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HG Alumnus
posted 10-20-03 05:42 PM ET (US)         

Welcome to the quick AoE & RoR FAQ. Here you'll find a list of questions asked so often that we lost count of it.

If you have questions not dealt with here please ask them in a separate thread so this one can be used for the really frequently asked questions.

Q: Where can I download da game?
A: At your local shop, at some places from a cereals box.
We don't support warez and no-cd cracks. Don't ask for them and don't advertise them. Expect to get banned if you do.

Q: How can I place gold mines, stone quarries, lions and other stuff on a map in the scenario editor?
A: Select Units, select Gaia from the Player drop-down list.

Q: How can I win the River Outpost scenario in the Egypt campaign?
A: This is a fairly easy scenario. The only hard part is reading the instructions. You have to upgrade to the Iron Age and upgrade your towers to guard towers.
For related questions you can consult our single player help section.

Q: How can I skip the opening cinematics when I start AoE or RoR?
A: Make a shortcut, open it, select the Properties tab, move the cursur to the end of the selected text box that has the program file name in it and add "nostartup" - without the quotation marks.

Q: How can I play the game with the midi music?
A: Make a shortcut, open it, select the Properties tab, move the cursor to the end of the selected text box that has the program file name in it and add "midimusic" - without the quotation marks.

Q: How can I save a multiplayer game?
A: You can't. It isn't an option. And that makes sense as it's hard enough to gather a set of people to play a game across the net.

Q: When I open a saved game the game crashes and returns to the desktop. Alternatively, the game crashes to the desktop in the middle of a game.
A: That's a problem of the patch, 1.c for AoE, 1.a for RoR. Don't play with the patch if you play against the computer only. You don't need a dual install to have AoE/RoR with and without the patch; simply do the following:
* Rename the patched files in the AoE folder to AoEpatch.exe and RoRpatch.exe (or use other names)
* Copy the original exes from your CD(s) to the game folder.
* Make shortcuts to all versions and place them on your desktop or in a games folder on your desktop. In the shortcut you can also add code to prevent the opening cinematics.

Do not delete the files with the patch. You need them when you play on line and for campaigns that were designed in the patched version.

Here's an alternative, posted by andycmdab:
I had extensively tested this problem before and I know when to save, save when there's no fighting going on, actually, there could be swordmen fighting but make sure there's no archers or baliistica firing -- it's that animation effects which creates the bug.
Q: How can I change the pop cap (population limit) for a single player game?
A: You can't. The CP will always cap at 50 pop. If you want to play with a higher pop cap for yourself, start a multiplayer game. In ROR you can set the pop cap in the settings screen. In AOE you need to add "Limit=xxx" (type a number instead of xxx, and don't include the quotation marks) to the command line in your shortcut.
Update: You can download an utility from the Granary section to increase the pop cap for all players in RoR here:

Q: Help me!!! I'm stuck in a scenario!
A: For hints about all scenarios in the campaigns and some more, visit our hints section:
If the hints there don't help you, or if you're playing a campaign we don't give hints for, ask your question in the forum.

Q: I downloaded a scenario /campaign. Now where do I save it to?
A: The downloaded file is a .zip archive, first open it, for instance with a program like Winzip or the default Windows program, and drag the campaign or scenario file from it. Save scenarios in the scenario folder and campaigns in the campaign folder.

Q: I got a problem with multiplayer games.
A: Try this:

Q: How do I make a screenshot?
A: Press Ctrl + F12. The bitmap is saved in the Age of Empires folder (where the .exe file sits).

Q: How can I run Age of Empires in windowed mode?
A: The original game does not support windowed mode but you can check this thread out for a workaround: DxWnd Utility.

Q: I get strange colors in Vista/Win7/Win8
A: Most of times it is related to a DirectDraw issue.
The solution is to add some reys in the Windows Registry. It does not need to modify any file. DirectDrawFix - Color Update will do it automatically.

For modders/developers, here is the technical detail:
"ID"=hex:XX,XX,XX,XX (REG_BINARY: 4 bytes)
"Flags"=hex:00,08,00,00 (REG_BINARY: 4 bytes)

The Flags value instructs ddraw.dll to ignore this data for systems before Vista. The ID value is the internal timestamp of the executable file.

To find the timestamp with a hex editor:
- Seek in the file to 0x3C
- Read the 4 byte value here: we'll call it idOffset
- Seek in the file to (idOffset + 0x08)
- Read the 4 byte value here: this is the ID
* If you stil have issues (colors are so bad that it's absolutely not playable), you may have the ATI/AMD catalyst issue.
Some old versions of the "AMD Catalyst control center" provoke this bug. Installing the latest version of the program will fix the color issue.

