Paranoia - it is a our single-player modification for Half-life. You will play the role of a russian officer of the secret service. Your first impressions are that this mission will be just like any other, but you really have no idea what nightmares future events have in store for you...

The most popular technical questions and trouble shooting is featured at this article.

Posted by BuZZeR on Apr 19th, 2008



1. Error message: "windows cannot find 'hl.exe"

Issue: After launching the mod with sortcut or !launch.bat, I receive the following message: "windows cannot find 'hl.exe' make sure you typed the name in correctly, and the please try again."

Solution: The game can't find the hl.exe because you install it into the wrong folder! When you run the installer and change the directory to point to your Half-Life folder the installer creates another Half-Life folder in your Half-Life folder. To solve the problem uninstall PARANOIA, then reinstall it and only point the directory to \Steam\steamapps\. Then the installer will say "Do you want to use the existing Half-life folder?". Say yes and all will install fine in the right folder. Also you always can edit the install path manually without "Browse" function.

2. Missing graphic effects

Issue: The new graphic effects (bump maps, gloss effects, etc.) are missing! What should I do?

Solution: Check that the opengl32.dll file is present in your half-life folder. The mod needs this file to display the new graphic effects. If the file is missing, copy it from the paranoia\sdk folder to your half-life folder. Without opengl32.dll in the Half-Life folder, the new graphic effects will not be available.

3. Error message: "The specified video mode is not supported!"

Issue: After launching the mod, I receive the following message: "The specified video mode is not supported!"

Solution: D3D and Software video modes are NOT SUPPORTED in PARANOIA. The mod works only in OpenGL mode with 32-bit colors. Start the mod by running !Launch_game.bat file located in the mod's folder.

4. Error message: "This OpenGL mode is not supported!"

Issue: After launching the mod, I receive the following message: "This OpenGL mode is not supported!"

Solution: The mod works only in OpenGL mode with 32-bit colors. Start the mod by running !Launch_game.bat file located in the mod's folder.

5. Music volume too loud

Issue: The volume is too loud, but I can't change it in the Audio tab.

Solution: Launch the mod and go to Options > Multiplayer > Advanced > MP3 Volume. Change the values from 1.0 to 0.1 and click OK to apply.

6. Low framerate (FPS)

Issue: I have a high-end system, but my framerate is too low (10-14 FPS)! How can I improve my framerate?

Solution: Update your video drivers and adjust the graphical settings in your video card control panel to improve the display of applications running in OpenGL video mode.

7. Anti-cheat services prevent me from playing online

Issue: After installing PARANOIA, I am not allowed to play online with my multiplayer HL mods. The anti-cheat services call me a cheater! What is going on?

Solution: The anti-cheat services react to the presence of the opengl32.dll file in the half-life folder. Remove the file to solve the issue, but don't forget to put it back when you want to play PARANOIA.

8. Console commands and parameters

Question: I want to tweak the new graphic effects. Which console commands and parameters should I use to control the new graphic effects?

- gl_renderer PARANOIA renderer for all the new OpenGL effects
- gl_detailtex detailed textures
- gl_bump bump mapping
- gl_specular gloss mapping
- gl_grayscale gray scale
- gl_blurtest motion blur (parameters from 1 to 20)
- gl_dynlight dynamic lighting
- subtitles subtitles

9. Dynamic shadows

Question: Where are the dynamic shadows in PARANOIA?

Answer: Unfortunately dynamic shadows are not supported by our mod's renderer.

10. Compatibility with Half-Life: Source

Question: Does the mod work with Half-Life: Source?

Answer: No, it's dont work with HL: Source. The PARANOIA is working with Half-Life (GoldScr engine) only. You need Half-Life v. (or higher) to play PARANOIA without issues.

11. Error message: "TextMassegeParsemassegeCount..."

Issue: When I click on the new game it begins to load the game and then write this: "tmessage:TextMassegeParsemassegeCount>=MAXMASSAGES"

Solution: Your version of Half-Life is outdated. You need version or higher to play Paranoia without issues. Try to update your Half-Life.

12. HUD and crosshairs are gone

Issue: When I went to play the game, the HUD and crosshair are gone. How to get it back?

Solution: Try to use console command "hud_draw 1" in the console window. If it will not help you should reinstall the PARANOIA. Do not forget to make a backup copy of your game save files!

13. No transparency at the models

Issue: There is no transparency at the models in the game. The trees is black and the ballistic face shield is non transparent too. How to fix it?

Solution: Your version of Half-Life is outdated. Try to update your Half-Life.


p.s. Any questions? Post it here please! ;) 

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dethtoll Apr 19 2008 says:

Good little FAQ. This should cut down on some of the repetitive questions. But not completely, if I know moddb's userbase ;)

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BuZZeR Author
BuZZeR Apr 20 2008 says:

Yep, I know it's sounds repetitive, but it is the best way to help. :)

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calvinliang Apr 20 2008 says:

I have a question: why am i getting mouse lag playing this mod when i don't in any other mod?

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BuZZeR Author
BuZZeR Apr 20 2008 says:

No idea. Probably drivers problem. In CSCZ I have the same bug.

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calvinliang Apr 21 2008 replied:

which driver?

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BuZZeR Author
BuZZeR Apr 27 2008 says:

I guess driver for the videocard?

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chopper587 Dec 12 2009 says:

can i play this in no steam?

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k00pa Jun 3 2010 replied:

You should BUY games.... I hope you can't play it.

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Choochoocazoo Jun 9 2011 says:

I'm getting an error message that reads, " Gathering Info error

There was an error during the gathering of information process and
it has been stopped.

Failed to set Download Size [60.0]

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demitri1997 Mar 5 2012 says:

this is dumb it keep freezing

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thejonathan130 Jul 26 2012 says:

last time I updated half life, paranoia would not work and when I ried to fix that my computer crashed. since then I have reinstalled xp...... but I don't want to screw it up again. I have version to which one shuld I update so that the face shield ia transparent?

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GGK-69 Mar 24 2013 says:

Urm... I need help. I was playing on the level where you have to hunt down the saboteurs? And I got an MP5 and went up the ramp, and then there's someone shooting(sounds like an AK74) and my game freezes and crashed. Any help?

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StraightOuttaHoodie Dec 18 2013 says:

Well who's these 2 buddies with major anyway?

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