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Halo Custom Edition Article

Common Video related Error messages
Common Video related Error messages

Error Message
We are sorry, but your computer's video hardware is below the recommended minimum spec for this game. If you wish to upgrade your computer, please contact your computer manufacturer for any necessary help.


Microsoft recommendation: Contact your system manufacturer about how to upgrade the video card or chipset for your computer to the minimum box requirement of a 32 MB chipset with Hardware Transform and Lighting for Halo.

Note There are some video solutions that meet the box requirement that will still generate this error message. This issue occurs because the manufacturer is out of business or does not support the features that Halo must have to run correctly. In these cases you may want to consider changing to a supported solution.




Your computer's video driver was not tested with this game. A newer version that is compatible may be available. If you wish to update your drivers, please contact your computer manufacturer for any necessary help.

Halo detects that the computerís video card or chipset driver does not meet the minimum requirements. For more information, visit the following Microsoft Web site: http://www.microsoft.com/games/halo/support.asp
Microsoft recommendation: Contact your system manufacturer or the manufacturer of your video solution for information about how to update the drivers.




Your computer's video driver is known to have serious issues with the game. A newer version that is compatible may be available. If you wish to update your drivers, please contact your computer manufacturer for any necessary help.


Halo detects that the computerís video card or chipset driver is known to cause issues with the game. For more information, visit the following Microsoft Web site:
http://www.microsoft.com/games/halo/support.asp
Microsoft recommendation: Contact your system manufacturer or the manufacturer of your video solution for information about how to update your drivers.




We are sorry, but you need to have DirectX 9.0b installed to run this program. Please run Halo setup again to install DirectX.

Halo detects that the computer does not have Microsoft DirectX 9.0b installed. For more information, visit the following Microsoft Web site:
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?pr=drx
Microsoft recommendation: Follow the instructions to update or reinstall DirectX in the following Microsoft Knowledge Base article.

For additional information about how to update or about how to reinstall DirectX, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
256182 Games: Err Msg: Requires DirectX or Higher




A problem occurred initializing Direct3D. Hardware acceleration maybe disabled, please run DXDIAG.

Halo could not correctly initialize the 3D part of DirectX (Direct3D) to display the game. DirectX may be corrupted or video Hardware Acceleration may have to be increased. For more information, visit the following Microsoft Web site:
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?pr=drx
Microsoft recommendation: This can occur if you are running a utility that forces your video solution to use a particular update rate when you run DirectX games. Examples of utilities like this would include, but are not limited to, PowerStrip, ReForce, NVTweak, NVHardPage, RivaTuner, and Refresh Force. Try to disable these utilities. For more information about how to disable these utilities see the page where you downloaded them. You may also be able to override these utilities by setting a customer update rate for Halo by using the -vidmode command line parameter.
For additional information about command line parameters, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
830487 Halo: Combat Evolved: Target line parameters and troubleshooting shortcuts


If you are using Microsoft Windows XP Service Pack 2 (SP2) and your video card has more than 256 megabytes (MB), download and install the latest Halo update. To do this, visit the following Microsoft Web site:
http://www.microsoft.com/games/halo/support.asp
For additional information, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:

886301 Halo: Combat Evolved: Compatibility fix for Windows XP S and 256 MB video cards
If the issue continues to occur after you try the methods that are listed in the "Microsoft's recommendations" section, follow the instructions that are listed in the following Knowledge Base article.

For additional information about DirectX Corruption, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
191660 Games: 3D Acceleration Option Is Not Available or Not Supported by Your Video Adapter




Halo is not compatible with the anti-aliasing mode overrides that are set in the control panel. Adjust this setting to 'Off' or 'Application Default'.

Halo detects that the computerís graphics adaptor is set to an incompatible antialiasing mode in the Display settings in Control Panel. For more information, visit the following Microsoft Web site:
http://www.microsoft.com/games/halo/support.asp
Microsoft recommendation: Turn off the antialiasing feature on your computer.




We have detected the video card in your machine may be a prototype. We recommend using only supported retail video cards to play Halo.

Halo detects that the video card in the computer may be a pre-release or beta version of the final hardware. For more information, visit the following Microsoft Web site:
http://www.microsoft.com/games/halo/support.asp
PSS recommendation: Contact your system manufacturer about how to upgrade the computerís video card or chipset to the minimum box requirement of a retail 32 MB chipset with Hardware Transform and Lighting in Halo.


Source http://support.microsoft.com/?id=829478

[Posted: May-25-2005 12:35 EST -  (Link)]