Direct 3D is responsible for handling the instructions that are necessary for rendering 3-D graphics in software using DirectX technology. Direct 3D is a subset of Microsoft DirectX and is the element that computes the information contained in code such as shader files. DirectX is the front-end and has the ability to read and understand the same language that the Direct 3D API can. When code such as that inside a shader file is called upon, DirectX detects that it is Direct 3D-related and passes the job to it. When a Direct 3D render error occurs, DirectX is telling you that it was unable to relay the information to the Direct 3D API or the Direct 3D API was failed to compute the data.
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Press the "Windows" and "R" keys simultaneously. This opens a "Run" box.
Type "Devmgmt.msc" in the "Run" box and press "Enter." This opens the "Device Manager" in a new window.
Click "Display Adapters" and then right-click your adaptor. Click "Update Driver Software." This opens a new dialogue on your screen.
Click "Search Automatically for Updated Driver Software." This searches for and downloads a Microsoft-approved graphics driver.
Download a Signed Graphics Driver
Visit the Microsoft DirectX Download Center (see Resources).
Download the "DirectX End-User Runtime Web Installer" by clicking the blue "Download" button.
Click the "Run" button on the "Do you want to run or save..." dialogue. This downloads the updater and loads a "Welcome to Setup for DirectX" dialogue.
Click "I Accept the Agreement" and then click the "Next" button. This initiates the automated installer.
Click the "Finish" button on the "Installation Complete" window. Try to start the game; continue reading if the error continues.
Press the "Windows" and "R" keys simultaneously.
Type "Appwiz.cpl" in the "Run" box and click the "OK" button. This opens a new window on your screen.
Right-click on your game and click "Uninstall." Click the "Yes" button on the confirmation.
Press the "Windows" and "R" keys simultaneously. Type "C:\Program Files" and press the "Enter" key. This opens a window containing your program file folders. Ensure that the uninstall process deleted the game folder. If the game folder is still there, right-click the folder and click "Delete."
Insert your game installation disc and follow the on-screen prompts to reinstall. If your game includes a DirectX redistributable, click "Yes" on the "Do you want to install DirectX?" screen.
Right-click the shortcut you use to launch the game and click "Properties."
Click the "Compatibility" tab.
Click in the box next to "Run This Program as an Administrator" and then click the "Apply" button. Launch the game.
Run Game as Administrator
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