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COD2, integrated GPU and Win XP

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January 2, 2011 11:05:28 AM

Hi,

I'm wondering why Windows 7 seem to handle the integrated graphic card better than XP.

Here's what happened:

This PC was running Call of Duty 2 on Windows 7 without any problems (except maybe some FPS issue due to low-end hardware)

We decided to install Windows XP since this machine doesn't handle Vista or 7 so well. Now Call of Duty 2 doesn't start anymore. We always get the DirectX error: "DirectX® encountered an unrecoverable error"

I read on several forums that Call of Duty 2 doesn't support this integrated graphic card (Intel(R) G33/G31 Express Chipset Family) so the solution brought up is always: 'buy a new graphic card'.

I understand this integrated thing isn't really good but why was it working on 7 and not on XP. Everything else runs smoother on XP actually, except this game which doesn't work at all.

I updated the graphic card driver, the motherboard chipset, windows XP, almost anything I could think of.

Why can't XP handle this and is there a solution around it?

Thanks!

Specs:
ASUS P5KPL-AM IN/ROEM/SI
Intel Pentium D 820
Intel(R) G33/G31 Express Chipset Family
a b U Graphics card
January 2, 2011 12:59:10 PM

Some games require you to install the DirectX that came with it.At the end of the installation, you'll get the installation dialog for DirectX.Make sure to install it.
a b U Graphics card
January 2, 2011 1:02:15 PM

Perhaps the game demands a Direct x10/11 compatible operating system, which Win XP is not....? Not every newer game with every integrated graphics combo will work with XP, and this issue will only increase in the future..
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a b U Graphics card
January 2, 2011 1:05:00 PM

mdd1963 said:
Perhaps the game demands a Direct x10/11 compatible operating system, which Win XP is not....? Not every newer game with every integrated graphics combo will work with XP, and this issue will only increase in the future..

:heink:  Let me remember........ COD 2 was released 5 years ago!
a b U Graphics card
January 2, 2011 1:05:38 PM

After a few minutes of research, i see this is in fact an older game....? 2005? I cant see why it would not work either; perhaps you need an older XP driver...
January 2, 2011 1:32:21 PM

Tamz_msc said:
Some games require you to install the DirectX that came with it.At the end of the installation, you'll get the installation dialog for DirectX.Make sure to install it.


Aye DirectX 9c installed which is the one required to play COD2. Also ran the dxdiag command and all the self tests successfully....

I tried installing Directx 9b too without sucess. COD2 is indeed an old game and should work well with XP...funny thing is that it was working very well on 7...
a b U Graphics card
January 2, 2011 1:40:17 PM

I think you didn't understand what I was saying.When the COD 2 installation finishes, a DirectX installation dialog will show up.It is the one which comes with the game itself.Install that DirectX.
January 2, 2011 3:23:41 PM

Tamz_msc said:
I think you didn't understand what I was saying.When the COD 2 installation finishes, a DirectX installation dialog will show up.It is the one which comes with the game itself.Install that DirectX.


Aye that's the first thing that was tried.. when that didn't work I tried other versions of DirectX 9.
a b U Graphics card
January 3, 2011 2:33:18 AM

Uninstall and reinstall the game.
January 3, 2011 7:18:33 AM

mdd1963 said:
After a few minutes of research, i see this is in fact an older game....? 2005? I cant see why it would not work either; perhaps you need an older XP driver...


Went back to old drivers like you suggested but without any luck. Still the same issue...

Also tried to uninstall/reinstall several times already.

I'm starting to think that there is no way around it in XP. The question I'm still asking myself though is how is Win7 doing to handle it with a graphic card that is largely considered to be non-compatible with the said game. Perhaps directx10 on 7 is enabling something that makes it possible.... :heink:  Weird though because the game was built to work with Directx 9c which is even provided on the game DVD...
June 16, 2013 12:18:01 PM

Hi all
urbanium i have same problem with this too.
my OS is Windos XP and i can`t run CoD 2
now i will install Windows 7
I hope it works :) 
!