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How do I check version of DX supported by hardware?

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How do I check (in VC++) the versions of D3D/DX supported by the graphics hardware on the current system?

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by:Martin_J_Parker
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Do you have the DirectX SDK loaded?  There is sample code in there.
In the V9 SDK it was something like
\Program Files\Microsoft DirectX 9.0 SDK (October 2004)\Samples\C++\Misc\GetDXVer
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I found this post on an SDK example, don't have the sdk on my current computer
http://www.programmersheaven.com/2/FAQ-DIRECTX-Understand-Version-Programmatically

To determine the DirectX version programmatically there is a sample Application in the "DXSDK\Samples\C++\Misc\GetDXVer" folder. It first checks the DirectX version using DxDiag. If it can't find out the version it simply checks each file version. The return type of the "GetDXVersion" function will be a DWord indicating the version.
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by:chrispauljarram
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Hi,

Sure - but won't that just give the DX version installed in Windows? (e.g. in Win7 it's always DX11).  I need to know the capabilities of the current graphics card without having to create a D3D device and look for a fail (i.e. is dx10, dx10.1 or dx11 the max DX ver supported by the hardware?...)

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Chris
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Hi Martin,

Not quite no - GetDeviceCaps is a D3D9 concept used to check the capabilities of a D3D9 device.  I need to be able to determine the max version of DX supported by a card (i.e. is it 9,10,10.1 or 11?), without having to actually try and create the device itself.

Sorry for the late response, Experts-exchange have decided I no longer need to be emailed when responses to my questions are posted!  (not a single email for any of the 3 responses above).

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Chris
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There did seem to be some sort of maintenance going on this morning as I couldn't get into EE first thing - your response problems could be linked to that.

So you need a way of interrogating the graphics card's device driver to see what version is supported by the card.  I don't have a DX10 or DX11 compatible card available to me at the moment - but I'm wondering how much of that information might be squirrelled away in the registry somewhere - may be worth a regedit search to see what you can find on your system.

You might be able to get some information through .NET 4.0 - you seem to be able to check if hardware is at least DX9 capable - but I don't know if it's enough for your purposes:
http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ms742196.aspx
http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/system.windows.media.rendercapability.aspx
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