* Age of Empires / Mythology Doesn't Load *

By rwnewson
May 25, 2003
  1. Hi. I'm running Windows ME and I've updated all drivers and have DivX 5.05 and DirectX9. I still can't seem to run Age of Empires 2 or Age of Mythology. I used to be able to months ago but all of a sudden they dont work.

    When I try to run AOE2, a black screen appears as if its loading, and then it just quits. Nothing else happens.

    When I try to run AOM, an error message pops up saying "Error: Cannot open Main Window."

    Anyone have a clue what's going on?
  2. rwnewson

    rwnewson TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 44

    Here is some more information in case I'm not clear enough:

    The following games run on my computer:
    - Unreal Tournament
    - Counterstrike
    - Warcraft III
    - Warcraft II
    - The Sims

    The following games do not run on my computer:
    - Age of Empires 2: Age of Kings
    - Age of Mythology

    The following options are enabled in my SiS Video Control Panel:
    - Refresh rate: Optimal
    - Hardware acceleration: Full (max)
    - Driver Mode: Single (only option)
    - Primary Display Combination: VGA1
    - VGA1 Support Modes: 1024x768, True Colour
    - Gamma Correction: all values 1 (nominal)
    - Video Settings, Overlay: One (out of 1 or 2)
    - D3D Performance: between 70 and 110 fps - "high"
    - Enable multi texture: off
    - Use 16 bpp Z buffer: on

    Seems to be a MYSTERY... Any ideas??
  3. poertner_1274

    poertner_1274 secroF laicepS topShceT Posts: 4,172

    I hate to ask, but are you using legal software to install this? I know you can have problems when trying to use a no-cd patch or something of that sort.
  4. Nic

    Nic TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,549

    Try reading the readme file on the CD to check for known issues - see Microsoft support site also.
  5. rwnewson

    rwnewson TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 44

    Hey guys... Sorry I've been gone on account of school. You know how it is. Anyways I thought I could correct this problem by upgrading to Windows XP. Indeed this helped a lot... but this particular problem is still there!

    Please help me on the following new thread:

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