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I play AoE3 fine on my laptop, using my 1080p as my primary screen at home (at 1920x1080) however when I try to run it at school (again on my laptop), I get an error stating:

Initialization Failed
Direct3D initialization failed.  Possible causes:
Old or corrupted graphics driver.
Direct3D improperly installed.
Hardware acceleration disabled.
Starting the application with the workstation locked.

Please check the log file for more information.

Anyone have any ideas?

I can run the game at just about max settings just fine with my 1080p screen....

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Are you using two different screen with the same computer, or do you use a school computer to try to run it? If so, are you sure directX is installed on at school? –  Jupotter May 10 '12 at 6:16
    
No, im using my laptop at school! Woops, ill edit that now... swear i put laptop in the question.... –  Gareth Jones May 10 '12 at 6:17
    
Do you have it plugged in at school ? Where you would at home ? –  Zero Stack May 10 '12 at 8:40
    
Did you buy the game from Steam ? –  GTX OC May 10 '12 at 9:13
    
@Foxtrot Im always plugged in when running the game, at both school and home –  Gareth Jones May 10 '12 at 20:36

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I had the same problem with Portal 2. How did I solve it? Well I had to manually specify my resolution.

Try this:

In C:\Documents and Settings\Owner\My Documents\My Games\Age of Empires 3\Users3\NewProfile3.xml file, change

[Setting Name="optiongrfxres"]screen resolution of laptop(for eg:1024x768)[/Setting]

Source(See the 7th post)

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Thanks, worked fine. I updated my game, and found that this fix was part of it... But now stuck with dumb looking pause menu... –  Gareth Jones May 11 '12 at 2:00
    
Update your video card driver , disable v-sync , run the game in windowed mode (if possible) . If all else fails , reinstall the game and update it (and hope for the best) . Cheers . –  GTX OC May 11 '12 at 4:14

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