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How To Play Generals / Zero Hour In Windows 7 X64

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Tore    26
Strangely I can get Generals to work just fine, but Zero Hour won't launch, it simply minimizes a second after it starts.

 

Also, the main menu background is just a picture. How do I make it "animated", like I remember it?

 

Run the game in Windows XP compatibility mode

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Dean_1230    0
Well, I've not been able to get C&C TFD to run. I've tried the options.ini fix and all of the compatibility fixes.

 

The game isn't hanging, though... it's not recognizing the DVD. It gets to the TFD start screen and when I select a game (say, Generals), the splash screen shows up and then it asks to insert the DVD. The DVD is in the computer and it's a paid-for copy. I've seen a couple others have this problem, but as yet have not heard of a fix.

 

I have a HP i7, with 8 GB ram and 1GB video card (ATI Radeon HD 5570) and am running Win 7 Home Premium (64bit).

 

Thanks for any help.

 

Dean

 

Ok, updating the above post, I'm still not able to get it to recognize the disk. I've tried everything listed in here, but nothing works. When i run as a user (rather than admin), the game crashes, but with no error messages. It just stops and windows goes off searching for a solution, which it can't find. If I run as admin, it fails to recognize the DVD. I've downgraded to D-9, run with and without the options.ini file, etc, etc etc...

 

Any suggestions?

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Zubin    0

Hi!

 

Went through some old games and found my Generals games and thought i should give em a try.

But now i have windows 7 x64

 

Thank god for this thread!

I was mad! when the game didnt work.

 

Just followed the advice of rtsking117.

But i still didnt get it to work.

 

Then someone said you gotta remember to actually get it to be a ".ini" file.

So i went to the control panel and found the tab for files and folders and checked off "hide real file extensions" and finally got a .ini file.

 

Now everything works fine, Thanks!!!

 

 

 

-Norway!

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Manwell    0

I'm having one of the problems that has been mentioned once or twice in this thread, which is that I can launch Zero Hour and I can start a Solo Player Game but after about 5 to 20 seconds, depending on which scenario I pick, all buildings and Dozers blow up.

 

I've tried all of the suggestions posted, re-installing both Generals and Zero Hour to C:\Games (including patches for both), making my INI files match the INI entry previously posted (as real INI files), XP Compatibility Mode and all. I even installed Global Crisis. I have a couple of observations to add to those previously posted that I hope will help jog some other ideas.

 

The problem I'm having only happens if I do not select the Challenge scenarios of Laser General and Camouflage General. If I pick either of those two, the game plays just fine. It's making me crazy.

 

I'm wondering what the magic variables are. Between people that are having this same issue and not, I've noticed some differences in Radeon vs NVidia. I have Radeon ... Win7 Ultimate. Also, I'm using original CDs, not The First Decade. I wonder if that makes a difference.

 

Oh interesting! ... As I was writing this I noticed that the Israeli Challenge works! It looks like all Challenges work that are AGAINST the US Air Force General. I just tried a Skirmish against Granger but everything blew up in 15 seconds ... GAH!

 

I hope someone can help me figure this out.

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Plokite_Wolf    144

Try installing Gens and ZH in a directory different to the one you mentioned, as some files might have stood still after the uninstall.

Also, try setting the compatibility mode for WinXP SP3.

You might also be playing a pirated version with a lousily cracked EXE.

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Y90DMJ    0

Hi Guys,

 

I saw this topic through google and tried whats suggested on the first page, however this hasn't solved my issue, which is that Zero Hour has installed ok, (Generals seems to think that the english speaking file is missing but dunno how to cure that) anyway, when I load a skirmish mission on Zero Hour it will load the map and start the mission, however after literally 1minute 30seconds at which point I'm suddenly defeated and everything of mine dies... Even if no enemies surround you, this happens everytime without fail...

 

Any suggestions?

 

Cheers all!

 

Dan

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Plokite_Wolf    144

If the game is legal, you can only reinstall and use the latest patches for both Generals (1.08) and Zero Hour (1.04). If it isn't, then there's nothing we can do.

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vovanius    0

Hi! Here is a riddle :)

One PC, two OSes: WinXP Pro SP2 and Win7 Ultimate SP1. Both OSes have latest Nvidia drivers and directx_Jun2010_redist installed. Generals ZH running perfecly on WinXP. On Win7, game runnning normally also, except one problem: terrain textures (grass, sand etc.) appears solid white in any map. Roads and buildings look normal. I tried everything: options.ini editing, compatibility modes, re-installing DX and Nvidia drivers, even downgrading drivers to ver. 197.13 (current is 280.26) - no luck. So, what can I do? Thanks in advance!

