however wandering through forums elsewhere it seems the problem may be with anti-aliasing.
i turned it off in RTW so that i could get screen grabs.
However, it seems that MTW needs x2 anti-aliasing to work properly.
can't guarantee this will solve all problems but will report back to see if it has solved my problem.
(even curioser - VI works fine but MTW crashes.)
UPDATE: well with my nVidia fx5200 you need anti-alaising to be application controlled to get the program to load, fixing it at x2 stops it loading.
and even then the program suffers from random crashing.
only other suggestion is rolling back the graphics driver to something about three yeras old. not really an option, so MTW has been uninstalled for good.
rolled back driver to 66.93 - problem same as before, game plays for about an hour (or even less) then crashes. autosave crashes on completing loading.
downloaded 61.77 driver from nVidia and installed it. Hurrah! prog finally works without crashing. so if you have an oldish nVidia card and MTW keeps crashing try the 61.77 driver.
this is so annoying - i used to be able to play this on this machine, and now it refuses. just wish i could remember what i did to get it working!!
unless anyone has any other ideas?
[This message has been edited by Rozanov (edited 06-13-2006 @ 12:29 PM).]