yes i did update direct x. the one i used to update was found in post 2. are the direct x files suppose to be put in C:/program files/directx? if not let me know where they are suppose to be put. yes i do CPU affinity every time i launch the game. yes the flippancy is blit. no i am not using crack because this is the real cd. where do i disable anisotropy and frame buffer? is that in the .ini file? ill check it out and try all that.