Hey all, I'm new here and only came here because my AOE 2 kept freezing
as well, and it seemed hopeless to fix it because no one had a fix.
Well i figured it out and it's quite ridiculous to be frank, here
If you have this problem in XP this fix will also work for you as well
as VISTA. (I had the problem in both OSes on the same system)
Get a copy of your video drivers first for your video card.
Go to Start and right click on "My Computer" and click on properties.
Then the window pops up with all its tabs with the "hardware," tab being
one of them; click on it. Then click on the "Device Manager" button and
a new window will popup showing a list of your hardware devices under
their categories. We need to find the "display adapters" category.
Click on that and then it expands to show what device (or sometimes
software renderer) you are using. Click on your video device (video
card) and right click it. When you right click it, click on uninstall,
follow the prompts to uninstall it and then reboot the computer. Now
this part sounds a little crazy but just follow what i say : When the
computer finishes rebooting, click on age of empires and play it! It
will work perfectly and you can play it at any resolution the game lets
you (one of the three resolutions lol). So at this point you're playing
the game without any technical videocard drivers. And yes their is a
difference, try opening up a folder and scrolling or scrolling on a
webpage and you'll know your drivers were uninstalled because the
scrolling will be very choppy. Another thing you could try back in the
device manager is disabling the device driver instead of uninstalling
it, it gives you both options, that could also work but i've never tried
it. But anyways, it would be nice to have another copy of your video
drivers so when you decide to play a 3d game that you would need the
drivers for, that you could easily install them again.
I gotta say, i'm gald to be playing AOE2 after a year of getting my new
laptop and not being able too. And the funny thing is, not all vista
people have the problem, so it became really puzzling to attempt to fix
but then i did this and it was so simple but a little annoying but well
worth it for our AOE2 lans . Another thing, it froze for me in both
vista AND xp! so don't think downgrading will well, i'm dual booting and
it did nothing for me changing back to xp, but xp was able to run more
older games than vista could so xp might be worth it .
start>my computer, right click>properties>Hardware (tab)>Device
manager>Display adapter>right click your videocard>uninstall (or disable
but haven't tried disabling, im sure it would work too and be
easier)>follow prompts to uninstall>reboot>play AOE2.
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