DirectX 9.0c compatible trouble, please help

By Me0729
Sep 25, 2004
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  1. TrishaY18

    TrishaY18 Newcomer, in training

    mine says the model number is Emonster 550 lol..yeah thats prolly old...but i'd like to know just in case if i can get a videocard, but if i cant can i still try it?
  2. Sharkfood

    Sharkfood TechSpot Guru Posts: 1,198

    Oh boy, an Emonster 550... eek!

    Well, for your own records, that system has:
    Pentium 3, 550mhz
    64MB of RAM
    NVidia TNT2/Vanta 2x AGP card with 8MB vram
    Windows 98

    Sims2 minimum requirements are:
    Pentium 3, 800mhz
    256mb of RAM
    3d graphics card with T&L capabilities

    It's possible you can *barely* play the game if you've upgraded the memory to 256mb as well as purchase a cheap 3D AGP card... but it will be incredibly slow and you'll need to reduce all the game settings to their minimum.

    You can check the amount of memory your system has by right-clicking on "My Computer" then selecting "Properties" from the hot-menu. Under "Computer" on the first tab will list how much memory your system has.

    If you have 256mb of ram and would like to try the game, you can purchase a lower end AGP card in hopes of playing the game. For example, ATI lists their 9200-series as having full AGP 2x, 4x, and 8x compatibility in their FAQs and you can pick up one of these for cheap ($28 US):
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16814102028

    It's up to you if you want to try this or wait for an upgraded PC as even at this, your system will be very underpowered for this game. :(
  3. snakeshadlegs

    snakeshadlegs Newcomer, in training

    ummmmmm

    Yeah I don't really get what a video card or whatever it is, is. OK.... this is hard to explain....
    I installed DirectX 9.0c (I think it worked..)
    My graphics adapter is compatible with DirectX 9.0c
    There is enough space
    My computer is a Windows XP

    Why isn't the Sims 2 working??
    Is there anything I can do without buying anything?!
    PLEASE help
  4. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 7,277   +22

    How do you know ur graphics adapter is compatible with DirectX 9.0C when u don't even know what a video card is? Ur probably talking about the onboard graphics which, like mentioned earlier, are inadequate to even run The Sims 2.
  5. BladeHoward

    BladeHoward Newcomer, in training

    DirectX 9.0c conpatible trouble

    This message is a load of horsepuckey! I have been running sims 2 since I got my new PC (February of this year) and then didn't play it for about a month. All of a sudden I am getting this odd message and I KNOW there is nothing wrong with the screen card so can someone please tell me what's happening cos I don't know enough about PC's to figure it out on my own. This looks like a damn Windows problem to me!
  6. luvhuffer

    luvhuffer TechSpot Paladin Posts: 637

    First, make sure your Sims2 disk is in the drive. Afterwards follow these steps

    Open My Computer.
    Right click on the Sims2 icon and choose Open.
    Double-click on the DirectX folder.
    Right-click on the DSETUP.dll file and choose Copy.
    Close this window.
    Open My Computer again.
    This time, open your C: drive.
    Now open the WINDOWS folder.
    Open the SYSTEM32 folder.
    Right-click on an empty space in the folder and choose Paste.
    Now try running the installation again.

    This is from the Sims2 website. That's all the help they will offer. EA is a big company. You would think with as many people having this problem as evidenced by postings all over the web, that there would be a patch issued for problems other than "Fixes the problem where the teddy bear would occasionally float after being put down". But there isn't.

    I'll try this once again. Just because you're computer is able to install DirectX 9C does not mean that your gaphics card is capable of using it, which it would seem is essential in order to run this game. If it was working and now isn't, then I doubt that someone over at the evil empire known as Microsoft has intentionally done something so you can't play the game anymore. I would suspect that it is due to some sort of file/driver corruption, or GPU hardware issues. You may want to reinstall your drivers and/or the game.

