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  1. Tucker933 liked a post in a topic by swamp in Desktop Screenshots   
    hm..
  2. swamp liked a post in a topic by Kavawuvi in Update: Floor decal fix   
    Yesterday, I fixed the floor decal on stock maps. This applies to any "double multiply" decal on an alpha tested layer.
     
    Here's what it looks like without the fix:

    Basically, you can't see it. The game does not appear to render it.
     
    Here's what it should look like:

    It should appear bright green.
     
    Refined works around this issue by changing it to a regular multiply:

    However, it now looks like a dark green instead of a light green. Granted, floor decals would probably look more like this in real life, but it doesn't match Xbox.
     
    Chimera fixes the issue by making it follow the same code path as multiply but in a way where it's still rendered as double multiply:

    Much better!
     
    Like all fixes that were worked around with tags, there is a caveat. Because this is an issue with the game's renderer and not the tag, if you use the Refined maps with the workaround decal, it will still look just as dark as usual as that's what the tag is telling the game to do. The issue will only be fixed if you're using the stock double multiply decal because that is the only case where the issue exists. Therefore, if you choose to make maps that utilize such decals, know that they won't be fixed unless you have Chimera. But if you would prefer the decal to be visible for all clients, then you'll have to use the workaround as always, and this will apply to all clients, even those with the fix.
  3. Iggy liked a post in a topic by swamp in Desktop Screenshots   
    Probably the brightest desktop I've ever had.
     

  4. Pfhunkie liked a post in a topic by swamp in Desktop Screenshots   
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  6. swamp liked a post in a topic by aLTis in Backpack weapons   
    This script will show player's secondary weapon.
     
    Features:
    Works on all unprotected maps that don't already have backpack weapons Automatically detects where weapon should be placed if the tag is not listed in the script  
    Known Issues:
    Only one backpack weapon is shown Some custom weapons may not be placed correctly Some custom weapons may not render when viewed at certain angles May cause issues on single-player maps when reloading checkpoints  
    DOWNLOAD: backpack_weapons.lua 
     

  7. swamp liked a post in a topic by Kavawuvi in Update: Retail Halo joining Custom Edition servers progress   
    Got something working. It's not consistent, but the game is playable. You can move around, chat, kill, respawn, etc. without the connection breaking.
     
    There are a few caveats, notably that it's not consistent (you may have to try joining multiple times for it to work), it currently only works with client-hosted servers, and the rcon command causes the client to disconnect.
     

  8. Tucker933 liked a post in a topic by swamp in Desktop Screenshots   
    I must keep this thread alive.
  9. swamp liked a post in a topic by Solaris in Desktop Screenshots   
    Doing some studying.
  10. swamp liked a post in a topic by Pfhunkie in Desktop Screenshots   
    Installed Manjaro on the wife's laptop she didn't want anymore. Has enough power to browse the web, do light image editing, and stream Steam games when I'm out in the living room. Only has a measly 30GB drive but that's plenty for most Linux installs.
  11. Tucker933 liked a post in a topic by swamp in Desktop Screenshots   
    I must keep this thread alive.
  12. Krazychic liked a post in a topic by swamp in Show Yourself!   
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  14. Solaris liked a post in a topic by swamp in Desktop Screenshots   
    https://github.com/gusbemacbe/suru-plus/
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  17. Vuthakral liked a post in a topic by swamp in Screenie of The Month (SoTM) - Questions & Suggestions   
    Easy. Make a second account called "Tucker the Lesser" and walk the earth as though you are man.
  18. Krazychic liked a post in a topic by swamp in Speedtest Thread   
  19. swamp liked a post in a topic by Solaris in Desktop Screenshots   
    The compression quality on Imgur is pretty bad tbh. This is on my Thinkpad X240.
     

  20. tarikja liked a post in a topic by swamp in DOOM ETERNAL Gameplay   
    I liked the last one, but this looks even better.
  21. swamp liked a post in a topic by gbMichelle in Hornet's Nest v0.1.1   
    @killzone64 and @SBBMichellepresent: Hornet's Nest, a remake of Halo 3's Rat's Nest, except it's a space station!
     
    ---This map is not finished---
     
    You have no idea how happy I am to show off this map in the state that it is in, even though it isn't finished

    The map works best on CTF and Team Slayer.
    It is set up to work with:
    CTF,
    Slayer/Team Slayer,
    Oddball (Not suggested),
    King of the Hill/Crazy King,
    Race,
    And any derivatives.
     

    More screenshots!:
     
     
    Download link for all the versions: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1StGxaknpW5iY2uJ108QN04XrbuaVNGin
     
    Known issues with this version:
    -The portalling is bad, so the map will de-render at times.
    -Some small phantom BSPs.
    -The warthog can be put under the platforms in the main loop.
     
    ---Change Log---
     
     
    Version 0.1.0: First release.
  22. Vuthakral liked a post in a topic by swamp in Screenie of The Month (SoTM) - Questions & Suggestions   
    Easy. Make a second account called "Tucker the Lesser" and walk the earth as though you are man.
  23. Iggy liked a post in a topic by swamp in Desktop Screenshots   
    Probably the brightest desktop I've ever had.
     

