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Can't get any of my graphic games to work, they all worked before, but now it goes to a black screen and locks there when started.

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I had a MSI NX6600 GT video card and tried everything. I got the latest drivers and latest Direct X 9.0c. The Direct 3D worked with the old drivers, but locked up with the latest nVidea driver. These games(Age III, Star Wars Empire at War, and Warcraft III) are the only games I play and have for some time. I have know idea when the problem started, for it has been more then a couple months since I tried to play. I thought it must be the video card gone bad? I got my brand new PNY 6600 GT with 128mb DDR3 ram. I have the EXACT same problem. So the cards are ok but something is stopping these games from working and Direct X will not work with the latest nVidea drivers? To give you the rest of my system info: Windows XP Service Pack 2 with all the latest updates, AMD Athlon XP 3000+ 2.17GHz, 1 GB of Dual Channel RAM, and an ASUS A7N8X-E Deluxe.
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by:smiffy13
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Does the directx diagnostics work or are there any errors reported there?

I had a problem with directx a while ago. The solution was to disable Direct3D Acceleration using the Dx Diagnostic tool, reboot, then re-enable Direct3D Acceleration.

Have you tried installing an older nVidea driver?
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by:LVm3rlin
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Thanks for the advice, but that is a no go. The Direct X diagnostics work with an old drivers - not the new. But old new or otherwise the games still go black. I can hear the game and even click on buttons to start it, but no graphics, just a blank black screen with my white pointer I can move around it.
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Perhaps the motherboard chipset drivers haven't been installed properly. You can get the latest available drivers from here: http://support.asus.com/download/download.aspx?SLanguage=en-us&model=A7N8X-E%20Deluxe
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by:LVm3rlin
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Here are links to my DX Diag Log and HiJackthis Log for those interested

http://kurtrasche.741.com/DxDiag.txt

http://kurtrasche.741.com/hijackthis.log

Thanks in advance.
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by:LVm3rlin
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One last point - In the logs you will see it is not signed by MS XP - That is because I am trying the BETA driver for nVidia, but it did not work either.
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I compared your DxDiag.txt to mine (I've got an Asus mobo & Nvidia 6600 GT card except mine is a PCI-Express) and I can't see anything startingly different. I have a bunch of codecs installed which you don't have but I'd be surprised if they are the cause. For the sake of seeing you could try installing the same package of codecs as me from here: http://www.codecguide.com/download_kl.htm
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That made no difference as you expected - any other ideas out there?
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Have you tried reinstalling DirectX? As it isn't possible to uninstall directx, I believe you can install it again. Other than that; is it feasible to reinstall windows? You could try the reinstall repair option, which would mean that you don't lose your data or have to reinstall everything again, but you would have to reinstall windows updates.
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by:LVm3rlin
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Thanks for the help smiffy13, but I tried all that and it did not help. I did fix the problem though - I did a 3 month back system restore and everything works perfectly. I got the new Direct X and the newest drivers and all is running smooth. Bad news is we will never know what was really wrong, good news is I am running again. I will give you the points seeing you were the only one helping. Thanks!
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