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Intel GMA 950 (945GC Chipset) Graphics Drivers - BSoD / Extended Desktop RRS feed

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  • I have a brand new Shuttle X27D based system which features an Intel 945GC Chipset with an Intel GMA 950 Graphics Chip. I have just clean installed Windows Vista 32-bit SP1, and the first thing I did afterward was install the drivers provided by Shuttle.

    Basically, after installing the Shuttle provided graphics drivers, I had setup my display configuration which included the VGA output as a standard monitor, and the DVI output is routed to a Kramer (pro-video brand) HDMI/DVI switcher. This worked fine. I require this DVI output to be in Extended Desktop mode where the 2nd display is different than the primary, and NOT clone mode. These drivers appear to be dated 10/31/2007 and version 7.14.10.1364 according to the igdlh.inf file.

    Regardless of whether my display is set to single or Extended Desktop mode, I frequently get a BSOD (Blue Screen of Death), caused by file igdkmd32.sys.

    So, this is unacceptable to say the least... so my next step was to check for the latest Intel provided drivers for this chipset.

    Intel's site provided drivers dated version 06/18/2008 and version 7.14.10.1504, according to the same INF file (not the date on Intel's site).

    These set of drivers appear to work 100% fine, but the problem I have here is that this version does not give me an Extended Desktop mode for dual monitors. It only has clone mode. I can't figure out how to get the Extended Desktop option back. My only guess is that this is because the driver now starts recognizing the DVI device as an HDTV instead of a monitor... but that shouldn't matter, right?

    So far, my fix has been to continue to use the older, Shuttle provided drivers, but replace that igdkmd32.sys file found in the Windows\system32 folder with the newer file of the same name in the x.1504 driverset. This seems to be a bit more stable, but can anyone tell me why the newer driver drops the Extended Desktop mode?

    Help! This is a must for my use!

    BTW - I know that most of you want to tell me to get a different system with dedicated graphics and whatnot. The point is that this system SHOULD be able to handle dual outputs just fine, and I can't figure out why one driver would have the option and a later not have it.
    Monday, August 10, 2009 5:08 AM