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  •  03-16-2011, 7:49 AM 916164
    Draconarius Draconarius is not online. Last active: 03-21-2011, 9:24 PM
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    Subject: Windows 7 64-bit issues (original + Warchiefs & Asian)

    Hello,

    As the title says, I'm having trouble running the game on win7 x64. While playing either add-on pack, the game will run perfectly fine for around 15 - 20 minutes, then the screen will start flickering random colors. That fixes itself after a few seconds, but a minute or two later the screen will go black and the entire system will lock up.

    I've tried uninstalling/reinstalling and I have installed the latest patches for the original game both add-ons, all my drivers are up to date, and I've tried every compatibility setting I could think of using. I also ran the file checker program and got the following results:

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    Age3 File checker 1.12.04.01.00
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    Ensemble Studios ESAge3FileChecker Results
    Version : 1.12.04.01.00
    Time : 2011-03-16 11:59:07Z
    ======================= Age3 File Check Beginning ===========================
    Registry reported version 1.14 and path:C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Games\Age of Empires III\
    ========================================================================
    C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Games\Age of Empires III\AI\isabella.personality - Version correct
    C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Games\Age of Empires III\art\art1.bar - Version correct
    C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Games\Age of Empires III\art\art2.bar - Version correct
    C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Games\Age of Empires III\art\art3.bar - Version correct
    C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Games\Age of Empires III\data\data.bar - Version correct
    C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Games\Age of Empires III\data\proto.xml - Version correct
    C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Games\Age of Empires III\data\proto.xml.xmb - Version correct
    C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Games\Age of Empires III\data\techtree.xml - Version correct
    C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Games\Age of Empires III\data\techtree.xml.xmb - Version correct
    C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Games\Age of Empires III\fonts\fonts.bar - Version correct
    C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Games\Age of Empires III\render\render.bar - Version correct
    C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Games\Age of Empires III\sound\sound.bar - Version correct
    C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Games\Age of Empires III\startup\game.con - Version correct
    C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Games\Age of Empires III\age3.exe - INVALID FILE
    C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Games\Age of Empires III\datap.bar - INVALID FILE
    C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Games\Age of Empires III\deformerdll.dll - Version correct
    C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Games\Age of Empires III\esinet.dll - Version correct
    ======================= Age3 File Check Complete ============================
    ===================== Warchiefs File Check Beginning ========================
    Registry reported version 1.06 and path:C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Games\Age of Empires III\
    ========================================================================
    C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Games\Age of Empires III\AI2\isabella.personality - Version correct
    C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Games\Age of Empires III\art\art4.bar - Version correct
    C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Games\Age of Empires III\data\data2.bar - Version correct
    C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Games\Age of Empires III\data\protox.xml - Version correct
    C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Games\Age of Empires III\data\protox.xml.xmb - Version correct
    C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Games\Age of Empires III\data\techtreex.xml - Version correct
    C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Games\Age of Empires III\data\techtreex.xml.xmb - Version correct
    C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Games\Age of Empires III\render\render2.bar - Version correct
    C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Games\Age of Empires III\sound\sound2.bar - Version correct
    C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Games\Age of Empires III\sound\soundxml2.bar - Version correct
    C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Games\Age of Empires III\startup\gamex.con - Version correct
    C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Games\Age of Empires III\age3x.exe - INVALID FILE
    C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Games\Age of Empires III\deformerdllx.dll - Version correct
    C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Games\Age of Empires III\esinetx.dll - Version correct
    C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Games\Age of Empires III\datapx.bar - INVALID FILE
    ===================== Warchiefs File Check Complete =========================
    ===================== Asian Dynasties File Check Beginning ========================
    Registry reported version 1.03 and path:C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Games\Age of Empires III\
    ========================================================================
    C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Games\Age of Empires III\AI3\isabella.personality - Version correct
    C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Games\Age of Empires III\art\art5.bar - Version correct
    C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Games\Age of Empires III\data\data3.bar - Version correct
    C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Games\Age of Empires III\data\protoy.xml - INVALID FILE
    C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Games\Age of Empires III\data\protoy.xml.xmb - INVALID FILE
    C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Games\Age of Empires III\data\techtreey.xml - INVALID FILE
    C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Games\Age of Empires III\data\techtreey.xml.xmb - INVALID FILE
    C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Games\Age of Empires III\render\render3.bar - Version correct
    C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Games\Age of Empires III\sound\sound3.bar - Version correct
    C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Games\Age of Empires III\sound\soundxml3.bar - Version correct
    C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Games\Age of Empires III\startup\gamey.con - Version correct
    C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Games\Age of Empires III\age3y.exe - INVALID FILE
    ===================== Asian Dynasties File Check Complete =========================
     ---------------------

    My system is an ASUS G73JH with the following specs with an Intel i7 720QM processor, an ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5870 graphics card, and 4GB DDR2 RAM.

    Any help would be greatly appreciated. I'm fast running out of ideas here and it will be slightly annoying to have to borrow a spare computer for my friends' next LAN-Age night...

  •  03-16-2011, 9:03 AM 916171 in reply to 916164
    J&Z J&Z is not online. Last active: 04-04-2011, 10:26 AM
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    Subject: Re: Windows 7 64-bit issues (original + Warchiefs & Asian)

    Running the game in compability mode would maybe work?

    I dont know how it works on Windows since I use Macintosh nowadays.


