Theatre of War displays RUNTIME ERROR#3 (TRAP) and exits

Its an old title, which we no longer include in our catalog, but there is a note that "Theatre of War 1 displays RUNTIME ERROR#3 (TRAP) and exits" which indicates:

This problem is due to the graphics card on your computer, more specifically, it's ability to support OpenGL.

If you have one of the following graphics cards then the game will not work:

  • Mobile Intel(R) 900, 915, 925, 945GM/GU Express Chipset Family
  • Nvidia GF440MX and earlier
  • Nvidia GeForce 5600 and earlier
  • ATI Radeon 9550 and earlier

It appears to be more of a problem with ATI graphics cards, and the level of OpenGL support has been reduced since it's 2008 drivers were released.

Some users report that disabling the shadows on the program will fix the problem.

  1. From the main menu select OPTIONS, then VIDEO. 
  2. In here Untick all of the options and change any HIGH or MEDIUM to LOW.

Some more technical users have extracted a .DLL file from older ATI catalyst driver archives and replaced it on their computer...

1c offer the following advice for the users of the game at

Q: When I try to start the game an error appears on my screen: "Runtime error #3()trap. Please, contact the vendoe of this application".
A: The solution for this problem can be found on Transcription quote: "First off, make sure you have the latest game version installed as the latest patch offers enhanced overall game performance and stability. Download page for the all Inclusive Uber Patch: The following are other steps to try.

  1. Obviously make sure you have the very latest video, sound and DirectX software installed on your computer. Here are links for some of these files. For Nvidia Video Cards, go here for the latest drivers: For ATI Video Cards, go here for the latest drivers: For the latest version of Microsoft DirectX, go here:
  2. For those with newer Nvidia cards (and possibly older ones as well), some people have had success by selecting "Extension Limit" to OFF in their Nvidia control panel. This option only seems to appear in the newest Nvidia drivers and for certain video cards.
  3. In addition to the Extension Limit setting, some people have reported performance increases can also occur by setting the "Threaded optimization" to OFF and Triple Buffering to ON for Nvidia cards. Your results may vary.
  4. Make sure your video card is powerful enough to run the game. In recent days the developer 1C has provided new information on what video cards and chipset's WILL and WILL NOT work with Theatre of War. If you have the following video chipset/card, the game will NOT WORK. Mobile Intel(R) 900, 915, 925, 945GM/GU Express Chipset Family Nvidia GF440MX and earlier Nvidia GeForce 5600 and earlier ATI Radeon 9550 and earlier
  5. If your video card does not fall into the list above, but the game still isn't launching make sure you video chipset/card fully supports Shaders v2. That is also a requirement to run the game. Check with your video chip/card documentation to find out that info.
  6. For those people with Vista, be sure and Right-Click on the desktop shortcut your using to launch the game and select the "Run as Administrator..." option.
  7. There may be a conflict with the codec needed to run the intro movie. You can either reinstall the codec itself (the file is called "wmv9VCMsetup.exe" and is located in the "codec" folder of your game), or you can simply rename the file title.avi (also located in your game folder) to something else (for example title.bak). That will cause the game to skip trying to play the movie.
  8. Some people have been able to get their game to launch by adjusting their Antistrophic Filtering and Anti-Aliasing settings in their video card control panel to "Application Preference", please consult your video cards docs to learn how to do that.
  9. If you have a dual display currently configured on your computer, disable the secondary monitor and see if that allows the game to launch."
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