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ATI Mobility Radeon X1400 Driver Disappeared From Windows Update

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  • Hi, my problem is so strange because is a problem that I've encountered in the last week. I format my pc and then I reinstall Windows 7 Beta... Well, every time I've done, Win7 automatically recognised my video driver and download the driver in the first Windows Update after I connect on my wireless. Now, it doesn't done this, and it have only "Standard VGA Graphic Adapter"... The strangeness is that I can always install the correct driver on my pc and now I can't... It seems that the Microsoft have to inhibit this driver... Why?
    P.S.: I don't know if it's a case, but now my pc not bipping more...
    Friday, April 17, 2009 7:52 AM

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  • I found a driver on windowsupdate.microsoft.com/catalog, by searching for "ati x1400 windows 7"
    Just installed the 64bit version on a Win7RC on a Lenovo T60 - worked like a charm.... 

    • Marked as answer by SadSlash Sunday, May 03, 2009 1:59 PM
    Sunday, May 03, 2009 1:51 PM
  • Hello,

     

    Drivers on the Windows Update site are directly provided by hardware manufacturers. Microsoft tests drivers in various environments before they are published. However, we cannot guarantee all drivers will work on all hardware platforms as there are too many different models, although their hardware ID are the same as the standard version. In some cases, due to hardware modifications by different manufacturers, the driver updates may cause some error.

     

    For your current situation, you might roll back driver or system-restore the computer to the point before the problem occurred

     

    Hope the information helps you!

    Andy

    • Marked as answer by Andy Song Monday, April 27, 2009 10:56 AM
    Monday, April 20, 2009 10:02 AM

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  • Hello,

    This is a compatibility problem. You should go to ATI website to download the right driver for this card and install it in compatibility mode for the OS XP?

    Here is an explanation you could read (translation available) about the projects of ATI

    http://www.touslesdrivers.com/index.php?v_page=3&v_code=3377 (fr) or elsewhere in the web

    I hope this helps.
    Friday, April 17, 2009 10:22 AM
  • Hello,

    This is a compatibility problem. You should go to ATI website to download the right driver for this card and install it in compatibility mode for the OS XP?

    Here is an explanation you could read (translation available) about the projects of ATI

    http://www.touslesdrivers.com/index.php?v_page=3&v_code=3377 (fr) or elsewhere in the web

    I hope this helps.

    Hi, I think it can helps me, also it's a very good news that I can install the latest driver without problem, but I want to know why a week ago it update with Windows Update, and now this update disappeared... I think is so comfortable, but only a problem could be... My is an ATI Mobility X1400, not HD... After I download it, I try this and I write down... Thank you...
    P.S.:Waiting for an explanation about the disappearing of the driver from Windows Update...

    Update: The driver linked by you doesn't works (it doesn't recognised my X1400 because is only for HD2XXX, HD3XXX and HD4XXX)... I downloaded and installed mobility radeon for XP, but it appears broken, in fact the resolution of screen is at the minimum, and there is a "!" on the driver...
    For now the only way is download the driver for Vista from Dell website, but the question remains: "Why the driver disappeared?"
    • Edited by SadSlash Friday, April 17, 2009 6:31 PM Update due to test
    Friday, April 17, 2009 5:55 PM
  • Hi,

    In your first post you didn't say "this update has disappeared" first. Then it may be impossible for Windows update to give you satisfaction this time due to a problem of compatibility.

    This link:  http://www.touslesdrivers.com/index.php?v_page=3&v_code=3377

    give you an information but you can download the right driver elsewhere. Voila.



    Friday, April 17, 2009 7:34 PM
  • Hi,

    In your first post you didn't say "this update has disappeared" first. Then it may be impossible for Windows update to give you satisfaction this time due to a problem of compatibility.

    This link:  http://www.touslesdrivers.com/index.php?v_page=3&v_code=3377

    give you an information but you can download the right driver elsewhere. Voila.




