DirectX error when trying to install EA Sports games -Madden

Hey all,

I am getting a weird DirectX error on my PC when trying to install EA Sports games. I have installed a bunch of other games (Prey, Call of Duty 2, Lego Star Wars, and more), and I have not had any issues. Here is the error I am getting:

Installation cannot continue because this game requires DirectX 9.0b of higher to be installed on your system. You can download the latest version of DirectX here:

I ran dxdiag.exe to check the version of Direct X that is on my system, and it is 9.0c (4.09.0000.0904). I just downloaded it off of microsoft's web page.

Also, this error is only happening with EA Sports games. Everything else installs/runs great.

Anyone have any ideas how to get these games to work?

Appreciate any help!
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  1. I had the same problem with Madden 07. Same error. I reinstalled DX9.0c to no avail. In a moment of complete desperation, I tried the dumbest idea ever: I copyed the contents of the disc over to a folder on the computer. The result = IT WORKED! I kid you not. I didn't even have to enter my cd-key. Now that's copy protection at it's best. :)
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