Several hours ago we reported about the leaking of Empire : Total War on BitTorrent. Although the game is undoubtedly a great hit, it isn’t without its share of issues. A lot of people who are using the pirated (cracked) version of the game by Razor1911 seem to be having problems. Those who actually purchased the game on Steam have reportedly run into a few problems as well. Given below are some of the issues reported by users of both the cracked and legitimate versions of Empire : Total War.

UPDATE: An update patch has been released for this game. Before you try any of the fixes mentioned in this article, update your game to the latest build and check if the problems are fixed. If you are using the pirated version, a cracked patch has been released by RazorDox – read all about it here.

Note that you may not encounter none, some or all of the problems mentioned below – user experience seem to vary from each installation. Also, not that some of these problems may exist in the legitimate version of the game as well. We cannot guarantee that the fixes mentioned in the article will solve all your problems – sometimes they will and sometimes they won’t.

Sound issues, missing sounds and other audio related problems

Problem: Missing sound effects. You may encounter missing or no sound effects with Empire : Total War. For example, when you give the command for a unit to march, you may not hear the corresponding sound effect. Some have reported missing sounds from horses, swords, cannons, etc as well.

UPDATE 8/03 (Working Solution): Search TPB for "etw_sounds_sfx.pack", download it and replace the sounds_sfx.pack file in the game's installation folder.

Solution 1 (Untested): Note that I have not tested this solution myself. Backup all replaced files before testing his method.

  1. Download the Empire : Total War Demo and install it (It’s a free Steam download).
  2. In the Demo installation directory, locate the file demo3.pack. Rename the file to sounds_sfx.pack
  3. Browse to the installation directory of the full game (not the demo). Replace the sounds_sfx.pack file located in the full install dir using the renamed filed created at step 2.
  4. Run the game

Solution 2 (New/Updated) : Download the “Empire: Total War sound fix for all releases” which can be found on public BitTorrent trackers.

Problem: Missing voice acting and missing/skipping advisor messages

Solution: See solution 2 for Missing sound effects problem (above)

Crash to desktop (CTD), freezes, installer issues and hangs

Problem: Some users (both pirated and legitimate) have experienced crashes with the game when trying to start a new campaign (for example when trying to start the road to independence campaign) while some have reported crashes after the first battle. Some others have experienced the game crashing or freezing at the loading screen or just randomly.

Solution: No direct solution yet. Keep in mind that updating DirectX, Microsoft .NET Framework and your system drivers will always help at least minimize the chances of random crashes.

UPDATED Alternative Solution: Here is something you can try to avoid the crash at road to independence campaign as well as maybe installer crashes. This is for the pirated version of the game. No guarantee that this’ll work – worth a shot anyways.

  1. Uninstall the game if you have already installed it. Delete all copied cracks or any other modified files.
  2. Create a new folder for the game to be installed. Copy all modified/cracked files to this location before installing the game.
  3. Install the game to the folder created at step 2. When the installer prompts for files on disk 2, point to them in the following order: 1. _0.sid 2. _1.sid 3. _2.sid 4. _2.sid
  4. Rename and Replace the sounds_sfx file with the one in demo as per instructions given in the sound issues section above.

Problem: Installer crashes before completion. If you are using Windows 7 Beta (and even on Vista and XP in some instances), you might experience crashes with the ETW installer, specially at the end of disk1 or disk2 installation.

Solution: When the installer prompts you for the installation disk, make sure you type the full path (Ex- X:\Empire Total War_disk1_0.sid). If you press the browse button or type and incomplete path, the installer will crash. May or may not work for OS versions other than Windows 7 as well. Keep in mind that the installer may take a long time to complete – this is normal.

Steam related errors and issues

It’s not only pirates who are suffering from ETW glitches. Legitimate buyers who downloaded the game from Steam have had their share of problems as well.

Problem: Missing textures, cannot launch the game from Steam, error messages ‘empire.exe caused an error….’, etc

Solution: The above problems may have something to do with Steam not downloading all of the game files correctly. Launch Steam, Right click on Empire: Total War, go to properties. Open the ‘local files’ tab and verify the integrity of game cache. Re-Download any files if required.

Performance enhancements and software/drivers for error free Empire : Total War game experience

Make sure you have the following software installed on your system for optimal game experience

NVIDIA Drivers: NVIDIA have released 182.08 drivers which are recommended from Empire : Total War. Direct download links are given below:

ATI Drivers: Download the latest ATI Catalyst 9.2 drivers from this link:

Motherboard and sound card drivers: [Click Here] to download 3DP Chip for Windows Vista/XP – This program will automatically detect your hardware (video card, sound card and motherboard) and find available driver updates.

Latest Microsoft .NET Framework: Download the latest .NET Framework from

Latest Microsoft DirectX Runtime: This is very important if you are using Windows XP, download the latest DirectX runtimes from this link.

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  1. Abwahab // 3/05/2009 03:18:00 AM  

    ok thanx

  2. Unknown // 3/06/2009 04:54:00 PM  

    RTI Crash - I updated my Nvidia drivers and then began a reinstall of the game - I did not uninstall just installed over the folder. It stalled at around about 900 files I then cancelled the installation. Then applied the sound fix again.

