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SavvyClay

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I dunno if this was posted somewhere else (I know the ati2dvag thing was, but this goes further) so sorry if it was, but...

I was playing the sims2, and when I went to buy something and drag it into the screen, the game froze and the blue screen came up saying there was an error with file ati2dvag. I found out this was something to do with video input to the screen, so I downloaded newer drivers. This didn't work though, and I went on downloading drivers, reading up information, installing programs and doing all sorts (which probably wasn't too intelligent) but nothing has worked.

Now it's even worse, and when I click to play the Sims2 it comes up with an error message saying

'Failed to find any DirectX 9.0c compatible graphics adapters in this system! Please make sure you have a DirectX 9.0c compatible graphics adapter and have installed the latest drivers provided by the manufacturer. The application will now terminate.'

I tried downloading a DirectX 9.0c CGA, and the newest (I think) drivers from the IBM website, but it didn't do anything.

I think it's something to do with the graphics card, but I have no idea. MovieMaker crashed at one point (repeatedly) aswell, which probably has something to do with it.

HELP! :whistling:

My computer is an IBM ThinkPad notebook, running on Windows XP-I'm not sure what info I should post...
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If you get the error message saying that you need a DX 9.0c compatible graphics card, then that's exactly what you don't have. In my opinion, the problem lies with your video card.

What type of accelerator do you have?
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Uh, accelerator?

Where do I find that out?

:whistling:

My current driver is ATI Mobility Radeon 7500...
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Hello SavvyClay and welcome to G2G!

The ATI Radeon Mobility 7500 isn't on the supported graphics card list for the game so you may have problems running the game.

Try updating your graphics/video card drivers from the IBM website. Before installing the new drivers make sure you uninstall the existing one first.

Try running the game in windowed mode. Add -w to the end of the target line of the shortcut. e.g "C:\Program Files\EA Games\The Sims 2\TSBin\Sims2.exe" -w
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Ah yes, okay, I tried that before-but I might've stuffed it up.

When I uninstall the old driver, do I uninstall /all/ the ATI stuff off my laptop?

I mean, do I uninstall just the driver or use the ATI software uninstall thingy?

Edited by SavvyClay, 29 January 2007 - 05:35 PM.

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Uninstall using add/remove programs in control panel.
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Now I know what happened last time- the same thing that's happened this time.

When the driver begins to install it comes up with an error message saying
'Severe' telling me I should try installing a standard VGA driver first.
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Install the old driver and then install the new one.
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Okay, so I download this ATI thing, and now I have the Mobility Radeon 7500 again, but when I try to install the 9800 it comes up with something along the lines of

'System cannot find components that install onto your current software/hardware configuration'

I really have no idea what to do/look for.

I've spent so much time on this and it's getting nowhere :whistling:

Thanks for helping though...

Edited by SavvyClay, 03 February 2007 - 02:57 AM.

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What model is your IBM laptop?
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thinkpad 2373-7WM
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Try this driver.

http://www-307.ibm.c...ocid=MIGR-41918
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Nope, it still doesn't work...

The same error message comes up telling me I need the correct hardware or whatever.

Gah!
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Hi,

Seeing as the Lenovo site is messing me around when I try and search for anything, try the Omega drivers.

http://www.omegadrivers.net/

Click ATI Radeon > archive > download the Omega driver version 3.8.252.

Edited by ZEUS_GB, 06 February 2007 - 03:52 AM.

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OK, I downloaded it, but when I
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