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« on: February 06, 2005, 07:06:37 AM »


Operating System Version: Windows 98
Problem Application Name & Version: DirectX 9
Error Messages: DirectX not found

Eventhough I have installed DirectX 9 from Microsoft website, all games give me the message "DirectX not found".

RoadRash gives me the message "DDraw not installed" but runs properly.
Mortal Kombat 4 gives me the same message and does not run in full screen mode.
Commandos (behind enemy lines) gives me the msg "DirectX 5 not found". I even installed DirectX 5 from the commandos CD over the already available 9th version. But it still gives the same msg and closes.




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« Reply #1 on: February 06, 2005, 02:12:02 PM »

It looks like your Windows registry has become very corrupt.
Your only solution may be installing Windows straight over itself, to rewrite the registry, and then reinstall motherboard drivers, chipset drivers, graphics drivers, DirectX9, the games in question and whatever other applications you need.
The good thing about this method is that you won't lose your savegames and even if you're concerned about that, you can always back up your savegames to a backup directory of your choosing after reinstalling Windows.
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« Reply #2 on: February 06, 2005, 03:51:54 PM »

If this behaviour only started in the last day orso, you could try to run Scanreg, a Windows registry scanner utility. By default, Windows will keep backups of the last 5 days of registry changes. So you can choose to reset your registry to 5 days ago, maybe prior to the day when whatever got corrupted.

To restore or repair a registry backup from within Windows 98:
1. Click Start, and click Run. The Run dialog box appears.
2. In the Open box, type scanregw.exe and click OK.

To restore a registry backup from MS-DOS mode:
1. Restart the system in MS-DOS mode.
If the system does not automatically start in MS-DOS mode when attempting to boot into Windows 98, hold down Ctrl key during system startup until the Startup Menu displays, and choose "Safe Mode Command Prompt Only" from the Startup Menu.
2. At the C: prompt, type scanreg /restore and press Enter. You do not have to be in the C:\Windows\Command folder to run the command.
3. Choose which backup to restore. You should have a choice of registry backups from the last five days the system successfully booted. You can also restore other backups from either the hard drive or floppy disk. The backups from the last five days will be in the format RB00x.*, where RB stands for Registry Backup, and x is the sequence number of the backup. RB000.cab is the most recent backup.

To repair the registry from MS-DOS mode:
1. Restart the system in MS-DOS mode. If the system does not automatically start in MS-DOS mode when attempting to boot into Windows 98, hold down the Ctrl key during bootup until the Startup Menu appears, and choose "Safe Mode Command Prompt Only" from the Startup menu.
2. At the C: prompt, type scanreg and press Enter. You do not have to be in the C:\Windows\Command folder to run the command.
   * If ScanReg is unable to fix the registry problems, or does not detect registry problems, run scanreg /fix
   * If the registry problems are still not resolved, restore a backup of the registry. See the section, How to restore registry backups.

additional help:
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/q184023/
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/q182841/
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