'Failed to find DirectX 9.0c' - trying to run Sims 2 on Bootcamp XP

By CrunchyCactus ยท 7 replies
May 7, 2012
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  1. It seems this problem is quite common as there are many other threads like this all over the web, however none of the solutions offered work for me. I am hoping if I post my individual specs etc. someone out there will be able to make my Sims 2 game work. So, here we go:

    I am trying to run The Sims 2 on XP, which is a 20GB partition of my iMac using Bootcamp. When I put try to run the game however, I get this error message: Failed to find any DirectX 9.0c compatible graphics adapters in this system! Please make sure you have a direct X9.0c compatible graphics adapter and have installed the latest drivers provided by the manufacturer. The application will now terminate.

    I have an ATI,RadeonHD2600 chipset, which is apparently high enough to run Sims 2. As others suggested, I downloaded this:


    And this:


    The latter link seemed to work okay (said it was downloaded + ready to go) but the first, the DirectX, didn't know where to install to and I ended up just going for C: drive. It also said it was installed correctly, but the same error message occurred when I tried to run Sims 2.
    I tried enabling the DirectX features for my video card like the EA website suggested:

    But the buttons saying 'disabled' were greyed out and I was unable to enable them.

    So, without further ado, I leave it to you to try and figure out :)
  2. CrunchyCactus

    CrunchyCactus TS Rookie Topic Starter

    How do I delete a thread? I have solved this issue.
  3. mailpup

    mailpup TS Special Forces Posts: 7,188   +470

    You don't, really. Why not share with us how you solved it?
  4. Marnomancer

    Marnomancer TS Booster Posts: 723   +51

    I don't see that coming, Mail..:p
  5. mailpup

    mailpup TS Special Forces Posts: 7,188   +470

    Maybe not but it can't hurt to ask.
  6. Marnomancer

    Marnomancer TS Booster Posts: 723   +51

    Of course not. :)
  7. CrunchyCactus

    CrunchyCactus TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Right. Nice to see you have such faith in me, it really inspires confidence.
  8. CrunchyCactus

    CrunchyCactus TS Rookie Topic Starter

    I downloaded and installed Windows 7 instead as XP would not recognise that I had DirectX 9c even when I had installed it and my dxdiag was confirming I had it. So, not a solution for everyone.

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