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Windows 7: Intel ‘pre-production’ drivers for graphics chipsets

28 Dec 2008   #1

Vista X32. Windows 7 32bit
Intel ‘pre-production’ drivers for graphics chipsets

"Intel has a series of ‘pre-production’ drivers for its graphics chipsets in Windows 7. It’s a clear attempt to avoid the incompatibility problems which plagues Vista.

Though the next edition of Windows isn’t even at beta stage yet, Intel has announced:

Intel is making available for testing its preproduction WDDM1.1 graphics driver, enabling the full Windows 7 experience. The driver is the result of an ongoing collaboration with Microsoft to provide OEMs and developers with drivers that deliver all of the required WDDM1.1 features for Windows 7. As a result of the collaboration, OEMs and beta users can stay in step with Windows 7 prereleases for smooth product development.

To explain the jargon, drivers are the link between hardware and Windows, while WDDM is Windows’ Display Driver Model, the overall system for graphics drivers that was introduced in Vista and continued in Windows 7.

OEMs are Original Equipment Manufacturers: in other words, firms which make computer parts (or entire machines) that are then usually sold on by other manufacturers.

In short, the announcement means Intel is taking serious steps to make sure its chips work properly in Windows 7. If there are any problems, it wants plenty of time to sort them out before the official release.

The announcement is also a sign that Microsoft promises to do a better job of working with hardware firms to ensure driver compatibility are being followed through. Many manufacturers complained that they didn’t have enough notice of driver requirements for Vista, which led to incompatibility.

And while a few such problems might have seen the device producers blamed for shoddy work, the Vista issues were so widespread that the operating system itself bore the brunt of most public discontent. So Microsoft has as much, if not more motivation to avoid such problems this month.

Of course, Intel is such a major player that Microsoft has to keep it happy (witness the debacle over Intel chips which weren’t ‘Vista capable’). The real test is whether Microsoft gives the same level of timely cooperation to smaller manufacturers."

Intel already has Windows 7 drivers - VISTA.BLORGE

n an effort to avoid compatibility problems that plagued the launch of Windows Vista, Intel is giving developers a jump on its Windows 7-based product line.

The company has released a pre-production version of Windows 7 drivers for graphics chipsets. The WDDM1.1 graphics driver is designed for "enabling the full Windows 7 experience," Intel said, noting that the driver is the result of ongoing collaboration with Microsoft.

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28 Dec 2008   #2

Vista Ult 64 bit Seven Ult RTM x64

Glad to see that steps are being taken to try and avoid the driver problems of Vista.

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02 Jan 2009   #3

Windows 7 Enterprise SP1 x64 Windows 8 Enterprise RTM x64

I can confirm this also:
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02 Jan 2009   #4


BTW if you're using the snipping tool, you can use the Window tool and still get the tool tip showing the entire driver name without having to copy the rest of your desktop - saves on bandwidth, both the boards (uploading the file and all subsequent DLs) as well as the users (for those users on slower connections).
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02 Jan 2009   #5

Windows 7 Enterprise SP1 x64 Windows 8 Enterprise RTM x64

Im using another screenshot app, the file is hosted on tinypic so won't affect the boards bandwidth, also the filesize is quite small .gif format. But i can edit my post to just a link if that helps?

Im suprised vB don't have a resize feature for external images like IPB??
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02 Jan 2009   #6


It may, but most folks are posting images to the board itself using the upload feature - my apologies for not checking your post to see it was an external link.

As it is, though, you could still use the external - just use the Snipping tool and save it to an even smaller PNG
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02 Jan 2009   #7

Windows 7 Enterprise SP1 x64 Windows 8 Enterprise RTM x64

I thought .png images would be larger than .gif?? Anyway i will just capture the active window in future, i made that screenshot for my own board which is has a re-size feature for external links :)
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02 Jan 2009   #8


Ahhh - as for larger, I think ti depends - but most times I have seen is smaller, unless it has massive transparency or it saves it in a higher number of colors than a default GIF image would, IIRC....
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04 Jan 2009   #9

Windows 7 7100 RC 1, Windows Vista 64, Windows XP, MAC OS X 10.5.5

Does any one knows where I can download the Intel WDDM1.1 graphics driver? I've searched all over the Intel site, but I can't find any Win7 related information...
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05 Jan 2009   #10

Windows 7 Enterprise SP1 x64 Windows 8 Enterprise RTM x64

I got my driver via windows update. There is nothing on there site, i also looked.
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