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Windows 7: ATI Radeon drivers install, but fail to initialize


24 Oct 2009   #1

Um... Windows Seven, obviously
 
 
ATI Radeon drivers install, but fail to initialize

I have just installed Windows 7, and am running across a few problems already. I have an ATI Radeon HD 4650 AGP card, and when I install the Windows 7/Windows Vista driver, everything goes smoothly. I reboot and nothing has changed, and Catalyst fails to run. I try to run the Control Center, and it also fails to run. There are no errors or anything. This is really aggravating...
Can anyone help me out here? I'm a bit lost. I know that ATI doesn't officially support AGP, but I also tried their little AGP hotfix. No go.


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24 Oct 2009   #2
Microsoft MVP

Win 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Me again.

What if anything did Windows install for the AGP/GART driver? Without that your AGP card won't work properly. Looking at the specs for your computer/motherboard,

Motherboard Specifications, A7V8X-LA (Kelut) - HP Customer Care (United States - English)

and what is available from Via (there won't be anything from HP) I doubt there will ever be any Windows 7 chipset drivers, but you can try the Vista one. Start here,

VIA Drivers Download - VIA Technologies, Inc.

select Windows, Vista 32, then select the "Hyperion Pro (4 in 1)" chipset driver.
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24 Oct 2009   #3

7600.20510 x86
 
 

You have to add your card to the .inf by placing a correct line for it in the install .inf. I'll hook it up for ya. All you need to do is go to device manager, right click on card (standard vga), choose properties, details tab. Change the dropdown to hardware ids. It's the next one down. Then tell me what is to the right of dev_ in any line. I need the 4 digit value.

In the meantime, extract the install driver .exe to C:\ATI. I will upload an .inf for you to replace in there. Then you can install manually through the device manager by updating driver and finding the exact .inf.

We will be using the latest Catalyst 9.10 x86 32 bit for this, for Win 7. So download that if you currently are using something different. No hotfix. Normal Catalyst.
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24 Oct 2009   #4

Um... Windows Seven, obviously
 
 

No go, here. I get a "cannot find the proper component" message. I had to go through this same thing with XP.. such a pain. Unfortunately I have no idea where I went to get that driver. Pretty sure I went with the legacy driver, but that one isn't available to Vista/7. Shall I give it a try with the legacy XP drivers, then? Even though that could cause my system to be entirely unbootable... Which I'm willing to risk. I have a couple Linux LiveCDs here for just such an event.
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24 Oct 2009   #5

7600.20510 x86
 
 

No legacy. I will have you up and running on a driver just released by ATI a day or so ago. You'll be quite happy.

Re-read my last post. It's as simple as it can get. I need your card's hardware id.
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24 Oct 2009   #6

Um... Windows Seven, obviously
 
 

Last four digits on the item you specified are 9495.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by torrentg View Post
You have to add your card to the .inf by placing a correct line for it in the install .inf. I'll hook it up for ya. All you need to do is go to device manager, right click on card (standard vga), choose properties, details tab. Change the dropdown to hardware ids. It's the next one down. Then tell me what is to the right of dev_ in any line. I need the 4 digit value.

In the meantime, extract the install driver .exe to C:\ATI. I will upload an .inf for you to replace in there. Then you can install manually through the device manager by updating driver and finding the exact .inf.

We will be using the latest Catalyst 9.10 x86 32 bit for this, for Win 7. So download that if you currently are using something different. No hotfix. Normal Catalyst.
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24 Oct 2009   #7

7600.20510 x86
 
 

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Download that and overwrite the original with it by copying and pasting over it.

The folder it goes to is C:\ATI\Support\9-10_vista32_win7_32_dd_ccc_wdm_enu\Driver\Packages\Drivers\Display\W7_INF

After doing that, right click your card in device manager, choose update driver software. Browse. Let me pick. Have disk. Browse. Go to the above folder and choose the .inf I made for you.

If it complains the driver is not signed, let it install anyway. Reboot and then choose an Aero theme by rt clicking desktop, choose personalize.

Run setup.exe in C:\ATI\Support\9-10_vista32_win7_32_dd_ccc_wdm_enu\Driver
if you want CCC too.
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24 Oct 2009   #8

Um... Windows Seven, obviously
 
 

Dude! How...- Are... are you God or something? Wow. Can you show me where you learned how to do that? It worked perfectly. That was awesome. Like watching a movie made for nerds.
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24 Oct 2009   #9

7600.20510 x86
 
 

lol!
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24 Oct 2009   #10

windows 7
 
 

Torrentg it sounds like your the savour to our problems. Where do you find the .inf file? aAre you creating them yourself? I have the same problem with my ATI 4650 1gig ..Last 4 digits is 9495. Any help would be appreciated.
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