Earth 2150 construction center crash

When playing Earth 2150 or the expansions, some people have reported noticing the Earth 2150 construction center crash. This crash happens as soon as you open the Construction Center in game (press F1). The crash will give you the following (general) error message:

Earth 2150 has stopped working

earth2150_stopped_working

It seems like the crash is related to some instabilities in the graphics engine for the game – it doesn’t seem to like resolutions that are not 4:3 aspect, or are too large (stick to 1280x1024x32 or less). To fix this crash:

  1. Open the graphics settings menu. If you installed the game through steam, go to your library, select the game and hit play. Then select the “Graphics settings” option when it comes up. You cannot edit the graphics for this game from within the game itself! If you do not have a steam install, navigate to your Earth 2150 installation folder and run “Setup.exe”.
  2. Select an OpenGL Hardware configuration. Do not select Direct3d HAL! Even though there are numerous available display settings only a few of them work, and there seem to be other issues with Direct3d for the game. Any of the OpenGL configurations should get around the Earth 2150 construction center crash.
  3. Test your desired configuration and hit OK.
  4. Run the game again. Your new settings should now be applied.

If you’ve followed the above steps and are still having issues with the Earth 2150 construction center crash, please post in the comments below. To increase your chances of a solution being found include as much detail as possible (which version of the game you’re running, what operating system you have, what video card you have and steps to reproduce the issue). Screenshots are also very useful!

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