Im new here. I like to consider myself failry well versed with Computers but my love of classic old strategy games is just too great despite all the XBox's and PS3's these days.
Any way Im hoping somebody can help before I tear my hair out.
I have a Vista 64 Home Premium
Dell XPS M1330
4GB RAM 2.2 GHz Core2 Duo T5900
With a NVIDIA GeForce 8400M GS graphics card.
Im running on the latest DirectX 11
As of late 2011/ early 2012, I was forced to reinstall windows and all my old school games/software that I had on it
EVERYTHING installed without any problems EXCEPT for my favorite game
Some of you may know it: Gangsters 2 by Hothouse Creations/Eidos Interactive
The game is made ideally for Windows 98 or XP at the most but I overcame that by running it in compatibility mode for Windows 98/ME. It also had a NO CD inserted problem but a patch for that fixed that CD issue.
During the system Check i get a warning stating I need 4MB of Memory
Installation resumes as normal.
I go to open the game and get the a message statting it will try to determine the best video mode and that I may see a garbled display for a little bit.
Then I get the following error
IT HAS NOT BEEN POSSIBLE TO DETERMINE THE OPTIMUM VIDEO MODE FOR YOUR SYSTEM. THIS HAS BEEN SET BY DEFAULT TO 0
immediatly after that I get
ERROR..SORRY. UNABLE TO START GAME. CANT ACCESS THE DIRECT DRAW DRIVER
What is this Direct Draw Driver
and Why is DirectDraw Acceleration UNAVAILABLE whenever I run a DXDIAG
Where can I download one or How can I make it available.
I tried to manually adjust the hardware acceleration slidebar in display settings--Advanced settings--troubleshooting but that was grayed out stating YOUR CURRENT DISPLAY DRIVER DOES NOT ALLOW CHANGES TO BE MADE TO HARDWARE ACCELERATION SETTINGS
All efforts "update" Direct X have resulted in a smug - Detection of most recent blah blah, no installation is required
Somebody please help me
Thanks and have an awesome day!!!