Hi. I've installed Pirates of the Caribbean a few days ago, but I can't run it. When I get into the main menu and select new game, th game starts loading, but after a few seconds it crashes with black screeen and error message. I thought that problem might be in my graphic card, so I downloaded actual drivers, but it didin't fix the problem. I've also tried to change compatibility of the launcher file, but with no effect. Could you help me?
Well it would be hard to imagine the problem being a hardware spec deficiency being as the system requirements are so low. The problem could actually be the reverse. It was made for XP and prior OSes, so if you're running Vista, that could be it.
I am not using Vista, I have XP with SP3. You're right, system requirements are low, but that is not the reason why is the game crashing. I have tested many old games on this computer (actually, its a notebook, but whatever) and everyone goes fine, exept Hitman 1 (it runs too fast :)).
Well being as it IS a notebook though, even if it has a faster chipset than desktops that can play the game, that doesn't necessarily mean it will. Most developers don't do an awful lot of beta testing for laptops, so there could be reasons other than speed that it won't play.
It could even be SP3. Have you tried both ME/98 and 2000 compatibility modes btw? Old games can just be strange. I once installed Clive Barker's Undying and was able to play it. Then after uninstalling it and reinstalling it months later, it suddenly wouldn't play on the same system regardless of compatibility mode. I suspect it was the SP update I'd installed.
I dont remember, but I tried every compatibility mode, I think. I can't try to do this again, because I've removed it from HDD, and also I've deleted CD images. So if I want to try to fix it, I would have to DL images again :(.
I re-downloaded the images and try every compatibility mode. None of them works, game is still crashing :(.
I didn't make it!
Hey man, i have a netbook too and its a acer aspire one. i have the same problems as you and i really wanna play this game on my netbook!!
President of Novistrana
19th January 2003
haven't played that game in a long time, but I think you need to update the game, I had the same problem when it first came out.
Update? How? I've searched on the internet, but I've found no uprade or patch, only some improvement builds, but they don't fix my problem. EDIT: I've tried to play it on my nomal old PC and it runs perfect, and PC has the same OS with same SP. So the problem is in the graphic card, I think :(.
7th December 2003
You could try disabling whatever software comes with your graphics card (Catalyt control center for ATI cards, for example) as those settings may interfere with some games.