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Direct 3d not working on new card

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June 24, 2010 6:01:34 PM

Hello,
I recently installed an ATI Radeon 9700 pro 128mb AGP and can no longer play any of my games keep getting errors due to direct 3d not being enabled....unfortunatly i cannot get direct 3d to work even though i have reinstalled both graphics drivers and the directX 9.0c.

any help out there?

spec;
pentium 4 2.8ghz
1gb ram
128mb AGP radeon 9700 pro
windows xp pro sp3

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June 25, 2010 10:17:39 AM

treefrog07 said:
Check ATI's search site for the 9700 series cards to get the driver update. After you download it, uninstall your current drivers, re-start, and install the drivers you just downloaded. Some recommend using driver cleaner after you uninstall the original drivers, before you install the new drivers.



already have the latest drivers they are the only drivers installed after i removed nvidias
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June 26, 2010 9:35:35 AM

yes everything is up to date
June 26, 2010 2:32:54 PM

Well...from the "start" button>Run>dxdiag>Enter
Dxdiag will take a few seconds to gather info, then you can move through the pages to run each of the tests and check the results. If there are problems, there is a troubleshoot button on the last page, see if that helps.
June 28, 2010 11:23:39 PM

tried that unable to run any direct 3d tests only directdraw tried troiubleshooting but turned up with no answer
July 7, 2010 11:29:16 PM

no warnings no problems. thanks for trying to help treefrog07!
if anybody else comes across this topic please have a crack at trying to help me its getting depressing having to use an old 64mb geforce 4 mx 440 SE
July 7, 2010 11:37:32 PM

I'm pretty sure the ATI 9700 (and the entire R300 core) does NOT support DirectX 9.0c.
To support DX9.0c you need to have Shader Model 3.0, and it only has SM2.0

It's a hardware limitation, to overcome it with software you would have to use a software renderer that runs on the CPU, but you'll need serious CPU muscle for that.
July 8, 2010 12:33:14 AM

Sorry, I couldn't help.
July 8, 2010 2:31:32 AM

but surely it would just not work on directX 9.0c games but will on DX9, DX8, DX7 etc.
i am not even able to use any old games such as medal of honor allied assault.
so do you suggest i get rid of dx9.0c and just install dx9.0?
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