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Windows 7: Directx download. Sim 2 Compatibility Issue?

14 Nov 2010   #1

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Directx download. Sim 2 Compatibility Issue?

Hey guys , Me again :P,
I was wondering is there anywhere I can get a working copy of DirectX 9.0c. And do I have to pay or is it free? Because I wanted to put Sims 2 onto the laptop incase I got bored some day and it didn't work out well says I need DirectX 9.0c brothersoft.com are hosting a free download, but I wanted to know any safe place it's able to be downloaded and legally is it free?

P.S Any good games compatible with 32bit? For a 2gb RAM Laptop I should look at? Into a lot of different things really. Mainly WoW Type games.
Thanks again,
Paul

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14 Nov 2010   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate x64, XP Mode, W8.1 Preview VM - 7 Pro x64 second remote tower
 
 

Often the older games will have the option for installing DX 9 already seen with them. For still downloading the redistributed zip file you unpack or the web installer, Download details: DirectX 9.0c Redistributable for Software Developers - Multilingual

Other 3rd party sites will still provide the older DX since it is still needed for the previous versions as well as running older titles on Vista and 7. Download DirectX 9.0c (full package) - the latest version of Direct X
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14 Nov 2010   #3

 

You can download the runtime for DirectX9.0c from MS, no purchase needed, heh. Check out the instructions first though.
DirectX End-User Runtime Web Installer from Microsoft website

I game on my laptops as well. RAM isn't as much a consideration as what video card and CPU you have. Most "WoW type" @ online games should work fine - although judging from your posted specs you may want to play things at low settings.

Edit:
Oops, didn't see Night Hawk's post there.
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14 Nov 2010   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate x64, XP Mode, W8.1 Preview VM - 7 Pro x64 second remote tower
 
 

I keep a folder with the DX 9 full download and a sub where all the files were unpacked to for ready install at any time such as when updating the video card or seeing any fresh install of Windows.

But if your game sees the option to install 9c in it use that! It seems to work out better using the game's own DX installer for some reason.

I see Trucidation found the web installer version there. I looked back for the older references for getting 9c before 7 came along for Vista seen at Download details: DirectX End-User Runtimes (March 2008)

I think we have the bases covered here!
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15 Nov 2010   #5
Microsoft MVP

Win 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Do not use the web installer, far too many times it just doesn't work for whatever reason. Use the full redistributable instead,

Download details: DirectX End-User Runtimes (June 2010)

which is all you need for installing and/or updating DirectX; be it 9, 10 or 11. Microsoft changed the name by removing the version number to "DirectX End-User Runtimes" shortly after the release of Vista and DirectX 10. No need to go looking all over the place to find 9.0c.

They also used to put out a DirectX update pretty much on a bi-monthly schedule, and even that has changed and now don't follow much fo a schedule any more. The last two updates have been 5 months apart; one in February of this year, and one in August 2009.
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15 Nov 2010   #6

Windows 7 Home Premium 32bit
 
 

None of these are working I've tried all of your links, downloaded and opened. Sims still won't. Has anyone got a straight link to just Direct X 9.0c they could post?
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15 Nov 2010   #7
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Win 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Have you updated the game?

TheSims2.com - Updates

A few suggestions to try here,

Compatability issues with Sims 2 on Windows 7 - EA Forums General Discussion - EA Forums - Questions & Comments: EA Forums

Quote:
Has anyone got a straight link to just Direct X 9.0c they could post?
If you downloaded, extracted and ran the DXSETUP.exe, then you have the latest DirectX 9.0c installed and trying an older update won't work.
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15 Nov 2010   #8

Windows 7 Home Premium 32bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by stormy13 View Post
If you downloaded, extracted and ran the DXSETUP.exe, then you have the latest DirectX 9.0c installed and trying an older update won't work.
I have updated and I used the links provided by the members above, don't know whether they are the most recent ones but I'll try find out. Thanks
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15 Nov 2010   #9
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Win 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

It may not be in the name but the DX 9 files are there,

Directx download. Sim 2 Compatibility Issue?-dxjune2010.png


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15 Nov 2010   #10

Windows 7 Ultimate x64, XP Mode, W8.1 Preview VM - 7 Pro x64 second remote tower
 
 

From trying tons of oldies out on the 32bit 7 which you have there this sounds more like the need to right click on the main install or setup.exe file and open up the compatibility tab to select run in XP SP2 as well as checking off the run as admin box if the game is refusing to install.

Now if already installed but simply won't run then you would follow that by looking for the game's main exe file in the Program Files>game directory to see that will get it working for you. As far as which release of 9c goes on DX 9 is still covered if the game require 9 and not DX 8 being an older title. That could still be 9a or 9b and have the game running.

I have a few older DX 7 games that run well with 9c on while they will still run on the 64bit 7(not as well) without 9c installed. (time frame 2000-2002 SoF I+II, RTCW, etc) The game installers for those have their own option for seeing DX 7 installed as those require while the much newer 9c suffices and installs instantly.

I keep the full version available at all times since it doesn't take up any real space and even have multiple downloads. The snipping here shows how they look unpacked into a separate folder with it's own dxsetup.exe file.


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