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    Question Rome Total War crashes on start-up

    ...and it does so with the following error:

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    Script Error in data/descr_event_images.txt, at line 623, column 1.
    
    Unknown event string faction_defeated_by_player
    If I recall correctly that error is a sign of a faulty installation. I've uninstalled and reinstalled a number of times, which got annoying as all heck when my computer started hard-locking on installation, when using disc 2.

    I'm not sure what's going on here, in all honesty. Help, please?

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    Default Re: Rome Total War crashes on start-up

    Hello Laundreu-san ,

    Can you give us a few more details on your PC:
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    What I would like to know in particular is:

    Was it working before? First load on this PC/New CD/Second Hand that is scratched.
    What was the latest change? Patch, New Hardware, new application loaded on the PC, new drivers etc?

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    Default Re: Rome Total War crashes on start-up

    Motherboard: nForce something
    Cpu type: Athalon 64 3200+
    video card: Radeon x800
    sound card: onboard
    ram, brand: ??? (don't recall)
    ram, amount: 1024 meg DDR400
    ram, number of sticks and configuration: 2 sticks 512 meg
    monitor: ??? LCD monitor, MAG? possibly
    router/modem/satellite: college connection
    firewall/proxy (hardware type): unknown (college again)
    power supply, brand: Generic case type
    power supply, wattage: 450 watts

    operating system: WinXP service pack 2
    directx version: 9.0c
    vid card driver version: Omega 2.6.83
    sound card driver version: none I know of
    which Total War game: Rome Total War
    anti-virus software: AVG (AntiVirus Guardian) Free Edition
    firewall/proxy (software type): ZoneAlarm
    bios type: Phoenix AwardBIOS 6.00PG

    Can you tell I don't have the specs with me? I sure can't!

    Annoyingly, it was working before, and I've made no real changes to the computer. Nothing I can recall installed since last I played the game. I'm uninstalling it again, and seeing if I can find references in the registry.

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    Default Re: Rome Total War crashes on start-up

    Before reloading:

    Check your disks for scratches.

    Make sure it is fully uninstalled (maybe save campaign games somewhere).

    After uninstalling check if descr_event_images.txt is still on the PC... maybe it is corrupt and still sitting on the PC each time you reload.

    Turn off the anti-virus software while loading.
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    Default Re: Rome Total War crashes on start-up

    Quote Originally Posted by Papewaio
    Before reloading:

    Check your disks for scratches.

    Make sure it is fully uninstalled (maybe save campaign games somewhere).

    After uninstalling check if descr_event_images.txt is still on the PC... maybe it is corrupt and still sitting on the PC each time you reload.

    Turn off the anti-virus software while loading.
    Tried, and it still hard-locked on the second disc. I can't see any faults with the disc, but it seems that it's there; my drive has a harder time loading disc 2 than 1 or 3, it seems.

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    Default Re: Rome Total War crashes on start-up

    Definitly sounds like faulty media. See if a disk surface restoration kit fixes the disc, otherwise you will need to get replacement media... which might if you are lucky be replaced by the publisher.
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    Default Re: Rome Total War crashes on start-up

    Bumping this back to the top - replacing the media does not seem to help the problem at all! (It does seem to have helped lighten my wallet, though.) I am uninstalling again, and giving it another go or possibly three.

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    Default Re: Rome Total War crashes on start-up

    For your first post, regarding the error, I was thinking that it was due to some bad modding. However if you have scratchy media, though your installation may somehow continue, you'll probably have such problems, because what was copied was not exactly copied on your system.

    I agree with bad media problem.

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    Default Re: Rome Total War crashes on start-up

    Off topic but I didn't want to start a new one for a potentially easy to solve problem. Basically my problem is that I wanted to play RTW multiplayer, but had Eb installed. I deleted EB and started installing patches 1.3 and 1.5, but the game did not recognize them even after repeated reinstalls. I decided to delete and reinstall Rome, so I went to control panel, and from there removed Rome. I followed that up by inserting the CD, but when I opened it up it said I still had Rome on, so I uninstalled it from there.
    The games now tells me that I need to install the game to play, but when I click the setup it goes through uninstall process, and it will not completely remove all files from the RTW folder. Anyone know what to do to make it work?
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    Default Re: Rome Total War crashes on start-up

    Zalmoxis,

    Delete everything located under C:/Program Files/Activison/Rome Total War (some other location if you did different while installing) and run the registry cleaner of Tune Up Utilities (found in "Clean up & Repair" menu). Restart your PC and try installing again, see if it works.

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    Default Re: Rome Total War crashes on start-up

    Yep, it was the registry. I had emptied the folder, so thanks for the program LEN.
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