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Command and Conquer Generals with windows 7 Professional

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  • I just recently puchased a new computer that runs windows7 Pro.  I installed C&C Generals and Zero Hour without a problem.  However when I play Generals in campaign mode, when I get to the end of the first scenerio it does not continue.  All I get is a message that I'm victorious and do I want to play it over again.  There is no continue button.

    In skirmish mode I get about 30 secs into the game and my base blows up.  I've turnd the speed down without any luck. still the same problem.  Anybody ever heard of this problem?

    I using a Digital storm PC with 2 Nvidia 275 video cards.  Zero Hour plays fine in both campaign mode and skirmish.  I'm at a loss.  I've tried every compatibilty feature I could think of without any luck.  Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

    Monday, March 22, 2010 3:06 AM

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  • Hi Warvet68,

     

    Sorry for late reply. Based on my research, you can download C&C General patches from the following link:

     

    C&C 3 Patch v1.09

     

    Please note: we provide the third party link to download patches for technical use only. There may be some changes without notice, Microsoft doesn’t guarantee any accuracy on contacting information.

     

    Meanwhile, to check the version of the drivers on your system, you can check the driver properties in Device Manager.

     

    1)      Click Start and type: devmgmt.msc in the Search box.

    2)      Expand Display adapters and right click Nvidia 275.

    3)      Click Properties and click Driver.

     

    Then, you’ll see the information such as Driver Version, Driver Date and Driver Provider.

     

    Best Regards

    Dale

    Thursday, April 01, 2010 8:43 AM
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  • Have you installed all C&C General Updates? Have you started the game in XP Compatibility mode and as administrator?

    "A programmer is just a tool which converts caffeine into code" CLIP- Stellvertreter http://www.winvistaside.de/
    Monday, March 22, 2010 3:34 PM
  • Hi,

     

    Windows 7 Compatibility Center notes that C&C General and Zero Hour is compatible with Windows 7.  The reason that you can’t run this game can be related to the video driver. Please download the latest video driver from  the following NVIDIA site:

     

     GeForce/ION Driver Release 196

     

    Please note: we provide the 3<sup>rd</sup> party link to download relevant driver for technical use only. There may be some changes without notice, Microsoft doesn’t guarantee any accuracy on contacting information.

     

    BTW, I would like to share the following similar issue and recommend you to post in C&C General Discussion for support as well.

     

    Can't Get Command and Conquer Generals, Or Zero Hour to Work on Windows 7 64 bit

     

    Best Regards

    Dale

    Tuesday, March 23, 2010 4:51 AM
    Moderator
  • Didn't know there were any updates for this game.  I just purchase it so I assumed that this was the latest version.  As far as compatibility mode goes, I tried them all.  I have another computer that runs XP sp2 and the game works fine there so I tried to copy those settings but without luck.  I ran it as admin. and without; I ran in Vista mode and XP sp3 as well as sp2 with same problem.  I thought maybe there was some kind of patch out there.  I haven't been able to find anyone else with this type of problem.  Most people are having install problems.  Both Generals and Zero hour installed without a hitch.  Zero hour play beautifully, but Generals has got me puzzled.  Can you give me more info on these updates?  Much appreciated.

                                                                  Warvet68

    Saturday, March 27, 2010 1:46 AM
  • Maybe I'm assuming to much, but I just received my pc within the past month from DS.  I figured that the latest NVIDIA drivers would have been installed. What is strange is that all the other versions of c&c seem to play ok, Red alert 2 and Yuri's Revenge.  I have them set like my other computer, at XP sp2.  Haven't had a problem of any kind.  Like I said in the original question, the game seems to play fine until I end the scenerio of any campaign than it asks me if I want to replay, not continue.  And the skirmishes almost looks like a settings problem, but I'll be darned if I can find any setting that coincides with this function.  Is there any way of finding out what the latest drivers are on my system?  I'd hate to install something that I already have.

                                                           Thanks for your assistance

                                                                       Warvet68

    Saturday, March 27, 2010 1:56 AM
  • Hi Warvet68,

     

    Sorry for late reply. Based on my research, you can download C&C General patches from the following link:

     

    C&C 3 Patch v1.09

     

    Please note: we provide the third party link to download patches for technical use only. There may be some changes without notice, Microsoft doesn’t guarantee any accuracy on contacting information.

     

    Meanwhile, to check the version of the drivers on your system, you can check the driver properties in Device Manager.

     

    1)      Click Start and type: devmgmt.msc in the Search box.

    2)      Expand Display adapters and right click Nvidia 275.

    3)      Click Properties and click Driver.

     

    Then, you’ll see the information such as Driver Version, Driver Date and Driver Provider.