    Therefore, if I've understand, the driver is temporarily removed due to a problem of compatibility, but after, when the problem is solved, they place again the driver in Windows Update, right?
    However, the solution you give me is that I've to install Vista driver for my video adapter downloaded from my laptop vendor site, ie Dell for me, and stay with it?
    Before is very very comfort, I've only to connect to my wireless, and the driver is all installed... I hope Microsoft and ATI find a solution to this problem... I consider my laptop not to old, no support to my video adapter is a bad news... 
    Friday, April 17, 2009 7:54 PM
  • Hey,

    "but after, when the problem is solved, they place again the driver in Windows Update, right?"

    I'm not sure of that!

    You do read some news about the battle ATI first.

    What you say in English "Cross Finger somethin" but I doubt. sorry.
    Friday, April 17, 2009 8:29 PM
  • Hey,

    "but after, when the problem is solved, they place again the driver in Windows Update, right?"

    I'm not sure of that!

    You do read some news about the battle ATI first.

    What you say in English "Cross Finger somethin" but I doubt. sorry.
    Thanks ptiote, now I've understand well... But a doubt remain in me... Why microsoft integrated in Windows Vista native driver for my video adapter and now it can't? I think is right for x64, but for x86, a pc build for Vista must work with win7, indeed people like me should have the possibility to change his OS in the easy way possible... I really hope microsoft can "win this battle" before the exit of RC...
    However, do you know I must do after the registration to connect for receive an invitation? Thanks...
    Saturday, April 18, 2009 11:02 AM
  • This is a compatibility problem. You should go to ATI website to download the right driver for this card and install it in compatibility mode for the OS XP?
    FYI, you cannot download the Mobility Radeon drivers from ATI.  You have to download the desktop Radeon drivers from ATI and mod them to work with the Mobility Radeon GPU's in a laptop.  http://www.driverheaven.net/modtool.php has the modding tool, which is a free download.

    I did this recently, successfully, with an ATI Mobility Radeon 9600 in a T42 ThinkPad.
    Saturday, April 18, 2009 1:25 PM
  • This is a compatibility problem. You should go to ATI website to download the right driver for this card and install it in compatibility mode for the OS XP?
    FYI, you cannot download the Mobility Radeon drivers from ATI.  You have to download the desktop Radeon drivers from ATI and mod them to work with the Mobility Radeon GPU's in a laptop.  http://www.driverheaven.net/modtool.php has the modding tool, which is a free download.

    I did this recently, successfully, with an ATI Mobility Radeon 9600 in a T42 ThinkPad.

    Hi, I've tested this some times ago, but for some reasons I choose the "official" driver for xp and the vendor driver for vista... However I prefer the DNA drivers, it just patched and works well... So, the problem isn't the latest driver because I don't need to play to recent games, but the lack of certified driver for win7, when for windows vista are ready in the installation dvd... It's a step back in the way I see it...
    Saturday, April 18, 2009 1:59 PM
  • Go to ATI's website, download ATI Catalyst 9.3, I believe that they are at 9.4 right now, but you can still download 9.3, It is the final driver for DX9 cards such as yours, but it has Win7 support and x1400 support as well as many more mobility and DX9 cards..
    PS, also not need to mod the driver for mobility support for either Vista or Win7, possibly even XP, but I never tested in XP
    Saturday, April 18, 2009 11:44 PM
  • Go to ATI's website, download ATI Catalyst 9.3, I believe that they are at 9.4 right now, but you can still download 9.3, It is the final driver for DX9 cards such as yours, but it has Win7 support and x1400 support as well as many more mobility and DX9 cards..
    PS, also not need to mod the driver for mobility support for either Vista or Win7, possibly even XP, but I never tested in XP

