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Postby Dark Riku » Sun 02 Jun, 2019 6:17 pm

Last update 09/12/2022

Installation guidelines
You need "Dawn of War II: Retribution" to play Elite. Not "Dawn of War II" or "Dawn of War II: the last standalone".
Make sure to start DoW2:R once before installing Elite as this will finalize the installment process.
Make sure Steam, DoW2:R and Elite are all on the same hard drive.
-> If you pick the standard installation path on all installers this should already be the case.
-> If you placed Steam and DoW2:R somewhere else make sure to point the Elite installer to the correct path.

No Range unit tooltips
Elite Mod only supports English, other languages are not supported.
Make sure to not have any other conflicting UCF files. Some other mods for example might also have their own UCF files.
-> If you are running multiple mods you need to save the different UCF files somewhere else and place them back when using that particular mod.
-> C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\common\Dawn of War II - Retribution\GameAssets\Locale\English

Missing files
Go to Steam, Library, DoWII: Retribution, right click, properties, local files, verify integrity of game files...

Installing DoW2:R and Elite on Mac
fragrantpanda's Guide

Installing DoW2:R and Elite on Linux
image357's Guide

Startup issue (Thanks to BbBoS)
Sometimes on a new installation it doesn't install the DirectX needed to run DoWII:R.
Go to C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\common\Dawn of War II - Retribution\Install and click on "DXSETUP".
Or download it from Microsoft

Windows 8.1 startup issues (Thanks to Tsototar)
Reinstall an older version of DirectX (9.0c).
Downloaded and run the "DirectX End-User Runtime Web Installer" from Microsoft.
The full topic discussion.

DoW2:R not running on 16 cores (Thanks to Batpimp for bringing the issue to our attention.)
Deactivate 8 out of your 16 cores and the game will run.
DOW2CoreFix (Thanks to maximum gaming for making an easy fix.)

Soundbug (SB)
I would recommend the following two workarounds. Since I've used them together I've not had a SB yet.
SMOL fix by nah This experimental fix updates fmodex.dll for audio related tasks.
You need to reinstall this every time you would "verify the integrity of steam cache" for DOW2:R
Lock your FPS to 58.

More info:
Steam guide by yellowmonkeySoulEater
moddb page by yellowmonkey_Elite

Issues fixed by yellowmonkeySoulEater

Can't click using mouse or use the keyboard on the in-game menu screen.
This seems to happen if your default keyboard language is set to another language other than English.
How To Change Keyboard Language on Windows 10

Start up Menu says "OUT OF VIDEO MEMORY" and has a pink background.
This bug seems to be due to anti-aliasing. In the in-game settings turn AA off.
Check that you do not have it turned on in your Nvidia Control Panel or ATI Catalyst Control Center.

https://steamcommunity.com/app/56400/di ... 182657478/
https://steamcommunity.com/app/56400/di ... 722158831/
https://www.rage3d.com/board/forum/grap ... t=33986556

Sync Error
Avoid putting random whether for players or AI.
While we can't be sure what causes it, it seems that selecting random tends to increase the problem.

https://web.archive.org/web/20150323003 ... r-detected
https://www.reddit.com/r/dawnofwar/comm ... ync_error/

Army Level Reset
This error seems to occur due to a desync between your computer and Steam.
Quit the game and log out of steam. Restart your computer.
Before relaunching the game, manually login to Steam. Wait a few seconds. Launch the game.
If this doesn't work, reinstall the game.
Note: When you attempt to launch the game, you may get a Steam message about the desync.
If that happens, just cancel that message, and relaunch the game. This should avoid a desync between Steam and your game.

Game on startup has a black screen and sound (Radeon users)
This is due to an old Radeon driver bug.
Go to properties on steam and put "-window" in the launch options.
In windowed mode, changed the game's resolution to your own and run the game again outside of windowed mode, take out the "-window" command.

Reference: https://www.reddit.com/r/dawnofwar/comm ... ck_screen/

Campaign Bugs
Don't play the campaign on Elite Mod. Use the retail game.
Only play Noot's Ordo Malleus Survival Campaign Mod on Elite Mod. It replaces the IG Campaign.

What if you cannot find an answer here?
Ask at the Technical Section of Main Elite Discord.

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