yep you need a gfx card that supports direct x and an application that used direct x. just make sure your drivers are up to date and your hardware supports the standard.
what spec / make model is your gfx.
Update your drivers.
If you have Nvidia , right click on desktop and select Nvidia control panel and then select Manage 3D settings.
Try tweaking the settings to your liking and then check the dxdiag tool to see if 3D acceleration is enabled or not.