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Plokite_Wolf    144
Hi! Here is a riddle :)

One PC, two OSes: WinXP Pro SP2 and Win7 Ultimate SP1. Both OSes have latest Nvidia drivers and directx_Jun2010_redist installed. Generals ZH running perfecly on WinXP. On Win7, game runnning normally also, except one problem: terrain textures (grass, sand etc.) appears solid white in any map. Roads and buildings look normal. I tried everything: options.ini editing, compatibility modes, re-installing DX and Nvidia drivers, even downgrading drivers to ver. 197.13 (current is 280.26) - no luck. So, what can I do? Thanks in advance!

Patching ZH to 1.04? Reinstalling the entire game? Checking for lousy No-CD cracks?

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Hi! Here is a riddle :)

One PC, two OSes: WinXP Pro SP2 and Win7 Ultimate SP1. Both OSes have latest Nvidia drivers and directx_Jun2010_redist installed. Generals ZH running perfecly on WinXP. On Win7, game runnning normally also, except one problem: terrain textures (grass, sand etc.) appears solid white in any map. Roads and buildings look normal. I tried everything: options.ini editing, compatibility modes, re-installing DX and Nvidia drivers, even downgrading drivers to ver. 197.13 (current is 280.26) - no luck. So, what can I do? Thanks in advance!

Does your video device in the W7 box have any issues otherwise? Are the in-game settings set higher than sweet **** all? Need more information.

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vovanius    0

No, no issues in other games or applications. Its GeForce 6600 (office PC, but capable enough to run Win7). No lags, all running smooth, except wrong texturing ONLY in Generals (and Generals: ZH, and Generals: Desert Storm). I tried different settings both in Nvidia Control Panel (Let the Application Decide - Performance - Balanced - Quality) and in game (different resolutions and detail levels). Changes are applied like it should be, but ground is always white. In XP ground always look correct regardless of settings (can't reproduce the bug in XP). And, I did not use any graphics tweakers or such, just WHQL driver.

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Plokite_Wolf    144

Well, reinstalling or patching may be the only way out. I think that Red Alert 3 has the same issue (with the terrain black instead of white) when the version in question isn't compatible with Worldbuilder. You say this happens on all maps, both stock and custom?

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vovanius    0

Resnstalling did not make it. Patches to latest versions applied after installation, but still the same. And yes, this bug happens on stock maps, an even on main menu background battle replay :(

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vovanius    0

ZH is legal, Desert Stom is pirated. Does not matter, IMHO. In XP both wowking good. The problem is game's engine incompatibility with something... something... in Win7 (its also legal)

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Plokite_Wolf    144
ZH is legal, Desert Stom is pirated. Does not matter, IMHO. In XP both wowking good. The problem is game's engine incompatibility with something... something... in Win7 (its also legal)

On some occasions, whether a game is pirated or not is important. Pirated games have their own bugs, glitches etc. due to copy protection overrides and lousy file distribution.

Hmmm, I might try to find a workaround for this that I already did with Uprising :unsure:

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vovanius    0
I might try to find a workaround for this

Do it, please :)

UPD: I just backed up my Win7 partition, made clean install of Win7 and tried both ZH (legal, patched to 1.04) and Deserp Storm (pirated). Bug remains on clean Win7. Dunno what to do... :banghead:

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Plokite_Wolf    144

What you'll need:

- Winrar 4.01 (language irrelevant)

- FinalBIG

- Zero Hour Disc 1

 

Insert the first Zero Hour disc into your drive. In the autorun click "Explore CD". Open Data1.cab with Winrar. Find Textures.BIG inside the file and extract it somewhere you'll easily browse to. Close everything and run FinalBIG. Browse up to where you found Textures.BIG and open it. Scroll down until you see files from TGCobble01.tga to TXConc07a.tga. Extract them one by one to (your Zero Hour directory)\Data\Data1\Data1Terrain_big\ (as you can see, you'll need to make two new folders). Tell me if this works or not.

 

By the way, Desert Storm, being a mod, is not involved in any form of piracy. Mods aren't illegal, and are sometimes even encouraged.

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vovanius    0

Well, I did as U said, but the bug remains. And one more thing - if I switch to WinXP and run game from there from the same folder (starting generals.exe), it runs normally, textures are fine. So, it is not missing files or corrupted installation problem, it's OS-dependent. Or, maybe, complex problem, caused by Win7's DX11+certain video card model...

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Plokite_Wolf    144

Try one more directory. Move all those texture files I told you to (your Zero Hour directory)\Data\English\Art\Textures. The Art subfolder isn't normally there, so create it.

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