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Windows 7: cant run aero

08 Aug 2010   #11
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Win 7 Ultimate x64

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by madtownidiot View Post
your graphics card is an ATI Radeon 7000 series, which would be adequate for aero effects, except that nobody bothered to make a driver for vista or windows 7.
Why would they make a driver for a card that is over 10 years old? That and it is only a DirectX 7 card,

ATi RV100 GPU - Specifications, and Pictures -

so it wouldn't work with Aero even if there was a driver for it. At best for that old card is to use the last XP driver for it,

Catalystâ„¢ 6.11 Display Driver for Windows XP Professional/Home Edition

installed using compatibility mode,

Compatibility Mode

A new card just for Aero isn't the best of ideas either. For starters the age of the computer in general, and not only is that old 7000 not supported neither is the Intel 865 chipset,


That and the cost of a new card (AGP or PCI, depend on what is actually on the motherboard) is pretty much more than the whole computer is worth, This is one of those situations where it is better to either make do with what you have or stay with XP, and go with 7 when a new computer is bought that is up to spec for it.

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08 Aug 2010   #12


I found 3 AGP cards for less than $50 on newegg that are at least DX 9 compliant
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08 Aug 2010   #13
Microsoft MVP

Win 7 Ultimate x64

Still not really worth it. Don't forget that if and when paddy gets a new computer, a new card for the old won't be able to be used in it.

Another thing to remember is the headache that goes along with an AGP card in a system with an unsupported chipset (Intel 865 in this case), the graphics card forum is full of threads about this issue. Not sure how well the 865 works with whatever default AGP driver gets installed with 7, but if it doesn't work properly neither will any AGP card installed.
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