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Windows 7: Direct 3D in older games problem?


08 Jan 2010   #1

windows 7 ultimate
 
 
Direct 3D in older games problem?

Hello, I upgraded to Windows 7 from Vista a while back, and recently reinstalled a few older games: Diablo II, Dungeon Siege, Warcraft III, and Fable: TLC.

In all 3 of these games, the screen frequently flickers black. It's not game-breaking, but it's distracting enough to deter me from enjoying the games. Diablo II doesn't do it if played in DirectDraw mode, but that's replaced with another problem of "rainbow" coloring, which seems to be a common problem with DirectDraw. Of course, DirectDraw isn't an option in the other ones.

Anyway, I don't know what's going on. My hardware is unchanged from Vista, and these games didn't do this on that OS. I've tried the various compatibility options and none of them make a difference. It's really bugging me, and Google wasn't very helpful on finding a solution, if there is one. Help would be much appreciated!


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08 Jan 2010   #2

Windows 7 x86/x64, Server 2008r2, Web Server 2008
 
 

Run them in Xp mode ,
its a fix for starcraft
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08 Jan 2010   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate x86-64
 
 

Update your drivers with the guide in my sig - you'll need to turn Fable's options down with integrated drivers.
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09 Jan 2010   #4

Win 7 pro 64-bit, Ubuntu 9.10 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mckillwashere View Post
Run them in Xp mode ,
its a fix for starcraft
I belive he said
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I've tried the various compatibility options and none of them make a difference.
Anyway, have you tried updating directX?
Oh yea, and go to device manager (type it in search) and check if there are any yellow triangles.
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09 Jan 2010   #5

Windows 7 x86/x64, Server 2008r2, Web Server 2008
 
 

Xpmode is an addon to Windows 7 its not a compatibility mode.
It runs a virtual XP OS.
Its not compatibility mode.
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09 Jan 2010   #6

windows 7 ultimate
 
 

Sorry for the delayed response; been busy the past couple of days.

I looked into XP Mode, but my computer isn't compatible with it. I did download a different virtual machine, VirtualBox, but it didn't solve my problem

My drivers are up-to-date, and so is Direct X. I'm at a loss! Thanks for the replies though, they are much appreciated!

My friend suggested I might download Blizzard's official digital version which is available after registering my CD keys with them. Maybe they've made it more optimized for newer operating systems. Maybe. I won't get my hopes up just yet
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09 Jan 2010   #7

Windows 7 x86/x64, Server 2008r2, Web Server 2008
 
 

I havent had any issues with the start craft but I havent had a chance to play it much...
The last remnant is so much more fun
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09 Jan 2010   #8

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

If I remember correctly, Direct3D didn't work for Diablo II even in XP. Turn it off and you can play.
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10 Jan 2010   #9

Win 7 pro 64-bit, Ubuntu 9.10 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mckillwashere View Post
Xpmode is an addon to Windows 7 its not a compatibility mode.
It runs a virtual XP OS.
Its not compatibility mode.
yeah, sorry, i misunderstood.
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10 Jan 2010   #10

windows 7 ultimate
 
 

Direct 3D for Diablo II worked in XP, and even in Vista. I found what the problem is though, and it was a little embarrassing, but also kind of backwards. The newest drivers for Windows 7 were buggy and were causing that, so I installed slightly older drivers and it fixed it. I hope Intel releases new ones soon that fixes it. Although these drivers don't seem to decrease performance any, it'd be nice to be fully up-to-date
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