Direct 3d not working on new card

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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  1. 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.
  2. 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
  3. yes everything is up to date
  4. 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.
  5. tried that unable to run any direct 3d tests only directdraw tried troiubleshooting but turned up with no answer
  6. We're getting past my experieince. You've done everything I've ever had to do to get DirectX running, short of a clean install.

    When you ran dxdiag, were there any warnings or problems in the notes window? Any warnings or problems with your direct x files? I searched MS Knowledge base on trouble-shooting DirectX in XP, the result is here. Maybe something in those articles will help.
  7. 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
  8. 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.
  9. Sorry, I couldn't help.
  10. 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?
  11. If you have DX9.0c installed then you have all the previous, you can try installing Dx9.0 but it shouldn't matter.
    You can try redownloading the latest driver the 9700 supports:
    http://support.amd.com/us/gpudownload/Pages/index.aspx
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