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New PC struggles to run Halo

  1. #11


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    8.1 Pro 64-bit | 8.1 Pro 64-bit


    750 MHz should be plenty for a game released 12 years ago. I'm not trying to play Halo Online (though this laptop could probably play it on low settings); I'm trying to play Halo PC.

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  2. #12


    United States
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    Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit


    Since it is a Dell are you stuck having to use their drivers or can you use the ones from the Intel site also?
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  3. #13


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    I've tried both to no avail. And what do you mean by "since it's a Dell?" With any manufacturer-built computer you have the choice between the OEM-approved driver versions and the latest from the part makers.
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  4. #14


    United States
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    Quote Originally Posted by CaptainMurica View Post
    I've tried both to no avail. And what do you mean by "since it's a Dell?" With any manufacturer-built computer you have the choice between the OEM-approved driver versions and the latest from the part makers.
    Not true. With laptops especially there are manufacturers who only enable their driver to work. Dell was one for a long time, they may have changed.

    I am at the point that I must admit I do not know how to help with your problem. Maybe someone else will jump in. Good Luck!
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  5. #15


    S.E. Texas
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    windows 8.1 64bit


    It may not be your PC as Macs have the same problem. There is a site with mods and fixes for both. You might check out this: HaloMD - Mac Gaming Mods
    It says for Macs but there are questions about Windows too: Halo Mini Demo
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  6. #16


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    8.1 Pro 64-bit | 8.1 Pro 64-bit


    I found out what the problem was. Intel SpeedStep was keeping the system running at around 800 MHz despite the need for a faster clock speed and the huge amount of thermal headroom (about 50 C below T-Junction). I disabled it in the BIOS and everything's fine now.

    However, I don't want to disable SpeedStep because doing so reduces battery life. Is there anything I can do to make sure that the CPU clocks itself appropriately for the task(s) it needs to perform? Can I up the minimum clock speed through Intel's Extreme Tuning Utility?
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  7. #17


    USA
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    Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center


    Going in another direction, I believe the issue is with Halo itself as it has been a bit problematic under the new OS's - particularly Win 7 & 8.

    And actually Speed Step should NOT be affecting your games as Speed Step is basically an efficiency setting for the processor to run at lower speeds when not in use. However when the processor is in use, which would also include running games, Speed Step should disengage (disable). Again, this may be some to do with Halo itself.

    And yes, for Halo, your current processor should be fine for such an old game. And if you're talking Halo: Combat Evolved, that game was released in Nov, 2001 so yeah, your graphics processor should run it no problem.

    Peace
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  8. #18


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    Quote Originally Posted by sygnus21 View Post
    Going in another direction, I believe the issue is with Halo itself as it has been a bit problematic under the new OS's - particularly Win 7 & 8.

    And actually Speed Step should NOT be affecting your games as Speed Step is basically an efficiency setting for the processor to run at lower speeds when not in use. However when the processor is in use, which would also include running games, Speed Step should disengage (disable). Again, this may be some to do with Halo itself.

    And yes, for Halo, your current processor should be fine for such an old game. And if you're talking Halo: Combat Evolved, that game was released in Nov, 2001 so yeah, your graphics processor should run it no problem.

    Peace
    I haven't had issues running it on any other Windows 7 or Windows 8 system, and as I said SpeedStep was not disabling itself when I went to start up any game (not just Halo).

    I'm not sure why the system does not recognize a game (in my case: Halo, Halo 2, Star Wars Battlefront II, Smite, and Minecraft) as a reason to clock itself higher than 800 MHz.
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  9. #19


    USA
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    Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center


    OK.
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