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# 1Miho Feb 2 2009, 18:02 PM

The Lord of the Rings, The Battle for Middle-earth
- Frequently Asked Questions -


An updated collection of general information, hints, questions, and tweaks for The Lord of The Rings, The Battle for Middle-earth. The former FAQ can be found by following this link.

Note that Iím not the creator of these tips, hints, tools etc. I just collected and edited them for this FAQ. All credit should go to the members, who thought of them. Also note, that they might have helped players with their problems, but still we canít ensure, that they will help you as well. Nonetheless, itís never wrong to use them as first help. If you encountered one of the following problems, but found a solution, that is not mentioned yet, feel free to let us know. The more solutions, the faster we can help, the better for you.

Table of content

1. Technical information about the game2. General problems, issues and questions3. Tweaks for better gaming experience4. Miscellaneous guides and how-toís

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# 2Miho Feb 2 2009, 18:13 PM

1. Technical information about the game


These information were mainly taken from the official website and the "read me" file. We altered it a bit with newer/additional aspects.

1.1 System requirements


CD-ROM version:
  • OS: Windows XP or 2000
  • CPU: 1.3 GHz or faster
  • RAM: 256 MB
  • DISC DRIVE: 8x or faster CD/DVD drive
  • HARD DRIVE: 4 GB or more free space
  • VIDEO: DirectX 9.0b compatible
  • SOUND: DirectX 9.0b compatible
  • INPUT: Keyboard and mouse
Video card with 32 MB or more memory and one of these chipsets is required: NVIDIA GeForce 2 GTS or greater / ATI Radeon 7500 or greater.

One set of discs per PC (different serial code). 512 MB RAM needed for 3 or more Players. Network (2-8 Players); Internet (2 Players): 56 Kbps Internet connection, (3-8 Players): Cable, DSL, or a faster connection.

DVD-ROM version:
  • OS: Windows XP or 2000
  • CPU: 1.3 GHz or faster
  • RAM: 256 MB
  • DISC DRIVE: 8x or faster DVD drive
  • HARD DRIVE: 4 GB or more free space
  • VIDEO: DirectX 9.0b compatible
  • SOUND: DirectX 9.0b compatible
  • INPUT: Keyboard and mouse
Video card with 32 MB or more memory and one of these chipsets is required: NVIDIA GeForce 2 GTS or greater / ATI Radeon 7500 or greater.

One DVD per PC (different serial code). 512 MB RAM needed for 3 or more Players. Network (2-8 Players); Internet (2 Players): 56 Kbps Internet connection, (3-8 Players): Cable, DSL, or a faster connection.


Nvidia GeForce2 MX is not supported Ė but itís still possible to get the game running on it, although we donít recommend that from todayís point of view.

Please note, that while you will be able to play The Battle for Middle-earth with the specifications above, play experience will benefit from additional RAM, better CPU and/or a better video card plus its latest driver.

The Battle for Middle-earth requires DirectX 9.0b. To install DirectX 9.0b or later, visit: http://www.microsoft.com/windows/directx/default.aspx. Itís also available on the install disc of BfME.

Service Pack 2 and 3 for XP already include DirectX 9.0c and Vista includes DirextX 10. If you own them, you wonít have to install DirectX in order to play BfME.

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# 3Miho Feb 2 2009, 18:15 PM

1.2 How to run BfME on Windows 2000?


If you are attempting to run The Battle for Middle-earth on a Windows 2000 machine, you will need to make sure that you have downloaded Microsoft Service Pack 4 as well as all the latest updates. You can download these from Microsoft's Web site.

Users running Windows 2000 may experience a slow transition back to the Main Menu after exiting a skirmish game with six or more AI-controlled opponents. If you experience such a slowdown, you can try addressing it by changing your "Detail" setting to Low in the game's Options Menu.

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# 4Miho Feb 2 2009, 18:51 PM

1.3 Does BfME run on Windows Vista?


BfME was released prior to Vista, therefore it canít be ensured that BfME will run on your system properly. It can run, lots of players have no problems at all. At the same time some players noticed different issues while doing it.

