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TheGoodEvil
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posted 05-17-03 09:46 AM EDT (US)         
Here I hope this helps


D. Known Issues

No music in trial version of Rise of Nations: Music tracks are only available in the retail version of Rise of Nations.

Games recorded in trial version of Rise of Nations cannot be played back in the retail version: While games may be recorded and viewed in the retail version, the playback becomes corrupted if viewed with a retail version of Rise of Nations.

Anti-virus software: Having anti-virus software enabled while playing Rise of Nations can significantly degrade game load times and performance.

Rise of Nations runs too slowly: You can increase the performance Rise of Nations by lowering the game’s graphic settings. To change the settings, select Options & Profiles from the Main Menu, click the Graphics Tab, and select the Low checkboxes next to individual graphic settings.

Limited Users overwrite profile files: Playing as a Windows-limited user (someone that does not have permission to write to the hard drive), does not prevent that user from saving to other user's profile folders and overwriting their files.

Game crashes cause subsequent games to lag: If a Rise of Nation game crashes or is terminated through the Task Manager, games played after this will slow down. To resolve this issue the user should reboot their computer before playing another game.

Hardware color cursor support and game resolution: If running Rise of Nations on systems without hardware color cursor support, you cannot change the bit-depth from the Graphics options panel within the game. To change the bit depth between 16- or 32-bit, exit the game and from the Start menu, select Settings, and then Control Panel. Double click on the Display icon and the click the Settings tab. Select either 32- or 16 bit color quality.

Replay of saved games may not function: If a Rise of Nations game is saved in the middle of a battle, and the player quits and subsequently tries to view a replay of that game, the replay function may not work. To avoid this issue, do not save games to be played back when battles are occurring.


E. DirectX Troubleshooting

Microsoft DirectX version 9.0 or later must be installed on your computer before you can play Rise of Nations. Rise of Nations Setup should install the correct version of DirectX on your computer.

If Setup does not detect DirectX properly, you can install DirectX manually by running Dxsetup.exe in the directx folder on the Rise of Nations CD.

If you experience sound or video problems using DirectX, go to http://support.microsoft.com/support/directx / for the latest troubleshooting information.

You should also check with your video or sound card manufacturer for the latest DirectX-compatible drivers.


F. Video Board Troubleshooting

Check with your video board manufacturer for the latest DirectX-compatible drivers. See “I. 3-D Card Drivers and Manufacturers” In this document for more information on video board manufacturers.

Some video drivers may cause the pointer to flicker: To solve this problem, right-click the Rise of Nations shortcut and click Properties or select Rise of Nations from the Start menu, right-click, and select Properties. In the Target box type -nohwcursor at the end of the existing text (e.g. \rise.exe” -nohwcursor). Click Apply and OK.

Creating a Merchant causes the game to crash: This problem may occur on the Diamond Viper V550 and Intel 845 chipsets. To resolve this problem, update to the latest drivers for your video board.

ATI Rage 128: When using video boards based on this chipset, buildings will be displayed with solid white textures. To resolve this problem, download and install the latest drivers from the manufacturer.

NVIDIA GeForce: When using some GeForce drivers, you may experience significantly decreased game performance the first time the game is started after the computer has been restarted. If this occurs, exit the game by pressing ALT+F4, and then restart the game. After restarting once, the game should perform as usual until the next time the computer is restarted.

NVIDIA (GeForce 3, 4): When using these video boards, nuclear explosions may have a muted, grayish effect and boat reflections will not be present. To resolve this issue download and install the 43.45 version driver from http://www.nvidia.com .

Intel 740, 810, and 815 Chipsets: Attempting to launch Rise of Nations on these chipsets results in a black screen followed by a crash to the desktop. There is no known solution.
SiS 315: Shore effects may appear blocky on game map. To resolve this problem, download and install the latest drivers for your specific video board.
ST KYRO: When using video boards based on this chipset, the graphics may be so corrupted that the game is unplayable. To resolve this problem, download and install the latest drivers from the manufacturer.

Specific 3-D graphics accelerator issues
It is usually a good practice (unless otherwise noted below) to always install the latest certified drivers for all your hardware.

