I'm getting the message unable to initialize DirectX and I have a S3 Graphics ProSavageDDR display adapter. I found this discussion thread where it seems no one solves this problem: http://forums.civfanatics.com/archive/index.php/t-112958.html Any other suggestions or am I just toast. I've run many other games and programs that use DirectX why will Pirates not work? Choosing the menu choice to run in safe mode had no effect. Anyone solve this? Thanks. =============== Update - installed on another PC of a different type Got past the DirectX issue but when running just after the ship starts sailing in the waves get "The instruction at "0x7c9188f" referenced memory at "ox450395d8" The memory could not be "read". Tried the safe mode memory choice and goe "encountered a problem and have to close" Tried running in real save mode get "Unable to initiate DirectX At this point it seems like the reviews on Amazon.com were correct - very buggy program. Have tried on 2 PC's - looks like not much chance on either.