Today I cant start hellgate

Today I dont meet minimum systerm requirements - but yesterday I did. The launcher goes thru the ‘patching’ phase and then after the button is clicked to launch the game a dialog appears with the message that I dont meet system requirements (Vertex shaders and pixel shaders) - then the program exits. To my knowledge nothing has changed on my end since yesterday. Ack - is this the death of Rico? (An edward g robinson reference)

The system has been on, doing more or less nothing - but now hellgate launches. I dont know why. Nothing has changed. Disturbing.