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Red Alert 2 Unable to set video mode error on windows 10

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Red Alert 2 Unable to set video mode error on windows 10

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I bought the c&c ultimate collection and I got all the games to work except red alert 2. yuri's revenge works but not the base game. I been trying all day but all it says is "error: unable to set video mode" I have windows 10.

my operating sys is:

Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM) i5-6400 CPU 2.71GHz

Ram: 8gb

System type: 64-bit Operating Sys,x64- based processor

any help would be appreciative

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@ParkAir024 Hey, can you try the steps in this post?

 

http://answers.ea.com/t5/C-C-The-Ultimate-Collection/Red-Alert-2-Error-unable-to-set-video-mode-need...


As well as the 16-bit color mode, you might want to try Windows XP SP3 compatibility mode too. 

 

i've also seen that some folks can fix this by adding a small edit to the RA2.ini file. 

 

it can be found at C:\Program Files (x86)\Origin Games\Command and Conquer Red Alert II and the fix is to add "VideoBackBuffer=no" without quotes to the [Video] section.

 

Thanks. 

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Re: Red Alert 2 Unable to set video mode error on windows 10

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@ParkAir024 Hey, can you try the steps in this post?

 

http://answers.ea.com/t5/C-C-The-Ultimate-Collection/Red-Alert-2-Error-unable-to-set-video-mode-need...


As well as the 16-bit color mode, you might want to try Windows XP SP3 compatibility mode too. 

 

i've also seen that some folks can fix this by adding a small edit to the RA2.ini file. 

 

it can be found at C:\Program Files (x86)\Origin Games\Command and Conquer Red Alert II and the fix is to add "VideoBackBuffer=no" without quotes to the [Video] section.

 

Thanks. 

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Stay and Play.png
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RA2.ini file is nowhere to be found. please help.

Yes i purchased this game through Origin.

Yes i am using Windows 10

 

i have changed the video mode to 16 bit but it still results in "cannot set video mode".

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I'm also getting this problem, would really like a solution

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Re: Red Alert 2 Unable to set video mode error on windows 10

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@IsleyNumber1 @USMC_Baxter

 

There are only 3 reasons for this error:

1. Your windows runs in 32 bit color depth, which is usally the case since it is forced in win 8/10

Solution: Go into your Red Alert 2 folder, in there you will find "game.exe" and "gamemd.exe", right click -> properties -> compatibility, Enable "Reduced Color Mode: 16bit"

2. High dpi scaling

Solution: Go into your Red Alert 2 folder, in there you will find "game.exe" and "gamemd.exe", right click -> properties -> compatibility, Enable "Disable Display Scaling on High DPI Settings"

3. You chose a resolution that is not supported

Solution: You can change your resolution via ra2.ini and ra2md.ini - try 1280*720 (if the files don't exist, create them)

[Video]
ScreenWidth=1280
ScreenHeight=720

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RA2.ini file is nowhere to be found. please help.

Yes i purchased this game through Origin.

Yes i am using Windows 10

 

i have changed the video mode to 16 bit but it still results in "cannot set video mode".

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I'm in the same boat, just purchased and I'm running windows 10, have it set to run in 16 bit with windows xp service pack 3 compatibility. Override high DPI scaling selected. No .INI file for either, attempted to download a template and moved it into the red alert 2 folder. Still getting unable to set video mode error. Suggestions?

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I also had the same problem , the .ini file is the one of configuration type you haven't  probably enabled file extensions on windows. What fixed it for me is that i set the size in the .ini file as 1280x720 and then experimented with the resolutions in game options until it was running properly

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In compability mode check the "Windows 98/me" settings. that usually fixes all errors.

I have a different kind of probleem tho: My game doesn't show videos at all. it's like that option is turned off

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This actually works, Right click your game and click properties, then click compatibility, choose Run Windows 98/Me and reduce color to 16bit. it works for me it should do to you if you are getting an error saying unable to set video mode. tnx

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