DirectX 8.1 compatibility

By jimk
Jan 3, 2003
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  1. I have a 3dfx Voodoo 3 video card. Is DirectX 8.1 compatible with it?

    I got a game that requires a DirectX 8.1 compatible drive. The game came with Direct X 8.1 and I installed it dut when I try and play the game I get an error message

    "Game cannot find suitable 3D Device on this system. Check that your viedo card driver supports DirectX 8.1 or higher.":( :confused:

    Ran test Direct Draw - test successful
    Ran test Direct3D - test successful

    Still get the same message.
  2. conradguerrero

    conradguerrero TS Rookie Posts: 310

    on your computer go to Start/run
    then type in - dxdiag

    that is directx diagnostic tool
    then go to the video/graphics tab and try the direct3d test and the directdraw test.

    let us know what happened.
  3. iss

    iss TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,994

    according to the 3DFX info the voodoo 3 was released in Feb 1999 since DX 8.1 was released in Nov 2001 it is highly unlikely that the Voodoo 3 is 8.1 compaitable.
  4. Rick

    Rick TechSpot Staff Posts: 4,572   +65

    There ARE drivers that supposedly support DirectX 8.1, but you can bet they are NOT compatible with every game.

    The best drivers I've found for 8.1 on Windows XP are Amigamerlin's 2.5 drivers. You can download then from Go to the "3rd party 3dfx drivers" section and scroll down some ways.

    All other drivers I have found have basically no support for any 8.1 games. Amigamerlin also has poor support, but it does play some of the 8.1 games I have.

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