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Problems with Age of Empires II

I installed Age of Empires II for Mac on my Macbook (10.5.8) today, and I downloaded and installed the 1.0.6 patch to enable it to run, but while that allowed the game to start, I still cannot even get to the main game menu. Whenever I launch the game, after the introductory movie, the game turns off and states (multiple times) that "A required file could not be found. Please re-install Age of Empires II." I re-installed it (and the patch), but this did not solve the problem. The files that I'm told cannot be found are as follows:

sounds_x1.drs
gamedata_x1.drs
gamedata_x1_p1.drs
sounds.drs
graphics.drs
terrain.drs
interfac.drs
gamedata.drs

After going through all of those error messages, another error message pops up:

"Could not initialize graphics system. Make sure that your video card and driver are compatible with DirectDraw.
Error"

After this the game quits. I don't understand it--this is a new game, fresh out of the box. What in the world is going on, and how do I fix it?

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Age of Empires II is a twenty year old game you will have to install in compatibility mode with windows 2000 or xp and as admin and then it might not work as you already know.

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I think the game may need direct x to run
Problem apple does not have direct x
research on internet is pointing to emulating windows on Mac
and running dirext x in emulation ?

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Posted on Mar 05, 2017

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SOURCE: age of empires 3 problem

The error message you got would show up in the following scenarios:
1. DirectX not up-to-date.
2. Video card drivers old.
3. The game being played with a not supported video card.

Check for the above mentioned and it should be either one of them.

Posted on Oct 28, 2008

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SOURCE: Installation for Age of Empires 2 stalls.

I almost shot my self trying to install this. I had the exact same problem. What worked for me is go to the cd and explore. Right click on setup icon and got to the compatibility tab. set to windows xp, click on "run in 256", also "run in 640x480" click on run as administrator. Apply. Then try to run the install. This worked for me perfect.

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SOURCE: age of empire 2 age of the kings

you probably need a new one but i know its a collector's edition but get a new one and im gives age of empires age of kings away

Posted on Sep 12, 2009

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SOURCE: Windows 7 won't run Age of Empires II Age of Kings

Make sure your Direct X installation isn't corrupted and that you have the latest video drivers. Visit the microsoft website for a Direct X installer.

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SOURCE: age of empires 2 runs improperly

it always had bad graphics so run the combalibility mode to windows xp

Posted on Feb 11, 2010

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