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Warcraft II crashes

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Last Modified: 2011-09-20
When I try to play warcraft under windows95 in the setup screens before the game ie single player or multiplayer after a few minutes the mouse just freezes and I have to reboot under dos sometimes I get a dos/4gw error such as:
DOS/4GW Professional error (2001): exception 0Eh (page fault) at 268:100DCFFR
TSF32:prev_tsf32 6B0C
ss      270      DS      270      ES      270FS      06S      20
GGDOS/4GW Professional error (2000) : deinitializing twice
DOS/4GW Professional error (2000): deinitializing twice

What's wrong? The game once worked fine on my computer but after I reformatted my harddrive and reinstalled everything including warcraft, these things started happening.
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try to disable the "autostart" on the cd-rom .
put in the cdrom hold down "shift"

try another sound card ?


I don't have another sound card to try and It doesn't even work when I turn off the sound card anyways. The autostart has nothing to do with my problem

As far as the lock up in Win 95, it sounds like there is a Hardware conflict!

You said you reformatted your HD and re-installed everything!?

Have you changed anything at all or not installed everthing as before? ie: different Video Drivers or mouse drivers?

Also, what caused you to re-formatt your HD?


Wierd things were happening so I decided to Startover. I don't think I missed anything and as far as drivers are concerned I have installed all of the latest. I don't think there's a hardware confilict because windows95 doesn't dectect one.


What type of Souncard and Video Card do you have and What version mouse driver do you have!

Also, try making a bootdisk that loads ONLY your mouse, sound and cdrom drivers and try the game!


my sound card is:
Creative Labs Sound Blaster 16 or AWE 32
My video card is:
My mouse driver is ver 8.0
I tried the boot disk loading only cd Rom and mouse and it doesn't help infact I am getting a DOS/4GW error in dos now before the game even starts

First try running SETUP and set DIGITAL sound for soundblaster not SB16!

Also you should be using Mouse driver VER 8.2
You can get it at  http://www.blizzard.com/bin/MOUSE.ZIP

You can also try editing your WAR2.INI and ensure CDAUDIO=0

My bet is the mouse!

There is also a patch that adds more sound support and fixes various other bugs!

You can get it at  http://www.blizzard.com/bin/W2PATCH.EXE


I am sorry I made a mistake I do have ver 8.2 mouse
I have tried with all the sound off and no luck.
If I have all of the sound set to no sound could the sound card still be causing a conflict?


I have the w2patch

Not likely! When all sound is turned off the game never looks for the card!

Lets make sure I got this right

You have tried the game both in WINDOWS and in DOS?

WHen you ran it in DOS did you just run the game so it shelled to DOS or did you BOOT to DOS?


yes I tried the game in windows and in dos( boot to dos)  when I run it it in windows 1 of two things occurs
1. The mouse will frezze during the startup screens before the game i.e. sigle player or multiplayer
2. If I go fast enough I get to play the game but after about 5 - 15 minutes into the game I get a dos/4gw error

In dos I can't get the game to start at all right now. All i get is a dos/4gw befor the game even starts.

When you boot to Dos make sure your mouse driver is loading!
Just checking all Avenues here!

Lets eliminate the Soundcard as the problem,
Turn off the system and remove the card and then try running the game with ALL sound disabled!

Also, have you had any problem with any other games that utilize the same game engine! Or have you not tried any others?

If you want you can e-mail me at griver@earthlink.net if it's easier for ya!

Try copying Dos/4gw from another game or of the CD perhaps

I had the same problem once. I figured it was some problem with my sound card ( Sound blaster 16 ) cause when I disabled the sound it worked perfectly. Never got to know what the problem was though. Try buying another sound card :-) No just kidding, try disabling the sound and see if it works, at least then you have located the source of the problem.

Run the game on a MS-DOS PC and it will work, WIndows 95 is ****.

Greetings ZEPER


That was the most useless comment I've ever recieved!

Be sure to check all of your irq settings.  Especially the ones for the mouse, the hard drive, and the sound card.
Zepers answer is correct, but I'll be a bit more helpfull with my answer...  You need to make sure you have the DOS mouse driver, sound driver, and video driver loaded FROM DOS, as in the config.sys and autoexec.bat and make sure you have about 600k free for conventional memory plus all the ems you are able to get free'd up.  Use this EMM line to help...

device=c:\dos\emm386.exe i=b000-b7ff

And like it or not, DOS never fails, windows is worthless.

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