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The Halo PC/CE Ultimate Enhancement Guide. Updated 25/7/2015.

Halo PC = Halo Combat Evolved Halo CE = Halo Custom Edition [u]Update Video Card, Audio Card, And Network Drivers[/u] JUST DO IT [u]Install The Latest Version Of Halo PC/CE[/u] No previous patches required Official Copy http://halo.bungie.net/images/games/halopc/patch/110/halopc-patch-1.0.10.exe http://halo.bungie.net/images/games/halopc/patch/110/haloce-patch-1.0.10.exe Unofficial Copy http://halo-fixes.findforum.net/t6-manual-1-10-update-for-players-with-unofficial-copies [u]Force Your Video Card To Recognize Halo CE (haloce.exe)[/u] NVIDIA does not recognize the .exe of Halo CE meaning that any custom set options in the "Manage 3D" are ignored. To fix this open NVIDIA control panel, go to "Manage 3D settings" tab, click "Program Settings", click "Add", then find haloce.exe [u]Force Halo PC/CE To Recognise Your Video Card[/u] If your video card was made post-2006, Halo PC/CE will list it as ''Unknown'' in config.txt located within your Halo PC/CE directory. To fix this: 1. Double click Halo PC/CE, hold down Ctrl 2. A small widow will appear with a code such as ''0x05e2'' 3. Copy this code and open config.txt 4. Under your video card vendor, before Unknown = "Unknown", create a new entry named as your video card, e.g 0x05e2 = "GeForce GTX 260". Add the following: [b]UseAnisotropicFilter[/b] Improves quality of oblique textures. After force to x16 in your video control panel for max quality [b]DisableBuffering[/b] Eliminates input lag [b]DisableAlphaRenderTargets[/b] Eliminates scope blur in a superior fashion to HAC 2 (see below), makes some textures very shiny, breaks active camo, breaks night vision. Optional Repeating step 1 should now show a window stating your current video card, not ''unknown'' as before [u]Install HAC 2[/u] HAC 2 is a unofficial patch for Halo PC/CE by Btcc22 compatible with Halo PC and CE. Features include bug fixes, automatic map downloading and engine upgrades. Download here: http://client.haloanticheat.com/release.zip Video https://youtube.com/watch?v=9rRaVEDX [u]HAC 2 Tweaks[/u] [b]Set A Custom Field of View[/b] Press F6 in game [b]Reduce Scope Blur[/b] See below on how to enable the console. Execute ''scope_blur 0'' [b]Correct Widescreen HUD Scaling[/b] Execute ''hac_widescreen 1''. Disable if using OpenSauce as its widescreen scaling is better. Scaling looks better on some maps when turned off. [b]Enable Custom Chat[/b] Replace Halo's ugly chat console with a Reach style replacement. Execute ''custom_chat 1'', adjust with ''font_size x'' [b]Bookmark Servers[/b] Press F4/F5 in game [b]Copy Server IP Address[/b] To share server addresses, execute "copy". This will copy the server's IP and password onto your clipboard. Right click to paste in Halo's console [u]Install OpenSauce[/u] Compatible with Halo CE only, developed by Kornman00 and TheFieryScythe, Open Sauce v4 adds post processing, advanced shading and support for HD .yelo maps. [b]OpenSauce and HAC 2 are not fully compatible, see [url=http://forum.halomaps.org/index.cfm?page=topic&topicID=47838]here for news[/url][/b] [url]https://bitbucket.org/KornnerStudios/opensauce-release/downloads[/url] Now go play the two finest maps ever produced on the Blam engine! http://forum.halomaps.org/index.cfm?page=topic&topicID=47823 http://halomods.com/ips/index.php?/topic/449-release-cmt-spv3-the-truth-and-reconciliation [u]Install The Universal User Interface[/u] This UI replacement for Halo CE by MooseGuy removes update checks making joining multiplayer games faster. It includes menus for custom made singleplayer maps. To install, drop into your Halo CE maps folder http://modacity.net/forums/showthread.php?25459-Universal-UI-Version-1.1-Release-Thread [u]Play The Original Campaign in Halo CE[/u] Thanks to the work of austen1000 and Renamon, playing the original campaign on Halo CE's engine is possible. Open Sauce will improve graphics and the UUI will unlock all levels automatically [url]http://forum.halomaps.org/index.cfm?page=topic&topicID=47079&start=1[/url] [u]Enable Antialiasing[/u] Standard AA does not work on Halo PC/CE NVIDIA users force FXAA in your video control panel AMD users force MLAA in your video control panel Highest AA quality possible http://www.neogaf.com/forum/showthread.php?t=509076 [i]SweetFX listed below may also be used to inject SMAA/FXAA[/i] [u]Improve Input Lag And Online Performance[/u] Set Halo network settings according to your internet upload speed. Use [url]http://Speedtest.net[/url] as a guide or login to your router. Speedtest reports lower upload speeds than actual, so select next highest setting in Halo if upload results are slightly lower than what is available. Use CAT6/5e cables, don't use wireless