, bumpsicle. It'd be nice if mods could sticky these topics. Already had one guy miss the H2V FAQ and post a question that was already answered in it.

  • 05.11.2011 8:25 PM PST
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Halo 1&2 PC forum's resident OC ReMixer. Like rockified and metalized video game music? Subscribe to my YouTube channel.

Yeah. That's right. I don't have a 50 in H3. I never got Onyx in Reach. If a game sucks too much, I won't even bother trying for such trivial "accolades". Besides, I've done way more things that take far more skill and talent than anything that can be done in a video game.

Bumpapotamous.

  • 05.17.2011 2:57 PM PST
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Yes, I am a hypocrite, and I'm sorry. I really do mean well, but I'm not running on all cylinders.

Everytime someone buys a copy of Halo 2 Vista, a puppy dies.

Bumpmanjaro.

  • 05.18.2011 12:34 AM PST

Posted by: Scary BIack Man
Um... why are there two threads of this.

There aren't...one's Halo PC, the other H2V...

  • 05.18.2011 9:43 AM PST

This is the average H2 Fanboy.
Xfire: JacobGRocks.
50 in H2/H3? Great, but you still fail at this.


Posted by: DusK
Most sensible gamers won't worry about server versions. The client auto-updates, and if you're smart enough to run a dedi, you're smart enough to know to keep it up-to-date, unless you're intentionally running a specific version of the game.



Only 2 people care:

1. Pirates with invalid keys/blanked keys.
2. People attempting to host servers for 1.00 CE or 1.04 PC.

  • 05.18.2011 10:59 AM PST
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Halo 1&2 PC forum's resident OC ReMixer. Like rockified and metalized video game music? Subscribe to my YouTube channel.

Yeah. That's right. I don't have a 50 in H3. I never got Onyx in Reach. If a game sucks too much, I won't even bother trying for such trivial "accolades". Besides, I've done way more things that take far more skill and talent than anything that can be done in a video game.

I'm not leaving this thing on the second page.

  • 05.27.2011 9:59 AM PST

I have a question, why do people host servers for old versions of Halo PC?

  • 05.27.2011 10:30 AM PST

This is the average H2 Fanboy.
Xfire: JacobGRocks.
50 in H2/H3? Great, but you still fail at this.


Posted by: Zetren
I have a question, why do people host servers for old versions of Halo PC?


For These guys.

Most 1.00 and 1.04 PC EXEs don't require keys to join. You can host keyless servers, though, if you have a tool like Gandanur.

  • 05.27.2011 12:32 PM PST
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"Dear Bungie.net, we regret being stubborn bastards, we regret coming to this forum, and we most definitely regret that Darth Kooky blew up our raggedy-ass opinion!"

The game tells me I have to register it or something with GameSpy. However, making an account on GameSpy doesn't work and I still can't play online!

  • 05.28.2011 1:35 AM PST

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