Known problems:
  1. The game keeps crashing after starting.

    Reason: ĄMy The Battle for Middle-earth filesď folder is not created.

    Solution: Manually creating the folders

  2. Auto-defeated after 3.30 min

    Reason: Copy protection of the game:

    Solution: Check this tip
- To be expanded with more problems as soon as they were discovered and solved. -


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# 5Miho Feb 2 2009, 19:16 PM

1.4 Video and sound card troubleshooting


An outdated video or sound driver can lead to slow and choppy gameplay, or in some cases can prevent the game from running at all. To ensure an enjoyable experience with The Battle for Middle-earth, be sure that you have the most recent video and sound drivers installed. These drivers are typically available for download from your system or hardware manufacturerís Web site. If you are not sure what type of video or sound card you have, or you need assistance with updating the drivers on your system, please refer to the documentation that came with your system or peripheral.

http://www.nvidia.com/
http://www.ati.com

On some video cards that are running dual-monitor setups, you may encounter visual distortions on the screen. If you encounter this issue, go to the game's "Main Menu" and click on "Options". Choose a different resolution under "Display Options" and then click on "Accept Changes". This should correct the problem. If you choose, you can switch back to your original resolution.

If you play the game on an ATI Radeon 7500 video card, you may encounter subtle multi-colored rainbow effects in-game. This occurrence should be infrequent and should not compromise gameplay in any way. If you encounter this problem, please visit the ATI Web site to ensure that you are using up-to-date drivers.

You may encounter audio problems with some Creative Labs Audigy sound cards if you select the EAX3 option in the Options menu. Make sure you update your Audigy with the latest drivers.

If you choose to select the EAX3 option, make sure that you have the proper speaker type selected in Windows. To do so, do the following:
  1. In Windows, click on "Start".
  2. Choose "Settings".
  3. Choose "Control Panel".
  4. Choose "Sounds and Audio Devices Properties".
  5. Select the "Volume" tab.
  6. Under "Speaker settings" click on "Advanced...".
  7. Select the "Speakers".
  8. From the "Speaker setup:" pulldown menu, choose your applicable speaker setup.
  9. Click on "Apply" and then "OK".


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# 6Miho Feb 2 2009, 19:21 PM

1.5 Save games, settings and replays


The Battle for Middle-earth save files and other user-related settings are stored in the "My Battle for Middle-earth Files" folder, which can be accessed by going to:

Windows XP

"C:\", opening the "Documents and Settings" folder, opening the folder labeled with your Windows user name, then opening "Application Data"

Windows Vista

"C:\", opening "Users", then opening the folder labeled with your Windows user name, opening "AppData" and finally opening "Roaming".

Or simply by going to start, run and typing in "%appdata%". This works for both Ė XP and Vista.

If you don't see an "Application Data"/"AppData" folder, do the following:
  1. Bring up any Windows Explorer window by holding down the Windows key on your keyboard and pressing "E".
  2. Click on "Tools" from the top menu.
  3. Choose "Folder Options" from the drop down menu.
  4. Choose the "View" tab.
  5. Click on the "Show hidden files and folders" radio button under "Advanced settings".
  6. Click on "Apply" and then "OK".
  7. The "Application Data"/"AppData" folder should now be visible.
Please note that there is only one AUTOSAVE file for The Battle for Middle-earth. If you start either campaign, and then switch to the other campaign, your AUTOSAVE file from the previous campaign will get overwritten.

Same will happen to auto-saved replays, so make sure to save them properly after playing a game.

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# 7Miho Feb 3 2009, 12:40 PM

2. General problems, issues and questions


2.1 What do I have to do to play BfME online?


It depends on how your network is set up and protected. Basically there is not much to do. Allow the game in your windows firewall or any other software firewall (if you use one) and you might already be able to go online.

