Magic the Gathering: Duels of the Planeswalkers PC Version on Steam Cannot Run, Play, start, Load


PROBLEM:

So you just bought Magic the Gathering: Duels of the Planeswalkers on Steam. You excitedly downlaod it, and when it’s finally done you gleefully doubl-click the icon…

And nothing happens. Okay, so maybe you didn’t click it properly. You try again. This time you’re sure you see the little pop up that appears whenever you start up any game thru Steam. It disappears almost instantly… But still no game.

You click the Play button instead, run it from Program Files – nothing.

What gives??!!!

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SOLUTION:

You probably need Windows Service Pack 3 like I did.

Head on over to http://support.microsoft.com/kb/322389 to get it. Myself used the following option:

1) Scroll down about a page and a half to Let me fix it myself.

2) Look for Download the latest Windows XP service pack from the Microsoft Download Center. (Yes, there is an Express choice, but it failed for me.)

3) Click the link Collapse this imageExpand this image
Download
Download the Windows XP Service Pack 3 package now
(or here it is if you prefer).

4) Save the file and wait for the download to finish.

5) Once it’s fully downloaded, turn off your anti-virus’ automatic guard before you run the file (important or the installation will fail after making you wait ages!).

6) Let the installer/updater run by itself.

7) Once it’s finished, let it auto-restart your PC or restart manually.

8) Boot up Steam and play some MtG!

(Solution found at various forums and tested myself.)

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ADDITIONAL:

The screen may be too zoomed-in to see all the cards. And when you zoom in to a specific card, the bottom section is off screen – so you can’t read the details.

SOLUTION:

Simple. Go back to the main menu, get into the options for display, and set it to a lower resolution.

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PS. My recollection of ranking 10th in a Type 1.5 tourney here.

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8 Responses to “Magic the Gathering: Duels of the Planeswalkers PC Version on Steam Cannot Run, Play, start, Load”

  1. Zack T Says:

    Or just get the latest Windows 7 and not bother with XP anymore. =P

    Happily using Windows 7… haha

  2. hola hoop Says:

    A Sign From God? Presidential Seal Falls of Podium During Obama’s Speech…

    Consider it a warning, next time it might be a lightning bolt…

  3. mallberri bush Says:

    “Magic the Gathering”

    Four billboard trucks bearing the message “Stop the Liberal Bias, Tell the Truth!” began circling the Manhattan headquarters of ABC, CBS, NBC, and the New York Times on Friday. The trucks will do so for eight hours every weekday for the next four weeks as part of a campaign run by the Media Research Center, a watchdog group that analyzes the media for liberal bias.
    http://www.cnsnews.com/news/article/trucks-encircle-abc-cbs-nbc-challenge-li

  4. pipa Says:

    The Earth Is Flat and Much Larger than the Sun (Which Is Also Flat)

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  5. Zack T Says:

    A Sign From God? Presidential Seal Falls of Podium During Obama’s Speech…

    Consider it a warning, next time it might be a lightning bolt…

    WHoa… That’s cool… Indeed.. must be a warning of sorts.. Haha.

  6. hutchrun Says:

    “Cannot Run, Play, start, Load”

    The Obama administration blocked efforts by government scientists to tell the public just how bad the Gulf oil spill could become and committed other missteps that raised questions about its competence and candor during the crisis, according to a commission appointed by the president to investigate the disaster.
    http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5gIXWYBTpLtSayJtg41LKXpxSxVPAD9IMFBQO0?docId=D9IMFBQO0

    Chitlin eater worse than Bush

  7. lotto Says:

    Steam cannot run

  8. nexus Says:

    Love is a many splendored thing

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