Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter

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Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter
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Release dates
Windows March 9, 2006
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GameSpy online services have been shut down (see Network for solutions).
Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon
Subseries of Tom Clancy
Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon 2001
Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter 2006
Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter 2 2007
Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Future Soldier 2012
Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Phantoms 2014
Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Wildlands 2017
Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Breakpoint 2019

Key points

Requires the Nvidia PhysX Legacy System Software to prevent a crash at launch.
For retail version: install the latest patch 1.35.

General information

Steam Community Discussions


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Disc check (requires the CD/DVD in the drive to play)
CD key
SecuROM v7 DRM.

Essential improvements[edit]


Patch 1.35 updates the game to the latest version.

Skip intro videos[edit]

Use intro skip[1]

Apply the Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter intro skip.

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/13640/pfx/[Note 1]

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\Settings\profiles[Note 2]
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/13640/pfx/[Note 1]

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
Steam Cloud

Video settings[edit]

Video settings.
Video settings.
Nvidia Inspector antialising compatibility setting for GRAW.
Nvidia Inspector antialising compatibility setting for GRAW.

Graphics feature State WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
Hor+ gameplay and cut-scenes, spanned but stretched UI.[2]
4K Ultra HD
Text scales very poorly at higher resolutions. Other HUD elements scale properly.
Field of view (FOV)
Borderless fullscreen windowed
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
2x, 4x, 8x, 16x.
Anti-aliasing (AA)
Ingame with "edge smoothing". Also see Anti-aliasing (AA).
Vertical sync (Vsync)
Can be forced via GPU control panel.
60 FPS and 120+ FPS
Confirmed 144hz

Anti-aliasing (AA)[edit]

With Nvidia graphics cards, true Antialiasing can be forcibly enabled via Nvidia Profile Inspector with the Antialiasing compatibility bit 0x00001241.[3]

Input settings[edit]

Input menu.
Input menu.
Game settings with mouse sensitivity sliders.
Game settings with mouse sensitivity sliders.

Audio settings[edit]

Audio settings.
Audio settings.

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Surround sound
Up to 7.0 output through OpenAL.
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
EAX support
EAX 4.0.
OpenAL Soft 1.19.0 and 1.19.1 cause distorted audio in Diesel engine games. OpenAL Soft 1.20.1 fixes the audio.


Language UI Audio Sub Notes
Fan translation.

VR support[edit]

3D modes Native Notes
User created game profile, see vorpx forum profile introduction.


Multiplayer types

Type Native Notes
LAN play
Online play
GameSpy services have been shut down;[4] see GameSpy for workarounds.

Connection types

Type Native Notes
Patch 1.30 adds dedicated server software in the installation folder.
Direct IP

Issues fixed[edit]

Visual glitches when looking through scopes[edit]

When looking through scopes with patch 1.35 installed, many objects may appear black.
Use a custom version of dxwrapper
  1. Download custom version of dxwrapper.
  2. Unzip it into the installation folder.

Falling through terrain[edit]

In the Steam version you will start falling through the terrain; this becomes an issue in mission 5 "Mayday! Mayday!" if you go too far north, and in Mission 6, "Ready for bear", which happens before you exit the APC.
Rename patch.bundle[citation needed]
  1. Go to <path-to-game>\bundles\
  2. Rename patch.bundle to Xpatch.bundle.
This change may break multiplayer but can be reverted if necessary.[5]

Crash at launch[edit]

Install Nvidia PhysX Legacy System Software[citation needed]

Install the Nvidia PhysX Legacy System Software.

Cross-com doesn't work (middle mouse button)[edit]

In the Steam version, the middle mouse button does not seem to function as it should, i.e. make your soldiers execute a command. To fix the problem, you need to edit a file called ctrl_set_def.xml. However, while this fix will allow you to open the menu, you will only be able to issue move commands. You cannot order your squad to attack, follow or stop. There is no known fix at this time.

Editing ctrl_set_def.xml[citation needed]
  1. Go to <path-to-game>\Settings.
  2. Open ctrl_set_def.xml with Notepad or Notepad++.
  3. Change the line

<button id="hud_select" binding="2" device="mouse" group="misc"/> to
<button id="hud_select" binding="2" device="mouse" group="tactics"/>.

Temporary freeze at startup[edit]

The retail version of GRAW is still looking for the GameSpy servers on startup but naturally won't get any response. This lookup causes a temporary freeze, about 20 seconds long. You can prevent this by editing the windows hosts file.

Editing Windows Hosts File[citation needed]
  1. Go to the %SystemRoot%\System32\drivers\etc\.
  2. Open hosts with Notepad.
  3. Add the following lines at the bottom:

This change breaks (the not functioning) multiplayer but can be reverted if necessary. It may also interfere with any software wanting to connect to those gamespy servers.

Other information[edit]


Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes


Middleware Notes
Physics PhysX Requires the Nvidia PhysX Legacy System Software.
Audio OpenAL
Cutscenes Bink Video
Multiplayer GameSpy

System requirements[edit]

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 2000, XP
Processor (CPU) 2 GHz Pentium 4 or equivalent
System memory (RAM) 1 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 5 GB
Video card (GPU) Nvidia GeForce 6/7 series
ATI Radeon 9600-9800/X series
128 MB of VRAM
DirectX 9 compatible
Shader model 2.0 support
Other 64 Kbps upstream or faster broadband connection


  1. 1.0 1.1 File/folder structure within this directory reflects the path(s) listed for Windows and/or Steam game data (use Wine regedit to access Windows registry paths). Games with Steam Cloud support may store data in ~/.steam/steam/userdata/<user-id>/13640/ in addition to or instead of this directory. The app ID (13640) may differ in some cases. Treat backslashes as forward slashes. See the glossary page for details.
  2. 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).