Windows XP VGA display with DirectX9.0

Hello. I just installed a program called: "The Sims 2" and I am trying to play it. But whenever I try, it brings up an error message telling me that I need a DirectX9.0 compatible graphics driver, and I already have DirectX9.0 (which dosn't work.) And I don't know what to do.

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There are various levels of DirectX 9.0 ...

by OldER Mycroft In reply to Windows XP VGA display wi ...

There's DirectX 9.0a, 9.0b, and 9.0c.

If you are aware that your present installation of DirectX doesn't work, I suggest you download a fresh (current) copy.

Try this link:

That should sort you out. :)

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Thought I should mention this...

I already tried the "start - run - 'dxdiag' - enter" thing and it says that DirectDraw is not avalibe, and neither is Direct3D or AGP Texture Acceleration. And it also says that the computer is using a "Generic Video Driver." And I don't know the manufacturer of my video card. All it says on the video card is a big red D.

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NOW you tell us ...

by OldER Mycroft In reply to Thought I should mention ...

Have you downloaded the latest DirectX from Microsoft yet?

If DirectX was a type of seafood, it wouldn't be a single fish - it would be an entire shoal of haddock, all exactly the same type of fish but everyone looking slightly different.

Therefore the various parts that are reporting as 'Not Available' when you check 'dxdiag', are ALL parts of DirectX.

<Edited for typo>

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Do any of you know...

Do any of you know what manufacturer makes video cards under the name of "D"? Thats all thats on my video card. And yes, I have downloaded the latest directX version. And it's technically telling me that its using the Windows built in video card thing, not the one I installed. And I don't know how to make it use the one I installed...

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Here is a complete list of video cards ...

by OldER Mycroft In reply to Do any of you know...

This instance of "D": is it printed on your actual graphics card or is the "D" on the Device Manager screen?

Download and install SIW from this site:

When you run it, check for your graphics card in the appropriate column/screen.

Post back when you know what graphics card you have.

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2 things

1: The D is printed on the card itself.

2: What is SIW?

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"What is SIW?" . . . . .I would suggest you click the link!

by OldER Mycroft In reply to 2 things

Then, right in front of you on your screen will be:

Download SIW
System Information for Windows
Everything you want to know about your computer.

Now, don't you think that would have been easier than posting back to ask me and having to wait for me to read your question and then reply to you?


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I think...

I think that the video card I have is made by Diamond, because the card itself has a sticker on it that has a big D on it and a diamond shape around it.

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This link might help ...

by OldER Mycroft In reply to I think...
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D? and DirectX

by TheChas In reply to Do any of you know...

First off, DirectX is NOT a video driver. DirectX is a graphics language interface. Back in the days of DOS, many games would only work with a few graphics cards because the commands were written for specific graphics cards. With DirectX, you have a common interface between the program and the graphics adapter.

As to your graphics card, the only manufacture that comes to mind that has a D is Diamond. And, they usually have their logo prominently displayed on the card.

One thing you can do, is watch the graphics card POST screen. They often flash up pretty fast, so you need to have your monitor warmed up and ready to go. The video POST screen shows just before the BIOS POST screen. There is often a few lines of text with basic information about the graphics adapter, or a logo splash.

Beyond that, any other information you can gather from the video card will help.


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