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Portal game, directx 8.0 please help!!

Trying to run PORTAL game, says i need directx 8.0 at least, i d.loaded9 and 10, neither of them work im running xp s3, 2.0ghz and 1gb ram,any help would be great i really want to play this game!

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  • antdix Nov 28, 2008

    Yeah i tried them both and rebooted and same error message 'minimum directx 8.0 required it might be my intergrated graphics chip, its an old dell tho it is fast enough, enough ram!
    http://uk.gamespot.com/pages/forums/show...

    These guys are saying get a new card to this guy with a similiar problem, but mine wont even start it has the first screen no animation. thanks any suggestions?



  • Anonymous Apr 11, 2009

    damn i have the same problem

  • Anonymous Apr 25, 2009

    yah i installed directx 9.0 and it still doesn't work

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Did you install the downloaded DX10?

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    uten Nov 28, 2008

    The POTAL game from Valve ? (heavy on hardware)

    about the error message, is it pertaining to a DirectX 8 compatible video card, ?


    check what's your integrated graphics chip, 99% pobability you're right about that part.

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When i open this error is come failed to get proc address for D3DPERF_SetOptions (d3d9.dll)


The d3d9.dll file belongs to the DirectX 9 software and its main function is to add DirectX functionality to Windows games and other multimedia applications.
D3d9.dll Errors
Many of the d3d9.dll errors occur when you have older version of DirectX on your PC. For instance, you may receive d3d9.dll errors, similar to the ones listed below in case you try to run a game that is specifically written for DirectX 9 on a PC that uses DirectX 8 or some other older version.
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Jan 13, 2011 | Computers & Internet

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Directx Explained



Ever wondered just what that enigmatic name means?

Gaming and multimedia applications are some of the most satisfying programs you can get for your PC, but getting them to run properly isn't always as easy as it could be. First, the PC architecture was never designed as a gaming platform. Second, the wide - ranging nature of the PC means that one person's machine can be different from another. While games consoles all contain the same hardware, PCs don't: the massive range of difference can make gaming a headache.

Ta alleviate as much of the pain as possible, Microsoft needed to introduce a common standard which all games and multimedia applications could follow - a common interface is DirectX, something which can be the source of much confusion.

DirectX is an interface designed to make a certain programming tasks much easier, for both the game developer and the rest of us who just want to sit down and play the latest blockbuster. Before we can explain what DirectX is and how it works though, we need a little history lesson.

DirectX history
Any game needs to perform certain task again and again. It needs to watch for your input from mouse, joystick or keyboard, and it needs to be able to display screen images and play sounds or music. That's pretty much any game at the most simplistic level.

Imagine how incredibly complex this was for programmers developing on the early pre - Windows PC architecture, then. Each programmer needed to develop their own way of reading the keyboard or detecting whether a joystick was even attached, let alone being used to play the game. Specific routines were needed even to display the simplest of images on the screen or play a simple sound.

Essentially, the game programmers were talking directly to your PC's hardware at a fundamental level. When Microsoft introduced Windows, it was imperative for the stability and success of the PC platform that things were made easier for both the developer and the player. After all, who would bother writing games for a machine when they had to reinvent the wheel every time they began work on a new game? Microsoft's idea was simple: stop programmers talking directly to the hardware, and build a common toolkit which they use instead. DirectX was born.

How it is works
At the most basic level, DirectX is an interface between the hardware in your PC and Windows itself, part of the Windows API or Application Programming Interface. Let's look at a practical example. When a game developer wants to play a sound file, it's simply a case of using the correct library function. When a game runs, this calls the DirectX API, which in turn plays the sound file. The developer doesn't need to know what type of sound card he's dealing with, what it's capable of, or how to talk to it. Microsoft has provided DirectX, and the sound card manufacturer has provided a DirectX - capable driver. He ask for the sound to be played, and it is - whichever machine it runs on.

From our point of views as gamers, DirectX also makes things incredibly easy - at least in theory. You install a new sound card in place of your old one, and it comes with a DirectX driver. Next time you play your favorite game you can still hear sounds and music, and you haven't had to make any complex configuration changes.

