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Halo 2 Vista FAQ (READ FIRST BEFORE POSTING QUESTIONS)

If I missed anything let me know, ect ect. [b]Does Halo 2 Vista work with Windows 7 32-bit/64-bit?[/b] Yes and no. Some people have issues, some people run the game fine. The only way to know is to try yourself. [b]Can I play the game on Windows XP?[/b] 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. [b]Can I use my Xbox LIVE Gamertag? Can I get Achievements/Gamerscore that count toward my Xbox LIVE Gamertag's Achievements/Gamerscore?[/b] Yes. Just enter your Gamertag/email/password when prompted to log into LIVE. [b]Will the game work on my computer/laptop?[/b] If you have to ask this question, the answer is most likely a no. [url=http://support.microsoft.com/kb/936820]The minimum system requirements can be found here[/url]. Read that and compare it to your system's specs. [b]My laptop has a Nvidia GT 540M graphics and I can't run the game.[/b] 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. [b]I tried to update Live, but it just keeps updating and then restarting, or it never updates at all.[/b] Download the up-to-date Games for Windows LIVE client at [url]http://www.gamesforwindows.com/en-US/download/[/url]. [b]Can I use my wired Xbox 360 controller with Halo 2 Vista?[/b] Yes. The full functionality of the Xbox controller is there if you use the wired Xbox 360 controller. [b]Can I use a wireless Xbox 360 controller?[/b] Yes, with all of its functionality, but you'll need a wireless adapter for your PC. [url=http://www.amazon.com/Xbox-Wireless-Gaming-Receiver-Windows-Pc/dp/B000HZFCT2]Here's what you're looking for.[/url] This will allow you to connect up to four wireless Xbox 360 controllers to your PC. [b]Can I use a wireless Xbox 360 controller with a charge pack if I plug the charge pack into my PC's USB drive?[/b] 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. [b]What about another controller that's not an Xbox 360 controller?[/b] That becomes a little more tricky. You lose the aim assist, and you also have to configure it manually. [b]When I try to play multiplayer, no games show up on this list.[/b] 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. [b]Where can I download Halo 2 Vista?[/b] 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. [b]My mouse doesn't feel like it usually does with PC games.[/b] Try limiting the framerate using an external program or your video card driver's control panel. That works for some people. [b]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?[/b] Nothing. Halo 2 Vista is extremely unoptimized. There's not really any way to fix that. [b]Can I run the game on a Mac?[/b] Yes. Dual-booting, Bootcamp, or emulation should work. The former two are more likely to work than emulation. [b]Can I use my Halo 2 Vista CD key for the Halo 2 nameplate in Halo Reach?[/b] 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. [b]How do I install downloaded maps?[/b] Extract/unzip the maps from the zip file you downloaded, and place the files into [i]C:\Users\\Documents\My Games\Halo 2\Maps[/i]. [b]Can multiple people play online using the same CD key?[/b] No. [b]I tried to install the game for the 6th time, but got a "CD key usage exceeded" error! What gives?[/b] You can only install the game using a single CD key 5 separate times. After that, the key becomes unusable. [b]Why can't anybody join my games?[/b] Forward ports 80 and 3074 on your router and/or firewall. If you don't know how, Google "port forwarding". [b]Are the button combos (BXR, BXB, ect) still in the game?[/b] Technically yes, though some people have been claiming they're harder to do. [b]Does the game have co-op?[/b] No. Not in any way, shape, or form. [b]Does the game have an anti-cheat system?[/b] Nope. [b]Can I manage my dedicated server from inside the game?[/b] Nope. [b]How is the population for Halo 2 Vista?[/b] Small. As of late 2008, the player count has never broken 100 at any given time. [b]Does voice chat work?[/b] 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]
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  • [quote][b]Posted by:[/b] DusK [b]How is the population for Halo 2 Vista?[/b] Small. As of late 2008, the player count has never broken 100 at any given time.[/quote] I was just thinking about getting Halo 2 Vista, but after seeing this, I don't know if it's worth it :/
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    • [quote][b]Posted by:[/b] Super PolarBear [b]When I try to play multiplayer, no games show up on this list.[/b] 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. Surprisingly, this was fixed a while back. The server list loads up every time now.[/quote] Alright, trimmed it.
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      • I bought it (legally), but the disk doesn't work at all. is there a way to get an installer, but I could still use my CD key?
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      • good
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      • [quote][b]Posted by:[/b] EdgiestSum94 I pass all system requirements, yet the game crashes either on main screen or within 5 minutes of the campaign start. it may be a basic computer, but i still cant see why it wont play the game without crashing and closing....Dual Core Processor 2.6 gig.Radeon HD 5450 1017 MB. D x 11.-1534MB RAM with Windows Vista service pack 2. i have read everything i can find online, yet still no way to resolve it. the updates stop the game from even loading.... this is the most disappointing bit of programming i have ever tried to play.[/quote] I'm not sure what the issue is, but I will make a few suggestions... 1. Try updating the Games for Windows Live client separately. 2. Update Graphics Card drivers. 3. Check to make sure nothing is overheating and your power supply is adequate for your PC. If it is a retailer made PC, you'd be surprised how often they are sold with weak PSU's. 4. Possibly upgrade your Ram to at least 2GB. 4GB is the norm these days but try that after exhausting all options mentioned above. 5. Failing that, torch the game.
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      • I pass all system requirements, yet the game crashes either on main screen or within 5 minutes of the campaign start. it may be a basic computer, but i still cant see why it wont play the game without crashing and closing....Dual Core Processor 2.6 gig.Radeon HD 5450 1017 MB. D x 11.-1534MB RAM with Windows Vista service pack 2. i have read everything i can find online, yet still no way to resolve it. the updates stop the game from even loading.... this is the most disappointing bit of programming i have ever tried to play.
