Alright, well I've been on a budget and I just recently had some hardwre failures on my previously 7-compatible PC, so I decided to buy some newer (but cheaper) parts off eBay to rebuild, I went with a socket 775 board and a Dual-core pentium (seeing as my old system was an old Athlon 64), so anyways, I had a Radeon HD 2600 Pro card on that system, however it was AGP and this new board is PCI-express, I actually didn't think about that until after I ordered the parts, so I quickly bought a cheap card I found on ebay (it only cost me $10 after shipping, so its not a huge loss if nothing works), its a Radeon X1300 Pro 256MB PCI-E x16.
Now I don't know what I was thinking exactly when I ordered this, I just knew I needed a graphics card for my system, I read it was DirectX9 compatible, and figured it'd work fine (I don't game on the PC obviously or I'd have a much better system to do so, the most graphic intensive work I do is emulation of 2D consoles and watching videos)
So I find out these cards don't have WDDM 1.1 drivers
, but otherwise fully support everything 7 requires for aero, the parts haven't arrived yet so I haven't assembled it or installed Windows yet, but I'm wondering if there is any known way to enable aero on this card? maybe some kind of work around or a way to force aero on without WDDM 1.1 drivers? It's got WDDM 1.0 drivers from vista?
Or will I have to live without aero until I can afford to get a better card for this system?