Originally, DirectX began life as a simple toolkit: early hardware was limited and only the most basic graphical functions were required. As hardware and software has evolved in complexity, so has DirectX. It’s now much more than a graphical toolkit, and the term has come to encompass a massive selection of routines which deal with all sorts of hardware communication. For example, the DirectInput routines can deal with all sorts of input devices, from simple two-button mice to complex flight joysticks. Other parts include DirectSound for audio devices and DirectPlay provides a toolkit for online or multiplayer gaming.

DirectX versions
The current version of DirectX at time of writing is DirectX 9.0. This runs on all versions of Windows from Windows 98 up to and including Windows Server 2003 along with every revision in between. It doesn’t run on Windows 95 though: if you have a machine with Windows 95 installed, you’re stuck with the older and less capable 8.0a. Windows NT 4 also requires a specific version – in this case, it’s DirectX 3.0a.

With so many versions of DirectX available over the years, it becomes difficult to keep track of which version you need. In all but the most rare cases, all versions of DirectX are backwardly compatible – games which say they require DirectX 7 will happily run with more recent versions, but not with older copies. Many current titles explicitly state that they require DirectX 9, and won’t run without the latest version installed. This is because they make use of new features introduced with this version, although it has been known for lazy developers to specify the very latest version as a requirement when the game in question doesn’t use any of the new enhancements. Generally speaking though, if a title is version locked like this, you will need to upgrade before you can play. Improvements to the core DirectX code mean you may even see improvements in many titles when you upgrade to the latest build of DirectX. Downloading and installing DirectX need not be complex, either.

Upgrading DirectX
All available versions of Windows come with DirectX in one form or another as a core system component which cannot be removed, so you should always have at least a basic implementation of the system installed on your PC. However, many new games require the very latest version before they work properly, or even at all.

Generally, the best place to install the latest version of DirectX from is the dedicated section of the Microsoft Web site, which is found at www.microsoft.com/windows/directx. As we went to press, the most recent build available for general download was DirectX 9.0b. You can download either a simple installer which will in turn download the components your system requires as it installs, or download the complete distribution package in one go for later offline installation.

Another good source for DirectX is games themselves. If a game requires a specific version, it’ll be on the installation CD and may even be installed automatically by the game’s installer itself. You won’t find it on magazine cover discs though, thanks to Microsoft’s licensing terms.

Diagnosing problems

Diagnosing problems with a DirectX installation can be problematic, especially if you don’t know which one of the many components is causing your newly purchased game to fall over. Thankfully, Microsoft provides a useful utility called the DirectX Diagnostic Tool, although this isn’t made obvious. You won’t find this tool in the Start Menu with any version of Windows, and each tends to install it in a different place.

The easiest way to use it is to open the Start Menu’s Run dialog, type in dxdiag and then click OK. When the application first loads, it takes a few seconds to interrogate your DirectX installation and find any problems. First, the DirectX Files tab displays version information on each one of the files your installation uses. The Notes section at the bottom is worth checking, as missing or corrupted files will be flagged here.

The tabs marked Display, Sound, Music, Input and Network all relate to specific areas of DirectX, and all but the Input tab provide tools to test the correct functioning on your hardware. Finally, the More Help tab provides a useful way to start the DirectX Troubleshooter, Microsoft’s simple linear problem solving tool for many common DirectX issues.

on Feb 06, 2010 | Computers & Internet

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Im trying right now and saying how do you fix it? Says nD3D9Server: Could not create d3d device! DirectX Error is: D3DERR_INVALIDCALL OK That is the same thing it says!


This sounds like you are trying to run a game that needs a more current version of DirectX from microsoft.
Go to microsoft.com and copy then paste your error code on their search window and follow the instructions.

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Help with graphics


you can't do because those games require builtin directx 9, pixel shader v 3.0 and other stuff

The Mobile Intel® 915GM/GMS, 910GML Express Chipset family is compatible with versions of Microsoft* DirectX* up to 9.0. Support for previous versions of DirectX (8.x, 7.x, 6.x and 5.x) is also available.

