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    Beta DirectDraw Expired

    Since yesterday on both my laptop and 'big' computer (Windows98 2nd E- millennium) I repeatedly get the following at odd times "Beta DirectDraw has expired Please update"
    where, and how ??
    Please anyone help!!
    Jules

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    Re: Beta DirectDraw Expired

    Your computers have been running copies of "Beta" software and the clock has run out. You need to find out where it came from and try and upgrade it.

    A search at "Google.com" comes up with a link that has been shut down.

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    Re: Beta DirectDraw Expired

    The problem is that I can not find the software that is using'Beta directdraw'
    how do i find it?

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    Re: Beta DirectDraw Expired

    Hi
    Sorry to say, but this sounds very odd to me. Direct Draw is part of the system, and can hardly have been released as a beta version if you're using a released version of Windows. As a couple of preliminary steps :

    <UL><LI>Run a virus scan, using up to date software
    <LI>make sure your Windows disc is the genuine article (though I'm sure it will be)
    <LI>Search the Microsoft Knowledge base for 'Direct Draw'
    <LI>Contact Microsoft with your problem[/list]

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    Re: Beta DirectDraw Expired

    why both machines? one running Windows 98 and the other Millennium. No viruses. Must be some program. Read somwhere that it is a Macintish file- so uninstalled quicktime on laptop as a trial but made no difference. All programs function well but every now and then ,particularly when open media programs it comes up "Beta DirectDraw expired" but thne all works well!!!

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    Re: Beta DirectDraw Expired

    <A target="_blank" HREF=http://support.microsoft.com/support/kb/articles/Q179/1/13.ASP>Q179113</A> gives you instructions on how to get the latest DirectX.

    DirectDraw is a component of DirectX.

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    Re: Beta DirectDraw Expired

    Hi Dr Jules
    If you don't want to download Direct 8.0a (it's rather large) on the October PCPro cover disc is the CD version. However, I still don't understand the 'beta' error message. Even if the Direct Draw components of DirectX need updating, I've never had this particular message.
    ps as Ileacy says, DirectDraw is part of Windows, not a Mac issue. You haven't, by any chance, upgraded by a less than usual route? You haven't copied Win 98 files over to your ME directory or anything like that?

    Rgds

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    Re: Beta DirectDraw Expired

    I found the following at <A target="_blank" HREF=http://www.webopedia.com/TERM/D/DirectDraw.html> DirectDraw</A>

    DirectDraw

    A software interface standard for transferring video processing from a PC's CPU to the video adapter. The standard was first developed by Intel and called the Display Control Interface (DCI) and is now supported by Microsoft with the name DirectDraw as a registered trademark.

    When the CPU is not busy, the Windows Graphics Display Interface (GDI) updates the video display. If the CPU is busy, the DCI driver allows an application to send update information directly to the video adapter. DirectDraw can also provide applications such as games direct access to features of particular display devices.

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