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Need help - black screen - 2/15/2013 4:34:59 PM   
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Hey gang-

I was playing AE last night on my computer (laptop) in bed....computer was about to die, so I went to plug it in, and it died in route...

I was in the middle of my turn and combat was happening...I figured the turn was lost, and I would open it back up in the morning to windows and nothing would be running.

The game is still running, and I can hear the music, but the entire screen is black. This happens every once in a while if I hit the windows button to make a screen shot, and I got back... I just hover the mouse and find the "done" button to click and the screen reappears. I can't find a thing, and I feel like I have moved the mouse over every inch of the screen to find something. Does that make sense?

I am having a good turn, and I don't want to restart the combat replay....hope someone can help me. I hope this is enough details.

Thanks in advance.


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RE: Need help - black screen - 2/15/2013 4:37:40 PM   
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Try hitting the 'Esc' key - that sometimes works.

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RE: Need help - black screen - 2/15/2013 5:32:54 PM   
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I've had limited success resetting the display from black screens (or other graphics screwups) on various models of laptops by either Alt-Tabbing, or locking the machine via the Windows key + L.

Not sure that would help with your problem, but it might.

You can also try Ctrl-Alt-Del if you're running Vista or 7, it might bring up that menu screen, from which I believe you can either cancel and return to desktop or open the Task Manager (which you could just close and then go back into the game from the taskbar).

My suspicion is that the turn may indeed by "lost", depending on how "hard" the computer died. Most laptops have a power setting that causes them to enter hibernation when below a certain battery percentage (usually below 5%). I would be surprised if a running game survives that.

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RE: Need help - black screen - 2/15/2013 6:53:33 PM   
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ORIGINAL: Gunner98

Try hitting the 'Esc' key - that sometimes works.

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Haha...I did that, and heard the replay resume.. then I know the combat results screen is now up, I just need to find the done arrow, once that is clicked the screen will show up.. just can't find it yet.

I think this should work.

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RE: Need help - black screen - 2/15/2013 6:56:53 PM   
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quote:

ORIGINAL: Lokasenna

I've had limited success resetting the display from black screens (or other graphics screwups) on various models of laptops by either Alt-Tabbing, or locking the machine via the Windows key + L.

Not sure that would help with your problem, but it might.

You can also try Ctrl-Alt-Del if you're running Vista or 7, it might bring up that menu screen, from which I believe you can either cancel and return to desktop or open the Task Manager (which you could just close and then go back into the game from the taskbar).

My suspicion is that the turn may indeed by "lost", depending on how "hard" the computer died. Most laptops have a power setting that causes them to enter hibernation when below a certain battery percentage (usually below 5%). I would be surprised if a running game survives that.


Reset the screen, but it is still black.

I could just esc enough times to finally complete the replay.. then once I know it is over and back to my next order's turn... it creates a Pre turn save, but not after I think...

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RE: Need help - black screen - 2/15/2013 6:57:24 PM   
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quote:

ORIGINAL: Lokasenna

I've had limited success resetting the display from black screens (or other graphics screwups) on various models of laptops by either Alt-Tabbing, or locking the machine via the Windows key + L.

Not sure that would help with your problem, but it might.

You can also try Ctrl-Alt-Del if you're running Vista or 7, it might bring up that menu screen, from which I believe you can either cancel and return to desktop or open the Task Manager (which you could just close and then go back into the game from the taskbar).

My suspicion is that the turn may indeed by "lost", depending on how "hard" the computer died. Most laptops have a power setting that causes them to enter hibernation when below a certain battery percentage (usually below 5%). I would be surprised if a running game survives that.


BTW I can get into and out of the game from the task bar.. during game, I just hit the window's key on my keyboard.

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RE: Need help - black screen - 2/15/2013 6:59:33 PM   
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No worries..I started pressing buttons.. F12 killed it. HAHA

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RE: Need help - black screen - 2/15/2013 9:20:19 PM   
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Glad your method worked, I was going to recommend liberal application of this...






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RE: Need help - black screen - 2/15/2013 10:51:43 PM   
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RE: Need help - black screen - 2/15/2013 11:26:42 PM   
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...i had a similar problem, but my screen looked like this...think it's related?




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RE: Need help - black screen - 2/16/2013 1:04:15 AM   
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Kwik E,

I'm looking for an avatar....Can I steal that screenshot and use it?

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