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'Out of range' error when starting the game

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When I run this game it plays the introduction videos then my monitor switches to standby mode. A message "Out of Scan Range" appears on screen, how do I play this game?

Install the patch for this game, then you will be able to manually reset the game's refresh rate, which should solve this problem.
The patch is available from:

http://www.firaxis.com/support/support_detail.php?gameid=3&patch=1Browse

Browse to the installation folder and open the file named "Civilization3.ini" and add the phrase "refresh=60" (without the quotes) on a new line in this file.

Resave the file and load the game up again.

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    steve robbins

    this may work if there really was an ini file of that name

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