From Worms Knowledge Base
This FAQ is for technical problems and will only apply to users of the latest Beta version of Worms Armageddon, or users either trying to update to this version, trying to install WA or trying to access WormNET.
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- 1 Installing WA
- 2 Patching/updating WA
- 3 Starting WA
- 3.1 "C:\Windows\System32\Autoexec.nt The system file is not suitable for running MS-DOS and Microsoft Windows applications..."
- 3.2 I get a "No CD" Error
- 3.3 "ltkrn10n.dll was not found"
- 3.4 When trying to run the game, the Sold Out installation setup sometimes insists that I install the update, even when I have already done so
- 3.5 "The WA.exe file expects a newer version of Windows. Upgrade your Windows version"
- 3.6 "Graphics subsystem error - Unable to set desired video mode"
- 3.7 I get a black screen when I try to run WA, then it crashes to desktop or I have to restart the computer
- 4 Front-end problems
- 4.1 I can't see the bottom or right side of the screen in the front end
- 4.2 The frontend and menu system suffers flickiness, lacks background sound, messed up animations, or unusually slow/fast animations
- 4.3 The game uses all CPU in the front-end (menus)
- 4.4 When returning from a game, I get a black screen with some white areas
- 4.5 WA crashes or minimizes when I try to edit the map, or edit or create a team
- 4.6 WA crashes when I try to edit a map
- 4.7 WA crashes when I try to edit or create a team on Windows Vista
- 4.8 I can't select a high resolution
- 4.9 WA crashes when I minimise and then try to maximise
- 4.10 It is not possible to generate or load maps
- 4.11 "ERROR: Could Not open/create team File" when editing teams
- 4.12 Teams disappear when W:A is closed
- 5 In-game problems
- 5.1 W:A quits to the desktop when I try to start a match
- 5.2 Right-clicking in-game fails to open the weapons menu
- 5.3 In-game plays extremely slow on Windows Vista
- 5.4 In-game plays extremely slow on higher detail levels
- 5.5 The water and sky are black
- 5.6 Players quit with a "desynchronization error"
- 5.7 The game colours get all messed up
- 5.8 The sound stutters (or plays unsmoothly) in-game
- 5.9 The game doesn't react to some of the keys I press
- 5.10 The game freezes while playing online
- 5.11 The weapon panel moves randomly in either direction
- 5.12 When I minimize the game, I can't restore it
- 5.13 After I minimize and restore the game, I can't click anything
- 5.14 The game crashes when playing an Instant Replay
- 6 WormNET
- 6.1 I have been banned for no reason!
- 6.2 I see the error "Unable to detect IPX protocol" when clicking "Test network"
- 6.3 When I try to connect to WormNET, nothing happens
- 6.4 When I try to connect to WormNET, the game freezes up (possibly with messed up colours)
- 6.5 When I join WormNET, the content of the channel list, player list and the message of the day box never loads
- 6.6 No one can join my games
- 6.7 I can't join my friend's game
- 6.8 When I try to host a game, the game freezes up
- 6.9 When I try to join games, I keep getting a "Checksum 15" error
- 6.10 When I try to team in, nothing happens
- 7 Miscellaneous
I can't install Worms Armageddon. The auto-run installation screen disappears, and nothing else will work.
Disabling DMA (Direct Memory Access) has been known to solve this. To disable DMA,
- Start Menu → Control Panel → System
- Click the Hardware tab, then click Device Manager
- Expand the System Devices sublist
- Double-click "Direct memory access controller"
- Select "disable" from the Device Usage drop-down list
The installation freezes at 100%, and the game fails to install when I quit it.
Keep waiting, the installation will eventually complete after a few minutes. Cause of this problem is unknown.
I am encountering other problems with installing the game
When installing the 3.0 patch, I get the error "Failed to find installation path"
This is caused by missing or incorrect Registry entries created by the WA installer. This can be solved by reinstalling, or editing the registry entries as follows:
- Start menu → Run → regedit
- Navigate to "HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Team17SoftwareLTD\WormsArmageddon\"
- Double-click the PATH string and make sure the directory location is correct
I get a "Bad Integrity" error when trying to run the Patch or Update file
The file is corrupted. Try deleting it and downloading it again.
"C:\Windows\System32\Autoexec.nt The system file is not suitable for running MS-DOS and Microsoft Windows applications..."
