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Legends of Aranna is the 2003 expansion for Dungeon Siege, and I have run this for years without incident.

Recently I exchanged my monitor with an identical model, and now DSLOA doesn't run any more. The game tries to load, but the usual partial line of dots appears at lower left of dark screen, "wait" hourglass appears, then absolutely nothing happens.

System info:

  • Compatibility mode: W98/ME. I tried W95 as well but it did not help.
  • OS: WinXP_SP3
  • CPU: Intel quad core
  • Graphics Card: ASUS EAH4870 DK 1G Radeon HD 4870

I even performed System_Restore to the date when I had last played successfully (mid-August), but to no avail. Also, exiting internet connection and all malware blockers makes no difference. The game previously played perfectly well with those in operation.

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    By DSLOA I assume you mean Dungeon Siege: Legends of Aranna? – Robotnik Aug 24 '17 at 3:16
  • Yes - thanks for asking. It's the 2003 release, which I've run for years without incident. Changed to new monitor of exact same Model, and now DSLOA isn't loading. I even performed System_Restore to the date when I had last played successfully (mid-August), but to no avail. Also, exiting internet connection and all malware blockers makes no difference. The game played perfectly well those same in operation, so I don't think it's software or system. Guessing there's a compatibility issue with regard to game board (ASUS EAH4870 DK 1G) - also unchanged. – JWPopp Aug 24 '17 at 17:04
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I ran into this on occasion while playing years ago, and one of two things seemed to fix it.

  1. Set your shortcut parameters to Windowed Mode

While it doesn't seem like anything big, this sometimes seemed to trick the game into loading for me. Once I got in, I was able to save again, remove the parameter, then reload with no issues. Here's how to do it (Tutorial)

  1. Backup your save folder, then completely uninstall and reinstall the game. The default location of you save folder is:

%USERPROFILE% \Documents\Dungeon Siege\Keys\

Once you reinstall, copy you save back in and try loading the game up.

  • Thanks much, but....1) There is no "Windowed Mode" in shortcut options and 2) pcgamingwiki isn't responding at this time, so I can't approach your tutorial. Will try again tonight. – JWPopp Jul 10 '18 at 0:18

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