ok. so i installed rome: total war. because my computer just went in for repair and the hard drive died. Now, i installed Rome: Total war, all the components including Direct X 9. when i went to play the game, it came back with an error reading:
"Rome: Total War failed to find Directx 9 which is required to run this program, please reinstall Directx 9."
or something to that effect.
then i reinstalled straight from the microsoft website. it still didnt work.
This worked when the computer still had the original hard drive. could that section of the video card shorted out? because on the computer we had to replace the sound card (fried) also.