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Discussion in 'Hardware' started by joeheathuk, Sep 9, 2004.

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  1. joeheathuk

    joeheathuk Thread Starter

    May 29, 2004
    just installed new graphics card tornado geforce4 mx. however tried to play age of empires and an error came up ' couldn't initialize graphics system. make sure video card or controller are direct draw compatible'. i tried a few other games after and they work fine. what does this error message mean and how do i find out if ms system is compatible?

  2. Cheeseball81

    Cheeseball81 Retired Moderator

    Mar 3, 2004
    Are the latest drivers updated?

    What color depth are you currently running? 32 bit or 16 bit?
  3. polonius


    Nov 11, 2004
    I have the same problem. But i found a way to go around this. under [run] type dxdiag and then go to display tab. Form there click the test Direct3D if you have the same problem as me it will say the operation was stopped by you clicking a key on the keyboard. If this is what it says then simply restart and try the game. it works for me maybe it will work for you
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