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) Aspyr Media
macOS (OS X) Aspyr Media
Publishers
Electronic Arts
Engines
Unreal Engine 1
Release dates
Windows November 5, 2002
Mac OS (Classic) April 10, 2003
macOS (OS X) August 15, 2005
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Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets at Wikipedia
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General information

Harry Potter Wiki - A massive wiki for the Harry Potter universe

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
Demo

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 option Option 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
60 FPS and 120+ FPS

Widescreen resolution[edit]

Forcing a widescreen resolution cuts off the lower part of in-game menus, but all options remain accessible.
The LegacyD3DResolutionHack is required to make popular resolutions higher than 2048x1536 work.
Set widescreen resolution[3]
  1. Go to the configuration file(s) location.
  2. Open Game.ini.
  3. Change the FullscreenViewportX= and FullscreenViewportY= values to the desired resolution.

Input settings[edit]

Audio settings[edit]

Launcher audio settings.
Launcher audio settings.
Audio options Native 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]

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.

Other information[edit]

API[edit]

Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 7
Software renderer
64-bit executable

Middleware[edit]

Middleware Notes
Audio OpenAL

System requirements[edit]

Windows
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 95 98, 2000, ME, XP
Processor (CPU) Intel Pentium II 300 MHz Intel Pentium III 500 MHz
System memory (RAM) 64 MB (95, 98)
128 MB (2000, XP)
128 MB (95, 98)
256 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
16 MB of VRAM
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