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DirectX with Google Earth

by KenGeorgie / June 3, 2007 7:11 PM PDT

Google Earth suddenly stopped working in DirecX Mode.
It runs in GL mode but slowly & in jerks.
I use Windows XP with Service Pack 2.
I have an Athlon 1.7 Gz computer with 512 RAM.
My attempts to update drivers have been unsuccessful so far.
Has anyone else had this problem &, if so, how did you fix it?
Google have not been of any help so far.

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Have you
by jconner / June 4, 2007 4:05 AM PDT

Re-installed Google Earth? Which version? I've been running Open GL without issues on XP Pro SP 2. Anything else besides Google Earth showing issues?

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DirectX Google Earth
by KenGeorgie / June 4, 2007 6:36 AM PDT
In reply to: Have you

Thanks for your note.
Yes I already have reinstaled it but still can only use the GL mode.
When you have been used to the DirectX mode the GL is very second best & I want to get back to my original which I used for a long time until it suddenly stopped.

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Here is the recommended PC requirements
by jconner / June 5, 2007 12:53 AM PDT
In reply to: DirectX Google Earth

PC System Configuration

- Operating System: Windows 2000 or Windows XP
- CPU: Pentium 3, 500Mhz
- System Memory (RAM): 128MB
- Hard Disk: 400MB free space
- Network Speed: 128 Kbits/sec
- Graphics Card: 3D-capable with 16MB of VRAM
- Screen: 1024x768, "16-bit High Color"

- Operating System: Windows XP
- CPU: Pentium 4 2.4GHz+ or AMD 2400xp+
- System Memory (RAM): 512MB
- Hard Disk: 2GB free space
- Network Speed: 768 Kbits/sec
- Graphics Card: 3D-capable with 32MB of VRAM
- Screen: 1280x1024, "32-bit True Color"

I switched over to Direct-X as a test and no issues. It works for both Google free and Google Pro on my Win XP with SP 2 Dell. It however is a Pentium D with 1Gb memory, but only onboard graphics. This is the version of Google Free I use.

Google Earth 4.0.2416 (beta)
Build Date Oct 31 2006
Build Time 20:11:20
Renderer DirectX 8
Operating System Microsoft Windows XP (Service Pack 2)
Video Driver 00008086 (00006.00014.00010.04410)
Max Texture Size 2048x2048

Perhaps you upgraded to a newer Direct-X or an older one? Certainly your PC is below what they list as a minimum requirement but if it worked before and doesn't now, something changed. You can always revert back to the date it last worked and then start updating until it fails and maybe get a clue.

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by KenGeorgie / June 13, 2007 6:28 PM PDT

Many thanks for your help & I am sorry for the delay in answering.
I got delayed as I tried upgrading my drivers & lost the sound on my computer which I only got back with two System Restores.
After this panic I have decided to accept the Google GL mode which is OK but slower than DirectX which I had. I think it was the 8 version & I may have lost it when I did the recommended upgrades in Windows XP service pack 2 even though I think the new DirectX is supposed to do all that the 8 version did & more.
Thanks again,

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