What do you have to do if the game crashes (most likely in the main menu or after a few minutes of playing)?
If you have not installed the patch yet,
do this first. Then, try the game with the -msync, -normalmouse and -mfill parameters. Then, disable the sound. Consult the readme.doc file on the CD for more info.
Run Dxtool.exe and Dxsetup from Directx directory on the CD-ROM. All DirectX drivers should be certified and new (version 4.X). Reinstalling DirectX might help if you have some old drivers.
Make sure you have that latest graphics and sound drivers available (go to page of
the manufacturers of the hardware to get them). Installing the latest
version of DirectX (look for the version number at www.microsoft.com but
try to find a mirror server for the download) might help if it still does
Posted by E Pluribus on Monday, 24 November 1997, at 10:24 a.m.
- Are you using the Zone? If so:
- Are you playing with people with too much latency? Try getting games with green people only.
- Did you upgrade IE to version 4?
- If you can get a game started, are there any "turles" in it? Look on your lower right-hand part and click the button
that pops up the lag monitor... watch out for turtles. Sometimes everyone looks green but after you are in a game they
- Have you tried waiting it out? In many games, the internet gridlock will hang the game for a few minutes. During this
time you are able to bark out your orders but no one will move yet. The cool thing about this is that you can take
advantage of it to check on all your villagers and organize your military units, etc. Then if the game unhangs, everyone
will scramble to carry out your orders. My games hit against this hang once every two or so games and the result is: a)
Someone else gets knocked out of the game, b) I get knocked out of the game, c) Everyone resumes, or d) The game
aborts and everyone gets sent back to the zone. But...SOMETHING eventually happens if I wait it out.
- Have you tried turning off your sound? (Just to narrow down the possibilities). Also try playing in a different screen
resolution (ok I'm grasping at straws but hey ya never know).
- Are you running ICQ? Try shutting it down before playing an AoE game. Try hitting ctrl-alt-delete to see what is
running in the background... maybe you can shut down something.
- Try turning off your screen saver. I'm thinking to myself 'what background process kicks in after a while' and the
screen saver came to mind, even though I'm sure you're doing a lot of clicking etc. Who knows. Another idea: Do you
have a virus scanner that periodically kicks in and checks memory? Where am I going with this? Just thinking if you
shut off everything except the minimum to run AoE you might be able to narrow it down.
Try toggling on/off each thing separately so that whenever it fixes your problem you know who the culprit is. Let us
know what you find!
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