    If you know the model of your GPU / video card then go here (Desktop Graphics Card Comparison Guide Rev.10.9!), and look up the DirectX support for your card. If it doesn't say 9.0C then your card is probably the problem. The link takes you to the ATI Radeon section. If you have n nVidia card scroll to the bottom of the page and hit the nVidia page link.
  7. riekmaharg2

    riekmaharg2 Newcomer, in training Posts: 272

    dxdiag problems

    Hi

    My friend has a similar problem, however The Sims 2 worked for about 3 months then it came up the error everyone is having (can not detect a directx 9 compatible adaptor. I have tried everything system restore, reinstalling graphics card & AGP drivers, removing graphics card & AGP drivers manualy, reinstalling directx 9, changing graphics card options in the bios.

    Also this problem happens with other game aswell. I dont understand how it can work perfectly then suddenly stop working. My friend has a radeon 9200 graphics card, 2.4ghz AMD athlon, asrock mobo, 512 memory. I dont no what else to try.
  8. Khat

    Khat Newcomer, in training

    I Really Need Help! Please!

    I know a lot of ppl is having the same problem! well I think I'm gonna go insane! I am also getting that compatible graphics directX9 msg and I have no clue what to do!

    I have the:
    intel 82810 graphics controller
    chip type:intel 82810
    total mem: 32.0
    and my current display is: 800x600 16 bit 60hz

    I just really want to play the sims 2 that's all. someone PLEASE help me!!!!!
  9. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 7,277   +22

    Khat u have an Integrated graphics solution which is complete garbage. U would need a standalone graphics card to play Sims 2. Try getting me more info on ur motherboard(brand, chipset details & graphics card slot type) & a suitable budget and I will try to find a good one for u.
    P.S.-> Take it easy bro! Getting pissed isn't gonna solve the problem, right?
  10. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 7,277   +22

    That's rubbish. The main problem is that most people here are trying to run the game on an integrated graphics solution. So stop ranting until u have something useful to say. And that talk about a Direct X9.0C card is garbage. I have run Sims 2 on my Dad's Radeon 9200SE on medium-low settings just fine and that card supports DX8.1 hardware-wise. So don't spread misinformation pal.
  11. Khat

    Khat Newcomer, in training

    Thanks for the reply

    I don't know much about computers but this is what i have.

    winxppro 608052
    microsoft winx professional 5.1 build 2600
    bios version 2.05
    processor intel celeron 790 mhz
    memory 254 mb ram
    directx version 9.0c

    intel 82810 graphic controller
    chip type 82810
    dac type internal
    total memory 32.0 MB
    800x600 (16 bit) (60 Hz)
    main driver i81xdnt5.dll
    DDI ver 8

    I already firgured that i would need a video card so I ordered one... I hope it's the right one... I got the GEFORCE FX5200 128MB DDR AGP... can you tell me if i got the right one?? I'm gonna keep my fingers crossed!
  12. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 7,277   +22

    Yeah that card will run it just fine.
  13. flamerider

    flamerider Newcomer, in training

    need help!!!!

    every time i go and click on sims 2 to start it it always says i dont have directx 9.0c but i do what can i do to make it work?
     
  14. lyndsae

    lyndsae Newcomer, in training Posts: 21

    Hi. my name is lyndsae and i ot sims and blah blah blah.. u know my
    problem.. but i went to another site and they said to add a -w to ur thing and i did and for a really really long time it worked then today i went to play it and it didn`t work so i looked and the -w was still there.. do u know why it isn`t working now??? please hellppp me.
  15. flamerider

    flamerider Newcomer, in training

    some what same!!

    hi its flamerider i did the same thing but when i played it kept saying game crashing system terminated then it would turn off and every time i did that it sayed the same thing over and over do you know what to do?
  16. flamerider

    flamerider Newcomer, in training

    some what same!!