This file has a nasty habit of corrupting itself, so Microsoft supplied a backup copy for such circumstances. Simply copy the "Autoexec.nt" file from "C:\Windows\Repair" to "C:\Windows\System32". If your Windows is installed in a different location, replace C:\Windows with that location.
If this doesn't work, see the Q324767 article from Microsoft support.
I get a "No CD" Error
You probably tried to patch WA when it did not need patching. Uninstall the game and try installing only the beta update.
"ltkrn10n.dll was not found"
You tried installing an outdated Beta patch on top of an unpatched version of the game. Download and install the latest Beta update.
When trying to run the game, the Sold Out installation setup sometimes insists that I install the update, even when I have already done so
Ignore the message.
"The WA.exe file expects a newer version of Windows. Upgrade your Windows version"
Windows 98/ME compatibility has been accidentally broken in 126.96.36.199. This will be fixed in the next update. For now, downgrade to 188.8.131.52.
This problem is caused by the Visual Studio 2008 compiler, which no longer generate binaries compatible with Windows 98 and ME. All future 3.x versions will be built with Visual Studio 2005.
"Graphics subsystem error - Unable to set desired video mode"
Your video card or video drivers do not support the video mode required by W:A. If you are using Windows Vista on a notebook computer with an Intel video chipset, this is a known problem - Intel has chosen to no longer support old games such as Worms Armageddon for their Vista drivers. The only work-around is to emulate W:A. Otherwise, try updating your drivers.
I get a black screen when I try to run WA, then it crashes to desktop or I have to restart the computer
Disabling the introduction screens has been known to solve this. To do this, right-click the WA shortcut icon, select properties, and in the "Target" text box, type "/nointro" at the end of the path.
This must be outside of the quotation marks for it to work. For example,
"C:\Worms Armageddon\wa.exe" /nointro
Your font sizes are set to a large value. W:A does not support non-standard font sizes. Open the Display Properties Control Panel applet, click Advanced... on the Settings tab and set font sizes to Normal size (96 DPI).
Locate your WA directory and open the Tweaks folder, then double-click the file "SlowFrontEndWorkAround_On.reg". If this doesn't solve the problem, do the same with "SlowFrontEndWorkAround_Off.reg". If this still doesn't work, do the same with "SlowFrontEndWorkAround_AntiFlicker.reg". If none of these work, your video card is too modern. These problems will be fixed in a future update. See this thread for more details.
See the solution in the previous question. Note that it might not be possible to achieve good visuals and low CPU usage at the same time.
When returning from a game, I get a black screen with some white areas
This is a problem with DirectX for which a workaround has not yet been found. For some reason, the colour palette is set to two colours (black and white). To restore the colour palette, minimize by clicking at the bottom of the screen or pressing Shift+Escape, then restore the game.
WA crashes or minimizes when I try to edit the map, or edit or create a team
This is caused by having a program with an "Always On Top" feature. MSN Messenger is a common culprit. Try closing other programs, or finding this setting and disabling it.
WA crashes when I try to edit a map
This problem is considered to be caused by a change in the behavior of graphic drivers and/or DirectX. The next Beta update will include a workaround. In the meantime, try updating your video drivers.
WA crashes when I try to edit or create a team on Windows Vista
If you enabled any compatibility options for W:A, disable them. The crash is caused by a problem in Windows Vista's compatibility layer.
I can't select a high resolution
If you enabled any compatibility options for W:A, disable them. Windows will restrict the list of resolutions reported to W:A as being available if you enable certain compatibility options.
WA crashes when I minimise and then try to maximise
There are some known problems with minimisation in the front-end - such as if a message box appears while the game is minimised. Until those are fixed, there will inevitably be cases which cause W:A to crash while minimised or being restored.
It is not possible to generate or load maps
This problem may happen when W:A can't write to the directory you installed it to. It usually happens when you change the default installation path and install W:A under "Program files". On Windows Vista and newer, this will result in W:A not being able to write to its folder. To resolve the situation you can do one of the following:
- reinstall the game to a directory where non-administrators have write access (e.g under your user profile folder - the default installation path should work as well)
- run the game as administrator (not recommended; you will have to do it every time, but you can enforce this in the compatibility options)
- edit the directory's permissions to allow non-administrator users to write to it (for advanced users). Instructions:
- Browse to the parent directory of the directory you installed W:A in.
