Battlefield Vietnam

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Battlefield Vietnam
Battlefield Vietnam cover
Developers
DICE Canada[1]
Publishers
Electronic Arts
Engines
Refractor 2
Release dates
Windows March 14, 2004
Battlefield Vietnam at Wikipedia
Battlefield
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Battlefield Vietnam 2004
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This page is for the 2004 game. For Vietnam DLC, see Battlefield: Bad Company 2.

Key points

The GameSpy online server browser has been shut down. See Online play support.
Official mod tools available.

General information

Battlefield Wiki
Battlefield Vietnam on the Battlefield Wiki
Battlefield Vietnam hub on Planet Battlefield
The Battlefield series on Battlelog - PC section.
EA Answers HQ

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
This game is not available digitally.

Downloadable content (DLC) and expansions

Name Notes
World War 2 Mod See Mods.
Windows

Essential improvements[edit]

In-game profile settings.
In-game profile settings.

Patches[edit]

The latest updates bring Battlefield Vietnam up to version 1.21. This requires installation of:

Online play support[edit]

Either downloading a patched executable or editing the Windows hosts file will restore the in-game server browser functionality.
Alternatively, it is also possible to join a server directly by using the "Add Server" feature of the in-game server browser (for a list of servers visit the Game Tracker page).
Or see GameSpy for universal solutions.

Download the patched executable (uses Qtracker server)[4]
Edit hosts file (Qtracker)[5]
  1. Go to %WINDIR%\System32\drivers\etc\.
  2. Open hosts with an editor like Notepad.
  3. Add the following lines and save the file.
65.112.87.186  bfvietnam.available.gamespy.com
65.112.87.186  bfvietnam.master.gamespy.com
65.112.87.186  bfvietnam.ms0.gamespy.com

PunkBuster updates[edit]

Support for the anti-cheat software PunkBuster in BFV 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 however, follow the steps below.

Update PunkBuster manually[5]
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 for Battlefield Vietnam.
  2. Extract the contents to <path-to-game>/pb/, overwriting any older files.
  3. Enable PunkBuster in-game in the lower right corner of the server browser.

Skip intro videos[edit]

Launch the game with +restart 1 parameter[5]
Modify intro video files[5]
  1. Go to <path-to-game>\Movies\
  2. Delete or rename the files Dice.bik, EA.bik, Intro.bik and Legal.bik.

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\Mods\BfVietnam\settings\Profiles\<user-id>\

Video settings[edit]

In-game video settings.
In-game video settings.
A method of Frame rate capping is recommended, as the game has no FPS limit and does not support Vsync by default.
Graphics option Option WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
See Widescreen resolution. HUD slightly stretched.
Multi-monitor
Ultra-widescreen
See Widescreen resolution. HUD stretched but playable.
4K Ultra HD
See Widescreen resolution. HUD slightly stretched.
Field of view (FOV)
See Field of view (FOV).
Windowed
See Windowed.
Borderless fullscreen windowed
Set to windowed and use external tools, see glossary page.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
Force in graphics card control panel, see glossary page.
Anti-aliasing (AA)
MSAA can be forced in graphics card control panel.
Vertical sync (Vsync)
See Vertical sync (Vsync).
60 FPS
120+ FPS
Color blind mode
No general support but crosshair color can be adjusted.

Widescreen resolution[edit]

Any form of widescreen resolution will, aside from a stretched HUD, cause a minor animation glitch when firing handheld weapons.
Download and extract the patched executable.[5]
Widescreen resolution[5]
  1. Launch the game and create a new custom profile.
  2. Go to the configuration file(s) location and open the folder to your profile.
  3. Open Video.con and change the values of game.setGameDisplayMode to your resolution (for example game.setGameDisplayMode 1920 1080 32 0).

Field of view (FOV)[edit]

Edit VideoDefault.con[5]
  1. Go to <path-to-game>\Mods\BfVietnam\settings\.
  2. Open VideoDefault.con with an editor like Notepad.
  3. Modify the line renderer.fieldOfView with a new value.
1 - 4:3 (default)
1.33333 - 16:9
1.2 - 16:10
1.25 - 15:9

Windowed[edit]

Windowed mode[5]
  1. Go to <path-to-game>\Mods\BfVietnam\settings\.
  2. Open VideoDefault.con.
  3. Change the value of renderer.setFullScreen 1 to 0.

Vertical sync (Vsync)[edit]

Edit VideoDefault.con[5]
  1. Go to the configuration file(s) location.
  2. Open Video.con with an editor like Notepad.
  3. Add the line renderer.VSyncEnabled 1 and save the file.

Notes

Introduces noticeable input lag.

Input settings[edit]

Audio settings[edit]

In-game sound settings.
In-game sound settings.
Audio options Native Notes
Separate volume controls
Surround sound
Up to 7.1.[6] See Surround sound.
Subtitles
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
EAX support
EAX 1, EAX 2, EAX 3.

Surround sound[edit]

Surround sound is only available when using EAX as sound provider in the audio settings.
Install IndirectSound[5]
  1. Download IndirectSound and extract the files to <path-to-game>.
  2. Open dsound.ini and change eax1 = false to eax1 = true.
  3. Start the game and set the sound provider in the audio settings to "Creative Labs EAX (TM)", choose your speaker configuration and click "Save" to confirm the changes.
Use ALchemy (Creative sound card required).[5]

Localizations

Language UI Audio Sub Notes
English
German

Network[edit]

Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
LAN play
64 Co-op, Versus
Online play
64 Co-op, Versus

Connection types

Type Native Notes
Peer-to-peer
Dedicated
Dedicated server software available for Windows (+Patch) and Linux.
Self-hosting
Direct IP

Ports

Protocol Port(s) and/or port range(s)
UDP (outbound) 15567

VR support[edit]

3D modes Native Notes
Nvidia 3D Vision
[7]

Issues fixed[edit]

TweakGuides has created a comprehensive guide for fixing issues in this game.

Blackscreen/crash at launch[edit]

Modify VideoDefault.con[8]
  1. Go to <path-to-game>\Mods\BfVietnam\Settings\.
  2. Open VideoDefault.con.
  3. Change the value of renderer.allowAllRefreshRates 0 to 1.

Missing sound effects[edit]

Install compatibility profile[9]
  1. Download and install the compatibility profile.
  2. Remove any compatibility mode setting on the games executable.

Other information[edit]

API[edit]

Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 9
64-bit executable

Middleware[edit]

Middleware Notes
Cutscenes Bink Video
Multiplayer GameSpy

Custom music[edit]

To play custom songs for the vehicle radios, place your own .mp3 files inside the folder <path-to-game>\My Music\ and they will become available in the radio menu.
Note that other players will still hear the default music even if they use the same songs.

Console commands[edit]

The console can be accessed by pressing ~. Below are some common commands, for a more extensive list visit the TweakGuides.com 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[edit]

World War 2
Official modification by DICE which includes new maps, weapons and vehicles based on Battlefield 1942.

Point of Existence
A total conversion which is based on a fictional conflict between Russia and the USA in the early 21st century.

Eve of Destruction
Additional content based on the Vietnam war.

System requirements[edit]

Windows
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 98 ME, XP, 2000
Processor (CPU) 933 MHz 1.2 GHz
System memory (RAM) 256 MB 512 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 2 GB
Video card (GPU) Nvidia GeForce3
64 MB of VRAM
DirectX 9 compatible

Notes

  1. SafeDisc retail DRM does not work on Windows 10[2] and is disabled by default on Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 8.1 when the KB3086255 update is installed.[3]

References