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This article describes the known graphics-related issues that you may experience when you play Microsoft Halo 2 for Windows Vista.
General troubleshooting information
Install the latest driversIf you experience graphics issues, receive a black (blank) screen, or experience slow performance in Halo 2 for Windows Vista, download and then install the latest video card driver.
The video card lets you see graphics on the screen. A driver is a piece of software that enables the operating system (Microsoft Windows) to communicate with the hardware in the computer. A driver acts as a translator between the hardware and the operating system. The latest driver for your video card can enable more efficient use of your video card features to improve the performance of the game. Generally, companies release their drivers regularly for the cards to keep up the pace with the ever-changing software technologies.
To download and install the latest drivers, contact the computer or video hardware manufacturer. For more information about how to contact the video hardware or computer manufacturer, see the "References" section.
To determine the name and the manufacturer of the video adapter, follow these steps on a Windows Vista-based computer:
Graphics hardware error message
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General graphics issuesWhen you use some graphics cards, you may experience a light-strobe effect when you reenter the game after you have switched to the desktop or to another program. To resolve this issue, press ALT+ENTER to switch out of and back to the game again.
OEM computersIf you purchased the computer from an OEM such as Dell, Gateway, or Hewlett-Packard, and you experience any graphic anomalies when you play Halo 2 for Windows Vista, visit the computer manufacturer’s Web site for updated video drivers. Graphics hardware and drivers are frequently designed specifically for OEM systems.
The third-party products that this article discusses are manufactured by companies that are independent of Microsoft. Microsoft makes no warranty, implied or otherwise, about the performance or reliability of these products.
For information about your hardware manufacturer, visit the following Web site:
Article ID: 936829 - Last Review: September 29, 2011 - Revision: 3.0
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