The most popular online game around at
the moment is (semi-ironically) not a game initially aimed at Multiplayer Online
gaming. That is Half-Life of course, which has benefited greatly from Valve
Softwares continual commitment to updating the game with new code &
features. This guide is aimed at (although not limited to) Half-Life, Team
Fortress Classic & Counter-Strike.
Where appropriate I'll cover extra
information/settings for other Mods. This guide has been prepared on the 126.96.36.199
version of Half-Life/Team Fortress Classic & the 1.1 version of
Counter-Strike. From hereon in I'll (mostly) be referring to Half-Life, Team
Fortress Classic, Counter-Strike, etc. under the general title of Half-Life,
although you should be able to apply all the guidelines here to any other Mods,
many of the screenshots used are interchangeable also, e.g. The Counter-Strike
Configuration has the same settings available as the Half-Life version. With
that out of the way, on with the guide.
& all installed Mods. The latest version of Half-Life, Version
188.8.131.52, may be Downloaded here for Windows 9x/Me/NT/2000. This latest patch contains
a vast amount of bug fixes & optimizations over the initial release version,
course, improved netcode.
The latest version of
Counter-Strike, Version 1.1, may be Downloaded here for
Windows 9x/Me/NT/2000 & Linux. Counter-Strike 1.1 even includes Player
models with 512x512 textures.
InstallDirectX 8.0A on your system if not already installed.
This may fix Input/Audio device problems or fix Display
issues in Direct 3D.
Drivers. It is essential to get the
latest drivers for you Graphics card, Sound card & other relevant hardware.
You can find links to many hardware manufacturers on our Drivers page. This can solve Display/Audio/Input problems or
performance issues you may have encountered in the game.
If you are using an nVidia chipset based
Graphics card & get graphical errors in OpenGL rendering (Not solved by
installing an updated Driver) try the following. Open Display
Properties & select the
OpenGLtab. SetBuffer Flipping Mode to
If you experience static noise or
irregular audio playback, try the following (Assuming installing the latest
Soundcard Driver doesn’t fix the problems):
Click on Start, Settings,
then Control Panel. If you have Windows 2000 or Millennium Edition
installed note the icon names as shown in brackets below.
Open the Multimedia (Sounds
& Multimedia) icon.
Select the Audio tab & then
hit the Advanced Properties (Advanced) button.
Select the Performance
Move the Hardware acceleration
slider to the 2nd notch from the left (Basic Acceleration). Move the
Sample rate conversion quality slider to the middle notch (Improved
sample rate converter).
Half-Life can be sensitive to overclocking on some systems, if any
components of your system is overclocked & you have problems running
Half-Life, e.g. Lockups/Crashes during the game, try restoring the component to
its default speed, or add more cooling.