    Sorry, but the situation for the Mobility Radeon 9YYY, XYYY and X1YYYY (the Y are casual number, X is the series) are different... You can read about here:
    http://support.amd.com/us/kbarticles/Pages/737-26978WindowsVistaDriversforMobilityRadeonProducts.aspx
    In fact if I try to execute the Catalyst 9.3 with a card same to mine, the installation blocks...
    Sunday, April 19, 2009 10:22 AM
  • Sorry, funny though, I have a laptop with x1400 video, have vista installed and I downloaded and installed 9.3 yesterday..
    Never modded it first and downloaded directly from their website. Perhaps because I previosly was using a modded driver? I tell you what, I happen to have a spare hard drive and a Win7 disk. I will do a quick install and report back in a few hours
    Monday, April 20, 2009 12:43 AM
  • Well, as I thought, I just did a fresh install of 7 on my laptop, went to ATI site, found driver version 9.3. Downloaded and installed it without errors. I will now reboot to complete installation and I will return to explain why I expected it to work..
    Yes I too have x1400 video on my Dell 6400 laptop..
    Monday, April 20, 2009 1:40 AM
  • Dang, ya it didn't install the driver, works for Vista, not win7, even though it is a win7 driver. But since I am doing this for testing purposes I decided to try the mobility modder (to mod the driver) but still no luck. Then I tried compatability mode knowing it does install for vista, This time it installed everything but the driver. Driver failed! But not to just quit I went to device manager, selected the display adapter, selected properties -> update driver -> Browse my computer for updated software -> Let me pick from a list -> Unchecked "show compatible hardware" ->  Found ATI X1300 (pretty similar) and installed...
    went from an experience index of 1.0 to 3.7 overall graphics and 3.6 Gaming graphics on the index.. will keep experimenting and report back...
    Too bad I overwrote the disk I originally used for Win7 to upgrade through Windows Update, I could have probably found the driver on the disk and zipped it up for you.. sorry but the x1300 driver seems to work pretty good and now I have a decent graphics score and the aero glass windows...
    Monday, April 20, 2009 2:42 AM
  • I went to device manager, selected the display adapter, selected properties -> update driver -> Browse my computer for updated software -> Let me pick from a list -> Unchecked "show compatible hardware" ->  Found ATI X1300 (pretty similar) and installed...
    went from an experience index of 1.0 to 3.7 overall graphics and 3.6 Gaming graphics on the index.. will keep experimenting and report back
    I see the ATI Mobility Radeon X1400 (note Mobility) in the signed driver list, following your method as above.  I did install the Full Driver Suite and mod it, so maybe that is why.  I have the ATI Mobility Radeon 9600, so I have no interest in installing the driver for the X1400.

    Note that when I installed the modded Full Driver Suite from ATI, I had turned UAC off until I was done and had rebooted.  I had UAC turned off when I modded the ATI driver as per the instructions from Mobility Modder.  I never had to use Compatibilty Mode, and I received no errors.  I have the correct driver installed for my GPU, and my Experience Index is 2.0 for Graphics (I have a earlier version GPU than you do).  The Experience Index in Windows 7 and Vista are the same for me.
    Monday, April 20, 2009 7:02 AM
  • Yes, I have been trying the modded installer. setup keeps attempting to install the drivers from 9.3 suite, as it successfully does in Vista without even modding the driver but the driver installation has been continuously failing. Every other component installs. The MS supplied drivers seem to work so far and since the driver installation fails x1400 has not shown, nor any other AMD supplied driver using that method. At least so far, but I am still experimenting. I suspected that the driver supports x1400 from the beginning since it insalls and works flawlessly in Vista...  Thanks for the input
    The error message I get in windows 7 is
    Error messages
    Driver Install: the driver package does not specify a hardware identifier
    Monday, April 20, 2009 7:40 AM
  • Hello,

     

    Drivers on the Windows Update site are directly provided by hardware manufacturers. Microsoft tests drivers in various environments before they are published. However, we cannot guarantee all drivers will work on all hardware platforms as there are too many different models, although their hardware ID are the same as the standard version. In some cases, due to hardware modifications by different manufacturers, the driver updates may cause some error.

     

    For your current situation, you might roll back driver or system-restore the computer to the point before the problem occurred

     

    Hope the information helps you!