•3dfx Voodoo 3 3000: Rise of Nations will not run on computers using this video board, regardless of operating system. After the program is run, the screen will briefly flash black before returning to the desktop. There is no known solution.
•3dfx Voodoo 5 (AGP Series): Various graphical anomalies occur on water portions of a Rise of Nations map when using this video card on a Windows 98SE operating system. There is no known solution.
•3dfx Voodoo 5 (AGP Series): Rise of Nations is unplayable when running the game in 32-bit mode on a Windows 98SE operating system due to missing text, buttons, and other graphic corruptions. To resolve this issue run Rise of Nations in 16-bit mode. To change from 32- to 16-bit mode select Options & Profiles from the main menu, select the Graphics tab, and then set the resolution to one of the 16-bit resolutions.
•ASUS v-3800 Ultra: Rise of Nations may not run on computers using this video board. To resolve this problem, download and install the latest drivers from http://www.asus.com .
•Creative Annihilator Pro: The pointer flickers and may cause minor corruption to the game graphics. To resolve this problem, update to the latest drivers from the chipset manufacturer.
•Diamond Monster Fusion: Rise of Nations will not run on computers using this video board, regardless of operating system. After the program is run, the screen will briefly flash black before returning to the desktop. There is no known solution.
•Guillemot Maxi Gamer Cougar: Attempting to launch Rise of Nations on a system using this video card may result in a graphical initialization error. To resolve this problem, please update to the latest driver from the chipset manufacturer at http://www.nvidia.com .
•Hercules 3D prophet 4500 (PowerVR Kyro 11): When the Rise of Nations is run with this video card at 32-bit resolution on a computer with a Windows 2000 or Windows XP operating system, the mouse cursor will flicker during the game. To resolve this issue run Rise of Nations in 16-bit mode. To change from 32- to 16-bit mode select Options & Profiles from the main menu, select the Graphics tab, and then choose one of the 16-bit resolutions.
•LeadTek GeForce3 Ti 200: A nuclear explosion may appear as only as a white circle. To resolve this problem, download and install the latest drivers from http://www.leadtek.com .
•Matrox Millennium G-400: Buildings may appear covered with solid white patches instead of color graphics, and some button text may not appear. To resolve this problem, download and install the latest drivers from http://www.matrox.com .
•Matrox Millennium G-550: When the Rise of Nations is run with this video card at 32-bit resolution, the mouse cursor will flash during the game. To resolve this problem, update to the latest drivers from http://www.matrox.com .
•nVidia GeForce2 MX 200: When using this video board with the retail drivers on a computer running the Windows XP operating system, the pointer may become sluggish and/or jump around the screen. To resolve this problem, download to the latest nVidia drivers from http://www.nvidia.com .
•nVidia GeForce2 MX 200: When using this video board with the retail drivers on a computer running the Windows XP operating system, water textures may not blend smoothly. To resolve this problem, update to the latest nVidia drivers from http://www.nvidia.com .
•nVidia GeForce 256: When using this video card and playing Rise of Nations in 32-bit mode, the cursor may flash. To resolve this issue run Rise of Nations in 16-bit mode. To change from 32- to 16-bit mode select Options & Profiles from the main menu, select the Graphics tab, and then choose one of the 16-bit resolutions.
•Radeon 7500: Ground colors may appear smeared or stretched, or the ground may appear black when using a computer with this video board. To resolve this problem, download and install the latest drivers from http://www.ati.com .
•Radeon 9700: The pointer may not be visible when using this video board. To resolve this issue download and install the latest drivers from http://www.ati.com .
•Radeon 9700: When using this video board and running Rise of Nations on a computer running Windows ME and Windows XP, graphical corruption may occur in the game after a period of time. To resolve this problem, download and install the latest drivers from http://www.ati.com .
•Radeon 9700: When using this video board with the 9062 version driver on a computer running Windows ME or Windows 98, Rise of Nations will not start. To resolve this problem, download and install the latest drivers from http://www.ati.com .
•STB Velocity 4400: When using this video card with the retail drivers on a computer running the Windows ME operating system, graphical anomalies may occur with the in-game tree shadows. To resolve this problem, update to the latest nVidia drivers (version 4109 or better) from http://www.nvidia.com .


G. CD-ROM Drive Troubleshooting

Rise of Nations uses SafeDisc encryption technology. Some CD-ROM drives may not be compatible with this technology, as follows:

•Acer CD-624a: If you experience problems with this drive when using real-mode drivers, install protected-mode drivers.

