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Old 09-18-2004, 11:39 AM   #1
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my kids p.c is getting a can't detect direct draw driver message when they try to start their games.
can i download this from anywhere?
i think their sound card is legacy?
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Old 09-18-2004, 07:36 PM   #2
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DirectDraw is nothing to do with the Sound Card. How old is thew PC - cause I seriously doubt you'll find any DirectDraw Drivers anymore.
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Old 09-19-2004, 01:53 AM   #3
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we brought itsecond hand, so don't know its age.
it has a p3 chip. is it the graphics card? do i need to upgrade thie graphics cagrd?
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Oh, P3 isn't so bad. But you probably won't find DirectDarw anymore so its probably a best idea to download DirectX which includes DirectDraw.
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i have never heard of DirectDraw before
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Old 09-19-2004, 08:29 AM   #6
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i think we have direct x
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Old 09-19-2004, 01:47 PM   #7
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Many games require a specific version of directx to run correctly. Especially older games. Though microsft tries to retain backward compatability its often unsuccessful. Some games might need directx 3.0 to run!. Versions of directx are built into 98,ME and xp.
Most games come with the version of directx they need on the cd. Though installing this probably won't work because newer dlls will not be overwritten in xp. Best case senerio-
Buy or find newer games for your computer.
Every version of directx has direct sound,direct draw, and direct 3d. Sadly each is not nessasarily compatable with every sound system or video system. Sometimes to play older games you will have to run an older operating system with older directx. Thats the way the cookie crumbles.
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Old 09-19-2004, 01:51 PM   #8
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that sounds like you've hit the nail on the head.
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