    Andy

    • Marked as answer by Andy Song Monday, April 27, 2009 10:56 AM
    Monday, April 20, 2009 10:02 AM
  • Hi, all you have written is good, but the bad thing is that we don't have yet native driver for our OS... I think people on this forum know how to mod driver, or can retrieve information for do this, but the "normal" people don't know, and when you install an OS and connect to internet it download your display adapter driver, is different than it doesn't... All you have said about device manager -> display adapters -> etc... is only a forcing of the normal installation for a driver (last time I must do this is for a modem 56k of Motorola on my Windows 98)... In fact you not select "ATI Mobility Radeon X1400", but similar card... Well, are you sure that in future you will not have problem? However, this way for install a video driver when before you have only to connect to windows update is frustrating... I don't ask ati to have latest driver for my/our mobility card, but base original driver same to Vista... If I/we want to modding it, we must have the security of having original and certified driver to return if we have problem... After "only" three years, it's impossible that we not have native driver for a new OS, when company ask for retrocompatibility on microsoft OS of their apps 15 years old... It's a paradox...
    @shakeyplace: what driver you have download from ati for install it on vista with x1400 mobility? As you say, I haven't modded it before, right? Mobility radeon are not officially supported by ati on vista, and on xp there is a link from official site where you can download it, but everytime I used driver downloaded from ati, it never recognised my x1400 mobility...
    • Marked as answer by Andy Song Monday, April 27, 2009 10:56 AM
    • Unmarked as answer by Andy Song Monday, April 27, 2009 10:56 AM
    Monday, April 20, 2009 10:50 AM
  • I installed 9.3 on Vista, It is also their first driver version and the same file that supports Windows 7. That is why I was so sure that it would work. Since then they have announced that all DX9 cards will now be supported as legacy drivers, ie; they will rarely update drivers for our card. Their current version is 9.4, but it is not supposed to support our x1400. I realise that they don't officially support x1400 as they leave that up to the laptop manufacturers but for some reason last month the driver verion worked for me. I was sure they did this to support Win7, but apparently not so, It won't install even though David Batson points out in an earlier post that if the driver were to install it supposedly does support our card in Win7 as well.. frustrating if the driver supports the card but won't install
    Monday, April 20, 2009 12:06 PM
  • Just to be clear.  I downloaded the Full 32-bit Catalyst 3 driver from ATI, version 9.3.0.0 on 04/16/09, filename: 9-3_vista32_win7_32_dd_ccc_wdm_enu.exe.  I downloaded Mobility Modder on the same day.  I followed the instructions on Mobility Modders website.

    1. I turned off UAC and rebooted.
    2. I ran 9-3_vista32_win7_32_dd_ccc_wdm_enu.exe, but exited out as soon as the files were expanded to the hard drive.
    3. I copied Mobility Modder to C:\ATI\Support\9_3_vista32_win7_32_dd_ccc_wdm_enu\ and unzipped it.
    4. I installed Mobility Modder, and at the end of the installation I let it run and mod the ATI driver.
    5. I ran  C:\ATI\Support\9_3_vista32_win7_32_dd_ccc_wdm_enu\Setup.exe
    6. I rebooted.
    7. I turned UAC back on, then rebooted again.
    8. Everything worked, no errors reported at any time.
    Monday, April 20, 2009 12:36 PM
  • Yes David, I followed those steps and once modded the install manager does put the driver on the list of items to be installed, however the driver fails to install, when I open the install log it shows me the error and reports failed.. Is it in Windows 7 that it worked for you? It works for me in Vista, but not in Windows 7
    Error messages
    Driver Install: the driver package does not specify a hardware identifier
    I don't understand, it is the same device therefore the same device id....??
    Monday, April 20, 2009 2:35 PM
  • Yes, this is in Windows 7, build 7000.

    Pardon my ignorance, but where is the install log located?  I can't find anything with this new Windows Search "feature".  I much prefer XP's search feature.
    Monday, April 20, 2009 2:45 PM
  • At the end of the install there is a button to view the log, for reference it is at
     C:/Program Files/ATI/CIM/Reports/Report.xml#errmsg
    Ya I am used to the old search, not sure if this one is looking everywhere I want it to
     I am using the same Win7
    Monday, April 20, 2009 3:08 PM
  • Ok, thanks, I found the log files.

    Report.xml = Success, no failures
    Report.xml.2009_04_16_18.34.52.xml = Success, no failures.

