How to Open and Use the DirectX Diagnostic Tool in Vista and Windows 7

information   Information
DirectX Diagnostic Tool helps you troubleshoot issues with the DirectX suite of multimedia technologies that come with Vista and Windows 7.

For more information and what to look for, see:

Microsoft Help and How-to: Run DirectX Diagnostic Tool

and

Diagnosing basic problems with DirectX

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This can be handy if you're having trouble getting game animation or a movie to run properly, you should run DirectX Diagnostic Tool to see if it can help you find the source of the problem.
Note   Note
If you have the 64-bit Vista or Windows 7, then the DirectX Diagnostic Tool will have a extra Run 64-bit DxDiag button where the 32-bit Vista and Windows 7 will not. It does the same thing, but for the 64-bit versions only.



Here's How:
1. Open the Start Menu, then type dxdiag in the search box and press Enter.

2. Here is a screenshot of each tab in dxdiag so you can see where the information you may receive from this tool is at in the Notes box, if it finds any problems. (see screenshots below)

3. Click on the Exit button when done.

System tab:
DirectX Diagnostic Tool-system_tab-jpg
Display tab:
DirectX Diagnostic Tool-display_tab-jpg
Sound tab:
NOTE: You may have more than one Sound tab if you have more than one sound output or input.
DirectX Diagnostic Tool-sound_tab-jpg
Input tab:
DirectX Diagnostic Tool-input_tab-jpg
That's it,
Shawn