Oh, neues thema means new topic or something. Alrighty.
This game was already pretty old when I bought it, but now it's really old. I used to run it on a Windows98SE machine with my trusty 3DFX card and I played it through the UCS campaign and dabbled in the others before I, uh, umm, what was I saying?
Oh, right. Anyway, I just installed this on my XP machine and I'm using a pair of ATI 4850s but so far haven't seen the need to enable crossfire. The game seems to run okay on my HDTV at 1920 x 1080. I use Direct 3D so I can use my TV as a secondary monitor and possibly have game related stuff open on my web browser on my primary. I have a list of concerns I'd really appreciate any help I could get. Here they are, in order from most important to least.
1. The game constantly crashes. So far, I've only tried the tutorial for UCS and if I keep playing, it will eventually crash. The game also crashes whenever I press F1, possibly other keys as well. I do have the 184.108.40.206 English patch installed, which was a chore to find. Used the one at wargamer.com.
2. If I have the intro video enabled, I get a black screen and hear some music and then the game will not respond any longer. I need to kill it with task manager at that point. The recruitment videos play just fine, but I'm worried that other cutscenes will have the same problem. XP does not like MediaPlayer6.4 and when I tried to install it under 98SE compatibility mode, I got some .dll file error at the end. I'm not too worried I'm missing the intro video, I'm just worried about other potential playback problems.
3. Fiddling in the registry, I found a way to enable windowed mode. However, it doesn't have any benefit to using it. What I want is to untrap my mouse cursor so I could multitask and use my other screen if I wanted to. If I enable windowed mode, it doesn't work at all for my secondary (TV) monitor because the window's stuck in position on the primary monitor, with it all black and most of the window out of view. Windowed mode does work on my primary monitor as long as the window size is smaller than what the desktop is already set to and I'm not allowed to move it. I'd appreciate any workarounds to freeing up my mouse cursor and such.
Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005 with SP3 installed
2 GB RAM
500,000,000,000 TB hard drive
2 ATI/AMD Radeon HD 4850s with the latest catalyst drivers installed
Intel Q6700 Core2Quad email@example.com Ghz