Have you tried to run the game with the -nointro flag just to see if the problems are the movies?
my brother slippery jim. thank you. i didnt know about the nointro flag. i knew for sure the movies were the problem though. i was actually able to get in the game this time for the first time. i havent tested it for that long though. assuming that nointro flag just relates to the intro then it might crash if theres campaign cutscenes like in RS3 or something like that (idk if there is). the only problem playing now is that its super laggy for some reason. on the main menu my mouse moves at less than 1 fps making it very hard to click stuff. i tried the first mission of the campaign, where you're at the tv station, and it was really rough. like i was in bullet time in the matrix. do you know any way that it might run quicker? i'm using windows 7 64 bit btw.