Warhammer 40K PC game not Playing on Windows 8.1

I recently upgraded my computer to a windows 8.1 HP Envy computer, when I tried to run the game after setup and installation it failed with an error message.
This applies to DOW1 DOW winter assault and DOW Dark Crusade all giving the same error.

Here is a picture of the error message hope it provides an insight to the problem:

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    I’ve had a few issues with Dawn of War over the years, so I thought I’d share my experiences. You’ve mentioned that you’ve done some of these steps, but for sanity’s sake I’m going to list them all anyway:

    Working with what you’ve got

    Sometimes Windows’ permissions & security can get in the way of you actually using your PC.

    • Navigate to where the Dawn of War folder was installed. It’s probably C:\Program Files (x86)\THQ\Dawn of War.
    • Find the game’s application .exe file.
    • Right Click -> Properties -> Compatibility tab
      • Check ‘Run this Program in Compatibility mode’ and select Windows 7 (to start with, try Windows XP SP3 if 7 doesn’t work)
      • Check ‘Run this program as an Administrator’ as well.
    • Try to run the game.

    Drivers, Updates and Installations

    Assuming you’ve made it this far then there is a high likelihood you will need to try installing again. but first, we can try updating your PC, and installing necessary drivers.

    • If you have pending updates, restart your PC to install them. It’s entirely possible that one of these updates contains the missing or updated Direct X library or some other driver you need.
    • Check for and install the latest version of your Graphics Card drivers
    • Completely uninstall the games, and install them again, one at a time and confirm they work.
      • If during installation the game asks if you want to install Direct X as well, make sure you click ‘Yes’ and follow the prompts. (It’s been so long since I installed the standalone version that I can’t remember if Dawn of War does this).
      • Start with Dawn of War, then Winter Assault, and finally Dark Crusade (even though it’s a standalone, do it last).

    Desperate Times

    So, you’ve gotten through the above and the game still isn’t running. According to a source on Relic’s forums, you may need to play around with some config files.

    To summarise the steps in the link:

    1. Have Dawn of War & Expansions fully installed
    2. Navigate to the Dawn of War directory C:\Program Files (x86)\THQ\Dawn of War.

    3. Find the Drivers folder. Inside this folder there are two files, spdx9_config.txt, and nvidia.txt

    4. Create a folder called something like Originals and move these files into it. You may need the original files later if/when you need to download and install updates.

    5. Create two empty files with the same names as the files above.
    6. Place the dummy files into Drivers and run the game. It should hopefully launch fine.

    The author advises not going for the Window option on configure as he found it buggy.

    Edit: I did some more investigating, and what the spdx9_config.txt file actually does is lists compatible graphics cards. Unfortunately the game was built to take this list seriously, and as the list has never been updated (from a fresh install perspective at least), the game fails when it can’t find your graphics card on the list.

    Luckily, I’ve found an updated file (as of Dec 19, 2012 at least), which I’ve pasted here. Copy the entirety of this scroll area into your new (empty) spdx9_config.txt file.

    ;;;;
    
    
    ;
    ; spDx9_config.txt : configuration for the Dx9 PC spooge driver
    ;
    
    ; configfile : set of shader compiler scripts
    
    ; allowdevice : allows cards to always fail initialization
    allowdevice 1
    
    ; allowhwtnl : allows hardware TnL to be used
    allowhwtnl 1
    
    ; allowtfactor : allows the TFactor to be used as a constant colour
    allowtfactor 1
    
    ; allowhwcursor : allows the use of the Dx8 cursor system
    allowhwcursor 1
    
    ; allow32bitdisplay : allows 32bit display modes
    allow32bitdisplay 1
    
    ; disableslowalpha : when alpha flipping is not available, don't allow dest alpha
    disableslowalpha 1
    
    ; allowrgba4np2 : allows D3DFMT_A4R4G4B4 for NP2 textures
    allowrgba4np2 1
    
    ; isslowcard : used as a hint to automatic configuration to use lower numbers
    isslowcard 0
    
    ; togglemodeonstartup : tells the driver to toggle the bit depth before starting the device
    ; fixes problems with running after an OpenGL game
    
    ; maxstage : sets a maximum number of texture stages to use
    ; maxtexture : sets a maximum number of textures to use (in one pass)
    ; allowtfactor : allows compiler to use tfactor (it is sometimes emulated using the diffuse channel)
    ; allowtemp : allows compiler to use D3DTA_TEMP as a result
    ; allowlookupdudv : allows EMBM texturing
    ; allowrender2texture : allows render to texture
    ; allowpalettedtextures : allows paletted textures to be created
    