    hi its flamerider i did the same thing but when i played it kept saying game crashing system terminated then it would turn off and every time i did that it sayed the same thing over and over do you know what to do?
  17. lyndsae

    lyndsae Newcomer, in training Posts: 21

    Really?? well i did it again.. the thing i was forgetting is putting the space.. so now it works perfectly... but just try like re putting in the -w and changing your colour to 16 bit and maybe it will work.. hope u solve your problemm`:)
  18. lyndsae

    lyndsae Newcomer, in training Posts: 21

    Re Do it

    :monkey:
    try re putting in what u have allready done.. just remember to put the space and change your colours to 16 bit.. hope u solve ur prob.

    lyndsae
  19. flamerider

    flamerider Newcomer, in training

    did it again!!!!!!

    i did what you said and it still did the crash and burn i dont know if it can ever be fixed!!!!!!!!! HELP ME PLZ!!!!!!
  20. lyndsae

    lyndsae Newcomer, in training Posts: 21

    i can help u


    okay.. i can solve your problem
    do these instructions you dont have to buy a new thing or download anything

    ok so first

    1.right click on ur desktop and click properties.
    2.click settings
    3.change your colour quality to medium (16 bit) or anything that says 16 in it lol
    4. click ok lol
    5.right click on the sims2 icon on the desktop
    6.click properties and then shortcut on the top
    7. in the target line it should say somting like "C:\Program Files\EA GAMES\The Sims 2\TSBin\Sims2.exe"
    8. add a space to the end and a -w then it should work so now it should look like....

    "C:\Program Files\EA GAMES\The Sims 2\TSBin\Sims2.exe" -w

    DONT FORGET THE SPACE
  21. lyndsae

    lyndsae Newcomer, in training Posts: 21

    did you?


    did you even change the colour to 16 and everything?
  22. Tedster

    Tedster Techspot old timer..... Posts: 10,067   +13

    A video card is a graphics processor that enables you to play high end graphics software- most games for example. It relieves the CPU from crunching graphics processing.

    A cheap low-end computer like emachines usually have a built-in graphics chip that is barely sufficient for anything except general office productivity. In order to install a graphics card to play games, you need to check several things:

    1. Is it worth it? A low end computer also has a low-end CPU which affects game play.

    2. Do I have a free PCI, AGP or PCI-E slot (In ascending order of preference)? I know of no low end motherboards that have PCI-E. AGP or PCI (not PCI-E) is the minimum.

    3. Do I have enough on board RAM? Anything less than 512MB will run incredibly slow.

    4. Is my PSU (power supply unit) capable of handling a graphics card. Most cheap computers like emachines have barely enough power for what is installed. Graphics cards suck a lot of juice.

    5. Do I have a quality motherboard? I hate to break the bad news, but emachines makes some of the WORST motherboards and computers out there. They are notorious for extremely poor quality. I see complaints about emachines all the time on Techspot.

    6. Is it worth putting a high end graphics card in a low end computer?

    7. Can I turn OFF onboard video when I install a graphics card? If not, you cannot use an external graphics card.
  23. lyndsae

    lyndsae Newcomer, in training Posts: 21


    okay.. i can solve your problem
    do these instructions you dont have to buy a new thing or download anything

    ok so first

    1.right click on ur desktop and click properties.
    2.click settings
    3.change your colour quality to medium (16 bit) or anything that says 16 in it lol
    4. click ok lol
    5.right click on the sims2 icon on the desktop
    6.click properties and then shortcut on the top
    7. in the target line it should say somting like "C:\Program Files\EA GAMES\The Sims 2\TSBin\Sims2.exe"
    8. add a space to the end and a -w then it should work so now it should look like....

    "C:\Program Files\EA GAMES\The Sims 2\TSBin\Sims2.exe" -w

    DONT FORGET THE SPACE
  24. flamerider

    flamerider Newcomer, in training

    me again

    i have done that 5 times know and every time in the middle of the game it still crashes!
  25. lyndsae

    lyndsae Newcomer, in training Posts: 21

    awhh

    awhh well im sorry i cant hlep you anymroe.. i hope yhou find out how it can work!:monkey:
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