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


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12 Jan 2002
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:


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



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!!!


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

Serious sam,
Red Alert 2

Etc Etc.........

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