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Graphic Glitch Solutions
FlameMasterDate: Monday, 2010-07-12, 8:26 PM | Message # 1
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Heroes of Annihilated Engine along with other "Cossacks" Series engines gives a "Graphics Package Rendering Error (GPRE)" with advanced Graphics cards. This issue can be fixed in a variety of ways.


1) Using Startengine.exe or 3d fix or 3d patch. (Get it here)

- Extract the WinRar Archive
- Place the "Startengine.exe" and "D3Dengine.dll" in the game directory (xxx/HeroesOfAE/Data)
- If the game engine - "engine.exe" was previously checked to run as Administrator, then, the "Startengine.exe" must also be run as an administrator (Applicable only to Vista and Windows 7)

Advantages: Quick and Easy fix for 32bit Windows Users with Powerful Graphic Cards and Retail Game Version.
Disadvantage: This doesn't work for the Steam Version, neither is it successful for some High End configurations under 64 bit Windows.



2) Limiting Maximum Memory I got it from Chimaeros in GSC official forums who got it from a German dude (If you happen to be the German dude then please leave a comment in the Shout box)

- In the Start menu go to "Run" and type "MSCONFIG": Vista and Win 7 users can type it in the "Search" box.
- In the Second tab saying "Boot", click on the "Advanced Options"
- Check the "Maximum Memory" check box and limit it to a maximum of 2000 and lower
- Apply the Settings and Restart
- Run HoAE, if the visuals are still corrupted use "startengine.exe" fix along with this method.

Advantages: Works for 64bit Windows and Works for Steam most of the times.
Disadvantages: Restrictions cripple the system for other applications and games. This causes the user to readjust and restart the system for every HoAE game.



3) Using the "Rise of Sols" mod engine (get it here)

- Install patch 1.1 for the game (http://hoae.ucoz.net/load/patches/patches/5)
- Unpack and install the mod (follow the instructions in the Readme of the mod)
- Play the game. If you do not want to play the mod, you can omit the mods.gs1 file from the game directory.

Advantages: No Hassles! Safe and Works. Worked for most of all configurations.
Disadvantages: You cannot technically "play" the vanilla game anymore. You can only play the mod. Even if "mods.gs1" is removed, it may stir up trouble. The mod is in development and hence this may require you to watch out for fixes and new changes.


4) Using the Advanced 3d Patch by morgwin (Get it here)

- Extract the WinRar Archive
- Place the "Startengine.exe" and "D3Dengine.dll" in the game directory (xxx/HeroesOfAE/Data)
- If the game engine - "engine.exe" was previously checked to run as Administrator, then, the "Startengine.exe" must also be run as an administrator (Applicable only to Vista and Windows 7)

Advantages: Quick and Easy fix for 32bit and 64bit Windows Users with Powerful Graphic Cards and Retail Game Version. It also helps to play the Vanilla game in all its glory.
Disadvantage: This doesn't work for the Steam Version. Other disadvantages not known (which is not technically a disadvantage tongue )


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FlameMasterDate: Monday, 2010-07-12, 10:44 PM | Message # 2
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Blank InGame Video Bug (BIG VB)

This bug affects "Windows Vista" and "Windows 7" when Aero is turned on. The Ingame videos do not show up, instead a black screen appears and the sound plays in the background. The reason for this is that the video and audio format is separate in Heroes of Annihilated Empires. The video is in ".ogv" format and the audio in ".oga" format. The video rendering shader component malfunctions when "Aero" is turned on and this can be fixed easily by following these steps:

1) Right Click the engine.exe then go to "Properties".
2) Under the Compatibility tab, make sure you run it in compatibility for "Windows XP", with "Disable Desktop Composition" and "Run as Administrator" checked.
3) Apply the settings and play the game.

This would instantly dump Aero when the engine initiates. Which makes the ingame videos run as intended.

--Problem with Playback Device--
This is a fix posted by slay3rdb, which reads
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if u have any HDMI or similar stuff plugged in thats what did it for me and make sure the playback default is your speakers to change ur default play back device right click on the little speaker choose playback devices and the speakers you use as for HDMI its pretty self explanatory if ur pc is hooked into a tv and u can put ur audio and/or video on it ur using HDMI unplug it for that to work that was my problems anyways hope it helps =)


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