or Homeplugs. Turn off bandwidth eaters like phone wifi and Steam. To lower WAN pings, ask your ISP to disable interleaving. To reduce input lag: disable vsync, enable ''game mode'' on your monitor, use VGA, make sure ''maximum pre-renderd frames" is set to app-controlled or 1 in your video card settings, set mouse polling rate to maximum, and set your monitor to its highest refresh rate. Research HPET, I have it disabled In multiplayer servers, type ''/info'' into chat ingame to check if the server uses nolead. Nolead, part of SAPP server software, patches Halo PC/CE's notorious netcode problem whereby players must apply ''shot leading''. One must shoot his target slightly farther than one would do naturally, this worsens the higher your ping. Nolead fixes this and for new/inexperienced players especially, a server that implements it is highly preferable to servers that don't. Take advantage of Halo's glitches: http://web.archive.org/web/20140827140412/http://www.thehaloforum.com/halo-1/140298-halo-multiplayer-applicable-guide-h1-xbox.html [u]Improve Graphics With SweetFX[/u] Use [url=http://sweetfx.thelazy.net]SweetFX[/url] for post processing effects. Incompatible with Xfire ingame [url=http://youtube.com/watch?v=v21m_p7d2A4]Youtube tutorial[/url] Sweetfx's successor is in the works: http://reshade.me [u]Fix Assault Rifle HUD Glitch[/u] 1. Download [url=http://gamefront.com/files/3810163]Halo Mapping Tools v3.5[/url] 2. Read [url=http://opencarnage.net/index.php?/topic/1924-assault-rifle-hud-meter-fix/]this post[/url] 3. Open a Halo PC map (not bitmaps.map) with HMT 4. Navigate to ui\hud\bitmaps\combined\hud_ammo_meters 5. Replace old bitmap with new .dds file from the post 6. Decline to update image size [u]Force Highest Quality Shaders[/u] Works for Halo PC, works for Halo CE singleplayer maps only. http://modhalo.net/index.php?/topic/31894-that-had-detail-how-to-make-halo-look-nicer [u]Texture Mods[/u] Multiplayer texture packs are only compatible with Halo PC [url=http://opencarnage.net/index.php?/topic/4361-halo-ftw]Halo FTW[/url] [url=http://opencarnage.net/index.php?/topic/2239-halo-revolution-beta]Halo Revolution[/url] This is Halo CE compatible due to using TexMod, editing textures in real-time: http://youtube.com/watch?v=fvF-SYFYiTQ [u]Command Line Parameters and Key Commands[/u] Right click on Halo's shortcut, adding them to the ''target'' field. A space is required before each [b]-console[/b] Activate by pressing the tilde key (Left of 1) in-game [b]-nowinkey[/b] Disables Windows keys [b]-nojoystick[/b] Disables joystick detection, improving FPS [b]-novideo[/b] Disables intro movies [b]-screenshot[/b] Press ''print screen'' in-game to take HD .tga screenshots saved in your Halo directory [b]-use21[/b] Improves shader quality [b]-window[/b] Launches in a window. Press ALT Enter while windowed to enter [b]borderless window mode[/b] [b]-timedemo[/b] Launches in benchmark mode, the results of which are saved as timedemo.txt in your Halo directory [b]Press:[/b] ALT Enter to minimize the game if in fullscreen mode ALT F4 to quit to desktop CTRL F12 to view your Frames Per Second (FPS) To execute the following at each Halo launch, create init.txt within your Halo PC/CE directory and paste them there without quotes [b]Executing:[/b] 'rasterizer_fps 1' in the console displays a higher detail FPS counter 'multiplayer_hit_sound_volume 1' loudens hit sound in Halo CE 'mouse_acceleration 0' increases mouse accuracy 'fov x' sets FOV (HAC 2) 'cls' clears console 'show_hud 0' disables HUD 'about' shows HAC 2 version 'devcam 1' activates devcam. Hold left-click to move, hold down middle mouse button and scroll to adjust speed (HAC 2) To properly use a controller, paste the following within init.txt player_magnetism 1 player_autoaim 1 set_pitch_rate .1 set_yaw_rate .1 [u]Fix Audio Hardware Acceleration, Enable EAX[/u] For Creative cards, use [url=http://support.creative.com/kb/showarticle.aspx?sid=28967]Creative ALchemy[/url] to enable Hardware Acceleration/EAX, drastically improving Halo's sound quality. For Realtek onboad, [url=http://hardwareheaven.com/community/threads/realtek-soundmax-modds-sb-x-fi-mb-1-2.209050/page-27#post-1508756]these drivers[/url] enable EAX. I use these. Realtek 3D SoundBack/Creative ALchemy Universal are awful, don't use them [u]Halo On Linux With Wine[/u] https://appdb.winehq.org/objectManager.php?sClass=version&iId=32019 [u]Community[/u] For its age Halo PC/CE has one heck of a community. Players use https://www.evolvehq.com to contact others (RIP Xfire). Add me @ https://www.evolvehq.com/players/zetren Join us in the forums http://halomaps.org most popular http://opencarnage.net http://modacity.net http://halomods.com Be sure to check our annual show on all that is Halo CE http://haloce3.com/

