in the tactical screen the models arn't showing up. all i can see are the shields, glow light from the warp nacells, and weapons fire when i fire'em. oh yeah, and the backround don't show up neither, i.e it's all black. everything else works great, the intro movie and menus and stuff. i've also got bridge commander which work fine on my machine and i compared the system requirements for both and the only big difference is bridge commander requires DirectX 8.0a or higher, and SFC3 requires DirectX 8.1 or higher. I installed directX 8.1 from the SFC3 cd and when that didn't work, i download directX 9.0 and the SFC3 patch for it, and it still didn't work. anyone got any insights?
Did you change anything? If not, try to reinstall the game. Just use Directx 8.1. Hope that helps.
I don't think this is a DirectX problem. As long as you use 8.1 or higher, you it should be ok.
Are you using an ATI video card?