Running Sims2 with Vista

By beachbum517
Dec 22, 2007
  1. Apparently there are some 'glitches' when running the Sims2 with Vista. I downloaded the patch to run it with Vista last night after I first installed it into my laptop. It ran fine and I played perfectly fine for quite a while. This morning, I tried to play again but then it showed that 'directX 9.0c' adapter message that apparently happens to others. Not really sure where to go from here. Any help would be greatly appreciated. I'll list my laptop's info below, though I don't really know what all is needed to help. :) Thanks!

    Operating System: Windows Vistaâ„¢ Home Basic (6.0, Build 6000) (6000.vista_gdr.071009-1548)
    Language: English (Regional Setting: English)
    System Manufacturer: Dell Inc.
    System Model: Inspiron 1520
    BIOS: Phoenix ROM BIOS PLUS Version 1.10 A02
    Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Duo CPU T5250 @ 1.50GHz (2 CPUs), ~1.5GHz
    Memory: 2046MB RAM
    Page File: 1100MB used, 3210MB available
    Windows Dir: C:\Windows
    DirectX Version: DirectX 10
    DX Setup Parameters: Not found
    DxDiag Version: 6.00.6000.16386 32bit Unicode
  2. mailpup

    mailpup TS Special Forces Posts: 6,964   +355

    Missing from your specs is the centerpiece of the problem, the actual DirectX adapter, i.e. your graphics "card."
  3. beachbum517

    beachbum517 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Card name: NVIDIA GeForce 8600M GT
    Manufacturer: NVIDIA
    Chip type: GeForce 8600M GT
    DAC type: Integrated RAMDAC
    Device Key: Enum\PCI\VEN_10DE&DEV_0407&SUBSYS_01F11028&REV_A1
    Display Memory: 1008 MB
    Dedicated Memory: 241 MB
    Shared Memory: 767 MB
    Current Mode: 1280 x 800 (32 bit) (59Hz)
    Monitor: Generic PnP Monitor
    Driver Name: nvd3dum.dll,nvwgf2um.dll
    Driver Version: 7.15.0011.0143 (English)
    DDI Version: 9Ex
    Driver Attributes: Final Retail
    Driver Date/Size: 6/25/2007 01:13:08, 4763648 bytes

    Hopefully the missing info is in here. Thanks for your help!
  4. Blind Dragon

    Blind Dragon TS Evangelist Posts: 3,908

    that 'directX 9.0c' adapter message that apparently happens to others

    Which one is that? because you should have DirectX 10, backwards compatible with older versions which ships with vista

    Also have you updated the drivers for you graphics card
  5. Mictlantecuhtli

    Mictlantecuhtli TS Evangelist Posts: 4,345   +11

    beachbum517, you can download the latest DirectX files from here.

    Your graphics driver is quite old too, you can get the latest driver from Dell here, the "nVidia - driver" link.
  6. beachbum517

    beachbum517 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    I'm trying to update the graphics driver now. Hopefully that helps. I was thinking that because I have directX 10 that it would be backward compatible, so I was surprized when I got the message. The message was "Failed to find any directX 9.0c compatible graphics adapters in the system! Please make sure you have a directx 9.0c compatible graphics adapter and have installed the latest drivers provided by the manufacturer. The application will now terminate". The driver just finished downloading...hope it works!!
  7. Daveskater

    Daveskater Banned Posts: 1,687

  8. beachbum517

    beachbum517 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    I tried installing the drivers and it still doesn't work? Any other tips? What am I missing? Thanks for the help! :)
  9. beachbum517

    beachbum517 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    OK, so I have the right driectX 10, (is it a problem if it's too big??) and I have NVIDIA GeForce 8600M GT, which also seems to be an acceptable card... so why am I still having a problem? Thanks for the help! :)
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