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Unfortunately, the problem comes from your Video Card. This videogame requires a minimum of pixel shader 3 from your videocard. You probably have an older card which has pixel shader 2 or less... The only solution is to change your video card for one that suppors pixel shader 3.0...That's the only solution available to you!
You get this error because your graphic-card (architecture) is too old to run the game. To run the game you need a graphic-card which supports at least pixel shader 3.0, whil your card "only" has 2.1.
In case you're sure your card supports pixel shader 3.0, you'll need to update the graphic driver and/or DirectX (component of Windows) to the latest version(s) and try again.
If you're not sure wether your card support pixel shaders 3.0, you can post the brand, name and type of your graphic card here and I'll reply. When the card doesn't support 3.0, there is no other solution than simply buying a newer card (or don't play the game).
Pixel Shader is a hardware capability. It must be supported by the graphics card. Sounds like your graphics card will not work with the game you purchased. To answer your question directly, you will need to install a graphics card that supports Pixel Shaders to be able to run games which need it. The following cards support Shader Model 1.x:
- ATI Radeon 85xx Series (1.4)
- ATI Radeon 9000 Series (1.4)
- ATI Radeon 9100 Series (1.4)
- ATI Radeon 92xx Series (1.4)
- NVIDIA GeForce3 Ti (1.1)
- NVIDIA GeForce4 Ti (1.3)
This is just a rough guide, as it all depends on the the games your looking to play, but this is about normal to get games running without problems :
MINIMUM SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS: Microsoft(r) Windows(r) XP Service Pack 2, Vista • 1.8 GHz processor • 512 MB RAM • 8 GB available hard drive space • 128 MB video RAM or greater, with DirectX 9 Vertex Shader / Pixel Shader 2.0 support • Sound card, speakers or headphones • 56.6 Kbps Internet connection required.
RECOMMENDED SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS: 3.0 GHz Intel or equivalent AMD processor or better • 1 GB RAM or better • 10 GB available hard drive space • 256 MB video RAM, with DirectX 9 Vertex Shader / Pixel Shader 2.0 support (Nvidia 6800 or better) • Internet connection with Cable/DSL speeds Note: recommended specifications provide optimal experience for single player and up to 4 player/medium size map multiplayer.
Unfortunately, it sounds like you will need a new graphics card to run that game. Pixel shaders are built into the graphic card hardware and there is no way to download or install them. According to the games system requirements you need a 100% compatible Directx 9.0C card. If you post the make and model of your computer(or motherboard) I could recommend a card for you.