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ATI Radeon 4800 series drivers for Win 8 64-bit

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  • Has anyone managed to get Windows 8 to accept the Win 7 drivers? I've tried a lot of stuff so far and none of that has worked. The system defaults to the default display driver and it fries my video card in a short while which forces me to shutdown periodically to cool it down. Not a great situation as you might imagine. Any ideas/suggestions would be awesome. Thanks.
    http://blog.voidnish.com
    Wednesday, September 21, 2011 2:03 AM

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  • Ok, here's an update. My ATI Radeon 4850 died today, a slow and painful death. Windows 7 kept BSODing on me multiple times (as frequently as once every 20 minutes). So it seems using the basic video driver on Windows 8 with a higher resolution than the recommended 800x600 was just a really bad idea.

    I went and got a new video card, an inexpensive but fairly decent GeForce GT 520. Installed it, booted into Windows 7, drivers automatically downloaded and installed, all good. Rebooted into Windows 8, same old story - cannot find the card! Now, my desktop is a Dell Studio XPS 435T (2.5 years old). I had never flashed the BIOS on it. As a last effort I went and did just that. Guess what? Rebooted and now Windows 8 detected the card, installed the driver and all's been good so far (about 30 mins now). Apparently Windows 8 was not able to detect the PCI Express 2.0 device without the BIOS update (strangely Windows 7 had no such issues).

    Had I done this with my old card before it got burned to a crisp, I may not have needed to buy a new one.

    So while I am kinda happy now, and the new card was not too expensive, I did go down on my Windows experience index on Windows 7. Went down from 7.x scores for the GPU/gaming graphics to 5.x/6.x :-( Kinda weird that a 2.5 year old 512 MB video card is more powerful than a late model 1 GB video card.

    Oh well, next year or so when Windows 8 RTMs, I'll likely need to build a new fast machine, so I'll worry about getting a 7.x (or 8.x if that's there then) video card at that time. Until then I'll endure slow graphics and flickering displays!


    http://blog.voidnish.com
    Monday, September 26, 2011 10:17 PM

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  • Has anyone managed to get Windows 8 to accept the Win 7 drivers? I've tried a lot of stuff so far and none of that has worked. The system defaults to the default display driver and it fries my video card in a short while which forces me to shutdown periodically to cool it down. Not a great situation as you might imagine. Any ideas/suggestions would be awesome. Thanks.
    http://blog.voidnish.com


    The latest ATI Drivers for windows 7 x64 do work.  Catalyst Control Center from that down load also works and allows you to adjust your fan speed.  That should help your temp problem.

     

    Wednesday, September 21, 2011 1:24 PM
  • I downloaded the latest drivers/software for my specific card series but for some reason it did not recognize my video card. I couldn't force it either when I tried to manually select the inf file and update the driver (got a message saying no appropriate driver found).

     

    What specific ATI Radeon model do you have? Thanks.


    http://blog.voidnish.com
    Wednesday, September 21, 2011 3:01 PM
  • A related question : if I were to buy a new video card today, what would be one that would be more or less compatible with Windows 8 preview (and maybe future betas)? Thanks.
    http://blog.voidnish.com
    Wednesday, September 21, 2011 3:17 PM
  • A related question : if I were to buy a new video card today, what would be one that would be more or less compatible with Windows 8 preview (and maybe future betas)? Thanks.
    http://blog.voidnish.com


    I am running an ATI 6950 Video Card with 2GB of memory.

     

    John

     

    P.S.

     

    I didn't go for the specific Drivers to match my video card, I went for the latest drivers for Windows 7 X64 for all radeon based video cards

     

     

    Wednesday, September 21, 2011 3:24 PM
  • Thanks John.

    This was what I tried :

    http://sites.amd.com/us/game/downloads/Pages/radeon_win7-64.aspx (dated 8/17)

    Was that what you downloaded too?


    http://blog.voidnish.com
    Wednesday, September 21, 2011 3:33 PM
  • Have you attempted running Windows Updates to see if there are any AMD graphics drivers available?

     

    Navigate to the Desktop Control Panel (under the Metro UI Control Panel, scroll all the way down for the link), then under System and Security > Windows Updates and click on Check for Updates.


    Microsoft Consumer Software & Services Support (CS3)
    • Proposed as answer by Mach_IV Wednesday, September 21, 2011 4:12 PM
    Wednesday, September 21, 2011 4:05 PM
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  • Thanks John.

    This was what I tried :

    http://sites.amd.com/us/game/downloads/Pages/radeon_win7-64.aspx (dated 8/17)

    Was that what you downloaded too?


    http://blog.voidnish.com


    The version I used is:

     

    11-8_vista64_win7_64_dd_ccc_ocl

     

    John

    Wednesday, September 21, 2011 4:15 PM
  • "For Win 8 AMD driver - you have to use WU [= Windows Update] right now to get the latest driver (CCC [= Catalyst Control Center] support will come later in a posting on amd.com)"
    (source http://twitter.com/#!/@catalystcreator)


    • Edited by MCCZ Wednesday, September 21, 2011 4:35 PM
    • Proposed as answer by MCCZ Wednesday, September 21, 2011 4:35 PM
    Wednesday, September 21, 2011 4:35 PM
  • Thanks John.

