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Hijacked By Microsoft!!!

Discussion in 'Off Topic [BG]' started by mikemulcahy, Oct 20, 2004.

  1. mikemulcahy


    Jun 13, 2000
    The Abyss
    I play an online flying game, have been for years. Several updates and no worries. Now, with DirectX 9.0, the game wont run. I knew this and never upgraded from the 8.1.

    enter the morons from MS... with the SP2 upgradefor XP, DirectX 9.0 is in the SP2. NOW I cant run the blasted game. From what I am told, I cant get rid of 9.0 unless I reformat the damn hard drive!!!!!

    Anyone got any better ideas?

  2. Mike Money

    Mike Money Banned

    Mar 18, 2003
    Bakersfield California
    Avatar Speakers Endorsing Hooligan
    send microsoft a letter with a fun white powdery substance.

    but i didnt say that,
  3. nonsqtr

    nonsqtr The emperor has no clothes!

    Aug 29, 2003
    Burbank CA USA
    Hey, careful now. That's enough to get you on an internet watch list. Don't be messin' with that, it's not even funny. On the other hand, there's still the problem of Microsoft. It's true they basically take over your configuration with all their automatic updates and whatnot, but the benefits of receiving the duly approved and blessed security patches outweigh the annoyances (or so I'm told). Anyway, you should be able to go in through your Control Panel, and Add/Remove Programs, and de-install the entire service pack. I'm not sure if DirectX appears there in the Control Panel, more likely it would be under Windows Media Player System Update or some such thing (you could also try de-installing that). As a last resort, check this site: http://www.dxbuster.de/index_e.html.
  4. MJ5150

    MJ5150 Terrific Twister

    Apr 12, 2001
    Olympia, WA
    Well, it's hard to feel sorry for you pal. You should always read, and understand anything you download.

    The people at MS are not morons. It is each users responsibility to know what they are downloading, and installing.

  5. Brooks


    Apr 4, 2000
    Middle East
    SP2 does appear on Add/remove Programs. However, when I tried that (SP2 made my system MUCH slower), I got a warning message listing 2 dozen programs saying that these will probably not work any more.

    As usual, the best way to fix an MS-Crap problem is to reformat and reinstall.
  6. Oysterman


    Mar 30, 2000
    Isn't the goal with new DirectX versions that all of them should be fully backwards compatible? If so, it shouldn't be DX9 messing up your game, but something else. Unless version 9 is somehow an exception to this rule. It could also be sloppy programming ("quick & dirty hacks") from the game makers' side, and not Microsoft's fault at all. What does the game's documentation say about DX9?
  7. Toasted


    May 26, 2003
    Leeds, UK
    I believe they offer "old" donwnloads of DX's.

    Just get one that isnt DX9 and reinstall away.

  8. Don;t get service pack 2, it messed up my comptuer so much my dad had to revert on the thingy that lets you go back to the settings you had before the update....no-one's hacked me yet, and when/if they do, I have a hacker friend who can track em down....
  9. Internet watch list? Well I bet I'm on one, I;ve said some pretty crazy stuff on MSN before....can they track your MSN convos?
  10. bit late for that info "innit"......wow a hacker friend....man....sygate personal firewall gives you the persons ip number instantly when they just scan your ports..who needs a hacker
  11. Toasted


    May 26, 2003
    Leeds, UK
    I'll tempt providence by suggesting that you're so unlikely to get hacked as a personal computer user right now its ridiculous to worry about it.
  12. of course...its the whole paranoia thing.....my step father cleans his computer of "spyware" 2-3 times a day, not to mention has 2 firewalls running :rollno: ..unless you got a huge amount of illegal porn on your computer..i think you got no problems
  13. Toasted


    May 26, 2003
    Leeds, UK
    I concur, Heath.
  14. New Microsoft System Destroyer!!

    Shouldn't MS be kind of responsible for stuff they release? Sort of like toy makers that make things for kids 0-3 with small, sharp, swallowable objects?

    Has anything positve been said about XP SP2?
  15. dave_clark69

    dave_clark69 Guest

    Jan 17, 2003
    A question, when you install SP2, does MS turn auto updates on?
  16. Josh Ryan

    Josh Ryan - that dog won't hunt, Monsignor. Supporting Member

    Mar 24, 2001
    They are responsible to provide documentation and proper disclosure, which they do. You can't possibley expect them to be responsible for 90%+ of the world's computers and what individual users and MANY 3rd party programmers do though? -because that would be silly.

    Mike, I really doubt you have to format your HD, some posts above offered much easier/better solutions.
  17. dave_clark69

    dave_clark69 Guest

    Jan 17, 2003
    They can't exactly say "if there is a problem, its not SP2, its your operating system" *roles eyes*
  18. "Here's the new service pack. It will probably screw up your entire system."

    "Whatever you do, don't touch this button..."
  19. Josh Ryan

    Josh Ryan - that dog won't hunt, Monsignor. Supporting Member

    Mar 24, 2001
    Exactly! KaBOOM. they do tell you that.
  20. MJ5150

    MJ5150 Terrific Twister

    Apr 12, 2001
    Olympia, WA
    Dude....are you serious? You think MS just randomly throws out updates? There is all kinds of info about SP2. It even has a FAQ that answers questions such as "what will SP2 do to my computer?"

    I will agree that there are issues with MS products, but we are dealing with imperfect people. There is no way you can expect MS to be responsible for the bazillion PCs out there.