How to Fix D3dx9_38.dll Not Found or Missing Errors

A Troubleshooting Guide for D3dx9_38.dll Errors

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D3dx9_38.dll Error.

The d3dx9_38.dll file is one of many DLL files contained in the Microsoft DirectX software collection. This means that d3dx9_38.dll issues are caused in one way or another by an issue with DirectX.

Since DirectX is utilized by most Windows based games and advanced graphics programs, d3dx9_38.dll errors usually show up only when using these programs.

There are several ways that d3dx9_38.dll errors can show up on your computer.

Several of the more common specific d3dx9_38.dll error messages are listed below.

D3DX9_38.DLL Not Found
File d3dx9_38.dll not found
The file d3dx9_38.dll is missing
D3dx9_38.dll not found. Reinstalling might help fix this

Even though the d3dx9_38.dll error message could apply to any program that utilizes Microsoft DirectX, it's most commonly seen with video games. Whether it is a game or a regular application, d3dx9_38.dll errors can appear at any point that the DLL file is requested, like when the game or program is being started or while it's first installing.

Some common games that have been known to generate d3dx9_38.dll errors include Far Cry, GSdx (a PlayStation 2 emulator), the snes9x Super Nintendo Entertainment System emulator, The United Teamplayers, Star Wars, and more.

Any of Microsoft's operating systems since Windows 98 may be affected by d3dx9_38.dll and other DirectX issues.

This includes Windows 10, Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP, and Windows 2000.

How to Fix D3dx9_38.dll Errors

Important Note: Do not download the d3dx9_38.dll DLL file individually from any "DLL download site". There are a number of different reasons that downloading DLLs from these sites is never a good idea.

Note: If you've already downloaded d3dx9_38.dll from one of those DLL download sites, remove it from wherever you put it and continue with these steps.

  1. Restart your computer if you haven't yet.

    The d3dx9_38.dll error might be a fluke and a simple restart could clear it up completely.
  2. Install the latest version of Microsoft DirectX. Chances are, upgrading to the latest version of DirectX will fix the d3dx9_38.dll not found error.

    Note: Microsoft often releases updates to DirectX without updating the version number or letter so be sure to install the latest release even if your version is technically the same.

    Note: The same DirectX installation program works with all versions of Windows including Windows 10, 8, 7, Vista, XP, and more. It will replace any missing DirectX 11, DirectX 10, or DirectX 9 file.
  3. Assuming the latest DirectX version from Microsoft doesn't fix the d3dx9_38.dll error you're receiving, look for a DirectX installation program on your game or application CD or DVD. Usually, if a game or another program utilizes DirectX, the software developers will include a copy of DirectX on the installation disc.

    Sometimes, though not often, the DirectX version included on the disc is a better fit for the program than the latest version available online.
  1. Uninstall the game or software program and then reinstall it again. Something might have happened to the files in the program that work with d3dx9_38.dll and a reinstall could do the trick.

    Note: Sometimes, uninstalling a program through its normal uninstaller utility does not truly remove every single remnant of the program. These leftover files might still be causing DLL errors, so it's best to make sure they're truly removed before reinstalling the application, which you can do with one of these free uninstaller software tools.
  2. Restore the d3dx9_38.dll file from the latest DirectX package. If the above troubleshooting steps haven't worked to solve your d3dx9_38.dll error, try extracting the d3dx9_38.dll file individually from the DirectX package.
  1. Update the drivers for your video card. While it's not the most common solution, in some situations updating the drivers for the video card in your computer could correct this DirectX issue.

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