So, long story short, my old HD got a virus, couldn't get rid of it, computer decided to not start anymore because of it, bought new HD, every other game works fine, except FOC. Yes, even the normal EAW works with no trouble. Now I have installed FOC and every time I double click to launch the game, it doesn't start. I can hear the CD start going, I get the little sand time on my cursor, but then the CD will stop spinning, and nothing will pop up. I have uninstalled and installed multiple times with no luck. I am running Windows XP still. Just wondering what can I do now to solve this? All help is appreciated, Thanks.
Have you tried opening up FoC in safe mode? Also, getting the latest Windows/Microsoft updates?
Tried it in safe mode, same thing happened, except this time it said, "No 3d drivers found", or something close to that. It also said me not having a sound card, which is true, but I didn't have one when it was working the first time. Also, my system is up to date on everything, including video drivers. I also did download and install the update for FoC, and still nothing.
Here is some advice I posted in a separate thread a couple weeks ago that might help you here. In addition to uninstalling the program, go to the folder (default "C:\Program Files\Lucasarts\Empire at War" and/or "Forces of Corruption") and delete the whole folder. I don't think the uninstall removes custom xml files and some others. There is also a folder "C:\Documents and Settings\user\Application Data\Petroglyph" that keeps saved games and recordings. Although those shouldn't give you any problems, it can't hurt to be thorough. If neither of those work, then you can always do a manual clean of your registry. But I don't recommend you do that unless you know what you are doing and you are prepared to do a complete reinstall of Windows if you mess it up.
That's the thing though, this is a fresh install of Windows, well almost a year old fresh. I do still have my old hard drive connected as a slave drive, somewhat to get some files off of it still. I disconnected the old one, the one where the game worked, and installed it onto my new HD, still nothing. Deleted all files of EaW, both versions, and reinstalled it, making sure it is on the F: drive (new HD). Still is not working. I'm not to computer literate, but I won't try doing a registry clean up.