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Old 07-03-2010, 05:37 PM   #1
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"Initialize Renderer failed" Civ IV.

When trying to launch Civilization IV, it will pop up 2 civ IV windows which flicker my whole screen white and black, upon getting to the "initializing engine" bit of the loader screen. It then crashes, giving this error:

"Initialize Renderer failed. Check DirectX intallation, Latest Graphics

Drivers and Graphics Settings
-width =1920
-height =1080
-flags =0xc
-hwnd =0x1f04ae

After a lot of googling, it turns out this has been a problem since 2005. Five years.

A patch was released, "Patch 1.52," one for CD users, the other for Digital Distribution. Trying to install either patch results in "The setup has detected that no version of Sid Meier's Civilization 4 is installed."

I can edit the .ini to force windowed mode, which allows the game to work. Fullscreen will not work, however. I tried to patch ingame, but it said no patches were available.

I've exhausted my google-fu and technical abilities, I've been at this for like 2 hours, ffs I just want to play some CIV IV at fullscreen, please help.

Windows vista home premium 32bit
Service pack 2
Intel core2duo p7350 @ 2.00GHZ
RAM 4gig
ATI mobility radeon HD 4670

NOTE: I have been able to play the game on three separate occasions, and then out of nowhere today this error started happening. I have not changed *any* settings, the only thing that has happened in regards to the game is that I played it on my other laptop earlier this morning.

EDIT: Installing new video drivers has not worked.

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