    The ROI no longer crashed after mission 1.

  3. Unknown // 3/06/2009 08:15:00 PM  

    Hard to believe but Stephen is right! I updated my Nvidia driver (I have a GeForce 8800 GTS)2 days ago but Road to Indepence still crashed after the first abttle. So I ddi what he siad: I can't actually uninstall the game because it's not shown in the installed programs in control panel, so I just reinstalled in the same folder (without making modifications to the folder). It stalled at 954 files so I just cancelled it by closing the window (the x in the upper right corner). A process called "something"pack.exe remained active taking up >30% of my CPU so I ended it with task manager. Started the game and now I am in Jamestown!! :)

  4. Unknown // 3/06/2009 11:25:00 PM  

    If your game hangs after the first battle of the Road to Independence campaign, here is the solution:

    If you are doing a new install, do _not_ overwrite the data\campaigns\episodic_1\startpos.esf file with the one from the Razor1911 directory on dvd1.

    If you already did overwrite it, and you dont have the originally installed file, well, then i guess you have to do a reinstall.

  5. Anonymous // 3/07/2009 01:45:00 AM  

    There is a problem with the second chapter in the Road to Independence. After you are to take over fort Louisburg, for a mission, you will get two more, Take over Quebec and Montrial. [Sorry for spelling]

    Note: at the end of chapter 2 in episode 2 when the advisor is talking it zooms out and you can see canada then it zooms back in and canada is black again.

  6. Lightning_Struck_Tower // 3/07/2009 02:57:00 AM  

    Thanks for sharing your experience and suggestions here guys. Keep it up.

  7. Anonymous // 3/08/2009 11:36:00 AM  

    For those who were able to fix the Quebec and Montreal problem in Episode 2, once you take over a city, Episode 3 will not load. The progress bar will freeze and the game wont respond.

  8. Unknown // 3/08/2009 03:25:00 PM  

    "Episode 3 will not load. The progress bar will freeze and the game wont respond."

    Well, I tought the same thing, but you just have to wait. (Around 5 minutes.)

    Note: Waiting doesnt work for the episodic_1\startpos.esf file problem. I've waited 20 minutes, and the progress bar didnt move.

  9. cory // 3/09/2009 04:27:00 AM  

    The words in the menus wont show up on mine and I cant find anything about that kind of problems my videos are also flashy and slow along with the actual game play and terrible graphics.

  10. Unknown // 3/09/2009 08:39:00 PM  

    I ran into the problem of the unrevealed map in chapter 2. Haven't really found a solution.

    I'm guessing that the RTI campaign is basically a right-off due to the amount of unrelated issues.

    The GC seems ti work fine... don't know whether this is an issue with the copy I have or if its just not a feature but:-
    I can't see how to get a breakdown of the positive and negitive actions taken into account with the diplomatic attitude.
    Also my rakes don't get better by peforming missions sucessfully.
    Finally I was told there is a shortcut to mass roll out a new upgrade eg better farms across all your provinces, can't figure that one out either...

  11. Unknown // 3/11/2009 07:28:00 AM  

    There are two _0.sid one for Disk 1 and one for Disk two..PLEASE SPECIFY AS IT CONFUSING!!!!

  12. TEAM FILEnetworks // 3/12/2009 03:19:00 AM  

    The order is for the files on disk 2.

  13. Ultima // 3/20/2009 03:51:00 PM  

    the etw_sounds_sfx.pack fix really works! thanks!

  14. Unknown // 4/07/2009 09:57:00 PM  

    There are the problems before I install the NVIDIA xp x64. (I'm downloading it now).

    - One of my fleet can't be selected (return : error)
    - I can't conquer the Istambul/Constantinopel/Otoman's city (return : error)
    - After the first battle at 'Road to Independence' is crash.

    It is because the driver?

  15. Unknown // 3/12/2010 09:15:00 PM  

    I get a CTD when loading any battle.I have a 1 GB NVIDIA criver.Why does this happen. I mean the bar gets loaded upto 1/4th and then there is a CTD. Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y does this happen.Dis is driving me crazy

  16. ykmykm // 4/04/2010 03:12:00 PM  

    HAving the same sound problem with Napoleon total war. only difference is i cant find the sound_sfx pack for NTW.

    any of you guys know where to download the sound fix for NTW for free?

  17. Unknown // 10/30/2013 07:56:00 AM  

    Those who are familiar with the gaming masterpiece that was this game's predecessor will be pleased to hear that a new naval battle system has been added to this game. Now, you can conquer the world by land and by sea. Witness and engage in maritime battles with dozens of warships firing at each other at the same time. Sink your enemy's ships using powerful cannon attacks, or capture their ships by climbing on board.

    Empire Total War

  18. Unknown // 2/18/2016 08:27:00 AM  

    I have a problem with CTD and graphics errors ...It crashes whenever I start the independence campaign or when i enter a battle! I can only play the Grand Campaign ,but all land units are missing texture and appear black, and if i chose to personally lead the battle it crashes again ! Mine is the razor version 1.5....I have tried almost everything, from optimizing my video and memory cards to reinstalling the game over 5 times. Please HELP!