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How to disable 3d acceleration on windows 7

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January 25, 2011 3:58:35 AM

My ATI Radeon Mobility HD 4200 Continually crashes when running 3D games, I assume this has something to do with Directx (Direct3D) I currently have my 3d acceleration set to on, and cannot find how to disable it?

I Assume this is the issue? Thanks in adavance!

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January 25, 2011 4:31:23 AM

keitho18 said:
My ATI Radeon Mobility HD 4200 Continually crashes when running 3D games, I assume this has something to do with Directx (Direct3D) I currently have my 3d acceleration set to on, and cannot find how to disable it?

I Assume this is the issue? Thanks in adavance!



In Dxdiag.exe Under the display tab it has all 3 options enabled, without the option to disable them, is there any way to fix this?
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January 25, 2011 5:11:40 AM

We'll need more information on the crash, please. Blue screen? Hard freeze? Any specific error messages?
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January 25, 2011 5:18:08 AM

Was a hard freeze, had to hold power button in until it turned off then turn it back on, happens with ALL 3D games including some web browser flash/unity games.
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January 25, 2011 6:01:58 AM

Are your drivers up to date? Can you check temperatures to make sure nothing is overheating?
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January 25, 2011 6:06:58 AM

My drivers are up to date! How would i go about that? I don't think it should be overheating however? Better to be safe than sorry i suppose!

:)  How do i do that?
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January 25, 2011 7:11:17 AM

CPUID HWmonitor is a good place to start. It monitors various system temperatures.
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January 25, 2011 7:37:04 AM

The temperatures normally are around 51 degrees and when i run a 3D game it ups to around 56, i then closed the game fearing it crashing, is this normal? if so any other ideas? I swear it is something to do with 3d acceleration, can you permanently turn that off with everything?
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January 25, 2011 7:46:23 AM

Go to the "Screen resolution" display (from the right-click on Desktop menu), click on "Advanced" and select the "Troubleshooting" tab. This may, depending upon your card, have options to let you turn off various features of your video card.
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January 25, 2011 7:48:42 AM

Yeah I Tried that and unfortunately my GFX card doesn't allow that, thanks for trying though :) 

any other ideas?
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January 25, 2011 8:52:54 AM

56C is well within specification. You failed to mention whether this is for CPU or GPU though. Also, how do you plan to play anything if you turn off 3D acceleration?
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January 25, 2011 10:33:10 AM

That was for CPU GPU was lower again. around 45.

The games i'm trying to play are simple games that hardly use 3D graphics.

Wish there was just a simple untick box...
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January 25, 2011 11:16:33 AM

Have you tried rolling back the driver to an earlier version? That seems to work for some.
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January 25, 2011 11:22:58 AM

Yeah unfortunately tried that also, didn't work :( 
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January 25, 2011 11:41:20 AM

Lets look at these games..... what are they?
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January 25, 2011 11:43:53 AM

One in Minecraft another is 'Cultris' I also cannot run NBA2K10
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January 25, 2011 11:44:00 AM

Also.... are you using any Compatibility Mode settings?
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January 25, 2011 11:52:30 AM

I tried both in XP compatibility and not, neither seem to work. however all 3 games used to run fine.
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January 25, 2011 11:53:32 AM

The would run fine under Windows 7?
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January 25, 2011 12:03:38 PM

yeah i know they used to run fine, until this graphic glitch recently.
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January 25, 2011 12:07:03 PM

So you've pretty much ruled out DirectX as being the culprit.
And since you tested rolled back GPU drivers it's not video card related either (IMO).
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January 25, 2011 12:17:57 PM

hmmmm yeah, any ideas what it could be then?
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January 25, 2011 12:29:35 PM

Lets check and see what might have changed recently.
Run the Control Panel Programs option. Use the Uninstall a program choice.
Go ahead and click on the Date Installed column till you have the most recent installed stuff showing.
Find anything installed around the time your games stopped working?
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January 25, 2011 12:33:14 PM

I installed NBA 2K11 around when it stopped working, it installed some new directx program that seems embedded in my computer, (as i have formatted it since).

I'm really unsure what it is sorry.
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January 25, 2011 4:13:10 PM

keitho18 said:
I installed NBA 2K11 around when it stopped working, it installed some new directx program that seems embedded in my computer, (as i have formatted it since).

I'm really unsure what it is sorry.


Need to be more specific here. You formatted since you first had the problem, but are now still seeing it? Logic suggests then that it must be hardware or driver related.
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January 26, 2011 1:10:01 AM

That is correct and that is what i think. I've tried rewinding drivers and updating them, no luck!!

With updating the graphics card and sound card (they're embedded together) is there something else also embedded?
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January 26, 2011 5:49:54 AM

Depending on the chipset, the network drivers could also be included. What exactly are your system specifications, by the way?
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