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You may experience display corruption issues on certain Intel graphics processing unit (GPU) chipsets in Windows 7

SYMPTOMS
You may experience display corruption issues if the following conditions are true in Windows 7:
  • The system has the Intel virtualization feature enabled in the system BIOS.
  • The system has an asymmetric RAM configuration. For example, the system has 3 gigabytes (GB) of RAM, which consists of one 2-GB module and one 1-GB module.
  • The system has one of the following Intel GPU chipsets:
    • Mobile Intel 45 Express Chipset Family
    • Intel 4 Series Express Chipset Family
    • Intel G31/G33 Express Chipset Family
    • Intel Q33/Q35 Express Chipset Family
RESOLUTION
To resolve this issue, use one of the following methods:
  • Update the system BIOS to the latest version that is provided by the system manufacturer.
  • Disable the Intel virtualization feature in the system BIOS if an asymmetric RAM configuration is present.
  • Install a symmetric RAM configuration if virtualization features are required.
MORE INFORMATION
A typical asymmetric RAM configuration is 3 GB of RAM, which consists of one 2-GB module and one 1-GB module.

Typical symmetric RAM configurations are as follows:
  • 2 GB of RAM, which consists of one 2-GB module
  • 2 GB of RAM, which consists of two 1-GB modules
  • 4 GB of RAM, which consists of two 2-GB modules
REFERENCES
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Article ID: 975450 - Last Review: 03/12/2010 02:27:36 - Revision: 2.0

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