I downloaded a game on Steam, and when it was all ready I clicked play. Instead of going to the game, I get a message saying this:
Your video card must support at least Shader Model 3. Installer will now exit.
After that, nothing happens and it exits out.
I had no idea what this meant, so I googled a few things about it. Apparently, Shader Model 3 is something to do with my graphics card and DirectX. All the sources I saw said that the earliest DirectX model that had Shader Model 3 was 9.0c. I did a quick check on what version I had, and it says I have DirectX 11 and Shader model 5.
My GFX card is Intel(R) G33/G31 Express Chipset Family. The Chip type is Intel(R) GMA 3100. (I have no idea what that means)
Any ideas on why I can't play it? If you need more info on my graphics card, let me know and i'll see what I can do.
You do not have a graphics card you have integrated graphics. The GMA 3100 does not have shader model 3. Shader model 3 is a hardware feature so you would need to buy and install a discrete graphics card to play this game.
You need to post your complete system specs including power supply, the game you are trying to play, the resolution you are playing at and a budget. A discrete graphics card can be priced anywhere between $30 and $700. Obviously performance depends on budget.