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Latest AMD Catalyst Graphics Driver for Windows 8

  1. #11


    Wanaka, New Zealand
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    Windows 8.1 Pro RTM x64


    Working Windows 8 Catalyst Control Centre HERE including RTM

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  2. #12


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    64-bit Windows 10


    New AMD graphics driver 12.8 WHQL released with support for Windows 8 now. See first post for more details.
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  3. #13


    Posts : 5
    Windows 8 RTM


    Quote Originally Posted by Phone Man View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Assassino View Post
    is ati hd 4650 supported??????
    The Preview drivers are for HD5000 and up. AMD has split their drivers for Windows 7 also with one driver for HD 5000 and up and another for the older versions. Windows 8 drivers for you card should be coming out as RTM is released to the public but don't know when.

    Jim
    I don't believe AMD will release Windows 8 drivers for 'Legacy' products.

    Note: The In-the-box AMD graphics driver that is included with Windows® 8 will include support for the AMD Radeon HD 4000, 3000, and 2000 series, and it will support the WDDM 1.1 driver level features. Please also note there will be no support for AMD PowerXpress™ feature on the mobility variants. The AMD Catalyst driver for Windows 8 will only include support for WDDM 1.2 support products (AMD Radeon HD 5000 and later), and will not support the AMD Radeon HD 4000, HD 3000, and HD 2000 series.
    Source: AMD Catalyst
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  4. #14


    Bay Area
    Posts : 21,778
    Windows 7 Home Premium x64


    A thread about what works for legacy cards in Windows 8 HERE if anyone is interested. A Guy
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  5. #15


    Posts : 5
    Windows 8 RTM


    Quote Originally Posted by A Guy View Post
    A thread about what works for legacy cards in Windows 8 HERE if anyone is interested. A Guy
    Do you have any links for the Mobility drivers?
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  6. #16


    Texas
    Posts : 128
    Win 8.1, Win 10P, Win7-all, RIP XPP, 'droid 2.2, 2.3,4.x, 5..IOS,

    ugly


    ouch... of all the issues I was NOT expecting with a clean install of Enterprise RTM... after the first hour or so, got around to d/l'ing Catalyst 12.8, installed, [custom], all went fine.
    But it is UGLY.... I swear I thought the thing had reverted to something like enhanced vga... the fonts all look overdriven and fuzzy, the icons look odd. it is the correct driver [that is, it installed] but what on earth happened??

    whatever the driver is/was that loaded with the original install package looked fine, but 12.8 looks horrid.
    I went from Win7 to 8 on the same rig with no hardware changes. removed the old drive for safekeeping, put a different drive in, formatted and clean-installed.
    On the old rig, it correctly ID'd my big external monitor connected via hdmi. with the new Windows 8 + 12.8, it shows it as a "generic monitor" but with the right default resolution of 1920x1080

    I guess I shall uninstall the device & driver and start over.
    If any of you have been here and fixed, pls share

    c
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  7. #17


    Australia
    Posts : 57
    Windows 10 & 8.1 64-bit, Kubuntu

    Re: UGLY Font Rendering


    I have the same problem on Windows 8 Pro RTM.
    However, I also had this problem with the original Windows 8 driver and on the Release Preview and all previous iterations of Windows 8.

    I am able to get reasonably clear fonts only in Firefox and Waterfox by setting in about:config
    gfx.direct2d.disabled = true

    Apparently the font rendering in Windows 8 is different to Windows 7. One aspect is the use of grey-scale anti-aliasing instead of RGB anti-aliasing.

    On a Mozilla forum one poster had noted this problem on PCs with varying configurations including Intel HD graphics and both Nvidia and AMD video cards.

    The blurry fonts in IE10 make it virtually unusable for me.

    I am dual booting Windows 7 on the same PC and have no font problems in Windows 7 using Catalyst 12.8.
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  8. #18


    Texas
    Posts : 128
    Win 8.1, Win 10P, Win7-all, RIP XPP, 'droid 2.2, 2.3,4.x, 5..IOS,


    same here - my card in this lab mule is a radeon 5570 and it is flat glorious on the display under windows 7 - that was with 12.6, haven't loaded up .8 as yet although I use on my thinkpad and its the best so far on it - win7 x64 hp.

    I tried some remediation on the W8 system this morning - you can help it a LITTLE by changing the pixel format to the last one on the list .. something like RGB 4;4 - last selection. in fact, the difference between that one and the default is shocking if you flip them back/forth -. but its still flat ugly compared to xp or Win7 - somethings will have you thinking your eyesight has failed.

    I assume that on the new tablets it will look 'normal' and hopefully on the new phones coming late year. for me, its a downgrade at the moment so I'll be putting my other drive back to work.

    Quote Originally Posted by The Doctor View Post
    I have the same problem on Windows 8 Pro RTM.
    However, I also had this problem with the original Windows 8 driver and on the Release Preview and all previous iterations of Windows 8.

    I am able to get reasonably clear fonts only in Firefox and Waterfox by setting in about:config
    gfx.direct2d.disabled = true

    Apparently the font rendering in Windows 8 is different to Windows 7. One aspect is the use of grey-scale anti-aliasing instead of RGB anti-aliasing.

    On a Mozilla forum one poster had noted this problem on PCs with varying configurations including Intel HD graphics and both Nvidia and AMD video cards.

    The blurry fonts in IE10 make it virtually unusable for me.

    I am dual booting Windows 7 on the same PC and have no font problems in Windows 7 using Catalyst 12.8.
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  9. #19


    One other issue resolved by 12.8 in windows 8 is that Minecraft will now run in Win8.
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  10. #20


    Posts : 2
    Windows7


    Quote Originally Posted by alphastar View Post
    Has anyone tried this for AMD Switchable Graphics (e.g. Intel HD Graphics 3000 + AMD Radeon HD 6700M) on Windows 8 Release Preview x64 (Build 8400)?

    I am aware of Leshcat's drivers, but they are only built for Windows 7 and below.

    If anyone has this working (without setting the PC's BIOS to Fixed Mode, but rather, using Dynamic Mode with AMD's Win8 Catalyst Control Center), please post the installation steps + drivers + versions used.

    Thanks much,

    A.
    Someone please answer this guy. I'm in the same situation. HD4000 + Radeon 7750 graphics card. Switchable graphics could be a problem win8
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