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Hello, fellow GOGers!
After participating in this forum for some time, I had the idea to make a compilation of all the fixes you people posted(and the ones I knew myself from other websites). I finally came around to writting it, and you can find it on my blog.

I don't want to seem like I am making shameless advertising of my(mostly dead) blog, also seeing as many of the fixes come from some of your posts, so here's the copied guide;
(Oh, and please, if you come across an error I do not talk about how to fix, have some suggestion or anything, feel free to contact me via PM or leave a comment here!)

"REQUIRED:

-Your version of choice of Settlers IV,

–DXGL(for Windows 8+. Does NOT work properly if you have multiple screens),
https://www.williamfeely.info/wiki/DXGL

–Oedi’s widescreen resolution fix,
http://www.gog.com/forum/the_settlers_series/settlers_iv_screen_resolution/post5

–Oedi’s german language patches(if you want to play the game in german and own GOG’s version),
http://www.gog.com/forum/the_settlers_series/german_language_patches_for_all_settlers_games/page1

–My guide to change the language,
https://settlermania.wordpress.com/2013/09/04/change-your-language/

-The“lost”trojan track,
https://mega.co.nz/#!aBwWgSpD!M5N1TVEjjacbGLKhQ6VA7Fbw8xU24qI9T4tmzT3yUi4

WHAT YOU NEED TO DO:

-First of all, start by installing the game just as you would usually do. Try starting it to see if it works(Windows 8+ users should get a 3D Initialisation error. Don’t worry, it’s fine).#

-If you are a victim to the 3D Initialisation Error, download DXGL and run it.screen1Click on”Add”and look for your installation folder. Go to the”Exe”folder and select the S4_Main executable. Apply the changes(you shouldn’t have to change any other settings) and the error should be gone by now. Please note that DXGL does not work properly on computers running more than one screen).

-If you do not come across any more errors, it is time to change your game’s language now(if there’s any need. If not, simply jump to the next step). This is really an easy step;
-If you want to play the game in german, simply download Oedi’s patch and run it. Select your main installation folder and install it there.
-If you want to play on any other language, just follow the steps I go through on my own guide to change the language. This won’t change the language of the cutscenes, though. (I am working on a long-term solution for this one. Please understand)

-Now, it is time to change your game’s resolution. Download and open Oedi’s Widescreen fix(he’s a great guy, really), select your desired resolution(higher resolutions tend to glitch out a little, but nothing that would render the game unplayable) and drag the respecive GfxEngine.dll to the Exe folder(the very same one where the S4_Main could be found).

-The last thing for now will be to fix the”lost trojan track”. Due to a programming error, a track was overwritten. Download the track and copy it to the”Snd”folder."

As stated on my blog entry, I would like to thank specially Oedi, as many of the solutions I mention on this compilation are his. Please remember to upvote him!
Post edited July 13, 2015 by SlaxVice86
I have more than one screen, what do I do (unless unpluging it)?
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Kampfus: I have more than one screen, what do I do (unless unpluging it)?
Try it anyway. DxGL 0.5.8 works for me on my two screens setup - just play with the DxGL settings until you get a working configuration.

Otherwise: try DxWnd instead: https://sourceforge.net/projects/dxwnd/
Post edited March 19, 2016 by adrianer
Yay! Now I can play in HD with polish subtitles. Thank you very much, it was very helpful :-)
Does this work with Windows 7? I'm having a lot of lag happening. Settlers 3 runs perfectly, but Settlers 4 literally crawls and lags.
Well hello!

Im having problems to install Settlers 4 in the first place. It just wont start the installation on Windows 10 on any compatibility mode or as administrator.

What to do?

I know how to make it run properly when i get it installed, but now im stuck with this problem. Any ideas?
Hey i recently tried playing this game on win 10 64 bit but none of the resolution fix works. also when i start the game the screen flickers a lot, i have to come to desktop and then resume the game from the start bar for it to work. i have nvidia graphic card.

Any solutions?
i cant place buildings. nothing happens. i have dxgl, the widescreentool. i testet with standart resolution and 1920x1080 resolution. on dxgl i have do change videomode to streetch on screen or aspect correct strentch, otherwise i get the d3hardware/software error.

i can zoom and scroll with mouse, can click the menus, but place buildings , nogo. wehat can i do?
So I'm having issues. I got the GoG version since the installer from the cd doesnt work. The GoG version installs like it should but I'm getting just getting the 3d error. I have DXGL, Oedi's widescreen and the lost trojan track. I tried making changes in DXGL Config but nothing works. I did manage to get past the 3d error but I got some other error instead. Please help.
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PVSK: Hey i recently tried playing this game on win 10 64 bit but none of the resolution fix works. also when i start the game the screen flickers a lot, i have to come to desktop and then resume the game from the start bar for it to work. i have nvidia graphic card.

Any solutions?
I also need the solution to this problem, so if anyone could please help it would be very appreciated
hi all im new to this site and i am trying to get settlers 4 running i`ve followed your advice on here and it is almost running it come up with a small screen (not full screen) and the mouse is about 2 inch from the pointer i run it with dxgl so is there some setting in there that needs sorting thanks to all
Same problem here. With Win10 x64 Anniversary Update/latest nvidia drivers. Screen will stay black with only the cursor visible.

Done so far:
- without any of the patches mentioned here - initialization error

- dxgl (latest version) and no other changes, initialization error goes away but still black screen
- changed res in ini - no change
- widescreen patch - no change
- original gfx.dll, and running as comp xp3/admin, main menu visible but somewho "moved" to the button - click on button= crash

Some further ideas?
Post edited August 30, 2016 by GandalfTheWhite
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GandalfTheWhite: Same problem here. With Win10 x64 Anniversary Update/latest nvidia drivers. Screen will stay black with only the cursor visible.

Done so far:
- without any of the patches mentioned here - initialization error

- dxgl (latest version) and no other changes, initialization error goes away but still black screen
- changed res in ini - no change
- widescreen patch - no change
- original gfx.dll, and running as comp xp3/admin, main menu visible but somewho "moved" to the button - click on button= crash

Some further ideas?
I got it work with the Setting "Fullscreen Window Mode" in DXGL Config
My setting is Non resizeable window.
Maybe another settings work too.


best regards
Attachments:
Thx - it's working again. You can choose everything for "Fullscreen Window Mode" in DXGL but "Fullscreen" - lol.
If the movies aren't working its because game/system need ddmedia &Indeo3/5.0codec
specifically III and IV maybe more

Indeo32 IV30/31/32 videos
&/or
Codinstl IV50 videos

can find them here
cucusoft.com/codec.asp