In conclusion, if you want to play those games you must buy a better videocard

Jul 31, 2009 | Computers & Internet

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Portal will not work on my XP computer, it just keeps on saying "must have a minimum of directx 8.0." I installed directx 9.0 and it still doesn't work.


The reason why portal will not run on that system is the Video will not support the Game. If the system has Intel integrated video, then I can verify the Intel Video cannot support portal

If the system has an Expansion Video card, then that card also doesn't support the game. Most likely, then system is just too old to support Portal (It will not run on my Inspiron 700m but does run on my Inspiron 6400 and Dimension 8400, which both have good video cards.

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I downloaded my sims 2 perfectly, and im on a brand new laptop, so there is enough space for my game to work OK. but whenever i try and play the game, it is fine for 2minutes, and then it just freezes...


Most games when downloaded would download with a virus and most viruses are known to freeze a game or program up.
But what mite work is to get yourself a anti virus and i would recomment AVAST 4.8, if that doesnt work then it is recommended that you buy the game and not download it

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Hunting unlimted 4 does not run


Operating System: Windows® 98/Me/XP
DirectX®: 9
Processor: Pentium® 4 1.4 GHz or faster ( 2.0 GHz recommended)
RAM: 256 MB(512 MB recommended)
Hard Drive Space: 1 GB Free
Drives: 8 X CD-ROM
Cards: 64 MB Graphics Accelerator (128 MB recommended) , sound card with DirectX 9 compliant drivers.
\ Other: Mouse, Keyboard

Hello .

These are listed system requirements to run this game.
If you are lacking either one, you will not able to run the game smoothly.

Jun 29, 2008 | Computers & Internet

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Receive error "could not find any compatible Direct3D devices" when trying to install Spiderwick Chronicle game by Sierra


First, ensure your graphics card supports this and you have the latest drivers installed.

Make sure you have the latest version of DirectX installed. You can find it by doing a google search. It is free.

Finally,
Click Here

1. Go to the link
2. Download The 3D Analyzer
3. Extract the files to any directory
4. Open 3DAnalyze.exe
5. Press the big SELECT button
6. Find your gamename.exe (or whatever it might be named in your game CD)
7. Select it
8. Under Directx 8.1 and 9.0 options - > Hardware Limits (cap bits) Check off emulate pixel shader caps
9. Hit run

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I just installed rainbowsix/vegas2 the gameis installed the music plays but the game screen remains blank an the music keeps playing my computer is running windows vista.


you need to to check the display settings and the system requirement before installing and running the game


System Requirements
Windows XP/Vista
3GHz Processor (3.5GHz recommended)
1GB RAM
7GB Hard Disk Space
4x speed DVD-ROM Drive
128MB DirectX 9.0c compatible, Shader 3.0 enabled Video Card (256MB DirectX 9.0c compatible Video Card recommended)
Latest DirectX 9.0c compatible Sound Card
DirectX 9.0c (you may need to download the latest drivers for your video and sound card)
Keyboard, mouse / X-box 360 Controller for Windows
Online multiplayer: broadband Connection with 128Kbps or faster.
*Supported Chipsets: ATI Radeon X1600-X1950/HD 2000 series / HD 3000 series / NVIDIA GeForce 6600/6800/7/8 series.
Laptop models of these cards are not supported but may work.
These are the only ones that will run this game. Additional chipsets may be supported. For an up-to-date list please visit http://support.ubi.com.
System Configuration may require minor adjustments to the configuration of your operating system and/or updates to hardware component drivers
Notice: This game contains technology to prevent copying that may conflict with some disk and virtual drives.

May 23, 2008 | Computers & Internet

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I just got my new game Prison Tycoon 3, but it will not run the game. It keeps on saying that there was no d3dx9_25.dll found. what do i do? please help me, i`m new to all of this. thank you.


I think DIRECTX is messed up on your computer. DIRECTX is what the game uses to run properly. Normally DIRECTX comes with your computer. Lets try reinstalling it
heres the link:

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=2DA43D38-DB71-4C1B-BC6A-9B6652CD92A3&displaylang=en

Hope this helps

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