How to Fix Direct3D

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How to Fix Direct3D
Fix Direct3D-related errors on your computer. (tastatur image by Tribalstar from Fotolia.com)

Direct3D is a component of Microsoft’s DirectX technology. Direct3D is used to render three-dimensional sequences. An outdated version of DirectX can cause a Direct3D error. In other cases, the Direct3D component simply needs enabling.

Skill level:
Moderate

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Instructions

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    Click on the “Start” button. If using Windows XP, click on “Run.” If using Windows 7 or Vista, click in the “Search” box.

  2. 2

    Type “dxdiag” without the quotes and press the “Enter” key.

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    Click on the “Display 1” tab. Ensure that Direct3D is set to “Enabled.” If it's disabled, click in the box next to “Direct3D Acceleration” and select “Enabled.”

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    Click on the “Display 2” tab. Ensure that Direct3D is set to “Enabled" on this tab as well.

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    Click on “Start,” then on “All Programs.”

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    Click on the “Windows Update” link.

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    Allow the automatic update process to finish while following any on-screen instructions. Restart your computer after the update completes.

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    Click on the “Start” button. If using Windows XP, click on “Run.” If using Windows 7 or Vista, click in the “Search” box.

  2. 2

    Type "desk.cpl" without the quotes and press the “Enter” key.

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    Click on the “Adapter” tab.

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    Click on the “Properties” button.

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    Click on the “Driver” tab.

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    Click the “Update Driver” button.

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    Double-click on “Search Automatically” in Windows Vista and 7. In Windows XP, click in the box next to “Yes, this time only,” and click “Next.”

    Note: This process will attempt to download a Microsoft-certified driver. The driver downloaded may not be the most recent version. However, it is good practice when troubleshooting to download a Microsoft-certified driver to prevent compatibility issues.

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    Go to “Start,” then “Control Panel.”

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    Click on the “Uninstall a program” link in Windows Vista or 7. Click on the “Add/Remove Programs” icon in XP.

  3. 3

    Scroll down to the application that is giving the error and double-click to uninstall it.

  4. 4

    Install your application.

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