Use this link to update your directx and stop moving files around. Just so you know its not about getting the latest directx, its about getting all the older files that are not by default installed by newer windows but the games still expects to be available. http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=35
Here is a pic of the ffxi config tool as it should appear.
only thing on that pic you might not have on your initially is the "start in windowed mode" check box as that was added in an update.
Here is a pic of the config tool "screen size" tab where you set your resolutions.
Here is a pic of the config tool " Textures" tab.
Here is a pic of the config tool " Effects" tab.
Here is a pic of the config tool " Sound" tab.
Here is a pic of the config tool "Misc." tab.
If your tool does not look the screen shots then make sure you are running the correct config for your region. A lot of times when its all blank you are running a version for the wrong region, for example the JP config, which will not work the US version of the game, but the config is still there for the other regions, so just because you found a config does not mean its the correct one if you looked through folders to get to it. If the correct region then in the tool look for the "defaults" button, make sure you have given the programs proper permissions to run with lowering UAC and running as admin. I have screen shots of where to go in your start menu to get to the config, but that was game installed without using steam, so I'm not sure where in the menu steam placed the ffxi folder and config programs.
Edited, May 4th 2012 10:04pm by shibaaa