I did get into DXDIAG & it shows 9.0 as being the current version. For what it is worth, here is info it gave me .....
DirectX Files Tab: No problems found.
Display Tab 1: The file nv4_disp.dll is not digitally signed, which means that it has not been tested by Microsoft's Windows Hardware Quality Labs (WHQL). You may be able to get a WHQL logo'd driver from the hardware manufacturer.
Sound Tab 1: No problems found.
Music Tab: No problems found.
Input Tab: No problems found.
Network Tab: No problems found. DirectPlay test results: All tests were successful.
If you have any thoughts, please let me know, although I'm beginning to think no game is worth this kind of headache. Thanks again!