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.