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  •  03-16-2011, 7:03 PM 916242 in reply to 916171
    Draconarius Draconarius is not online. Last active: 03-21-2011, 9:24 PM
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    Subject: Re: Windows 7 64-bit issues (original + Warchiefs & Asian)
    I'm afraid I've already tried every compatibility option I could find (vista, XP, disable visual themes, etc, etc). Didn't do much of anything.
  •  03-16-2011, 10:50 PM 916278 in reply to 916242
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    Subject: Re: Windows 7 64-bit issues (original + Warchiefs & Asian)
    It sounds like your system is getting hot. Download CPU-Z hardware monitor and GPU-Z and see what your system load and temperatures are after playing the game for a few minutes. Laptops are built for business apps and graphics, not gaming.
  •  03-17-2011, 7:06 PM 916436 in reply to 916278
    Draconarius Draconarius is not online. Last active: 03-21-2011, 9:24 PM
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    Subject: Re: Windows 7 64-bit issues (original + Warchiefs & Asian)

    I'll try that, but my machine is a dedicated gaming laptop. It really would surprise me if that's the reason, especially since it can handle Supreme Commander (which is far more graphics-intensive) without issue.

    Another idea I thought of: does anyone have correct versions of the invalid files the file checker is finding? Perhaps replacing those might fix it.

  •  03-17-2011, 7:35 PM 916439 in reply to 916436
    Metis Metis is not online. Last active: Thu, Dec 26 2013, 1:38 AM
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    Subject: Re: Windows 7 64-bit issues (original + Warchiefs & Asian)
    Draconarius:

    Another idea I thought of: does anyone have correct versions of the invalid files the file checker is finding? Perhaps replacing those might fix it.

    The file checker hasn't been updated so everything that is patched or modded will show up as invalid.

  •  03-17-2011, 8:21 PM 916440 in reply to 916439
    Neverseperat Neverseperat is not online. Last active: 08-01-2013, 8:06 AM
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    Subject: Re: Windows 7 64-bit issues (original + Warchiefs & Asian)
    Have you tried running as administrator?

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    I dislike Dutch the most cuz the envoy and flute sound like tards and the explorer yelling is so annoying when you tell him to attack.
  •  03-17-2011, 8:31 PM 916443 in reply to 916440
    Metis Metis is not online. Last active: Thu, Dec 26 2013, 1:38 AM
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    Subject: Re: Windows 7 64-bit issues (original + Warchiefs & Asian)

    Edit: Sorry, posted in wrong thread.

  •  03-18-2011, 7:49 AM 916471 in reply to 916443
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    Subject: Re: Windows 7 64-bit issues (original + Warchiefs & Asian)
    Metis:

    Edit: Sorry, posted in wrong thread.

    :( So I don't have a point there?


    TychoPsycho:
    I dislike Dutch the most cuz the envoy and flute sound like tards and the explorer yelling is so annoying when you tell him to attack.
  •  03-18-2011, 7:43 PM 916538 in reply to 916471
    Metis Metis is not online. Last active: Thu, Dec 26 2013, 1:38 AM
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    Subject: Re: Windows 7 64-bit issues (original + Warchiefs & Asian)
    Neverseperat:
    Metis:

    Edit: Sorry, posted in wrong thread.

    :( So I don't have a point there?

    Yes, but I was referring to it in another thread, where someone was having save issues (That's what I get for having more than one copy of the forum running, I guess).

  •  03-19-2011, 7:07 AM 916622 in reply to 916538
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    Subject: Re: Windows 7 64-bit issues (original + Warchiefs & Asian)
    Metis:
    Neverseperat:
    Metis:

    Edit: Sorry, posted in wrong thread.

    :( So I don't have a point there?

    Yes, but I was referring to it in another thread, where someone was having save issues (That's what I get for having more than one copy of the forum running, I guess).

    Drawbacks with multi-tasking?
  •  03-21-2011, 12:03 AM 916845 in reply to 916538
    Draconarius Draconarius is not online. Last active: 03-21-2011, 9:24 PM
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    Subject: Re: Windows 7 64-bit issues (original + Warchiefs & Asian)
    Metis:
    Neverseperat:
    Metis:

    Edit: Sorry, posted in wrong thread.

    :( So I don't have a point there?

    Yes, but I was referring to it in another thread, where someone was having save issues (That's what I get for having more than one copy of the forum running, I guess).

    Alas, that one is in the 'already tried it' basket. One of the first things I tried, actually.

    Still no luck so far, but thanks for all the suggestions. I'm starting to consider looking at what would be involved in changing to 32-bit windows (what's the point of a gaming computer if you can't run your favourite game on it, right?).

  •  03-21-2011, 3:55 AM 916858 in reply to 916845
    Metis Metis is not online. Last active: Thu, Dec 26 2013, 1:38 AM
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    Subject: Re: Windows 7 64-bit issues (original + Warchiefs & Asian)

    I run AOE III successfully on 64-bit Windows 7. Here are the steps I took to install the game on it:

    1. Log on as the system administrator. 
    2. Uninstall the game as far as possible via the Control Panel. 
    3. Remove all remaining traces of the previous installation using Revo uninstaller, CCleaner, or the Windows Installer Cleanup Utility.
    4. Cancel CD/DVD autorun and right-click setup.exe; select "Run as administrator."
    5. When asked if you want to install for all users click "Yes."
    6. Right click the AOE program file and select "Windows XP, Service Pack 3" compatibility and "Run as Administrator." Do the same for any shortcuts created.
    7. Download the latest patch and patch the game, again running the patch as an administrator.
    8. Do the same for TWC, and TAD in that order. 
  •  03-24-2011, 8:58 PM 917553 in reply to 916164
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    Subject: Re: Windows 7 64-bit issues (original + Warchiefs & Asian)

    Microsoft does not support third party add ons nor does it suggest any one to install the add ons. People download it at their own responsibility and then they blame Microsoft for it. Please read the terms and conditons before downloading any Microsoft Game.

    I would juz suggest from where you people download the add ons please contact the add on manufacturer for the same as he does not come forward to help you because you have to pay everytime you ask him for help.

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