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Win 8 AMD Switchable Graphics FAQ

  1. #241


    Posts : 7
    Windows 8 32 Bit


    Quote Originally Posted by MKeezy View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by codenamexxi View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by caesarnovaldy View Post

    where you get your drivers?
    because i checked the HP website and there's only 64 bit drivers for your notebook
    Even if the site list the drivers for Windows 8 64 bit, the drivers are also for 32 bit!!! Except Graphics Drivers -.-
    Yes, The driver setup contains both x32 and x64 drivers. The setup determines which of the two driver versions you need and installs only that one. however, if you look in the AMD folder after install, you'll see x64 bit files are there also. They are not installed to your System32 folder.
    Exactly! 1) Try 2) Speak :-)
    My older notebook was HP G6-1007sl. On HP site, they listed only Windows 7 64 bit drivers. But those drivers works very well even for 32 bit... So I thinks it's the best to try ourself the drivers you need.... Sometimes you can even find the drivers from the manufacturers site of the various components (except original HP Drivers, like HP Wireless Button, HP 3D Drive Guard)...

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  2. #242


    Posts : 108
    Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center © 2013 Version: 6.3.9600 Build 9600.16408


    Let me be clear... I do not advise you to install any drivers that are not compatible with your particular make and model PC or its hardware. If you find drivers for your system and there are compatible with both x32 and x64 environments, that's a different story. Someone asked about graphics drivers on the HP website that came with both an x32 and x64 setup. There should be no issue with installing something like that, seeing how the install setup determines which of the two (x32bit or x64bit) driver packages would be appropriate to install on your particular system. If the install setup determines your configuration is incompatible, the setup will drop out and the install process should fail.
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  3. #243


    Posts : 108
    Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center © 2013 Version: 6.3.9600 Build 9600.16408


    Quote Originally Posted by HOODY View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by MKeezy View Post
    ***How to add Windows Media Center to Windows 8 free of charge***

    [* Offer valid from October 26, 2012, until January 31, 2013, and is limited to five licenses per customer per promotion.]


    Follow the link below and instructions to get your free copy of Windows Media Center for Windows 8:

    How to add Windows Media Center to Windows 8 free of charge


    yeah I have mine also good thing is with 8 Pro you don't need to download it, its already in there, all you need to do is enter the key they send you to activate it. kinda reminds me of the way Nero does stuff.

    I'm not sure if that's the case or not. It took a total of about 15 minutes to complete the whole process for me. The setup inspects your system, first. Then, it download any necessary windows updates before installing Windows Media Center. Your computer reboots a couple of times while the Media Center feature update is applied. After you system reboots for the last time, you will see a Windows Media Center for windows 8 pro build 9200 watermark on your desktop. The watermark will remain there until you run the Media Center App for the first time.

    I doubt the download process would take as long as it did if the feature was already present with the Windows 8 OS.
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  4. #244


    Posts : 108
    Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center © 2013 Version: 6.3.9600 Build 9600.16408


    Quote Originally Posted by codenamexxi View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by MKeezy View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by codenamexxi View Post

    Even if the site list the drivers for Windows 8 64 bit, the drivers are also for 32 bit!!! Except Graphics Drivers -.-
    Yes, The driver setup contains both x32 and x64 drivers. The setup determines which of the two driver versions you need and installs only that one. however, if you look in the AMD folder after install, you'll see x64 bit files are there also. They are not installed to your System32 folder.
    Exactly! 1) Try 2) Speak :-)
    My older notebook was HP G6-1007sl. On HP site, they listed only Windows 7 64 bit drivers. But those drivers works very well even for 32 bit... So I thinks it's the best to try ourself the drivers you need.... Sometimes you can even find the drivers from the manufacturers site of the various components (except original HP Drivers, like HP Wireless Button, HP 3D Drive Guard)...
    Dude... It seems your HP G6-1007sl Laptop comes standard with the following specs:

    Click image for larger version

    Unless you have a Custom built version of this model laptop, you're only running a 1.8 GHz AMD Phenom II Quad-Core P960 processor. The person at HP may have been right in telling that they only have 64bit drivers for your system, because 64 bit version operating systems were the only operating systems they built that model with. Why you would need an x86 switchable graphics driver is beyond me. Windows 8 was not designed to run on pcs that were made earlier than 2 years ago. Windows 8 was designed to run on pcs with the 2nd and 3rd Generation Intel chipsets.