- Right click the Worms Armageddon directory, select Properties.
- Switch to the Security tab.
If the Security tab is not present, you will have to configure Windows to display it. There are some tutorials on the web.
- If an Edit button is present under the first list box, click it and confirm the UAC prompt - otherwise, skip this step.
- Select the Users item in the first list box.
- In the second list box, click the check box under Allow on the first row (Full control).
- Click OK to dismiss the check box.
"ERROR: Could Not open/create team File" when editing teams
This can happen when W:A can't write to the directory you installed it to. See the answer to the previous question.
Note that the installers on some CD editions do not create a User\Teams directory when installing W:A. Check if this directory exists, and if it doesn't, create it.
Teams disappear when W:A is closed
W:A quits to the desktop when I try to start a match
This problem appears when W:A fails to read a file from the CD. Check the condition of your W:A CD. Creating a CD image may help.
The program StrokeIt can be responsible for this. Either disable the program when playing, or find the program option that allows you to prevent it from interfering when WA is running.
In-game plays extremely slow on Windows Vista
If you're using an nVidia graphics card, updating your drivers has been known to fix this issue.
In-game plays extremely slow on higher detail levels
On some systems, the game runs very slow when the smooth background gradient is enabled (you can cycle background detail levels by pressing Insert). This is caused by incompatibility with modern video cards. Updating your drivers may fix it; otherwise, expect a fix in the next Beta update.
The water and sky are black
Like with the above problem - if you're using an nVidia graphics card on Windows Vista, updating to the latest driver version has been known to fix this issue.
Players quit with a "desynchronization error"
Desynchronization errors are usually caused by a bug in the game. Search the Team17 forums if the problem is known. If it isn't, please post the replays of that game from all players (or at least the host's and the player that desynchronized).
If you get desynchronization errors on every game start, a likely reason is that W:A can't write to its own directory, and thus can't load the game map from temporary files. See the answer to this question for details.
Note that there are several known issues which may cause desynchronization errors when using 184.108.40.206. There are expected to be fixed in the next Beta.
Desynchronization errors may also be caused by 3rd-party game add-ons which change game behaviour.
The game colours get all messed up
This happens when another application is stealing W:A's palette.
The most common cause of this problem is incompatibility with modern operating systems (Windows Vista and newer). There are several known ways to resolve this problem, with varying simplicity and effectiveness.
- A DirectDraw compatibility registry script is available here.
- In Windows Vista, having any Windows Explorer folder open while you play the game may resolve the problem.
- wkColorFix is a WormKit module which suspends Windows Explorer (the most common cause of palette corruption) while the game is running (and not minimized).
- Terminating Windows Explorer (
explorer.exe) will often resolve the problem, however the taskbar and desktop icons will remain inaccessible until Windows Explorer is relaunched. There are several ways to do this:
- Using the Task Manager (which you can open by hitting Ctrl+Alt+Delete), end process, and then start it back by going to File → Run....
- Using a batch file:
Equivalent batch command for terminating the
taskkill /F /IM explorer.exe
- Third-party tools are available which can do this for you, e.g. Worms Launcher.
- Some people have reported fixing the problem by disabling the Indexing Service (if
cidaemon.exeappears on the list) or Automatic Updates services by going to Control Panel → Administrative Tools → Services.
Another application may also be the cause of palette problems. W:A logs palette corruption occurrences to the file palette.log in your W:A folder. Note that
csrss.exe is a system process, and its presence in palette.log most likely implies OS incompatibility as described above.
The next Beta update will include a fix for most palette problems.
The sound stutters (or plays unsmoothly) in-game
This has been known to happen with a slow/defective CD drive or a damaged CD. Try creating a CD image of your W:A CD.
The game doesn't react to some of the keys I press
Some keyboard have limits on how many and which buttons may be pressed simultaneously. If you find that the game does not recognize some key presses when you hold down some buttons (such as several arrow keys and the space bar), you may need to change your keyboard or use a key remapper. See this thread on the Team17 forums for details.
The game freezes while playing online
This problem is caused by the high-resolution timer on your computer stepping backwards. This throws W:A into an infinite loop, as it tries to make up for aeons of passed time. To work around this problem, run the Tweaks\TimerWorkaround_On.reg registry script.
