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Frequently Asked Questions for Intel® Graphics Media Accelerator 3600 Series


Last Reviewed: 09-Jan-2017
Article ID: 000005823

See answers to frequently asked questions about Windows 7*/8*/8.1*, Windows® 10, and open-source support on the Intel® Atom™ Processor N2000 and D2000 Series (formerly code named Cedar Trail) with the Intel® GMA 36xx series.

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Why has Intel not provided Windows® 10 drivers for Intel® GMA 36xx series?

Intel® Atom™ Processor-based entry notebook and entry desktop PCs were designed and validated to support Windows 7. Windows 10 is not supported on this platform but is supported on newer Intel® platforms.

Why has Intel not provided Windows 8/8.1 drivers for Intel® GMA 36xx series?

Intel® Atom™ Processor-based entry notebook and entry desktop PCs were designed and validated to support Windows 7. Windows 8.1/8 is not supported on this platform but is supported on newer Intel® platforms.

If Intel® Atom™ Processors use the same graphics technology (PowerVR SGX 545), why does the Intel® Atom™ Processor Z2760 support Windows 8 while the Intel® Atom™ Processor (formerly code named Cedar Trail) does not?

Intel® Atom™ Processor-based devices (based on Clover Trail tablets) are designed to support an optimized touch OS like Windows 8. Intel® Atom™ Processor-based entry notebooks and entry desktop PCs (formerly code named Cedar Trail) were designed to support a traditional desktop experience through Windows 7.

Can Intel release the driver source code so that I can create my own drivers?

We do not release driver source code for Windows* drivers.

Why has Intel not provided a modified Windows 7 driver with further performance improvements?

On December 11, 2013, we released an updated driver with Google* earth related fixes. Make sure to use the latest available drivers. We discontinued active driver production for this product, and there will not be any future regular driver releases.

Will PCs with the Intel® Atom™ processor N2000 and D2000 Series run Windows 8/8.1?

PCs with the Intel® Atom™ Processor N2000 and D2000 Series (formerly codenamed Cedar Trail) do not support Windows 8/8.1. Intel will not add support for these products. For Windows 8/8.1 support, Intel offers the Intel® Celeron™ Processors with Intel® HD Graphics which are optimized for entry devices.

Are there known game compatibility or performance issues?

We have observed game compatibility and performance issues on certain game titles. See the list of games and related issues to determine if it is a known issue.

The list is not all-inclusive. There may be other affected applications that are not listed.

Games Reason for Issue
Civilization 4 Colonization Compatibility
Cube 2 Sauerbraten Compatibility
DLC Quest Compatibility
Driving Speed 2 Compatibility
Duke Nukem Manhattan Project Compatibility
Dungeon Siege 1 Compatibility
Dungeon Siege 3 Performance
EVE Online Performance
Farming Simulator 2008 Compatibility
Farming Simulator 2009 Compatibility
Farming Simulator 2011 Performance
Fieldrunners Compatibility
FlatOut Compatibility
Genetos Compatibility
GLQuake Compatibility
Half Life Compatibility
Half Life 2 Compatibility
Halo Compatibility
Kerbal Space Program Performance
Lego Indiana Jones Compatibility
Lego Starwars Complete Saga Compatibility
MegaGlest Compatibility
Midtown Madness 2 Compatibility
Morrowind Compatibility
Motocross Madness 2 Compatibility
Nitronic Rush Performance
Painkiller Compatibility
Postal 2 Compatibility
Pro Evolution Soccer Performance
Project64 (N64 emulator) Compatibility
Re-Volt Compatibility
RollerCoaster Tycoon 3 Compatibility
Sonic CD (Steam) Compatibility
Spider-Man (2011) Compatibility
Star Wars Battlefront Compatibility
SWAT 4 Compatibility
TAGAP 2 Compatibility
The Sims Compatibility
Torchlight 1 Compatibility
Tribes: Vengeance Compatibility
Unigine Heaven Performance
Unigine Valley Performance
Unreal Tournament 3 Compatibility
Unreal Tournament '99 Compatibility
V-Rally 2 Expert Edition Compatibility
Worms Armageddon Compatibility

Compatibility: indicates the game does not load
Performance: indicates the game can load, but has other issues such as image corruption or low frame rate.

These issues are unable to be resolved due to hardware limitations.

Is there a list of playable game titles?

Some of the key game titles we have tested include:

  • Unreal Tournament 2004
  • Flight Simulator 2010
  • Warcraft III
  • Far Cry
  • Serious Sam 2
  • Quake Wars
  • Quake 4
  • Star Wars Jedi
  • Doom3
  • Angry Birds

This list is not comprehensive or complete and should be used for reference only. For a better gaming experience, Intel recommends the Intel® Celeron™ or Pentium™ processor. For the best gaming experience Intel has to offer, Intel recommends an Intel® Core™ processor. Please see: intel.com or Gaming PC Performance with Intel® Technology for more information.

How can I improve overall system performance in Windows 7?

Disabling Aero has shown to improve the overall system performance. If users intend to keep aero on, disabling glass effect/theme on aero might be an option to consider.

Users can disable Aero by changing their desktop theme to a basic theme. Right click the desktop, and select “Personalize” and then choose a basic theme.

Ensure that your system has the latest drivers installed, and that all necessary operating system updates have been applied as well.

Some manufactured systems have the capacity for increased memory. Refer to the manufacturer of your system for information on upgrade compatibility and availability.

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