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Problem with game recognizing 3d acceleration


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Hey, so I had an older dell inspirion laptop with XP that I had Unreal Tournament 2004 installed on. Recently tried to install on my Vista, and it installed fine but will not play. I get the Critical Error "Please enable Direct3D acceleration." I have checked my dxdiag and the little box next to 3d acceleration is checked on, and I've never had this problem with any other game--including many other new games with full 3d graphics.
I have DirectX 10 installed, and have updated my 64mb video card to newest drivers. The card is Nvidia Geforce 6150SE. Anybody have any ideas why the program will not recognize that the 3d acceleration is actually enabled? is it possible directx 10 is not compatible with this game, since in the error message it says I need to have at least 8.1 installed?

Basic Specs: Vista 32 bit, 3 gig ram, GEforce video card, AMD Sempron(tm) Processor LE-1250, 2200 Mhz, and I have plenty of hard drive space left.

Any Ideas?

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Yard Dog

Vista Guru
Gold Member
Central Florida in a small town
Hello. I would check at the game site. It might need a patch to work on Vista OS. However, this Forum has gamer type guys and gals that specialize in Gaming.. maybe they have some ideas.

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System One

  • Manufacturer/Model
    Emachine ET 1161-05
    AMD Athlon 64 LE-1640
    eMachines MCP61PM-GM (Socket AM2 )
    2.00 GB Dual-Channel DDR2 @ 387MHz (6-6-6-18)
    Graphics Card(s)
    Acer E181H (1280x768@60Hz) 128MB GeForce 6150SE nForce 430 (
    Sound Card
    Realtek High Definition Audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Name Acer E181H on NVIDIA GeForce 6150SE nForce 430
    Screen Resolution
    1280x768 pixels
    Hard Drives
    ST316081 5AS SCSI Disk Device
    MCP61PM-GM 9000 NVIDIA Chipset Model MCP61 Chipset Revisio
    Fan Speed 1247 RPM
    PS/2 Compatible Mouse
    Standard PS/2 Keyboard
    Internet Speed

wither 3

Vista Guru
Gold Member
Maximum PC just responded to the same question regarding another old game that ran on XP but not on Vista or Win 7. The suggestion was to try running it in DOSBox emulator or VirtualBox. For the latter, they said to follow the instructions at bit.ly/5PB1Zz to set up Direct X.

It could be you need a different driver for the game, assuming there is one.

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