Hello. I know this topic has previously been discussed at great length in this forum, however I can't find any posts that relate to my particular situation so I am still stuck. I have The Sims 2 Nightlife and have played it for the past 2 months or so with no problems. Last time i played it was last weekend. Now all of a sudden when I start up the game I get the error "Failed to find any DirectX 9.0c compatible adapters in this system! Please make sure you have a DirectX compatible graphics adapter and have installed the latest drivers provided by the manufacturer. The application will now close." I am using a 6 year old Gateway computer with the following specs: 256mb ram ATI Radeon 9250 graphics card (brand new and DirectX 9.0 compatible) newest graphic driver as of today is installed 140gb hd Intel PIII 800mhz processor DirectX 9.0 installed MS .NET framework v2.0 I can usually figure these things out on my own just by doing the research and/or trial and error, but this one has me stumped. It worked fine a week ago and now it's not working. The only thing I remember doing to my pc in the past week was resetting my system defaults which gave me a few other problems but I got those fixed. I know there is something I'm just missing here and I can't for the life of me figure it out. I guess this one is beyond my knowledge...lol I'm starting to wonder if I might need to reinstall my xp or possibly my sims. Can someone please give me some ideas?