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Windows 7: Halo CE problems with 32bit directx/directdraw on 64bit win 7

31 Oct 2013   #1

Windows 7 Professional 64bit
Halo CE problems with 32bit directx/directdraw on 64bit win 7

I am trying to run my old copy of Halo CE on windows 7, but whenever I try and run it, I get the error:
"A problem occurred initializing DirectDraw. Hardware acceleration maybe disabled, please run DXDIAG"

I run the 32bit DxDiag, and it says DirectDraw acceleration is disabled, and direct3D acceleration is only partially enabled, but when I run the 64bit DxDiag, it says these are both enabled. I assume the problem with Halo is that it is a 32bit program, but I have no idea how to solve the problem, or exactly what it is. My video drivers are up to date, I have tried updating DirectX, and installing older versions (several of which it won't let me, because it says it has a newer version isntalled), I tried compatibility mode for xp, 98, and 95, and running as an administrator, and I have searched through Catalyst Control Center for some kind of directdraw options or something, and found nothing.

Any suggestions?


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09 Nov 2013   #2

Windows 7 Professional 64bit

Spent hours on this issue, what seemed to solve it in the end was changing a registry value:

Change value to EmulationOnly=0 under the HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\DirectDraw
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03 May 2014   #3

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1

You sir are awesome, i've been trying to fix this on and off a while now. that fixed it
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