    You obviously have a custom built system if your running one with an Intel i5 core and switchable graphics. Hell... Pc with the 1st Gen Intel chipset would have problems running the necessary hardware to run Windows 8. I can bet there won't be any Windows 8 support coming from HP for that model either. Try looking under the following CTO model listings for your laptop to see if there is a custom built version of your model PC that came with an x86 version of Windows installed: (Laptops and Netbooks (11))


    Select a product or category from the list below HP Pavilion g6-1007sl Notebook PC | HP® Support


    AMD High-Definition Graphics Driver HP Pavilion g6z-1c00 CTO Notebook PC | HP® Support=


    Or... Just do a clean install with a 64 bit version of Windows 8, but you'll have to find 64 bit version drivers for your hardware. That may be easier than trying to find x86 drivers. I'm shocked the you were even able to install Windows 8.
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  5. #245


    VA USA
    Posts : 349
    W8.1up1 Pro x64 w/media center


    Click image for larger version

    From my Hardware ID's

    this was posted as a driver that would work, another guy is trying them on his machine with the same ID's, so I'm waiting to see how that goes.
    ===========================================================


    From my observations, these should work for you in Windows 8:

    http://ftp.hp.com/pub/softpaq/sp58501-59000/sp5881​5.exe


    AMD card in inf:

    "%AMD6740.7%" = ati2mtag_Vancouver_PXAI, PCI\VEN_1002&DEV_6740&SUBSYS_185E103C

    Intel card in inf:

    %ISNBGM2ML_SG% = iSNBM1ML_PROXY, PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_0116&SUBSYS_185E103C
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  6. #246


    VA USA
    Posts : 349
    W8.1up1 Pro x64 w/media center


    Quote Originally Posted by MKeezy View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by HOODY View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by MKeezy View Post
    ***How to add Windows Media Center to Windows 8 free of charge***

    [* Offer valid from October 26, 2012, until January 31, 2013, and is limited to five licenses per customer per promotion.]


    Follow the link below and instructions to get your free copy of Windows Media Center for Windows 8:

    How to add Windows Media Center to Windows 8 free of charge


    yeah I have mine also good thing is with 8 Pro you don't need to download it, its already in there, all you need to do is enter the key they send you to activate it. kinda reminds me of the way Nero does stuff.

    I'm not sure if that's the case or not. It took a total of about 15 minutes to complete the whole process for me. The setup inspects your system, first. Then, it download any necessary windows updates before installing Windows Media Center. Your computer reboots a couple of times while the Media Center feature update is applied. After you system reboots for the last time, you will see a Windows Media Center for windows 8 pro build 9200 watermark on your desktop. The watermark will remain there until you run the Media Center App for the first time.

    I doubt the download process would take as long as it did if the feature was already present with the Windows 8 OS.
    Well you could be right on that, I'm sure there would be some sort of added files, which means I'd have to be on line at my buddy's house with high speed to even try.
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  7. #247


    Posts : 138
    Windows 8 CP x64


    Quote Originally Posted by andi View Post
    Hi folks - I've been trying to upgrade my HP Pavilion dv6-3114sa bought in December 2010 to Windows 8 but have got completely stuck with the graphics drivers. The machine is all AMD with an ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4250 and 5470 graphics. Under Windows 7 this works fine and switches between the low and high power hardware as needed. In Windows 7 the 2 devices are named as follows:
    AMD M880G with ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4250
    ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5470

    I have tried the following:
    - Clean Windows 8 Install
    - Clean Windows 8 plus 12.10 catalyst drivers from AMD website (installs a driver for the 5470 as '5000 series' but leaves the stock MS driver for the 4250 ('4000 series')
    - Leshcat driver
    - 12.6 'legacy' driver from AMD
    - All the above with Windows 8 upgraded from a fully working Windows 7

    Based on all this I seem to be stuck, I just can't get a working setup for my hardware which is hugely frustrating on a machine less than 2 years old - very cross with HP (and ATI/AMD and Microsoft for that matter as pre-upgrade no issues were flagged).

    So you guys are my last hope before quitting and re-installing Windows 7 - I hope someone out there can help me!

    thanks in advance,
    Andi
    *Ahem*, to get back to the ORIGINAL topic of AMD Switchable Graphics drivers (sorry folks, other topics should be elsewhere on the forum) :

    @andi


    I'm not sure if your model uses Switchable Graphics, but it likely isn't the same as these drivers we are discussing. You should review the note for support of AMD HD Radeon 4000 on Windows 8 (a.k.a. AMD Catalyst 12.6 Legacy Driver for Windows 8) from the AMD Support Hub...that driver is probably your best chance on Windows 8.

    FAILING THAT (i.e. if the above doesn't work):

    Looks like the latest drivers for the HP dv6-3114sa is for Windows 7 (x86 and x64). The latest 64-bit graphics driver is SP50599, which you could try installing in Device Manager using the method for HP drivers described here (remove all using Treexy Driver Fusion first).

