Error message when you set the screen saver to a 3D screen saver in Windows 7 or in Windows Server 2008 R2: "The screen saver can't run because it requires a newer video card or one that's compatible with Direct3D"

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SYMPTOMS

Consider the following scenario:
  • You have a computer that is running Windows 7 or Windows Server 2008 R2.
  • You set the screen saver to a 3D screen saver such as 3D Text, Bubbles, Mystify, or Ribbons.
  • You have a display that has a native panel resolution of less than 640 pixels wide or 400 pixels high.

    Note Depending on the native panel resolution, you may only encounter the problem when the screen orientation is in Portrait mode.
In this scenario, you receive the following error message when the screen saver is expected to start:

The screen saver can't run because it requires a newer video card or one that's compatible with Direct3D.
This issue occurs even though the video card is capable of running the screen saver and is compatible with Direct3D.

CAUSE

This issue occurs because of an issue in the 3D screen savers.

RESOLUTION

Hotfix information

A supported hotfix is available from Microsoft. However, this hotfix is intended to correct only the problem that is described in this article. Apply this hotfix only to systems that are experiencing the problem described in this article. This hotfix might receive additional testing. Therefore, if you are not severely affected by this problem, we recommend that you wait for the next software update that contains this hotfix.

If the hotfix is available for download, there is a "Hotfix download available" section at the top of this Knowledge Base article. If this section does not appear, contact Microsoft Customer Service and Support to obtain the hotfix.

Note If additional issues occur or if any troubleshooting is required, you might have to create a separate service request. The usual support costs will apply to additional support questions and issues that do not qualify for this specific hotfix. For a complete list of Microsoft Customer Service and Support telephone numbers or to create a separate service request, visit the following Microsoft Web site:
http://support.microsoft.com/contactus/?ws=support
Note The "Hotfix download available" form displays the languages for which the hotfix is available. If you do not see your language, it is because a hotfix is not available for that language.

Prerequisites

To apply this hotfix, you must be running Windows 7 or Windows Server 2008 R2.

Registry information

To use the hotfix in this package, you do not have to make any changes to the registry.

Restart requirement

You may have to restart the computer after you apply this hotfix.

Hotfix replacement information

This hotfix does not replace a previously released hotfix.

File information

The English (United States) version of this hotfix installs files that have the attributes that are listed in the following tables. The dates and the times for these files are listed in Coordinated Universal Time (UTC). The dates and the times for these files on your local computer are displayed in your local time together with your current daylight saving time (DST) bias. Additionally, the dates and the times may change when you perform certain operations on the files.
Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 file information notes
Important Windows 7 hotfixes and Windows Server 2008 R2 hotfixes are included in the same packages. However, hotfixes on the Hotfix Request page are listed under both operating systems. To request the hotfix package that applies to one or both operating systems, select the hotfix that is listed under "Windows 7/Windows Server 2008 R2" on the page. Always refer to the "Applies To" section in articles to determine the actual operating system that each hotfix applies to.
  • The MANIFEST files (.manifest) and the MUM files (.mum) that are installed for each environment are listed separately in the "Additional file information for Windows Server 2008 R2 and for Windows 7" section. MUM and MANIFEST files, and the associated security catalog (.cat) files, are extremely important to maintain the state of the updated components. The security catalog files, for which the attributes are not listed, are signed with a Microsoft digital signature.
For all supported x86-based versions of Windows 7
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File nameFile versionFile sizeDateTimePlatform
Bubbles.scr6.1.7600.20732878,59212-Jun-201005:24Not Applicable
Bubbles.scr6.1.7600.20732878,59212-Jun-201005:24Not Applicable
Mystify.scr6.1.7600.20732221,18412-Jun-201005:24Not Applicable
Mystify.scr6.1.7600.20732221,18412-Jun-201005:24Not Applicable
Ribbons.scr6.1.7600.20732220,67212-Jun-201005:24Not Applicable
Ribbons.scr6.1.7600.20732220,67212-Jun-201005:24Not Applicable
Sstext3d.scr6.1.7600.20732293,88812-Jun-201005:24Not Applicable
Sstext3d.scr6.1.7600.20732293,88812-Jun-201005:24Not Applicable
For all supported x64-based versions of Windows 7 and of Windows Server 2008 R2
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File nameFile versionFile sizeDateTimePlatform
Bubbles.scr6.1.7600.20732899,58412-Jun-201006:04Not Applicable
Bubbles.scr6.1.7600.20732899,58412-Jun-201006:04Not Applicable
Mystify.scr6.1.7600.20732242,68812-Jun-201006:04Not Applicable
Mystify.scr6.1.7600.20732242,68812-Jun-201006:04Not Applicable
Ribbons.scr6.1.7600.20732241,66412-Jun-201006:04Not Applicable
Ribbons.scr6.1.7600.20732241,66412-Jun-201006:04Not Applicable
Sstext3d.scr6.1.7600.20732333,82412-Jun-201006:04Not Applicable
Sstext3d.scr6.1.7600.20732333,82412-Jun-201006:04Not Applicable

