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'Failed to find DirectX 9.0c' - trying to run Sims 2 on Bootcamp XP

  1. It seems this problem is quite common as there are many other threads like this all over the web, however none of the solutions offered work for me. I am hoping if I post my individual specs etc. someone out there will be able to make my Sims 2 game work. So, here we go:

    I am trying to run The Sims 2 on XP, which is a 20GB partition of my iMac using Bootcamp. When I put try to run the game however, I get this error message: Failed to find any DirectX 9.0c compatible graphics adapters in this system! Please make sure you have a direct X9.0c compatible graphics adapter and have installed the latest drivers provided by the manufacturer. The application will now terminate.

    I have an ATI,RadeonHD2600 chipset, which is apparently high enough to run Sims 2. As others suggested, I downloaded this:

    http://www.filehippo.com/download_directx/

    And this:

    http://sites.amd.com/us/game/downloads/Pages/radeon_xp-32.aspx

    The latter link seemed to work okay (said it was downloaded + ready to go) but the first, the DirectX, didn't know where to install to and I ended up just going for C: drive. It also said it was installed correctly, but the same error message occurred when I tried to run Sims 2.
    I tried enabling the DirectX features for my video card like the EA website suggested:
    https://help.ea.com/article/RN1268

    But the buttons saying 'disabled' were greyed out and I was unable to enable them.

    So, without further ado, I leave it to you to try and figure out :)
  2. CrunchyCactus

    CrunchyCactus TS Rookie Topic Starter

    How do I delete a thread? I have solved this issue.
  3. mailpup

    mailpup TS Special Forces Posts: 8,432   +218

    You don't, really. Why not share with us how you solved it?
  4. Marnomancer

    Marnomancer TS Booster Posts: 808   +51

    I don't see that coming, Mail..:p
  5. mailpup

    mailpup TS Special Forces Posts: 8,432   +218

    Maybe not but it can't hurt to ask.
  6. Marnomancer

    Marnomancer TS Booster Posts: 808   +51

    Of course not. :)
  7. CrunchyCactus

    CrunchyCactus TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Right. Nice to see you have such faith in me, it really inspires confidence.
  8. CrunchyCactus

    CrunchyCactus TS Rookie Topic Starter

    I downloaded and installed Windows 7 instead as XP would not recognise that I had DirectX 9c even when I had installed it and my dxdiag was confirming I had it. So, not a solution for everyone.


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