ATI Radeon 7000 VE on Dell PowerEdge 1800

Discussion in 'Windows Vista Hardware' started by Robert Robinson, Aug 30, 2006.

  1. The ATI Radeon 7000 VE on-board graphics adapter is correctly recognized
    by Windows Server 2003, but not by Vista #5536. The Vista beta 2
    software from ATI also fails to recognize the 7000 adapter. Does anyone
    know of a Vista driver for the 7000 ?
    Thank you.
    Robert Robinson
    Robert Robinson, Aug 30, 2006
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    JW Guest

    AFAIK ATI never developed software drivesr to the 7XXX series that provided
    DX9 support which is required for some Vista components so I suspect that
    they will not develop any. Since I certainly don't think any 3rd party will
    develop any it appears that you will need a new graphics card if you want to
    install Vista.
    JW, Aug 30, 2006
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  3. Thank you for the reply.
    The 7000 works fine with Windows 2003 Server, but is limited to
    "Standard VGA" on Vista.
    I think that you are correct. We will need a new graphics adapter. I
    prefer nVidia to ATI based on past experiences with the drivers. The
    7600 nVidia chip looks good on paper and GigaByte has a heat pipe based
    board that uses this chip. It is stated to be "Vista ready", but no
    drivers are apparently available at this time.
    Robert Robinson, Aug 30, 2006
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    JW Guest

    JW, Aug 30, 2006
  5. I ran into some very interesting problems trying to find a graphics card
    for the PowerEdge 1800 that is compatible with the motherboard and has
    drivers for Vista and Windows Server 2003. Unfortunately, the
    motherboard has two PCI Express slots that are 8 lane size, but no 16
    lane ones as is required by virtually all of the current graphics cards.
    Matrox does market a 1 lane board, but there is no Vista driver.
    There is a PCI-X slot, but there are no known PCI or PCI-X graphics
    cards that have Vista drivers.
    An solution to what appeared to be an impossible problem is to use a
    Adex Electronics lane converter. We chose model PEXP16-SX-16/8 which
    converts an 8 lane connector to a 16 lane connector. You can now use a
    16 lane graphics card. The only catch is that the adapter adds 1.05
    inches in height above that of the motherboard connector. There is
    plenty of vertical clearance in the PowerEdge 1800 so that the added
    height is not a problem.
    We chose the Gigabyte GVNX76T256D-RH for the graphics adapter. It uses
    the nVidia 7600GT chipset.
    Robert Robinson, Aug 31, 2006
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    grifstr2000 Guest

    grifstr2000, Sep 26, 2006
  7. I do not understand why there is no generic XGA driver in vista?

    J M Schlatter, Sep 29, 2006
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