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Odd Error Message.....translation Please?


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#1 computergeek522

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Posted 30 September 2006 - 01:46 AM

OK. So I'm a Sims 2 junkie, I admit it. I spend hours downloading houses and clothes and dressing up my Sims and creating elaborate lives for them.

Tonight I went to play my game. I was happily playing God when suddenly an error dialog box popped up on the screen. This is exactly what it said:

"Direct 3D returned an error: D3DERR_NOTAVAILABLE! The application will now terminate."

Cue the weeping and gnashing of teeth, because my Sim had just achieved the level of Dream Date. And I didn't get a chance to save my game, and my Sim is a TOTAL geek so I may never get him on a date again, let alone a dream date.

Does anyone know what this error means? I mean, I know it's likely got something to do with DirectX, but....how do I fix it? Heeeeeeelp.

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Posted 01 October 2006 - 10:24 AM

This is an error with the DirectX function of your video card. Could be an error with the video drivers, or it could even be an error within Windows.

The first step is to:
1) download the latest drivers for your video card
2) uninstall the current drivers
3) reboot
4) cancel out of the New Hardware wizard
5) install the new drivers
6) reboot.

Should this not fix the error, then we can proceed with further troubleshooting.
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Posted 02 October 2006 - 06:09 AM

Direct X Diagnostic tool
http://www.updatexp.com/directx-diagnostic-tool.html




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