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Follow the dark path or use the light

System Link FAQ

by Mortal_Esteban



Version 1.0

created by Mortal_Esteban

Since Star Wars: Battlefront II was released around October-November of 
many people have tried to system link their Xbox's together.  Many, if not 
of these people have had trouble of some kind.  So this FAQ is here to cover
many of these problems and to give advice to make system link play with Star
Wars: Battlefront II more enjoyable.

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All questions or comments about this guide may be emailed to me at:
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I've been hosting and setting up LAN (Local Area Network) parties since Star
Wars: Battlefront I first came out in September of 2004.  I average about 
per month and anywhere from 2 to 20 people. People bring their Xbox's and 
while I bring my networking equipment.  We sit down, set up the Xbox's and 
and then using ethernet cables and routers, we network them all and play
system link games of Star Wars: Battlefront II.  It's really not that
complicated so, after reading this guide, you'll probably have the knowledge 
system link Xbox's on a regular basis with no problem.


When I plan to system link Xbox's for Battlefront: 2 (or just about any game
for that matter) I set up a network using a hub, switch, or router.  I
recommend the following equipment:

Either a cat 5 or cat 6 crossover cable when connecting two and only two 


1.  Cat 5e and / or Cat 6 cables (one per Xbox)
2.  A switch or router
3.  A crossover cable when connecting switches or routers
4.  At least one Xbox per every four people
5.  One copy of the game per Xbox

Obviously, you'll need the right number of tv's, av cables, power cables, 
power outlets.  I recommend Cat 6 cables over Cat 5 cables as Cat 6 cables
are supposedly faster.  The switch or router should be 10/100 or 10/100/1000
speed.  Hubs will work instead of a switch or router but are slower.  If you
will be having more Xbox's than the number of ports on your switch or 
you can connect multiple switches or routers through the use of a crossover

You can get routers, switches, hubs, and ethernet cables at almost any
electronics store.  The best place to get this kind of equipment is from 
refurbishing warehouses.  A good price is less than one US dollar per foot. 
would suggest getting many ethernet cables with varieties of lengths.
Sometimes you may only need shorter cables but more often than not, you'll 
long cables.  I would suggest at least two 25 foot cat 5 cables as these 
give you more options of where to play from. Also get several 10 foot cables 
that you will never be short on cables.  If you already have networking 
but don't know what kind they are, the information should be printed on the
cable.  Basically, you have Cat 5 or Cat 6 cables and Crossover or patch /
straight-through ethernet cables.  Use crossover cables when connecting two
Xbox's directly without a hub, switch, or router and when connecting hubs,
switches, and routers.  Otherwise, you'll always want to use the patch /
straight-through cables.


NOTE:  From this point forward, I will no longer say hub, switch, or router, 
will only write router and use the term to apply to all three.

First, you'll want to decide where to have the Xbox's and tv's at.  Then,
depending on how far that distance is and the lengths of cables you have, 
a location to place your router (or routers) that will allow all of the 
to connect to the router.  Then, before turning any of the Xbox's or routers 
hook up all of the Xbox's to the router (or routers) using your (Cat 5 and
Cat6) ethernet cables and, if using multiple routers, connect them using a
crossover cable.  If you're only connecting two Xbox's and using a crossover
cable, connect them now.  Next, after all of the devices are connected, plug 
and turn on your router (or routers).  After they have been on for one or 
minutes, turn on the Xbox's, place Star Wars: Battlefront II in the disc 
and load the game.

IMPORTANT: Note that the activity lights on the router should be flashing or
lit up to indicate that the Xbox connected to that port is connected to the
network.  Also notice that the ethernet port on the Xbox has lights on it.
The left light indicates that the Xbox is connected to a network or another
Xbox and the right light will flash when the Xbox is sending or receiving
information.  If these lights are not on or flashing, make sure that the 
is turned on on the Xbox and router and that all of the cables are pushed 
the ports all of the way.

Before loading Star Wars: Battlefront II, on the Xbox Main Menu (or 
go to SETTINGS and then down to AUTO-SIGN IN and make sure that it is
disabled otherwise, when you load your Battlefront II profile, it will 
to sign you into Xbox Live automatically and you will not be able to play
system link.