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      • [quote]Bungie is no longer managing the Halo Universe. While our Halo-related forums and stats remain available, be advised that "official" answers and support about the Halo Universe (past, present, or future) are not.[/quote] That was above the box you typed in to make that post :P 343i are in complete control of the Halo universe now and I don't even think Bungie had any involvement with Halo 2 Vista in terms of maintenance anyway. I highly doubt anyone who is in control at this point would care enough, though.
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      • Thanks for the overview, is there any way to contact bungie about making a disable blood option for Halo 2 for PC? I've looked through maps and the game .exe file itself, and have had no luck in disabling it myself. I have plenty of friends that would buy it if it had this option, and bought it myself thinking I could disable the blood, but was proven wrong after many failed efforts. I would think that a separate program that goes into the .exe file and disables the blood code would work best, seeing as how the campaign maps are prepackaged and already rendered past their editable state. Any help appreciated. Thanks.
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        [quote][b]Posted by:[/b] Donut Funn [quote][b]Posted by:[/b] DusK [b]How is the population for Halo 2 Vista?[/b] Small. As of late 2008, the player count has never broken 100 at any given time.[/quote] I was just thinking about getting Halo 2 Vista, but after seeing this, I don't know if it's worth it :/[/quote] Do it. There are servers that are nearly full almost always. Plus the game is a blast!
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      • HEY I AM ONLY NEW TO THIS FORUM AND I RECANTLY BOUGHT HALO 2 FOR MY LAPTOP ITS RUNNING ALL THE SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS FOR THE GAME EXCEPT ITS VISTA BISNUSSE AND THE GAME WILL RANDOMLY CRASH ALOT PLEASE HELP
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      • Have you messaged sawnose requesting a sticky?
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      • [quote][b]Posted by:[/b] ChaseTheSwift Wow. You guys are still around. I found this faq so long ago when I had used up my halo 2 vista activations. I was curious to see if any support was rendered by ms in the last few years but I guess not. Thanks for the years of help.[/quote] Yeah we are, people are starting to organise game nights which you may want to take part in, they're alot of fun. Glad people have been able to help.
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      • Wow. You guys are still around. I found this faq so long ago when I had used up my halo 2 vista activations. I was curious to see if any support was rendered by ms in the last few years but I guess not. Thanks for the years of help.
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      • Bumpalump.
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      • RISE ONCE MORE FROM YE TOMB! (Because the Halo 1 PC FAQ now has nails in his.) [Edited on 12.11.2011 1:23 PM PST]
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      • [b]Voice chat doesn't work?[/b] A gfwl update broke voice chat too, when the Xbox moved codecs.
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      • Thanks iv been trying to get my xbox wireless pad with the charger to work for ages.
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      • I didn't see it in the FAQ and it has been a very frustrating issue since H2V's last update in 2007 (lol) : [b]I am experiencing what seems to be a 1 second game freeze anytime a new player joins the server that I am gaming in...what gives?[/b] [i]<---That doesn't sound right lol?[/i] This is commonly referred to in Halo 2 Vista as "Join Lag." It is known that Halo 2 Windows Vista carries some incompatibilities with the Games for Windows Live client and this is one of many issues that will never be fixed. It affects all players, just not you. You know edit it and whatnot to your liking. [Edited on 10.06.2011 11:06 PM PDT]
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      • [b]When I try to play multiplayer, no games show up on this list.[/b] 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. Surprisingly, this was fixed a while back. The server list loads up every time now. A little bump never hurt anybody. Or is it a little bump never hurt nobody? Eh.
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      • [quote][b]Posted by:[/b] i Conker [quote][b]Posted by:[/b] gruntyII7 [quote][b]Posted by:[/b] gruntyII7 Can you connect a wireless Xbox 360 headset to the wireless adapter for PC? If so, could I use that headset on Skype without having Halo 2 or any windows live game open?[/quote]Anyone know?[/quote] Yep, it works.[/quote]Thanks [Edited on 08.01.2011 10:36 PM PDT]
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      • [quote][b]Posted by:[/b] gruntyII7 [quote][b]Posted by:[/b] gruntyII7 Can you connect a wireless Xbox 360 headset to the wireless adapter for PC? If so, could I use that headset on Skype without having Halo 2 or any windows live game open?[/quote]Anyone know?[/quote] Yep, it works.
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      • [quote][b]Posted by:[/b] gruntyII7 Can you connect a wireless Xbox 360 headset to the wireless adapter for PC? If so, could I use that headset on Skype without having Halo 2 or any windows live game open?[/quote]Anyone know?
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      • Can you connect a wireless Xbox 360 headset to the wireless adapter for PC? If so, could I use that headset on Skype without having Halo 2 or any windows live game open? [Edited on 07.31.2011 9:37 PM PDT]
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      • [quote][b]Posted by:[/b] i Conker [quote][b]Posted by:[/b] Wilis_kid How many times are people going to ask this? Wasn't there an FAQ??[/quote] Yes, yes there was.[/quote] Thankyou for bumping this so people may hopefully read before asking the same questions.. Furthermore on the Co op section of the guide, there is an incomplete mod that Shock120 was working on, in its current form, i have been able to play most of the Arbiter levels though it's unstable, with the MC levels not working at all. Just thought that might be worth a mention. [Edited on 07.30.2011 8:56 AM PDT]
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      • [quote][b]Posted by:[/b] Wilis_kid How many times are people going to ask this? Wasn't there an FAQ??[/quote] Yes, yes there was. [Edited on 07.30.2011 8:14 AM PDT]
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      • Wise fwom your gwave.
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