Q: I still have corrupted colors in-game (color bugs), what can I do?
A: The reason for this is usually some incompatibility of your graphics card with the 8-bit graphics used by the game. First of all - update your graphics card drivers! This may be enough to solve the problem. If you still have corrupted colors - open the Launcher, select Settings and check "Windowed Mode" then Apply. This should solve it. If your game resolution is the same as your desktop, the game will not be in a window even with this option On.

Q: Virtual Store related I can't find my scenarios, campaigns, save games or other files in game directory?
This is caused by Windows (Vista/7/8/8.1/10 with U.A.C. on), any programs that save files directly in system directories (like Program Files) have their files redirected to Virtual Store (Compatibility Files). You can find all your custom files in this location:
Replace with the account name on your PC and with the path to your game directory. For example, if the game is installed in "C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Games\Age of Empires" and your account name is "John", your Virtual Store path for the game is "C:\Users\John\AppData\Local\VirtualStore\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Games\Age of Empires". In Windows Vista/7 you can click the Compatibility Files button (in Windows Explorer) from game directory to go directly to the Virtual Store directory.
Remember that this applies to all files saved from the game.

Q: My custom campaigns are not saved by the game?
This is another Windows related problem (Vista/7/8/8.1/10 with U.A.C. on), for some reason .cpx files (Rise of Rome campaigns) are not allowed. You can solve this by running the game as Administrator - right click on the game or its shortcut (or even the Launcher) and select Run As Administrator - do this only when you want to save a campaign, you should not run the game as admin otherwise. If you can't find your scenarios while running as Administrator - check the Virtual Store (information above). Move the scenarios you need from Virtual Store to original scenarios directory before saving your campaign.

If you have any other questions please ask them here!

[This message has been edited by PhatFish (edited 07-22-2016 @ 09:09 AM).]

posted 07-22-11 04:14 PM ET (US)     226 / 295       
Those are stored in the interfac.drs. There no 64 supported graphic tools for aoe yet. You'll need a 32 bit computer to do that(changing/viewing slp and drs files).
posted 07-22-11 04:29 PM ET (US)     227 / 295       
Do you think it will run on a 32-bit virtual machine?
posted 07-22-11 04:37 PM ET (US)     228 / 295       
It should run fine on 32-bit virtual machine
posted 07-22-11 05:03 PM ET (US)     229 / 295       
DRS_AoK is a 32-bit program capable of extracting and viewing SLP files, but not editing or inserting them. DRSBUILD should be able to run under an emulator with DOS or 32-bit Windows. It won't run under XP mode, however, because on 64-bit Windows it uses a 64-bit version of XP.

There's actually no technical reason for Microsoft not supporting 16-bit programs like DRSBUILD and SLP Studio in 64-bit Windows. In fact, 64-bit Linux can run 16-bit Windows programs using WINE. I'm a Windows user so I don't know too much about WINE, but I do know that there is a Windows version that would allow running 16-bit software on 64-bit Windows, but you need to download a lot of dependencies and do a lot of stuff to get it to run and it's not very stable, if it even works at all.
posted 08-22-11 03:55 AM ET (US)     230 / 295       
ok i have always been a fan of AOE1 (loved every second of play) now in 2011 this game is still very popular (just it's hard to find anyone online to play this game with) was wondering is there any other place besides GS arcade and zone (cause zone is down and out for good right) to play this online. i mean now they have aoe online but it's not the same as the old school aoe
posted 08-22-11 09:45 AM ET (US)     231 / 295       
GameRanger is the place to go
Killer Byrne
posted 09-11-11 12:01 PM ET (US)     232 / 295       
Hey guys, glad to see this games still enjoyed!
I've dusted it off myself and I'm after completing the first 2 campaigns, but I wanted to move my saves and progress to another PC, is this possible? I looked in all the AOE's folders and there isn't anything there to copy, in the save folder these a 1KB save txt :\
posted 09-11-11 01:21 PM ET (US)     233 / 295       
Hi Killer Byrne, and welcome to AoEH.

I believe the campaign progress is stored in the game[x].nfo file. If you only have one user setup within Age of Empires you will see the filename as game0.nfo.

