Diablo 2: LOD Vista Errors

More video game problems? Yes! Always! This time I was trying to play Diablo 2 on my new Vista computer. The game will start and I get a black screen. This is the error i get to enjoy when I tab out: UNHANDLED EXCEPTION: ACCESS_VIOLATION (c0000005). I do a little googling without any luck, but found a solution! Hopefully this helps someone else.

Right click on Diablo II.exe
Go to Properties
Go to Compatibility
Check off run in 256 colors.

You are good to go!

19 Responses

  1. mitch September 22, 2009 / 6:32 pm

    right click on your desktop select personalize go in the display setting then from there drop your resolution to 800-600 and the color to 16bit that have work for me

  2. Harri February 23, 2010 / 5:03 am

    I have it every time I start it, changing resolution and or changing to 16 instead of 32, any other things I can try?

  3. yogie March 19, 2010 / 7:36 pm

    hi……i know u before

  4. eidolad April 24, 2010 / 12:07 pm

    i fixed on my pc:
    C:Program FilesDiablo IID2VidTst.exe – ran this and switched to direct draw 2d

    • Samuel June 11, 2012 / 9:04 pm


  5. D2Bliss April 29, 2010 / 8:37 pm

    you can always run it on window mode cos im guessi the reason is because D2 cant run on a big screen resolution (D2LOD can i guess) so yea go to shortcut>properties>Target> add “-w” to the end so like: “C:Program FilesDiablo IIDiablo II.exe” -w
    this is how i got mines to work. If this doesnt work then it might be ur graphic card and u need to set to 2d instead of 3d but yea.

    • Lico January 11, 2012 / 10:46 pm

      Thanks a lot i got windows xp 64 bits with a 22″ screen and was imposible to play. With window mode u save me. 😀

    • Chelsea January 14, 2012 / 8:55 pm

      This worked for me, add the -w to make the screen smaller. meh at least i get to play.

  6. .george marbun May 22, 2010 / 10:16 am

    thx for the info eidolad. that fixed my problem, i do changed the video to direct draw 2d.

  7. chris November 7, 2010 / 12:52 pm


  8. BananaBay_Hellhound February 23, 2011 / 9:51 am

    ……… I bloody love you, man.
    Ever since I got this pain in the arse of a vista-laptop I’ve tried once in a while to install Diablo without any luck whatsoever!
    For nearly two entire hours before reading this, you marvelous solution, I have struggled with the game and was on the nip to uninstall it again.

    Hopelessly confused for several years and -NOW- I get the idea to google it. *Facepalm*
    I did as you suggested, and I would be damned, it worked perfectly within the minute.

    Thank you so very much for posting this, man. Saved my day.
    — This post really isn’t bullshit, folks.

  9. tom June 4, 2011 / 8:48 am

    Hey man, thanks. i finally figured out my problems with diablo 2 on my vista box. Hope you keep this site up, its great! 🙂

    Hitachi Weed Trimmer

  10. Ed September 25, 2011 / 4:47 am

    Great post,very enjoyable read,and I agree with most of what you say,and by the way,here is a great info about Xbox 360 repairing

  11. rosman January 18, 2012 / 4:09 am

    i have the same problem with this .. but i will try all of those ..i hope it works thanks ..

  12. Phil March 20, 2012 / 8:19 pm

    I had the same problem (Unhandled Exception: ACCESS_VIOLATION (c0000005))
    I tried everything and it started working when I connected the CD play (no expansion) 🙂

  13. ngcmh April 9, 2012 / 5:54 am

    u guys… just have to run the video test that is installed with the game

  14. Nmmn Ghffj April 25, 2012 / 7:59 am

    The problem can still occur even after running the D2VidTst executable or for that matter running the game in a window or 16bit colors or 256 bit colors.

    Sometimes reinstalling the game is the only thing that works unfortunately.

  15. bleble June 3, 2012 / 8:46 am

    I have that problem only when im trying to get to 2nd Act. I made throu Act 1 and after im done talking to Wariv im Clicking GO EAST and that error apears.

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