Hello there, erm, another Sims 2 question regarding DirectX 9.0c: I, too get the whole “Failed to find any DirectX 9.0c compatible graphics adapters in this system! Please make sure you have a DirectX 9.0c compatible graphics adapter and have installed the latest drivers provided by the manufacturer. The application will now terminate.” What is strange is that my DirectX is above “9.0c,” so I’m wondering why it won’t work. Recently I tried to turn my screen upside down using the Ctrl + Alt + Down arrow key, which just changed my resolution to 800x600, I restarted my system and although everything looks normal, if I go to personalize - > Display settings, it first tells me that “The currently selected graphics display driver can not be used. It was written for a previous version of Windows, and is no longer compatible with this version of Windows. The system has been started using the default VGA driver. Please contact your hardware manufacturer to get an upgraded driver, or select one of the Microsoft provided drivers” and then when I click OK saying that the resolution is now -1x-1 ??? I run the Sims 2 deluxe, Freetime, Bon Voyage, Seasons, Pets, Family Fun stuff, Open for business, Christmas Party pack and university. I normally run off of Freetime but I then bought University and that’s when the problems started. So I installed University but I still get the same problems. So I then uninstalled everything (Down to double deluxe as I borrowed that from a friend and we no longer have contact) then reinstalled in the order you’re supposed to apparently. Computer Make/Model: Acer Aspire 7730 (Laptop) [Vista Home Premium x32] Processor/Speed: Intel(r) Core (tm) 2 duo cpu, t5800 @ 2.00 GHz(2 cpus) ~ 2.0 GHz Memory Amount: 3000 RAM DirectX: DirectX 11 Video card name: Mobile intel(r) 4 series Express chipset family. Video card amount of memory 1308mb. My DirectX is more than 9.0, if I select the display adapter thing on Device Manager, then try to update it, it says that it’s up-to-date. Could anyone tell me what to do? Any handy tips or anything? Could it be something to do with the -1x-1 resolution that I supposedly have? How do I change that anyway – are they related? Also, what’s this “Hardware acceleration” thing? How do I change that? Finally, I’d rather not run with the “-w” extension Thanks so much [hopefully] in advance!