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  • I'll definitely be keeping this thread saved. I've been meaning to install add-ons for a while, now. Thanks, OP

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  • Thanks Dude, Really Useful! Especially The FOV Changer :D

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    Fuq that, I will just turn on my Xbox 360 and play Halo CE Anniversary. Hell of a lot easier than having to do all that crap.

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  • Guide has been newly updated. Enjoy!

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  • Hey just wanted to say that Nvidia users can play Halo with AA now, with the introduction of FXAA. Probably worth adding to the OP.

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  • Hi, if it was down, it's back up now. If you need any help feel free to post here.

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  • The download link for widescreen fixer is down. Is there any other way of getting it? I'm really desperate to fix the FOV.

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  • [quote][b]Posted by:[/b] willis936 What exactly does compatibility mode do?[/quote] It uses certain files in the system32 folder for certain applications that need it, halo 2 does not. :)

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  • What exactly does compatibility mode do?

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  • [quote][b]Posted by:[/b] DarkSpyda04 How do I access the "Manage 3D" tab? I don't know where to find it.[/quote] [url]http://imageshack.us/f/4/bild4k.jpg/[/url]

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  • [quote][b]Posted by:[/b] willis936 I wasn't specifically looking for texmods. It's already an incredible jump from the xbox version. I was just hoping for some way of running in dx10 with bloom or AO. The lighting just feels very flat and my CPU and GPU never get above 40% load (save playing around with the scarab gun :p). I've not once had any stability or framerate issues with the game. Running on 7 x64 with compatibility mode vista SP1 and running as administrator. I would like to override the "revert to non aero desktop scheme" while the game is running. That's very annoying.[/quote] Take off compatibility mode , I know what I'm talking about. :) Go to your halo 2 directory, right click on halo2.exe/startup.exe, go to compatibility tab, and make sure "Disable desktop composition" is unchecked. There are no graphics mods for Halo 2 Vista, the most you can do is to go to your graphics card control panel and make sure AA x16 is enabled

