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Version: 1.2 | Updated: 01/23/05

             Battlefield:1942 Tweaking Guide
                   (ver: 1.2 1/23/05)
                    By: Dominic Cavey

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E-mail: DTAFamily@hotmail.com
AIM: DTAFamily

***please contact me with any questions, comments or suggestions***


I.    Introduction
II.   System Requirments
III.  The Basics
IV.   Video Settings
V.    Sound Settings
VI.   Advanced Tweaks
VII.  Conclusion


     Hi, and welcome to my BF:1942 tweaking guide. The goal of this guide is
to help people have the best expierience they can while playing BF42.
I've found that many people have quit this game due to poor system performance.
So I've come up with some things that can help run this game smoothly and lag
free. They might not work for everybody, but for the most part, if applied
correctly, you'll be able to enjoy this game to the fullest.


***Straight from the box***


Windows 98/ME/2000/XP(WIN 95/NT not supported)
500Mhz PIII or Athlon AMD Processor
32mb DirectX8.1 video card
DirectX8.1 Sound card
1.2GB hard drive space
4X CD Rom Drive
56K, Cable, DSL or faster

My suggestions to run this game decently are as follows:

Windows XP
1.5GHZ Processor
64MB Video Card

    They're pretty much the main players in perfomance, and the main things 
you need to pay attention to.


***All settings are based on WINDOWS XP***

      Many factors contribute to slow down and lag.Make sure youknow if 
you're lagging or slowing down. You can check your FPS(Frames Per Second), 
by opening the CONSOLE. This is achieved by pressing the TILDE KEY(~`). Its 
usually next to the 1 key. Once open, type in FPS 1. Hit enter,  then the 
console key again.You should see your FPS in the upper left of the screen. 
To turn it off, repeat the steps above, but use FPS 0.

      Make sure you don't have a lot of programs running in the background. 
The most I suggest to be running would be 15. You can check to see how many 
you have running by opening up the TASK MANAGER. Press CTRL-ALT-DEL  at the 
same time to bring this up. Don't just start shutting down things, as they 
may be vital to your system stability. I suggest going to Black Viper's
(www.blackviper.com) website. This guy has taken the time to go thru WIN XP 
and WIN 2000, to find out what you can safely turn off in the WINDOWS 
SERVICES. Follow his directions, and you'll see a huge improvement in 

      Try not to use dial-up if you don't have to. 56K sucks!

      If you can, I suggest getting a second hard drive, and running a 
dual-boot system. Install the bare minimum on it. Make it your gaming system 
side. Its not very hard to do and it gets the most perfomance out of your
hardware. The OS isn't bogged down by extra, un-needed programs. Go to 
www.microsoft.com for tips on running a dual-boot system. Also, if you can 
afford it get more RAM. That always helps performance. 

      Defragment! This is a very important thing to do. Files get spread all 
over your hard drive and in turn, degrade the performance of your machine. 
Run the windows defragmenting program at least once a week or after you've 
installed or un-installed 2 or more programs.

      Spy-ware can cripple a system, too. I suggest you get Ad-aware and 
Spy-bot. Both have free versions for download. They can remove all adware 
and malware from your system. Google for them! 

      Make sure you have the latest drivers for all your hardware. They can
really be a factor in performance sometimes. Drivers usually fix performance 
related issues. I highly recommend this step.

      Increasing VIRTUAL MEMORY, or the PAGEFILE size, can sometimes help out 
systems with lower amounts of RAM. I've read numerous articles on the subject, 
and found that size really does matter.LOL! I suggest making the size 3 times 
the amount of RAM that you have installed. So, if you have 256MB of RAM in 
your system, make your PAGEFILE size 768MB. If you have at least 1GB of RAM, I 
wouldn't even worry about this at all, since its never really a factor. Let
Windows manage this or have no PAGEFILE at all. To access the PAGEFILE, go 
into the CONTROL PANEL and click on SYSTEM. Click the ADVANCED tab. Select the
Select CUSTOM SIZE. Plug in the numbers and click SET. I have another tweak 
for the PAGEFILE you can find under the ADVANCED TWEAKS of this guide. 

moving systems, also.


***Make sure you have the latest patch for the game***

     If you're at or slightly above the system requiements, run the game at low
to medium settings. Don't try to run it at high. Its going to suck for you if
you do.Everyone's system is different, so try out different settings to see what
your system can do.

     Its not worth it to run this game at 800X600. You miss out on so many 
beautiful things. I wouldn't go any lower than 1024X768. You'll lose maybe 2 
FPS. No big deal. Sometimes, it helps to run this game at a 60Hz refresh rate. 
I haven't tried it, but some people say it does wonders. Turn off AA
(Antialiasing) and AF(Anisotropic Filtering) if you don't have a high end 
system. Especially if you have an ATI card. EA has stated this themselves.
     Sometimes it helps to run in 16 bit mode. Less colors, more perfomance.

     In the video settings uncheck shadows and environmental mapping. You'll 
get a few more FPS without noticing any degredation in quailty. Turn down the 
draw distance, too. This can help tremendously.

     By pressing the F8 button in game, you can keep the radio commands
from displaying at the top of the screen. This can increase performance, also.
Especially on low end systems.


