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graphic adapter error occured while drawing a frame error message when trying to play Family Feud 2010

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Hi Everyone;

          I was able to successfully install Family Feud 2010 onto my computer tonight but ran into an error message when attempting to play it.  The error message reads as follows:  A graphic adapter error occured while drawing a frame.  This might happen if your system has not enough video memory (VRAM) to draw a frame or if your driver is out of date.  Please verify with your system vendor to obtain the latest generation of drivers for your computer. And, underneath that mesage is another error message indicating the following:  Could not create DX9 device! I:\projects\gamefabric\basepy\library\source\modules\FGraphDXCommon-cpp.hpp (1268)

            WIth respect to technical specs of this system, it is a Compaq Deskpro EN running Windows XP Professional with SP2.  It has an Intel PIII chip running at 996MHz and has 512MB of RAM.  The onboard video card is an Intel (R) 82815 Graphics Controller.  I have thought about installing DirectX to correct the problem, but, I have not done that yet.  This system is low with regards to system memory too so that could be a problem.  I know when a pc uses onboard video, it will "borrow" from the system memory what it needs.  

               At any rate, any shared thoughts or ideas on what direction I will need to go here will be appreciated.

               Thank you.

               George
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Your video card doesn't meet the minimum requirements to run the game. The intel card doesn't fully support dx9.
http://www.allgame.com/game.php?id=69651&tab=sysreqs
http://www.intel.com/support/graphics/intel815/sb/CS-009143.htm
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Hi

          What do you recommend to correct this issue?

           Thank you.

            George
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If you have an open pci slot.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814187041
But, honestly you need a new system.
This cheap $280 system is easily several times faster than your current rig
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Hi There;

          Thank you for your followup links and suggestions.  The information given certainly got me thinking about several things.  So, I decided just to play around a little and try out a few things.  I have an entirely different computer which has a much faster processor, but, the same amount of RAM of 512MB with an onboard video controller.  Now, this onboard video controller is an ATI Radeo 200 series.  I did notice one of the system requirements for the game is an ATI Radeon Video Card 9000 series.  At any rate, when I installed Family Feud on this other computer with the same amount of RAM, 512MB, but a different onboard video chip, the game played great and without problems.  The culprit, as you said, is the onboard video controller.  It just was not compatiable with the game.

           Thanks again for the help.

           George
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