Please note that you may not be able to add The Battle for Middle-earth to your software firewall's exceptions list if you are not logged in as an administrator in Windows. You will either need to do so from an account that has administrator rights, or add your existing
account to the administrators list. To do so, do the following:
  1. Log out of Windows and log in with an Administrator account.
  2. Once logged in, click on "Start" in the Windows taskbar.
  3. Choose "Settings".
  4. Choose "Control Panel".
  5. Choose "User Accounts".
  6. Select the "Users" tab.
  7. Under "Users for this computer:" click on your account name.
  8. Click on "Properties".
  9. Select the "Group Membership" tab.
  10. Select the "Other" radio button.
  11. From the pulldown menu, select "Administrators".
  12. Click on "Apply" and then "OK".
If you encounter problems while connecting to other players please read 2.4 I get NAT errors, while connecting to other players. How can I fix this?

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# 8Miho Feb 3 2009, 12:47 PM

2.2 I canít go online anymore, although it worked before


Posted by JuanRing. Read the original topic.

k, well I knew quite a few players who had the problem that they couldn't log online unless they deleted their options.ini file beforehand every time. I kind of "created" the problem on my own computer in order to try to find a solution and actually found one. The problem occurs when you reinstall the game. After reinstalling you suddenly can't log on anymore once you've tweaked your Options (be it graphics, music or health bar settings). Many people were just constantly removing their Options.ini file in order to solve the problem which was a very tedious solution as you have to do it every time previous to logging on and change your options to what you want them to be everytime anew.

It turns out that the game assigns a wrong IP to the GameSpy Server after you tweak the Options for some inexplicable reason. This is how you solve the problem: Start your game and tweak your options to what you want them to be. Then try logging on, you'll get the message "Can't connect to Battle for Middle-Earth Server etc." either the first or the second time you try to log on. When this happens shut down the game and go to the following folder:

Windows XP

C:\Documents and Settings\USERNAME\Application Data\My The Battle for Middle-earth Files\

Windows Vista

C:\Users\USERNAME\AppData\Roaming\My The Battle for Middle-earth Files\

Or click start, run and type in "%appdata%", then select "My The Battle for Middle-earth Files". This works for both Ė XP and Vista.

If you don't see an "Application Data"/"AppData" folder, do the following:
  1. Bring up any Windows Explorer window by holding down the Windows key on your keyboard and pressing "E".
  2. Click on "Tools" from the top menu.
  3. Choose "Folder Options" from the drop down menu.
  4. Choose the "View" tab.
  5. Click on the "Show hidden files and folders" radio button under "Advanced settings".
  6. Click on "Apply" and then "OK".
  7. The "Application Data"/"AppData" folder should now be visible.
When in that folder you'll see the Options.ini file, open it with your editor. Search for:

GameSpyIPAddress = xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx (naturally there are other numbers)

The thing is that that's a false IP Address which it starts allocating after a reinstallation. Replace the IP with your local IP and you're good to go, i.e. shouldn't have any logging problems anymore.

If the problem still occurs read 2.3 Keep having to delete the options.ini to go online.

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# 9Miho Feb 3 2009, 12:49 PM

2.3 Keep having to delete the options.ini to go online


Posted by Miho. Read the original topic.

Open the options.ini and alter the entry "GameSpyIPAddress = xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx" to "GameSpyIPAddress = 0.0.0.0" or just remove that line completely.

Save your changes, then go properties and set the .ini to "read-only" mode.

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# 10Miho Feb 3 2009, 13:15 PM

2.4 I get NAT errors, while connecting to other players.
How can I fix this?


Posted by Species8472, Sparks and subroutine.

Router problems are very common, unfortunately BfME has no in-built system to prevent starting games with players that cannot connect.

To fix the connections issue you must have roughly these things to do:
- Configure your firewall, add the program that you want to give access to the internet (game.dat)
- Choose a port (UDP 8088-28088) and add that in BfME. In the options>settings menu in the box of port number.
- Configure your router, by adding the port in "port forwarding","open ports" or "virtual server" (it is all the same)
- Set in your router screen DMZ-host on enabled and add the local IP-address of your own computer. (only if it is possible)

That should do the job smile.gif

The following guides can helo you with configuring your firewall and router, it is with another program, but it goes still the same way:Detailed Explanation:

The key for the connection problems is the router if you have one. First you should choose a port to play a game, I use 27901, but it can be any port between 8088 and 28088. In your firewall you should give the program permissions to access the internet etc. After that you must open a port on your router and fill in the open port in the bfme options menu.

