Apr 5, 2010

How To Fix "Unable to initialize DirectX" In Warcraft 3

A lot of people have problems with this.

This error is caused not installed video driver or old version of DirectX.


First i recommend you to upgrade you to update DirectX, you can do this by downloading DirectX End-User Runtime Web Installer.

If you don't know witch DirectX version you have
- Click on the Start button and select Run. (For Vista Users, press the Windows Key (the key with the Windows logo on your keyboard) + R (at the same time) and skip to step 3)
- In the Open: field type in dxdiag and click the OK button.
- When the DirectX Diagnostic Tool loads up you will see information about your computer. Near the bottom of the information should be the following field: DirectX Version: which will list what version you are currently running.



Second make sure that you have supported hardware

600 MHz processor
256 MB of RAM
32 MB 3D video card
DirectX® 8.1 compatible sound card
I think that you have 10x better hardware, but just to be sure ;)

Third update video drivers.

If you have ATI video card download drivers here.
If you have nVidia video card download drivers here.

If you have laptop/netbook check for drivers at manufacturers web site.

Also update sound drivers.

Fourth,

Disable then re-enable Direct 3D:

- Click Start (For Vista/7 Users, press the Windows Key (the key with the Windows logo on your keyboard) + R (at the same time) and skip to step 3)
- Click Run
- Type dxdiag and push Enter
- Select the Display tab
- Click the Disable button next to Direct3D Acceleration
- Click the Enable button next to Direct3D Acceleration and try the game again

If you are running Warcraft 3 on DirectX not supported hardware/software (like OS X and Linux) you should run Warcraft 3 in OpenGL mode.

10 comments:

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Anonymous said...

dood i need help please help me ma system hangs when i use warcraft too much but when i press insert insert at windows start up a setup called american megatrends cmes if it cmes my pc never hang bt warcraft will also not cm itll say unable to intialize directx tht american megatrends bios setup is affecting processor mhz i think itll less it to less than 600mhz i think thts y it asks direct when i get american megatrends setup at windows startup what to do nw

Anonymous said...

hello friend.. i got the same problem after i upgrade from vista to win. 7.. and i my grapic card is standard vga video adapter.. can u help me to solve this problem.. plz =(

Anonymous said...

HOW ABOUT THE WINDOWS XP STEPS

love2spooge said...

this is guide for all windows (xp, vista, 7)...

Anonymous said...

ATI Catalyst? Legacy Display Driver for xp

Anonymous said...

for win7... u cant disable it thru dxdiag ... no option is available there for you to enable or disable

Anonymous said...

i updated my ATI Driver to the latest version and it this started to happen. once i deleted the driver and war3 works again. this is bullshit.

i updated everything, directx says i have the latest, ATI driver is the latest, Win7 updates latest ... only thing i cant try is 'disable and enable' directx, there's no option there available. please help

felix_tsj1990@hotmail.com

Anonymous said...

for win7... u cant disable it thru dxdiag ... no option is available there for you to enable or disable

~ExD|.JEssE said...

LOL. in -opengL mode the system is very bad.. super lag.. then the path is very .. (like painted or something else) just download the viedo card.. if it says unable to inizialize it means doesnt means that u dont have direct x.. it just simply says.. that u didnt have the video card .. to see it .. start run then click at the top (display) look at the direct 3d accelerators.. then if the direct 3d is not supported or didnt working.. download it.. that is the main problem .. the viedoecard

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