Step 1: Video Mode
First of all, you have to choose the correct video mode. To change your video mode (in game), click on [Options] - [Video] - [Video Modes]. There are 3 different video modes available, Software,
Direct 3D and OpenGL.
Choose "Software" if you don't have a 3D video card, or for troubleshooting.
Choose "Direct3D" if you have an older 3D video card that doesn't support OpenGL.
Choose "OpenGL" if you have a modern 3D video card.
Note: Set OpenGL from "Default" to "3DFx mini driver" if you have a 3DFx video card
Step 2: Video resolution
Click on [Options] - [Video] - [Video Modes]. Use a low resolution like 800x600 or 640x480. Don't go lower than 640x480, your FA could look extremely weird.
Step 3: Disable high-quality sound
Click on [Options] - [Audio] and uncheck "High-quality sound", "D3D hardware support" and
"EAX hardware support".
Step 4: Tools in the background
Disable all programs running in the background. Anti virus and crash guard tools reduce
your ingame FPS significantly, especially if you have less than 128 MB of RAM.
Step 5: Drivers
Always use the latest drivers for your video card. You can download them from your video
card manufacturer's website. If you have a 3DFx video card (Voodoo series), you can try to
use WickedGL drivers. These are OpenGL drivers optimized for Voodoo cards.
You can download them from http://driverscollection.com/?V=3Dfx
Step 6: Disabling the FPS cap
FA/HalfLife limits the FPS to a maximum of 60.
Type in console:
This sets your FPS cap to 100, the highest FPS FA/HalfLife can display. Try different values.
Don't set them too high, you could experience heavy lag.
Step 7: Monitor refresh rate
Increase your monitor refresh rate. Right click on your Desktop and select "Properties".
Select the "Config" tab and click on "Advanced". Now click on the "Video Adapter" tab and set
your refresh rate.
[Please note that you can seriously damage your monitor by setting the refresh rate too high.
Check the monitor manual for a table of maximum refresh rates at certain resolutions.]
If setting the refresh rate higher doesn't help, try disabling VSync. This is an option you can find
in your video card properties.
Step 8: Disabling VSync
VSync limits your FPS to whatever the refresh rate on your monitor is. Go to
Control Panel - Display Properties - Settings - Additional Properties,
then go to the Direct3D & OpenGL tabs, and look for VSync somewhere and turn it to 'always off'