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AoE2 wont Start

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October 14, 2009 7:18:46 PM

I'm not very good with computers. I recently bought Age of Empires 2 from ebay, and on the cover it says it doesn't work with vista... Yet i've seen people playing it on vista... I've looked around on google for at least 2 hours on how to fix it, yet no solutions work...


After installation, i open it and i always get this "'Could not initalize
graphics system. Make sure your video card and driver are compatible with
DirectDraw." ... How can i fix it!?

I don't know anyone else with the exact same problem, just simillarities.

My Specs are:
OS: Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium
CPU/Ram: 2.001 GHz / 2045 MB
Product: Toshiba / Satellite a200

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October 15, 2009 7:36:19 PM

go to Start>Run
type dxdiag

Click the Display tab.
Click the 'Test DirectDraw' button

See if there is a problem at this level first...
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October 16, 2009 4:49:19 AM

No problems detected. xD
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October 16, 2009 9:29:11 AM

I suggest you play around with the Compatibility Mode settings (not sure what they call it in Vista). It's a built-in feature that changes some settings to run older software. I managed to get a few older games working under XP this way.
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October 16, 2009 10:36:20 AM

Tried all of that sort of crap. =/ Most other simmilar problems are slved by Dloadin drivers and crap but i can't find any!'
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October 16, 2009 11:25:45 AM

Run as Administrator? (clutching at proverbial straws)
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October 16, 2009 1:18:20 PM

Same thing. /cry
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October 16, 2009 1:26:26 PM

Last suggestion: Upgrade to 7!
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October 16, 2009 1:30:45 PM

Wut's 7? lol .... I'm a nub dude.
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October 16, 2009 4:40:56 PM

trav1992 said:
Wut's 7? lol .... I'm a nub dude.


Windows 7. You must have heard of it by now, noob or not....
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