Minimum system requirements for Halo: Combat Evolved

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This article lists the minimum system requirements that a computer must have to run Microsoft Halo: Combat Evolved.

Note You can increase the overall performance of your computer and therefore the game if you exceed these requirements.

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Minimum system requirements

  • Operating System: Microsoft Windows 98, Microsoft Windows Second Edition, Microsoft Windows Millennium Edition (Me), Microsoft Windows 2000, or Microsoft Windows XP.
  • Computer/Processor: 733 megahertz (MHz) processor.
  • DirectX: DirectX® 9.0 or later. (DirectX 9.0b is installed by Halo.)
  • Memory: 128 megabytes (MB) of RAM.
  • Hard Disk: 1.2 gigabytes (GB) of free hard disk space.
  • Video card: 32 MB with 3D Transform and Lighting capable.
  • CD: 8X.
  • Sound: Sound card, speakers, or headphones with multiplayer play.
  • *56.6 Kilobytes per second (KBps) modem or 10 MB network adapter. Multiplayer servers require broadband to run a server.
  • *Additionally, you must have an Internet Service provider (ISP) or a Local Area Network (LAN), if you want to play multi-player games.

Hardware Transform and Lighting

Hardware Transform and Lighting (Hardware T&L) are functions that are carried out directly by the video hardware. Transform and Lighting carry out the process of generating a 3D scene from supplied data, our 3D 'world'.

The first functional unit, transformation, is a ‘geometry engine' that converts or that transforms the 3D coordinates of the world into 2D coordinates. This transformation must be completed because the monitor where the 3D world is viewed is a 2D device.

Additionally, transforming 3D coordinates into 2D coordinates, the geometry engine can be used to generate lighting information for the world, store information about light sources, and calculate the amount of light that each source casts on any point in the world.

Supported video hardware

Halo: Combat Evolved requires access to a minimum of 32 MB of memory for video display. Additionally, Halo: Combat Evolved must pass a system check when you start the game. If Halo: Combat Evolved does not pass the system check, you receive the following error message:
We are sorry, but your computer's video hardware is below the recommended minimum spec for this game. If you wish to upgrade your computer, please contact your computer manufacturer for any necessary help.
When video hardware is classified as "supported", Halo Combat Evolved is expected to work with that hardware. If you experience issues with Halo: Combat Evolved, contact Microsoft Help and Support. See the "Unsupported video hardware" section for details about the hardware that is unsupported.

Unsupported video hardware

 The following is a list of video hardware that was known to be unsupported at the time that Halo: Combat Evolved was released.
  • 3DFX
    • Voodoo 1
    • Voodoo 2
    • Banshee
    • Banshee
    • Voodoo 3
    • Voodoo 4
    • Voodoo 4 and 5
    • Rush (Alliance)
    • Rush (Macronix)
  • 3D LABS
    • GLiNT 300SX
    • GLiNT 500TX
    • GLiNT
    • Permedia
    • GLiNT MX
    • Permedia 2
    • GLiNT G1
    • Oxygen Series R3
    • Oxygen Series R4
    • Oxygen Series Gamma2
    • Permedia 2
    • Permedia 1
    • Permedia 3
    • Permedia 4
  • ATI
    • Mach 32
    • IGP 340M
    • Mach 64
    • Rage Pro
    • Rage XC
    • Rage XL
    • Rage XC
    • Rage XL
    • Rage II
    • Rage II+
    • Rage IIC
    • Rage LT Pro
    • Rage LT
    • Rage Mobility
    • Rage Mobility 128
    • Rage 128 Pro
    • Rage Fury Pro/MAXX
    • Rage 128
  • CHROMATIC
    • MPact
  • CIRRUS
    • GD7548
    • GD5430
    • GD5434
    • GD5436
    • GD5446
    • GD5480
    • CL5462
    • GD5464
    • GD5465
    • GD5446
    • CL6729
    • GD7543
    • CL4610
    • CL4614
  • COMPAQ
    • QVision DIGITAL TGA
    • TGA2
  • INTEL
    • 810
    • 810e
    • 815
    • 740
    • 752
    • 830M
    • 845G
    • 855GM
    • 865G
  • MATROX
    • Millennium
    • Mystique
    • Millennium II
    • G100 PCI
    • G100 AGP
    • G200 PCI
    • G200 AGP
    • Fusion G450
    • G400/450
    • Mistral
    • G550
  • NEOMAGIC
    • 128
    • 128ZV
    • 128XD
    • 256AV
    • 256ZX
    • 256XL
  • NUMBER 9
    • Revolution 3D
    • Revolution IV
  • NVIDIA
    • Riva 128
    • NV 1
    • NV 2
    • Riva 128 ZX
    • TNT
    • TNT Vanta
    • TNT2 Aladdin
    • TNT2
    • TNT2 Ultra
    • TNT2 M64
  • RENDITION
    • Verite 1000
    • Verite 2100
  • S3
    • Savage 2000
    • Savage 3D
    • Savage 3D S3
    • Savage 3D S4
    • Savage4 ProSavage
    • ProSavage
    • Savage MX
    • Savage IX
    • SuperSavage 128 MX
    • SuperSavage 128 IX
    • SuperSavage 128 IX DDR
    • SuperSavage IX
    • SuperSavage IX DDR
    • SuperSavage IXC SDR
    • SuperSavage IXC DDR
    • Virge
    • Trio 64
    • Trio 64 Plus
    • Aurora 128
    • Trio 64 DX
    • Trio 3D
    • Virge DXGX
    • Virge GX2,
    • Trio3D
    • Virge MXC
    • Virge MX
    • Graphics Twister
    • DeltaChrome
  • SILICON MOTION
    • Lynx 3DM
    • Lynx 3D SIS 6215
    • 6205
    • 305
    • 530
    • 6326
    • 650
    • 315
    • Xabre 600 ST
  • MICROELECTRONICS
    • Kyro1
    • Kyro2
  • TRIDENT
    • CyberBlade i7
    • CyberBlade XP
    • Cyber9320
    • Cyber9388
    • Cyber9397
    • Cyber9397 DVD
    • Cyber
    • Cyber9520
    • Cyber9520 DVD
    • CyberBlade E4
    • Cyber9385
    • 975
    • 9753
    • 3D Image
    • Blade 3D
    • CyberBlade XPm
  • TSENG
    • ET4000
    • ET6000
    • ET6300
  • VIA
    • CLE266
    • KM400
    • VIA S3G
    • KN400
  • VIDEO LOGIC
    • PowerVR
    • PowerVR2
  • VOLAR
    • Volar V8
    • Volar V5
  • WEITEK
    • P9000
    • P9100

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Article ID: 829479 - Last Review: March 5, 2013 - Revision: 3.0
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