Taken from here
From our lead tech guy, Mike Stone:
Getting the "renderer creation failed" error? The first thing to check is to see if your current video card is on the supported list for Trials of Atlantis. You may view this list by typing in the keyword "video" (into the Knowledge Base search field in the upper right hand corner) and clicking on the link "What video cards are currently supported and not supported for Trials of Atlantis?" If you see your video card under the "not supported" section, the following solutions may not work for you.
If you have a GeForce based video card installed and are experiencing this error please double check the following:
1: First, please make sure you have the very latest DirectX version installed on your PC. DirectX 9.0b is available on the Microsoft website by visiting the following link:
There is also a link to the latest DirectX version on the Trials of Atlantis CD.
2: Next, please make sure you do not have video card driver version 30.82 or below. Please upgrade to version 52.16+ (if you are an XP or 2000 user) or 45.23+ (if you are a 98 or an ME user) from the following link:
If you continue to experience this error please call our support line at 703-934-0169 or email firstname.lastname@example.org