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DirectDraw and Direct3D Settings (Windows 98/Me/2000/XP) Popular

These DirectX settings allow you to change some of the DirectDraw and Direct3D video acceleration parameters.

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Open your registry and find or create the key below.

Create a new DWORD value for each optional item from the list below and set it to "1" to enable the setting or "0" to disable it.

  • DisableAGPSupport - Disable AGP support
  • DisableMMX - Disable MMX processor extensions
  • DisableWiderSurfaces - Disable Wider Surfaces support
  • DisableInactivate - Disable dual-head video card debugging
  • EnablePrintScreen - Enable Print Screen capture
  • ModeXOnly - Use Mode-X for older video cards
  • ShowFrameRate - Display the frame rate (if supported)
  • DisableNoSysLock - Disable long-duration locks on video memory
  • ForceNoSysLock - Force use of long-duration locks on video memory
  • EmulationOnly - Enable software emulation layer for older video cards
Open the [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Direct3D] key and change the value of DisableDP2 to "1" to disable Direct3D, or "0" to enable it.

Open the [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Direct3D\Drivers] key and change the value of SoftwareOnly to "1" to use software emulation or "0" to disable it.

Restart Windows for the change to take effect.

Registry Editor Example
|NameTypeData|
|(Default)REG_SZ(value not set)|
|DisableAGPSupportREG_DWORD0x00000000 (0)|
|DisableMMX REG_DWORD0x00000000 (0)|
|DisableWiderSurfaces REG_DWORD0x00000000 (0)|
|DisableInactivate REG_DWORD0x00000000 (0)|
|EnablePrintScreen REG_DWORD0x00000001 (1)|
|ModeXOnly REG_DWORD0x00000000 (0)|
|ShowFrameRate REG_DWORD0x00000001 (1)|
|DisableNoSysLock REG_DWORD0x00000000 (0)|
|ForceNoSysLock REG_DWORD0x00000001 (1)|
|EmulationOnly REG_DWORD0x00000000 (0)|
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|HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\DirectDraw|
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Registry Settings
System Key: [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\DirectDraw]
Data Type: REG_DWORD (DWORD Value)
Value Data: (0 or 1)

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Last modified: July 24, 2002