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Windows 7: Aero Window Panes sporadically available.

02 Dec 2013   #1
squeeian

Windows 7 Enterprise 32-bit
 
 
Aero Window Panes sporadically available.

Greeting fellow Community members, I am working in the IT field helping a company switch from Windows XP to 7 and on over 35 terminals we are having the issue that Aero Peek not working correctly and or greyed out, I am also unable to use the 3D Aero flip feature.

Here is a list of the steps I have thus far tried and had no luck on:


1. Going into Services for the Windows Desktop Manager to stop and restart. Partial success, I was able to view the thumbnail windows window panes, but if I clicked on the Win 7 Theme or show desktop, I lost the ability to view thumbnail windows. I was also able to access what I would consider the normal performance check boxes in performances under the advanced system properties. Ex: Enable Aero, Show thumbnails instead of Icons, Enable transparent glass, ect..., but after clicking on the Win 7 Theme or show desktop all of those options in performance do not even show up.


2. Going through the troubleshoot for Aero, while making sure to apply repairs automatically. partial success here, but still running into the same problem of the fix not staying fixed.

(Side Note: Interestingly after I run the Aero trouble shoot, my screen and all the windows flickers a few times then goes black, but after I minimize and maxamise the windows they look normal with Aero transparance, just no background.)


3. Going in the regedit and changing the value from 1 to 0 and back to 1 again.


4. Running the Windows Experience Index, again partial success here, but still running into the same problem of the fix not staying fixed.


5. Using the Microsoft Fix It download, no luck.


6. Also a while back I tried added some values to the registy in order to have Aero work, no luck then, I can't seem to find what those values were so I can't post them on here.


The only other thing I can see is that I have a repeating fatal error in the event viewer for the Desktop Window Manager (0x88980406)


PLEASE ANY HELP WOULD BE SO APPRECEATED, I AM OFFICALLY BRAIN FRIED.
THANK YOU ALL SO MUCH FOR ANY AND ALL HELP YOU CAN PROVIDE.


OS Name Microsoft Windows 7 Enterprise
Version 6.1.7601 Service Pack 1 Build 7601
Other OS Description Not Available
OS Manufacturer Microsoft Corporation
System Manufacturer Hewlett-Packard
System Model HP rp5700 Business System
System Type X86-based PC
Processor Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Duo CPU E7400 @ 2.80GHz, 2800 Mhz, 2 Core(s), 2 Logical Processor(s)
BIOS Version/Date Hewlett-Packard 786E4 v01.17, 04/26/2010
SMBIOS Version 2.4
Windows Directory C:\WINDOWS
System Directory C:\WINDOWS\system32
Boot Device \Device\HarddiskVolume1
Installed Physical Memory (RAM) 4.00 GB
Total Physical Memory 3.49 GB
Available Physical Memory 2.13 GB
Total Virtual Memory 6.98 GB
Available Virtual Memory 5.43 GB
Page File Space 3.49 GB
Page File C:\pagefile.sys

Sorry for not including the GC info carwiz. I was able to locate it, though.

HP Intel DVI-D ADD2 Sdvo PCI Express
Silicon Image Orion ADD2-N Dual Pad x16 Card



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02 Dec 2013   #2
carwiz

Windows 7 Pro-x64
 
 

You didn't mention what graphics card, if any, is being used.

Here's the requirements for Aero:
Quote:
Your computer's hardware and video card must meet hardware requirements to able to display Aero graphics. Check that your computer meets the minimum hardware requirements for running Aero:
  • 1-gigahertz (GHz) 32-bit (x86) or 64-bit (x64) processor
  • 1 gigabyte (GB) of random access memory (RAM)
  • 128-megabyte (MB) graphics card
You also need to use a Windows theme to display Aero graphics. If you are using an Ease of Access theme, some elements such as transparency and thumbnail previews will not appear. To view which theme you are using, open Personalization in Control Panel.
Open Theme Settings by clicking the Start button, clicking Control Panel, clicking Appearance and Personalization, clicking Personalization, and then clicking Theme.
The theme currently in use is highlighted.

Aero also requires a DirectX 9 class graphics processor that supports a Windows Display Driver Model Driver, Pixel Shader 2.0 in hardware, and 32 bits per pixel.

For best results, you might also want to follow these graphics processor recommendations:
  • 64 MB of graphics memory to support a single monitor with a resolution that is less than 1,310,720 pixels (for example, a 17–inch flat panel LCD monitor that has a 1280 × 1024 resolution)
  • 128 MB of graphics memory to support a single monitor with a resolution from 1,310,720 to 2,304,000 pixels (for example, a 21.1–inch flat panel LCD monitor that has up to a 1600 × 1200 resolution)
  • 256 MB of graphics memory to support a single monitor with a resolution greater than 2,304,000 pixels (for example, a 30–inch wide-screen flat panel LCD monitor that has up to a 2560 × 1600 resolution)
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02 Dec 2013   #3
squeeian

Windows 7 Enterprise 32-bit
 
 

The graphics card is a Nvidia G-Force 6200, video-338PCI-LP VGA with 256MB DDR. Hopefully this is the right information. Sorry things are kind of hecktic, just got back from holiday break.

