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Subject: Halo 2 Vista FAQ (READ FIRST BEFORE POSTING QUESTIONS)
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  • Noble Legendary Member

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.

If I missed anything let me know, ect ect.

Does Halo 2 Vista work with Windows 7 32-bit/64-bit?
Yes and no. Some people have issues, some people run the game fine. The only way to know is to try yourself.

Can I play the game on Windows XP?
You can play single-player using a couple of modded files. Look for them. It's completely impossible to play multiplayer on XP, though. There's a reason it says "Requires Windows Vista" on the box. Even if it's not a good one, it's still a reason.

Can I use my Xbox LIVE Gamertag? Can I get Achievements/Gamerscore that count toward my Xbox LIVE Gamertag's Achievements/Gamerscore?
Yes. Just enter your Gamertag/email/password when prompted to log into LIVE.

Will the game work on my computer/laptop?
If you have to ask this question, the answer is most likely a no. The minimum system requirements can be found here. Read that and compare it to your system's specs.

My laptop has a Nvidia GT 540M graphics and I can't run the game.
Known issue. H2V's coding completely disregards this graphics chip and assumes you're running integrated graphics. I've only heard one person manage to get it to work with a 540M; The rest never got it working. If a definite solution is discovered, it'll be posted here.

I tried to update Live, but it just keeps updating and then restarting, or it never updates at all.
Download the up-to-date Games for Windows LIVE client at http://www.gamesforwindows.com/en-US/download/.

Can I use my wired Xbox 360 controller with Halo 2 Vista?
Yes. The full functionality of the Xbox controller is there if you use the wired Xbox 360 controller.

Can I use a wireless Xbox 360 controller?
Yes, with all of its functionality, but you'll need a wireless adapter for your PC. Here's what you're looking for. This will allow you to connect up to four wireless Xbox 360 controllers to your PC.

Can I use a wireless Xbox 360 controller with a charge pack if I plug the charge pack into my PC's USB drive?
No. The wireless controller still relies on wireless communication to relay input. The charge pack only juices up the battery. You still need a wireless receiver.

What about another controller that's not an Xbox 360 controller?
That becomes a little more tricky. You lose the aim assist, and you also have to configure it manually.

When I try to play multiplayer, no games show up on this list.
Leave the game running for about 10 minutes. Screw around in a game by yourself, play some single-player, whatever. It might work after that. This was presumed fixed before, but recent updates to GfWL may have brought this problem back.

Where can I download Halo 2 Vista?
Legally, nowhere. It's been speculated that it will hit the GfWL Marketplace eventually, but so far, that hasn't happened. Illegally, well, you're on your own.

My mouse doesn't feel like it usually does with PC games.
Try limiting the framerate using an external program or your video card driver's control panel. That works for some people.

This game runs really slow, but I run very recent hardware and play games that are way more demanding than Halo 2 should be! What am I doing wrong?
Nothing. Halo 2 Vista is extremely unoptimized. There's not really any way to fix that.

Can I run the game on a Mac?
Yes. Dual-booting, Bootcamp, or emulation should work. The former two are more likely to work than emulation.

Can I use my Halo 2 Vista CD key for the Halo 2 nameplate in Halo Reach?
No. Playing H2V will not unlock that nameplate. You have to have played the Xbox version of Halo 2 before LIVE was shut down for old Xbox games in order to get that nameplate. That's the only way.

How do I install downloaded maps?
Extract/unzip the maps from the zip file you downloaded, and place the files into C:\Users\<your User name for Windows>\Documents\My Games\Halo 2\Maps.

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

I tried to install the game for the 6th time, but got a "CD key usage exceeded" error! What gives?
You can only install the game using a single CD key 5 separate times. After that, the key becomes unusable.

Why can't anybody join my games?
Forward ports 80 and 3074 on your router and/or firewall. If you don't know how, Google "port forwarding".

Are the button combos (BXR, BXB, ect) still in the game?
Technically yes, though some people have been claiming they're harder to do.

Does the game have co-op?
No. Not in any way, shape, or form.

Does the game have an anti-cheat system?
Nope.

Can I manage my dedicated server from inside the game?
Nope.

How is the population for Halo 2 Vista?
Small. As of late 2008, the player count has never broken 100 at any given time.

Does voice chat work?
No. The most recent update for GfWL broke it. Don't hold your breath for a fix.

[Edited on 02.01.2012 2:53 AM PST]

  • 05.02.2011 10:02 PM PDT

Halo Reach PC über alles!

Good thread, all this needs to be now is stickied.

  • 05.03.2011 3:32 AM PDT

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

There is already a old sticky for old issues, though, which has some fixes for that. But I do like the things at the bottom. Also put that the Dedi server can only ban by name, which is easy to bypass.

  • 05.03.2011 7:16 AM PDT

Hey, could you add this?

Halo 2 vista, how to edit FOV

http://www.modacity.net/forums/showthread.php?11157-How-to-pe rmanently-widen-FOV

Currently, the only way to change the FOV of H2V is to edit the actual map files. Blu trainer doesn't work anymore with the latest version and no one is bothered to make an updated FOV changer.

This fix only works with single player maps though as all maps are checked before you join a game (unlike Halo 1)

  • 05.09.2011 8:53 AM PDT
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  • Noble Legendary Member

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've only seen one person ask how to change H2's FOV. And that's you. Not really frequent enough of a question to merit space in an FAQ.