•Cybermedia 204: You may experience problems with this drive. There are no known solutions.

•Liteon 4265: You may experience problems with this drive. There are no known solutions.

•Memorex CD-RW2224: You may experience problems with this drive. There are no known solutions.

•Sanyo CRD-256P: If you experience problems with this drive, do not attempt to run Rise of Nations more than once before restarting your computer. Also, try ejecting and reinserting the CD-ROM.

•Sony CDU77E 2X: If you experience problems with this drive, make sure it is configured as a master, and then run the game again.

•Yamaha 2216E, 4416SX and CDR6416S: If you experience problems with these drives, contact Yamaha for a firmware upgrade at http://www.yamahamultimedia.com /.


H. Audio Troubleshooting

Check with your sound board manufacturer for the latest DirectX-compatible drivers.

Following are the known audio issues and workarounds:

•Audio stops playing: If some parts of the in-game audio (including combat sounds) stop playing after the game has been running for a while, add the -sw3Dsound command-line option to the Rise of Nations shortcut. To do so, left-click the shortcut and click Properties, and then in the Target box type -sw3Dsound at the end of the existing text. Click Apply and OK.

•Audigy 2: Using an Audigy 2 sound board may interfere with SafeDisc, the encryption technology used to protect Rise of Nations. To resolve this issue, disable the Audigy 2 splash screen. Also, if you play a DVD, you must restart your computer before running Rise of Nations.

•Aureal Vortex: Rise of Nations audio may not function with Aureal sound cards. To resolve this issue, turn off the hardware acceleration. From the Start menu, point to Settings, and then choose Control Panel. Double click Sounds and Audio Devices and select the Audio tab. Click the Advanced button in the Sound Playback section and then click the Performance tab. Move the Hardware Acceleration slider to None and click Apply.

•SoundBlaster Live!: Using this sound card when running Rise of Nations on a Windows XP operating system may degrade game performance. To resolve this issue, turn off the hardware acceleration for this sound card. From the Start menu, point to Settings, and then choose Control Panel. Double click Sounds and Audio Devices and select the Audio tab. Click the Advanced button in the Sound Playback section and then click the Performance tab. Move the Hardware Acceleration slider to None and click Apply.

•SoundBlaster Live! Wave: Sound will only come from one speaker when using the 5.1.2535.0 driver. To resolve this issue download and install the latest drivers from http://www.soundblaster.com .

•Onboard sound: Some audio hardware included on motherboards is not currently supported.

•DirectX: If you experience audio problems using DirectX, connect to the DirectX Web site for the latest troubleshooting information, as explained in the “DirectX Troubleshooting” section preceding.


I. Video Board Manufacturers
3DFX[http://www.3dfx.com]
ASUS[http://www.asus.com]
Creative[http://www.creative.com]
Diamond Multimedia[http://www.sonicblue.com]
Guillemot[http://www.guillemot.com]
Hercules[http://www.hercules.com]
Leadtek[http://www.leadtek.com]
Matrox[http://www.matrox.com]
NVIDIA[http://www.nvidia.com]
ATI (Radeon video boards)[http://www.ati.com]


J. Rise of Nations Information

For more information about Rise of Nations, visit:

http://www.riseofnationsinsider.com


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km1ng
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posted 11-05-03 09:43 AM EDT (US)     101 / 111       
both me and my friend is using ADSL modem .
but we cant play multiplayer any more ... cant connect to each other , what is the problem ? before this i was using 56k , all the time...i create a game and he joins . when he creates , i cant join...now i changed to ADSL too , and now both of us cant join each other's game . does it have anything to do with the options-Multiplayer ( Host port ) ?
dezza
Member
posted 11-15-03 01:29 AM EDT (US)     102 / 111       
Alright guys, i need help please!

Now i'm first to admit that when it comes to comps im not the most knowledgeable, but my comp meets and mostly exceedes all of RoN's system requirements, everything there is fine. My prob is directx 9 installation. It wont work. Gets to the file "dpvvox.dll", says in an error message box that it cant copy the required file, and stops. Wont install off the cd and wont install off the net, does the same thing. Any ideas why? Thanks.

[This message has been edited by dezza (edited 11-15-2003 @ 01:51 AM).]

kbgorman
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posted 12-10-03 10:25 PM EDT (US)     103 / 111       
I seem to have found a solution to the crash to desktop issue that I have seen mentioned.

