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Halo Custom Edition Article

Can Not See the Chat Text


When you play a multiplayer game of Microsoft Halo: Combat Evolved, you may experience both of the following symptoms:
When you use the keyboard to chat with other players, nothing appears in the chat window.
When you kill another player, you see just "Player Name" over the crosshairs instead of "You killed Player Name."

This issue may occur if the Microsoft XML Parser files are not correctly installed.


To resolve this issue, use the following methods, as necessary, in the order that they appear in.

Method 1: Reinstall the Microsoft XML parser
1.Quit Halo: Combat Evolved.
2.Insert the Halo: Combat Evolved CD into your CD-ROM or DVD-ROM drive, and then hold down the SHIFT key to prevent the program from starting automatically.
3.Click Start, and then click Run.
4.In the Open box, type CD Drive:\Redist\msxmlenu.msi, and then click OK.
5.Follow the instructions to install the Microsoft XML Parser files.
If the issue continues, go on to the Method 2.

Method 2: Register the XML .dll file
1.Quit Halo: Combat Evolved.
2.Click Start, and then click Run.
3.In the Open box, type regsvr32 msxml4.dll.
4.Click OK.
If the issue continues, go on to the Method 3.

Method 3: Install the latest update for Halo: Custom Edition

To download and install the latest update for Halo Custom Edition

Halo Custom Edition (CE) Hot-Fix v1.08

You must be logged on as an administrator of the computer to successfully install any updates for Halo: Combat Evolved.

Method 4: Create new user account in Microsoft Windows XP
1.Click Start, click Control Panel, and then click User Accounts.
2.In the Pick a task box, click Create a new account.
3.Type the name that you want to use for the account, and then click Next.
4.Select administrator as the account type, and then click Create Account.
5.Log on by using the newly created account, and then test the game.

Video Driver Update

In addition Microsoft has identified a potential incompatibility between Halo for PC and Windows XP SP2, on certain high-end video cards, which causes Halo to exit silently to the desktop immedately after launching the program, before the logo movies play.

There are two files DLL available to update your PC to possibly correct this issue: strings.dll -
available here binkw32.dll - available here For a standard install, these files will be located in your 'C:\Program Files\Microsoft Games\Halo Custom' Edition folder.

Backup both files before updated to the new versions. If this does not correct the problem then remove then re-install Halo CE before installing these files.

[Posted: Mar-12-2005 20:32 EST -  (Link)]