     

    Best Regards

    Dale

    Thursday, April 01, 2010 8:43 AM
    Moderator
  • Dale.

    Thanks for the info.  I dowloaded the latest patch and installed it without any problems.  Now Generals works like a charm.  Can't thankyou enough.   Hope this will help someone else.

                                                           Thanks again

                                                            Warvet68

    Sunday, April 11, 2010 7:39 PM
  • I have a similar problem. Game starts fine, but afther several seconds playing skirmish my base blows up. I've noticed it happens just afther i built a radar showing oponent's base, or when unit of any kind reach oponent's base and see what is in it.

     

    I've installed latest graphic card drives (Mobile Intel 945 Express Chipset Family) and started game in WinXP SP3 compatibility mode and turned off aero and desktop compositions. Lastest patches for C&C Generals and Zero Hour have been installed and problem still appears. When I've used Windows XP SP3 everything worked fine. Now I am working on Windows 7 Pro.

     

    I will be grateful for any kind of help.     Thanks, Hannibal_King

    Tuesday, April 20, 2010 8:34 PM
  • I have a similar problem. Game starts fine, but afther several seconds playing skirmish my base blows up. I've noticed it happens just afther i built a radar showing oponent's base, or when unit of any kind reach oponent's base and see what is in it.

     

    I've installed latest graphic card drives (Mobile Intel 945 Express Chipset Family) and started game in WinXP SP3 compatibility mode and turned off aero and desktop compositions. Lastest patches for C&C Generals and Zero Hour have been installed and problem still appears. When I've used Windows XP SP3 everything worked fine. Now I am working on Windows 7 Pro.

     

    I will be grateful for any kind of help.     Thanks, Hannibal_King

    I am experincing the exact same issue except that I don't get to bulid anything more then a couple of construction dozers and a power plant before my base blows up.  I checked the posted link for the C&C 1.09 patch; it appears to be for Tiberium Wars not Zero hour.  According to the built in patches check with the game I have all available patches. 

    The game runs perfectly on my laptop with Windows XP SP3 installed but I would really like to run it on my desktop with the larger screen.

    The hardware I am using is:

    Intel Core2 Quad CPU (Q9650); 4GB RAM; Intel GMA X4500 Graphics running Windows7 Pro(64).

    I offer thanks in advance to anyone who can offer a solution to this problem.

     

    Monday, May 17, 2010 10:25 PM
  • You can try this:

     

    In 'My Documents' (usually at C:\users\YOURNAME\documents) there should be a folder named 'Command and Conquer Generals Data' or 'Command and Conquer Generals Zero Hour Data', which was put there when you installed the game.  You need to create a text file using notepad and save it into this folder.  However, you must click 'save as' and change the type drop-down box  from text file (.txt) to 'all files'.  Then save the file as 'options.ini'

    Before you save, paste this text into the file to get you started:

    AntiAliasing = 1
    BuildingOcclusion = yes
    DrawScrollAnchor = 
    DynamicLOD = no
    ExtraAnimations = yes
    GameSpyIPAddress = 0.0.0.0
    Gamma = 50
    IPAddress = 0.0.0.0
    IdealStaticGameLOD = High
    LanguageFilter = true
    MaxParticleCount = 5000
    MoveScrollAnchor = 
    MusicVolume = 55
    Resolution = 1024 768
    Retaliation = yes
    SFX3DVolume = 79
    SFXVolume = 71
    ScrollFactor = 50
    SendDelay = no
    ShowSoftWaterEdge = yes
    ShowTrees = yes
    StaticGameLOD = Custom
    TextureReduction = 0
    UseAlternateMouse = no
    UseCloudMap = yes
    UseDoubleClickAttackMove = no
    UseLightMap = yes
    UseShadowDecals = yes
    UseShadowVolumes = yes
    VoiceVolume = 100

    This is simply how the game remembers what options you picked (music volume, brightness and the like) and  you can change them once the game is running using the options menu.

    Now the key bits - firstly, make sure that you have full read/write permissions for the Command and Conquer Generals Data folder - do this by right clicking on the folder, then  properties then the security tab and change the permissions for all users.  It might also be worth making sure no files are "Read-Only" in that folder.

    Then change the game's compatibility mode by right clicking on the game in the start menu, clicking on properties and then the Compatibility tab.  I used the "Change settings for all users" button at the bottom and changed to Windows XP (SP3), as well as checking the "Run as administrator box".

    Hey presto! It worked, debunking the myth that C&C Generals will not run on 64 bit systems (as some people have been saying).  In fairness, I haven't tried online multiplayer yet, just a few skirmishes.

    Good Luck!


    Tuesday, November 16, 2010 6:41 PM