  24. DiSiAC liked a post in a topic by swamp in Recent Purchases   
    Google Pixel 2
  25. swamp liked a post in a topic by Zetren in The Halo CE Ultimate Enhancement Guide - Updated 05/09/2019   
    A collection of every known tweak, fix, mod and patch designed to get the most out of Halo CE for modern PCs in 2019.
     
     
    Halo PC Manual
     
    Halo CE's latest official version is v1.10 (2014), and has 3 community patches: HAC 2 (2016), OpenSauce v4 (2015), and Chimera (in active development). Open Sauce and HAC 2 are incompatible with each other, therefore it is recommended to switch to HAC 2 when playing multiplayer (adds map downloading), and OpenSauce when playing singleplayer (enhances graphics, and some maps require it). Chimera is compatible with both community patches and should never be disabled.
     
    Servers do not check your CD key! Both multiplayer and singleplayer work perfectly on any CD key.
     
    "But what about Halo PC?" Halo Retail (PC) has been superseded in every capacity by Halo Custom Edition (CE). There is no longer any valid reason to play Halo PC over CE.
     
    After you've completed this guide, check out part 2: The Halo CE Ultimate Content Guide
     
    1. Update Halo CE
     
    No previous patches required.
     
    2. Run Halo CE's Redistributable
     
    In Halo CE's root folder there is a folder called 'redist'. Run 'msxmlenu.msi' inside. This will enable in-game chat.
     
    3. (Optional) Make Halo CE Recognise Your Graphics Card

    If your video card was made post-2006, Halo CE will register it as ''Unknown'' in config.txt located within your Halo PC/CE folder. To fix this:
    1. Double click Halo PC/CE while holding left Ctrl.
    2. A small widow will appear with a code such as ''0x05e2''.
    3. Copy this code and open config.txt in your Halo folder.
    4. Under your graphics card vendor, before Unknown = "Unknown", create a new entry named after your graphics card, e.g 0x05e2 = "GeForce GTX 260".
    5. Add the following:
    UseAnisotropicFilter -- Improves the quality of oblique textures (Alternatively, Chimera build 50 console command: chimera_af 1)
    DisableBuffering -- Reduces input lag (Alternatively, Chimera build 50 console command: chimera_disable_buffering 1).
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    4. (Optional) Make Halo CE Recognise Your Sound Card
     
    1. Go to Control Panel > Device Manager > Sound Controllers, right click and open the properties of your audio card.
    2. Go to the Details tab and make a note of the 4 characters after VEN_ and DEV_ under Hardware Ids under Properties.
    3. Go to config.txt in your Halo PC/CE folder. If your vendor is matched by an already-present vendor, create a new line underneath in the same fashion as the rest. For example, if DEV_AA01 is my device ID, I create the following line 0xAA01 = "High Definition Audio" beneath that vendor.
    4. If your vendor is not present, create a new vendor line. For example. AudioVendor = 1002 "AMD"
    5. Add the following:
    HeadRelativeSpeech
    EnableStopStart
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    To test if you've done everything correctly, add OldDriver, save, and launch Halo. You should see a warning message. Hit exit.
     
    5. Install HAC 2
     

     
    Author: Btcc22#3086 (Discord), maintainer: @Devieth.
    Features include improved chat, medals from later games, map downloading and engine budget upgrades. Despite its name, an anticheat component was never implemented. To install, unzip onto into the 'controls' folder in your Halo CE directory.
     
    Optimised HAC 2 setup file: If the following folders are not there, run Halo with HAC 2 once first.
    preferences.ini. Drop into %userprofile%\Documents\My Games\Halo CE\hac
     
     
    Recommended HAC 2 Functions
    The console is accessed by pressing tilde (key left of 1). Chimera (listed below) will unlock Halo's console.
    font_size x -- Adjusts font size of custom chat.
    copy -- Will copy the server's IP and password onto your clipboard. If a friend sends you a server address with this command, copy it, and right click to paste in Halo's console.
    about -- Shows HAC 2 version.
    fov x  -- Sets FOV, where x is your desired fov, 90 is recommended for 16:9 aspect ratios.
    show_hud 0 --  Disables HUD.
    devcam 1 -- hold middle mouse button to move, scroll up/down to adjust speed.
    F6 -- Adjust FOV.
    F4/F5 -- Bookmark servers.
    ALT Enter -- Minimize the game if in fullscreen mode. Enter borderless window if in windowed mode.
     
    Optic is a feature of HAC2 whereby medals and sound effects from later games can be added in. For information on how to use this see here.
     
    6. Install OpenSauce v4
     

     
    Author: kornman00#4155 (Discord) and TheFieryScythe, installer by Yumiris.
    Features include post processing, advanced shading and support for high definition .yelo maps. Many custom maps require Open Sauce to function. HAC 2 and OpenSauce are incompatible with each other. To install them both and avoid incompatibility, remove Open Sauce's dinput8.dll from Halo CE's folder, and HAC 2's controls.dll from the controls folder as required to disable either mod, or create two installations. Open Sauce has two menus to access its settings. Press F7 in-menu to access general settings, and press F7 in-game to access game settings.
     
