Nov 17 2007

Running The DirectX Diagnostic Tool

DirectX Diagnostic Tool helps you troubleshoot issues with the DirectX suite of multimedia technologies that come with Windows. If you’re having trouble getting game animation or a movie to run properly, you should run DirectX Diagnostic Tool to try to find the source of the problem.

To run the DirectX Diagnostic Tool

1. Click on the Start Orb and then click Run.


2. In the Run dialog box type in dxdiag. and click Ok.


Now the DirectX Diagnostic Tool opens and you can click thru the tabs to see if any problems are found in the notes section.


Here are some of the things you should be looking for:

Lack of hardware acceleration. Some programs run very slowly or not at all unless Microsoft DirectDraw or Direct3D hardware acceleration is available. Click the Display tab, and then under DirectX Features, check to see whether DirectDraw, Direct3D, or AGP Texture acceleration is marked Not Available. If so, you might consider upgrading your hardware. You might also need to turn on graphics acceleration.

To turn on graphics acceleration.

  1. Click the Start Orb and type Personalize in the search box.
  2. In the results at the top of the page click Personalize.
  3. Click Display Settings, and then click Advanced Settings.
  4. Click the Troubleshoot tab, and then click Change Settings. If you are prompted for an administrator password or confirmation, type the password or provide confirmation.
  5. Move the Hardware Acceleration slider to Full. Click Ok twice. And you should be good to go.

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      Please can someone tell me how to find out which version of DirectX I am running?

      July 29th, 2010 at 3:04 pm
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