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Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by montemag, Apr 13, 2002.

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  1. montemag

    montemag Thread Starter

    Jan 1, 2000
    Hello . What I need is a little advice...

    I noticed that the computer was running slow so I clicked on my computer and went into performance and saw that only 37% resources were free. I called Dell and they made me go into msconfig and had me UNCHECK many many items so that all the icons that were in the system tray are now gone. No big deaL but we have noticed that some of the games that I downloaded from the web no longer work!. Like a game called Snood. I downloaded it again but to no avail. It says you have to have Direct X version 7 to play the game but upon searching my files I have version 8. Do I download their version and overwrite the newer version with the older one??? Will this screw anything up??? What to do. I can tell you that now when I right click on my computer and look into the performance tab there is now 83% resources FREE. Wow. But what do I do with the games that no longer work. What could be the reason that they no longer work? I even RECHECKED all the boxes that they had me recheck just to see if they would work and they still do not work??? What could have happened. I even did a system restore to the day before the unchecking of the startup items and still they did not work. Once again what do you suggest I do and how do I correct it.? thanks. Once again everything seems OK and even faster but these few games like "HOUSE of THE DEAD" and SNOOD which were downloaded from the web no longer work. Everything else is fine.

    The items they had me uncheck were Msft Works items and Dell SC(solution center and Delss Creative mixer and WATCH and Save No w etc etc. The tech was very knowledgeable I thought and asked me to read what was checked and had me uncheck as we went. So that was that. it was not until hours later that I realized that certain games did not work. What could be wrong. I am running Windows ME and the computer is a Dell 8100 series 1.4 GHZ with a 40 Gb hard drive. Thanks
  2. Saberwing_Ca


    Mar 15, 2002
    hmm, tried downloaded latest version of DX? Just let it overwrite anything that may be there. Just a thought....
  3. Emtronics


    Jan 20, 2000
    This is the XP/NT/2000 Windows forum. Maybe the ADMIN will re-direct this to the proper forum for a quicker relpy. At any rate, DirectX 8 will work and is even better than 7. I would not recommend trying to overwrite 8. In fact, I don't think it will anyway. The only way DirectX overwrites is when it's overwriting an older version of itself. When a game says "You need Directx7 to play this game..." than simply means you need 7 or newer. DirectX6, for example, will not work.
  4. brianF


    Dec 2, 1999
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