I built a new computer for my son's Christmas gift and he has been testing it today. Within moments of starting game play, RON would just disappear and he would be back at the desktop. I tried many things (the game is installed on a virtual CD drive, so we tried the real CD drive; I turned off continuous disk defraggmenting, etc.) This is a new Asus A7N8X Deluxe with the latest BIOS, AMD Barton 2500+, 2 512MB DDR PC-3200 SDRAM in dual channel mode, NVidia 5600 FX 8X (with the latest drivers), Windows XP (with every update)- in short, all components are new and have the latest drivers.

What has worked here (and there has been continuous gameplay without any problems for four hours now!) is that I went to the BIOS and turned down my memory settings from Aggressive to Optimal and upped the Graphic Aperture Size from 64M to 128M. At this point, I don't know which change has fixed the problem (or whether you need both), but I do know that the problem is fixed here.

Shatteredblue
Member
posted 12-22-03 03:09 PM EDT (US)     104 / 111       
I guess none of you are having this problem so I might as well post it first and to hope one of you will answer...

ISSUE: Multiplayer Problems (Connection through IP)
In the middle of the multiplayer game with me and my friend (seperate ip's) (different houses) (no routers) we get a messege example "Waiting for Darryl" and I get "Waiting for Anaksin XI". After the little white bar loads all the way (about 15-20 seconds), one of us gets dropped and we have to quit the game, but on his computer he locks up and has to restart his computer. It is irritating the hell out of us.

We both have the recent version of directx we updated all of our drivers, our firewalls are turned off. We both have pentium 4 2.13g processors. NVidia GeForce 4 128 Video cards. And 512mb DDR Ram, along with Cox Cable Modems. Both Windows XP Home edition. PLEASE HELP... I NEED a REAL solution. Were playing real game. Not stupid trial or demo version. WE want to finally play a full damn game without getting interrupted with stupid messege "waiting for player" then drops both of us after like 10 minutes of playing. WTF?!?! Can someone please help?!

Space_Stalin
Member
posted 01-19-04 08:25 PM EDT (US)     105 / 111       
I'm having the same problem as the guy above, and if I don't fix this problem soon I'm gonna go nuts. Does ANYONE have a solution for this?
Gamedudeness1010
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posted 07-30-07 02:56 PM EDT (US)     106 / 111       
How do you save the game in the demo version of RoN (not Thrones & Patriots?
Linkk
Member
posted 06-27-09 11:06 PM EDT (US)     107 / 111       
Uhmm, hello?

I don't know if anybody else has this problem but, my computer doesn't seem able to run RoN no matter how many time I update it.

I keep getting the same error message: "Graphics services could not be initialized blah blah blah" and it's starting to get annoying.

My computer settings are:
AMDx2 processor 5200+ 2.7Ghz
Nvidia GeForce 9500 gt 512mb Graphics card.
Nvidia NForce 405.
All drivers up-to-date.
DirectX 9.0c.
Windows XP service pack 3.

I have been trying to play this game for two years, and this problems doesn't seem to be fixed even though I updated my computer a few times in the meanwhile.

Anyone got a clue what's going on? I even tried to run windowed but it won't let me.
sargonthegreat
Member
posted 07-11-09 02:46 PM EDT (US)     108 / 111       
You probably have some corrupted files, but not to worry because someone can upload those files for you to download and replace.

If you can find out which of your files are corrupted, I'll be glad to help you.
RTSDude999
Member
posted 08-05-09 06:47 PM EDT (US)     109 / 111       
Hey, I uninstalled RoN after I downloaded the Lamar 01 21st century ctw mod. Now I try to reinstall and at 20% reinstallation, it either gets an error and stops reinstallation on ADVFighter.tga or airbase_6.tga. What is the problem, does it have anything to do with the mod, and how can I fix it? Someone Please help. THanks!
sargonthegreat
Member
posted 08-10-09 10:34 AM EDT (US)     110 / 111       
Well, this is odd...

Do you have RoN Vanilla, TaP, or Gold?
RTSDude999
Member
posted 08-10-09 12:42 PM EDT (US)     111 / 111       
I have Gold. Maybe I should post a youtube video of this problem (my account is moviemakerrules).

UPdate: Here is the link to the help video

[This message has been edited by RTSDude999 (edited 08-11-2009 @ 11:36 AM).]

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