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When you attempt to start any of the programs listed at the beginning of this article, you may receive the following error message:
DirectDraw Init Failed
This behavior can occur if any one of the following conditions is true:
To resolve this issue, use the following troubleshooting methods in the order in which they are presented.
Verify that the Video Adapter Meets the Minimum System RequirementsConsult the printed documentation provided with your video adapter to verify that the video adapter supports a screen resolution of at least 800x600 pixels with a 16-bit or higher color palette.
Adjust the Microsoft Windows Display SettingsTo adjust the display settings, use the appropriate method for your version of Windows.
Microsoft Windows 95 or Microsoft Windows 98
Microsoft Windows NT 4.0
Obtain an Updated Video DriverIf the issue continues to occur, contact your hardware manufacturer for information about how to obtain and install the latest version of the video driver for your video adapter.
For information about how to contact your hardware manufacturer, visit the following Microsoft Web site:
http://support.microsoft.com/gp/vendorsTo identify your video adapter:
Clean Boot Your ComputerWhen you start Windows normally, there are a number of programs that start automatically and run in the background. These programs, which may include antivirus and system utility programs, may sometimes interfere with the game.
When you perform a clean boot before you start the game, you prevent these programs from starting automatically. For additional information about how to perform a clean boot, click the article numbers below to view the articles in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
(http://support.microsoft.com/kb/310353/EN-US/ )How to Perform a Clean Boot in Windows XP
(http://support.microsoft.com/kb/267288/EN-US/ )How to Perform a Clean Boot in Windows Millennium Edition
(http://support.microsoft.com/kb/192926/EN-US/ )How to Perform Clean-Boot Troubleshooting for Windows 98
Install the Latest Version of Microsoft DirectXFor additional information about how to obtain and install the latest version of DirectX, click the article number below to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
(http://support.microsoft.com/kb/179113/EN-US/ )How to Download and Install DirectX
For additional information about how to resolve this issue on a Microsoft Windows NT 4.0-based computer, click the article number below to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
230078For additional information about how to resolve this issue in Links LS 2000, click the article number below to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
(http://support.microsoft.com/kb/230078/EN-US/ )Links LS 98 Err Msg: DirectDraw Init Failed on Windows NT 4.0
(http://support.microsoft.com/kb/261450/EN-US/ )Links LS 2000: Screen Turns Black or Game Quits While Loading a Course
Article ID: 229998 - Last Review: June 6, 2008 - Revision: 5.0