Halo refresh rate problem

Discussion in 'PC Gaming' started by Dogfighter, Oct 10, 2003.

  1. Dogfighter

    Dogfighter Gamer

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    I got the game this morning, installed it, it gave me a direct 3D error. I downloaded latest Dets it started ok. I ran reforce to get around the 60 mgz refresh problem in XP and it then gave me the same error. Is there a way around this like in BF 1942. I am in work now I will have another go tonight. :mad:
     
  2. Yharn

    Yharn meh.

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    the only way i have found to keep Halo running in WinXP is to right click on the shortcut and in the compatibility mode tab set it to Win98 compatibility mode. the only downside to this is that in multiplayer you are not able to read any chatting.
     
  3. Vorpal

    Vorpal Guest

    If ReForce does not work, you can also try RefreshLock which is more up to date and has more options:

    http://www.pagehosting.co.uk/rl

    Also be sure you have SP1 installed.
     
  4. Dogfighter

    Dogfighter Gamer

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    I don’t think it is a ReForce Problem, I will try resetting my refresh rate to 60 mgz, and start the game, in the graphic menu I saw a refresh rate setting which was defaulted to 60 mgz , I will set that to 75 mgz and then run ReForce again @ 75 mgz and see if the game will start then.
     
  5. Krux

    Krux Nissan Powered

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    Halo isn't frefresh rate locked at 60hz. and Ive never understood this 60hz thing ive never had that problem.... is it and Nvidia thing or what?
     
  6. Zomaar

    Zomaar Guest

    try this right click on the shortcut and ad after halo.exe

    -vidmode 1024,768,100

    this is ofcource for resolution 1024/768
    after exe must be a space
    this worked for me
     
  7. Doom

    Doom OSNN Senior Addict

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    You've totaly lost me there. What do you mean?
     
  8. Zomaar

    Zomaar Guest

    i mean, if you have the prob. the game is giving an error on d3d
    you can fix the prob.
    by rightclick at the shortcut then press properties ->shortcut and paste the text in target-->> -vidmode 1024,768,100
    like this -> H:\Games\Halo\halo.exe -vidmode 1024,768,100 <-this is only a example

    hope this will clear up :)
     
  9. Yharn

    Yharn meh.

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    thanks it fixed it
     
  10. Yharn

    Yharn meh.

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    pretty dumb to have to do that right outta the box i mean we pay good money and then have to figure how to run the **** because it won't run right.
     
  11. Doom

    Doom OSNN Senior Addict

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    I'm still a little lost with this. When I do it to the shortcut for it on my desktop I get a box coming up telling me that the target is not valid.
     
  12. Zomaar

    Zomaar Guest

    make a shortcut from the exe where the game is installed on your desktop
    then go to the shortcut on your desktop and right click
    then go to properties
    then you see "target" in here you see the link were the prog is starting (your dir. where it is installed)
    it is something like this "H:\Games\Halo\halo.exe"
    then go to the end after halo.exe
    there must be 1 space and then put this after it -vidmode 1024,768,100
    it is going to look like this"H:\Games\Halo\halo.exe -vidmode 1024,768,100"
    hope it will work now
    we keep on trying

    :)
     
  13. Dogfighter

    Dogfighter Gamer

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    Thanks Zomaar that works just great, just the fix I was looking for, I new someone would be smart enought to sort me out :)
     
  14. Terrahertz

    Terrahertz Extinction Agenda Political User Folding Team

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    Yup its a Nvidia thing. we all have to do a refresh rate fix
     
  15. LPDad

    LPDad OSNN Addict

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    I think everyone agrees that this issue needed to be addressed a little better before they released the pc version...Oh well..

    I have a fairly high-end system and out of the box halo played like crap for me. My brother-in-law has a mid-range system with a cheaper nvidia card and it played like a dream for him...go figure..
    ANYWAYS, here is what worked for my system..hopefully it will save you some time..give it a try.

    My system:
    WinXP Pro
    Lots of Harddrives
    Nvidia GF4 4400 (latest drivers from Nvidia)
    Asus A7N8X-Deluxe (+ latest n-force drivers)
    Onboard sound
    blah, blah, blah...

    Bottom line is to add some qualifiers to your shortcut (as zomar suggested)
    ..besides the refresh fix listed above it helps if you specify the pixelshaders that you want the game to use. I found for my nvidia card PS1.4 work the best (I have included a listing of all the options at the end of the post)

    I have EVERYTHING set to HIGH, and I am using sound Hardware acceleration (YES)...BUT TURN OFF EAX.

    I run at 1024x768 and I am specifying a Refresh rate of 85. (my monitor's actual refresh rate is set much higher)

    in game set the FRAMERATE= VSYNC

    Once again all ingame settings are set to either YES or HIGH except for EAX which is OFF. (Antialiasing is turned off in the Nvidia control panel, but the "controlled by application" works also)



    To get this to work on my machine add the following to the last part of the shortcut (as outlined above):

    -vidmode 1024,768,85 -use14

    So that your shortcut will be:


    "H:\Games\Halo\halo.exe" -vidmode 1024,768,85 -use14

    (your drive/folders may be different)
    if you want to try the PixelShaders 1.1 then simply change to -use11.

    Hope this helps some of you out with this very frustrating problem.

    Here is a list of the Commands you can append:

     
  16. chris

    chris Free to Fly

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    Good post LPDad, covers just about everything you can add to the shortcut.
     
  17. str8

    str8 Guest

    Wheres the command to change the frickin fov??:mad:
     
  18. TheBlueRaja

    TheBlueRaja BR to Some

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    Actually, it happens with me as well and i have ATi. The command above fixed it though.

    Thanks
     
  19. blackspawn

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    Well it seems that using LPDad's "-vidmode 1024,768,85 -use14" fixed whatever problems were occurring (was getting a BSOD everytime I tried to change refresh rate or screen resolution)

    Thanks a bunch!! :D
     
  20. Gus K

    Gus K NTFS abuser

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    NO it's an XP thing that's been corrected with SP1 (except for OpenGL). You don't need any apps to override the default 60 in D3D. Just go into 'More help' in dxdiag and set the override to whatever you prefer.