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Windows 7: DWM crashes / distorted window titles

22 Nov 2009   #1

Windows 7
DWM crashes / distorted window titles

Greetings to everyone in the forum,

I've recently managed to get my graphics card (please take a look at my system specs) to work in Win 7 using info from the forum. Saddly, I still can't enjoy Aero because of frequent crashes of Desktop Window Manager. When this happens DWM is (usually) restarted and I get the message illustrated in pic2.jpg (see attachments)

I found out a way to disable Fast Write from the registry and that seems to have helped (crashes happen less often now), but it didn't eliminate the problem.

Sometimes I also get distorted window titles like those in pic1.jpg (and pic2.jpg)

I don't know where to start, if you could offer some guidance I'd be grateful. (Maybe disabling AGP Write as well could help?)

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My System SpecsSystem Spec

22 Nov 2009   #2

7600.20510 x86

Hi. Install using my driver method and see how it goes.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
23 Nov 2009   #3

Windows 7

Hi, torrentg

Actually, I did use your method, I wouldn't have made it otherwise. In the beginning I also installed CCC and Ati Tray Tools but later I removed them since I wouldn't need the functionality.

After succesfully installing the drivers, the problem I described in the above post, came up.
My System SpecsSystem Spec

23 Nov 2009   #4

7600.20510 x86

It has to do with your motherboard. I just checked and they only supply XP chipset drivers.

Update to the latest bios if you're not running that.

Then Google around for Vista drivers for SIS648 AGP. I already did a little and it seems that Vista drivers were never even made so unfortunately, you're probably going to be out out luck on this one and need new hardware to run 7.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
23 Nov 2009   #5

Windows 7

Hello torrentg, thanks for your concern,

I had that problem with the chipset drivers and I thought the same you did. Everest reported that the AGP was completely disabled. There is no update even in and, additionally, the old XP drivers couldn't load, not by a long shot (system wouldn't even boot). By chance I found out that Windows Update offered SiS AGP drivers as an Optional (!?!?) Update. I downloaded and installed them and they actually... worked!!! Everest reported the AGP enabled and everything seems fine apart from the problem I described in this thread.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
23 Nov 2009   #6

7600.20510 x86

Reading things like this makes me glad. Happy for you and enjoy!

Now that the AGP bus is working well, install the video card driver again.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
24 Nov 2009   #7

Windows 7

Hi, I did this. Aero interface now seems more stable. I hope it stays that way!

Thank you
My System SpecsSystem Spec

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