I built a computer for my parents, based around the following: Abit KT7-RAID mobo Unlocked Athlon T'bird 1400 CPU OEM GeForce2 Pro graphics card (64M DDRAM) Cheap Gamesurround 6-speaker sound card (C-Media 8738 chipset) Cheap Intel controllerless (host-assisted) modem Western Digital 20Gb WD200BB hard disk Lite-on 52x24x52x CDRW Asus 16x48x DVD-ROM Generic 300W PSU Windows 98SE Drivers for the above listed hardware A couple of applications No anti-virus or firewall software (yet) I haven't yet installed the Via 4-in-1 drivers; instead, Windows 98SE is using its own IDE and AGP drivers. The problem is, Direct3D fails to initialise. Using DXDiag to test it shows that under DirectX 7, 8 and 9, Direct3D fails each time at step 8, the creation of the 3D device. Windows Help states that this behaviour is as if the GF2 Pro card doesn't support Direct3D. I've seen this problem before, and managed to fix it by fiddling about with the drivers somehow, but I can't remember what I did. I don't have this computer in front of me, so I can't try out any of your suggestions, but if any of you experts can hazard a guess as to what the problem might be, I'd be grateful. If not, I'll ask again the next time I visit my parents.