    There is no: Report.xml#errmsg

    There is the following directory, but it is empty: C:\Program Files\MobilityDotNET\Log\
    Monday, April 20, 2009 4:02 PM
  • #errmsg will bring you to a flag in that xml file you looked at, your driver installed fine so you won't find the same error msg, it is at the bottom of the file in my xml file..
    Monday, April 20, 2009 5:16 PM
  • Thanks everyone, I got the driver installed minus the Catalyst suite, but the driver is installed and working.. I had to delete some reference for Win7, then install as unsigned driver, but it works anyways. Hopefully that signed driver from Windows Update reappears sometime

    Thanks

    Got CCC working from the 9.4 release of the Driver, 9.3 for Display driver, 9.4 for CCC. My secondary display working now...
    • Edited by shakeyplace Tuesday, April 21, 2009 7:13 PM
    Monday, April 20, 2009 7:32 PM
  • Update missing drivers were found and extracted by a member on another forum, posted at http://xenomorph.net/files/drivers/ati-8-12-t43-win7-x300.zip ,if they don't work for you I extracted drivers from Vista's Windows update, but they are older drivers! from 2007 that they post for Vista! Perhaps the Win7 drivers had issues? Antways just in case I posted the Vista drivers that Do work as digitally signed Win7 drivers at http://rapidshare.com/files/223971172/ATI.zip.html 
    • Proposed as answer by shakeyplace Wednesday, April 22, 2009 1:03 AM
    Tuesday, April 21, 2009 12:55 PM
  • Shame on AMD support, hardware that was sold as little as 30 months ago gets absolutly zero support in the new OS? I would not expect continued support, just basic to get it operating at a reasonable level, and I suspect that since they are promising quarterly support for Vista and Vista driver model is so close that they could easily keep the driver compatible for both.. I doubt that they will even be using different drivers for Vista and Seven for the supported devices. Is it a cost factor? Microsoft charges for Windows Update delivery right? Perhaps It is they that we should be shaming, after all, if they are introducing a new OS shouldn't they like at least give AMD at least one driver version they could put on Windows Update for free to give customers the best possible experience? After all I wouldn't consider purchasing the OS for my laptop, I can't install drivers or update the hardware to something compatable if it were not for the likes of members on other forums or being a little techy? I would think that their sales department(MS) should then be the ones responsible! Who or where do we contact them? Can anyone provide suggestions so we can email the proper department at MS?

    Tuesday, April 21, 2009 2:02 PM
  • I think I have to change this thread name in "How to mod ATI driver for run it in Windows 7" instead, as it should be, "Why ATI remove driver and support for his customers and force they to mod driver for run Windows 7 properly?" Microsoft strives to give more retrocompatibility possible and the company ignore their customers, then Microsoft loses, unjustly, credibility for their guilty... If I was Microsoft, I make a completly new OS, only in 64 bit and with a revolutionary kernel (I don't know if Midori is really like this...), and if the company want to sell their hardware and their software, they must write driver and apps in the right way and they have to write from 0 code... If the companies which have obsolete but working OS and apps want to remain with Windows XP, they can... But it's not rightful that Microsoft lose points to customers and other OS companies gain that for not Microsoft faults...
    Sorry for this vent but I'm tired to listen other OS customers attack Microsoft... If Microsoft want, Microsoft can...
    Tuesday, April 21, 2009 2:17 PM
  • Yeah, this is only half of the story.  Note the following.

    QUOTE: The following products have been moved to the legacy software support structure (including Mobile and All-in-Wonder Variants):

    ATI Radeon 9500 Series
    ATI Radeon 9550 Series
    ATI Radeon 9600 Series
    ATI Radeon 9700 Series
    ATI Radeon 9800 Series
    ATI Radeon X300 Series
    ATI Radeon X550 Series
    ATI Radeon X600 Series
    ATI Radeon X700 Series
    ATI Radeon X800 Series
    ATI Radeon X850 Series
    ATI Radeon X1050 Series
    ATI Radeon X1300 Series
    ATI Radeon X1550 Series
    ATI Radeon X1600 Series
    ATI Radeon X1650 Series
    ATI Radeon X1800 Series
    ATI Radeon X1900 Series
    ATI Radeon Xpress Series
    ATI Radeon X1200 Series
    ATI Radeon X1250 Series
    ATI Radeon X2100 Series
    -------------------------------

    The Linux ATI Catalyst™ driver will only be supported in Linux distributions prior to February 2009 for the legacy products listed above.

