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Direct X 9 "Opinions"

By cogenmaster · 22 replies
Dec 28, 2002
  1. I have downloaded direct x 9 but yet to install. How many of you have installed it and what if any negative problems have you incurred by installing direct x 9. My puter is running fine so I really don't want to screw it up. Last time I had a direct x failure I had to reformat and that sucks. Thanks Eric

    AMD 1700
    SOYO Dragon Plus
    Geforce 3 Ti200 @450 and 210
    Sound Blaster Audigy Platinum
    512 DDR 2100
    Windows XP Home
  2. MrGaribaldi

    MrGaribaldi TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 2,512

    I haven't had one problem with DX9 yet... Everything is rock stable :) (But I'm using an ATI 9700pro)

    But there isn't really any reson to install it yet... There are no games out there that needs it, so you can allways wait until there are...

    That way you'll be certain you'll get stable drivers etc...

  3. Vehementi

    Vehementi TechSpot Paladin Posts: 2,704

    I've had no problems with DX9 at all. Although me and Garibaldi use ATi...;) ;) nudge nudge
  4. Phantasm66

    Phantasm66 TS Rookie Posts: 5,734   +7

    Only installed on work machine so far, but no problems there.

    But then every system is different.
  5. cogenmaster

    cogenmaster TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 117


    Hey how bout you guys slide a few ducketts my way and my case could grace one those speedy ATI 9700 pros. HAHA
  6. iss

    iss TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,994

    I have directX9 installed and the Radeon 3.0 cats with a Radeon 8500 and have had no problems. some people withATI cards have had problems because they downloaded the wrong 3.0 cats there are two sets/ one for the 7000-8500 cards and the other for the 9000-9700 cards.
  7. NV30

    NV30 TS Rookie Posts: 275

    Got a Ti4200 and no problems at all.
  8. Eric Legge

    Eric Legge TS Rookie Posts: 132

  9. Tman5487

    Tman5487 TS Rookie

    I've had abunch of problems with direct x9...when I try to start a game that requires chnging the screen resolution direct x messes up and then my computer restarts. I am most like ly going to roll back to 8 or 7.
  10. poertner_1274

    poertner_1274 secroF laicepS topShceT Posts: 4,172

    The only thing that sucks about that is having problems with compatibility on the newer games that require you to have 9. But I guess that is something that you will have to sacrifice.
  11. Abraxas

    Abraxas TS Rookie Posts: 157

    Re: Re: Direct X 9 "Opinions"

    Not True. GTA:Vice City needs DirectX9 and compatible drivers. At least it claims that it does. :p
  12. Didou

    Didou Bowtie extraordinair! Posts: 4,274

    I don't have any problems per se, but performance has gone down quite a lot in many games. All of them being DX7 games, isn't that a big coïncidence.;)

    UT runs slower, as does Operation Flaspoint.

    I upgraded from DX8.1 to DX9 & Cat 2.5 to 3.0 at the same time so I can't really say if it's the Cat drivers or DX9 that slowed things down.

    /me is using a R8500 on 2K Pro BTW.;)
  13. dani_17

    dani_17 TS Rookie Posts: 146

    Radeon 8500 LE and no problems so far. As Abraxas said, GTA vice city claims it need DX9 intalled, and a fact I proved myself, MotoGP 2 won't even run if I don't install DirectX9
  14. MrGaribaldi

    MrGaribaldi TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 2,512

    Re: Re: Re: Direct X 9 "Opinions"

    Yes, it's true that there are games now that requires DX9, but that wasn't the case when I made the previous post "12-28-2002"...

    And I'm not sure to what extent the games utilize DX9...
    There isn't much in the graphics department, but it could be sound or something like that...

    Or it could be as simple as it has been compiled with the DX9 SDK, and thus requires DX9, even though it doesn't use any features not available in DX8.1....
  15. Abraxas

    Abraxas TS Rookie Posts: 157

    Oops, sorry. You're right.
    And I think VC doesn't use DirectX9 much. Certainly not for graphics.
  16. MrGaribaldi

    MrGaribaldi TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 2,512

    Hehehe :)

    Np, just thought I had to defend myself a bit... ;)
  17. LNCPapa

    LNCPapa TS Special Forces Posts: 4,247   +448

    I've got DX9 installed on several machines (all with NVidia cards) and I've had no problems with itas of yet - except when I had a problem with Asheron's Call 2 one time and suddenly my machine said I had DX 8.1 installed again. I couldn't reinstall DX9 but when I reinstalled the network version of DX9.0a it fixed everything and now it says I have 9 installed again. I believe that prob was related to AC2 though as it's the only application I have any probs with on one particular machine.

  18. JSR

    JSR Banned Posts: 592

    new games

    half life 2, halo 2, doom 3, gran turismo 4, mohaa, rising sun, you name it.................a plethora of others............bottom line, gear up and get ready...........if you are nervous.........don't do it...........i like staying on the cutting edge
  19. sukisquest

    sukisquest TS Rookie


    wonder if you can help or advise before i do anything stupid (which i do frequently as far as this puter goes)

    i have an NVIDIA GEFORCE 4 MX 420 graphics card, with direct x8.1
    we have tried and tried and tried:( to play a game called the sims delux editon. to no avail, i have 3 frustrated kids :mad: trying to suss this out, we cant play it,
    so i hav e just downloaded a different version of direct X (9) which i dont want to install until i know that im doing the right thing, i have had to nuke this puter and reload which took hours in the past and dont wanna do that again,
    anyone out there playing sims, if so, what directx do you use and and what graphics card do you have....
    please please help
    :confused: puzzled and confused mom
  20. Scol

    Scol TS Rookie Posts: 88

    Go ahead and upgrade. It shouldn't cause any problems on your system.
  21. MrGaribaldi

    MrGaribaldi TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 2,512

    If I were you I'd update the graphic drivers first to see if that fixes the problem... If not, then I'd install DX9...

    It will/should say on the box of the game if it requires DX9 or not... (Somewhere near where it says what hardware is required to play the game)

    Hope this helps :)
  22. RealBlackStuff

    RealBlackStuff TS Rookie Posts: 6,503

    my daughter's PC (Intel PIII-550 with 256MB, Matrox G200 16MB graphics AGP) had W2K installed but I could not get Sims Deluxe Edition running on it (not DirectX related). So I wiped the lot and installed Win98SE. Then installed Sims Deluxe (which installed Directx 8.0a). For Xmas I gave my daughter Sims Unleashed. It installed fine and runs very happy with DX8.

    According to the box, sims runs only under W95/98 and XP, and it needs minimal DX7 and only 2MB graphics.
  23. Greeno

    Greeno TS Rookie Posts: 281

    Bizarre, that one RBS, just FYI, i've got a 9800Pro i've never had any problems with DX9.0b or a for that matter with any ATI Cat release from 3.5 or summat.
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