Ok..so I keep getting the "directx" message when I start the sims 2. This has happened to me countless times, and each time I have easily been able to fix this problem, except this time. System: Windows XP home System Man- NVIDIA Processor- AMD Athlon(tm) XP 2800 Memory-1024MB RAM DirextX version: DirectX 9.0c ATI Radeon 9550/X1050 series Manufacturer: ATI Tech Chip Type: ATI Radeon Graphics Processor AGP Total Mem: 256.0MB DirectDraw Acceleration: Enabled Direct3D - enabled AGP Texture - N/A at the bottom it says 'No problems found". When I run the "Test Direct3D" it says "failure at step 7" "failure at step 8" "failure at step 9" A couple of days ago I played the sims and it was fine, then suddenly today that message pops up. I updated my drivers a bunch of times, installed things and uninstalled things trying to fix this problem. Anyone know any possible solutions instead of buying a new video card?? How can I tell if my video card died?