    Note that the latest Win7 driver from HP for this model is somewhere around AMD Catalyst 11.07 (see the first post under CCC driver details to look it up), which is really old (and likely not compatible with Win8, AFAIK). After trying the Device Manager install above, you might also try updating this setup using AMD Catalyst 12.6 Legacy, or 12.10/12.11Beta6 if all is still not well (i.e. you still cannot switch, but this is a shot in the dark).

    Other steps to try: 3rd-party support (i.e. submit a ticket to Leshcat, or other alternatives on the first post).
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  8. #248


    Posts : 138
    Windows 8 CP x64


    Posted elsewhere as well...

    AMD Catalyst 12.11 Beta7
    supporting Win8/Win7/Vista: http://support.amd.com/us/kbarticles...etadriver.aspx

    Note: Some of the links in the page above still point to Beta4


    Also, Release Notes for 12.11 Beta*: http://support.amd.com/us/kbarticles...easeNotes.aspx

    Curiously, AMD Mobility Radeon HD 6700 doesn’t seem to be supported, according to the Release Notes, so proceed with caution.

    As usual, the first post will be updated accordingly.
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  9. #249


    Posts : 7
    Windows 8 32 Bit


    Quote Originally Posted by MKeezy View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by codenamexxi View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by MKeezy View Post

    Yes, The driver setup contains both x32 and x64 drivers. The setup determines which of the two driver versions you need and installs only that one. however, if you look in the AMD folder after install, you'll see x64 bit files are there also. They are not installed to your System32 folder.
    Exactly! 1) Try 2) Speak :-)
    My older notebook was HP G6-1007sl. On HP site, they listed only Windows 7 64 bit drivers. But those drivers works very well even for 32 bit... So I thinks it's the best to try ourself the drivers you need.... Sometimes you can even find the drivers from the manufacturers site of the various components (except original HP Drivers, like HP Wireless Button, HP 3D Drive Guard)...
    Dude... It seems your HP G6-1007sl Laptop comes standard with the following specs:

    Click image for larger version

    Unless you have a Custom built version of this model laptop, you're only running a 1.8 GHz AMD Phenom II Quad-Core P960 processor. The person at HP may have been right in telling that they only have 64bit drivers for your system, because 64 bit version operating systems were the only operating systems they built that model with. Why you would need an x86 switchable graphics driver is beyond me. Windows 8 was not designed to run on pcs that were made earlier than 2 years ago. Windows 8 was designed to run on pcs with the 2nd and 3rd Generation Intel chipsets.

    You obviously have a custom built system if your running one with an Intel i5 core and switchable graphics. Hell... Pc with the 1st Gen Intel chipset would have problems running the necessary hardware to run Windows 8. I can bet there won't be any Windows 8 support coming from HP for that model either. Try looking under the following CTO model listings for your laptop to see if there is a custom built version of your model PC that came with an x86 version of Windows installed: (Laptops and Netbooks (11))


    Select a product or category from the list below HP Pavilion g6-1007sl Notebook PC | HP® Support


    AMD High-Definition Graphics Driver HP Pavilion g6z-1c00 CTO Notebook PC | HP® Support=


    Or... Just do a clean install with a 64 bit version of Windows 8, but you'll have to find 64 bit version drivers for your hardware. That may be easier than trying to find x86 drivers. I'm shocked the you were even able to install Windows 8.
    Before judging the others, READ THE OLDER POSTS!!! I've written my older notebbok was a g6-1007sl... If you read my older post, I've written that actually my laptop is a g6-2212sl!!!

    1) HP website listed only Windows 7 64 bit drivers for my older laptop, but those drivers also work for 32 bit Windows 7
    2) HP website listed only Windows 8 64 bit drivers for my new laptop, but those drivers also work for 32 bit Windows 8, except Graphics Cards drivers...
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  10. #250


    Posts : 8
    Windows 8 Pro 32 Bit


    Quote Originally Posted by codenamexxi View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by MKeezy View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by codenamexxi View Post

    Even if the site list the drivers for Windows 8 64 bit, the drivers are also for 32 bit!!! Except Graphics Drivers -.-
    Yes, The driver setup contains both x32 and x64 drivers. The setup determines which of the two driver versions you need and installs only that one. however, if you look in the AMD folder after install, you'll see x64 bit files are there also. They are not installed to your System32 folder.
    Exactly! 1) Try 2) Speak :-)
    My older notebook was HP G6-1007sl. On HP site, they listed only Windows 7 64 bit drivers. But those drivers works very well even for 32 bit... So I thinks it's the best to try ourself the drivers you need.... Sometimes you can even find the drivers from the manufacturers site of the various components (except original HP Drivers, like HP Wireless Button, HP 3D Drive Guard)...
    but i need the graphics driver -_-
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