    ;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;
    ;
    ; 3dfx
    ;
    begin vendor 0x121a
    ; Disabled cards (below min-spec)
    allowdevice 0
    end
    
    
    ;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;
    ;
    ; ATI
    ;
    begin vendor 0x1002
    
    configfile ati.txt
    
    allowlookupdudv 0
    
    ; Disabled cards (below min-spec)
    ; RAGE MOBILITY 128 M4 (RAGE 128 PRO based)
    begin device 0x4D46
    allowdevice 0
    end
    begin device 0x4D4C
    allowdevice 0
    end
    ; RAGE MOBILITY 128 M3 (RAGE 128 PRO based)
    begin device 0x4C45 0x4C46
    allowdevice 0
    end
    ; RAGE 128 PRO ULTRA
    begin device 0x5446
    allowdevice 0
    end
    begin device 0x544C
    allowdevice 0
    end
    begin device 0x5452 0x5455
    allowdevice 0
    end
    ; RAGE 128 4X
    begin device 0x5345 0x5348
    allowdevice 0
    end
    begin device 0x534B 0x534E
    allowdevice 0
    end
    ; RAGE 128 PRO GL
    begin device 0x5041 0x5046
    allowdevice 0
    end
    ; RAGE 128 PRO VR
    begin device 0x5047 0x5058
    allowdevice 0
    end
    ; RAGE 128 GL
    begin device 0x5245 0x5246
    allowdevice 0
    end
    begin device 0x534B 0x534D
    allowdevice 0
    end
    ; RAGE 128 VR
    begin device 0x524B 0x524C
    allowdevice 0
    end
    begin device 0x5345 0x5347
    allowdevice 0
    end
    ; RAGE MOBILITY M/M1/P (RAGE PRO based)
    begin device 0x4C4D
    allowdevice 0
    end
    begin device 0x4C52
    allowdevice 0
    end
    ; RAGE LT-PRO (RAGE PRO based)
    begin device 0x4C42
    allowdevice 0
    end
    begin device 0x4C49 0x4C50
    allowdevice 0
    end
    ; RAGE LT (RAGE II based)
    begin device 0x4C47
    allowdevice 0
    end
    ; RAGE XL (RAGE PRO based)
    begin device 0x474D
    allowdevice 0
    end
    begin device 0x474F
    allowdevice 0
    end
    begin device 0x4752
    allowdevice 0
    end
    ; RAGE XC (RAGE PRO based)
    begin device 0x474C
    allowdevice 0
    end
    begin device 0x474E
    allowdevice 0
    end
    ; RAGE PRO
    begin device 0x4742
    allowdevice 0
    end
    begin device 0x4744
    allowdevice 0
    end
    begin device 0x4749 0x4750
    allowdevice 0
    end
    ; RAGE IIC AGP
    begin device 0x4757
    allowdevice 0
    end
    begin device 0x4759 0x475A
    allowdevice 0
    end
    ; RAGE IIC PCI
    begin device 0x4756
    allowdevice 0
    end
    begin device 0x5656
    allowdevice 0
    end
    ; RAGE II+
    begin device 0x4755
    allowdevice 0
    end
    ; RAGE II
    begin device 0x4754
    allowdevice 0
    end
    
    ; Radeon 7000
            begin device 0x5159
    allowdevice 0
    end
    
    
    ; Slow cards
    ; Radeon 7500
    begin device 0x5157
    isslowcard 1
    end
    ; Mobility Radeon 7500
    begin device 0x4C57
    isslowcard 1
    end
    ; Radeon/Radeon 7200
    begin device 0x5144 0x5147
    isslowcard 1
    end
    ; Radeon IGP
    begin device 0x4336 0x4337
    isslowcard 1
    end
    ; Radeon IGP
    begin device 0x4437
    isslowcard 1
    end
    ; Radeon VE/Radeon 7000
    begin device 0x515A
    isslowcard 1
    end
    ; Mobility Radeon
    begin device 0x4C59 0x4C5A
    isslowcard 1
    end
    end
    
    
    ;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;
    ;
    ; nVidia
    ;
    begin vendor 0x10DE
    
    configfile nvidia.txt'
    
