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Microsoft has released DirectX 9.0 which can be downloaded here (http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=51608b06-ae0d-4652-b9a0-eae0aa6ae6d7&displaylang=en) and includes security and performance updates, along with many new features across all technologies, which can be accessed by applications using the DirectX 9.0 APIs.
WARNING. You should create a system restore point before installing. DirectX 9.0 cannot be uninstalled and is VERY NEW.
How do you create a system restore point?
Start Menu > Program Files > Accessories ? System Restore.
Im concerned, but new it had to happen at some point. When DX 8.0 was released, it totally screwed up my hard drive on win ME. Does this indicate that Core design will be using DX 9.0 for Angel of Darkness? I think Ill waite until its absolutely necessary to install DX 9.0
Regards Dr SATAN
Okay, now my curiosity is piqued. What is a system restore? Is Direct X 9 backwards compatible with apps that use older versions of Direct X? Will Direct X9 have any effect on my graphics card or its drivers? Will I EVER figure out all this computer stuff? Will I ever reach the status of Tomb Raiding God of the Universe?
Windows XP Professional helps prevent problems that can arise if important system files are changed, or incompatible programs are installed. In addition, if serious problems do occur, Windows XP makes it easier to restore your computer to its normal operating state.
Options for rolling back to a previous state include:
Device Driver Rollback: Drivers are the bits of software that come with your digital camera, keyboard, or other device to communicate with your system. If you upgrade a driver and it disrupts your system, in most cases Windows XP can reinstall your previous version of the driver.
Last Known Good Configuration: If you change your hardware or software, then have trouble starting your computer, this feature can help. Windows XP saves your configuration settings after each successful startup. Then, if your system won’t start, it uses these “last known good” settings to start your computer and lets you troubleshoot the new hardware or software.
System Restore: This feature works like the Undo command in a word processing program. System Restore automatically monitors and records key system changes. If you change a system setting and then discover a problem, you can easily reverse the change.
Windows ME also has System Restore...
-Draco, Dingochik's fuzzy tiger
Originally posted by Croft Security:
Okay, now my curiosity is piqued. What is a system restore? Is Direct X 9 backwards compatible with apps that use older versions of Direct X? Will Direct X9 have any effect on my graphics card or its drivers? Will I EVER figure out all this computer stuff? Will I ever reach the status of Tomb Raiding God of the Universe?You can get answers to most of your questions about DirectX here (http://www.microsoft.com/windows/directx/default.asp) ;)
Just wanted to mention that it's the final end-user release, not the Beta Release Candidate 0 that came out a few weeks ago.
I installed it on my Win2K SP3 system: no glitch, no hassle. Didn't mess with my Detonator or my SB Live drivers. I tested TR1 under GLiDOS (for OpenGL support) and TR2 (for old DX5 support), it works like a charm. Fast and reliable. Compatibility seems perfect. No problem so far!
As a matter of fact, someday you'll just have to install DX9 and OpenGL 1.4 (or 2.0 or whatever), as more and more games will rely on their extended capabilities. However, I couldn't be held responsible for any installation going awry on Win9x systems... I've encountered so many unsolvable problems under 98SE and Millenium that I can't trust these OSes any more. You're on your own now :D
Warning: DX9 does NOT work for Win95!
[ 21 December 2002, 16:10: Message edited by: Kaminari ]
Speaking of OpenGL, Kaminari, do you know where i can find a free download of the latest version of OGL?
Thanks tlr online and Death Ray. I have Win 98, so I don't have a system restore or any of those options. I think I'll hold off on getting DX 9 for now.
koy'peled_ouy'tio, visit the official site of OpenGL (http://www.opengl.org/) http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/xmas3.gif
Koy> OGL drivers are usually integrated into your graphic card drivers. Just grab the latest drivers for your board and you should be fine; or you can eventually have a look at http://glsetup.com/ if everything else has failed :rolleyes:
Well I figure that when it comes with a game that needs it I will get it...unless it will significantly improve an older game...
-Draco, Dingochik's fuzzy tiger
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