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Hello everyone, I am new to these forums so I bid you all a warm HELLO! Anyway... I am a VB6/VB.NET developer currently working exclusively in vb.net. I am interested in game programming and have been experimenting in DarkBasicPro which works quite well but the procedural basic it uses is for the birds! -OOP all the way, anyway I downloaded and installed the DX9SDK, and the DX9SDKUpdate(summer 2003). When I use the DirectX Sample Browser I can view/run the examples but if I attempt to open the source code (projects) included in the package, VStudio just sits there and nothing happens, Or, a msgbox pops saying "not a valid vs solution" (when it clearly is). Is anyone having this problem or doeas anyone know how to fix? If I satrt a new project in VB.NET I can make references to the new dx9 managed objects, so it''s not like I am missing dlls or anything. Anyone have any ideas - I''d really like to be able to see the source code for the samples/tutorials as I have NO experience in DX so I wouldn''t know where to begin without something to look at. One other issue, I read that I need VS2003 for the stuff to open up but when I looked in Help/About in VS I was on 2002 with framework 1.0. I registered my vs to get 2003 update and I installed framework 1.1, then reinstalled dx9 sdk but still no good. Also what is the deal with debug/retail packages. I have both installed (originally just debug) but still no go. Please, any help to get this going would be greatly appreciated!! Thanks and sorry to be so overly verbose

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Yes, the problem was that the samples can''t be opened in VS 2002 so what I did was start a new project and bring the .VB files into as Add Existing Item... neato, so now I can at least see what''s going on in the code.

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