After loading the game, decide who's Xbox will host the game and have that
person select their profile, select MULTIPLAYER, and then SYSTEM LINK.  
that, have all of the other people that will be playing on that Xbox select
their profiles and then press "A" to continue.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Next, select OPTIONS, and then make sure your Xbox is set to
the following settings:

Appear: Online (This will enable others to see your game and that you're
Hosting Bandwith: (any of the DSL/Cable options will do fine)
Network Performance Icon: ON (This shows what everyone's connection to the 
TV Voice Volume: (On if you want things said on the headsets to come through
                  your tv.  Off if you don't want to hear your friends being

After verifying your settings, select CREATE MATCH.  Choose any maps and
gametypes you want.

IMPORTANT NOTE: If the host Xbox has downloaded and still possesses a map or
gametype that another does not have (such as Assault on Kashyyyk, or the 
pack which includes Assault on many old maps (such as Mygeeto and Naboo) as
well as the addition of new maps (Rhen Var: Citadel, Rhen Var: Harbor, Yavin
Arena,and Bespin)), they must make sure not to select any map or gametype
that a joining Xbox does not have.  Otherwise the Xbox (or Xbox's) without
those updates will not be able to join the match.  So Assault is safe on Mos
Eisley for sure, Kashyyyk if the free update has been downloaded, and all 
if the $5.00 pack has been downloaded.  But if the host chooses Hunt on Rhen
Var, then all Xbox's that don't have Rhen Var, will not be able to join the
match even if the game being played at the time is something they have (like
conquest on Naboo).

After choosing the maps or gametypes you want, you should change some of the


Playing system link, Xbox Live, and instant action all have the same lists 
options to choose from with the exception of system link and Xbox Live 
the "HOST" category.  The "HOST" list of options is as follows:

Map Playlist: (play in order, or random order)

NOTE: This will determine whether the maps and games will be played in the
      order they appear on the list or in a random order.  Random order has 
      set pattern to it.  For example, if you select all maps, all 
      all eras and random order, you will play the maps in a certain order
      which can be replicated by selecting all maps, all gametypes, all eras
      and random order again.

Dedicate Host: (on or off)

NOTE: Simple, select ON if you want the Xbox to simply be hosting the game
      and OFF if you want people to be able to play from it.  This is 
      to reduce lag though whether or not it really does it debatable as at 
      system link party I went to, the game lagged really bad when we had an
      Xbox set up just hosting the game.  But later, we came back and played
      without dedicated host turned on and with the same options and same
      number of people (8) and there was hardly any lag.

Max Players: (2-32)

NOTE: Set this number at the maximum number of people you might possibly 
      playing in your game (or the max number that you want in your game).  
      lower the amount of players, the less lag (generally).

Warm Up: (0-120 seconds)

NOTE: This determines how long players have to explore the map and such 
      the game really starts.  Players will spawn instantly and cannot die.
      Setting this at 0 means players can spawn within 15 seconds of the 
      starting while AI unitsw will spawn immediately.  For best results, 
      this at five seconds so that players and AI will have 5 seconds for a
      warm-up and then will have 10 seconds before the first wave of players
      and AI units spawn.

Voting Threshold: (disabled-%75)

NOTE: This decides what percentage of the players in the game must vote 
      a player to boot him.  Booting of one player results in the booting of 
      entire Xbox.  For system link, disable this to prevent people from
      getting kicked out of the game and frustrated.

Team Damage: (on or off)

NOTE: ON means betrayals will be an every-battle occurance while OFF means 
      they will be harder to perform (although they still are possible 
      the running over of a teammate).

Show Player Names: (on or off)

NOTE: When enabled, the name of human players will appear above their heads.

Teams: (auto-assign or player select)

NOTE: This options allows the computer to choose teams or each individual
      person (although if a player cannot decide they can simply select the
      auto-assign button to let the computer decide for them).  With player
      select, players can change their team part-way through the game by
      pressing the "B" button while at the command post selection screen.

Min Players to Start: (0 to number of max players)

NOTE: Set this number to the number of people that you know for sure will be
      playing.  That way the games will not begin until everyone has joined.

The option to play as a Hero in Star Wars: Battlefront II can be very
controversial.  The hero can easily sway the battle in one team's favor.  So
when you plan on playing intense and competitive games with people, either 
the Hero off completely or make it so that the Hero can only be unlocked 
a large number of points (such as 25-50).

While some players enjoy games that go on forever, many players do not.
Consider setting a time limit on your game or reducing the score limit.

Once all of your games are chosen and your settings are correct, choose the
"LAUNCH" option to begin the game.


