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Red Alert 3 – Black screen on startup

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If you’ve just installed Red Alert 3 on Windows 7 then you may be presented with a simple black screen on startup, that just freezes there.

  1. Navigate to the Data folder, ie. C:/Program Files/Electronic Arts/Red Alert 3/Data
  2. Rename the Movies folder to “Movies.renamed”
  3. Start up the game
  4. Set your resolution to the same as your desktop
  5. Apply the settings and quit the game
  6. Rename the Movies directory back to “Movies”
  7. Start up the game and it should work


Battlefield 2 Widescreen Resolution

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Out of the box, Battlefield 2 doesn’t support widescreen resolutions. However it does support setting the resolution on the command-line.

Modify the shortcut to add +szx and +szy resolution parameters,
"C:\Games\Battlefield 2\BF2.exe" +menu 1 +fullscreen 1 +szx 1680 +szy 1050

It also works with 1920×1200 resolution.

Age of Mythology – Widescreen Resolution

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In order to play the epic game Age of Mythology, or its expansion in widescreen, just add xres=1680 yres=1050 to the shortcut.
"C:\Games\Age of Mythology\aom.exe" xres=1680 yres=1050

Replace 1680 and 1050 with your own resolution.

UPDATE: From comments below..

Find the icon on your desktop you use to load AOM
Right click and choose properties
In the Target field add: xres=1920 yres=1200

Should be something like this:


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UPDATE: This still works on Windows Vista, Windows 7 & Windows 8

City of Heroes (Europe) – Skip Updater

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I used to play City of Heroes when it was first released back in 2004. The server used by the updater was sometimes unavailable which would stop me from playing the game. This was even when the server used for playing the game was fine, but it wouldn’t let me past the updating stage.

There was a quick workaround for this, which was to create a shortcut to the cityofheroes.exe file, and add “-project coh” to the target.


Nowadays, however, I play on the European servers, and their internal name for the game is no longer “coh”, but “eucoh”. Therefore in order to skip the updater the target must have “-project eucoh”. Again this is a shortcut of the cityofheroes.exe and not the updater.


This also allows a non-administrative user to play City of Heroes on Windows Vista as the updater requires Admin rights to run, but the game does not.