I finally got around to putting what I have for my Hades engine together in a little demo application. If you have a graphics card that support pixel and vertex shader version 2.0 and have DirectX 9c installed I would appreciate it you could try it and let me know if it runs. If it doesn't there should be some log files in the folder... maybe you could post them as a comment [smile]Hades Engine Test
It is a per-pixel lit column with specular highlighting and bump mapping. A directional light rotates around it on the XZ plane. My HEF model format is used and textures are loaded from a ZIP file. There is a couple of HLSL file in there as well.