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How to obtain the best graphics (CS 1.6)

Written by daniel on 7. October 17:15

Following parts will be introduced in this guide

00. Introduction.
01. Reset to default.
02. High graphics package.
03. Graphical settings.
04. Resolution & colour quality.
05. Misc.

00. Introduction
This guide is mainly for Counter-Strike 1.6. Before you start this guide make sure you have the latest drivers for your graphic card. You can find Nvidia drivers here and AMD drivers here. In this guide I used an ATI 9800PRO with the Omega 2.6.12 drivers.

01. Reset to default
Rename your current counter-strike folder (Steam\steamapps\common\Half-Life). Start steam. Double-click on Counter-Strike in the Steam -> Games Menu. Now it will extract the original files i.e. by doing this you reset all settings to default. Do not start Counter-Strike.

02. High graphics package
Now download this and extract the rar file in Steam\steamapps\common\Half-Life\cstrike. The rar file contains a config file, high polygon weapon models and high polygon shells.
Note: Since the shells are custom, you might not want them. Then grab this file, it has everything except the shells.

03. Graphical settings
Make sure you've maxed out all graphical settings. If you're not sure about the best settings, follow the screenshots below:

ATI/Omega - Click on the image for a bigger version.

Nvidia - Click on the image for a bigger version.

04. Resolution & colour quality
Start counter-strike, set your preferred resolution and set colour quality as 32bits. You'll have to set your own in-game binds and add your own scripts.

05. Misc.
How to get rid off the High-poly weapon models and/or shell:
Simply rename/delete Steam\steamapps\common\Half-Life\cstrike\models map.

How to go back to default graphic settings:
For both standard AMD and Nvidia drivers you can just hit default in your graphic settings. For Omega you have to screen your settings before you start.

Explanations for all graphic settings can you find here:
AMD (Old ATI) | Nvidia

High-poly weapons: PraLiNeN
High-poly shells: OPEDAYAH
Config: daniel

Final result: (with colour correction)

Click on the image for a bigger version.

©2006 Style-Productions and Daniel Nielsen.
#51lulli240 22. January 2010 17:10
#52Mortuss007 19. October 2011 15:26
plzzz Update About ATI
#53Dec HLAE 8. August 2014 19:08
Note that ATI is now known as AMD, and those screenshots are from 2006.
#54czu 1. September 2015 16:50
Note that #52 made post in 2011.:D
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