I’ve tried Maya 2009 in a Vista laptop equipped with a X3100 (965) graphics card. It works fine and fast. You only need to change the color depth from 32 to 16bit, thats all.
Recently, I downloaded the newly updated intel display driver for the 965, version 126.96.36.1996 , thinking that it may be better in performance. But I was surprised after installing it, to find that Maya failed to even start!
So I uninstalled the new version and installed back version 188.8.131.522 , which I think is the best driver suitable for Maya so far. Just make sure you set the computer color to 16bit.