Graphics/Aero

Discussion in 'Windows Vista Performance' started by Usman, May 18, 2007.

  1. Usman

    Usman Guest

    I have just installed Vista Home Premium on my computer. The windows look
    "basic". Is there any way for me to improve my machines graphics without
    buying a new graphic card?
     
    Usman, May 18, 2007
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  2. Usman

    Cal Bear '66 Guest

    What graphics card do you have now?
     
    Cal Bear '66, May 18, 2007
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  3. Usman

    Usman Guest

    Haha, i'm not sure. How can i check?

     
    Usman, May 18, 2007
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  4. Usman

    Julian Guest


    What are your "scores?"

    ie. Control Panel > Performance Information & Tools > Graphics
     
    Julian, May 18, 2007
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  5. Usman

    Usman Guest

    for graphics i got a 1.0/ Pathetic I know, haha. Just wondering if there's an
    easy way to improve this. Cuz as vista apperas right now, it looks kind of
    basic.
     
    Usman, May 18, 2007
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  6. Usman

    Julian Guest

    Ouch!
    Very unlikely you can improve that sufficiently.
    First things first... your graphics card.

    Control Panel > Device Manager > Display Adapters > ???

    What does it tell you?
     
    Julian, May 18, 2007
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  7. Usman

    Cal Bear '66 Guest

    Control Panel > Device Manager
    Click on Plus sign next to Display adapters
    What does it say?
     
    Cal Bear '66, May 18, 2007
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  8. Usman

    Usman Guest

    it says: Mobile Intel (R) 915GM/GMS/910GML Express Chipset Family (Microsoft
    Corporation - XDDM)

    It has this twice.
     
    Usman, May 18, 2007
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  9. Usman

    Julian Guest

    Q5: Why doesn’t the Intel 915 Express chipset family support Windows Vista
    Aero?

    A5: The overall graphics architecture and design of the 915 Express chipset
    family (with Intel® Graphics Media Accelerator 900 graphics engine) was
    finalized prior to Microsoft releasing details and specifications around the
    Windows Display Driver Model (WDDM) driver. Given this, there are hardware
    limitations in the 915 Express chipset architecture that would limit
    graphics performance and memory capabilities when attempting to run WDDM on
    Vista.


    http://support.intel.com/support/graphics/sb/CS-023606.htm#7
     
    Julian, May 18, 2007
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  10. As Julian noted, the Intel 915 doesn't support Aero in Vista. I'd be willing
    to bet this graphics is on your motherboard, and you should have a free slot
    (either AGP or PCIe) that can accept a graphics card.

    I think you need one with at least 128Mb of RAM, and you can generally find
    them under $50 if you look. I'd suggest an nVidia 6600 GT, which you can
    find for maybe $75 or so...

    Dana Cline - MCE MVP
     
    Dana Cline - MVP, May 18, 2007
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  11. Usman

    Julian Guest

    For a bit more cash
    http://www.xbitlabs.com/articles/video/display/radeon-x1300.html

    I've got one on my Dell E520 and while it is by no means
    state-of-the-art, and I've only 1gb RAM but it seems fine.

    Caveat.
    I'm not a gamer. However World of Warcraft has been trialed
    and Max Payne run successfully... by my little lad... honest guv!

    You could even consider second hand.
    Here's a hint of what is available in the UK. Note. Not just ATI but nVidia
    too.
    US prices are probably $ for £ - 1 to 1
    http://www.cex.co.uk/search.php?ispostback=1&cat=765&section=3&pl=7
     
    Julian, May 18, 2007
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    Cal Bear '66 Guest

    Mobile Intel? Isn't this a laptop? Is it possible to upgrade the video adapter
    in a laptop?
     
    Cal Bear '66, May 18, 2007
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  13. Usman

    Julian Guest

    Excellent point.
     
    Julian, May 18, 2007
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  14. You're right - I missed the "mobile" part. Intel is included on a lot of
    motherboards for desktops, but certainly is included on a lot of laptops
    too - my Dell Inspirion 6000 had an Intel capable of running Media Center
    2005 but not Aero. So, to the original poster, if it's a laptop, you're out
    of luck...if it's a desktop, you can probably add a graphics board easily
    enough...

    Dana Cline - MCE MVP
     
    Dana Cline - MVP, May 19, 2007
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  15. Intel specifically said they will not support the 915. I had the same
    family. The lowest it will support is 945.
     
    Anthony Marsh, May 26, 2007
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