  • 05.09.2011 12:42 PM PDT


Posted by: DusK
I've only seen one person ask how to change H2's FOV. And that's you. Not really frequent enough of a question to merit space in an FAQ.


Fair enough

  • 05.09.2011 1:14 PM PDT

Great guide, now if only people read this...

  • 05.10.2011 3:20 PM PDT

Halo 3

Posted by: Zetren

Posted by: DusK
I've only seen one person ask how to change H2's FOV. And that's you. Not really frequent enough of a question to merit space in an FAQ.


Fair enough


One person's question in this forum is a FAQ :p

  • 05.10.2011 4:11 PM PDT
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  • Noble Legendary Member

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.

Pretty sure everything in the OP has either been asked frequently enough to merit its place in an FAQ (whether recently or before your time here, such as the remote server control question, which was asked a ton of times years ago by then-active HPC players looking to buy H2V), or is related to a frequently asked question that someone might wonder about after receiving an answer to their original question.

  • 05.10.2011 9:55 PM PDT

Something smells fishy...

Posted by: DusK
Pretty sure everything in the OP has either been asked frequently enough to merit its place in an FAQ (whether recently or before your time here, such as the remote server control question, which was asked a ton of times years ago by then-active HPC players looking to buy H2V), or is related to a frequently asked question that someone might wonder about after receiving an answer to their original question.

I'm with you DusK. At least you made a FAQ to help people. I don't see Ben helping people too often.

  • 05.10.2011 10:03 PM PDT

Halo 3

Posted by: Barnacle_Blast
Posted by: DusK
Pretty sure everything in the OP has either been asked frequently enough to merit its place in an FAQ (whether recently or before your time here, such as the remote server control question, which was asked a ton of times years ago by then-active HPC players looking to buy H2V), or is related to a frequently asked question that someone might wonder about after receiving an answer to their original question.

I'm with you DusK. At least you made a FAQ to help people. I don't see Ben helping people too often.


Yeah I don't visit this site too often anymore. . .actually I never really did. But ultimately it's because I can't. I'm the one who would be asking those types of questions, not answering them (the technical issues). Don't ask me how to get things working on a PC, chances are I'm as clueless as the clueless. Oddly enough, this forum has turned into (or has always been) a FAQ forum, just people don't realize it because of the insignificant formality of this forum (and Dusk has realized this, by making these 2 threads).

[Edited on 05.10.2011 10:19 PM PDT]

  • 05.10.2011 10:14 PM PDT
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  • Noble Legendary Member

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.

Bumpalump. Apparently, if this topic has more than 5 other topics above it, the Halo 2 kids will miss it. Such short attention spans.

  • 05.13.2011 3:44 PM PDT

Posted by: Nessy

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

bumpasaurous

  • 05.17.2011 2:13 PM PDT
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  • Elder Legendary Member

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.

Rex. Esquire?

  • 05.18.2011 12:34 AM PDT
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  • Noble Legendary Member

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.

Attorney at Lawl.

  • 05.27.2011 10:00 AM PDT

I heard you mention button combinations, what are they?

  • 05.27.2011 10:02 AM PDT
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  • Noble Legendary Member

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.

A game-destroying glitch. Google "BXR".

  • 05.27.2011 10:04 AM PDT

good 'ol Urban Dictionary

  • 05.27.2011 10:05 AM PDT

Posted by: Nessy

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

Hey guys. Will H2 work on my Windows 7? Plzz respond!

  • 05.27.2011 1:06 PM PDT

This user is unavailable at the moment. Please wait a few hours then try again.
If the problem persists, eat a pineapple and press Alt+F4 at the same time. Otherwise, scream at top of lungs and pound on keyboard.
This user logs onto Bungie.net every second fry-day of the week in the monthly hours. Try to contact him while he is not asleep or masterbating.

FREE HALO 3 PC BETA CLICK HERE

Of course it will, you just need to download and install both the latest (the only) H2 update and the latest GFWL update, and install them both.
Then stop cryptographic services using the command console, rename your catroot2 folder into something else, restart cryptographic services.
Then go to your H2 folder and move activate.exe outside of the folder. Start halo2.exe, fill the empty fields when signing in, then close the game. Put the activate.exe back into the H2 folder and initiate Startup.exe, then input your key once again.

Praying optional, but recommended.

  • 05.27.2011 2:13 PM PDT

he was joking...

  • 05.27.2011 2:39 PM PDT

Halo 3

Posted by: Zetren
he was joking...


Both of them were.

  • 05.27.2011 3:09 PM PDT

Can brx'ing be done with kb/m?

  • 05.30.2011 4:00 PM PDT
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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.

Posted by: Zetren
Can brx'ing be done with kb/m?

Yep. And macros take that one step beyond. Imagine being able to pull that off just by hitting one key. Welcome to the glorious world of Halo 2 Vista.

  • 05.30.2011 8:27 PM PDT

Please, no hurt! Me like Elites. Brutes stinky bad bad. Me stay here, make sure no Brutes come behind mighty Arbiter. Heh, heh... Eh?

What about 1-50? is there ranks in H2v?

  • 06.02.2011 1:18 PM PDT

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