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Microsoft Halo for the PC Readme File
September 2003
© Microsoft Corporation, 2001–2003. All rights reserved.

Welcome to Halo for the PC!

This file contains information to help you troubleshoot issues with Halo® for the PC. You can find information on Microsoft® Product Support Services in the printed or online manual.

Note: If Halo came installed on your computer as an OEM version,contact the manufacturer of the computer or other hardware it was bundled with for product support. Refer to the documentation that came with your computer or hardware for the product support telephone number.

For the latest support and troubleshooting information, please visit http://www.microsoft.com/games/halo/support.asp.

CONTENTS

A. System Requirements
B. Installation
InstallingHalo
Installing DirectX 9.0b
SafeDisc Issues
C. Getting Help
Viewing the Online Print Pieces
D. Command Prompt
E. Configuration Issues
F. 3D Card Issues
G. 3D Card Drivers and Manufacturers
H. Audio Troubleshooting
I. Additional Multiplayer Information
Default Ports
Network Settings
Direct IP Connection
Checking for Updates
J. Multiplayer Troubleshooting

A. System RequirementsHalo requires a personal computer with the following minimum requirements.

· Multimedia personal computer with a 733 MHz or higher processor.
· Windows 98 Second Edition, Windows Me, Windows 2000 Service Pack 1, or Windows XP.
· 128 Megabytes (MB) of RAM.
· 1.3 GB of available hard disk space.
· 8× CD-ROM drive.
· 32 MB 3D hardware-transform-and-lighting-capable video display.
·Keyboard and Microsoft Mouse or compatible pointing device.
· Sound card and speakers or headphones.
· DirectX 9.0b (included on CD; see below for installation instructions).
· 56 Kbps modem or LAN for online network play. Broadband required to run a server.

B. Installation

If your computer does not automatically install Halo after the CD is inserted into the CD-ROM drive, perform thefollowing procedure.

To install Halo manually

1. On the Windows taskbar, click Start, and then click Run.

2. Type x:\setup, where x is the letter of your CD-ROM drive, and then click OK.

For example, if your CD-ROM drive letter is D, type d:\setup.

3. Click Install, and then follow the instructions that appear on the screen.


Installing DirectX 9.0b

If for some reason DirectX9.0b was not installed with the game, use the following procedure to install it manually.

To install DirectX 9.0b manually

1. Insert the Halo Disc in the CD-ROM drive.

2. In Windows Explorer, double-click the CD-ROM drive and then the DirectX folder.

3. Double-click Dxsetup.exe, and then follow the instructions that appear on the screen.

You must restart your computer when installationis complete.

If you experience video or sound problems using DirectX, always check with your video or sound card manufacturer for the latest DirectX-compatible drivers, or go to http://support.microsoft.com/support/directx/ for the latest troubleshooting information.

SafeDisc Issues

The Halo copy-protection software, SafeDisc, requires that the game be installed from the CD; you cannotcopy files from the CD to the computer and then install from the computer's hard drive.

SafeDisc with Software

SafeDisc is incompatible with some software, which includes the following.

McAfee (Network Associates) Nuts & Bolts: Nuts & Bolts causes the game to fail if the Bomb Shelter utility is in a certain configuration. The following steps allow SafeDisc-protected products to be used:1. Maximize Bomb Shelter.

2. In the Bomb Shelter dialog box, click Properties.

3. In the Error Protection group, click Advanced.

4. In the Advanced Properties tab, deselect the Write Protect VMM check box.

5. Click Apply or OK, and then click OK on all subsequent screens.

C. Getting Help

You can get help for Halo in the following ways:

· For an overview of the game as...
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