Answers to some questions about the Compaq Evo 500′s we are selling …
A.) DirectX Version
The current version of DirectX is 9.0c(2005-DEC update), your machine will most likely have DirectX 9.0c without the DEC-2005 update. A correctly written game that requires DirectX 9.0b should work with 9.0c.
“DirectX (December 2005) improves the graphics, security, and performance of your operating system. Download and install this update for your Windows 98, Windows ME, Windows 2000, Windows Server 2003, or Windows XP-based system.” [1.]
DX Diag, a good tool for determining you DirectX version and capability Image2, Image 3.
B.) Video Card
The ‘spooge driver not found’ may not really be a problem with your version of DirectX; it may be an issue with the graphics card or graphics card driver;
“what you should do is make sure you graphics card is up to date and fits the system requirements this shuold sort the problem”” [2.]
“Symptoms: Game won’t start, error message stating that “spooge driver not found, verify that directX is installed” is displayed. Problem: Your graphics card is not being initialized correctly by the game.”” [3.]
The Evo500 computer that you have purchased uses an NVidia Vanta AGP graphics card. This card does not have Direct3D acceleration or AGP texture acceleration, and as such may not be suitable for these games (this would need to be checked with the games vendors).
“Cards that will run Dawn of War
-ATI Radeon 8500 and above
-Nvidia Geforce 2 and above
Cards that will not run Dawn of War
-Intel integrated graphics chips
-S3 chip family of integrated cards
-Matrox Parhelia family” [3.]
You *may* be able to get some better performance by using newer drivers [4, 5], but as these are corporate specifiaction machines rather than “gaming” machines you may need to upgrade the enitre graphics card to get these games to run in a suitable manner. A suitable graphics card would be available for $50-$80 range.
C.) 4 x CD-ROM drive
The drives installed in the Evo500 are HighSpeed CDR/W units and as such will deal with 4x easily.
The USB ports in the Evo500 are 1.x (USB 1.1 from memory) and are not USB2.0. To use USB 2.0 you would need to add a PCI USB2.0 card to your system.
[1.] Microsoft Direct X
[2.] Directx_9.0c PROBLEMS!!!!!!! (1/1)
[3.] Spooge Driver Problem? Solution Here
[4.] HP Software & Drivers
[5.] HP Software & Drivers Evo 500