Basically, my LCD monitor is dead and waiting to be sent off to the Acer funeral home... sorry meant 'repair center' :p.
Anyway, I've had to switch back to an old 15" CRT monitor for the time being. But now, whenever I try to play Halo or Halo CE, the flash screen shows up, but I dont see the game. I see the windows (XP Home) desktop with the Halo music going in the background. I havn't tried any other games yet since the LCD monitor had its 'heart attack' this morning so I havn't checked to see if it affecting any other games. Most likely it will though.
18th November 2004
The LCD monitor was probably set to a higher resolution than your CRT can handle. If you know your CRT's max resolution, try making Halo run at that resolution manually:
Right-click the Halo icon and select Properties. Go to the line "Target:" and at the end, after the "...halo.exe" add:
This forces Halo to run at the width and height in pixels that you specify, and 60Hz, a standard refresh rate for CRT monitors. So, if your CRT's resolution is 1024x768, you would do:
"...halo.exe" -vidmode 1024,768,60
Make sure there there is one space after the quote before you add the dash, too.
This kinda worked. I am now able to play the game. It wont save my settings config when I try to change them so everything is reset to low settings, minus the screen res, but atleast the game is playable now.
But theres another problem.
I recently played the game for about half an hour and then all of a sudden the monitor goes into standby mode (amber light) but the computer and game are still running. I have to restart the computer to be able to see anything again. Its been happening on Jedi Academy aswell but I thought it was a game fault so I uninstalled that. It happened to that game on the LCD monitor. Seems really strange to be happening to Halo on an old CRT monitor.