Fix Failed to set up graphics system message in Football Manager 2009
On rare occasions it might happen for you to get a message “Cannot run game: Failed to set up graphics system” in Football Manager 2009 but that is easy to fix.
The first reason why you get this message could be that your DirectX version is outdated. Unless you are 100% sure you have the latest DirectX version installed on your computer, download it from the official Microsoft website (click here).
If this does not solve your problem and you still get the same error when you start the game, make sure that you have the latest raphics driver, you can do this by visiting the computer manufacturer website, or by visiting the graphics card manufacturing website. Updating these will make your FM 2009 copy work if not DirectX was the problem.