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  • I wasn't specifically looking for texmods. It's already an incredible jump from the xbox version. I was just hoping for some way of running in dx10 with bloom or AO. The lighting just feels very flat and my CPU and GPU never get above 40% load (save playing around with the scarab gun :p). I've not once had any stability or framerate issues with the game. Running on 7 x64 with compatibility mode vista SP1 and running as administrator. I would like to override the "revert to non aero desktop scheme" while the game is running. That's very annoying.

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  • [quote][b]Posted by:[/b] Zetren The reason that I didn't include "DisableAlphaRenderTargets" is because that breaks the shiny active cammo fix I posted, and the pistol blur is supposed to be there also :P[/quote] Sorry! [quote][b]Posted by:[/b] Zetren I'm interested in the optimization for anisotropic filtering you were talking about. Can you tell me more?[/quote] I'm not certain how this works. It seems to substitute filters. Trilinear becomes bilinear in some places, and anisotropy becomes trilinear when the higher filtering is "unnecessary". Try a game with bilinear filtering sometime to see how awful looking it is. It looks a lot like the tearing that occurs without vsync. The optimization setting is a trade off. You'll sometimes get a nice image, while other times there is a sort of "sparkle" effect, I guess due to the mixture of filtering methods. Simple, right?

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  • How do I access the "Manage 3D" tab? I don't know where to find it.

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  • [quote][b]Posted by:[/b] willis936 I'd really like a version of this thread for Halo 2. I can't seem to find any texmods, tweak guides, tweak guides, or even launch options of note for graphic modifications. Truly lame.[/quote]I highly doubt there are any texture mods for Halo 2 Vista or even many tweaks at all besides FPS Limiter. I think I remember seeing a guide to fixing most of the problems that you might encounter with h2v somewhere...

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  • I'd really like a version of this thread for Halo 2. I can't seem to find any texmods, tweak guides, tweak guides, or even launch options of note for graphic modifications. Truly lame.

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  • [quote][b]Posted by:[/b] Dr Syx [quote][b]Posted by:[/b] Zetren [quote][b]Posted by:[/b] Dr Syx [quote][b]Posted by:[/b] Zetren Tell me a good reason for using DART. I can't figure out what the benefits are to be honest.[/quote]Some people believe it makes the game look better, just like the rest of the tweaks you've mentioned. In the end this could be a list of things you like or a complete guide to all graphical tweaks for Halo PC/CE. DART is just another one of those things some people prefer. :P[/quote] Yes, you've got a point. I'll put it up then. by the way, do you like the new layout? Also, I think I heard you talking about increasing the texture sizes in map files with HMT in a reach forum topic sometime. Well, whats it like?[/quote]OH! Thank you for reminding me! Yeah, there are options in HMT under some tags to increase the texture quality in the maps. It takes some time, but you have to go into each individual map and check the highest quality setting. (Okay, I've tried to google the thread I read it from, but I can't find it anywhere. I can't remember which tags you're supposed to be looking through, either. Sorry :/) Oh, and yeah, I do like the new layout. (:[/quote] Please find out! This would probably be the best tweak of them all as it would actually disable texture compression, free steak for you if you do so x) [quote][b]Posted by:[/b] airmanleon59556 Hey I have a Compaq Presario with CPU 2.5 GHz, 504MB RAM, and intel integrated graphics chipset 845G. I know its not great but it works alright I was just wondering if there is anyway to make halo run better on intel integrated graphics. In particular I have a problem where the master chiefs visor is black in the game instead of gold. Any help would be appreciated![/quote] Hi, Update your graphics card drivers, that has been proven to fix it. [Edited on 08.10.2011 10:05 AM PDT]

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  • Hey I have a Compaq Presario with CPU 2.5 GHz, 504MB RAM, and intel integrated graphics chipset 845G. I know its not great but it works alright I was just wondering if there is anyway to make halo run better on intel integrated graphics. In particular I have a problem where the master chiefs visor is black in the game instead of gold. Any help would be appreciated!

