I recently purchased Empire Earth Gold Edition from GOG.com. Unfortunately, I've yet to be able to actually play it.

System Specs:

  • Make/Model - HP EliteBook 8530p
  • OS - Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
  • CPU - Intel Core 2 Duo P8400 @ 2.3 GHz
  • RAM - 4 GB
  • Video - ATI Mobility Radeon HD 3650
  • Video Driver Version - 8.911.4.1000


When running the shortcut, I see the Empire Earth splash screen, and then it switches to a full-screen black window with a "spinning circle" cursor for a few seconds. After this, the window minimizes. In the background, I can hear the game's intro and title screen running, but I can't restore the game window no matter what I do.


  • Updated video drivers from HP's website.
  • Installed June 2010 edition of DirectX, as suggested by GOG.com.
  • Attempted Compatibility Mode settings:
    • Windows 2000
    • Disable visual themes
    • Disable desktop composition
    • Run as Administrator
  • Closed background programs:
    • Firefox
    • Thunderbird
    • Pandora
    • TrueCrypt
    • Trillian
    • Some others
  • Run in Virtual Machine
    • VirtualBox 4.1.8
    • Guest Additions installed
    • Single processor
    • 2 GB RAM
    • 128 MB Video RAM
    • Windows XP Pro 32-bit SP3
    • June 2010 edition of DirectX installed
    • Game crashes immediately after splash screen

I'd much rather be able to run the software natively on the host OS, but I'll settle for getting it to work in the VM if it can be done. Is there anything else I should try? I did e-mail GOG.com support, but was wondering if anyone here might have an answer before they could get back to me.


3 Answers 3


Try enabling some or all of the following options in Compatibility Settings:

  • Windows XP compatibility mode
  • Run as administrator
  • Disable visual themes
  • Disable display scaling
  • Disable desktop checked

To get to Compatibility Settings, Right-Click the shortcut/program, and Click Properties. Then navigate to the Compatibility tab.

For the record, here are the system requirements for Empire Earth. Your computer should at the very least meet, if not exceed these standards (Although with an old game like Empire Earth, this shouldn't be too hard).


  • CPU: Pentium II 333 or equivalent
  • RAM: 64 MB RAM
  • Video Memory: 4 MB VRAM
  • Hard Drive Space: 450 MB
  • Mouse: Yes
  • Sound Board: Yes
  • DirectX: DirectX v8.0


  • CPU: Pentium III 600 or better
  • RAM: 128 MB RAM
  • Video Memory: 32 MB VRAM
  • Hard Drive Space: 450 MB
  • What could be the problem if mouse is not working in this game?
    – zygimantus
    Commented Nov 13, 2016 at 21:10
  • I remember watching a review of the game by Mandalore and he did explain in-depth the compatibility wizardry and weird russian fix patches necessary to get the game to work. YMMV obviously and I'm absolutely not endorsing downloading strange .exe stuff, but some launch commands and the right windows compatibility might be enough to convince the game you're playing it on the right kind of thermostat.
    – user37332
    Commented May 30, 2023 at 12:22

I'm not sure what happened, but the problem seems to have mysteriously self-resolved. All of the troubleshooting steps listed above didn't work the first time, but a few days later the game runs fine even without Compatibility Mode. I may have forgotten to reboot somewhere along the way, or something.


I have got it working on my AMD system by launching the game, and changing the resolution from 1920*1080 32 bit, to 1920*1080 16 bit. For a whole year, I thought I couldn't play it, but this screenmode sorted out all the problems. I have set it up on a couple of devices on my home network, and it woks too!

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