DeclinedA1 Jul 4, 2013 @ 4:19pm
Rome: Total War failed to find DirectX 9....I have Direct X 11...
Whenever I try to start RTW I get a flashing black screen for a few seconds. An error message then appears saying "Rome Total War failed to find DirectX 9, which is required for the game to run. Please reinstall DirectX."

I updated my video card's drivers, and I cleared out my PC's registry. I downloaded RTW from Steam. I have DirectX 11, which should be compatible with 9. I am playing this on Windows 8.

How can I solve this?
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.☠. oOIYvYIOo Jul 4, 2013 @ 4:54pm 
reinstall everything,delete the files on c: and reinstall
DeclinedA1 Jul 4, 2013 @ 4:55pm 
I deleted it from Steam once. But since I have no other options, I will do as you say in hope of resolving the issue.
DeclinedA1 Jul 4, 2013 @ 6:37pm 
The problem persists.
Hendrikus3 Sep 5, 2013 @ 3:26pm 
What I did was go to the preferences.txt file. You can find it at:
C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\SteamApps\common\Rome Total War Gold\preferences

All I did was go to the line called: AA_Quality_AA: Low
And made it into: AA_Quality_AA: Off

I also tinkered a little with the max screen resolutions in the file, but the game doesn't support my resolution to begin with. In the end I set them all to 1024x768, but it only started worked after I changed the AA_quality line - which I think did it for me.

Hope this works for you!
Last edited by Hendrikus3; Sep 5, 2013 @ 3:27pm
kesmai Sep 6, 2013 @ 2:51pm 
just download the original dx9 from microsoft and install it on your machine.
this is the links to the german version, but it does not matter which languge.
Last edited by kesmai; Sep 6, 2013 @ 2:52pm
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