Hi, i'm new to these forums; I found them whilst Googling for help with a graphical problem i've got with Empire Earth 1. I've had the game since it came out in 2001. I admit I haven't played it in a while, but its a game I love playing, and it worked fine the last time I played it, but my computer has gone through several reformats and a graphics card upgrade since then.
To start with, my computer stats are as follows:
Windows XP Home SP3
Pentium 4 540 Processor @ 3.2Ghz
Sapphire Radeon HD 3850 512mb AGP Graphics Card (Catalyst 9.6 AGP Hotfix drivers)
Empire Earth 1 version 2.0.
Now, when I load the game, the intro videos work fine. But as soon as I reach the menu screen, I encounter problems. All of the menu buttons lack any text, and when I move the mouse, I trail of mouse pointers is left behind on the screen.
I've made a screenie of this problem:
After a bit of trial and error, I managed to access the options screen to try changing the graphical options. First off, i set all of the graphics options to minimum. This made no difference, but I doubted they would since the options relate the ingame graphics.
I then tried changing the display options. There were two different Video Cards shown, each of which have two different 3D acceleration options. The default one is "Primary Display Driver" with "Direct3D acceleration", so I changed it to "Primary Display Driver" with "Direct3D Hardware TnL" acceleration. Doing this solved the problem with my mouse, but caused a new problem - the image was extremely flickery, and text was now present on the buttons, but the flickering made it difficult to read. The flickering continued even when I actually tried to play the game - all of the text continued to flicker.
I then tried changing the Video Card from "Primary Display Driver" to "Radeon 3800 HD Series" and set it to "Direct3D acceleration". The original problem with the glitchy mouse and missing text then came back.
So then I set it to "Radeon 3800 HD Series" and "Direct3D Hardware TnL" - and the game then crashed. A window called "Microsoft Visual C++ Runtime Library" appeared with the following error message:
Program C:\Sierra\Empire Earth\Empire Earth.exe
This application has requested the Runtime to terminate in an unusual way. Please contact the application's support team for more information.
When I closed it, a second error Window appeared called Empire Earth: Empire Earth.exe - Application Error:
The instruction at "0x211119d6" referenced memory at "0x0bcd57f0". The memory could not be "read".
Click OK to terminate the program.
I've had problems with games before, so I know a few tricks for getting them to work;
- I checked for problems with DirectX, but there weren't any. (I also made sure it was up-to-date. It is)
- I checked my drivers were up-to-date. (They are)
- I lowered the graphics settings in the Catalyst Control Center to minimum. (It made no difference)
- I tried lowering the acceleration settings in the advanced display properties tab in Windows. This made no difference, other than causing the game to crash during game load if I set it to the disable all Direct3D setting or on any settings lower than that.
- I forced the screen refresh rate to 60hz in both Windows and in the Catalyst Control Center. (This did not help either)
I ran out of ideas at that point, so any help and ideas that people have would be greatly appreciated.