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I bought a Links98 ls program and was going t run it and everytime I try it will give me a "DirectDraw Init Failed" error.  I am running a pentium 150 (IntelChip) with 32 megs of ram.  I'm not sure what my video card is.I think Directx is version 3.  Any solutions? thanks
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I did Download DirectX 5 and installed it..now it gives me
"Beta Direct Draw Expired, Please Update"... I click OK and it comes back with "DirectDraw Init FAILED"...Back to square 1
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I downloaded DirectX 5 and installed it...it now gives me a "Beta Direct Draw Expired, Please Update"...I click OK and it comes back to "DirectDraw Init FAILED"...Back to square one
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by:busuka
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Usual questions: what video card you have ? Do you have latest
drivers for it ?
Not-so-usual one: do you have dplay.dll in Windows\System folder?

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by:busuka
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To vadimb: stop suggesting to install DirectX 5. LOTS of people
have serious troubles with it, for example buggy joystick
driver, and most important problem with uninstalling it. Except
you have DX5-product better stay with DX3.
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Your videocard or your videocard drivers arent DirectX compatible, it is as simple as that. Locate the file "dxsetup.exe" run it and watch the output. if any lie DOESNT say certified. you need to update that driver or the device that it is connected too.
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by:kapoor
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Additionally, your video driver is normally displayed as the first screen when you switch on the computer or press the reset button. Get the name then do a search for their website.

Also directx 5 is not 100% compatible with dx2.

We meet again busuka, did you brush your nose yet :)
:)
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To kapoor: no, I like to browse nose-debris with finger everyday
:)))
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by:IneedHELP
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Try downloading the latest ver. of DirectX that isn't beta. Then you won't get the expired message. You probably got the first error after you installed DX5 because it had expired and therefore didn't start itself up.
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Or here's another proposal: if you have any games that require DX3 and include it on the disk (one example is HAVOC, by Reality Bytes) then simply install it from there.
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