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No Compatible Direct3D device found

By standettloff · 13 replies
Dec 17, 2005
  1. I loaded the EA Games PC game The Lord of the Rings, The Return of the King and am getting an error that says "Could not find any compatible Direct3d devices with the required capabilities". I ran the directX troublshooter inculding the direct3d test and everything seems fine. Do I need new hardware or can I download something to fix this?
  2. howard_hopkinso

    howard_hopkinso TS Rookie Posts: 21,238   +17

    Hello and welcome to Techspot.

    Check the games system requirements, particularly the graphics card requirements.

    Make sure you have the correct version of directX installed, and that you have the latest drivers. Is your graphics card capable of running the game?

    If it isn`t, then a graphics card upgrade is in order.

    Regards Howard :wave: :wave:
  3. standettloff

    standettloff TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Man you're fast.

    I have an Intel 82845G/GL/GE/PE/GV Graphics Controller and DirectX 9.0.
    The games says I need DirectX 8.1 compatible video card and of of these chipsets: NVIDIA GeForce2 GTS of Great, ATI Radeon 7500 or greater.

    I don't even know what a chipset is.
  4. howard_hopkinso

    howard_hopkinso TS Rookie Posts: 21,238   +17

    I think you need to buy a separate graphics card. I don`t think your onboard graphics are upto the job.

    Regards Howard :)
  5. standettloff

    standettloff TS Rookie Topic Starter

    I don't want to spend too much money. What do you suggest?
  6. howard_hopkinso

    howard_hopkinso TS Rookie Posts: 21,238   +17

    I don`t play games, so I can`t really advise you on which card to get.

    It all depends on what games you`re planning on running.

    Other members will have much better advice about that.

    Regards Howard :)
  7. Strakian

    Strakian TS Rookie Posts: 135

    As a gamer I believe it's my turn to jump in here! :wave:

    Couple of things, however. First there is the question what can you tell me about your motherboard? I did some breif research based on the info you have provided and came up with the 845G chipset by Intel, and a lot of AGP slot hits on motherboards sporting this chipset.

    This recommendation is going on the basis that you have an AGP slot. If you find out that you have PCI-Express, you can get the same card in PCI-E flavor for about the same price :giddy:

    Fort the Casual Gamer or Budget concious Gamer:

    The 6600GT by Nvidia. $(140)
    I personally rock this card at the moment, and am able to play steadily through games like Doom3, Half Life 2, F.E.A.R. and World of Warcraft without any issues and a very pleasent graphical experience. It won't blow your mind like a $500 dollar card would, but this baby has plenty of kick for gaming. I mentioned games like Doom3 and Half Life 2 because they are current next gen games that are up there with the most demanding graphical experiences available for gamers, and it's important to know that you can enjoy these games for this $140 price tag.

    This card is really the current leader in budget gaming cards for us without deep wallets, and I can personally put my stamp of approval on this item. There are also 275 reviews on Newegg that speak volumes aswell, as it boasts a 5/5 star rating.

    I wish you well in your venture, and hope you enjoy the card as much as I have!

    Before I let you go though, I want to hit on RAM aswell. Your system should be sporting at least 512MB of RAM to play games and run WIN XP with stability and speed, but that's a seperate issue all together with plenty of well written threads to look at :)
  8. SpartanAthena

    SpartanAthena TS Rookie

    Direct 3D Devices

    Hey, I just installed a game called NeverWinter Nights 2 and its saying "No compatible Direct 3D Devices found".

    Now this is a new laptop a got that i installed this game into so i'm a little peeved about it as you can imagine...

    Its a Sony Vaio with:
    *Intel Pentium Dual-Core Processor
    *Windows Vista Home Basic
    *Main Memory (DDR2) 512MB / MAX 2GB
    *Hard Disk Drive 80GB

    Now before you all start recomending a new graphics disk of whatever, is there anyway I could download what i need in order to run the program?

    Thank You.
  9. howard_hopkinso

    howard_hopkinso TS Rookie Posts: 21,238   +17

    Hello and welcome to Techspot.

    I don`t know your exact Sony Vaio model, you don`t say, but I doubt that it will be able to play that game. I also doubt whether you can actually upgrade the graphics card, as it`s a laptop.

    Checkout this thread HERE.

    Regards Howard :wave: :wave:
  10. SpartanAthena

    SpartanAthena TS Rookie

    Ah, well this game has been tried on four different computers with the same error so i knew, with my luck streak, that was going to be the case.

    Well thank you for your reply.
  11. keltic

    keltic TS Rookie

    heeeeelp, no 3d devices found

    hi guys

    i have the above problem too, these are the games requirements.......

    Minimum requirements DirectX 9.0c Processor : Pentium © III 1200 Mhz 1 Go free on hard disk 64Mo video card DirectX 9.0c compatible sound card

    Recommended system DirectX 9.0c Processor : Pentium © IV 1800 Mhz, 1024Mo RAM 2 Go free on hard disk 128Mo video card DirectX 9.0c compatible sound card

    Apart from the sound card (onboard sound), my comp easily meets all the other requirements.
    amd athlon 2400+(2ghz), 2gb ram , ati radeon 9550 (256mb) with latest drivers, installed the latest direct x also

    I have turned the acceleration upto to full, i have re-installed the graphic card drivers.

    I have done everything i can think of ( except throwing it out of the window ).

    Any ideas from hardcore gamers out there , please help

    thanks guys
  12. dvlrio

    dvlrio TS Rookie

    yeah hi guys

    i have problem here cuz i just bought splinter cell double agent for pc and when i insert the disc in, it says could not find any direct3d compatible devices. so why is that?

    plz reply i need it badly,
  13. nazz47

    nazz47 TS Rookie

    yes i just bought the new prince of persia nd i checked all the requirments nd my computer is more than capable but that direct 3d device not found pop out what can i do???????
  14. mailpup

    mailpup TS Special Forces Posts: 7,276   +566

    What exactly are your computer specifications? Have you installed the latest driver for your graphics card yet?
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