problem,ati 9550 agp with halo

By Nick Lee
Aug 26, 2005
  1. I have this where every time i start up halo this problem comes up,
    "Hardware acceleration maybe disabled(0x4153)... run dxdiag for directx " ,but my acceleraton is full and everything say that their working fine, and no problems. what could i be doing wrong.
  2. vegasgmc

    vegasgmc TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,377

    Ckick Start, then Run and type dxdiag.
  3. Nick Lee

    Nick Lee TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 111

    that was the first thing i did ... about 13 times,
    they all reported everything was fine, no problems i even updated my Catalyst.
  4. Sharkfood

    Sharkfood TS Guru Posts: 1,019

  5. Nick Lee

    Nick Lee TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 111

    no that won't work because the game i have wasn't bought ... the issue has to be it with my system or the way i have my video drivers,setup,ect. everytime i update halo my computer than says that it is the wrong disk.
  6. vegasgmc

    vegasgmc TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,377

    It could be a problem with Windows. Ive found that updating ATI drivers more then a few times causes all sorts of problems. I alwasy ended up doing a clean install of Windows.
  7. michont

    michont TS Rookie

    Had trouble also

    Found this on another website, helped me:

    Compatibility Fix for Windows XP SP2 and certain 256 MB video cards
    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. Systems which can get beyond that point are unaffected by this problem, and will not benefit from this fix.

    Note: You must patch Halo to the latest version (1.04) before applying this fix. Please download Halo 1.04 from: (

    Microsoft has only seen this problem on computers with an nVidia GeForce 5900, 5950, or ATI X800 video card, and only on certain driver versions, including the nVidia drivers included by default in new installations of Windows XP SP2.

    Solution: Microsoft is providing an updated version of a file for Halo which may be installed to fix this problem. Gameplay is otherwise unaffected by this change.

    1. It is recommended that you only continue to install this fix if you experience the specific problem noted above.

    2. Ensure you have the latest version of Halo (1.04) by running the latest update, (which can be downloaded from: (, or by checking the version number of the file halo.exe, typically located in C:\Program Files\Microsoft Games\Halo. The correct version number is

    3. After verifying that you have the correct version, download the new Strings.dll from: ( and save it to the location where Halo was installed, typically C:\Program Files\Microsoft Games\Halo. When prompted to overwrite the existing file, choose Yes.

    4. Launch Halo to verify that it functions as intended. Note that if you see the message "Corrupted Halo.exe", then Halo was not patched to the correct version before applying this update - See step 2 above.

    5. Add the following file to the Halo directory to insure a complete patch and fix for this issue. binkw32.dll ( Thanks Spartanassassin.

    Halo PC fix link: (
    Halo CE fix link: ( (<- will be moved/deleted soon so grab it now)
  8. mailpup

    mailpup TS Special Forces Posts: 6,964   +355

    A pirated game? Maybe that's the problem.
  9. Arcanum

    Arcanum TS Rookie Posts: 181

    Have you tried installing the newest Catalyst (5.13) drivers?

    Is your card on full hardware acelleration (in the display properties->advanced)?

    Tried patching it? Patching shouldnt produce problems unless you have a pirated game, in that case we can't help you with that, Techspot doesn't endorse/condone piracy in any way.
  10. Nick Lee

    Nick Lee TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 111

  11. Nick Lee

    Nick Lee TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 111

    And I gave up on that game, so i'm playing a demo & maybe later i'll buy the retail version in feb. or march because from jan. to feb i'm trying to save up and get my hands on a 3800+ dual core \m/^_^\m/ YEAH!!!
  12. Arcanum

    Arcanum TS Rookie Posts: 181

    LOL, nice solution to the problem - buying new hardware :)

    Well, I'm sorry we couldnt help more with the problem :(
  13. Nick Lee

    Nick Lee TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 111

    First you don't need to be sorry.
    Next I really needed an upgrade because i had a 9550 ...
    I'm going from 250, 4, 400 to 600, 12, 1400
    BTW thats core clock, pipes, mem. clock
  14. Arcanum

    Arcanum TS Rookie Posts: 181

    Well, we always aim to solve the problem without need to replace/buy something - I was sorry we didn't do something like that here, instead you bought a new card.

    But yeah, you'll be very happy with that new card - it's very good.
    Hope you dont have any more problems like this with it, have fun gaming :)

    btw, merry Christmas! :)
  15. Magniitude

    Magniitude TS Rookie Posts: 73

    I know how to solve it :grinthumb

    9550 isnt orignally supported as a chipset by Halo, so what I did with mine was to go the the halo config file (or something) and under supported chipsets add your code

    "0x4153 - 9550" or whatever the rest of them look like.

    I think thats how it worked for me, try it out if you want.
  16. Nick Lee

    Nick Lee TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 111

    merry Christmas to you to, and for the post above me it's a little too late for that but thanks for your help. Maybe your info will help anyother person who has a similar problem, oh yeah ... merry christmas to you too.
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