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I took the screenshot when I was running v4. I will try to delete those folders and reply if it works or not.

EDIT:
When I delete the BF2 Preferences Folder in MacHD/Users/XXX/Library/Preferences the game won't even start anymore. The splash screen appears but after a few seconds the game quits without showing any message. When I copy the folder back to this directory the game would start fine again.

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You know, I've always been one to advocate a Windows partition or drive for gaming, but I'm getting more and more fed up of it every day. I'm going to try this out soon and will be sure to post results, great work =)

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You know, I've always been one to advocate a Windows partition or drive for gaming, but I'm getting more and more fed up of it every day. I'm going to try this out soon and will be sure to post results, great work =)


Hehe same here. I dont have a wireless router so i basicly just forward my internet connection form my imac to my macbook. So whenever i boot in windows to play something my gf starts complaining she cant go online :( gotta love cider :D

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OK, so here it is, version 4 WITH on-line play. There is a BIG thank you to hinkle for helping me with the on-line play bit. As usual, instructions included.

Battlefield 2 Modern Combat Version 4 - The on-line version

Feedback PLEASE!

Will this work with the BF2 cider version from Le Grand Stroumph? That version works great except for the on-line play. I dont use Bootcamp or something like that.
I have been looking for a non-bootcamp.. non-windows version of BF 2 1.4 with working on-line play but with no luck!

Sorry for the newbie questions! :)

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Hello,

I tried your BF2 port with my DVD version and it worked great.
Accepted my CD key and the game starts alright.

However, I have multiple gfx problems with the game.
Dynamic shadows don't work, they show up as huge squares.
Also, I can see some jumping black spots all over the ground,
I guess it has something to do with the texture filtering.

I'm on 10.5.4 Leopard with an iMac with the GeForce 8800GS

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i tried it aswell.. and when i press "cd / DVD here" i get a display massage, that i need to repair, delete it, and when i press repair, i need to choose an App... why wont it work for me ?

i am on iMac..

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Wow, BF2 is almost 100% playable for me. I have a new iMac with 8800GS graphics and I do also experience graphics issues.

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Hello, sorry for not posting for some time, have been away with work and too busy lol. :)

Right to business, the graphics problems are from Cider, unfortunately there are some problems with some of the texture effects with the version of cider that i have used, i hope to patch this when a newer, better and improved version of cider comes out. Some of the older versions i did did not have graphic problems, but were unable to work in other ways ie: CD/DVD support, Emulator Det... :)

But for now, i have found that running everything on high APPART from the textures - that needs to be medium, and having AA on at least x2, normally fixes most of the graphic problems.

With the online play, you can play for about 10-15 min with no problems on most servers, however after that punkbuster tends to kick you off some of the servers - this is due to there being NO Mac version of punkbuster for BF2, I am trying to come up with a way round that.

In the mean time, i have been told by some that there are some punkbuster servers that will let you play as long as you like. So maybe if somebody complied a list of these servers so everybody could play on them. And it would also help us to figure out what punkbuster is looking for / not finding / not liking....


Bit by bit, we will get there, and when we do, we can laugh safe in the knowledge that the person we just killed on the field is probably crying at there PC!

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How about using the BF2142 Official Mac version Punkbuster with this port?

I could try it and post back this evening (5 pm now).

EDIT: Nope, kicked me due to "No Packet Flow".

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alright, I will start out by saying that I am completely new to Macs. I recently got a Macbook, not a Macbook Pro, and was hoping to run BF2 on it. I don't really want to shell out another couple hundred bucks for a copy of windows to boot just to play BF2.

That being said I downloaded version 4 of this port (I don't know if port is the right word?). The file was a dmg, which is a disk image I believe. Within that are pdf instructions, an app, and three aliases. I dont know what aliases are but they appear to be similar to a shortcut in Windows.

The first problem I have is that I can not move my BF2 folder into the "Battlefield 2 Folder Here" alias. When I do, I get an error stating that the items can not be moved because the folder cannot be modified.

So I right clicked the dmg and clicked duplicate. This made a new folder on my desktop, with what seemed like the same contents. With this new folder, I can drag the BF2 files from my PC into the "Battlefield 2 Folder Here" alias fine.

When I go to drag the two files from the CD into the next alias I get an error stating that I can not because the original item cannot be found. I am given the option to fix the alias, but like the computer, I have no idea where the original item is.

Any advice?

Thanks in advance for you help!!!

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I seem to be having problems with the graphics (every time I run the game it tells me I need to update my NVIDIA drivers in game). It also has a black background, is this normal? (i.e. no video in the background).

Every server I join kicks me instatly because of unknown window api calls but other then that (lol) it runs.

Two things I'm curious about: Could we somehow mount the BF2 mini iso and be able to game without the CD in?

Also is there a way to enable the expansions to work for this? I copied over both booster packs and Special Forces but I'm not sure if they work

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When I go to drag the two files from the CD into the next alias I get an error stating that I can not because the original item cannot be found. I am given the option to fix the alias, but like the computer, I have no idea where the original item is.

Any advice?

Thanks in advance for you help!!!



i got the same problem whit this... do enny one know a "fix" or how to make it work?!?

