Problems with DirectX 9.0 SDK includes

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    Problems with DirectX 9.0 SDK includes

    I am using DirectX 9.0 SDK, and am trying to set up Dev C++ 4.9.9.2 to use them. At first, the following three files gave me problems:

    d3dx9.h
    dmusici.h
    dshow.h

    I would include them and the compiler would spit a whole whack of errors back at me that I do not understand. I went to Microsoft's website to download the October 2005 update of the DirectX 9.0 SDK, and that took care of the d3dx9.h problem, but the other two still will not compile with my project. I want to be able to use music, dang it! Can anybody help me out with this? I am working out of the book "Programming Role Playing Games with Direct X 2nd Edition"

    I should also mention that I do not seem to have a WINMM.LIB file that I need. Can anybody help with that?
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    And these errors are? You probably didn't link the libraries.

    I should also mention that I do not seem to have a WINMM.LIB file that I need.

    Dev-C++ has a libwinmm.a file in the lib directory.
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    Dev-C++ is kinda hard to use with DX. I recommend (as a free option) getting Visual C++ Toolkit 2003, The Windows Platform SDK and the Code::Blocks IDE.

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    Well that's just it. I DID link the libraries. Dev's errors are kinda unintelligible; that's one thing I don't like about it. I wasn't sure if that libwinmm.a file was the same thing or not. I added the .lib files to the linker directory, added the folder they were in to the library directory, and added the files themselves to the project. That seems to have taken care of the .lib ones; unless I have #include them too......(tried to and it wouldn't recognize them). The two .h files just flat won't compile......

    Out of curiosity what is in the Windows Platform SDK and Code::Blocks IDE? Are these things I get from Microsoft?

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    Code::Blocks
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    And after looking around a bit, this seems like a clone of Dev-C++...
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    Dev-C++ doesn't like the Direct X SDK libraries. It should accept them but does not.

    I'd suggest either getting Visual C++ 2005 Express Edition or trying to convert the SDK libraries into .a files.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SirCrono6
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    And after looking around a bit, this seems like a clone of Dev-C++...
    nope IMO code::blocks has more features

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    Well, Visual Studio 2005 Express Edition will not install on my computer for some reason (had the same problem on my old computer).

    I was looking at Visual C++.NET 2003 though......it's around $100 though......I'm curious if any of you have used and have opinions on it. I wish I understood why VStudio won't install though...

    I'm no DOS junkie, so Visual C++ Toolkit's interface is foreign to me. If somebody would help me get it set up and working like it should, then I might be able to get by using it. I'm just an email away.
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    Do you have any other versions/parts of Visual Studio 2005 on your computer, becuase you have to remove many of them before you can install VSC++ 2005 EE.
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    Nope. Sure don't. I am considering Visual C++.NET though

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    What the heck now?!?!?!

    I went and got Visuall C++.NET--and now, it compiles fine, but it won't link. It gives me 'cannot open dplay.lib'. Now what am I supposed to do? Yes, all of the .lib files from the DirectX SDK are in the same folder and that folder is added to the library directory.

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    I only see a 'dplayx.lib' in my /lib/ directory so try linking to that instead.

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    Well I'll try working with that and seeing how things go. Man, I never realized what a pain it was to set up a compiler! Now I have everything running like it is supposed to, thanks to you guys. Yeah, I'm pretty naive about it all thus far but I'm doing all of this programming stuff on my own too.

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