This post is for those who love Age of Empires games and they want to play the HD release but instead of the map they see black screen. Don’t worry and there is an easy and fast solution for this. It happened to me on Windows 7 so I can’t say if it is Windows 7 specific problem or a general one. Also, it depends if you installed through Steam or normally. I provide both solutions which are basically the same.

Steps to fix the problem through normal installation:

Step 1: Find the game shortcut (AOE2 HD) or create it if it is not already there

Step 2: Right click and select Properties

Step 3: In the end of the target path, after the quotes (“) leave a space and put this option -nostartup. Then press Apply and OK to save the changes. Now the target should be like this “<Game Path>” -nostartup

Steps to fix the problem through Steam

Step 1: Locate AOE2 HD and go into its properties

Step 2: Type -nostartup in the game launch options

Both solutions are the same, the game needs this launch option. There is no problem with your card and you don’t have to update your graphics card. All you need to do is to put the option and then enjoy playing the game.

Age of Empires II HD Black Screen Solution

15 thoughts on “Age of Empires II HD Black Screen Solution

  • May 19, 2014 at 17:15
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    where do i write the -nostartup part dont know what you mean

  • May 20, 2014 at 19:37
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    If you don’t have the shortcut find the game, right click and select send to > Desktop (create shortcut). Now find the shortcut right click, select properties. A new window will appear, find the target field. It is the path of the game, add quotes if there are not there, at the beginning and the end of the path for example "C:\Games\AoE" and add the -nostartup after the quotes. At the end it should be like this "C:\Games\AoE" -nostartup

  • July 2, 2014 at 19:40
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    Thank u bro
    U r awesome

  • September 28, 2014 at 02:04
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    Thanks a LOT!

  • December 2, 2014 at 20:08
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    Hi, how do I fix the problem on Mac OS X ? I have the same black screen problem, the game starts up, I got the menu, the sound, but a black screen on the game play. Where do I pu ┬źnostartup┬╗ on Mac? I can’t open properties…

  • December 3, 2014 at 22:55
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    I’ve never used Mac but I can give you some workarounds. If you use Steam you can select “Set launch options” and give -nostartup as parameter. Another option is to use the alternative to command line and give the parameter there. Last one is to use run command and give the path to the executable followed by the -nostartup option (<path_to_game_executable> -nostartup).

  • November 10, 2015 at 08:07
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    You Are The Man!!! A day and a half of trying a million possibilities and then this. A million thank you’s are not nearly enough : )

  • January 23, 2016 at 16:34
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    THANK YOU SOOO MUCH YOU ARE AWESOME !!!!

  • March 5, 2016 at 13:45
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    1000% Work,….. awesome thank you very much,.. muach,..muachh,..

  • January 15, 2017 at 06:39
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    WOW! Great I got the solution.

    THANKS!
    IWEBMAKER.

  • May 14, 2017 at 11:18
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    hey man,
    I can enter the game (aoe2 non steam) but when I trying to play I get black screen. I’m using Wine Windows Program Loader to run games on LINUX.

  • May 14, 2017 at 16:55
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    I fix that black screen for linux.
    if anyone got this error, TRY THIS:

    select all folders and files -> RIGHT CLICK-> PERMISION -> VIEW CONTENT ( ANYONE) , CHANGE CONTENT (ANYONE) , EXECUTE ( ANYONE)

    hope this help

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