Go to C:\Documents and Settings\Name of your account\Application Data\My Battle for Middle-earth files

In this folder you see a file called options.ini, click on it and do the following.

Select all lines that contains the word Firewall and replace it with this

FirewallBehavior = 1
FirewallNeedToRefresh = FALSE
FirewallPortAllocationDelta = 0
FirewallPortOverride = 27901

Once you have done that you must go to your router and go to your NAT options there you open the port 27901 on UDP. Now you can play.

Getting in the router page:

To get to the router page, you must first know the router IP-address, then you can open a port.
  • Click Start
  • Click Run...
  • Type cmd(windows screen will pop-up)
  • Type ipconfig in Dos (the thing that popped)
  • Try finding standard Gateway/Router IP address. (This can be lots of things, my gateway is 192.168.1.1, some have 10.0.0.1 etc.)
  • Go to your internet browser en type your gateway ip in the search bar. Just like you type www.bfme.org
  • Try finding NAT configuration
  • Open the ports in UDP on your netwerk ip if it is not shown then just ignore the term UDP or look for a menu called Virtual Servers, check ur router book what you have to do, if you see something like Service ports, open port 27901 by filling it in the designated box, enable it and press save and exit, reboot your router if it is asked.
Virtual Server->Open ports:
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When your ethernet ain't working anymore then you can do 2 things.

1. Reboot your router
2. Call the manufacturer( the people who made the router, i tell this because of my bad english)

If you still don't get in your router then call the manufacturer of the router.

If the virtual Server doesnt work, you should enable the DMZ host, use the right LAN-IP for ur own computer if there are more computers in your network.

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Checking if the required ports are opened
The ports to be opened are:
QUOTE(subroutine @ Apr 11 2006, 12:23 AM) *

6667 (IRC)
3783 (Voice Chat Port)
27900 (Master Server UDP Heartbeat)
28900 (Master Server List Request)
29900 (GP Connection Manager)
29901 (GP Search Manager)
13139 (Custom UDP Pings)
6515 (Dplay UDP)
6500 (Query Port)


EA suggest opening the whole port range: UDP 8088-28088. Opening this whole range helped players before, but we do not recommend doing this.

As the game will attempt to use any of the specific ports in that range, please make sure your router/firewall is configured to allow traffic across those ports. For more information, please see your router/firewall manual or contact the manufacturer.

You need to be sure that the required ports ARE actually open. Download Portdetective and make sure you add Portdetective to any software firewall exception list.

http://www.portdetective.com/

Run it up and deselect all the listed ports. Add the ports listed above, plus the port you have put in the game menu one at a time into the Portdetective add port menu. Run the test to see if the port is open.

You can also use these online port scanners:
http://www.speedguide.net/scan.php
http://www.auditmypc.com/freescan/selscan.asp?S=2060

If you still have any kind of connection problem contact your ISP to ask what ports they block, if any.

EA's official readme content:

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If you are playing The Battle for Middle-earth™ behind a USRobotics router, you will need to upgrade its firmware to the latest version, v2.7 or later. See the USRobotics support Web site for details on how to do so.

If you are playing the game behind a D-Link router, you must check the "Send Delay" box in the Online Options menu for The Battle for Middle-earth™. To get here from the Main Menu, click on the Multiplayer button, click the Online button, login as you regularly would, and then click on Options after you have successfully logged on. Additionally, if you are playing behind a D-Link DI-704, you will need to upgrade its firmware to version 2.75 build 3 or later. See the D-Link support Web site for details on how to do so.

If you are playing the game behind a D-Link DI-604, you will need to add two lines to the options.ini file. The options.ini is located in your "My Battle for Middle-earth Files" folder. To access this folder, please check the Save Games and Settings section of this readme above. To edit the options.ini file, right-click on it with your mouse cursor, and select "Edit". At the bottom of the file, add the following lines:

FirewallBehavior = 19
FirewallPortAllocationDelta = 2

When you've finished adding these lines, close the options.ini file. Windows will prompt you whether or not you wish to save--choose "Yes". If you update your Options.ini file, you should not refresh NAT. More details about refresh NAT can be found at the bottom of the NAT/Firewall portion of the readme.

