Some small things are required to have a smooth video calling session with your Skype friends. This is by installing DirectX 9.0c or later. If you can’t have this driver installed then Skype will then acquiring your graphic card memories and if you have low end graphics, this can cause your Skype not run as it should.
However, there are also instances that even your computer has the latest DirectX and graphic drivers installed, it still causes problems. So, for you to make sure that DirectX and your graphic drivers are working properly, follow the procedures below,
- Open DirectX Diagnostic Tool in your computer. To do this,
For Windows XP & Vista: Go to Start > click Run. Then type dxdiag and press Enter.
For Windows 7: Go to Start > then choose Programs > select Accessories > click Command Prompt then type dxdiag and press Enter.
- On the System tab, look for System Information and then DirectX version, see if the current version is 9.0c or later. If not then you need to download the latest service packs and updates for Windows 7 and for Windows XP, you can download it here.
- Click Display tab and look for DirectX features area, you will see the DirectDraw Acceleration and Direct3D Acceleration there, they should appear Enabled.
- After that, to ensure that all are working properly, check on the Notes section below and see if there are errors listed. If none, then click Exit.
Next, look if you’re graphic drivers are updated. To do this, you need to know the manufacturer’s name of your graphic driver. In addition, you also need to look on its model number so that you can easily find the compatible driver for your graphics. Listed below are the 3 most used graphic drivers today:
Note: After updating DirectX and graphic drivers, restart your computer to take effect.
After a successful update and all are already working properly, you may now enjoy a smooth video calling with any of your friends. And if you have a video session that you need to record for future purposes, you may want to acquire a software for Skype video recording, it is called Supertintin. This is a free Skype video recorder and you can download it on www.supertintin.com.