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jnnhein

Annoying DirectX problem....

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I have this * old * computer, and an annoying problem, can someone give me a good idea what to do about it? Almost every time I start an application which uses DirectX, my taskbar turns purple and my computer freezes. Ctrl+Alt+Del doesn't help, I have to manually reset my computer (and wait while scandisk checks for errors). As this happens so often, needless to say it is annoying. This problem started when I updated to DirectX 7.0, and updating to version 8.1 didn't help. My OLD computer has following: - Diamond Viper AGP 550 graphics card - SoundBlaster AudioPCI V64 - PII 450 mhz - Windows 98 I've tried updating my drivers for graphics card, no help there. A couple of weeks ago I started learning stuff from Lamothe's book and now I'm losing my nerves resetting my computer after running each example ! grr.... Any ideas to solve this will be greatly appreciated, thanks in advance ! Edited by - jnnhein on February 16, 2002 5:39:57 AM

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you should re-install windows (delete the windows directory, then run setup).
or: remove components like soundcard oder network-adapter. if the lock up still happens, then re-install windows. sometimes its the only way...

greetz

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Yep, but.... I''ve re-installed Windows three times lately (for various reasons), and this problem never goes away.

Last time I tested it when I had installed just the graphics card driver, mouse driver and a couple of games, and it still happens.... ;(

As it is, I''m getting very curious, what could cause it.

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btw, you don''t always have to wait for the scandisk to finish...

-Pac
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Have you checked for the latest drivers particuly graphics/sound. The Creative Labs/Diamond web sites may have more information, if this is a problem with a particular product. I would (if all else fails) take out the cards (and drivers) one by one leaving just the graphics card. If you have or can borrow a replacment graphics card then also try that. At least then you can narrow down the problem. Be advised though, when you take out a driver windows sometimes leaves it on the system in a dormant state.

Also reinstalling windows still leaves the drivers and other TSR''s on your machine.

You could use CTL-ALT-DEL and end each task except systray and explorer for tsr''s.

,Jay

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You might want to try stepping through the code in debugger and examine all error values. DX may return something sensible.

Just a guess: did you install DX before you installed video drivers? Some drivers want to be installed after DX.

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