The hardware described below was running under Windows XP Professional and Windows Vista RC2 32-bit without any problem for about three months.
- Intel Desktop Board DG965WH,
- Intel CPU E6600,
- 4GB Corsair RAM (5-5-5-13),
- Hard disk drive 400GB Samsung HD401LJ,
- Dell LCD monitor 2405FP (resolution 1920 x 1200)
- ADD2 DVI card and alternatively onboard VGA
The onboard graphics of the G965 worked well under both systems and I could use Vista's 'Aero' mode.
Recently I installed Vista Ultimate 64-bit. From the beginning the graphics support doesn't work in combination with the Aero mode. The system crashes very often and immediately afterstarting certain applications, e.g. Outlook. Starting 3DMark2006 produces the same result. A blue screen of death (BSOD) is displayed after some seconds. Then, after the system comes up, Microsoft's error diagnostic always indicates that the graphic driver caused the crash.
In addition to the crashes, most time and immediately after the system start, black and colored thin pixel lines and black and colored squares are displayed across the monitor.
In the meantime I tried all of the graphics driver versions, destined for Windows Vista 64Bit, which are downloadable from Intel's homepage 'Support and Downloads' / 'Download-Center', but unfortunately without success. '15.1' (18.104.22.1687) is the latest version I have tested.
I can reduce the number of system crashes and I can increase the time between them, if I switch off Vista's 'Aero' mode. In this case BSODs dont occur and driver or system restarts are rarely. Sometimes Vista notifies that the graphics driver doesnt react and that it is repaired.
Due to the fact that neither Windows XP SP nor Windows Vista 32Bit RC2 caused a problem in combination with the G965 X3000 onboard graphics of the DG965WH motherboard, I assume that the problem is caused by the G965 64-bit graphics driver destined for Windows Vista.
Up to now I want to avoid installing an external graphics card. I intend to keep on the onboard graphics. But if there is no way the get running 3D support under Vist
a Ultimate 64-bit in combination with the G965 X3000, I will reconsider my decision.
Any idea whats going wrong? Is there somebody who has the same or a similar problem?