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We need to know why you cannot get it to run, so please list some occurrences where you have had this happen and what were you doing when last when you tried to attempt the installation?


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How to fix direct soundcreate8 failed


You probably need to install a newer version of DirectX software from Microsoft.
You appear to have DirectX version 8 installed at the moment, which is an old version.Download this web installer file, then run the file (double-click) and DirectX will download & install automatically.

http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=35
Download and Install DirectX9 End User Runtime Install DirectX DX9

Jun 13, 2014 | Dell Dimension 4600 PC Desktop

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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 | PC Desktops

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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.
hope this helps

Jan 13, 2011 | PC Desktops

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Direct x features - direct draw acceleration direct 3d acceleration AGP texture acceleration are missing. how can i get?


hi, check whether directx is installed. type this command in run DXDIAG.
If you running XP it would be directx 9C and for Win 7 directx 11.
if you want downland directx latest visit microsoft.com/directx

Jun 14, 2010 | PC Desktops

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Cant fix DirectX 3D Accelerator


If you're really running on SP1 I would seriously say you need to go on Windows update and get up to at least SP3. The have been a lot of Direct X updates since then as well.

Jul 03, 2009 | HP PC Desktops

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Diretx unavailable


go to google.com and type in free download for directx

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I can't play mission runway it won't load? i tried to do it on run but it wouldn't work what do i do next? is there a phone # i can reach you at?


Did you make sure that your computer is capable to run that game?
System Requirements:

Win XP/Vista
Processor: PIII 1.4 GHz
DirectX 9.0
512 MB RAM
Free hard drive space: 1.2 GB
Direct 3D 64MB DirectX 9.0
DirectX-compliant Sound Card

May 24, 2008 | PC Desktops

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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

Thanks for reading!

May 02, 2008 | PC Desktops

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Games


You can got to start>run> type in the box "dxdiag". This runs the directx diagnostic tool. Towards the bottom of this window it will display a version number the latest being 9.0C. If your version is not current you can update directx thru windows updates or you can download it from http://www.softwarepatch.com/windows/directx.html

If your version is current I would suggest updating your graphics card driver.

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Mar 07, 2008 | PC Desktops

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