Just tried to play the game on my HP 1000 Netbook.
1.6ghz Intel Atom Processor
Intel Mobile i950gme integrated graphics card (correction 950, not 945. 945 is the chipset)
Graphics card driver version: 18.104.22.16826
I honestly have no idea if the graphics card can run the game, but I do believe it should start the game up, which it is not doing.
Specific Error on the screen:
Error: Unable to start the game. It appears that your graphics hardware does not support Direct3D 9.
I am able to go through dxdiag and run the direct3d tests from 7, 8 , and 9 all of which work.
Ideas or anything you want me to try? (Graphics drivers updated, and it didn't make a difference.)