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  System Requirements
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This page shows the minimum system requirements that a computer must have to run Microsoft Age of Empires III. Additionally, this page also lists the supported and unsupported video hardware devices.

The following are the minimum requirements for a computer to run Age of Empire III:
Microsoft Windows XP
A computer that has a 1.4 gigahertz (GHz) processor
256 megabytes (MB) of system RAM
A hard disk that has at least 2 gigabytes (GB) of available space
A 32x speed CD drive
A 64 MB video card that supports Hardware Transform and Lighting
An audio card and speakers or headphones
A Microsoft mouse or a compatible pointing device
A 56.6 kilobytes per second (KBps) or faster Internet connection for online play
DirectX 9.0c

Note: These are the minimum system requirements that a computer must have to run Age of Empire III. You may experience increased performance on computers that exceed these requirements.

Note: To install Microsoft Age of Empires III Expansion: The War Chiefs, you must have Age of Empires III installed.

You can use the DirectX Diagnostic Tool to view the computer information and to verify whether the computer meets the minimum required settings to run Age of Empires III. To do this, follow these steps
1. Click Start, click Run, type dxdiag, and then click OK.
2. On the System tab, view the processor details and the memory details.
3. Click the Display tab.
4. In the Device area, note the name of the video card and its approximate total memory.
5. Click Exit.
Supported video hardware
Age of Empires III requires a minimum of 64 MB of memory for video hardware. Additionally, the video hardware must support Hardware Transform and Lighting. Your hardware must pass a system check when you start the game. If your video hardware did not pass the system check, you will receive one of the following error messages that indicate that Age of Empires III does not support the video hardware:
Your video hardware is below the recommended minimum requirements for Age of Empires III. If you wish to upgrade your computer, please contact your computer manufacturer for any necessary assistance.
Age of Empires III requires at least a 64 MB video card. This computer appears to have a less than 64 MB video card. If you wish to upgrade your computer, please contact your computer manufacturer for any necessary assistance.
The video hardware is supported if it meets the memory requirement and passes the system check when you start Age of Empires III. For more information about graphic related issues that you may experience when you play Age of Empires III, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
907881 (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/907881/) Known graphics issues in Age of Empires III.
Unsupported video hardware
The following list contains video hardware, chips, and chip sets that are not supported by Age of Empires III. For more information about how to upgrade your video hardware, visit the following Microsoft Web site:
http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/using/games/learnmore/videocard101.mspx (http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/using/games/learnmore/videocard101.mspx)
Note The following list is in alphabetical order.
Rush (Alliance)
Rush (Macronix)
Voodoo 1
Voodoo 2
Voodoo 3
Voodoo 4
Voodoo 5
3D Labs
Oxygen Series Gamma2
Oxygen Series R3
Oxygen Series R4
Permedia 1


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Total comments: 11 | Last comment: 03-07-2013 at 11:12

 #1 - iI NEED A CODE - 10-13-2006 at 17:14
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EDIT: Absolutely not! Do not EVER post a request like this again! Or you will find yourdself with a ban.

 #2 - 11-16-2006 at 09:51
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Posts: 1

 #3 - 11-16-2006 at 14:38
From: (Birmingham)
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Posts: 278
You mean online through multiplayer? Or offline in the game?

 #4 - my personal empression to this web site - 03-10-2007 at 11:15
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very nice network/website . . . its full of entertainment . .and a hundred of exiting games Two Thumbs Up!smilecool. . . . .

 #5 - AGE OF EMPIRES3 RESTARTS MY COMPUTER? - 07-25-2007 at 01:30
Joined: July 25th, 2007
Posts: 1

i have bought the game AOE3, when ever i try to install the game, while reaching near the end of installation, it re-starts my computer? my computer specifications are i e

winxp sp2, 128 GeForce 128 mb, 384 Ram, and 80 GB hard disk.. The same game was successfully installed on my friends computer who has low profile computer than mine, but it didn't restart his computer... is their any compatibility issue with service pack.... does this game conflicts with xp service pack2?

need help regarding this issue, 'cause other game install with out any error, but this game restarts my pc during installation???


 #6 - Plz Help me!!!!!!! Graphic troubleshooting - 08-24-2008 at 09:14
Joined: August 24th, 2008
Posts: 1
Hey can someone plz help me??

I just bought a new Dell laptop ( with Vista ) and i've installed AOE3 on it.
Eveything seems to work fine, but when i arrive at the menu the background is mostly blended in green and some parts kept their normal colors....( Also, the menu bar does not appear so i can't play the game anyway!!) Plz comment me back what to do

 #7 - help - 11-03-2008 at 11:06
Joined: November 3rd, 2008
Posts: 1
hi i have age of empire long time ego theproblem is that i lost the passward what i have to dooooo plz inform me

 #8 - it works with vista right? - 02-18-2009 at 15:25
Joined: February 18th, 2009
Posts: 1
does it work with vista? i was about to go to walmart and buy the game before i read that cboye17 had some difficulty. anyone got any info?

 #9 - Virtual Memory Issues - 08-17-2009 at 20:44
Joined: August 17th, 2009
Posts: 1
I have been running Age of Empires on my 1.8 GHz, 256 Mbyte Windows XP computer with no problems. I recently got the Age of Empires III Asian Dynasties add-on program. Now I am getting slower performance and getting messages saying that my virtual memory was too low.

I increased my minimum virtual memory from 368 MB to 768 MB (maxed it out).

Should I also be increasing my RAM from 256 to more in order to avoid the performance degradation problems? If so, what is a good memory size to run this game on with good performance?



 #10 - Why can't i play my game - 09-15-2010 at 08:21
From: (Accra)
Joined: September 15th, 2010
Posts: 1
I have an ATI Radeon 9250, 256mb v/d/vo
PIN: 1024-TC13-15-SA
SKU# 11046-01
yet I can play the ages of empire3 game can somebody help me out.
Its not easy to get the right things here in GHANA.

 #11 - Complete Collections disk doesn't Config - 03-07-2013 at 11:12
Joined: March 7th, 2013
Posts: 1
New 'Complete Collection' A-of-E-III disk won't configure. Is this because I'm using Windows 7?

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