Thinkpad R51 (ATI Mobility 9000) - Should Aero work?

Discussion in 'Windows Vista Hardware' started by Homer J. Simpson, May 29, 2006.

  1. Title says it all...should Aero be expected to work with that laptop?
    Homer J. Simpson, May 29, 2006
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  2. Andre Da Costa [Extended64], May 29, 2006
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  3. No, not listed as supported, no drivers available on ATI's website.

    I guess I should've been clearer...what I wanna find out is, is this a
    driver issue, or is that chipset simply incapable (eg, don't expect drivers
    to ever be written to "fix" this)?
    Homer J. Simpson, May 29, 2006
  4. Andre Da Costa [Extended64], May 29, 2006
  5. Its combination of driver issue, and the amount of vRAM, it has to support
    Andre, why don't you just cut to the chase and tell me to do my own damned
    research next time instead of trying to get a quick Yes or No answer? :)

    To be frank, I just got ahold of this laptop for a few weeks and decided it
    would be a good candidate to tinker with Vista instead of risking a
    dual-boot setup with my primary box. All I know is that it's got a 1.6GHz
    Centrino CPU, half a gig of RAM and a surprisingly small (30GB) hard drive.
    Vista identified the video chipset as an ATI Mobility Radeon 9000--with Aero
    disabled. I didn't even bother checking what the previous OS (XP Pro OEM)
    had installed as far as video drivers go before blowing it away and
    replacing it with Vista. I guess I'll have to look at IBM's site to find
    out exactly what's in this machine and what it's capable of...

    Then again, until I'm ready to put Vista on a more capable machine, I'm
    wondering how much I'm really missing, considering I'm a hardcore Windows
    Classic theme user (no Fisher Price XP setup here, thank you very much)...
    Homer J. Simpson, May 29, 2006
  6. Homer J. Simpson, May 31, 2006
  7. Andre Da Costa [Extended64], Jun 2, 2006
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