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27-Dec-2010, 10:40 PM #1
3D Device problems? What do I do?
I have a DeLL Inspiron B130 Laptop that is either 2005 or 2006 model and was wondering how I can fix an apparent graphic problem when I click 'Play Game' for Civilization IV. I have played it before on the PC but had to uninstall it and reinstalled it later. Here is the error message that appears. How can I fix this/ can I?

INITIALIZE RENDERER FAILED. CHECK Directx Installation latest Graphics Drivers and Graphics Settings.
-hwnd= 0x1boo5a

Error: Creation failed: Invalid 3D device type.
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28-Dec-2010, 02:54 PM #2
Reinstall or upgrade the video card drivers *from the manufacturer's website*. Do not use reference drivers from Nvidia or AMD on a laptop. The video drivers are specifically written for the video card AND the motherboard.

Next, reinstall the latest DirectX drivers from Microsoft. Download the latest from Download the runtime. This program will check your drivers and download what you need to bring the drivers up to date.
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28-Dec-2010, 07:19 PM #3
Video Cards, which one?
Thank you so much for clarifying this and I have updated the latest DirectX and have found my real problem is not having the proper videocard, I am not even sure if I have one. So I am on and am looking at different videocard downloads. I am not sure if this is a safe site (such a noob) and was wondering if this is the right way to go?
The next problem is I am not sure which one I should go for and if you don't don't know, how could I find out? Again, the only problem I think is I do not have the proper videocard.
Thank you so much, this is awesome!
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