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Sims Castaway Stories and DirectX 9.0c

By Chiqong
Jul 9, 2008
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  1. Today I bought Sims Castaway and to my dissapointment it did not work. Our computer was wiped just over a month ago and I had Sims2 on it and it worked fine. I haven't really had the time to play it since we got our computer back so I haven't installed it again. I noticed that a lot of people get the same error message when they try to play Sims2:
    "Failed to find any DirectX 9.0c compatible graphics adapters in this 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."
    **NOTE**This is for Sims Castaway and NOT Sims2 (I haven't tried that one yet...)
    I'm kind of new to this, so I don't know how to get all the information, but right now I can tell you the following:
    When I do a dxdiag:
    SYSTEM
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition (5.1, Build 2600)
    System Manufacturer: ECS
    System Model: P4VMM2
    BIOS: Default System BIOS
    Processor: Intel(R) Pentium(R) 4 CPU 2.40GHZ
    Memory: 480 MB RAM
    Page file: 233 MB used, 892 MB available
    DirectX Version: DirectX 9.0c (4.09.0000.0904)
    DISPLAY
    Device-
    Name: S3 Graphics ProSavageDDR
    Manufacturer: S3 Graphics, Inc.
    Chip Type: S3 P3M266
    DAC Type: S3 SDAC
    Approx. Total Memory: 32.0 MB
    Current Display Mode: 1024x768 (32 bit) (758Hz)
    Monitor: Plug and Play Monitor
    Driver-
    Main Driver: S3gnb.dll
    Version: 6.13.0010.1048
    WHQL Logo'd: Yes
    Mini VDD: S3gnbm.sys
    VDD: n/a
    DDI Version: 7

    Thank you to whoever tries to help me! And also, bear with me because I'm not up to par on all the technical jargon...I don't even know what a lot of the stuff in the info up there is supposed to signify...
  2. Ruthe

    Ruthe TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 106

  3. Chiqong

    Chiqong Newcomer, in training Topic Starter

    Yeah, it should be fun...if I ever get it to work, lol.
    I downloaded the version off of that site, but the message still came up.
    However, it does feel nice to know that this version doesn't look funny.
  4. Chiqong

    Chiqong Newcomer, in training Topic Starter

    Oh, I also checked to see if there were updates for my video card and couldn't find any. I also tried to download other drivers from the S3 site but whenever I tried to install it it said that the hardware (card I'm assuming) isn't compatible.
  5. Ruthe

    Ruthe TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 106

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