Please note that if you have multiple players behind a single D-Link DI-604 connection, you may experience difficulty connecting.

It should also be noted that Belkin and USRobotics routers have irresolvable issues, but only when attempting to connect to each other via Quick Match. Additionally, Belkin and USRobotics routers will also have difficulty connecting to D-Link DI-604 routers via Quick Match.

If you are playing The Battle for Middle-earth™ behind a software firewall, you will need to add the game's executable to the "Exceptions or Allowed Programs" list provided by your software firewall. You will need to provide your software firewall with the actual path to the
game's executable. This file is typically located in "C:\Program Files\EA Games\The Battle for Middle-earth™\lotrbfme.exe". You will also need to add the "game.dat" file, which is located in the same directory listed above, to this exceptions list*.

There should be no need for you to use Port Forwarding/Port Triggering to play the game behind your firewall. The Battle for Middle-earth™ should work successfully behind most personal firewalls.

If you have changed your router settings since the last time you played The Battle for Middle-earth™, you will need to click on the "Refresh NAT" button in the game's Online Options menu. To get here from the Main Menu, click on the Multiplayer button, click the Online button, login as you regularly would, and then click on Options after you have successfully logged on.

The Battle for Middle-earth™ uses UDP ports 8088-28088.

If you are experiencing general NAT connection difficulties, exit the game, delete the options.ini file in your "My Battle for Middle-earth Files" folder, restart the game, and click the "Refresh NAT" button in the Online Options menu.

Additionally, if you are using a combination of a cable modem and a router, you should contact your ISP/cable provider in order to disable your modem's built-in firewall.


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# 11Miho Feb 3 2009, 13:15 PM

2.5 My game went Out of Synch. How did this happen and how can I avoid this?


There are different reasons for games going out of synch. The most common reason is that either you or one of your opponents played a costum map, e.g. Ringwars. Such maps use their own .ini files and let the game think you play with tweaked .ini files. If that's the case, the "Out of Synch" will happen pretty early in the game, because someone won't be able to build a hero, therefore the game gives out this message to prevent any kind of cheating. To be able to play properly again, just restart your game.

Another reason can be a really laggy game. It doesn't happen often, but its proven, that this can happen during really laggy games. If you noticed big delays when playing and slow gameplay it's most likely due to a bad connection. Just play another game and forget about this game. Nothign you can do about it.

The third reason was reported by Windows Vista users. For an unknown reason games go out of synch, when running it on Vista. Try to play in compatibility mode "Windows XP (Service Pack 2)" (right click on your BfME shortcut, go to properties, click on the "compatibility" tab and then select the compatibility mode). There is no 100% working solution for this problem yet.

The last reason could be an attempt to cheat. If you notice an "Out of Synch" late in the game, when your opponent is about to lose, he might tried to avoid a proper report to the ladder. If you think that's the case, you can report him with the replay of the game and a screenshot showing the "Out of Synch" in the BFME/BFME2 Cheaters/Disconnectors forum.

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# 12Miho Feb 3 2009, 13:16 PM

2.6 The game crashes and displays a Ągame.datď runtime error. Any way to fix this?


This is caused by several things:
  1. Unsupported hardware
  2. Out-dated/not compatible drivers (also newer drivers might cause this in rare cases)
  3. Corrupted game files
  4. Bug in the game
You should think back, if you changed something in your system (e.g. new hardware driver). If you installed new hardware, you should look for a different driver (newer/older one - depending on what you use).

If you just updated a driver, switch back to your old one and check if the game runs properly again.

If you didn't change anything, it might be just some files, that are corruped. Remove your game and install it again.

Game.dat errors also occur for no "obvious" reason, due to bugs in game, e.g. while hosting. As soon as you click start, your game will crash. Also other things might make your game crash. Just restart your game and try again. Maybe consider a re-installation.

