Curious problem this - it came out of the blue. Like many millions I need a daily game of Freecell. But no more! All I now get is "Failed to find a DirectX device" message. So I downloaded DirectX from the M S site and tried an install. But it said that it was already installed in the Vista O/S. As this is a very new PC I do not have a system restore point to go back to. Any ideas welcome fpg
As Crossbow7. Even though your PC is new you should always have a system restore. Check if running; Control Panel--System Security--System--advanced system settings--system protections--check if system restore is enabled. Click on the drive disc and configure tab. Set amount of disc space to about 15% to allow for restore. It's a fairly big ammount but I think the minimum if you'll ever need it.
Cossbow - Followed first link quick download and installed. No. So did a reboot - still No. Next full DirectX download 103Mb but still the message blocks Freecell et al. Device Manager 'unfortunately' reports all working properly. Tried Graphics driver update but I ssem to have the latest.
rdave13 - yes I should have tried further with System Restore. I have now gone back to a Freecell working day - rebooted BUT still no joy.
Advice appreciated I realise that that there could be a dozen causes, the search continues.... fpg
I had decided to have a break from Freecell et al and do some tidying up on the PC. After uninstalling some programs I found that the error message had stopped appearing and Freecell was working OK. There must have been a sofware conflict.