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[Windows8]Intel GM 915 Chipset driver support for Windows 8

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  • Please make Intel GM 915 Chipset driver compatible Windows 8. It works well on Windows 7.
    • Edited by Neddy Ren Tuesday, September 27, 2011 4:57 AM retitle
    • Moved by Neddy Ren Tuesday, September 27, 2011 5:38 AM (From:Windows Forms General)
    Monday, September 26, 2011 5:54 AM

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  • no this is not possible. Windows 8 uses WDDM 1.20 and the support to install XP Drivers (XDDM) is completely removed. You now get the 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.


    "A programmer is just a tool which converts caffeine into code"

    Tuesday, September 27, 2011 8:52 PM

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  • Dirk_Diggler,

    I am sorry to hear about your issues, have you downloaded the most current drivers for Windows 7 from the manufacturer’s website?  If not then give that a try to see if it fixes your issues.

    If that doesn't work, then try to install the drivers in compatibility mode to see if that resolves the problem.

    You can do this by:

    ·         Enter the Start screen

    ·         Move your mouse to the bottom left of the screen to expand the Charms section

    ·         Select Search

    ·         Type Compatibility

    ·         Click Settings in the right column

    ·         Click Run programs made for previous versions of Windows

    ·         Then follow the prompts and direct the troubleshooter to the installer for your computer's driver.



    If the above fails then you might also try updating the BIOS.

    “Modifying BIOS/ complementary metal oxide semiconductor (CMOS) or Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI) settings incorrectly can cause serious problems that may prevent your computer from booting properly. Microsoft cannot guarantee that any problems resulting from the configuring of BIOS/CMOS/UEFI settings can be solved. Modifications of the settings are at your own risk.”

    Let us know if this helps.

     

    Thanks,


    Chris
    Tuesday, September 27, 2011 2:58 PM
  • no this is not possible. Windows 8 uses WDDM 1.20 and the support to install XP Drivers (XDDM) is completely removed. You now get the 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.


    "A programmer is just a tool which converts caffeine into code"

    Tuesday, September 27, 2011 8:52 PM
  • I am running a 915gm with the generic windows drivers, they seem to work fine and they support aero at the required resolution, do the generic drivers work on your set up?
    Tuesday, September 27, 2011 9:06 PM
  • this is the Basic driver which uses the CPU to render Aero (Software based).
    "A programmer is just a tool which converts caffeine into code"

    Tuesday, September 27, 2011 10:45 PM
  • I am testing on what I admit is an old notebook model (a 7 year old Dell) that has this Intel 915 chipset, and it runs Vista and Windows 7 perfectly. Under Windows 8, there are no compatible graphics drivers, and I cannot install either the Vista or Windows 7 drivers separately. (Will Windows 8 not support this chipset?) The native resolution of this notebook is 1280x800 but the Microsoft Basic Display Driver only allows a maximum of 1280x720.
    Wednesday, September 28, 2011 12:28 AM
  • Wow intel gm915 gives aero in windows developer preview

     

    Sunday, October 02, 2011 3:15 PM
  • yes, but it is based on software rendering which only uses the CPU.
    "A programmer is just a tool which converts caffeine into code"

    Sunday, October 02, 2011 3:58 PM
  • the windows vista drivers (15.8.3.1504) DO work on win 8 dp. Just install using compatibility settings. I just did on my msi wind u100 netbook - full aero experience along with good performance on metro-style apps 

     

    Monday, November 28, 2011 6:22 PM