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peter
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: http://aoe.heavengames.com/dl-php/showfile.php?fileid=1799

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: http://aoe.heavengames.com/academy/Hintsheets/CampaignHintsIndex.shtml.
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: http://aoe.heavengames.com/downsnew/FAQ/OnlinePlayFAQ.shtml

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:
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\DirectDraw\Compatibility\UNIQUE_APP_NAME_HERE]
"Name"="EXECUTABLE_NAME.EXE" (REG_SZ)
"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?
A:
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:
C:\Users\\AppData\Local\VirtualStore\
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?
A:
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).]

AuthorReplies:
chab
Clubman
posted 05-20-13 06:17 AM ET (US)     251 / 295       
Tell him "kill1", he will understand
dom0601
Clubman
posted 05-20-13 04:46 PM ET (US)     252 / 295       
Or say "harikari."

Why would you take the time to read this signature? Chances are that there are many other posts below mine.
Lord Berminator
Clubman
posted 12-27-13 09:46 AM ET (US)     253 / 295       
What's "midi music"? >.<

Scenarios: Worldmap Series I: North America, Worldmap Series II: Caribbean, The Wasteland

Editor of: Orissa, Kill the Sun, Bathe in Hate

Current Projects: Fog of War, Island Hopping
Merok
Clubman
posted 04-12-14 04:29 PM ET (US)     254 / 295       
AoE/RoR were both released with two music sets each:

- Redbook Audio tracks (on Mixed Mode CD)
- MIDI format tracks.

The former is CD audio quality music. However, on most current systems, music will not loop (tracks are only played once during gameplay). I think it's an issue either with Windows' current (Vista/7/8/8.1) MCI drivers, or with the absence of CD_IN cable connecting the optical drive with the sound card (newer SATA drives don't even include a plug for such cable).

The latter is MIDI format audio. These files do not contain an audio stream, but instructions on how to mix such stream. Imagine it as a music sheet for a song. As a consequence, the track instruments will play differently depending on the computer's midi/soundfont drivers. The windows default driver sounds terrible but you can get some nice custom soundfont files.

You'll need a driver and a soundfont. A nice driver is:
https://www.kode54.net/bassmididrv/

You can get soundfont files by googling for them (search for sf2).
aoe_scout
Clubman
posted 04-13-14 04:54 PM ET (US)     255 / 295       
Soundfonts could indeed improve the situation with midi. But even with them, the midi music is still a quite primitive synthesizer mix of the original soundtrack (intended as backup for those that have slow CD-ROMs or for beta/trial versions).

Part of the music information and instruments can't even be included inside .mid files (the format is old and very basic). Not to mention the huge difference between live instruments recorded in studio (used in the CD audio version) and synthesizer.

UPatch HD - the unofficial (HD) patch for Age of Empires: The Rise of Rome - HD resolution, HD quality interface graphics, hundreds of bug fixes, new gameplay options and many other enhancements.
--- Download here (version 1.1 Release 3).
--- For more information visit the site.

[This message has been edited by aoe_scout (edited 04-14-2014 @ 09:38 AM).]

chab
Clubman
posted 11-15-14 08:39 AM ET (US)     256 / 295       
Hello

I think the FAQ could be updated on the color issues.
I suggest we remove the current content "I get strange colors in Vista" because it's obsolete.

Here is some info we could add instead:


I get strange colors in Vista/Win7/Win8

* 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. This program will do it automatically.

For modders/developers, here is the technical detail:
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\DirectDraw\Compatibility\UNIQUE_APP_NAME_HERE]
"Name"="EXECUTABLE_NAME.EXE" (REG_SZ)
"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.
PhatFish
Mr. Beta
posted 11-15-14 02:44 PM ET (US)     257 / 295       
Thanks for the heads up updated the OP.



mala
Clubman
posted 11-19-14 11:26 AM ET (US)     258 / 295       
hi, i got a strange problem:

I tried to install aoe gold edition on my laptop (WIN 8.1) and it looked to be not able to support the game setup launch.
Then, i tried to install it on an old cpu (win xp): it has worked; the install was succesfully completed... but when it came to press the button "single player" it asked to insert a game CD, that doesn't exist in this version, cause the only one disc in the pack was the one i've used to install it!

Could someone help?
aoe_scout
Clubman
posted 11-20-14 11:08 AM ET (US)     259 / 295       
It looks like it doesn't recognize your CD. It's original, right? You can try installing UPatch (link in my signature) and the problem should be solved.

I've successfully installed AOE Gold Edition under Windows 8.1 64bit and the game itself works without problems under Windows 8.1. Try running the setup in Compatibility mode for Windows XP (find AOESETUP.exe on the disc, right click on it and select Compatibility, then install).

UPatch HD - the unofficial (HD) patch for Age of Empires: The Rise of Rome - HD resolution, HD quality interface graphics, hundreds of bug fixes, new gameplay options and many other enhancements.
--- Download here (version 1.1 Release 3).
--- For more information visit the site.
Rasteve
Clubman
posted 12-02-14 04:09 AM ET (US)     260 / 295       
I have updated the Q&A with windowed mode info.
Aracuan
Clubman
(id: Oldroman)
posted 06-23-15 05:15 AM ET (US)     261 / 295       
A strange problem, have anyone heard of this:

I set a comp player tool age but ingame it's still in stone age. However when I set it in bronze age they are in bronze age. But I want them to be in the tool age. Any help to solve this problem?

