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Old 26. Aug 2013, 01:13 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Graphics card does not support Shader Model 2.x

I received the error message: "Graphics card does not support Shader Model 2.x" when I opened the game: "7 Gates-The Path to Zamolxes". Does anyone know if the software called 3D Analyze is a safe fix to play these higher end games?
Is there any other solution to fix this type of problem?
Thanks for any suggestions.
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Old 26. Aug 2013, 06:34 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I've used 3D Analyze successfully with some games, but I've found it to be a bit hit or miss. I've especially found it to fail with pixel shader requirements, but to be fair that might just be because I've not had it set up properly - I never found it to be an especially simple program to use.

I'm not sure what you mean by 'safe' though ... as far as I know it makes no permanent system changes, it just creates a file (or files, I forget now) in the game folder and attempts to use software emulation to run games which your hardware doesn't support.

As such I don't see any risk in trying it out but, don't take my word for it... I only know that I've tried it myself (the last one I think was "Sherlock Holmes vs. Jack the Ripper") which won't run on my laptop because the GPU doesn't support pixel shading. I tried 3D Analyze and all that happened was that I got the same error message when I tried to run the game.

I suppose there might be some element of over-taxing your system, so you could run something like Piriform Speccy to keep an eye on temperatures and CPU load etc. You might also consider creating a back up image of your system drive before trying it out.

I can't categorically say that there's no risk though as I'm no expert in this, and I've never found an alternative (freeware) solution either, so I'd be interested to see what views other people might have.

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Old 30. Aug 2013, 03:12 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Could you please tell the specs of your PC.

If you're running Windows XP, it should support DirectX 9.0c which in turn has support for even Shader Model 3.0 at most.

Now the question is, what graphics card you're having on your PC? The shader versions are tied to DirectX on your PC which is in turn tied to the video card of your system.

Click Start->Run->type "dxdiag" without the quotes->go to Video tab
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Old 30. Aug 2013, 05:28 AM   #4 (permalink)
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I received the error message: "Graphics card does not support Shader Model 2.x" when I opened the game: "7 Gates-The Path to Zamolxes". Does anyone know if the software called 3D Analyze is a safe fix to play these higher end games?
Is there any other solution to fix this type of problem?
Thanks for any suggestions.
"7 Gates-The Path to Zamolxes" is a low-end game nowadays which suggests that your PC is very old. Lack of support for Shader Model 2 means no DirectX 9 which means your system is probably 8-9 years old. That's why George.J asks about your system specifications because that will determine your options.

The best solution is usually to get a graphics card that supports what you want. If you have an AGP or PCIE slot that is relatively easy. But if you have a system board that only provides integrated graphics then there is a limited number of PCI graphics cards that may help.

As to using 3D Analyze, it should be OK to use but it only solves one problem: where a graphics function is not supported it simply prevents many error conditions. It works by intercepting calls to the graphics module. It passes on those that the graphics module supports. It does nothing for those that are not supported which would otherwise produce an error condition. But this does not mean that the game will display OK or that it will run without error.
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