The file is located in the root directory for your installed game.
posted 12-17-11 10:21 AM ET (US)     234 / 295       

I'm new here and I'd like to know how can i change the pop cap on houses? For example 1 house +8 unit, but i want to change it 20. thanks
Mr. Beta
posted 12-17-11 02:26 PM ET (US)     235 / 295       
Welcome to AoEH

There is no way to change the pop cap on houses as far as I know, although it *might* be possible by using a modified .dat file. I have a feeling it's hardcoded in the .exe though. Only a few select here on HG know how to edit the latter, however we do not support modifications of such files for obvious reasons, although sometimes an exception is made.
Champion of AoEH
(id: Fruktfisk)
posted 12-17-11 06:07 PM ET (US)     236 / 295       
I'm pretty sure that one of the resource variables control the population amount given by each house, so it should be possible to change it through editing the data file with RoRD.

//The warrior of Isola

"I lack quotes that demonstrate Humor Intelligence or anything about me."

Cleidopus gloriamaris
posted 12-18-11 12:03 PM ET (US)     237 / 295       
i dont know if this is a common problem but i dont know where else to get help with this problem. all my units and buildings cant be see on the main screen only on the map, a solution would be appreciated thank you.
Mr. Beta
posted 12-18-11 02:23 PM ET (US)     238 / 295       
Welcome. It has probably something to do with the graphics.drs file missing or being corrupted. Try replacing it with the same file which can be found on your AoE CD. Your best bet would be to complete reinstall, if that doesn't solve it.
posted 12-20-11 10:15 AM ET (US)     239 / 295       
i have done what you said and its still making my units and buildings invisible, when trying to reinstall it with the cinematic i got 2 errors. i took 2 screen shots to be able to show you what went wrong, but i dont know how to link them to you. this has only started since i got my new PC.
posted 12-20-11 10:33 AM ET (US)     240 / 295       
Some info on your computer might be helpful.

You can upload the images at things like imageshack, photobucket and such and post the link here.
posted 12-20-11 04:18 PM ET (US)     241 / 295       
this is a link to the photobucket which will have a picture of both the errors i got when trying to install AOE and also a picture of my PC's info.

any help with getting my AOE working would be great. thank you

[This message has been edited by superliam (edited 12-20-2011 @ 04:18 PM).]

posted 12-20-11 04:34 PM ET (US)     242 / 295       
I think there are three possibilties. If itsn't one of those please report back here.

Option 1: Your aoe disc might be scratched, causing corrupted files. To see if this is the case, try to install on a different computer.

Option 2: Your harddisc is full. Go to explorer/computer and right click on the c drive and see if you have any space left. Though that is already mentioned in the error message, I wanted to make sure you checked your harddisc availability.

Option 3: Your harddisc is getting mechanical problems, causing errors. I've had the same problem, but usually trying to install it again has a chance of fixing that, so I doubt that is the problem. There are ways to check the health of your harddisc, but first try the 1st and 2nd option since they are easier to find out.
posted 12-23-11 01:05 PM ET (US)     243 / 295       
ok i did what u said i tried the disk on someone else PC and it didnt work so i got a new game, my hard disk has lots of space on it, i did look up how to check the health of my hard disk (when to something called chkdsk) did that and had no problems. after all that the units and buildings are still not there. any extra help would be appreciated. thank you

[This message has been edited by superliam (edited 12-23-2011 @ 01:06 PM).]

posted 12-23-11 04:06 PM ET (US)     244 / 295       
The not showing of buildings and such on screen might be caused by some graphic error. Newer pc's have difficulty with old games graphical systems, though I never heard of your problem before.

Can you show us an ingame screenshot (ctrl+F12 because normal screenshot doesn't work in aoe).
posted 12-23-11 04:49 PM ET (US)     245 / 295       
the screen shot isnt working and also if it is i cant find the .EXE file that they talk about.
posted 12-23-11 06:08 PM ET (US)     246 / 295       
screenshots are stored in your main installation folder, they are bmps. You should be able to find them.
Mr. Beta
posted 12-25-11 03:24 PM ET (US)     247 / 295       
Default location of AoE directory is:

C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Games\Age of Empires

Here you can find screenshots and all other files.

You can use print screen, a fix for making the black turn into the appropriate game colors can be found in the granary (Prnt Screen RegFix).
posted 03-09-13 03:06 AM ET (US)     248 / 295       
There are two AOE profiles on my computer, but only one .nfo file. I copied it to another computer and later the .uh file from the "Learn" folder as well, but neither of them yielded any results.
Am I doing something wrong?
posted 05-17-13 04:33 AM ET (US)     249 / 295       
how computer player chat with me in dm and random map?
thanks sir.
AoEH Seraph
posted 05-19-13 12:46 PM ET (US)     250 / 295       
you can't control an AI player like that in a notmal game...however if you give your enemy resources it will invariable reply the same thing over and over again.
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