???hardware driver error could not initialize direct draw???

While trying to play simcity 4 on my stock dell optiplex gx280 XP pro sp3 i keep getting the following = hardware driver error could not initialize direct draw.
then game appears to start goes black for few seconds then takes me back to the desktop. Any help appreciated thanks.
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  1. Im not sure how to tell what video card I have. I never put one in, i assume it has a stock one built into the motherboard or no im using a stock dell optiplex gx280 xp pro sp3. thanks
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