If none of the above solutions helped, open a new topic and attach a dxdiag/HijackThis file.

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# 13Miho Feb 3 2009, 13:16 PM

2.7 Whatís the latest patch and where can I get it?


The latest patch for The Battle for Middle-earth is version 1.03. You can download it from EA's FTP server: ftp://ftp.ea.com/pub/eapacific/lotr/lotrbfme/

LotrBfMe-65539-#Language#.exe are the 1.03 patch versions. #Language# is a placeholder for the language you picked, when installing BfME.

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# 14Miho Feb 3 2009, 13:17 PM

2.8 CD/DVD issues


Posted by Species8472 and Miho.

Drive can't read the disc(s):
Posted by Species8472. Read the original topic.

1. Insert another disc
2a. If it loads, then try your BfME Disc again.
2b. If it doesn't load correctly, go to My Computer and double-click on the drive. Depending on what disc you inserted something should load now.
3. Remove the disc. Put the BfME disc back into your drive. It should load correctly now.

I dont know whether this will work, but I give it a try, give me a reply whether it works.

First you should close all Windows and all programs in the system tray. Not everything is necessary, but just to be sure.
Put the DVD again in your DVD player and see if it works. There is somewhere an option to save the index of a DVD, that index should be refreshed somehow, that can be done if you restart your computer.

Error while installing:
Posted by Miho. Read the original topic.

Error message:

"A problem occurred when trying to transfer the file 'DIR\PATH\FILENAME.EXT' (e.g. D:\data\movies\225.vp6) from the media.

Do you want to retry to copy the file, or cancel the installation?"

Solution:
Check if the disc is 100% ok with this tool.

If it doesn't find a problem, try copying the whole disc to your hard disc drive. If this works run the installation from your hard disc. If you get the same message the file might be corrupt and you will have to replace it. I could upload the file if needed, so let me know.

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# 15Miho Feb 3 2009, 13:19 PM

2.9 I forgot my username/password. How do I get them back?


If you still remember what E-Mail you used to register the game, you can use this link:

http://account.ea.com/myacct/view-download...&app=myacct

Just click first on "Forgot username?" and type in your E-Mail address used to register the game.
After you received an E-Mail with your username, click on "Forgot password?" and type in your just received username. It will send you another E-Mail with your password.

Now, you should be able to get online again.

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# 16Miho Feb 3 2009, 13:20 PM

2.10 I lost my serial, is there a way to get it back?


You can find your used serial key(s) for each account you have registered on EA's official website. Enter your username and password (the one you also use to login to BfME online). A new mask will pop up and asking you to type your password in again. Do it and your account information will open. Now click on the "My Games" tab and scroll down a bit. Below the "My EA Games" headline you will find your registered game plus its key. Oh, and maybe you've noticed, at the first page you can also find all of your created nicks.

Important update
If you can't login on the page mentioned above, go http://support.ea.com. Click on Login, use your account name and password to login, then click on "My account". It will redirect you to exactly the same page, but now it should work!

A second option that requires no EA in any way, recovering your serial before uninstalling of the game:

Posted by Rainmaker. Read the original topic.

(tested for Win XP Home, don't know for sure about Vista)
  • Go to Start menu
  • Hit "Run..."
  • In the box write "regedit" and hit "OK"
  • Go to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Electronic Arts\Electronic Arts\The Battle for Middle-earth\ergc
  • There SHOULD be a key that contains data. This data is your serial key for the game, but in without the dashes. The real serial is in letter groups of 4, so it'll be like xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx
I warn that you SHOULD NOT edit anything in the registery editor unless you're completely certain of what you're doing. It may cause serious problems with your machine!

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# 17Miho Feb 3 2009, 13:20 PM

2.11 It says I’m defeated after 3.30 min. How can I solve this?


Posted by Raist. Read the original topic.

This is mostly a result of an error in your registry, e.g. invalid key, and can normally be resolved with clean re-installation of the game. To do so, follow this instruction:

Make sure you have the original CD key to avoid annoying problems!
You need to reinstall this game as well.

