D3D8.DLL file is linked to missing export DDRAW.DLL:UnlockCB

I use windows98se and have directx 8.1
when i startup the game global operations, i get the error message :

The D3D8.dll file is linked to missing export DDRAW.DLL:UnlockCB

This game used to run fine and now this conflict has suddenly started
what would i have to change?

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Greetings, DuarteR!
  Reinstall DirectX 8.1. It can be found at www.download.com

Best wishes, war1
Reinstall DirectX, whichever version you're using. That file is part of it.
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Also do this

Start > Run DXDIAG

This will give you a lot of info especially pay a attention to what is under the DirectX Files tab and under the More Help tab and click on the Trouble shoot button.
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Thanks, war1
DuarteRAuthor Commented:
Sorry it has taken long to reply, i tried reinstalling directX 8, which was already on my system but it did not work. I tried downloading the relevent .ddl files but to no avail. Then I downloaded directX 9 and that cured it, the game started up. So I thought problem solved. but then the next day, after booting up I tried the game again and i had exactly the same problem. So I had to download directx 9 again to solve it, its over 8 megs and I only have a 56k connection so you can imagine what a pain in the butt it is. I have had to repeat this process 4 times. It seems like something wrong with the registry, I have tried to do a scanreg/recover in dos mode but it does not help much, mplayer and other media works though. I also have another program called fruityloops which has started to play up aswell, I start it up and an error comes up that says: program corrupted, please reinstall. I reinstall it and it works fine until I restart the computer, which is when I get the same error. I have also had to do this numerous times. I am so fed up with my computer, I am considering getting a mac, iv'e heard it is more stable, my old Commodore Amiga 500 was never this bad. It seems like my registry is completly fcuked. My outlook express takes around a minute before it decides to start after i double click, the same when i want to open an e-mail. The computer has a mind of its own, I dont know wether to seek technical help or spiritual help, I think its possesed and needs an exorcist. I have tried a windows/options/cabs/install but it keeps all of my settings the same. Like I have posted in december my reinstal windows cd does not play ball. HELP!!!!!
   There could be something in the game itself that is causing the problem. Have you gone to their website and look for an updated version?
Here do this
Boot to safe mode run scandisk and defrag

When finished boot to normal mode and and run the SFC

Description of the System File Checker Tool (Sfc.exe)

try using the free diagnostic utility from the vendor of your disk to check for problems with the disk.


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Western Digital

Test the RAM

NOTE if this doesn't find anything wrong with the RAM this DOESN'T mean the RAM is good you would need to swap out the RAM with known good modules for testing. However if it does find something wrong then chances are the RAM is bad.

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Diagnostic Software



Also update your video drivers and it may be a good idea to update all your drivers.

Use a registry cleaner

This is the one I use


How to Install and Run RegClean


RegClean by Microsoft. Even though this was made or Win98 it will work on Win2000

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DuarteRAuthor Commented:
i just thought i would give you the points as you were the most helpful thanks
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