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I can't get Age Of Empires 2 to work.


berto6

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So i've had the game for almost ten years and it worked fine for ages but since I have gotten new computers it doesn't seem to work. I dont know if its the new computers or if its the OS. The game installs fine, but when I go to play it, it comes up with the loading screen but then stays at my desktop and thats it. just nothing. Ive heard that there is a new HD version out and am kinda wondering if that will fix it and if not, how else can i fix it.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    windows 8
    Computer type
    Laptop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    ASUS

Hopachi

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My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 10 x64
    Computer type
    Laptop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    HP Envy DV6 7250
    CPU
    Intel i7-3630QM
    Motherboard
    HP, Intel HM77 Express Chipset
    Memory
    16GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    Intel HD4000 + Nvidia Geforce 630M
    Sound Card
    IDT HD Audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    15.6' built-in + Samsung S22D300 + 17.3' LG Phillips
    Screen Resolution
    multiple resolutions
    Hard Drives
    Samsung SSD 250GB + Hitachi HDD 750GB
    PSU
    120W adapter
    Case
    small
    Cooling
    laptop cooling pad
    Keyboard
    Backlit built-in + big one in USB
    Mouse
    SteelSeries Sensei
    Internet Speed
    slow and steady
    Browser
    Chromium, Pale Moon, Firefox Developer Edition
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender
    Other Info
    That's basically it.

vrosa

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I have "Age of Kings" and "The Conquerors" running here, but resolution is oddly locked @ 1024x768. Age of Empires III runs nicely. No compatibility setting needed.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 10.0.10122
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    My Build - Vorttex Ultimate
    CPU
    Core i7 @ 4500 MHz
    Motherboard
    ASUS Z87-Plus
    Memory
    32GB DDR3 @ 1822 MHz (OC)
    Graphics Card(s)
    Radeon R9 280X 3GB @ 1180 / 6800 MHz
    Sound Card
    7.1 HDA
    Monitor(s) Displays
    LCD LG 22" + CRT LG 17"
    Screen Resolution
    1760 x 1320 / 1280 x 960
    Hard Drives
    1 x 240 GB SSD (System)
    3 x 500 GB HDD (Data/Media)
    1 x 2000 GB e-HDD (Backup)
    PSU
    ThermalTake 1000W PSU
    Case
    Corsair Carbide R300
    Cooling
    Corsair H60 (Push-Pull)
    Keyboard
    Microsoft Wireless Keyboard
    Mouse
    Microsoft Wireless Mouse
    Internet Speed
    60 Mbps (Down) 5 Mbps (Up)
    Browser
    IE, FF, Chrome
    Antivirus
    AVG Internet Security 2015
    Other Info
    Some wired stuff

Hopachi

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I have "Age of Kings" and "The Conquerors" running here, but resolution is oddly locked @ 1024x768. Age of Empires III runs nicely. No compatibility setting needed.
That's right! Compatibility mode is not needed. :)

The older release doesn't allow high resolutions and HD but someone made a resolution patch: See Enigma's post in my third link above. I didn't had time to test it yet.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 10 x64
    Computer type
    Laptop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    HP Envy DV6 7250
    CPU
    Intel i7-3630QM
    Motherboard
    HP, Intel HM77 Express Chipset
    Memory
    16GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    Intel HD4000 + Nvidia Geforce 630M
    Sound Card
    IDT HD Audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    15.6' built-in + Samsung S22D300 + 17.3' LG Phillips
    Screen Resolution
    multiple resolutions
    Hard Drives
    Samsung SSD 250GB + Hitachi HDD 750GB
    PSU
    120W adapter
    Case
    small
    Cooling
    laptop cooling pad
    Keyboard
    Backlit built-in + big one in USB
    Mouse
    SteelSeries Sensei
    Internet Speed
    slow and steady
    Browser
    Chromium, Pale Moon, Firefox Developer Edition
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender
    Other Info
    That's basically it.

Enigma

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I'm no expert PC user but I do consider myself quite knowledgeable, and I'm very confident in stating my belief that my instructions (which are already linked to in this topic by Hopachi) are nearly foolproof and idiotproof. Maybe there's a slim chance that what I posted wont cover some little know arcane problem/issue/error with the 1st 3 AOE games, but I doubt it, I do believe what I posted would cover most problems with these games. No VMs, no compat modes, etc for *ANY* of these games, at least for me anyways. Or you can just buy the Steam version of AOE 2. I'm really hoping they will re-release a High Def version of AOE 1 on Steam soon as well, but havent heard any rumors of that kind yet.

Hope I helped!
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 8.1 Pro x64, Windows Server 2012 R2 x64
    Computer type
    Laptop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Lenovo G700
    CPU
    Intel Core i7-3632QM, 2.20 GHz
    Motherboard
    Lenovo
    Memory
    6 GB DDR3
    Graphics Card(s)
    NVIDIA 720M, Intel HD 4000
    Monitor(s) Displays
    1 monitor
    Screen Resolution
    1600x900 (max)
    Hard Drives
    1 TB HDD (5400 RPM), 1.5 TB HDD (5400 RPM) installed in a 12.7mm disc drive caddy
    Case
    Lenovo
    Keyboard
    Lenovo
    Mouse
    Laptop/notebook keyboard/touchpad
    Internet Speed
    It varies, since I'm mobile most of the time
    Browser
    Chromium (the open-source browser which Google Chrome is derived from)
    Antivirus
    Kaspersky, Malwarebytes, Spybot, Privatefirewall
    Other Info
    I will add more information here later

MeRLiNo_O

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Hello everyone !! If like me you have tried everything on many forums and your AOE II Age of kings is still not working, do not panic, i have found the solution !!

This is for the Age of Empire 2 Age of Kings

My OS is windows 8.1

Download and Install the aoe2 Patch 2.0a
Then download and install the aoe2 Patch 2.0b
Just google it and you'll find it or here is the link below

Age of Empires II: The Age of Kings - 2.0B Patch Unofficial - Free Download

Then set the compatibility to Windows XP SP2 and check the "run as administration" box.
Launch the game and voila.

Please note that the 2.0b patch is an unofficial patch (anti cheat patch) and i don't know why but it works.

I have tried everything before and the game wouldn't launch no matter what compatibility i used but this patch 2.0b seems to work perfectly fine and the game runs smoothly
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 8.1 64 Bits
    Computer type
    Laptop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    DELL
    CPU
    Intel Core i7
    Motherboard
    Intel
    Memory
    8GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    Intel
    Browser
    none
    Antivirus
    Windows

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