    Any customers using a combination of a ATI Radeon™ HD 2000 Series, ATI Radeon™ HD 3000 Series, or ATI Radeon™ HD 4000 Series product with any of the legacy products listed above in a single PC system must use the ATI Catalyst 9.3 or earlier driver.   All future ATI Catalyst™ releases made available past the ATI Catalyst™ 9.3 release will not include support for the legacy products listed above or any of the features associated with those legacy products. :END QUOTE

    http://support.amd.com/us/gpudownload/windows/Legacy/Pages/radeonaiw_xp.aspx

    Furthermore, Catalyst 3 (the previous version) is not supported in the new X Server, version 1.6 in Linux.

    Tuesday, April 21, 2009 3:01 PM
  • Well. that is what I am trying to get at. Did ATI remove a working driver because they do not want to incur costs associated with windows update delivery to a new OS, or did they remove a driver because it was defective? (worked on my hardware) or possibly because they don't want us to have it? They now state in their forum that they have no intention of supporting their "legacy" hardware (if you consider 30 months old) on Windows 7. If the driver model is so close I can't imagine any reason other than delivery costs as I stated in my previous post. You see I believe they are already developing drivers for Vista that are compatable with Win7, So are they thinking that I will buy a new laptop with a new ATI(AMD) card for Win7 as opposed to another manufacturers card? maybe, or are they just refusing to pay microsoft's delivery fee? Yes it is Microsoft's or AMD's business plan that is responsible for this, I am not sure who's, but I personally think one of the two (or both) is just being spoiled, refusing us drivers that are there anyways, I am both a Microsoft and AMD consumer and yes I can as a consumer, look to alternatives such as keeping an older OS, changing to another OS, or purchasing different hardware. I just am trying to figure out which is to blame. MS or AMD so I can vent towards the proper corporation. I don't believe that the hardware is so outdated that it won't work with Win 7, I get a 4.0 experience index for graphics with my outdated hardware, is that reason to through it in a landfill?
    PS, I agree that Microsoft has the right and infact should force signed drivers, or perhaps make it more clear to the end user that that is responsible for their OS problems..
    PPS, I do not believe they(AMD) are planning to support any of the hardware you mentioned in Win7, my x1400 is included but not listed on that list. Most of that hardware is very capable on Win7, and none of those products will have any kind of AMD support for Win7. Many of those have drivers on the beta install disk, but those that don't, won't ever get one from AMD, at least that is their position so far.
    • Edited by shakeyplace Tuesday, April 21, 2009 3:26 PM
    Tuesday, April 21, 2009 3:09 PM
  • Not just Linux distros, apparently any distro, windows 7 included. Which means that if you have a PC card you may install Catalyst 9.3, If you have a mobility card that is only supported by the laptop manufacturer you are out of luck, no drivers for Win 7
    Tuesday, April 21, 2009 3:24 PM
  • Not sure if this is the reason for the modded driver failure of the X1400 or not.

    I just realized that the X1400 is not listed under the desktop Radeon series, only under the Mobility Radeon series.  All of the other numbers that are in the Mobility Radeon series are also listed in the desktop Radeon series (when looking at the Vista 32-bit drivers).  Since it appears the X1400 is unique to the Mobility series, perhaps the specific driver for it is not included in the desktop Radeon Catalyst 3 download.  So when modding that download, it might not leave a driver for the X1400.  --Just speculation.
    Tuesday, April 28, 2009 2:53 AM
  • I found a driver on windowsupdate.microsoft.com/catalog, by searching for "ati x1400 windows 7"
    Just installed the 64bit version on a Win7RC on a Lenovo T60 - worked like a charm.... 

    • Marked as answer by SadSlash Sunday, May 03, 2009 1:59 PM
    Sunday, May 03, 2009 1:51 PM
  • I found a driver on windowsupdate .microsoft.com/catalog, by searching for "ati x1400 windows 7"
    Just installed the 64bit version on a Win7RC on a Lenovo T60 - worked like a charm.... 

