March 08, 2002 by Thomas
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Flashpoint was one of the big PC Game hits of last year,
thanks to a healthy combination of good AI, realism, squad
management & some great missions. This
guide will take you through the mass of options available
for the Game, along with other tips & hints.
Begin by downloading the latest patch for Operation
Flashpoint; this may resolve many of the bugs or other
issues you may have encountered. Depending on which version
of Operation Flashpoint you purchased you can find the
appropriate latest patch at Flashpoint
1985. In addition to bug fixes these also contain other
Add-ons & maps.
Now download the latest
drivers for your Graphics card & Soundcard. This may
solve (some) Display or Audio problems you might encounter.
There are links to various manufacturers on the Drivers
8.1 on your system if you haven’t done so yet. This
may fix problems with Display/Sound/Input devices.
If you experience any lockups & such they might be
caused by overclocking, if so try lowering the Memory/Core
speed of the overclocked device.
Still having problem? Check The
Avon Lady's Operation Flashpoint FAQ or the Developers
FAQ page, lastly try contacting Codemaster’s Technical
Though Operation Flashpoint contains several command lines
the only really useful one for most players will be the one
to disable the splash screens. To add command line switches
take the following steps. Right click on your
Operation Flashpoint shortcut & select Properties.
In the Target field is where these extra settings
will be added.
command disables the loading of the Codemasters &
Bohemia Interactive logos when you try to launch the Game.
This will yield a faster initial Game loading time, so
certainly add it in.
Begin by executing your Operation Flashpoint shortcut; this
will initially load the Configuration utility.
Display device. This drop-down menu allows you to select the rendering API to be used
for rendering Operation Flashpoint, options available being
– Glide, Direct3D & Direct3D HW
T&L. Those with older 3dfx Graphics Cards (Voodoo 3
or earlier) should select Glide for optimal
performance, while those with Graphics Cards with Hardware
T&L Units should select Direct3D HW T&L, all
others should select Direct3D.
The drop-down menu beneath allows you to select the
Graphics Card to be used for Operation Flashpoint should you
have multiple Graphics Cards installed. Obviously select the
better Graphics Card if possible, e.g. select a Geforce 3
rather than a Voodoo 2.
a lower resolution can improve performance & maintain a
stabler, higher frame rate. Higher resolutions look better
(sharper & smaller jagged edges), they also tend to run
slower. This all depends on how slow/fast your system
(Particularly Graphics card) is of course. 1024 x 768
would be ideal in Operation Flashpoint for most users.
Select x 16 for best performance, but reduced visual
quality (More apparent banding). Select x 32 for best
visual quality (Less apparent banding), although performance
will be reduced – especially on older graphics cards.
Using a 32-bit colour depth will also reduce rendering
errors as it uses a higher Z-Buffer precision for performing