    This was what I tried :

    http://sites.amd.com/us/game/downloads/Pages/radeon_win7-64.aspx (dated 8/17)

    Was that what you downloaded too?


    http://blog.voidnish.com


    The version I used is:

     

    11-8_vista64_win7_64_dd_ccc_ocl

     

    John


    That's what I used too. Odd!
    http://blog.voidnish.com
    Wednesday, September 21, 2011 4:37 PM
  • Have you attempted running Windows Updates to see if there are any AMD graphics drivers available?

     

    Navigate to the Desktop Control Panel (under the Metro UI Control Panel, scroll all the way down for the link), then under System and Security > Windows Updates and click on Check for Updates.


    Microsoft Consumer Software & Services Support (CS3)


    I tried that once. Will try it again.

     

    The core issue seems to be that the OS does not even recognize it as an ATI radeon card. So I wonder if it will even try to download the updated drivers.


    http://blog.voidnish.com
    Wednesday, September 21, 2011 4:38 PM
  • "For Win 8 AMD driver - you have to use WU [= Windows Update] right now to get the latest driver (CCC [= Catalyst Control Center] support will come later in a posting on amd.com)"
    (source http://twitter.com/#!/@catalystcreator)



    Thanks. I am going to give this another shot and see if it works.
    http://blog.voidnish.com
    Wednesday, September 21, 2011 4:38 PM
  • As stated on the twitter, September's version of AMD drivers are scheduled near the month end. However, it has not been announced yet, whether the pack will also support Win8 or the current one on WU will still be the newest one available.
    • Edited by MCCZ Wednesday, September 21, 2011 4:44 PM
    Wednesday, September 21, 2011 4:43 PM
  • I have ATI Radeon X1200 on my Toshiba laptop. I downloaded toshiba repackaged AMD driver, and it failed to install. (No compatible hardware found error). But I just extracted all files (using 7-zip) to a folder, and used device manager manual driver update (select drivers from my computer option). It did recongize the drivers and installed them properly. I don't have AMD's CCC which I don't need it either. May be worthwhile to try it.

    Regards, Adarsha
    Wednesday, September 21, 2011 4:46 PM
  • X1200 are not supported by AMD anymore. The last available drivers are several years old, so you might be lucky that they work for you. There are many others whome they don't work at all.
    Wednesday, September 21, 2011 4:50 PM
  • As stated on the twitter, September's version of AMD drivers are scheduled near the month end. However, it has not been announced yet, whether the pack will also support Win8 or the current one on WU will still be the newest one available.

    I ran Windows Update and it does not download anything. I reckon the core issue is that it does not recognize it as an ATI card. It keeps using the basic video driver (which is obviously not a good thing as far as I have seen so far).
    http://blog.voidnish.com
    Wednesday, September 21, 2011 5:02 PM
  • I have ATI Radeon X1200 on my Toshiba laptop. I downloaded toshiba repackaged AMD driver, and it failed to install. (No compatible hardware found error). But I just extracted all files (using 7-zip) to a folder, and used device manager manual driver update (select drivers from my computer option). It did recongize the drivers and installed them properly. I don't have AMD's CCC which I don't need it either. May be worthwhile to try it.

    Regards, Adarsha

    I tried that. I manually browsed to the 3 .inf files that come with the package - all 3 were rejected as not supported. It does not have a forced-install-mode! So I can't tell it to ignore that and go ahead and install the driver.
    http://blog.voidnish.com
    Wednesday, September 21, 2011 5:03 PM
  • You can try manually editing the inf files so it matches your environment. You might also ask on that twitter or wait till end September to see what the new drivers will be about.

     

    Wednesday, September 21, 2011 5:06 PM
  • You can try manually editing the inf files so it matches your environment. You might also ask on that twitter or wait till end September to see what the new drivers will be about.

     


    Thanks. Yeah, that's probably what I'll have to do now. Wait for an update from ATI.
    http://blog.voidnish.com
    Wednesday, September 21, 2011 5:15 PM
  • Ok, here's an update. My ATI Radeon 4850 died today, a slow and painful death. Windows 7 kept BSODing on me multiple times (as frequently as once every 20 minutes). So it seems using the basic video driver on Windows 8 with a higher resolution than the recommended 800x600 was just a really bad idea.

    I went and got a new video card, an inexpensive but fairly decent GeForce GT 520. Installed it, booted into Windows 7, drivers automatically downloaded and installed, all good. Rebooted into Windows 8, same old story - cannot find the card! Now, my desktop is a Dell Studio XPS 435T (2.5 years old). I had never flashed the BIOS on it. As a last effort I went and did just that. Guess what? Rebooted and now Windows 8 detected the card, installed the driver and all's been good so far (about 30 mins now). Apparently Windows 8 was not able to detect the PCI Express 2.0 device without the BIOS update (strangely Windows 7 had no such issues).

    Had I done this with my old card before it got burned to a crisp, I may not have needed to buy a new one.

    So while I am kinda happy now, and the new card was not too expensive, I did go down on my Windows experience index on Windows 7. Went down from 7.x scores for the GPU/gaming graphics to 5.x/6.x :-( Kinda weird that a 2.5 year old 512 MB video card is more powerful than a late model 1 GB video card.

    Oh well, next year or so when Windows 8 RTMs, I'll likely need to build a new fast machine, so I'll worry about getting a 7.x (or 8.x if that's there then) video card at that time. Until then I'll endure slow graphics and flickering displays!


    http://blog.voidnish.com
    Monday, September 26, 2011 10:17 PM