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115 of 135 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars You need a WEI of 5 to run it! (Plus, the technical specs that are missing...), June 22, 2007
= Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars 
This review is from: Halo 2 - PC (Video Game)
Until a really stable and easy to install patch comes out, this will only work with Vista, and a really good video card. (I'm sure that sometime this year we will see a true patch that will allow you to use it on XP, but then...)

According to the cover box and Microsoft website, your video card must be "NVIDIA 6100, ATI X700 or above." That leaves a lot to interpretation, and nowhere does it state the minimum technical specs required to run the game. So, here it is:

Video memory: 128 Megabytes or higher required
Supported pixel shader version: 2 or higher required
Supported vertex shader version: 2 or higher required

Copied from the game install warning screen:
"Halo 2 for Windows Vista is designed for computers running Microsoft Windows Vista with an overall Windows Experience Index of 5 or higher." Hmmmm, one would think that the requirement of a 5-rating would be in bold type somewhere on the box, especially since the majority of the mass-market computers sold off the shelf are well below 5.

I have the minimum requirements for the video card and 2Gig of RAM (in my Gateway MX6453 laptop)and it runs HORRIBLY, and, at times, not at all.

Make sure you have a really good video card, or else you will suffer.
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Initial post: Mar 28, 2009 10:20:44 PM PDT
Irrelevant says:
radeon X700,ram-1gig and Xp just have to work a bit to get it running in a decent way

Posted on Sep 3, 2009 8:29:15 AM PDT
Winter says:
Good review--especially since a WEI of 5 is "recommended" but not required. I have a WEI of 5.7 with a quad-core processor, nVidia 8x00 SLI, and 4GB of RAM on a RAID 0 array...and even with every non-critical process killed, Halo 2 chugs on anything above Medium detail.
I suspect that, like Halo 1, this game will get really smooth only when hardware gets to another plateau: Halo 1 didn't require a 256MB video card, but that was really the only point where it started running good for me...

Posted on Sep 10, 2009 4:42:04 PM PDT
Ishan Mehta says:
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Posted on Dec 31, 2009 1:15:19 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 31, 2009 1:16:25 PM PST
Ian Courage says:
I checked on System Requirements Lab if my laptop can run it. I tear apart the minimum and recommended specs, but it says I failed because I have 7. lol.
ATI Radeon 3100, 256MB (shared up to 1.4GB), shader v4.0
AMD Turion(tm) X2 Dual-Core Mobile RM-72: 2.10GHz

Posted on Mar 5, 2010 5:22:43 PM PST
Jiahui Shi says:
i broke my mx6453
so i bought a acer aspire one with su2300 dual core culv
and 4500mhd graphics card(flash beta supports hardware acceceration). it should run fine

Posted on Mar 6, 2010 11:59:25 AM PST
Ian Courage says:
Well, it runs fine on my laptop with a WEI of 4.1, but that's only 0.9 away. I run on medium settings at I think 1024x800 (or something like that) with no antialiasing. Hey, it still already looks better than the Xbox version! :)

Posted on Apr 12, 2010 8:27:55 PM PDT
Travis Combs says:
This isn't very accurate. My computer running Windows 7 has a WEI score of 4.8 and I max the game on 1280x1024 (my left monitor's resolution). My CPU is a 5-year old Pentium D at 3GHz and my graphics card is an ATI Radeon HD5670 with 512MB VRAM. My system RAM is 3GB.

Posted on Aug 16, 2012 8:42:55 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Aug 16, 2012 8:58:59 PM PDT
what about a 2GB video card with 4Gig's of Ram system type windows 7 Ultemint well the game stell my computer rating is 4.1 more info
Processor: Calculations per second 4.8
Memory (RAM): Memory operations per second 5.5
Graphics: Desktop perfomance for Windows Aero 4.1
Gaming graphics: 3D business and gaming graphics perfomance 5.8
Primary hard disk: Disk data transfer rate 5.8

can i stell play Halo 2 with these Score's

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 16, 2012 11:00:17 PM PDT
Ian Courage says:
As long as it's above WinXP, it'll run flawlessly. Heck, it'll run even better than it would've on Vista. Windows 7 uses less memory, so everything runs better.

Posted on Dec 26, 2012 3:13:14 PM PST
ben m. says:
Look, I managed to get it to run on my crappy vista pc with 3gb of ram, 1.5 useable, 1gb dedicated gpu, non hd screen, 2.0ghz intel dual logical core

3gb ram or more
1gb dictated gpu
2.0ghz or faster core

FYI, pixel shader is the hardware itself, meaning you'll have to rip out the gpu and switch it with a newer one to get an upgraded pixel shader
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