Plants vs. Zombies Game of the Year: How to Enable 3D Acceleration

Guide for those who are unable to activate 3D acceleration.


This guide will help those who, when trying to enable 3D acceleration, receive the following message:

Not Supported.
Hardware Acceleration cannot be enabled on this computer.
Your video card does not meet the minimum requirements for this game.

The solution works for both AMD and Nvidia graphics cards.

Step by step
1. Download the latest version of WineD3D from this site[].

2. Unpack the following 3 files from the archive into the game’s installation directory:

  • ddraw.dll
  • libwine.dll
  • wined3d.dll

3. Copy those 3 files (ddraw.dll, libwine.dll, wined3d.dll) to C:\ProgramData\PopCap Games\PlantsVsZombies (this is the place where popcapgame1.exe is created when the game is running) and now you can enable 3D Acceleration. Have fun!

NOTE: In fullscreen mode, the graphics are not stretched anymore but it has black bars on left and right sides (4:3 aspect ratio), because this game does not support widescreen.

Still can’t activate 3d acceleration?
If even after following all the steps described in the previous section you are unable to activate 3D acceleration, you will need to change the values of the game’s registry keys. Follow the steps:

1. Open regedit and go to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\SteamPopCap\PlantsVsZombies.

2. Change the values ​​of the Is3DScreenMode and WaitForVSync keys from 0 to 1.

3. Open the game and enable 3D acceleration. Have fun!

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