05 November 2011 - 12:09 AM
I am having the same issue as the OP. I am running generals and zero hour off the 'First Decade' DVD.
At first, I was unable to connect to anyone in the custom match areas. Error message was 'Unable to connect - game is a different version.' I tried downloading different patches and was unable to install any of them. However, if I started the game by manually 'running as administrator' (by right clicking the icon for the splash screen for The First Decade and selecting 'run as administrator') I would be able to get into online games but the system would time out once the actual game started. I have still not been able to play an online game to date.
If someone from support could respond to this I think a lot of people would appreciate it. I would have just bought the original version of the game if I would have known there were compatibility issues with playing online.
EA Support really needs to address this.....the game is almost useless without the ability to play online.