Is there a way to make Aero work on my system without crashing it?

Hello... I recently upgraded to Win7 Home Premium. Install went smooth, but after logging in I kept getting a range of BSOD Stop messages at random intervals, including 0x0A, 0x24, 0x50, 0x3B (saw that one a lot), 0x7E, 0x7F... occasionally they would be preceded by a charming notification that said "Display driver stopped responding and has recovered," but I soon learned that message was only a precursor to imminent failure. Sometimes it would go days without crashing, but other times it wouldn't go five minutes before BSOD after BSOD.

I finally discovered that all my problems went away if I selected a basic (non-Aero) desktop theme.

So what gives? I have an onboard graphic adapter, the Intel G965 Express chipset, which claims it is Aero-capable.  I have the latest driver for it and dxdiag says it's a WDDM 1.1 driver. Dxdiag also shows I have 358 MB total graphics memory (64MB system, 294MB shared). I'm not a gamer and have not run any graphics-intensive programs since this upgrade. I do like the "Aero experience," but it's causing major instability on my system.

Other system info, if it helps:

  • Dell XPS 210 (model DXC061)

  • Intel Core 2, 2.4 GHz

  • 2 GB RAM

  • Windows 7 Home Premium 32-bit*, upgrade version**

*I actually loaded 64-bit first, but with all the crashes I thought maybe that was the problem, so after a couple weeks loaded the 32-bit version and found myself in the same boat as before.

**Technically, I loaded the OEM-supplied Vista OS just long enough to use the Windows 7 upgrade disc. I've never actually run with Vista, so not sure if this is a problem with "Aero" or with "Windows 7 Aero."

Anyway, I'm very happy with Windows 7, and now that I'm not in danger of losing my work at any moment I can go about my business. But I will never be completely satisfied until I understand why my system doesn't support Aero, or what I can tweak to make it work.

Thanks for your help!

 

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Last updated March 13, 2018 Views 961 Applies to:
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JS,

Yeah, I know I have a spare PCIe slot but I was hoping there was something in the software I could tweak that would make my onboard adapter work, especially since the chipset I have is said to support Vista Aero (maybe Win7 Aero demands even more from a graphics adapter?).

Anyway, I broke down and ordered a new card today. Turns out I can get the system to crash even without Aero - certain applications seem to do the trick. So I ordered the lowest-end NVIDIA GeForce card I could find (GeForce 210). On the off chance anyone else stumbles upon this thread I'll post whether it makes a difference after I install it.

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Open the case cover and see if there is an Available AGP or PCI-E slot for a stand alone graphics card.
Adding a card will give you two benefits:
1) Stable Graphics
2) More memory available for Windows OS.


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