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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?

Posted on Nov 28, 2008

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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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