Good evening all, I've been trying to run my games recently however all games are telling me that my graphics card isn't up to scratch (even older games).
I have an ATI Radeon 9800 pro (256mb) card, but for some reasons, games are telling me it's only packed with 16mb!
Now, after some pressing of a certain family member, he tells me he found a download online that would 'convert' my Windows XP Home OS to Media Centre Edition. He tells me he didn't install anything, but copied some stuff from this download to the WINDOWS directory somewhere (I can't find it).
He also told me that he'd read about there being some issue with this GFX card and MCE, and that it recommended he alter some registry settings. He has no idea what they were (he 'just did it').
I don't want to have to format and reinstall, so I'd appreciate some guidance.
Anyone come across this issue? It's obscure, I know.
Whether it helps at all, when I run DXDIAG, under the 'Display' tab, it says "Approx Total Memory: n/a". When I run the DirectDraw test, it completes it without problem, however when I click 'Test Direct3D' the first test fails (and I receive an error message which states "Test failed at step 8 (creating 3d device): HRESULT =0x8007000e (Out of Memory)".
I've tried reinstalling DX9, I've tried removing and reinstalling the Cat drivers...
I also get a message when running games that says" "AGP Texture Acceleration" is unavailable. Yet it appears to be enabled.
I don't use IE, I use Firefox, but the downloads list and cache is cleared down daily.
I've checked in each of the folder you mention, and I've pressed the 'foon as much as I can. He simply doesn't remember, as it could have literally been 3 months ago (that's how long I've not played PC games for! Shock horror!).
Whether it helps, I believe this 'upgrade' to MCE is not exactly legitimate, so I doubt the MS knowledgebase would have anything to say either :(
This is the annoying thing, the conversion wasn't applied (it just kinda sits in the WINDOWS directory apparently), but by soon to be excommunicated home sharer tampered with the registry despite this.