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Concerning Crashes - 5 star game once sorted.,
This review is from: Medieval: Total War - Gold Edition (PC DVD) (Video Game)
This is actually a 5 star game, but considering the number of people stating the same fault with crashing on loading the campaign, I'll post here what the problem may be in many cases.
I had the problem with crashes until I realised that the screen resolution on the PC must be the same as that under the video options of the game. The highest setting in the game under options->video is 1280x1024 resolution. Most modern PC's and laptops are greater than this.
If you right click on the PC screen an option will be screen resoltion. Simply change this to 1280x1024, and when starting the game also change the resoltion to 1280x1024. The campaign game should now play fine.
It took me two years to realise this!
The ongoing problem with crashes concerns the graphics card and drivers.
The above solution is correct for the Geforce 210 Nvidia graphics card.
My PC crashed since that revue, and I changed to an ATI Radeon X600 card for a few days. I could not get that card to work at all, not with any fix suggested on the net. ATI cards need an older driver to work apparantly.
I am now using an AMD Radeon 7480D card with the latest drivers. Sometimes the PC will want to auto adjust the resolution, and then while it does this the monitor will eventually go to sleep. Turning off and on the monitor at this point took me to the correct screen? Also the game is less likely to auto adjust if the campaign settings under Options -> Video -> campaign resolution is 1024x768.
Appears there is no single correct solution to the problem, but if you can play the campaign it is very addictive.