Okay, Tech stuff first..... AMD Athlon II X3 450 Processor 3.21GHz 3.25GB RAM E drive:1TB Maxtor (where all my games are obviously) Windows XP Version2002 Service Pack 3 ATI Radeon HD 5450 AMD Athlon (tm) II X3 450 Processor Hitachi HDT721010SLA360 Maxtor 6Y 120M0 Failed to find any directx 9.0c compatible graphics adaptors in this system. Make sure you have direct x 9.0c compatible graphics adaptor and you have installed the latest drivers provided by your manufacturer. I looked and I do have DirectX9 installed, I can play Dragon Age Origins & DA 2, Sims 3, Mass Effect, Neverwinter, EverQuest 2 .........BUT not Sims 2???? Am I missing something here, possibly something simple? Nah, when I bork, I bork well. Any help/advice/suggestions appreciated. And I see that I'm not the only person with this issue.