I am having trouble running Age of Empires 2 on my new computer. The following error message keeps displaying: "could not initialize graphics system. make sure that your video card and driver are compatible with DirectDraw." Does anyone have any solutions to this? I have already visited many forums and tried various solutions; none of them has helped!
Solutions tried: Changing compatibility settings and running as administrator, switching to 16-bit color, disabling my graphics card, running the "nostartup" extension of the game, looking for old Microsoft patches (which are mostly unavailable now due to the game being so old). I KNOW others have been able to get this game to work on the Windows 7 OS, albeit with some other quirks, and I KNOW my video card and driver are more than capable of handling this game. Any suggestions?
System Manufacturer/Model Number Dell/Studio 540
OS windows 7 home premium 32bit
Memory 6 GB
Graphics Card ATI Radeon HD 4350
Monitor(s) Displays Dell ST2410
Thanks in advance,