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Guest

Hi!
I just bought Vista 32bit version last week and I'm having some troubles
playing my old games which uses earlier versions of directx than 10. They
worked perfectly fine on XP. The compability modes doesn't help at all.
Is it possible to get them to run or do I have to throw them in the trash?

Also I heard something about directx 9L, what's that and can I use it?
 
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Paul Smith

Milley said:
Hi!
I just bought Vista 32bit version last week and I'm having some troubles
playing my old games which uses earlier versions of directx than 10. They
worked perfectly fine on XP. The compability modes doesn't help at all.
Is it possible to get them to run or do I have to throw them in the trash?
What games are they?
Also I heard something about directx 9L, what's that and can I use it?
Windows Vista has DirectX 9 and 10 on it.

--
Paul Smith,
Yeovil, UK.
Microsoft MVP Windows Shell/User.
http://www.windowsresource.net/

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Chuck Walbourn [MSFT]

It depends on the specific games and what exactly you mean by "some
troubles". Windows Vista has support for DirectX 9.0c, which is the version
that comes with Windows XP SP 2. There are newer interfaces as well, but
games have to be written to use them. There's nothing to install.

That said, if they are throwing errors about missing files like
"D3DX9_24.DLL", then the installers probably have some issues. You can try
reinstalling or you can run the DirectX End-User Runtime Web Installer from
www.microsoft.com/directx to make sure all the optional bits like D3DX9 are
installed. The core runtime itself will not and can not be updated or
changed to an older version.

If you upgraded in place instead of fresh installed, that might also be
causing some issues so you might need to reinstall the games to get them to
work.

You may also be having troubles with your video drivers. The inbox drivers
work for the desktop and such, but may have some troubles with games. You
should try updating to the latest versions they have available for Windows
Vista.
 
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Guest

I really miss to play the game Re-Volt. But I'm getting the error "Can't flip
display buffers". Researching gave me the impression of that it is a DirectX
issue. Using a GeForce 7800GS with the latest drivers.
 
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Guest

I really miss to play the game Re-Volt. But I'm getting the error "Can't flip
display buffers". Researching gave me the impression of that it is a DirectX
issue. Using a GeForce 7800GS with the latest drivers.

Edit: I installed a new "fresh" Vista and my game is also ofcourse new
installed.
 
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Guest

Questions:

Is Directx 10 on all versions of Windows Vista, including Home Basic?

I know that Aero is not included in the Home Basic version of Windows Vista,
but are the stock counter, weather and other widgets available, possibly
through the sidebar?

Thank You,

Charles Everson
Iowa State University
 
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Chuck Walbourn [MSFT]

DirectX FAQ: http://msdn2.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb219721.aspx

Q: What are the differences between the various editions of Windows Vista?
How do they impact my DirectX application?
A: The Windows Vista family includes five editions:

a.. Windows Vista Home Basic
b.. Windows Vista Home Premium
c.. Windows Vista Business
d.. Windows Vista Enterprise
e.. Windows Vista Ultimate
Home Basic and Home Premium are consumer-focused versions, with features
like Family Safety (formerly known as Parental Controls), and Home Premium
includes Media Center. Business and Enterprise are corporate-focused
editions, with features like Domain join and Remote Desktop/Terminal
Services. The Ultimate edition combines all features of both the consumer
and corporate editions into one version. All editions come in both 32-bit
(x86) and 64-bit (x64) editions, and users are free to use the same product
identifier for both platforms.

The technology underlying the various editions is identical, and they all
have the same version of the DirectX runtime and other components. However,
the editions do have some minor differences with respect to gaming:

a.. Game Explorer exists on all editions, but the Games shortcut on the
Start menu is only in Home Basic, Home Premium, and Ultimate. Game Explorer
can still be found on all editions (by clicking Start, pointing to All
Programs, and then clicking Games), and the IGameExplorer interface
functions on all editions.

b.. The games that are included with Windows are not available by default
on Business and Enterprise, but they can be enabled by the administrator.

c.. Family Safety and game ratings do not display or have any influence on
the behavior of Business or Enterprise, and they are disabled on Ultimate
when a domain is joined.

User Account Control settings have the same defaults on all editions, but
they can be overridden by Group Policy settings for the domain on Business,
Enterprise, and Ultimate. For example, the policy setting User Account
Control: Behavior of the elevation prompt for standard users may well be set
to Automatically deny elevation requests in many business settings to
enhance security, and many users in those environments will always be
running as standard users without the ability to even choose to run as
Administrator. Any program (such as an installer) that requires
administrative rights, either due to legacy setup detection or to having a
manifest that specifies the requested execution level as
"requireAdministrator", will always fail to start in such situations. Other
policy settings, such as User Account Control: Only elevate executables that
are signed and validated, can also prevent your installer from functioning
if you do not sign your executable file using Authenticode.

These types of policy changes can be applied to any edition of Windows
Vista, but are more likely on computers that are joined to a domain.


--
Chuck Walbourn
SDE, XNA Developer Connection


This posting is provided "AS IS" with no warranties, and confers no rights.
 
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Guest

Hi
Can you help with this please?
Hi
Halo 2 for VISTA, cant get past the opening credits
NVIDIA Geforce 8800Gts card latest driver, brand new computer.
Desperately disappointed, the computer was rated best buy for games.
Ditto with Halo1 combat evolved. When I reach the mission after the "silent
Cartographer, my screen freezes up, then it goes to black, then back to the
game..,… and the message appears: "Display driver stopped responding and has
recovered". Then another messages appears:
"Attempt to reset the display driver failed, windows will shut down so not
cause any damage".
Any ideas please, It is a brand new computer dedicated to games, with a mega
graphics card.
 

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