Yep, you read that right. My Vista test PC has integrated
graphics with a puny 1 MB of RAM, so Vista can only display 8 colors at
1024x768, which looks rather strange since the new themes use many colors. The
graphics chipset is an Intel 810/815 series so I visited their site for the
latest drivers. Not a good move...
After installing the new drivers, Vista booted for a few seconds and then displayed our old friend the BSOD which told me that the computer had been halted to protect it. And then it rebooted itself into Safe Mode. Vista was smart enough to tell me that the Intel graphics drivers were the cause of the Windows snafu. What a shame, because the "bad" drivers were displaying the full colors, albeit briefly. Vista offered to look online for a solution, but it told me that those drivers were the latest available.
The Intel site stated that this particular chipset was no longer supported with updates, so I was forced to remove the drivers (Vista makes that easy) and revert to Standard VGA. Yuck!