    Incredible! The driver are available on this site and not using Windows Update in the OS... Why? And, anyone can test if in the RC the drivers is on Windows Update?
    • Proposed as answer by Cecilia Zhou Thursday, September 10, 2009 2:50 AM
    Sunday, May 03, 2009 2:04 PM
  • I found a driver on windowsupdate .microsoft.com/catalog, by searching for "ati x1400 windows 7"
    Just installed the 64bit version on a Win7RC on a Lenovo T60 - worked like a charm.... 

    Incredible! The driver are available on this site and not using Windows Update in the OS... Why? And, anyone can test if in the RC the drivers is on Windows Update?

    I know, I have been trying to get this point accross for days now, any hardware that has ever had updates posted on windows update is posted there. ANYONE that has hardware driver issues I recommend getting your "Device ID" or "Hardware ID" and searching there with harware model or that "Device ID". I have been amazed, It lets you know every OS that the driver is compatable with, The only downfall I have seen so far is it doesn't differentiate between 32bit and 64bit Win7 yet. I highly recommend that if the device driver isn't found by model number or the complete "Hardware ID" that you try truncating the hardware ID where the &SUBSYS part starts. I have found that a great deal of hardware is the same, just rebranded and often one manufacturer will upgrade the driver but another won't! I have found many drivers using this method
    Driver for Dell Truemobile 1400 Dual Band Mini-PCI card will not install

    driver for dongle sagem xg 760a needed Windows 7 x64 RC

    and many more!
    Sunday, May 03, 2009 3:21 PM
  • Here is my experience that might help some lost souls out there who hit on this forum because they are searching for legacy x86/32bit ATI drivers for Windows 7.

    I decided to install Windows 7 RC on some legacy hardware. One a Pentium 4 2.4 using an ABit SR7-8X board with 512MB and an ATI Radeon 8500 graphics card. The other based on an Athlon XP 1600+ on an ASUS A7A266 board with 1.25GB using an ATI Radeon 9250.

    As most found out, the Windows 7 install, if via a Vista upgrade or a fresh install will simply ignore the Radeon and install a standard VGA driver that is very slow and limited to 1280*1024 max resolution.

    I then decided to install the latest XP ATI Catalyst drivers from AMD (6.11). Though the Catalyst is not supported, the driver install worked without a hitch. I could now set my resolution to 1920*1200 and everything looked fine. The next problem arose when I tried to shut down or reboot. Every single time ATI2dvag crashed just about at the end of the shutdown process with a BSOD. Twice it resulted in a corrupted registry, once unrecoverable necessitating a reinstall.

    Back to search for a better solution. I then installed Vista and discovered that Microsoft installed a newer XDDM driver (6.14) as part of the XP upgrade. In Vista, this driver didn't crash the system under any circumstances I tried. As I couldn't find this driver on the net anywhere, I decided to extract it.

    It is posted here:

     

    http://rapidshare.com/files/231461174/Vista_ATI_Radeon_XDDM_6.14.10.6606.zip

    Download it and you can now install this driver via the device manager/browse my computer for driver software/let me pick from a list. You might need to turn off "show compatible hardware" and then look for the extracted ".inf" file in the display directory.

    Once installed, everything works fine for me on both machines. I get a 1.9 score for both cards on the Aero performance scale but a 1.0 for gaming graphics. My guess is that it doesn't even test the gaming score as it reports in the detailed performance information no dedicated graphics memory despite the fact that both of these cards have it.

    I didn't test any games but ran DVD quality videos from the hard disk using Kmplayer and Media Player. Though Kmplayer clearly performed better, both of them did a good job. A few artifacts were visible in fast moving scenes but otherwise it was very watchable in 1920 * 1200 full screen mode.

    This exercise demonstrates that Windows 7 works very nicely and MUCH better than Vista with legacy hardware, in fact with very old hardware. It also points out that systems with onboard chips or graphics cards based on the 7 series, 8 series or 9 series ATI Radeons are not a lost cause for Windows 7.

    • Edited by regli Sunday, May 10, 2009 9:26 PM
    Sunday, May 10, 2009 9:19 PM