STATUS

Microsoft has confirmed that this is a problem in the Microsoft products that are listed in the "Applies to" section.

MORE INFORMATION

For more information about software update terminology, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
824684 Description of the standard terminology that is used to describe Microsoft software updates

Additional file information

Additional file information for Windows 7 and for Windows Server 2008 R2

Additional files for all supported x86-based versions of Windows 7
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Date (UTC)12-Jun-2010
Time (UTC)10:54
PlatformNot Applicable
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Date (UTC)12-Jun-2010
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Date (UTC)12-Jun-2010
Time (UTC)10:54
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Date (UTC)12-Jun-2010
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Date (UTC)12-Jun-2010
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Date (UTC)12-Jun-2010
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Date (UTC)12-Jun-2010
Time (UTC)06:11
PlatformNot Applicable
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File versionNot Applicable
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Date (UTC)12-Jun-2010
Time (UTC)06:10
PlatformNot Applicable
File nameX86_microsoft-windows-mystify_31bf3856ad364e35_6.1.7600.20732_none_f0a4a270d9a899f3.manifest
File versionNot Applicable
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Date (UTC)12-Jun-2010
Time (UTC)06:10
PlatformNot Applicable
File nameX86_microsoft-windows-mystify_31bf3856ad364e35_7.1.7600.20732_none_e2151eb6648f42c2.manifest
File versionNot Applicable
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Date (UTC)12-Jun-2010
Time (UTC)06:11
PlatformNot Applicable
File nameX86_microsoft-windows-ribbons_31bf3856ad364e35_6.1.7600.20732_none_8947eb60a247403d.manifest
File versionNot Applicable
File size2,791
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Time (UTC)06:18
PlatformNot Applicable
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File versionNot Applicable
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Date (UTC)12-Jun-2010
Time (UTC)06:09
PlatformNot Applicable
File nameX86_microsoft-windows-sstext3d_31bf3856ad364e35_6.1.7600.20732_none_04cbbfdcd9e788d8.manifest
File versionNot Applicable
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Date (UTC)12-Jun-2010
Time (UTC)06:10
PlatformNot Applicable
File nameX86_microsoft-windows-sstext3d_31bf3856ad364e35_7.1.7600.20732_none_f63c3c2264ce31a7.manifest
File versionNot Applicable
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Date (UTC)12-Jun-2010
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Additional files for all supported x64-based versions of Windows 7 and of Windows Server 2008 R2
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File nameAmd64_0c5a3ec5ed04f28611004861b3fe71c9_31bf3856ad364e35_6.1.7600.20732_none_16a2f19c6c20c25a.manifest
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Date (UTC)12-Jun-2010
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Date (UTC)12-Jun-2010
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Date (UTC)12-Jun-2010
Time (UTC)10:54
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Date (UTC)12-Jun-2010
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Date (UTC)12-Jun-2010
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Date (UTC)12-Jun-2010
Time (UTC)10:54
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Date (UTC)12-Jun-2010
Time (UTC)06:56
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Date (UTC)12-Jun-2010
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File size2,795
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Time (UTC)06:55
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Date (UTC)12-Jun-2010
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File versionNot Applicable
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Date (UTC)12-Jun-2010
Time (UTC)06:55
PlatformNot Applicable
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Date (UTC)12-Jun-2010
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Properties

Article ID: 2159238 - Last Review: July 27, 2010 - Revision: 2.0
APPLIES TO
  • Windows 7 Enterprise
  • Windows 7 Home Basic
  • Windows 7 Home Premium
  • Windows 7 Professional
  • Windows 7 Ultimate
  • Windows Server 2008 R2 Datacenter
  • Windows Server 2008 R2 Enterprise
  • Windows Server 2008 R2 Standard
  • Windows Server 2008 R2 Datacenter without Hyper-V
  • Windows Server 2008 R2 Enterprise without Hyper-V
  • Windows Server 2008 R2 Standard without Hyper-V
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