    Recommended OpenSauce Functions
    If you are getting lag while using OpenSauce, press F7 to access general settings and untick ''GBuffer Enable''.
     
    7. Install Chimera
     

     
    Author: @Kavawuvi
    Features include unlocking 30fps animation cap, widescreen HUD scaling, faster map loading, warp elimination, controller setup automation, disabled mouse acceleration and more. It is recommended to join their discord to remain up-to-date with the latest developments. If you're planning on using a controller, stick with build 49 located in the header-link above. To install, unzip onto into the 'controls' folder in your Halo CE folder.
     
    The latest Halo CE build is -581.zip
     
    Optimised Chimera setup file: If the following folders are not there, run Halo with Chimera once first.
    chimerasave.txt. Requires build -581. Drop into %userprofile%\Documents\My Games\Halo CE\chimera.
     
    Execute chimera to get a full list of commands. See this documentation for a complete list of build -5xx commands.
     
    Recommended Chimera Functions
    Adjust your mouse sensitivity with chimera_mouse_sensitivity x y instead of using in-game settings, with x being your vertical sensitivity and y being your horizontal sensitivity.
    If you're getting lag, execute chimera_disable_buffering 0.
    On certain maps, execute chimera_block_mo 1 to disable glitchy sniper zoom bars.
     
    8. Install The Universal User Interface
     


    Author: Mooseguy.
    Features include update-check removal (no more official updates), menus for community maps (download these from halomaps.org or haloce3.com), and gorgeous graphics. To install, unzip into your Halo CE maps folder.
     
    If you prefer the feel of the original UI, here is an updated version by @Vaporeon with campaign button enabled, disabled update checks, UI button placement fixes, a higher quality halo ring bitmap, and fixed custom maps filter description. To install, unzip into your Halo CE maps folder.
     
    9. Update your Halo CE Multiplayer Map files
     

     
    Part of the Halo CE Refined project, these community-patched maps have been altered to include: fixed multipurpose maps, uncompressed bitmaps, shader fixes, @Jesse's high resolution HUD and an updated font.
     
    10. Enable Discord Rich Presence in Halo CE
     

     
    This tool by @giraffe lets other people on Discord see information about the server on which you are playing.
     
     
    11. Enable EAX Effects using DSOAL
     
    EAX is environmental audio, things like echoing footsteps and reverberating bullets. If you are on XP you don't need to install this. Microsoft rewrote the audio code on Vista+, hence the incompatibility with this XP-era video game. This workaround is superior to Creative ALchemy. To install, download the latest version and extract into Halo CE's root folder. More information here.
     
    12. Recommended Console Commands
     
    The following is an optimised setup file for Halo CE:
    init.txt. Drop into Halo CE's root folder.
     
    rasterizer_fps 1 -- Displays a detailed FPS counter.
    CTRL F12 -- View your FPS.
     
    13. Command Line Parameters

    Right click on Halo's shortcut, and add the following to the ''target'' field as desired. A space is required before each.
     
    -nowinkey -- Disables Windows keys.
    -nojoystick -- Disables joystick detection.
    -novideo -- Disables movies (.bik files).
    -screenshot -- Press ''print screen'' in-game to take a high resolution .tga screenshot saved to your Halo directory.
    -window -- Launches in a window. Press ALT Enter while windowed to enter borderless window mode (HAC 2).
    -timedemo -- Launches in benchmark mode, the results of which are saved as timedemo.txt in your Halo directory.
     
    14. Enable Antialiasing

    Standard MSAA/SSAA does not work on Halo PC/CE and will result in an instant crash or a black screen.
    NVIDIA users force FXAA in your control panel.
    AMD users force MLAA in your control panel.
     
    15. Online Performance

    Set Halo CE's network settings according to your internet upload speed. In multiplayer servers, type ''/info'' into chat ingame to check if the server uses nolead. Nolead, part of SAPP server software, patches Halo CE's notorious netcode problem whereby players must apply ''shot leading'' by shooting his target slightly farther than one would think naturally, this worsens the higher your ping. Nolead fixes this and for new players especially, servers that uses nolead are highly preferable to servers that don't.
     
    Take full advantage of Halo's glitches, especially backpack reloading
     
    16. Join the Community

    For its age, Halo CE has a vibrant community. Players use https://discordapp.com/ to contact others (RIP Xfire). You can contact me on Discord via Zetren#0584.
     
    Various Discords
    Open Carnage
    SPV3
    Rebel Army
    Halo 1 Hub
    SBB - Storm and Blackbird
    Chimera
     
    Check out Halomaps.org for map downloading and their active forum, CE3 for map downloading (faster than Halomaps) and map reviews, and StormUndBlackboard's YouTube for map reviews and fortnightly gamenights.
     
    Take a look at our sister projects: Project Cartographer for Halo 2 PC and Eldewrito for Halo Online.
     
    17. Jump into Halo CE's Content
     
    Halo CE has a whole host of content that you can enjoy for free today. Part 2 of this guide aims to present the finest iterations of creative work ever produced for Halo Custom Edition.