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  • [quote][b]Posted by:[/b] Zetren [quote][b]Posted by:[/b] Dr Syx [quote][b]Posted by:[/b] Zetren Tell me a good reason for using DART. I can't figure out what the benefits are to be honest.[/quote]Some people believe it makes the game look better, just like the rest of the tweaks you've mentioned. In the end this could be a list of things you like or a complete guide to all graphical tweaks for Halo PC/CE. DART is just another one of those things some people prefer. :P[/quote] Yes, you've got a point. I'll put it up then. by the way, do you like the new layout? Also, I think I heard you talking about increasing the texture sizes in map files with HMT in a reach forum topic sometime. Well, whats it like?[/quote]OH! Thank you for reminding me! Yeah, there are options in HMT under some tags to increase the texture quality in the maps. It takes some time, but you have to go into each individual map and check the highest quality setting. (Okay, I've tried to google the thread I read it from, but I can't find it anywhere. I can't remember which tags you're supposed to be looking through, either. Sorry :/) Oh, and yeah, I do like the new layout. (: [Edited on 08.08.2011 3:08 PM PDT]

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  • [quote][b]Posted by:[/b] Dr Syx [quote][b]Posted by:[/b] Zetren Tell me a good reason for using DART. I can't figure out what the benefits are to be honest.[/quote]Some people believe it makes the game look better, just like the rest of the tweaks you've mentioned. In the end this could be a list of things you like or a complete guide to all graphical tweaks for Halo PC/CE. DART is just another one of those things some people prefer. :P[/quote] Yes, you've got a point. I'll put it up then. by the way, do you like the new layout? Also, I think I heard you talking about increasing the texture sizes in map files with HMT in a reach forum topic sometime. Well, whats it like?

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  • [quote][b]Posted by:[/b] Zetren Tell me a good reason for using DART. I can't figure out what the benefits are to be honest.[/quote]Some people believe it makes the game look better, just like the rest of the tweaks you've mentioned. In the end this could be a list of things you like or a complete guide to all graphical tweaks for Halo PC/CE. DART is just another one of those things some people prefer. :P

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  • Tell me a good reason for using DART. I can't figure out what the benefits are to be honest.

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  • Well, to be honest, I'd rather not have the blur on the pistol scope. Does anyone actually use the Night Vision on the Sniper? I'd also rather see people with active camo easier... Even though that might be seen as a [i]little[/i] cheap.

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  • It's a multiplayer enhancement so point four is moot. Just point out the downsides and add it. ;) Just because you don't use it doesn't change the fact that the vast majority of active players do and for good reason.

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  • [quote][b]Posted by:[/b] Btcc22 [quote][b]Posted by:[/b] Zetren The reason that I didn't include "DisableAlphaRenderTargets" is because that breaks the shiny active cammo fix I posted, and the pistol blur is supposed to be there also :P[/quote] It should be a crime to have a list of tweaks for the game and not include DART; it's probably the most commonly used tweak, especially amongst the more competitive players.[/quote] The reason I don't use/like disablealpharendertargets is because 1: Most objects become unrealistically over shiny, look at the bases in sidewinder for example 2: It breaks the shiny active camo, what's the point in getting good graphics to take away good graphics? 3: It breaks the scope blur, which is meant to be there, added by the developers. 4: It breaks scope night vision, it's spread horribly across the entire screen with it enabled I hope you understand what I'm getting at here.

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  • [quote][b]Posted by:[/b] Zetren The reason that I didn't include "DisableAlphaRenderTargets" is because that breaks the shiny active cammo fix I posted, and the pistol blur is supposed to be there also :P[/quote] It should be a crime to have a list of tweaks for the game and not include DART; it's probably the most commonly used tweak, especially amongst the more competitive players.

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