Half-Life (and other games) and Windows XP - a tweaks that help.

Discussion in 'Windows Desktop Systems' started by LPDad, Jan 19, 2002.

  1. LPDad

    LPDad OSNN Addict

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    Here are some things you can do to help with some of the problems we have been experiencing.
    (I found this on another XP site--It is by no means the absolute solution but at least it is a start)

    Half Life and Windows XP
    Written By: AK | Authors Website: Visit | Views: 37746 | Print Tweak | 11/3/2001


    Half-life is unplayable on XP without tweaking.

    1. How to recover from incompatible drivers

    Before you install new drivers set a system restore point. Start>All programs>Accessories>system tools>system restore

    After your new drivers don't work reset your computer. Press F8 repeatedly as soon as the BIOS screen disappears, and before the Windows XP screen appears. Select safe mode. Use system restore again to undo your mess.

    2. Video Drivers

    The NVidia drivers that come with XP do not allow you to run Half Life in OpenGL. Update to the newest drivers.
    Despite the fact that they are not official drivers, 22.50 was the only set which worked

    3. Sound Drivers

    Use windows update to update Creative drivers.

    4. Fixing screen flicker

    Windows XP defaults to 60Hz for games. A fix is available here:

    http://www.fileplanet.com/dl/dl.asp?/planetquake/ztn/nvreffix-setup.exe

    Select "set: every resolution to monitor's maximum supported rate"

    5. Fixing lag

    If you are having trouble with lag, try disabling the windows XP firewall. Go to control panel>network connections. Select connection, right click, properties, advanced, untick the firewall.

    6. Mouse

    You can improve your mouse smoothness for games.
    Control panel>mouse>hardware>properties>advanced
    Change the sample rate to a higher one, eg. 200
     
  2. Laurens

    Laurens Guest

    huh???

    I don't understand any of it!!! All the games that XP supposely has problems with run without any on mine!!! I just install them and change the settings a little bit and done!!!
     
  3. AcID

    AcID Guest

    I have no problems with HL or any other games i have for that matter. Including...

    Serious sam,
    Rtcw
    Kingpin
    Red Alert 2

    Etc Etc.........