The weapon panel moves randomly in either direction
This problem has the same underlying cause as the one above—the high-resolution timer on your computer has stepped backwards. To work around this problem, run the Tweaks\TimerWorkaround_On.reg registry script.
When I minimize the game, I can't restore it
If you are using Windows Vista/7 and running W:A "As Administrator" - don't. User Interface Privilege Isolation causes W:A to not receive certain messages. You can temporarily work around this and restore the game by using the "Bring to front" option in Task Manager, however the long-term solution is to set up the game in such a way that it does not need to run with elevated privileges.
After I minimize and restore the game, I can't click anything
This is a known compatibility problem with Windows Vista and newer Windows versions, which will be resolved in the next update. The only known workaround is to hit Esc, which will take you to the previous screen and restore input.
The game crashes when playing an Instant Replay
I have been banned for no reason!
If you get a message that you're banned when connecting, check the green text in the message log at the bottom. This usually happens when you, someone on your network or someone who had your IP address previously had a virus or open proxy on their computer. For that reason, your IP was added to a blacklist. This is done to prevent flooders, spammers and griefers from connecting to WormNET using public proxies and vulnerable/infected computers and causing trouble.
To remove your IP from the blacklists, visit DroneBL and EFnet RBL, submit your IP address (it should be filled in automatically) and, if you're listed, send a removal request. You should also scan your computer for viruses and malware, otherwise you'll be blacklisted and banned again. Once you removed yourself, just wait for your WormNET ban to expire (this currently takes 12 hours), and you should be able to connect again.
I see the error "Unable to detect IPX protocol" when clicking "Test network"
Ignore this error. IPX is an outdated network protocol, obsoleted by TCP/IP.
When I try to connect to WormNET, nothing happens
PeerGuardian can cause this by blocking the WormNET IP address. Consider reconfiguring or disabling PeerGuardian.
When I try to connect to WormNET, the game freezes up (possibly with messed up colours)
ZoneAlarm (and possibly other firewalls) can cause this by producing a pop-up in the background when it detects your computer trying to connect. Configure ZoneAlarm so that it already gives Worms Armageddon access to the Internet. While you're there, you'll also want to allow it to act as a server, otherwise you will receive the same or similar problems when you try to host (see below).
When I join WormNET, the content of the channel list, player list and the message of the day box never loads
Restarting the game or your computer has been known to fix this.
No one can join my games
Consult the Hosting Guide.
I can't join my friend's game
Your friend may need to do some network set-up first - see the previous question.
When I try to host a game, the game freezes up
Certain Norton security products (and possibly other firewalls) can cause this by producing a pop-up in the background when it detects your computer trying to open a port. Configure your firewall/antivirus product to allow unrestricted access to W:A.
When I try to join games, I keep getting a "Checksum 15" error
This occurs when the game has been improperly updated. Follow the installation tutorial carefully.
When I try to team in, nothing happens
This problem can be caused by a misconfigured device on your network. Your computer is trying to send the team as a packet larger than the maximum transmission unit of a network node between you and the game's host. Normally when this happens, the said node will send back an ICMP packet, and your computer (or another routing device) will reconfigure to fragment the data into smaller segments (see Path MTU discovery). However, if you are using a firewall or router configured to block ICMP messages, auto-reconfiguration will fail, and the packet will be silently dropped, creating a "black hole connection".
To work around this problem, you can:
- contact your ISP or network administrator
- reconfigure your router or firewall to stop blocking ICMP "Fragmentation Needed" (Type 3, Code 4) messages
- manually set the MTU of your operating system to a lower value (might lower network performance)
- use a VPN service such as Hotspot Shield (not recommended)
Replay (.WAgame) files are not associated with W:A
Worms Armageddon creates .WAgame associations when you start W:A. However, if you run W:A from a limited user account, it will not be able to do so. To resolve the issue, run W:A once with administrative privileges (in Windows Vista: right-click on the shortcut, "Run as Administrator").
An alternative solution to many problems
Many hardware/software/OS incompatibility problems can be solved by Emulating Worms Armageddon, if you don't mind a performance trade-off.
If your problem can't be solved by following this FAQ, create a new thread on the Team17 Worms Armageddon Support forum. You could also search the forum for similar problems.