    ; disable drivers prior to version 52.16 (previous versions have quirks with directx 9 in win98)
    
    begin version 0x0000 0x000D
    allowdevice 1
    end
    begin subversion 0x0000 0x0009
    allowdevice 1
    end
    
    begin build 0x0000 0x1459
    allowdevice 1
    end
    
    ; Disabled cards (below min-spec)
    ; RIVA TNT
    begin device 0x0020
    allowdevice 0
    end
    ; RIVA TNT2/TNT2 Pro
    begin device 0x0028
    allowdevice 0
    end
    ; RIVA TNT2 Ultra
    begin device 0x0029
    allowdevice 0
    end
    ; Vanta/Vanta LT
    begin device 0x002C
    allowdevice 0
    end
    ; RIVA TNT2 Model 64/Model 64 Pro
    begin device 0x002D
    allowdevice 0
    end
    ; Aladdin TNT2
    begin device 0x00A0
    allowdevice 0
    end
    
    ; NV1x (GeForce 256/2/2mx/4mx)
    begin device 0x0100 0x01FF
    allowrgba4np2 0
    isslowcard 1
    end
    
            ;  nvidia genius reused a segment inside the 0x01.. range of ids for the NV43 line
            ;  turn on what has been turned off by previous group of devices for this cards
            ;       NV43 Geforce 6200,6600/6610 GT/PCI, Quadro FX540,  line
            begin device 0x0140 0x014F
                  isslowcard 0
                  allowrgba4np2 1
                  allowhwtnl 1
            end
    end
    
    
    ;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;
    ;
    ; Matrox
    ;
    begin vendor 0x102b
    
    ; G550
    begin device 0x2527
    allowdevice 0
    end
    
    ; G400/G450
    begin device 0x0525
    allowdevice 0
    end
    
    end
    
    
    ;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;
    ;
    ; Intel
    ;
    begin vendor 0x8086
    
    isslowcard 1
    
    ; 810 (and 810e)
    begin device 0x7121 0x7123
    allowdevice 0
    end
    
    ; Intel(R) 82810E
    begin device 0x7125
    allowdevice 0
    end
    
    
    end
    
    
    ;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;
    ;
    ; S3
    ;
    begin vendor 0x5333
    
    isslowcard 1
    
    ; Savage4
    begin device 0x8a22
    allowdevice 0
    end
    
    ; ProSavage
    begin device 0x8A26
    allowdevice 0
    end
    
    ; ProSavageDDR
    begin device 0x8D02
    allowdevice 0
    end
    
    begin device 0x8D04
    allowdevice 0
    end
    
    ; Savage 2000
    begin device 0x9102
    allowdevice 0
    end
    
    end
    
    
    ;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;
    ;
    ; SiS
    ;
    begin vendor 0x1039
    
    isslowcard 1
    
    ; 315/315e
    begin device 0x0325
    allowdevice 0
    end
    
    ; xabre
    begin device 0x0330
    allowdevice 0
    end
    
    ; 630/730
    begin device 0x6300
    allowdevice 0
    end
    
    ; SIS (M)650, 651
    begin device 0x6325
    allowdevice 0
    end
    end
    
    
    ;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;
    ;
    ; Trident
    ;
    begin vendor 0x1023
    ; Blade XP
    begin device 0x9910
    allowdevice 0
    end
    
    ; CyberBlade XP
    begin device 0x8820
    allowdevice 0
    end
    end
    
    
    ;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;
    ;
    ; PowerVR
    ;
    begin vendor 0x104A
    end
    
    
    ;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;
    ;
    ; VIA/S3G
    ;
    begin vendor 0x1106
    
    isslowcard 1
    
    ; UniChrome Graphics, KM400/KN400
    begin device 0x7205
    allowdevice 0
    end
    
    ; UniChrome Graphics, KM400/KN400
    begin device 0x9910
    allowdevice 0
    end
    
    end
    ;;;
    

    I got the same “Spooge driver not found…” error with DoW: Dark Crusade disk version. Starting the game as Administrator or using compatability mode (XP and Windows 7) did not work.

    I tried deleting the C:\Program Files (x86)\THQ\Dawn of War - Dark Crusade\Drivers\spdx9_config.txt file and then I was able to start the game and config graphics.

    First of all, you have stated that compatability mode does not work, what about running it as administrator? I’ve found that for example League of Legends will sometimes fail to boot if you do not specifically launch it as admin, even though my user account already has admin access.

    If all else fails and you simply can’t get it to work under windows 8, you could run XP in a virtual machine, a fairly easy way to do it is listed here.

    Have you checked your graphics card is running the program in hardware mode, further, have you tried right clicking the shortcut and selecting “run as administrator”?

    Finally have you tried running the troubleshoot compatibility option?

    Same problem here, just delete the file. Run the game and if it doesn work create a blank file with the name spdx9_config . Game runs now.

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