Windows 7 and getting older Integrated Graphics Drivers to Run in
While setting up an old Dell computer for use as a Remote
Desktop Connect (RDC) Terminal in the labs here, we encountered a bit of
problem... Windows 7 drivers for Intel's 915G integrated graphics solution are
nowhere to be found.
The PC was only going to be used for VNC'ing and RDC'ing into
servers, so 2GB of memory and a smallish hard drive were fine, but since I
reused a surplus 19" CRT, the monitor flicker from a 60Hz refresh rate was
horrible to look at for more than few seconds. Microsoft's default IGP video
driver wouldn't permit higher refresh rates - we needed an actual Intel 915G
driver to solve this!!
The solution all came down to using Win7's 'Compatibility mode' in a unique
Downloading the Intel Graphics Media Accelerator Driver for WinXP (here) and simply running the program didn't work - the driver
fails to load because it's expecting WinXP OS. The key is to save the old Intel
915G driver to the desktop, then right-click on the file > properties >
Compatibility > check 'Run this program as Windows XP SP3' and check 'Run
this program as administrator'. Then double click on the driver and install it.
Now the installation will proceed properly and the correct Intel GMA graphics
driver for the i915G chipset will be installed. Restart the PC and adjust the
Display Adaptor's Refresh rate from 60Hz to 75Hz. That's it. The eye-straining
flicker is dealt with and an old computer is kept out of the landfill serving a
useful duty a few more years.
If you have an older PC with integrated graphics that can run Win7, use this
tip to get the right IGP driver installed via Compatibility mode. :) Be nice, 'Like
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