Hi yall :-)
this is my first post here, and Im afraid that the cause for it isnt very pretty. In fact, its downright annoying.
I have a Sony Vaio Laptop w/ an Intel i915GM chipset and the GMA 900 Graphics Accelerator.
Ive also purchased Windows Vista Home Premium the day it came out, installed it, it ran fine (except for a lack of audio output, which was rectified by a driver provided by Sony).
Vista runs very well on this computer (Pentium M 740, 1 GB RAM), and I could be nothing but pleased with it......
.....until I found out that not only Aero isnt working (I had expected this), but Windows Movie Maker and DVD Maker arent working, either.
When I try to open these apps, theres merely a notification saying that my graphics hardware wasnt capable of handlng the transitions and effects of these apps, therefore i couldnt use them... period.
I then did some research on the internet, and I found out that Intel refuses to provide any WDDM drivers for their i915GM chipsets, because they were conceived before the specifications for Vista were finalized.
Hence, the i915 chipset was incapable of running Aero. And Windows Maker. And DVD Maker.
Ha ha, guys.
Seriously, if the GMA 950 can handle Aero, GMA 900 could, too.
Heck, Im running NFSU2 and GTA San Andreas on this thing @ high framerates, albeit at reduced detail settings.
Vista Media Center is running without any hickups, and yes, that thing also has nice little graphics effects and transitions.
Beta testers of Vista are reporting that until around September, the GMA 900 could handle Vista w/ Aero interface, and then, starting with Vista Build 5728, it suddenly couldnt anymore.
All this is leaving a very sour taste in my mouth. I, just like many other i915/Vista users, have a hard time believing that the GMA 900 couldnt handle Aero. The official specifications of the GMA 900 certainly indicate that it *should* be able to handle Aero... easily:
(German language site)
Im utterly disappointed that Intel is leaving their i915 users hanging highndry.
Come on, guys, make it happen and do release those darn WDDM drivers for the i915 chipset as well.
My laptop is a great product and works great, thanks to the Intel components in it.
But i also know that i wont be buying an all new computer just to run Vista properly (heck, my Vaio is only 5 months old!!), and I also know that Intel is going to lose a lot of good will on my side of the fence if they dont come up with a solution to his 915/Aero mess.
Thanks for letting me rant, and please.... do something about this.
From browsing around the internet, Im not the only one dismayed about this, and Vista has just come out two days ago.
How many other i915 users will be "happy" to see Vista run on their otherwise perfectly capable computers.... without Aero?
Its in Intels best own interest to provide a solution.