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*Fixed* This works for all the Battle For Middle Earth games!, "My The Lord of the Rings, The Rise of the Witch-king Files".

After trying everything humanly possible, I followed the advice of r3lacks at the EA forums. He recommended copying files from another computer running the game, C:\\documents and settings\\USER NAME\\application data (hidden)\\my battle for middle earth ii files. On my sig system, this folder was empty. So I copied the files from my A64 system, opened up the options.ini file, and replaced the resolution of 1024 x 768 with my native resolution of 1680 x 1050, then copied the files to my sig computer. After that, the game started right up!


Attached is the Options.ini file. You can copy this to the specified folder as well as create a folder titled "Maps". Good Luck!

For XP, copy the files to C:\\documents and settings\\USER NAME\\application data (hidden)
edit: For Vista, copy the files to C:\\Users\\USER NAME\\AppData (hidden)\\Roaming

Note: After installing the updates for Battle for Middle Earth, you will have to copy the second ini file to the same location. I had to install these games and their updates on a Opty 170 system to get these. But I have checked and they all work.

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I just purchased "The Battle for Middle Earth II". After installing the game, the latest 1.06 patch, and c++ redistribution software, I get the following runtime error: Program:...tronic Arts\\The Battle for Middle-Earth (tm) II\\game.dat after the splash screen. I have a fresh copy of Windows XP with SP2 and all updates installed. Is there a compatability with conroes and/or 8800s?

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I just uninstalled the latest NVIDIA drivers, ran driver clean pro, and reinstalled 8800 drivers; But I still get the same error message. I've recently ran Data Lifegard to check the hard drives, ran memtest, and ran Orthos for 18 hours. Everything passed without a hitch. This sucks! I'm stumped...
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The patch you downloaded seems to be corrupted.
The only "fix" I can think of is to redownload the patch and reinstall the game.
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The patch you downloaded seems to be corrupted.
The only "fix" I can think of is to redownload the patch and reinstall the game.
I had the problem before the patch. I unistalled the game, reinstalled it, then installed the patch the second time around. Thanks for the reply. I'll re-download the patch and try again.
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I went ahead and installed the game on my old system consisting of an Athlon 64 3200+, DFI NF4 motherboard, and 7600GT without a problem. Is it a compatability problem?
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Fixed! See the first message.
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Can't make work.Where is that file again?
Edit=Never mind is working.Big Thank's for you.And REP+
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Fix works for Vista too!
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I have tested this method out on all the Battle for Middle Earth games and it works.
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One final update to this game series. After installing updates to the first game, "Battle for Middle Earth", the game was again unplayable. I installed it on an Opteron 170 system with the updates, copied the ini file once the updates were applied, and was able to get the game running again on my core 2 duo system. The final zip file added has the updated ini. You will have to do follow the next steps in order. First install Battle for Middle earth. Then run the game to get the error. Then find the file's location and copy the first ini file and create a file titled Maps. Then insert the game disk and update. Finally, open the last zip file and copy the ini file back into the same folder, replacing the previous one. Now the game runs.
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