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Topic Subject: Another EError
posted 11-16-01 08:47 AM EDT (US)   
The game installs fine and when I run it, I get the splash screen then a blue screen with the message 'An error has occured' without fail. The codes for the error are 0d:0028:c00519ba or 0e:0028:c17927e2. Running WinME on a pII 350 plugged into a Dell GX1. 128Mb RAM. 16Mb PCI nVidia Vanta. This error has got me really p.doff as I paid $100 for the stupid thing and have not played it yet! Sierra should have done more play testing before releasing it!
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posted 11-16-01 09:12 AM EDT (US)     1 / 12  
btw: I have had dx8a since the release of MC2. I have done all the things I have seen listed here and on many other sites. Still no go.
posted 11-16-01 09:37 AM EDT (US)     2 / 12  
It definetly sounds like your graphics card is not up to it, sorry, but you need at least a geforce2 I would say, a tnt2 works, but geforce 2 are not that much more than a tnt2 and a lot better.

Phil

posted 11-16-01 10:20 AM EDT (US)     3 / 12  
Consumer Affairs can have a field day. Right off the box.

Minimum System Requirements
. Pentium II - 350Mhz
. 64Mb RAM
. 450Mb of hard disk space
. SVGA Monitor @ 1024x768
. AGP (4Mb) or PCI (8Mb) video card supporting 1024x768x16-bit color.

I have a brand new 16 Mb PCI nVidia Vanta. Well within their specs!! Will Sierra pay for the new vid card and motherboard to fit it into?

posted 11-16-01 11:34 AM EDT (US)     4 / 12  
My specs on one of my comps are not that far off from yours.

K6-350
192 mb Ram
22 GB of Hard Disk Space
SVGA Monitor @ 1024x768x16-bit
GeForce2 64 mb Graphics Card

I have upgraded my computer on this 350 mhz ancient computer, and it seems that the frame rate will be roughly 15-20, maybe 25 if I'm lucky. The major issue is that you need a far better graphics card than what you have. You will need at least a 32 mb graphics card.

I doubt that Sierra will pay you for not reading their graphics card requirements in their readme.txt file because it is explicitly outlined there that your graphics card is not supported. I know nVidia TNT2 is supported, but there is no mention of the nVidia Vanta card in the supported graphics card field.

BTW, Sierra did extensive playtesting of the minimum requirements through their beta testers, and their strike team. The beta testers found what we could (since it was an open beta), and almost every problem imaginable was addressed. So remember that before you bash Sierra again.

posted 11-16-01 11:51 AM EDT (US)     5 / 12  
Guess what dude. That was straight off the Empire Earth box. If Sierra cannot get thier packaging right...

The readme file comes with the disk after you buy it. After all you cannot ask the sales man in the store 'Can I see the readme file on the disk?'. All you have to go on is the box the game comes in. The box clearly states PCI 8Mb 3d! I have PCI 16Mb 3d! At least the developers are taking this more seriously.

posted 11-16-01 12:14 PM EDT (US)     6 / 12  
$100?!
Do you mean US$?

Doesn't the game cost around 50 bucks?



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posted 11-16-01 02:22 PM EDT (US)     7 / 12  
Disappointed, sorry about your problems , but show me any games box with the specs on it and if the game runs with those specs I will eat it.

Those are the MINIMUM specs to basically start the game, I have never seen a game run well with any "box specs".

Just because your system will run one , or a number of games, does not mean that it will run every game or this game well.

Sierra is no more guility then any othe rgame publisher, of putting the rock bottom specs on the box.
Thats why most reviews include "recommended" system specs, they know that box specs are a bunch of bull.

posted 11-16-01 02:31 PM EDT (US)     8 / 12  
Are you running the latest Detonator Drivers?

Zen
posted 11-16-01 11:33 PM EDT (US)     9 / 12  
Have u got the correct version of the Detonator drivers for version 21.83 there were 2 versions one with support for the Vanta and one that was recomended for those who have newer cards.

Brand New Vanta they don't even make those any more?
ALSO update your motherboad Drivers and use CTRL ALT DELETE to terminate Every program EXCEPT FOR explorer and systray.
Also try disabling System restore by right clicking on "my computer" selecting "Properties" Selecting "Preformance" Selecting "file system" Selecting "trouble shooting" and ticking the box next to "System Restore".

There were some similar sounding error during the beta which were fixed my updating mother boad and Sound Drivers.

also type msconfig in the Run box and set the options so that nothing runs with windows at start up.

[This message has been edited by falcdragon (edited 11-16-2001 @ 11:35 PM).]

posted 11-17-01 04:06 AM EDT (US)     10 / 12  
Please tell me where the Recomended System Requirements are listed on the box! I cannot seem to find them (because they are not listed). I don't care how well it runs, so long as it runs. B&W runs like a dog, but it is still quite playable. My nVidia is a new creation. Too many people were complaining that there were no PCI video cards being produced so they reproduced a bunch of em.

Hey GreyBeard. Hope you are hungry. You'll be eating MechCommander2 soon.

btw $100 Australian for Empire Earth. Now u tell me I have to spend $300 Australian for a new video card. Sorry I don't have that sort of money.

[This message has been edited by Disappointed (edited 11-17-2001 @ 04:12 AM).]

posted 11-17-01 04:09 AM EDT (US)     11 / 12  
I think I know whats going on here. The Dell has a built in 4Mb 2xAGP ATI Rage chipset. I have disabled this and set it to secondary (incase I get another monitor). Could it be possible that the game is strying to send instructions to this chipset instead of the Vanta.

Hey GreyBeard. For dessert I have Ultima IX with StarCraft topping just for you.

[This message has been edited by Disappointed (edited 11-17-2001 @ 04:31 AM).]

posted 11-18-01 03:55 PM EDT (US)     12 / 12  
I think it's just the genral cr@ppyness of WinME.

Why are you running 98 SE like the REST OF THE WORLD is?


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