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not woks on Battlefield 2 1.41 German version :-(

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Hey I tried installing BF2 on the mac side and followed your steps. But when I click Battlefield 2 Modern Combat to try to open it, my mac says you need Mac OS X 10.5.2 or better to play it. I am on Mac OS X 10.4.11 and am using a MacBook Pro. I can't seem to get the thing to work. I installed BF2 on bootcamp and got the 1.41 patch on as well. I then switched over to the Mac side and copied the Battlefield 2 folder into the "Battlefield 2 Folder Here" Folder and copied TMP00001 and 00002 (or whatever) from the CD to the "CD/DVD Files Here" Folder and then I went into the system.reg, and put in my CD key from the case and it still will not open or anything. What am I doing wrong? I downloaded the Battlefield_2_Modern_Combat_Mac.dmg file and copied the stuff inside on to my mac and then placed the files into those on my mac. I know it sounds a bit confusing :D. But please I would love to get this running on my Mac side, as I constantly get disconnected from the internet on my Windows side but not my Mac side. Thank you.

PS. I also get the same error as SanGecko and Dan1Jel

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Is there a way to run it with 1920x1200? Can I use mods?

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Is there a way to play Special Forces using CIDER?

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Heya,

Just wanted to say thanks for this great work! It took me a while to download the 1.41 patch hehe, but it was well worth it! I have it working + online support thanks a lot for this ;)

I do however have one little question.... Is it possible for me to get the FPS displaying while i play, and is it possible to force a windowed mode?!

Thanks for the great work!

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Heya,

Just wanted to say thanks for this great work! It took me a while to download the 1.41 patch hehe, but it was well worth it! I have it working + online support thanks a lot for this :(

I do however have one little question.... Is it possible for me to get the FPS displaying while i play, and is it possible to force a windowed mode?!

Thanks for the great work!


It seems like no one talks here or helps each other. This thread is dead (or maybe this forum is dead lol).

Anyways, I believe if you type -windowed on the command line parameters it will launch in windowed mode. I'm not sure though so search Google to check on this. As for FPS I dont think there is a built in FPS. I used XFIRE for that in Windows. There is no Xfire port for Mac but someone is releasing one soon.. home made of course.

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Is there a way to play Special Forces using CIDER?


You can pass arguments to the BF2.exe executable by running cider from the shell. If you wanted BF2 to start up with the Special Forces mod, then you would type in the following...

"./Battlefield 2.app/Contents/MacOS/cider" -- BF2 "+modPath mods/xpack"

Of course that's assuming that you're in the same directory as the Battlefield 2 application.

I whipped up a little AppleScript that will allow me to start up in Special Forces. Just open up the AppleScript Script Editor, and type in the following line:

set results to do shell script "\"/Games/Battlefield 2.app/Contents/MacOS/cider\" -- BF2 \"+modPath mods/xpack +restart 1\" > /dev/null 2>&1 &"

Then save it as an application by changing the file format to "Application" in the Script Editor "Save As..." dialog. Be sure to provide the correct path for cider. I keep Battlefield 2 in my Games directory, so you will want to change that part of the path if you have it somewhere else. Once saved, you can simply double-click it to start BF2 in Special Forces.

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Thanks for your effort. I tried using NVInject but it didn't get any better. I still have those graphic problems. They are even worse than with Modern Combat v2 - which has worked best for me so far. Here is a screenshot of what my problem looks like.

Another thing is, that I get an ingame message that I should update my graphic card driver in order to run the game correctly.


I have a G-Force 8800GT, and I have the same graphics issue. The only way I can get rid of it is to reduce the Terrain detail to the lowest setting. I've read where others are having the same issue, and there's a comment in this thread that hints at the problem being caused by z-buffer errors. I've tried playing with the d3dgl options in the config file, but the only thing that seems to help is to reduce the terrain detail.

On a related note, I am able to reproduce this graphics issue under Boot Camp, and I challenge anyone to explain why it happens. If I change the name of the BF2.exe executable to something else, say burfle.exe, then I get the black spots. When I change the name of the executable back to BF2.exe, then everything is fine. :censored2:


I took the screenshot when I was running v4. I will try to delete those folders and reply if it works or not.

EDIT:
When I delete the BF2 Preferences Folder in MacHD/Users/XXX/Library/Preferences the game won't even start anymore. The splash screen appears but after a few seconds the game quits without showing any message. When I copy the folder back to this directory the game would start fine again.


I started trying to get BF2 running under Cider just recently. Since I own BF2142, I started with that as my application base, and managed to get things running fairly quickly. When I ran into the black spots graphics issue, I tried the Battlefield 2 Modern Combat V4 app that SquithyX put together, hoping that it would solve the issue. It behaved just as you described. The splash screen would appear, and then the game would silently quit after a few seconds. I finally figured out that the problem was caused by this line in the config file:

"cmdlineadd" = "+widescreen 1 +szx 1280 +szy 800"

Since my system has no notion of a 1280x800 display, the game would just quit when it couldn't open the display. After I changed the line to "cmdlineadd" = "+restart 1" then it worked just fine.





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