Btw, Im using the Composite Editor, has it anything to do with this bug?
EpiC_Anonymous
Scout
(id: SeH_Mystical)
posted 06-23-15 06:26 AM ET (US)     262 / 295       
Have you verified that that computer player is allowed to be in tool age? Make sure in options u don't have it selected to where it can't reach tool age.

"In 1678 doctors diagnosed a mental affliction soldiers suffered from as 'nostalgia' - homesickness, a longing to return to the past. The cruel reality of war is that there is no return home. No return to innocence. What is lost, is lost forever. Like my father, war's wounds have bled me dry. No words of comfort; no words of forgiveness. No words at all."
PhatFish
Mr. Beta
posted 06-23-15 07:13 AM ET (US)     263 / 295       
I guess it could have to do with the Composite editor, try and reverse to the normal default empires.dat file and check if the problem persists.



Aracuan
Clubman
(id: Oldroman)
posted 06-23-15 09:14 AM ET (US)     264 / 295       
Yeah it was about the enabling in options settings which {seh} mystical told about but thanks for both of you answering.

But there is still another problem, the slingers are invisible in my version, are they invisible in your version aswell?
Is this because of the Composite Editor?

[This message has been edited by Oldroman (edited 06-23-2015 @ 11:38 AM).]

chab
Clubman
posted 06-23-15 11:50 AM ET (US)     265 / 295       
check the graphics.drs file, maybe.
Aracuan
Clubman
(id: Oldroman)
posted 06-23-15 11:56 AM ET (US)     266 / 295       
Edit: Problem solved, had to replace the CE graphics.drs file with the original one. Thanks for help.

But I'm still asking that is there any way to change my name?

[This message has been edited by Oldroman (edited 06-24-2015 @ 11:39 AM).]

PhatFish
Mr. Beta
posted 06-24-15 12:05 PM ET (US)     267 / 295       
Unfortunately no, the only way to change it is at the annual name change day which was just about a month ago, so you will have to wait until next year.



Aracuan
Clubman
(id: Oldroman)
posted 06-25-15 03:52 AM ET (US)     268 / 295       
I see, well, my current name maybe isn't so bad afterall.

Edit: Whatever Oldroman's not so bad I set this nice avatar and I should be good now.

[This message has been edited by Oldroman (edited 06-25-2015 @ 08:37 AM).]

Fighting_monster
Clubman
posted 08-02-15 06:49 AM ET (US)     269 / 295       
When downloading from the disc it freezes at around 70% or the interfac.drs file what could i do to download it to my computer through the installer or manualy?
aoe_scout
Clubman
posted 08-02-15 01:32 PM ET (US)     270 / 295       
Try this (2nd post, if it doesn't work try 1st post).

UPatch HD - the unofficial (HD) patch for Age of Empires: The Rise of Rome - HD resolution, HD quality interface graphics, hundreds of bug fixes, new gameplay options and many other enhancements.
--- Download here (version 1.1 Release 3).
--- For more information visit the site.
Fighting_monster
Clubman
posted 08-03-15 06:11 AM ET (US)     271 / 295       
So just download in safe mode?
aoe_scout
Clubman
posted 08-03-15 09:04 AM ET (US)     272 / 295       
No, just install with Compatibility mode for Win98. Only if this doesn't work, try installing in Safe Mode.

UPatch HD - the unofficial (HD) patch for Age of Empires: The Rise of Rome - HD resolution, HD quality interface graphics, hundreds of bug fixes, new gameplay options and many other enhancements.
--- Download here (version 1.1 Release 3).
--- For more information visit the site.
Braun
Clubman
posted 08-07-15 00:45 AM ET (US)     273 / 295       
Hello everyone. (My topic for this was not answered so I will try asking here.)

I have the Age of Empires Collector's Edition. I installed both Age of Empires and Rise of Rome. I have not played either for many months now. I started up AOE recently and I noticed I am not hearing any of the original soundtrack. I am only hearing what I believe is the soundtrack from RoR. (Uninstalling RoR did not fix the problem.)

What can I do to get the original AOE soundtrack to play in AOE?

I am running Windows 7 on a Sony VAIO Laptop PC.

Thanks for the help in advance.
PhatFish
Mr. Beta
posted 08-07-15 07:15 AM ET (US)     274 / 295       
Collectors Edition only has and plays RoR tracks, same goes for the Gold edition which I own myself. Only thing I can think of is to stream AoE tracks using youtube while playing and then turning the RoR music off.



aoe_scout
Clubman
posted 08-07-15 05:22 PM ET (US)     275 / 295       
Not true, Gold Edition (the official one CD Gold edition) doesn't play the ROR soundtrack, but a mixed AOE/ROR list of tracks (it's actually weird for anyone who knows both original soundtracks well). Collector's Edition DVD doesn't have CD soundtrack at all, only midi. If you have another type of Collector's Edition with separate discs, try playing with the other disc, there is no other option.

If you have Collector's Edition DVD then you are probably referring to the midi soundtracks - they are exactly the same in all editions (but still different between AOE and ROR). Which means if you want to hear the midi soundtrack from AOE when playing ROR - rename the files music#.mid to xmusic#.mid.

UPatch HD - the unofficial (HD) patch for Age of Empires: The Rise of Rome - HD resolution, HD quality interface graphics, hundreds of bug fixes, new gameplay options and many other enhancements.
--- Download here (version 1.1 Release 3).
--- For more information visit the site.

[This message has been edited by aoe_scout (edited 08-07-2015 @ 05:33 PM).]

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