SilentHeroes Installation Guide

Originally written by Worma, edited by Chips


On Battlefield 1942's 10th anniversary in September last year DICE announced that Battlefield 1942 would become free on EA's new service Origin.

This means that SilentHeroes also is free to play, and is available through download! Anyone can therefore join us in playing every Tuesday and Friday during our gatherings.

Below follows a guide that should explain all necessary steps to set you up to play SilentHeroes!

Step 1. Origin and Battlefield 1942

Create your free origin-account at the official origin website.

Continue with dowloading Origin.

When you have installed Origin, start it and login using your details you chose during the registration process. In Origin, enter the Store and continue to Demos. You should now be able to find Battlefield 1942, click on it and follow the instructions to install the game.

The game should now be installed in C:\Program Files\Origin Games\Battlefield 1942 or at a similar location. Whenever you want to start Battlefield 1942 you simply click it in your MY GAMES menu and press Play.

Step 2. SilentHeroes

To install SilentHeroes, start by downloading the installation file here.

During the installation, choose that SilentHeroes should be installed in Origin Battlefield 1942 (C:\Program Files\Origin Games\Battlefield 1942) and NOT in the old vanilla-path (C:\Program Files\EA GAMES\Battlefield 1942).

Step 3. Custom-maps

You should now have SilentHeroes installed, but not the Custom-maps that we play during the Friday-gathering. Follow the instructions in the Custom-maps Updater thread to install the Custom-maps.

Custom maps pack download

Chips custom maps v9

Use 7-zip to open.


If Origin-Battlefield 1942 doesn't start

Make sure you haven't selected any compatibility options in the new EXE-file. C:\Program Files\Origin Games\Battlefield 1942\BF1942.exe

In original Battlefield 1942 you had to select some options to make the game work on Windows 7, but this doesn't seem required on the Origin-version but only creates problems.

If Origin-Battlefield 1942 crashes when loading SilentHeroes server or map

Run chips' fix, basically:

  1. Download
  2. Extract animations.rfa using WinRaR.
  3. If you want to, make a backup of your current C:\Program Files\Origin Games\Battlefield 1942\Mods\silentheroes\Archives\animations.rfa before your run step 3 in case the fix doesn't work.
  4. Move the extracted animations.rfa to C:\Program Files\Origin Games\Battlefield 1942\Mods\silentheroes\Archives\animations.rfa and replace the old one.


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