Specs / Performance
Memory Interface128-bit64-bitFill Rate1.2 billion texels/sec.1.4 billion texels/sec.Vertices per Second225 million262.5 millionPixels per Clock
(peak)44RAMDACs400 MHz400 MHz
Memory Interface128-bit64-bitFill Rate1.2 billion texels/sec.1.4 billion texels/sec.Vertices per Second225 million262.5 millionPixels per Clock
(peak)44RAMDACs400 MHz400 MHz
Memory Interface 128-bit /64-bit
Fill Rate 1.2 Billion texels/sec. / 1.4 Billion texels/sec.
Vertices per Second 225 million / 262.5 million
pixels per clock (peak) 4
RAMDAC's 400 MHz

I am not exactly sure how to get the GHz info, I am a bit out of practice.
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02 Dec 2013   #4
squeeian

Windows 7 Enterprise 32-bit
 
 

Ok, so I was mis-informed the type of video card. Here is the correct specs for the video card.

Product Description

HP Intel DVI-D ADD2 Sdvo PCI Express
Silicon Image Orion ADD2-N Dual Pad x16 Card

HP Spare Part No: 398333-001, 359301-003

Main Specification

Interface Type: PCI Express x16

Enclosure Type: Plug-in card

Device Type: Add-on interface board

General Compatibility: PC

Device Type: Add-on interface board

Enclosure Type: Plug-in card

Interface Type: PCI Express x16

Video Output Digital Video Standard: Digital Visual Interface (DVI)

Expansion / Connectivity Compatible Slots: 1 x PCI Express x16

Interfaces: 1 x DVI-D
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02 Dec 2013   #5
indianacarnie

 

You could try updating the driver for it I suppose.
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02 Dec 2013   #6
carwiz

Windows 7 Pro-x64
 
 

I couldn't find any detailed specs on that video card but at $10, I highly suspect it's not capable of supporting Aero. The driver is too general and goes back to Windows 98. There's a few sites that claim the driver supports Windows 7 but that is probably for simple graphics. Aero has a Huge overhead. Check one of the machines and see what the Windows Experience Index (WEI) scores are. I'd be surprised if the card cracked 2.0. IIRC, Aero requires 3.5 or better.

Added: Sample WEI Scores


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03 Dec 2013   #7
squeeian

Windows 7 Enterprise 32-bit
 
 

Hey Guys, Here is the WEI Assessment results for the desktops I am working on. My current working theory (Thanks to Carwiz for the update of the WEI score) is that the terminals that are having the aero greyed out issue have this as their WEI score.

I am currently waiting for employees who actually have the aero feature that is in use and working well to run their own WEI scores so I can see if it's just the fact that those individuals with the problems just have a score below 3.5 and then comes the question on how to raise their score by what ever percent to allow the employees here to use aero?

Prior to Carwiz's comment about the WEI minimum score being 3.5, the other help pages and forums were telling me that if a user had a score of 3.0 or higher could use the Aero 3D effects and window panes.


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09 Dec 2013   #8
squeeian

Windows 7 Enterprise 32-bit
 
 

So I have new info on the graphics card that is being used by the desktops in the offices that I am temping at. The graphics card is a Intel ® Q965/Q963 Express Chipset Family (Microsoft Corp. –WDDM 1.0). Also everytime I do a Windows experience index score test on the desktops they keep coming up as a score of 3.4 I am trying to research if said graphics card is compadable with using the Aero 3-D features within Windows 7, though I am not sure. Any assistance in this matter would be appreceated. Thank you all for the all the help you have given thus far and all of your continued help.

-Squeeian
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09 Dec 2013   #9
carwiz

Windows 7 Pro-x64
 
 

The chip set should be compatible with Aero but the driver must also. Intel states that to be a WDDM driver the version must be level 7 or above or the driver is XPDM. The level is the first digit of the version number.

To determine the current version:
1. Right-click on the Windows desktop and select Graphics Properties. The Intel graphics driver window opens.

Note: If the Graphic Properties option is not available, then your computer is not using an Intel® Graphics Controller or an Intel® graphics driver. You will need to obtain the driver from the OEM of the machine or you can use Intel's WDDM.

2. In the driver window, click Support, and then select Information Center in the dropdown options. The driver version is listed as Driver Version.

3. In older drivers, click Options & Support > Information Center. The driver version is listed under System Information. For example: 8.15.10.2639.

Here's an example of the later versions.


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09 Dec 2013   #10
carwiz

Windows 7 Pro-x64
 
 

Here's a couple of links you may be interested in reviewing.

Graphics — Microsoft Windows 7* Support FAQ

Graphics — Windows Aero* FAQ
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