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Halo Combat Evolved Guide

Discussion in 'Guides' started by booman, Jul 3, 2015.

  • by booman, Jul 3, 2015 at 3:53 PM
  • booman

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    Halo Combat Evolved is the first installment of the Halo series developed by Gearbox and Bungie. Defend earth as Master Chief against an alien race called Covenant. Utilize an arsenal of weapons including alien guns and vehicles. Experience intense battles in many different environments from Earth to Covenant spaceships.

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    Follow my step-by-step guide on installing, configuring and optimizing Halo Combat Evolved in Linux with PlayOnLinux.

    Note: This guide applies to the Retail version of Halo Combat Evolved. Other versions may require additional steps.

    Tips & Specs:

    To learn more about PlayOnLinux and Wine configuration, see the online manual: PlayOnLinux Explained

    Mint 17 64-bit
    PlayOnLinux: 4.2.8
    Wine: 1.6.2

    Wine Installation

    Click Tools
    Select "Manage Wine Versions"
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    Look for the Wine Version: 1.6.2
    Note: Try using stable Wine 1.8 and 1.8-staging

    Select it
    Click the arrow pointing to the right
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    Click Next

    Downloading Wine
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    Extracting

    Downloading Gecko
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    Installed
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    Wine 1.6.2 is installed and you can close this window

    PlayOnLinux Setup

    Launch PlayOnLinux
    Click Install
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    Click "Install a non-listed program"
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    Click Next

    Select "Install a program in a new virtual drive"
    Click Next
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    Name your virtual drive: halo
    Click Next
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    Check all three options:
    • Use another version of Wine
    • Configure Wine
    • Install some libraries
    Click Next
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    Select Wine 1.6.2
    Click Next
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    Select "32 bits windows installation"
    Click Next
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    Wine Configuration

    Applications Tab
    Windows version: Windows 7
    Click Apply
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    Graphics Tab
    Check "Automatically capture the mouse in full-screen windows"
    Check "Emulate a virtual desktop"
    Desktop size: 1024x768
    Click OK
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    PlayOnLinux Packages (Components, Libraries, DLL's)

    Check the following:
    • POL_Install_corefonts
    • POL_Install_d3dx9
    • POL_Install_mfc42
    • POL_Install_tahoma
    Click Next
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    Note: All packages will automatically download and install

    Installing Halo Combat Evolved
    Select "Select another file"
    Click Next
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    Click Browse

    Navigate to your Halo CD ROM
    Select "Setup.Exe"
    Click Open
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    Click Next

    Error
    You may get a "PlayOnLinux has encountered an error" pop-up
    Just click "Cancel"
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    Click Install
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    Enter Key
    Click Next
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    Click Next

    Uncheck:
    • Create Desktop Icon
    • Insall for All Users
    • Install GameSpy Arcade
    click Install
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    When the installation is finished, click the "X"
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    PlayOnLinux Shortcut

    Select "halo.exe"
    Click Next
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    Name your shortcut: Halo Combat Evolved
    Click Next
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    Select "I don't want to make another shortcut"
    Click Next
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    PlayOnLinux Configuration

    Select "Halo Combat Evolved"
    Click Configure
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    General Tab
    Wine version: 1.6.2
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    Note: Click the + to download other versions of Wine. Click the down-arrow to select other versions of Wine.

    Display Tab
    Video memory size: Enter the amount of memory your video card/chip uses
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    Close Configure

    Launching Halo Combat Evolved

    Select "Halo Combat Evolved"
    Click Run
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    Click "I Accept"
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    Optimization

    Click Settings
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    Create a name for your profile
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    Click Video Setup
    Click OK
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    Adjust:
    • Resolution
    • Refresh Rate
    • Framerate
    • Specular
    • Shadows
    • Decals
    • Particles
    • Texture Quality
    • Gamma
    Click OK
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    Rule of Thumb
    High settings = More detail, lower frame rate
    Low settings = Less detail, higher frame rates

    No CD Patch

    Search online for: halo 1.09 patch
    I found it on GamersHell.com
    http://www.gamershell.com/download_53008.shtml

    Download the patch
    Save it to a folder on the desktop

    Back to PlayOnLinux
    Click "Halo Combat Evolved"
    Click Configure
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    Miscellaneous Tab
    Click "run a .exe file in this virtual drive"
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    Go to the folder on your desktop
    Select "patch_109.exe"
    Click Open
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    Updating
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    Confirmation
    Click OK
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    Close Configure
    Now you can remove the CD ROM from the drive and play Halo Combat Evolved without it.


    Conclusion:
    Halo Combat Evolved runs perfectly in PlayOnLinux on my GeForce 550 Ti. I'm actually quite impressed with the quality and resolution. Everything works smoothly from saving and loading to controls and interaction.

    Gameplay Video:


    Screenshots:
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    Last edited: Jan 13, 2016
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Comments

Discussion in 'Guides' started by booman, Jul 3, 2015.

  1. mrdeathjr28
    Very good guide as always

    :)
  2. booman
    Thanks as always!
    I'm really having fun with Halo, never played it before and thought I would give it a try....
    Its much funner than originally expected
  3. Marlhin
    Awesome guide of an awesome game!
    Played the hell out of it on the XBOX with my brother.
    Best coop-game imho.
  4. booman
    With the 1.09 patch the CD ROM is no longer necessary in the drive.
    So I should be able to install it on two PC's and play cooperative.
    Is it only two player on PC?
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  5. Marlhin
    Actually, I am not sure but I think cooperative is only for two players because otherwise the game would be totally unbalanced.
  6. booman
    I think you are right, but I'm having a hard time finding any information on how to do it on PC
  7. Marlhin
  8. booman
    Dang! Oh well, guess I could do-multiplayer LAN, but its not all that exciting running around shooting each other
  9. DisNigga
    Do you think you can explain how to do these steps with the halo ce version from halomaps.org combined with the normal halo pc download (because its required to get the full version)?

    It would be so very much appreciated.
  10. booman
    Do you know how to install the custom maps?
    I no longer have Halo installed in Linux, but I have a feeling its almost the same way you install it in Windows. Just depends on how you do it. If you copy the map files to the Halo game folder then load it with a command line or a shortcut, then it would be similar in PlayOnLinux. Maybe... I would have to do some research

    I don't have Halo CE installed either, but if you can successfully install it in PlayOnLinux then this is the steps for using the custom maps:

    Found here

    Since you are using PlayOnLinux the path for the maps is similar, but you have to add the wineprefix like this:
    Code:
    /home/username/.PlayOnLinux/wineprefix/halo/drive_c/Program Files/Microsoft Games/Halo Custom Edition/maps

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