I just installed The Simes 2 and when I boot it a message reads "failed to inititialize direct 3d please make sure you have 9.0c installed". I have installed the newest D3d and video drivers recently.I also uninstalled and reinstalled my nvidia drivers. i went into dxdiag and it says "The file qasf.dll is an old version, which could cause problems. You should reinstall DirectX to get the latest version. When I reinstall direct X it doesnt seem as if its installing anything. It just says complete and says its done. And also at the start of dxdiag it states this "DxDiag Previously: Crashed in DirectShow (stage 1). Thanx hopefuly u guys can toss me in the rigth direction.