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Problems with FMS running under Vista - D3DRM.DLL



PLEASE BE ADVISED - FMS will not run on Windows 7 or Windows 8 systems without significant hacking. The last supported OS is Windows XP


Some users running Windows Vista are experiencing problems with the FMS program. When the program is launched the following error message is displayed "D3DRM.DLL is not loaded"


D3DRM.DLL is Direct3D Retained Mode, an older graphics display technology from 1997 that was removed from Windows 7 and Vista.


The good news is that it's a pretty simple procedure to get it put back into Vista. The CD that we included has the newest stable version of FMS (Version 2.0 Beta 7). So just install that from the installer CD as you normally would following the on screen instructions. If you have already installed it, read on - there is no need to re-install it.


Now you will need to download the D3DRM.DLL. Open the Zip file and then copy D3DRM.DLL to the FMS directory. By default your FMS directory will be located C:\Program Files\FMS\

The easiest way to do this is to double click on the d3drm.zip file, it will open a small window with d3drm.dll in it. This is the file we have to copy - just keep this window open for now.

Next click "start", then "run". Now type "c:" without the quotes, and press enter. It will open the Explorer application, in the right pane you should see Program Files, Double click on it. Then you should see FMS, Double click on it. This is where you need to copy d3drm.dll

To copy the file simply drag and drop the d3drm.dll from the window we left open before to the FMS directory, be sure to drop it in a empty white area and not on another folder inside that window.

That's it, FMS should run perfectly now.