What is this a solution for?
Reinstalling BfME can solve most of the most usual problems in a robust and fast way. It can solve some of the usual game.dat and missing file problems and isn't hard to do to anyone.

Is it easy and will it take long?
This won't take long and it's easy to do for anyone.

Things you should haveSteps
  • make sure you have CCleaner installed
  • remove the program with CCleaner's remove programs or with Window's add/remove program
  • clean your registry with CCleaner registry cleaner
  • clean your comp with the CCleaner's clean comp option
  • make sure BfME folder and related files are gone by going to your install directory (usually C:\Program Files\Electronic Arts\The Battle for Middle-earth ™)
  • reboot your computer
  • install the game again
  • update to the latest version
  • if you have any probs post here! smile.gif
Important Update:

It might happen that this solution won't work for Vista users. If that's the case, repeat all the steps, but do not install the game yet, but download the 1.03 patch and save it, where you wil leasily find it later again.

The patches can be downloaded on: ftp://ftp.ea.com/pub/eapacific/lotr/lotrbfme/

1.03 = LotrBfMe-65539-Language.exe

Now, restart your PC in Windows Safe Mode (while booting press F8). It's normal that Windows looks weird now, but don't worry about it. Install the game now, then patch it. After everything is done, restart your PC again. Now you shouldn't experience this problem anymore.

Important Update 2:

If your game won't start now, it's because some files in the "My Battle for Middle-earth" folder are missing.

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# 18Miho Feb 3 2009, 13:21 PM

2.12 How to watch replays?


Start "The Battle for Middle-earth" and click on the multiplayer button. A new menu will open, where you'll find a button labeled with "Load Replay". Click on it and your Replay Browser will open. It will only show replays that are saved in your replay folder, that is located in your "My Battle for Middle-earth Files" folder.

Note, you can only watch replays of your current game version. To watch pre 1.03 replays read this tip.

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# 19Miho Feb 3 2009, 13:23 PM

3. Tweaks for better gaming experience


3.1 Using the native resolution of your display


Posted by Grimbeorn. Read the original topic.

Wide-screen monitors have been quite popular lately. However, BfME doesn't support wide-screen resolutions for displaying its graphics by default. In fact, the list of resolutions available to be selected with BfME is quite limited. With a simple file edit, however, you can have BfME use the native resolution of your monitor for the best-looking game experience. This tip explains how.

Find you BfME data folder, "C:\Documents and Settings\<your user name>\Application Data\My Battle for Middle-earth Files." (This is the one that holds the "Replays" folder.) Open the file, "Options.ini." You'll find a line called "Resolution" which contains the resolution you had selected in the game options screen. Change this to the native resolution of you monitor. Save it, and you're done! For example, my monitor is a 1680x1050 wide-screen monitor. My setting now looks like this:

Resolution = 1680 1050

Simple enough, huh?

Note that, if you change the pixel ratio from the normal 4:3 ratio to a wide-screen ratio, a black elipse shows up around the circle where you select power points, and many other circles themselves turn somewhat eliptical. But if you can live with these graphical glitches, the rest of the graphics will look much, much better.

Enjoy!

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# 20Miho Feb 3 2009, 13:27 PM

3.2 Faster game start up


Posted by Arctic Aurora. Read the original topic.

Go to the directory, where you have installed BfME. Open data, then movies (standard: C:\Program Files\EA Games\The Battle for Middle-earth ™\data\movies) and delete the following files:
  • 242.vp6
  • EALogo.vp6
  • Intel.vp6
  • NewLineLogo.vp6
  • THX.vp6
This will remove all intro videos and ads, that normally run when you start BfME. If you feel uncomfortable with deleting files for any reason, you can also just rename then, e.g. 242bak.vp6.

Now edit your BfME shortcut. To do it, right click on it and select properties. Add at the end of the line in the "Target" box: -noshellmap

It should look like this now: "C:\Program Files\Electronic Arts\The Battle for Middle-earth ™\lotrbfme.exe" -noshellmap

This will remove the backgound in the main menu.

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