I don't know if this is a RANT or what ... but in December I installed Windows 7 Professional on an Intel PBZ875, 4 gigs or RAM, and 2 75 gig SATA drives. I also used an old Video Card that was running Windows 7 RC2 with Aero running just fine. I did not plan it that way, I was running 7RC2 on a different even older machine with a lot less guts with that card. It was just sort of an experiment.
When I installed the released version of Windows 7, I could not get Aero to work with the same card. I was just being cheap. But since it worked before with RC2, I thought it should work again. No. The rating on it is like 2.1 by Windows 7 ... but low and behold the other day Aero turned itself on!!! I don't know what happened.
It seems to me that the card should of been able to do Aero all along since it worked before .... The card is an NVIDIA GeForce FX 5200 - specs seem to suggest that it does support Pixel Shading and direct X 9.x which are requirements for Aero I believe. Maybe some of you Video Gurus can help me out on this one.
Why for over a month it would not work and all of a sudden it does? I did not make any changes. It is my Family PC used mostly for homework and some trivial work.
Default Windows driver since the manufacturer does not have drivers for Windows 7.
Anyway, I am enjoying the Aero but just waiting for it to turn off. Microsoft giveth, and Microsoft taketh away ;)