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Win7 works on Intel 915GM chipset, Win8 doesn't

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    Win7 works on Intel 915GM chipset, Win8 doesn't


    Won't take the Display driver so I don't get sleep, performance also buggy.

    Any workarounds? Seems it should work wherever Win7 does, or am I wrong about that?

    Have run Win7 on this old HP 510 lappy since it's release, fast without ever a hang. The display of course defaults to basic but it sleeps and hibernates flawlessly.

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    I'm sure you tried right clicking the display driver and tested the various compatibility modes?
    http://downloadcenter.intel.com/Sear...Chipset+Family

    If you can't get the Windows 7 driver to work...

    The last post in this TechNet thread mentions how he fixed the display driver problem on the Intel 915GM.
    Looks like a work around.

    Problems with video drivers on windows 8


    Thanks for the Rep, Greg. I guess the work around might have worked?
    Last edited by chev65; 03 May 2012 at 14:39.
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    The Win7 driver does NOT work -- I know, I've tried every variation and none of them work. XDPM simply does NOT work in Win8. MS removed support for it. So, the presumption that everything that works in Win7 will continue to work in Win8 is not true.
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    Thanks guys.
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    Strange, reinstalled the Release Preview and I now get Hibernate but no Sleep.

    This is without ANY display driver, not even Standard VGA. I try to install XP's last driver even in Compat Mode and it fouls out saying it's not supported.

    However with Hibernate I'll keep 8 on 10-year old HP 510 business laptop I use to travel and stubbornly refuses to die. The only other issue was slow text typing which has also cleared up with RC.

    Since I'm here let me see if I can now drag my Firefox bookmark links into a post here which keeps chasing me back to 7F: User CP - Windows 8 Forums.

    Yep, same issue that nothing I can do will release the link after dragging it in. Let me try saving and editing.

    Back again. Nope I can't post links here without continuiing in linkspeak. Bye, now.
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    I am having similar problems with Windows 8 on my Shuttle SD11G5, which also has the Intel 915GM chipset. The solution mentioned below in the TechNet site does not work for me - "the driver selected for this device does not support this version of Windows". The wording is interesting - the blame is placed on the Intel driver, not Windows.

    Anyhow, it looks like Intel 915GM-based computers simply are not compatible with Windows 8 (or is it the other way around?). The message is to buy a new PC, or stick to Windows XP (or Windows 7).

    I, for one, am not buying a new PC...
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    Well the blame is accurately stated - the 915GM driver does not support WDDM, only XPDM. XPDM driver support does not exist in Win8, and Intel did not release an updated WDDM driver (and, in fact, didn't update it for WDDM 1.0 in Vista, so I guess it's no surprise they didn't write a WDDM 1.1 for Win7 or WDDM 1.2 for Win8).
    Graphics — Older Intel® graphics controllers and Microsoft Windows 7* operating system

    Given Windows 8 is now fully hardware-accelerated for the UI, you can't get by with the old legacy XPDM driver subsystem anymore, because that doesn't support the things Windows 8's UI now require. Given the 945GM started showing up in mid/late 2005, and the 915G/GM was out at the beginning of 2004, that chipset predates Vista by 2 years. Unfortunately,if you bought or built a machine with the 915GM chipset after that date (and I believe that shuttle of yours originally hit the market near the end of 2005), that's simply going to need a video card upgrade to run Windows 8, or you'll have to stick with Windows 7. The minimum requirements for running Windows 8 includes a video chipset with WDDM 1.0 (at least) support:
    Windows 8 system requirements - Microsoft Windows

    For the record, Microsoft did not state that anything running Windows 7 would run Windows 8 - they said the hardware requirements would be the same, or lower. And in fact, running the full Windows 7 experience (accelerated desktop/Aero) did require a WDDM driver - so, basically, the hardware requirements stayed the same, minus the ability to run the unaccelerated driver set known as XPDM:
    Windows 7 system requirements - Microsoft Windows
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    Thank you, cluberti, for that explanation.

    So, if I want to get the correct aspect ratio and resolution on the monitor with this PC with Windows 8, I need to find a cheap, WDDM 1.2 enabled, PCI Express x16 DVI graphics card....

    EDIT
    Done. Found and installed a GeForce 8400GS, and it works.
    Last edited by Dogmatix; 13 Sep 2012 at 13:39.
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    Windows 8 RTM Enterprise

    Intel Support


    I'm having the same issue with Intel 965 Express Chipset. Now that I see this, I will get a dedicated graphic card because I know that it will still be supported after my PC gets old. My laptop is only five or six years old.
    Last edited by jimsing59; 20 Sep 2012 at 12:26. Reason: grammer
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    Quote Originally Posted by jimsing59 View Post
    I'm having the same issue with Intel 965 Express Chipset. Now that I see this, I will get a dedicated graphic card because I know that it will still be supported after my PC gets old. My laptop is only five or six years old.
    Do you hope to add a discrete graphics card to a laptop?

    Most laptops don't permit that, but a small minority do. Good luck.
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