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Video drivers from Dell Latitude D505 does not work on Windows Developer Preview

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  • I checked the specs at the Dell home page and found that it uses the Intel® 855GME chipset. This chip doesn't have DirectX9 Pixelshader suport so there are no Vista/7/8 drivers. In Windows 8, the support for XP drivers is removed:

    Microsoft will be providing a WDDM-based Basic Display Driver that is a replacement for today’s in-box XDDM Standard VGA driver that will provide basic display functionality and software-based 2D and 3D rendering.


    Microsoft Basic Display Driver
    On Windows 8, The Microsoft Basic Display Driver will be the in-box display driver that will replace both the XDDM VGA Save and VGA PnP drivers
    . Following are the key benefits of this change:
    • MSBDD helps enable a consistent end user and developer experience, because it is compatible with the newer versions of DirectX APIs and technologies such as the “Desktop Composition”.
    • Server scenarios can benefit from the higher functionality (specifically, features like reboot-less updates, dynamic start and stop, and so on) provided by the WDDM driver model.
    • MSBDD will support Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI) Graphics Output Protocol (GOP).
    • MSBDD will work on both XDDM and WDDM hardware.

    The Microsoft Basic Display Driver is the default in-box display driver that is loaded during setup, in safe mode, in the absence of an IHV graphics driver or when the inbox installed graphics IHV driver is not working or is disabled. The primary purpose of this driver is to enable Windows to write to the display controller’s linear frame buffer.

    So you should stay at your current Windows.


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    Monday, January 23, 2012 8:31 PM