Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

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Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets cover
Developers
KnowWonder
Mac OS (Classic) Westlake Interactive
macOS (OS X) Westlake Interactive
Publishers
Electronic Arts
Mac OS (Classic) Aspyr Media
macOS (OS X) Aspyr Media
Engines
Unreal Engine 1
Release dates
Windows November 5, 2002
Mac OS (Classic) April 10, 2003
macOS (OS X) August 15, 2005
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets guide on StrategyWiki
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets on MobyGames
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets on Wikipedia

Warnings

SafeDisc retail DRM no longer functions properly on Windows Vista and later (see Availability for affected versions).
Harry Potter
Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone 2001
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets 2002
Harry Potter: Quidditch World Cup 2003
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban 2004
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire 2005
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix 2007
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince 2009
Lego Harry Potter (series)
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 2010
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 2011
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them VR Experience 2018

Availability[edit]

Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Retail
Disc check (requires the CD/DVD in the drive to play)
CD key
SafeDisc v2 DRM[Note 1]
Windows
Mac OS
SafeDisc retail DRM no longer functions properly on Windows Vista and later (see above for affected versions).
A demo is also available.

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Documents\Harry Potter II\
Mac OS (Classic)
macOS (OS X)

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Documents\Harry Potter II\Save\
Mac OS (Classic)
macOS (OS X)

Video settings[edit]

Launcher video settings.
Launcher video settings.
In-game options menu.
In-game options menu.

Graphics feature State WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
See Widescreen resolution.
Multi-monitor
See Widescreen resolution.
Ultra-widescreen
See Widescreen resolution.
4K Ultra HD
See Widescreen resolution.
Field of view (FOV)
See the WSGF entry.
Windowed
Use -windowed command line argument or edit the StartupFullscreen value under [WinDrv.WindowsClient] in Game.ini.
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.
Vertical sync (Vsync)
Edit the UseVSync value in Game.ini. As with the first game this is back to front, setting UseVSync=False enables vsync
60 FPS and 120+ FPS
> 60fps breaks cutscenes, they advance too quickly and cut off voice overs See Animations running to fast

Widescreen resolution[edit]

Forcing a widescreen resolution cuts off the lower part of in-game menus, but all options remain accessible.
The LegacyD3DResolutionHack or DGVoodoo2 is required to make popular resolutions higher than 2048x1536 work.
If using Windows scaling above 100%, part of the game will appear outside of the screen. To fix this reset scaling to 100%.
Set widescreen resolution manually[3]
  1. Go to the configuration file(s) location.
  2. Open Game.ini.
  3. Change the FullscreenViewportX= and FullscreenViewportY= values to the desired resolution.
  4. Optionally, edit User.ini and set the DesiredFOV= value to compensate: 100 for the 16:10 aspect ratio, and 105 for 16:9.
Use the third-party Harry Potter Settings utlity.[citation needed]

Input settings[edit]

Fix buttons and axises for Xbox gamepad.

Audio settings[edit]

Launcher audio settings.
Launcher audio settings.

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Music, Sound Effects
Surround sound
Subtitles
On by default.
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost

Localizations

Language UI Audio Sub Notes
English
Czech
Only available in Czech & Slovak retail release.
Danish
Only available in Danish retail release.
French
Italian
Korean
Only available in Korean retail release.
Polish
Only available in Polish retail release.
Portuguese
Russian
Only available in Russian retail release.
Spanish
Swedish
Only available in Swedish retail release.

Issues fixed[edit]

All bugs can be fixed with dgVoodoo2 (UsePrecache should still be set to False in Game.ini when using DGVoodoo2).

Certain transparent effects and textures are not rendered properly[edit]

Edit configuration file
  1. Go to the configuration file(s) location.
  2. Open Game.ini.
  3. Change the UsePrecache= value under [D3DDrv.D3DRenderDevice] to False.
(alternative) Install transparency fix

Extract this fix into the game's System folder.

Low frame rate on Windows 8[edit]

Download the DDRAW FPS Fix and put it in <path-to-game>/System[4]

Low frame rate on Windows 10[edit]

In the pause menu of the game, open the video settings (represented by a yellow eye icon in the bottom right corner). Change the colour depth to 32 bit, this should solve the issue.[5]

Animations/Cutscenes running too fast due to framerate above 120[edit]

Download Dxtory and enable "Limit Video FPS" under the advanced settings. Set the value to either 60 or 120 depending on your personal preference.

Or using dgVoogoo2 with force vSync

Camera spinning/Harry constantly walking backwards with Xbox 360 or Xbox One Controller[edit]

  1. Go to the configuration file(s) location.
  2. Open Game.ini.
  3. Locate [WinDrv.WindowsClient] section and change DeadZoneRUV=False to DeadZoneRUV=True and DeadZoneXYZ=False to DeadZoneXYZ=True.

Other information[edit]

API[edit]

Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 7
Software renderer
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes
Windows
macOS (OS X)

Middleware[edit]

Middleware Notes
Audio OpenAL

System requirements[edit]

Windows
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 95
Processor (CPU) Intel Pentium II 300 MHz
System memory (RAM) 64 MB (95, 98)
128 MB (2000, XP)
Hard disk drive (HDD) 600 MB
Video card (GPU) 4 MB (Software rendering)
8 MB (Hardware rendering) of VRAM
DirectX 8.0a compatible
Supported chipsets: ATI Rage 128, ATI Radeon series, Nvidia RIVA TNT, Nvidia RIVA TNT2 (Ultra), Nvidia GeForce series, Matrox G400, Matrox G450, Matrox G550, Matrox Parhelia, Power VR Kyro I & II, SiS 315
Mac OS
Minimum
Operating system (OS) 9.1
Processor (CPU) PowerPC G3
System memory (RAM) 128 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD)

Notes

  1. SafeDisc retail DRM does not work on Windows 10[1] and is disabled by default on Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 8.1 when the KB3086255 update is installed.[2]

References