my eternal respect to the genius that busts this one open. I have a Dell inspiron 1150 running Windows XP Home. I've had problems running direct3d. Yeah, I know, something original. the problem began with my screensaver pretty abruptly. I'd had some issues with my LCD which I mistook for graphics card issues, so I reinstalled the driver for the graphics card. I'm not sure if this was a direct consequence, but my 3d screensavers stopped working and started displaying the message "could not find any direct3d compatible devices". I've also been unable to run games compatible with directx 9.0 that I could previously run without any problems. Here is what has been done, in order: Driver updates from Dell support page, re-instillation of new motherboard, Directx diagnostic (reports indicate that I cannot enable my direct3d acceleration), entire system diagnostic (no errors at all. I also updated my diagnostics utility with the same result), repair/reinstillation of Windows, driver updates again from the Dell support page. Nothing has worked, but I know my laptop is capable (with the inbuilt graphics card it contains) of running the things that it is currently refusing to run. In other words, I dont believe that either purchasing a new graphics card or updating my drivers is going to help. Can anybody suggest anything else, other that attacking my laptop with a crowbar in a rage of frustration and sacrificing the mangled pieces to the lord of the underworld?