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Battlefield 1942

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Battlefield 1942
Battlefield 1942 cover
macOS (OS X) Aspyr Media
Electronic Arts
Refractor 2[1][2]
Release dates
Windows September 10, 2002
macOS (OS X) June 28, 2004
Metacritic 89
Monetization One-time game purchase, Expansion pack
Modes Singleplayer, Multiplayer
Pacing Real-time
Perspectives First-person
Controls Direct control
Genres Action, FPS, Shooter
Vehicles Automobile, Flight, Naval/watercraft, Tank, Transport, Truck
Art styles Realistic
Themes World War II
Series Battlefield
Battlefield 1942 on HowLongToBeat
Battlefield 1942 on IGDB
Battlefield 1942 guide on StrategyWiki
Battlefield 1942 on MobyGames
Battlefield 1942 on Wikipedia
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SafeDisc retail DRM does not work on Windows Vista and later (see Availability for affected versions).
The Mac OS X version of this game does not work on Mac OS X Lion (version 10.7) or later due to the removal of support for PowerPC apps.
GameSpy online services have been shut down (see Network for solutions).

Battlefield 1942 is a singleplayer and multiplayer first-person action, FPS and shooter game in the Battlefield series.

General information

Official Website
The Battlefield series on Battlelog - PC section.
EA Answers HQ


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Disc check (requires the CD/DVD in the drive to play)
CD key
SafeDisc v2 DRM[Note 1]
DRM details are not known
macOS (OS X)
Origin (unavailable)
No longer available.[5]
SafeDisc retail DRM does not work on Windows Vista and later (see above for affected versions).


DLC and expansion packs

Name Notes
The Road to Rome OS X version only sold in bundles.
macOS (OS X)
Secret Weapons of WWII
macOS (OS X)
To make expansions work with the Origin version, just copy XPack1 and XPack2 into the Mods folder.[citation needed].

Essential improvements


The Origin digital release is patched to v1.612.
Version check[6]
In order to check which version is installed, open the file <path-to-game>\Mods\bf1942\init.con and find the line game.setCustomVersion.

Windows 8/10 compatibility

Enable DirectPlay[6]

Online play support

After the shutdown of GameSpy, the community set up a new master server to keep the server browser functional.
Either download a modified executable or edit the hosts file to restore online functionality.

Download the patched executable
Manually connect to servers from the community server list

PunkBuster updates

The Origin version doesn't contain or support PunkBuster.

Support for the anti-cheat software PunkBuster in BF1942 has been discontinued by EvenBalance. Most servers do not have it enabled anymore. As such it is recommended to move the contents of <path-to-game>\pb to a backup folder to avoid any disconnects by its service. If an up-to-date version is required, follow the steps below.

Update PunkBuster manually[6]
Make sure the PunkBuster service is installed and working properly by using the PunkBuster Service Installer (pbsvc). A reboot is required if it is installed for the first time.
  1. Download the PunkBuster files.
  2. Extract the contents to <path-to-game>\pb, overwriting any older files.
  3. Enable PunkBuster in-game in the lower left corner of the server browser.

Skip intro videos

Launch the game with +restart 1 parameter[6]
Modify intro video files[6]
  1. Go to <path-to-game>\Movies
  2. Delete or rename the files Dice.bik, EA.bik, Intro.bik and Legal.bik.

Game data

In-game general settings.
In-game general settings.

Configuration file(s) location

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\Mods\bf1942\Settings\[Note 2]
macOS (OS X)
User-specific *.con is stored under Profiles\<user-id> in this location.

Save game data location

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\Mods\bf1942\save\<user-id>\[Note 2]
macOS (OS X)

Save game cloud syncing

System Native Notes


In-game graphics settings.
In-game graphics settings.

Graphics feature State WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
See Widescreen resolution.
See the WSGF entry. Requires manual fix for online play support.
See Widescreen resolution. HUD slightly stretched.
4K Ultra HD
See Widescreen resolution.
Field of view (FOV)
See Field of view (FOV).
Set renderer.setFullScreen 0 inside VideoDefault.con
Borderless fullscreen windowed
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Anti-aliasing (AA)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
High-fidelity upscaling
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Vertical sync (Vsync)
Type renderer.setVsyncEnabled 1 into the console. Will reset on loading a new map.
60 FPS
120+ FPS
Capped at 100 FPS. Can be unlocked by setting renderer.lockfps inside VideoDefault.con to the desired frame rate (e.g. renderer.lockfps 144 for 144 Hz; default value is 240) or by typing renderer.lockfps 300 (for 300 Hz) into the console.
High dynamic range display (HDR)
Color blind mode
No general support but crosshair color can be adjusted.

Widescreen resolution

Download and extract the patched executable for the retail or Origin version[6]

Field of view (FOV)

Edit VideoDefault.con[6]
  1. Go to the configuration file(s) location.
  2. Open VideoDefault.con with a text editor.
  3. Edit the line renderer.fieldOfView with a new value.
1 - 4:3 (default)
1.33333 - 16:9
1.75 - 21:9
1.2 - 16:10
1.25 - 15:9


May cause visual glitches when inside vehicles.
May not work properly when combined with windowed mode, Borderless Gaming, and multiple monitors.

DirectX API Wrappers

Some modern Windows systems may experience glitches or crashes with old DirectX games. Some have had success with the following DirectX wrappers. Both are installed by extracting override DLLs alongside the game EXE file in the game installation folder.

  1. Old DirectX to New DirectX: dgVoodoo 2
  2. DirectX to OpenGL: WineD3D for Windows


In-game key map settings.
In-game key map settings.


