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DX11 (KernelBase.dll) Microsoft C++ exception: _com_error at memory location 0x0021e7dc..

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I've been working on porting my DirectX Framework over to DX11. At runtime I've been getting the following type of error:
First-chance exception at 0x75b69617 (KernelBase.dll) in Engine.exe: Microsoft C++ exception: _com_error at memory location 0x0021e7dc..

Multiple of these exceptions are thrown. It occurs when I call: D3D11CreateDeviceAndSwapChain

//Create the swap chain parameters
//create the swap chain
UINT flags=0;
#if defined(DEBUG) || defined(_DEBUG)
Engine->ShowError("Failed to create d3d device.");

I'm using VS C++ 2010 professional. I created the project as an empty Win32 project. Does anyone have any ideas? I've been working at this for hours.

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I don't even know where to look. My program runs properly as far as I know, it just shows those exceptions in the debug output window, so for now I'm just ignoring them. I'm hoping that someone has encountered these errors before and knows what could cause a _com_error.

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Those errors are in the driver or runtime, and you usually don't need to worry about them. For example I used to get them every time I switched to fullscreen in debug mode, but after a driver update they went away.

Read the following page for some information: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/davidklinems/archive/2005/07/12/438061.aspx

Also, you can break on those exceptions by choosing Exceptions from the Debug menu and check all.

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Ok, I'm guessing it's a driver issue then. I'm on an older laptop with an integrated Intel graphics card. I created a basic application with just a simple window. I got the same exception when I tried to create the d3d device, so I'm pretty sure it isn't my code. I'll just ignore it for now. Thank you, that helped a lot.

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