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Windows 7 upgrade: graphics hardware compliance?

By eyemfedup2
Dec 16, 2009
  1. hi guys
    I've a simple question
    i have a gateway laptop that you guys have helped me allot with and finally worked out all the bugs.
    when testing whether or not it will take win 7 its all good but my video card
    last i checked you cant upgrade video on gateway laptops
    exactly what will it do if i choose to try to install 7 anyway
    will i just miss out on some basic visual effects or will it just screw it up all together?
    i bought the program and I'm not sure if i can use it
    thanks
     
  2. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,524

    I'd backup all your data and give it a go
    Worst case scenario is your graphics may not be ideal, but we'll get to that when you post back with the results ;)
    Anyway, if it ran Vista before it should be ok. If its currently running XP then there could be more driver issues (seeming you're going two OSs up)
     
  3. eyemfedup2

    eyemfedup2 TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 69

    OK
    I've another laptop that came with 7 and i really don't like the fading and such so its set kinda basic anyway
    also i have a dell inspiron ill try it with it also, if not i can reload OS no biggy deal
    thanks
     
  4. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,524

    I agree its pretty basic stuff, can be a little time consuming but hey, you have Windows 7 :grinthumb (and a few laptops :rolleyes: )
     
  5. foreverzero89

    foreverzero89 TS Enthusiast Posts: 217

    for the vid card, all it checks for is how well it can run windows aero. so if you don't use it, you should be fine.
     
  6. eyemfedup2

    eyemfedup2 TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 69

    at the risk of sounding like a *****
    what is windows aero duh
     
  7. eyemfedup2

    eyemfedup2 TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 69

    OK
    to answer my own question
    if all else read
    if i understand correctly it probably will effect the heavier visual effects such as the 3d flip feature and such.
    i thank you for your reply as it gave me a base to start with to look up about aero.
    i wasn't a 7 beta user
    after that vista mess (putting it lightly)
    i was sworn to keep my xp until they pried it from my cold dead keyboard.
    but
    having been influenced by people that have went through it all i decided to give 7 a try
    and i do love it
    so I'm now playing catchup and actually learning on the wing.
    ill probably be going wow really cool for another year LOL
    please forgive my stupid questions as sometimes its obvious to all but me
    but it gives me a stepping stone so to speak
    i wish you all a very merry Christmas or a happy holiday, hopefully both
    no coal for you guys this year :)
     
  8. compdata

    compdata TechSpot Paladin Posts: 526

    FYI - Not sure what Win7 does with the taskbar without Areo running. By default with the Area "peak" feature it combines all the running instances under one taskbar icon and when you mouse over it shows you a preview of each of the running windows. I like this feature, but just not sure how it will work without Areo or without some of the higher Areo settings enabled.

    In any case if you have issues with this you can configure it to not group the tasks and provide a text description to eliminate the need for this.

    Also you can disable the User Account Control warnings (when installing or changing system settings) if you really find them annoying. However i suggest you give them a chance as they really function like "root" mode in linux to provide extra security. Once you have your system setup and all your programs installed it is unlikely to bug you again.
     
  9. eyemfedup2

    eyemfedup2 TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 69

    thanks
    I'm waiting on a motherboard and will use that computer for experimentation
    ill definitely post results
    and probably ask for more advice
    that way we can all play :)
    it will be interesting if nothing else
    thanks again
     
  10. foreverzero89

    foreverzero89 TS Enthusiast Posts: 217

    windows aero is the "eye candy", the thing that makes windows pretty. the glass, the peek, the shake, the "up" and "down" animation of the windows, being able to see whatsin the window while dragging it.
     
  11. eyemfedup2

    eyemfedup2 TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 69

    can activate some things and get rid of other or is it just the whole package
     
  12. Tedster

    Tedster Techspot old timer..... Posts: 6,000   +15

    I could not successfully install win 7 on my latop as it uses a generic driver for the video. There is no win 7 support for older integrated graphics sets and intel does not intend to come out with any. Disappointing as everything else was great about win 7. It's a good os. I did a fresh install of XP and thing are back to ok.
     
  13. tipstir

    tipstir TS Ambassador Posts: 2,392   +106

    Likes old style under XP little more advanced though. Same goes for the task bar if no Aero Glass is triggered. If you have less than 128MB of RAM this is what's going to happen. Even on 64MB for the GPU. You need min 128MB RAM to get the Aero Glass to function with all the task and etc new views.
     
  14. tipstir

    tipstir TS Ambassador Posts: 2,392   +106

    What are the specs for your laptop core?

    ATI Mobile Chips AGP 2x are supported on older Dell Latitudes. They can run Windows 7 but in non-Aero glass environment
     
  15. Tedster

    Tedster Techspot old timer..... Posts: 6,000   +15

    yes and no. Win7 will install a generic driver, but you cannot run in higher resolutions or opengl. It's pretty pointless.
     
  16. eyemfedup2

    eyemfedup2 TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 69

    yes and no. Win7 will install a generic driver, but you cannot run in higher resolutions or opengl. It's pretty pointless.


    is there any way to get around disabling Aero?
     
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