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Direct3D and turning off all the lights

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Hi everyone. I am programming a game in Direct3D (Imm. mode) DirectX 7. Normally, I have a single directional light to light the scene. If I turn the RGB values down it gets darker. The weird part is that I can''t achieve pitch blackness even if I never enable this light. I am setting the D3DRENDERSTATE_LIGHTING state to TRUE, and the D3DRENDERSTATE_AMBIENT state to Zero. I take my main light and instead of doing a LightEnable(true) I do a false (meaning turn the freaking thing off!) The lighting that does occur when I have my light off looks ambient, as I see no shadows over a bumpy terrain. The polys in the terrain are being textured with a normal (non alpha blended) texture, with a single stage, where the arguments are D3DTA_TEXTURE and D3DTA_DIFFUSE, and the op is D3DTOP_MODULATE. It''s my belief that the Diffuse value should be zero, so the result of the modulate op should produce zero. Could someone please shed some darkness on this problem? Thanks for reading, -ns
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