Snobody May 17, 2013 @ 8:04pm
DirectDraw launch bug on XP 64bit
Whenever I try to start the game, it says that my video card is not compatible with DirectDraw. Please let me know what I can do to get the game working on my operating system as the minimum system requirements posted on: http://www.ageofempires.com/age2.html say the game runs on XP and does not distinguish between 32 and 64 bit.

Specs:
Core 2 Duo 2.4 GHz 6600
Radeon 5779
Windows XP 64-bit SP2
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Saikotik Gunman May 19, 2013 @ 9:02am 
Good luck. I've done everything from reinstalling old video drivers to updating to the latest, to manually reinstalling DirectX(which isn't as easy as one would expect), and have tried every graphics acceleration troubleshooting setting. Every windows hotfix, too. No bueno. Welcome to the ranks of the economically sodomized.
Garmonbozia81 May 19, 2013 @ 12:21pm 
Originally posted by SmoothRoman:
Whenever I try to start the game, it says that my video card is not compatible with DirectDraw. Please let me know what I can do to get the game working on my operating system as the minimum system requirements posted on: http://www.ageofempires.com/age2.html say the game runs on XP and does not distinguish between 32 and 64 bit.

Specs:
Core 2 Duo 2.4 GHz 6600
Radeon 5779
Windows XP 64-bit SP2

I suggest you update to SP3. Unfortunately, I cannot find any information regarding your graphics card. I suggest you try to find out if it is DirectX 9.0c capable and whether it supports shader model 3.
Saikotik Gunman May 20, 2013 @ 6:34am 
Originally posted by Garmonbozia81:

I suggest you update to SP3. Unfortunately, I cannot find any information regarding your graphics card. I suggest you try to find out if it is DirectX 9.0c capable and whether it supports shader model 3.

There is no SP3 for x64. SP2 contained all the fixes for 64-bit that SP3 did for 32 bit.

His card runs Shader Model 5, actually.

I've got SP2 64 bit XP and a Radeon 4800, so I'm running Shader Model 4.1, and I've got the same problem he does. I'm running an AMD based system instead of intel, so it isn't just that processor combination, either.
Hasinbinseen Jul 29, 2013 @ 6:25pm 
bump, having the same issues on xp 64-bit, have also done everything that gunman went over in his posts and still nothing
BarbarossaBlade Jul 30, 2013 @ 11:37am 
Have you installed all available Windows updates?
Saikotik Gunman Aug 9, 2013 @ 5:30pm 
Yes, did you actually read the posts? Windows updates, DX reinstalled and updated, driver updates and rollbacks, think we covered all the bases.
sourc0r Aug 10, 2013 @ 7:31am 
Well, Windows XP 64 is vastly different to the 32bit version, more than 32bit/64bit versions of Vista and 7 are different to each other. I'm pretty sure you won't get it to work, unless they raise compatibility.
Nevertheless I'd advise you to get rid of that ♥♥♥♥.
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