Battlefield 1942

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Battlefield 1942
Battlefield 1942 cover
macOS (OS X) Aspyr Media
Electronic Arts
Refractor 2
Release dates
Windows September 10, 2002
macOS (OS X) June 28, 2004
Battlefield 1942 guide at StrategyWiki
Battlefield 1942 at Wikipedia
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Key points

The GameSpy online server browser has been shut down;[1] use Team Simple replacement.
Expansions do not work with the Origin version.

General information

Official Website
Battlefield 1942 on the Battlefield Wiki
Battlefield 1942 hub on Planet Battlefield


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Disc check (requires the CD/DVD in the drive to play)
CD key
SafeDisc v2 DRM
This game is no longer available digitally.[2]

Downloadable content (DLC) and expansions

Name Notes
The Road to Rome OS X version only sold in bundles.
macOS (OS X)
Secret Weapons of WWII
macOS (OS X)

Essential improvements[edit]


The Origin digital release is fully patched to 1.61b.

Patch 1.1619[edit]

Patch 1.61b[edit]

Requires Patch 1.1619 to be installed first.
Patch check[citation needed]
In order to check which version is installed open the file <path-to-game>\Battlefield 1942\Mods\bf1942\init.con and find the line game.setCustomVersion.

Skip intro videos[edit]

Block intros file[citation needed]
  1. Delete/rename/move <path-to-game>\Movies\xDice.bik
Launch the game with +restart 1 parameter[citation needed]

PunkBuster updates[edit]

BF1942 has the PunkBuster anti-cheat software by Evenbalance. However, evenbalance discontinued support and updates for all new clients on February 3, 2010, leaving players with only the hit-or-miss in-game updater which downloads the latest PB updates from the 1942 server the player is connected to. Fortunately, 1942 player Tankpanzer managed to package up the last available update in a convenient installer for new players:

This will get all new players up to the latest version of PunkBuster for Battlefield 1942, boot-free. Players should also update the PunkBuster Services that run in the background as windows processes using the Evenbalance PBsvc.exe installer/updater:

  • Note, the Origin version of the game doesn't contain or require PunkBuster, and is not supported.

Game data[edit]

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

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

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

Save game data location[edit]

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

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes

Video settings[edit]

In-game graphics settings
In-game graphics settings
Graphics option Option WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
See the WSGF entry.
See the WSGF entry.
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
See Field of view (FOV).
Set renderer.setFullScreen 0 inside VideoDefault.con
Borderless fullscreen windowed
See Borderless fullscreen windowed.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Anti-aliasing (AA)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Vertical sync (Vsync)
60 FPS
120+ FPS
Capped at 100 FPS. Can be unlocked by typing renderer.lockfps 300 into console.

Field of view (FOV)[edit]

Instructions[citation needed]
  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.
1.33333 - 16:9
1.75 - 21:9
1.2 - 16:10
1.25 - 15:9

Input settings[edit]

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

Audio settings[edit]

In-game general audio settings
In-game general audio settings
In-game advanced audio settings
In-game advanced audio settings
Audio options Native Notes
Separate volume controls
Surround sound
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
EAX support
[citation needed]


Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
LAN play
Online play
64 GameSpy server browser no longer works; use Team Simple replacement.

Connection types

Type Native Notes
Dedicated server software available for Windows, OS X, and Linux.
Direct IP
In-game option or use +joinServer parameter with the IP and port.[3]

Issues fixed[edit]

Compatibility with Windows Vista/Windows 7[edit]

Note: Compatibility of the 2012 Origin release is still being determined. Some things have been changed "under the hood" in this new release and may no longer be valid. Keep this in mind, especially before doing the Pixel-Fighter patch"

Windows Vista and Windows 7 do not run Battlefield 1942 very well. Before applying any tweaks, most users on both 32 bit and 64 bit Windows encounter crashes to desktop and PunkBuster-related kicks in Multiplayer. Some users report high pings versus Windows XP as well.

Try and run your fully patched/updated BF1942 in Windows Vista/Windows 7 and see if you are able to play a few rounds in PunkBuster Multiplayer servers without any crashes, PunkBuster kicks, or absurdly high pings. If so, ignore the following. If you do experience any of the above symptoms, refer to below for some fixes until you don't anymore. With a little tinkering, 42 should run just fine on Windows Vista/Windows 7.

Attempt 1: Run the game as an Administrator in Windows 98 Compatibility mode[edit]

In your Battlefield 1942 folder, Right click BF1942.exe, select Properties, Go to Compatibility Tab

  1. Check "Run this program in compatibility mode for" and select Windows 98
  2. Check "Run as Administrator"
  3. Click OK

Compatibility mode should fix the crashes, however sometimes PunkBuster doesn't like it and boots you a few seconds after joining. If this is the case, Turn off compatibility mode and proceed to Attempt 2.

  • Note, this method is recommended if you are experiencing crashes for the Origin version of the game. It is also suggested you try the other compatibility modes if Windows 98 does not fix the problem.
Attempt 2: Pixel-Fighter Windows Vista/7 Patch[edit]

BF42 Player Grabbi (server admin/creator of Forgotten Hope Mod fan community Pixel-Fighter) has developed a patch which changes some game files and registry entries to fix crashing and eliminate the need for compatibility mode in Windows Vista/Windows 7 (thus fixing PunkBuster kicks because of it). It also adds some Widescreen resolutions (up to 1600x1200) and lowers abnormally high pings on Windows Vista/7 that some have reported. This should be a last resort since it permanently changes Windows registry entries and game files.

Attempt 3: Delete Custom Profiles[edit]

If nothing worked for you and you still get the Blackscreen, just delete all your Custom Profiles. They are located in X:\X\BF1942\Mods\bf1942\Settings\Profiles, and in your Documents Directory. In the Documents Directory just delete the whole Battlefield 1942 Folder. After that, relaunch BF1942 and it should work.

Other information[edit]


Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 9
64-bit executable


Middleware Notes
Cutscenes Bink Video
Multiplayer GameSpy

Mods And Utilities[edit]

The majority of mods appear to be compatible with the Origin version of the game.

Desert Combat[edit]

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

Forgotten Hope[edit]

Forgotten Hope is a modification for Battlefield 1942 that 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 is a modification for Battlefield 1942 that 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. The mod is still in development and the team plans to release the final version in 2015.[4]

System requirements[edit]

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 98, 2000, ME, XP
Processor (CPU) AMD Athlon
500 MHz Intel Pentium
AMD Athlon
800 MHz or faster Intel Pentium III
System memory (RAM) 128 MB 256 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 1.2 GB
Video card (GPU) 32 MB of VRAM 64 MB of VRAM


  1. EA Service Updates
  2. Battlefield 1942™ on Origin
  3. Can I modify my desktop shortcut? BattleField 1942 and Battlefield Vietnam | DSLReports, ISP Information
  4. BG42 News Archives