I'm a first time poster and I honestly signed up for an account so I could seek help with my personal FFXI problem - though I would love to have a reason to get back on here!
My main problem is this: when I get through the POL process and go to launch FFXI I (after my first ever install of FFXI on this laptop, I haven't played in years) get the dreaded Direct3D error.
Here's a screenshot of the exact message: http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee74/BretTtucker/Untitled.png
(In case that link doesn't work for someone, it says 'Terminated as error occurred in FINAL FANTASY XI. Failed to initialize Direct3D. Please check that this computer has required specifications to run FINAL FANTASYXI.(-1))
So, instant reaction was to run the DirectX Diagnostics Tool (dxdiag) only to see that my Direct3D is, in fact, working. Here's a screenshot of exactly what I see when I use this tool: http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee74/BretTtucker/Untitled1.png
Confused as to how FFXI could think it wasn't working, I proceeded to pour my heart and soul over the internet, desperately searching for the answer to my delimna.
So, the point I've come to is this: I honestly cannot figure this out and seek guidance.
Things I have tried:
-Editing the registry, with instructions, to set the resolution properly (due to the fact that FFXI Config window comes up blank with only Default (D) - Help (H) - Okay buttons available. I've read that this is a common issue with the recent version of FFXI but who knows how legitimate that claim is?)
-Uninstalling (completely) FFXI and all of its data and reinstalling it (by that I mean I've had to redownload all of the patches and everything).
-Downloading and attempting to use a certain third-party utility to run FFXI which produced the same results.
-Uninstalling my graphics cards and reinstalling the latest possible drivers for them.
-Updating DirectX, which had no use due to the fact that I have the latest version (DirectX11).
-Simply rebooting my PC.
-And now I post for help seeing as how this issue has no foreseeable resolution.
I've read every single thread on every forum that has anything to do with FFXI issues for like 10 pages on Google (no kidding) and the all say the same thing: that its a "resolution setting" issue and must be fixed (via the registry in my experience), that I need to redownload drivers for my graphics card, that I need to try to uninstall and reinstall FFXI and everything inbetween.
It seems to me that no one really has exactly the same issue as me or has not received a real resolution for their problem and has probably abandoned all hope. So, I beg of you, my fellow lovers of Final Fantasy, please assist me - and possibly others - in resolving this issue and getting me in the world of Vana'diel!
As an addendum, my PC specs are as follows:
HP Pavillion dv6 LM720AV
Windows 7 (64-bit)
Intel(R) Core i7-2630QM CPU @ 2.00GHz, 2001 Mhz, 4 Core(s), 8 Logical Processors
Graphics Cards (Switchable, one is a simple Intel HD) - AMD Radeon HD 6400M (6450M I believe) with 4GB memory
750BG HDD, which has plenty of room for the 12GB possible from FFXI.
If I have forgotten any necessary specs, please let me know so I can relay them to you.
Another screenshot that might be helpful is the "System" tab of my dxdiag tool: http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee74/BretTtucker/Untitled2.png
Thanks so much in advance for your help, I'm sorry that this post is so painfully long but I did not want to skimp on the details. This is killing me, I just wanna play some FFXI!
Edited, Apr 27th 2012 10:42pm by brettxtucker