In-game general audio settings.
In-game general audio settings.
In-game advanced audio settings.
In-game advanced audio settings.

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Master volume & Music.
Surround sound
Up to 7.0 output with DirectSound3D restoration software. Supports HRTF via OpenAL.[7]
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
Royalty free audio


Language UI Audio Sub Notes
American and British.
Simplified Chinese
Retail only. Secret Weapons of WWII expansion is not available.
Traditional Chinese
Audio only in Road to Rome expansion; Free French Forces faction.
"DEUTSCHER DIALOG"; makes all soldiers speak German.
Fan translation by GameHunter Team (Mirror on
Audio only in Road to Rome expansion; Royal Italian Army faction.
"日本語音声 (JAPANESE VOICE)"; makes all soldiers speak Japanese.


Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
LAN play
64 Co-op, Versus
Online play
64 Co-op, Versus
The official GameSpy service has been shut down; see Online play support.

Connection types

Type Native Notes
Dedicated server software available:

Windows: Standalone and patch
Linux: Standalone and patch

OS X: Standalone
Download patched server files to allow communication with the community master server and both Origin and CD users to connect.
Direct IP
In-game option or use +joinServer parameter with IP:Port.[8]


Protocol Port(s) and/or port range(s)
TCP 28900
UDP 14567, 14690, 22000, 23000-23009, 27900
Universal Plug and Play (UPnP) support status is unknown.

VR support

3D modes State Notes
User created profile, requires DGVoodoo2 v 2.55.4 (as latest version may not work), see profile introduction.

Issues fixed

Blackscreen/crash at launch

Install compatibility profile[9]
  1. Download the compatibility profile.
  2. Either run the installer or install it manually using the batch file.

════FIX SCREEN TEAR════ If you are on AMD drivers then open up your AMD SOFTWARE APPLICATION and add the game exe and turn on RADEON ENHANCED SYNC , ANTILAG , WAIT FOR VERTICAL REFRESH ALWAYS ON and this would fix the screen tear for the game

════ CANNOT CHANGE RESOLUTION IN GAME ════ USE DGVOODOO ( place the dgvodoo application exe where the game exe is and then give it admin privileges after that go to MS folder THEN X86 and copy all the files to where the game exe is and then run DGVOODOO APPLICATION AD ADMINSTRATOR and add the game exe in the dgvoodoo application then remove the watermark from the application and click apply and ok AND THEN when you go in game you will be able to change resolution


Remove any compatibility mode setting on the games executable and activate "Run this program as an administrator".
Disable sound hardware acceleration[10]
  1. Go to <path-to-game>\Mods\bf1942\Settings\Profiles\Custom.
  2. Open Sound.con.
  3. Change game.setHardware 1 to 0.
Modify VideoDefault.con[11]
  1. Go to <path-to-game>\Mods\bf1942\Settings.
  2. Open VideoDefault.con.
  3. Add the line renderer.allowAllRefreshRates 1.
Alternatively, modify <path-to-game>\Mods\bf1942\Settings\Profiles\Custom\Video.con so that the refresh rate value of game.setGameDisplayMode (the last value of 4 values) matches the monitor's refresh rate.

Other information


Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 8.1
ExecutablePPC 32-bit 64-bit Notes
macOS (OS X)


Middleware Notes
Audio DirectSound3D
Cutscenes Bink Video
Multiplayer GameSpy
Anti-cheat PunkBuster

Console commands

The console can be accessed by pressing ~. Below are some common commands, for a more extensive list visit the TweakTown Tweak Guide.

  • fps 1 Shows frames per second.
  • hud 0 Disables heads-up display.
  • freecam 1 Unlocks the camera while waiting for spawn (if allowed by server).


Mods are mostly compatible with the Origin version of the game. However, some installers may not work as they look for the retail installation path.

Desert Combat
This mod is set during the Gulf War and supplies an arsenal of modern weapons and vehicles, and many new maps.

Forgotten Hope
Forgotten Hope concentrates on adding both a more realistic and more enjoyable playing experience than the original BF1942 and includes many new specially designed custom maps to play in.

BattleGroup42 focuses on adding historically accurate equipment and battles to the game and includes many nations not included in the original game or expansions such as China, Greece, Netherlands and Hungary.

Battlefield 1918
A total conversion which takes place in World War 1 and includes many new weapons, vehicles and maps.

Eve Of Destruction
A mod based on the Vietnam war which later got releases for Battlefield Vietnam and Battlefield 2.

Realplayer AI
This enhancement mod will improve the AI on the standard BF1942 maps and includes some balance changes.

Graphics mod
Graphics pack for the game with remastered, higher resolution textures and other improvements.

System requirements

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 98
Processor (CPU) Intel Pentium III 500 MHz
AMD Athlon 500 MHz
System memory (RAM) 128 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 1.2 GB
Video card (GPU) 3D accelerator with Hardware T&L and 24-bit z-buffer
32 MB of VRAM
DirectX 8.1 compatible
macOS (OS X)
Operating system (OS) 10.2.8
Processor (CPU) PowerPC G4 867 MHz
System memory (RAM) 256 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 1.6 GB
Video card (GPU) ATI Radeon 7500
Nvidia GeForce 2
32 MB of VRAM


  1. SafeDisc retail DRM does not work on Windows 10[3] or Windows 11 and is disabled by default on Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 8.1 when the KB3086255 update is installed.[4]
  2. 2.0 2.1 When running this game without elevated privileges (Run as administrator option), write operations against a location below %PROGRAMFILES%, %PROGRAMDATA%, or %WINDIR% might be redirected to %LOCALAPPDATA%\VirtualStore on Windows Vista and later (more details).