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Windows Aero Plus Gaming

I recently tried to play Diablo II for Vista. It installed, updated and worked without a problem. Today, I'm getting Error 25 Cannot initialize Direct3D. Now I've noticed that my Windows Aero effect is not working either. I cannot initiate DirectDraw which previously worked. I've got an nVidia 8200. It came standard with the Acer X1200 Computer. I reinstalled DirectX 10 and also updated my graphics card to its newest version. Any idea why all of a sudden these effects have stopped working?

Side Note: My graphics card had a rating of 3.4, then I reran the test and now it's 3.0.
I'm kind of confused...:shock:

My Computer


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Vista Guru
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its nothing to do with aero theme, it does sound like a direct x problem though. Can you provide some more system specifications, in the meantime, can you access directx diagnostics? (type dxdiag in search box).

My Computer

System One

  • Manufacturer/Model
    Custom Build
    Intel Q6600 @ 2.8GHz
    Evga NF78-CK-132-A 3-Way SLI
    8Gb DDR2 Corsair Dominator @ 1066Mhz 5-5-5-15
    Graphics Card(s)
    Sound Card
    Realtek ALC888 7.1 Audio, Logitech G35 7.1 Surround Headset
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Dell S2409W 16:9, HDMi, DVI & VGA
    Screen Resolution
    1920 x 1080
    Hard Drives
    Samsung 7200rpm 250Gb SATA,
    Samsung 7200rpm 750Gb SATA,
    WD 7200rpm 1TB SCSI SATA.
    Xigmatek 750W Quad sli quad core 80% eff
    Antec 900 Gaming Case
    Zalman CNPS9700-NT NVIDIA Tritium, Dominator RAM cooler
    Razor Lachesis Banshee V2 Blue, 4000DPI
    Logitech generic keyboard
    Internet Speed
    16Mb Sky bb
    Other Info
    Wireless Gaming Receiver for Windows, Wireless Xbox 360 Pad, Wireless Xbox 360 Les Paul Guitar

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