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When running some D3D11 code on a virtual machine I get the following error:


D3D11 ERROR: ID3D11Device::CreateSamplerState: CreateSampler: Border addressing mode not supported at this feature level. [ STATE_CREATION ERROR #1048635: CREATESAMPLERSTATE_BORDER_NOT_SUPPORTED]


Using CLAMP mode instead of BORDER makes the application work, but I was a bit confused when seeing that BORDER is not always a supported feature. I can't see anything about border in the following Direct3D feature level chart:




I wasn't requesting any particular feature level (passing pFeatureLevels=NULL to D3D11CreateDevice) so I can't tell what "this" is referring to in the above error message.


Is missing border mode addressing something that one should worry about or is it just an anomaly of the virtual machine?



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The documentation for "10Level9 ID3D11Device Methods" suggests that border colour is supposed to be supported for all feature levels, but for the 9_* levels the colour should be restricted to a 0 to 1 range.  Which is odd because D3D11_SAMPLER_DESC documents the same restriction but makes no mention of feature levels, thus suggesting that the restriction is irrespective of which feature level you get.


My best guess is that this one has fallen victim to the nosedive in quality of the D3D documentation that happened around 11, and that MJP has nailed it.


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