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    Half Life Woes

    I got half life (the original) last week. I just decided to install it now, which seems to have worked well, but ingame, I'm having problems with the graphics. After the valve logo think (the guy with a valve in his eye), I get a sort of flashing effect. It only happens while playing, and on the main menu.

    The whole screen doesn't flash, and not all the time either. It's about 2-3 cm horizontally over different regions of the screen. there's about 2 flashed every second.

    Does anyone know how to get rid of them? (I'm using the system that's in my sig at 1024x768 - is that too high?)

    Another small thing is that if I press escape whilst in game, then click resume game, it comes up with this:
    v45 1.1.0.8

    The audio in game still happens, but I get no visual for a few seconds. Maybe it's supposed to happen, maybe not - I don't know.

    One last thing - might have just been a flukey glitch (one off). After the tran ride in black mesa, as guard opens a door. I walked through. When the next dooor opened, I seemed to just be stuck to the side to the room, and could move. Like I said - it might have been a one off thing. I'll try again later.

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    have you tried enabling v-sync ?, that may get rid of the flashing in game

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    Get the latest version of Half Life for starters, and latest graphics drivers. Latest (and last) HL version being 1.1.1.0 I believe.
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    Quote Originally Posted by da_ging
    have you tried enabling v-sync ?, that may get rid of the flashing in game
    I can't find v-sync, but there's something about software splikes.

    Quote Originally Posted by yamangman
    Get the latest version of Half Life for starters, and latest graphics drivers. Latest (and last) HL version being 1.1.1.0 I believe.
    AFAIK, I have got the lastest of both. Although, I tried to update HL by clicking on update, and it said I have the latest one, which I though was strange since it was released a good fw years ago.

    For a graphics update, I'll check now, but I only got the card a few month ago, and since then it's been updated.

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    Can you not just insert the H-L cd key and register it with valve and download the game off steam.I know its a chew but that's what I did.I haven't installed H-L on this windows install but I did register the cd key and I can play the game.I can't play H-L:Source tho.
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    OK - I'll try that now.
    Last edited by ajbrun; 14-01-2005 at 08:47 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ajbrun
    OK - I'll try that now.

    How do you insert a CD key in valve?
    I just clicked on Browse games and it gave me the option to "Registar a Product".Then I just typed in my H-L cd key.
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    Nevermind. I found it. It's updating now - should be done in about 10mins.

    I'm surprised how much stuff you get with HL that you got to pay for with HL2. I haven't even heard of richochet!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ajbrun

    One last thing - might have just been a flukey glitch (one off). After the tran ride in black mesa, as guard opens a door. I walked through. When the next dooor opened, I seemed to just be stuck to the side to the room, and could move. Like I said - it might have been a one off thing. I'll try again later.
    this is something i had when playing hl once
    update and it should go away
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    I just updated, and all the flickering stopped it's not a perfect picture. Thanks everyone for that. 1 major and 1 minor problem though.

    Minor:
    There's a "static" noise coming from my speakers underneath the game noise. This could be because they're naff speakers (they are), but it hasn't happened in any other game so far. So I think it's either a problem with HL or something buzzing against the speakers, but I don't think that's likely TBH.

    Major:
    It crashed half way though the train ride. I'll try again in a bit.

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    Try changing the Rendering mode, if its on D3D changeover to OpenGL or vice versa. Had a problem with this when I first purchased it a few years back, felt like I was skating on ice when I had it running in D3D, done the changeover and it was fine.

    Unplug the speakers and clean the jack then back in for the static you could try.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ferral
    Try changing the Rendering mode, if its on D3D changeover to OpenGL or vice versa. Had a problem with this when I first purchased it a few years back, felt like I was skating on ice when I had it running in D3D, done the changeover and it was fine.

    Unplug the speakers and clean the jack then back in for the static you could try.
    I was about to send this:
    It didn't crash. It just takes a REALLY long time to load when it says "loading please wait". Is there anyway to reduce these loading times as I really don't want to play this if I have to wait about 2 minutes just for it to load every now and then.

    Thanks for the advise - I changed it to D3D, and now it loads a lot quicker. I'll clean the jacks maybe tomorrow.

    Question that's totally unrelated to help:
    I've heard that when you press a button, a lift goes flying past with passengers on. I've already pressed the button, and those people sadly died . What would have happened if I DIDN'T press the button?

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    yeh its all scripted you cant save them, dunno if you can cheat and they wont fall or something

    i think when i played it on my 600mhz system a while ago they were still alive and kicking at the bottom with the lift shattered around them, it was so buggy then
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