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Old 06-16-2010, 11:29 PM   #1
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Angry Age of Empires II and Windows 7 x64

As my signature states, I love playing AOE II: TC. But now I have added an addition to my large software collection: Windows 7 Ultimate x64. My new favorite OS, it has made many improvements over XP. But back to the question:

When I run AOE II on Win7, the landscape is in weird colors. The sea is purple, the grass and dirt have a grid and look horrible, and it's driving me insane that I can't ditch XP yet and free up a 30 GB partition. I have run the compatibility wizard, tried all the different combinations of compatibility options, disabled Aero and made 7 look like 2000, and closed all my background programs. I think it's a graphics conflict.

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AMD Athlon 64 3500+ CPU at 2.4 GHz (single core, no HAV)
nVidia 7300GT graphics card with 256 MB VRAM.
I have run AOE II in a virtual machine running XP, and it didn't have issues except it was slow. On my XP installation, the problem would occur when I had a program called Simple Sticky Notes running, mainly because I set the notes to transparent. However, this program isn't running when I run AOE II on 7.

I have gotten XP Mode for 7, however I think it's not going to work right until I have a CPU with HAV. It seems to use Remote Desktop to view the VM, which is stupid because RD can't take advantage of Direct X. So I've been using a great free program called VirtualBox by Sun.

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1. I can't get a new computer, graphics card, CPU or pricey stuff like that. I really don't want to spend anything at all.
2. I want to be able to play the game on 7.
3. Please stay to the question.
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Old 06-18-2010, 02:50 PM   #2
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Default Re: Age of Empires II and Windows 7 x64

I ran into this exact problem last night at a lan party, except my game locked up at the "Loading" screen before the game starts, and I had to restart to close it. If anyone has a fix I would love to try it.
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Default Re: Age of Empires II and Windows 7 x64

This problem happens every time you start the game. Anybody else played AOE II on 7?
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This problem happens every time you start the game. Anybody else played AOE II on 7?
I've played it on my netbook running 7, but I figured the weird colors were because the resolution of the netbook isn't supported by the game. I just lived with it, although I rarely play games on my netbook anyways.
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So, if more people with 7 are having issues with it, it may be a 7 problem.
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Old 06-18-2010, 09:57 PM   #6
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So, if more people with 7 are having issues with it, it may be a 7 problem.
Keep posting!
But it worked on my friends computer that had the same OS, but with a Phenom X3 and GTX260
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Default Re: Age of Empires II and Windows 7 x64

Right click on AOE,Go into compatibillity and Tick 'disable visual themes' and 'disable desktop composition' and give that a whirl.
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Default Re: Age of Empires II and Windows 7 x64

As I said, I tried all the compatibility combinations. Just a whim, but which of you guys ran AOE II on 7 x64?
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Me. This works.

If that doesnt work,run the game and then alt-tab out,open the task manager and then kill explorer.exe and then alt-tab back into the game.
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Default Re: Age of Empires II and Windows 7 x64

Now there's something new! I used to do that when I had a 500 MHz machine with 64 MB RAM. I'll try it.

Also, I will try a command-line option to modify the shortcut that will make AOE use system memory instead of graphics memory
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right click the icon and put -w or -windowed after the target file, this way its now stretched on widerscreens.
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Default Re: Age of Empires II and Windows 7 x64

^Nope, I've got a standard screen. But killing Explorer worked great. Rep for you, Neodude112320. I just wish I knew what exactly was the issue. And if some one would make a batch file for me that would kill explorer, start AOE II, and then start explorer when I closed AOE II, that would be great. PM me if you make one.
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Where is your AOE Executable Located,ill make you a script and then ill post it here....
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C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Games\Age of Empires II\age2_x1\age2_x1.exe
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Ok,Create an an empty batch file and just put this in it;

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TASKKILL /F /IM "explorer.exe"

chdir C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Games\Age of Empires II\age2_x1\

age2_x1.exe

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explorer.exe

exit
When the game exits,hit enter and explorer will start.
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Thank you! I'll post back with feedback. I used to be good with batch files, but I never wrote one to kill a process. Eventually, I stopped using them and got rusty. Thanks so much for your help.
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It worked! Rep for you. But isn't the prompt supposed to close after you press enter? And is there a way to make it detect when AOE II closes? Your batch works great, and I'm not criticizing or being ungrateful, but I would like it to be as seamless as possible, in case I have to do this on other computers. Thanks.
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Yeah that would be cool but i have absolutely no idea how do get it to automatically sense the AOE Has closed.
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I think it can be done in C. Maybe batch. I just don't like going through a tome to find out, though.
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I Might give it a shot in visual studio later....
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