View Full Version : can not initialize 3D engine

08-22-2005, 01:58 PM
i have recently instaled sh3 but keep on getting the message "can not initialize 3d engine" when i try and launch the game. i have athlon xp 2000+ 1.7ghz, gforce fx 5200, 512ddr. i have tried loking for a solution in many places but without sucess. Can any one please help. i have also updated all the drivers. Thank you

08-22-2005, 02:34 PM
That meant in my case that Direct3D hardware acceleration was not switched on - hope that applies in your case as well.

08-22-2005, 03:03 PM
thanks for a swift reply, can you point an idiot in the right direction ? That is 3d hardware acceleration. Thanks again

08-22-2005, 03:18 PM
thanks again but i have checked and my Direct3D hardware acceleration was switched on. very frustrating, have not even played the game ye http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/35.gif

08-22-2005, 11:03 PM
You might try different drivers for the 5200.


08-22-2005, 11:06 PM
Set your screen resolution on the Windows desktop to 1024x768x32 before loading the game.

08-23-2005, 06:07 AM
Thank you for your suggestions, i did change my screen settings, and wow yeah it works . Brilliant. Sadly though the game will only run for a short period i.e 5-10 mins, then i get a system reboot. I appreciate there must be countless reasons for this, but I'm certainly open to suggestions before i take my pc to my local store, to see if a upgrade would help, not sure if i'm throwing money away though. Not sure if the cpu heat is to much ? dont know how to check. Dont know a lot really, sorry, and thanks again.... http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif

08-23-2005, 09:50 PM
I think you are on the right track suspecting heat.

If you have a modern MB, check their web site (or your MB install-support disk) for a system monitor program that will let you see the temperatures and fan speeds.

One test you can make is take the sides/covers off your case and play the game. If you get more playing time, then temps ARE your problem. At high graphics settings, this game will push your graphics card to the max.