Once the game has been "launched" by the host, the remaining Xbox's should
attempt to join.  Have one person select their profile, then MULTIPLAYER, 
then SYSTEM LINK.  Next, have the remaining players on the Xbox select their
profiles.  Finally, select SEARCH.  A screen should appear that will show a
list of all of the available games.  If you put the cursor over an available
game, it will give you all of the information of the game such as the number
of players, the host's connection, what map is currently being played, and
what the settings are.  Select the game you want and join it.

NOTE: When joining a game, it may give you a message along the lines of
      "Network conditions may affect this game."  Ignore this message and 
      the game.  If there is lag, inform the host of this so that they may
      reduce the number of max players and/or the number of AI units to 
      lag.  Sometimes the network simply needs reset.  When resetting the
      network, unplug all ethernet cables, turn off all Xbox's, and turn off
      all routers.  Wait two minutes before turning anything back on.  While
      waiting, connect all Xbox's and routers again.  Then turn on the
      router(s) and wait another minute or two.  Next fire up the Host's 
      and start the process all over again.

NOTE: Once in the game, any player can press start and open up the PLAYERS
      LIST which will show who is in the game and what team they are on.  
      this menu, they can select a player's name and choose whether or not 
      want to listen to what they have to say through their headset.

NOTE: When teams are set to player select, a player may change teams at 
      choosing a command post to spawn at by simply pressing "B."

The host and all other players in the game will get a message saying who has
joined the game.  Similarly, when players leave the game, the remaining 
will get messages saying "so-and-so left the game"

Also, whenever a human person dies, it will inform all players of this.


Q: Should I purchase <insert networking item here>
A: I don't know, e-mail me as much information on the item as you may have 
   I'll try to get back to you.

Q: It won't let me join or start a system link game.
A: I covered most of the reported problems in sections B2 and C3.  Read 
   those sections.

   1. Make sure the cables are the correct kinds
   2. Make sure the cables are pushed in all the way
   3. Make sure to plug in the cables, turn on the router, and then the 
   4. Make sure the activity lights are lit up or flashing on the router
   5. Make sure the the light on the left of the ethernet port of the Xbox 
      lit up
   6. Make sure that Auto-Sign In is turned off on your Xbox main menu.
   7. Make sure that the host Xbox has not chosen any of the maps or 
      that the joining Xbox does not have
   8. Make sure that the host has launched the game before joining

Q: Can you system link a regular Xbox with an Xbox 360?
A: I did system link five regular Xbox's with a 360 once with no problem. We
   were, however, only playing Halo 2.  We didn't try Battlefront II.  
   I would think that it would work fine as long as you follow this FAQ.

Q: Can you really system link with just a crossover cable?
A: I have only used a crossover cable with other games (such as Halo 2) so I 
   not know for certain but I would assume that it will work as long as you
   follow the instructions in this FAQ.

Q: I don't want to listen to what other people are saying through their
   headsets.  What should I do?
A: You can play with the sound muted, play with the "tv voice volume" option
   set to "off" and then don't use your headset, or once they say something
   like that, go into your players list and mute them.

Q: It won't let me download the new maps to my 360?
A: This may or may not be a glitch.  Some say that they downloaded the 
   just fine while others cannot download it at all.  The DC may require a
   Gold membership and may not be supported by a trial membership.

Q: Do people still play on Xbox Live anymore?
A: Yes but most of them are under 12 years of age, scream, and cry when they
   lose.  But don't worry, they all go to bed promptly at 8:30.  When 
   before 8:30, just remember: "The mute button is your friend!" :)

Q: My headset stopped working.
A: This is a glitch with the game.  I heard that to fix this, after every 
   remove your headset from your controller and then reinsert it once the 
   game starts.  I also heard that setting the mic audio option to tv output
   from the Xbox dashboard might fix this problem as well.

Q: The sound stopped working on my tv.
A: This is yet another glitch with the game that can be fixed by resetting 

Q: I have a question, comment, problem, solution, etc. that you did not 
   in this FAQ.  What should I do?
A: E-mail me ([email protected]) or post your problem on the
   Star Wars: Battlefront II message board at'm there alot.

Q: What's your gamertag?
A: da n00binator send me a friend request.


Version 1.0 - 9/15/06 - Completed
Version 1.1 - 9/26/06 - Updated copyright information and added


Copyright 2006 Stephen Hopper

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