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Elitta Feb 19, 2013 @ 6:47am
Unable to play Ys I.
So, no matter what I try, no matter what graphics settings I change I'm unable to play Ys I. It gives the appearance of starting up, but then gives me the error message "DirectX initialization failed." However, I'm able to start up and play Ys II just fine. Any ideas at all that might help?
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[GHTS] Steev Feb 19, 2013 @ 7:45am 
Have you already tried verifying the integrity of the game's cache? If not, try that first. Every now and then I solve weird issues on Steam that way. Right click on the game in Steam, click on properties, then the Local Files tab, and finally "Verify integrity of game cache."
Elitta Feb 19, 2013 @ 4:47pm 
Unfortunately, that didn't work. Wierdly enough, the first time I tried to do it, it wouldn't start verifying, even after waiting a few minutes. I had to reinstall the entire game for it to even go.
Thanks for the tip, even if it couldn't be used.
Last edited by Elitta; Feb 19, 2013 @ 4:48pm
ladynadiad Feb 19, 2013 @ 5:21pm 
Not sure if this will help at all, but did work for me with another game where it wouldn't start.

Go into your Ys I folder. In Windows 7 for the the folder I'm speaking of is in program files (x86)>steam>steamapps>common>Ys I. Then in there go to the dxredist folder and double click on DXSETUP.EXE. That will run through the Direct X 9.0 setup again and should hopefully fix this.
Vinicius Feb 19, 2013 @ 8:40pm 
i will try it.
[GHTS] Steev Feb 20, 2013 @ 6:52am 
Hm, well I hope someone can solve your issue. It's a great game!

Oh right, you could try running the game in administrator mode, or running Steam in administrator mode, or both! I don't see why it would work when Ys II is already working without enabling that, but it's worth a shot, right?
Vinicius Feb 20, 2013 @ 8:42am 
Don't work. :/
Elitta Feb 20, 2013 @ 5:45pm 
Originally posted by GHTS Steev:
Hm, well I hope someone can solve your issue. It's a great game!

Oh right, you could try running the game in administrator mode, or running Steam in administrator mode, or both! I don't see why it would work when Ys II is already working without enabling that, but it's worth a shot, right?

Oh my goodness. I litterally yelled "WHAT IS THIS," out loud when running Steam as admin let me play it. I've been trying to play Ys I since it came out and THAT is what let me play?
Well. Whatever. Thank you very very much for basically keeping me from going insane trying to figure it out. Indeed, it was worth the shot. Eheheh.
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[GHTS] Steev Feb 20, 2013 @ 5:51pm 
Wow! Glad it worked for someone! How bizarre. A shame it doesn't work for everyone.
Cigano Tomate Dec 24, 2013 @ 12:20pm 
Try to run in compatibility mode (windows xp). Worked for me...
IMMORTAL Dec 24, 2013 @ 1:09pm 
still not work !!
TheCrownlessLord Jan 9 @ 8:55am 
Ya, I've tried everything on this list and am also unable to play =3= Nothing suggested on this forum has worked for me, sadly. What's weird, is I already played it for a time a few days ago. When at home, I connect my lap top to my TV. Could this have anything to do with running the initial set up while I was connected to the TV?
ledrian Jan 10 @ 3:40am 
go to your steamlibrary/steamapps/common/Ys I/dxredist and run DXSETUP.

I hope this helps, because it worked for me.
TheCrownlessLord Jan 10 @ 8:18am 
Ya, I did that too. Twice. And reset my compy to make sure. It's not very effective v.v
TheCrownlessLord Jan 10 @ 2:10pm 
Update for me: It works. ONLY when I have it plugged into my TV that I initially launched it through with the HDMI cable. If I try to run it through just the standard laptop monitor, it gives the DirectX error. It looks great on the TV, but the point of a laptop is portability....
Quint S. Firefly Jan 10 @ 2:21pm 
Originally posted by Elitta:
Oh my goodness. I litterally yelled "WHAT IS THIS," out loud when running Steam as admin let me play it. I've been trying to play Ys I since it came out and THAT is what let me play?
Well. Whatever. Thank you very very much for basically keeping me from going insane trying to figure it out. Indeed, it was worth the shot. Eheheh.

Just curious, did you install Steam to a place like Program Files that usually requires admin privileges to modify?
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