Error! Could not create primary and back surfaces.

Discussion in 'Fallout Tactics Help & Tech' started by premier, Jul 18, 2003.

  1. premier

    premier First time out of the vault

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    Jul 18, 2003
    ...how to fix this problem:
    When i try to run fallout tactics this error comes:

    C:\dev\phoenix\display\directx7\dd7_display.cpp(715): **fatal error**: Could not create primary and back surfaces

    i push OK and then comes a runtime error warning from Microsoft Visual C++ which closes FOT (actually there only comes a black screen, i cant make it all way to the inventory :P )

    ... i have a p4 2400+ ati radeon9000pro, 1250mbit ram, windows xp, dx9a - if that helps... i think that it has something to do with windows xp or directx (and yes, i tried to change compatibility, didnt help)
     
  2. Sander

    Sander This ghoul has seen it all
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    Jul 5, 2003
    Have you downloaded all of the patches for tactics from interplay? You should....
     
  3. premier

    premier First time out of the vault

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    Jul 18, 2003
    yes i got all of the patches
     
  4. JJ86

    JJ86 A Smooth-Skin

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    Apr 2, 2003
    Reinstall the game and patches.
     
  5. premier

    premier First time out of the vault

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    Jul 18, 2003
    done it like 3-5 times...but why not :D
     
  6. JJ86

    JJ86 A Smooth-Skin

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    Apr 2, 2003
    Try the maximum install but it may actually be an incompatability between the direct-x versions. It may be talked about on one of the sites; here, DAC, or Interplay. Sorry I can't help you any more but I never had the problem.
     
  7. premier

    premier First time out of the vault

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    Jul 18, 2003
    i always install it fully, but ive tried the medium too... but ill keep trying, thanks for the help
     
  8. carlocijs

    carlocijs First time out of the vault

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    Apr 22, 2003
    Yes, I have the same problem. I ran this game with windows XP. Maybe they dont work together. If there's anything conclusion to this, please tell me.
     
  9. JJ86

    JJ86 A Smooth-Skin

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    Apr 2, 2003
    I'm using Win Xp Pro and it seems to work fine.
     
  10. spamuel

    spamuel First time out of the vault

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    Jul 22, 2004
    My Fallout Tactics will not load!! any1 know about this plz?

    My Fallout Tactics will not play, it goes through the advertisements trying to make me register with interplay. and then it tells me that the ''Primary and Back surfaces cannot be created'' as well as a runtime error message saying:

    '' Runtime Error

    Program: C:/Program Files/14 Degrees East/Fallout Tactics/BOS.exe

    Abnormal Program Termination ''

    If anyone knows how to tackle this problem, please reply, chrz..

    >Spamuel< :(
     
  11. Todo

    Todo Still Mildly Glowing

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    Jun 5, 2004
    Not enough HD space? It didn't install properly? Would be nice to say your system specs, people might actually be able to help you.
     
  12. lk2178

    lk2178 First time out of the vault

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    Mar 18, 2005
    Fallout Tactics crashes before first movie

    hey,
    i have seen related topics on this forum however i am running an older version of windows. 98me. i am getting an error that says that direct x cannot display background textures and then i am getting a run time error. i have installed the program once before on this computer and it worked fine. i am really confused and need help. thanks

    Direct X 8
    Pentium Four
    Windows 98 me
     
  13. requiem_for_a_starfury

    requiem_for_a_starfury So Old I'm Losing Radiation Signs

    Apr 3, 2003
    Do you mean 98 second edition, or ME? Either way update your video card drivers, update to the latest direct x etc.

    Make sure that you've got no programs running in the background that might not of shut down correctly. FOT sometimes locks up for me at start up when my browser or explorer didn't close down properly or if FT Tools crashes etc.

    Or you can try running some of these options in the command line.

    -m no music
    -s no sound
    -3 use direct x 3
    -7 use direct x 7
    -g use windows gdi

    i.e.

    c:\program files\14 degrees east\fot\bos.exe -7
     
  14. lk2178

    lk2178 First time out of the vault

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    Mar 18, 2005
    i just downloaded and installed direct x 9 and that didnt work. i also tried running it with no sound music and all of the other ones u mensioned. none seemed to work. i am having this computer taken to a friend to get it upgraded and ill see if he can get it to work. there have been some other problems but i dont think that they were related to this game. this was the first time i have installed this game on the newer version of windows. it is windows me. not 98 second edition. anyway let me know if u find anything else.
     
  15. Roshambo

    Roshambo Antediluvian as Feck

    Apr 3, 2003
    Windows ME is distinctly different from Win98 and Win98SE. It is the embodiment of Microsoft entirely - a sham of an OS that is quickly shit out to make a couple of bucks, doesn't add anything new or fix more than it breaks, and thereafter dropped in terms of support.

    Why the hell did you fuck up your computer by putting WinME on it? If it came that way, why haven't you changed that? Even I wouldn't expect to have much of anything run well in WinME. This may sound a bit harsh, but the more recent versions of DirectX are NOT wholly supported on WinME, particularly if you haven't fully patched it. Sounds funny, but it's true.

    My best advice is to break out the old Win98SE disk if you still have it, or see if a pawn shop has a copy or perhaps XP if you want to work with that.
     
  16. crumbumzero

    crumbumzero First time out of the vault

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    May 29, 2005
    Problems with starting Tactics

    I recently got Foallout Tactics and installed it on full, and I've also downloaded and installed the latest patch. Whenever I try to start it up, I get a black screen, and an error message comes up saying "Cannot create primary and back surfaces." I've tried running it in compatability mode (I have XP), and I have Directx 9, but nothing seems to change. I've seen a couple of threads for people with similar problems, but none of the suggestions seem to work. Any help would be appreciated.

    My comp:
    AMD Athlon XP 3000+ 2.16 Ghz, 512 mb RAM
    Nvidia Geforce 4 MX 440
     
  17. requiem_for_a_starfury

    requiem_for_a_starfury So Old I'm Losing Radiation Signs

    Apr 3, 2003
    As far as I'm aware all known cures have been posted if you can't get any to work then you're out of luck.

    So you've tried the usual suspects? Re-install, updated drivers, disabled sound, checked nothing else is running in the background that might be interfering.
     
  18. crumbumzero

    crumbumzero First time out of the vault

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    May 29, 2005
    hmm.... I guess I haven't tried disabling sound...how exactly would I do that? The error message leads me to believe it is a graphics rather than sound issue, but i could be mistaken.
     
  19. requiem_for_a_starfury

    requiem_for_a_starfury So Old I'm Losing Radiation Signs

    Apr 3, 2003
    Add -s to the command line or shortcut, leaving a space.
     
  20. crumbumzero

    crumbumzero First time out of the vault

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    May 29, 2005
    I'm not sure exactly what you mean. Do you mean adding -s outside the quotations in the target field under properties for the shortcut? I tried that and nothing different happened; the launcher starting sound was even still there. If what I did wasn't what you mean, coudl you give specific descriptions on how to disable sound?