There are several things that can go wrong with the graphics in the computer game "Age of Empires 2." Something as simple as your monitor's resolution may distort the way the game is displayed, making it needlessly difficult to conquer and destroy opposing empires. Fixing graphics issues in the game requires finding out why the issues are happening in the first place.
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Right-click anywhere on your Windows desktop. Click "Screen Resolution." Verify that the selected screen resolution is listed as "Recommended." This is the recommended resolution for your particular monitor. Attempting to play "Age of Empires 2" on any other resolution setting may result in the game display appearing visually distorted.
Download and install the most recently updated version of DirectX from Microsoft's website. DirectX is required to run "Age of Empires 2" on any personal computer. Downloading and installing the most recent version will ensure that your hardware is as compatible as it can be with the game, and it will likely fix your graphics issues.
If your computer uses Windows 7, run "Age of Empires 2" in compatibility mode with Windows XP. The game was designed to be played on Windows XP, and running it in Windows 7 may cause problems with your graphics. Right-click the "Age of Empires 2" icon and click "Troubleshoot Compatibility." Select "Windows XP" from the menu and attempt to play the game again.
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