     I usually turn the menu music and map loading music off. This is especially
important if you do not have a lot of RAM. It seems to take up a lot of memory 
to produce the menu music and map loading screen music. It definetly helps 
perfomance to eliminate menu music. Turn your sound settings to low or medium 
for a perfomance increase. Use the least amount of channels that you're 
comfortable with. I know I need sound to play this game, so do some
expirementing with sound channels. Same thing with the KHz. I usually leave 
mine at 22 KHz. Get the latest drivers for your sound card.


***Use these settings at your own risk! I claim no responsibility for any 
damage done to your system***

    First off, make back-ups of all the files we are about to go over. These 
are just some .con changes, I have found very useful. I use them all myself. 
You can find these all by following this path: by default C:\Program Files\
EA GAMES\Battlefield 1942\Mods\bf42\settings.

        This trick only works if you turn VERTICAL SYNC off. There are different
ways of turn this off, depending on your video card. Check the help guides on 
your system for more information.

    Open up the VideoDefault.con file with NOTEPAD. By default it looks 
like this:

rem * TEMP *
renderer.setFullScreen 1
renderer.fieldOfView 1
renderer.globalLodRadius 1
renderer.globalLodRadiusScaleFactor 5
console.showStats 0

Make it look like this:

renderer.setFullScreen 1
renderer.fieldOfView 1
renderer.globalLodRadius 1
renderer.globalLodRadiusScaleFactor 5
console.showStats 0
renderer.allowAllRefreshRates 1
renderer.lockfps 250

     Notice I've added the line, renderer.allowAllRefreshRates 1 and I added the
line, renderer.lockfps 250. You don't have to put in 250, but I've found this 
is the best and most stable number to use. Make sure you hit save, not save as, 
and close the file.

     If that doesn't help any, you can make the VideoDefault.con look like this:

renderer.setFullScreen 1
renderer.fieldOfView 1
renderer.globalLodRadius 1
renderer.globalLodRadiusScaleFactor 6
console.showStats 0
renderer.allowAllRefreshRates 1
renderer.useTrilinearFiltering 0
renderer.mipmapbias -3
renderer.lockfps 250

     Sometimes this can lower image quality, but in cases where you can't get
the game to run well at all, try the above settings.

     BF42 doesn't officially support higher resolutions like 1280x1024. There
is a way to force it though. 

First go to:
C:\Program Files\EA GAMES\Battlefield 1942\Mods\bf1942\

Change the line:
renderer.allowAllRefreshRates 0

To this:
renderer.allowAllRefreshRates 1

Then go to:
C:\Program Files\EA GAMES\Battlefield 1942\Mods\bf1942\Settings

Edit the following files:

every time you see:
game.setDisplayMode 1024 768 32 85

edit it to whatever you like in this format:
game.setDisplayMode x=res, y=res, colordepth, refreshrate

e.g. game.setDisplayMode 1280 1024 32 75

Then set both files to read-only,
(if you don't want the settings getting changed).

If you are still using the default profile, instead of custom, then go to:
C:\Program Files\EA GAMES\Battlefield 1942\Mods\bf1942

and follow the same steps as stated above.

    Sometimes fooling with that good old PAGEFILE can solve a lot of problems.
If you're running a dual-boot system, delete it on the side of WINDOWS that is
not running. For instance, if you're running WINDOWS on your C drive, 
delete the one on your D drive, and vice-versa. Make sure you have show 
hidden files and folders checked in your folder options, so you can see
the PAGEFILE. Again, if you have a GB or more of RAM, I suggest having no 
PAGEFILE at all.

    If you don't like deleting things, here's another trick for clearing the
PAGEFILE. Make sure you back up the REGISTRY before you do this. Type REGEDIT
in the RUN box. Navigate to this point:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\System\CurrentControlSet\Control\Session Manager\
Memory Management

Look for the registry string:


    Double click it and change the value to 1. Hit OK. Restart your machine. 
Now the PAGEFILE will be cleared every time you shutdown or restart. Now it 
acts like RAM does, clearing itself, erasing any bad happenings. I must warn, 
that this does increase shutdown and restart times to about 40 seconds on 


     BF42 is a stellar game that should be enjoyed by everyone who plays it.
EA makes it hard sometimes for us gamers, but maybe these tweaks will help you 
out a bit. Thank you for taking the time toread this guide. If you're in dire 
need of help, I'm always availiable at DTAFamily@hotmail.com or AIM:DTAFamily. 
Once again, if you do have a comment, question, or suggestion, please feel free 
to contact me. If you have a tweak you would like me to add, email it tome and 
I'll give you credit for it. Thank you EA for an awesome game!!!!! See you on 
the battlefield.

©2004 Dominic Cavey/DTA Productions. All rights reserved. You may not duplicate 
this document for redistribution without written consent from 
Dominic Cavey(MeGaBigD). If you would like to use this document on your
website, please contact dcavey@comcast.net for permission.

Exclusive Official German translation by:
BF-News.de ©2004 All Rights Reserved
Liscensed by:
Dominic Cavey/DTA Productions © 2004

Battlefield:1942 is a registered trademark of EA GAMES ©2002-2004. 
All Rights Reserved.

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