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Windows 7: ATI Mobility Radeon x700

06 May 2009   #1

Windows 7 RC
ATI Mobility Radeon x700 - Driver Problem

Hi All,

I have a Sony Vaio BX297XP with an ATI Mobility Radeon x700 graphics card.

I have installed the RC build of Windows 7 as a second OS on the machine.

I am finding it incredibly difficult to solve the display driver issue that I have.

Currently in Device Manager my display adapter is listed as:

Standard VGA Graphics Adapter

I believe that, since this is occuring, any ATI graphics drivers that I try to install aren't recognising the x700 as my graphics card and so are failing to update any drivers.

At the moment I'm stuck with the standard Windows display drivers which limit the resolution of the screen and disable graphics acceleration etc..

If anyone has an idea of how to solve the problem I would appreciate feedback. I wondered whether it would have anything to do with updating chipset drivers etc...but since I've never had to do that before (and since I am still using XP on the laptop) I didn't want to start messing things up.

Any help greatly appreciated.


edit: I should add that, on my first install of Windows 7 I used Windows Update to install an 'ATI Technologies Inc. driver update for ATI MOBILITY RADEON X700' - once installed, after rebooting the screen was completely black and there was nothing I could do to get the picture back. I tried booting in low-resolution mode and safe mode but neither helped. I wondered whether it was because I had the screen set to the highest resolution possible before installing and rebooting the drivers.

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07 May 2009   #2

Windows 7 RC


Luckily, late last night (and I probably should've done this before), I accessed the recovery partition for the vaio that I'm using. Within that partition was 2 video folders, one containing ATI drivers for the card and the other for graphics acceleration.

I at first tried to install the drivers as normal but no luck, so ran them in compatibility mode (xp SP2) and they installed fine.

On rebooting I then tried to update to the latest Catalyst drivers using the Mobility Modder application. I did this update through the device manager - drivers were installed but incorrectly so I've returned to the previous working drivers.

Just gotta find a way to upgrade now.
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10 May 2009   #3

Windows 7 RC

I recently installed Windows 7 RC and am using an Radeon X700 AGP card and found a way to get the card to work. I don't have full capabilities, (like AGP acceleration or fast write or Smartgart) but the screen is not boggy and slow anymore. The main reason for that, I believe is due to insufficient drivers for my motherboard for this version of windows, so I cannot use it to it's full potential. I'm not sure if it would be the same for each card, but I can't imagine it being much different. Here is how to get yours to work.

1. Download the latest drivers for XP for your card and run it in XP SP3 compatibility mode. Install everything and restart the computer to make sure everything on that end is settled in. You should now have a folder in C:\ATI\Support for the version of Catalyst you installed. We'll call this folder "X".

2. Go to your device manager. Your Radeon should still be sticking out like a sore thumb. Right click and select "Update driver software".

3. Select "Browse my computer for driver software", then "Let me pick...", then "Have disk", then "Browse"

4. Go to "C:\ATI\Support\X\Driver\Driver\XP_Inf" and it should find the .inf file (at least with mine it did, but it was version 8.12 of Catalyst). Click "open", then "ok" and then select your card on the next screen. Proceed through the rest of the installation procedures, and restart.

5. Enjoy!
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10 May 2009   #4

Windows 7 RC1
Radeon X700 Mobility

I had the same problem. After 4 hrs messing around, I simply went to Device Manager and reinstall driver , then let Windows 7 find the driver online and it found it!

Try it!
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11 May 2009   #5

Windows 7 RC

Thanks for your replies guys.

@ mikm - did you have the problem originally that, the drivers contained withn Windows Update would present you with a black screen once rebooted?

I am interested in your solution - I have drivers installed currently and the screen is working fine, but I can't get AERO to display (card is 256mb Mobility x700), all other specs meet minimum requirements.

I don't want to mess up my system by reinstalling the driver if you weren't in the exact position that I am at the moment.

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12 May 2009   #6

XP, Win7

I also have an X700 running but other than you with almost full functionality. Using an external monitor blacks my notebook display out.
But I have full acceleration and Powerplay which can even be changed in the Win7 power sheme. Enabled me to get almost identical power draw as in XP. 9,8 Watt Idle
I installed the catalyst 9.4 beta win7 32bit dd cc driver. Which means I extraced them moddet them with the modding tool - I can't find a link for - and it worked fine. But this external displays stuff is a major problem if one always want to use two displays.

My X700 is PCIe on a Intel 915 pm chipset. Its a Samsung R50 Notebook.

I would try this beta driver if were you.
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12 May 2009   #7

Windows 7 RC

I'm using an ABIT UL8 and use an AGP slot. Not that new so there is not really any support past XP. It's not a mobility X700, but you would think it would work. I may try to beta driver out to see how it works.
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14 May 2009   #8

Windows 7 RC1

I have a 256MB Mobility Radeon X700 in my Acer laptop. At first I had the "Standard VGA Graphics Adapter" problem as well, but then I went to Windows Update and the ATI drivers from there worked perfectly with full Aero support.

I have since mobility modded the Vista Catalyst v9.3 drivers and installed these with no problem (support for the X700 was dropped in the v9.4 drivers - the 9.4s don't work).

I'm not sure if this is graphics-related or not, but I'm noticing much improved video playback performance if compared to XP - HD videos that would previously stutter are now silky smooth!
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16 May 2009   #9

Windows 7 RC

@ broccauley - when installing the modded 9.3 drivers, did you use the setup.exe file to install or did you update the driver using the device manager and navigating to the driver folder?

I have managed to get the driver updated to 8.541.0.0 by using the device manager method but I don't have full Aero support - I'm told that the driver I am using for the card isn't WDDM compatible.

Windows update still displays an available Mobility Radeon x700 update but when I install it I get the black screen problem detailed in my first post.
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16 May 2009   #10

Windows 7 RC1

@jacktorrance - I ran the setup.exe.

Having checked my device manager, I have driver version 8.561.0.0. However, the Catalyst 9.3 release notes say that they have the driver version 8.591. Therefore, I have no idea whether I am running the drivers from Windows Update or from the modded Catalyst 9.3. Running the setup.exe did, however, give me a full Catalyst Control Center and Hydravision controls.

Can anyone confirm whether 8.561.0.0 is from Windows Update or from the Catalyst 9.3?
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