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suchy101 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
Hello,

Basically as the topic says - I have installed Catalyst Control Centre to configure a few things. First issue was that the drivers from AMD say that the hardware is incompatible - is this normal ?

Secondly, CCC did install, but under the PowerPlay tab all the options are empty and therefore I can not select anything ...

Any ideas ?

MacBook Pro 15' 2011, Windows 7
  • 1. Re: Windows7 ATI Catalyst driver MacBook Pro
    The hatter Level 9 Level 9 (58,885 points)
    I guess that after installing Apple Boot Camp updated to 3.2 you may have to uninstall the version of the driver and program (or rollback driver portion) and then install the Catalyst driver for mobile device.

    some have trouble, but many are able, and it is a very common question (ie, asked over and over constantly here)
  • 2. Re: Windows7 ATI Catalyst driver MacBook Pro
    suchy101 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    thanks for the response.

    I did have a browse before I posted but did not find anything TBH.

    I will give it a go. I have some reservations as to how uninstalling the current driver will make a difference for the new one to recognize the hardware any different (ie it says now there is no compatible HW to install the driver) but hey - still worth a try.
  • 3. Re: Windows7 ATI Catalyst driver MacBook Pro
    The hatter Level 9 Level 9 (58,885 points)
    I think whatever Apple installs as part of Boot Camp 3.x has caused trouble, so uninstall the program, uninstall the driver (device manager, do NOT uninstall the DEVICE though), then restart. Microsfosft could/should detect 'new hardware found.'

    I don't have a MBP, and funny enough, people often dont' come back to say how they got theirs to work
  • 4. Re: Windows7 ATI Catalyst driver MacBook Pro
    suchy101 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Nope, whatever I do, I keep getting a message that "ATI Catalyst Mobility cannot be downloaded due to incompatible hardware/software on your computer. Your computer does not contain a proper graphics adapter".

    Did anyone managed to install standard AMD drivers on these new 2011 MBP's?
  • 5. Re: Windows7 ATI Catalyst driver MacBook Pro
    The hatter Level 9 Level 9 (58,885 points)
    What gpu do you have?

    Catalyst Windows 7 64-bit Radeon 5xxx series
    http://support.amd.com/us/gpudownload/windows/Pages/radeonmob_win7-64.aspx

    http://www2.ati.com/drivers/mobile/catalystmobility_64-bitutil.exe

    I don't know what you mean by 'downloaded' rather than "installed"

    There is a separate Catalyst Control Center but you don't want that.
    You want the full package.
    The following notebooks are not compatible with this release:
    •Any notebook launched after this driver release
    •Switchable Graphics enabled notebooks using Intel® chipsets.


    http://support.amd.com/us/kbarticles/Pages/AMDCatalyst112ReleaseNotes.aspx
  • 6. Re: Windows7 ATI Catalyst driver MacBook Pro
    suchy101 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I have quoted exactly that ATI says to me - and it is right. I am using the exact files you link to and if you notice, the driver is only 1.1MB in size - therefore it detects hardware first, then downloads what is needen and installs it.

    As I mentioned in my initial post - I did install the Catalysst Control Centre only just fine, but it was missing PowerPlay. Thought I need to update drivers but this is where I am stuck.
  • 7. Re: Windows7 ATI Catalyst driver MacBook Pro
    suchy101 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    RIGHT !

    This means they will not work, ever, or am I reading it wrong ?
  • 8. Re: Windows7 ATI Catalyst driver MacBook Pro
    suchy101 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    actually, since I uninstalled the driver it now is being shown as "Standard VGS Adapter".

    The Catalyst Package installs just fine but the driver is not installed ...
  • 9. Re: Windows7 ATI Catalyst driver MacBook Pro
    The hatter Level 9 Level 9 (58,885 points)
    Okay, didn't realize until today that ATI just used a 'stub' installer to grab the full package. So I take it you can't download manually and keep the copy, or not as easy. All my experience is actually with nVidia for the last 5 yrs.

    At least Windows you can uninstall a driver, or rollback a current version to prior. Use to be that Driver Sweeper 2.x was also needed but I don't think that is true now, but might be worth a shot.

    http://www.guru3d.com/category/driversweeper/
  • 10. Re: Windows7 ATI Catalyst driver MacBook Pro
    suchy101 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    okay, so basically stuck in square one.

    It seems that there are a separate MAC drivers on AMD website, that are designed for BootCamp specifically :

    http://support.amd.com/us/gpudownload/Pages/index.aspx

    Step1: MAC graphics
    Step2: Apple BootCamp,

    but these are the ones I had since the beginning - no PowerPlay, no power management.

    Has anyone had some luck with this ?
  • 11. Re: Windows7 ATI Catalyst driver MacBook Pro
    ReMacs Level 2 Level 2 (295 points)
  • 12. Re: Windows7 ATI Catalyst driver MacBook Pro
    The hatter Level 9 Level 9 (58,885 points)
    This just smells of total bull and no one should get to call this a supported setup, operating system or configuration if you have to go through this.

    I thought Boot Camp 3.2 or something by now. Leopard was suppose to be the end of the beta phase for Boot Camp (even though 2.0 was the same as 1.4 so there was nothing to fix).

    Here we are with Windows 7 being out for nearly 18 months.

    Mod drives and Laptop2Go is too much like calling a hackintosh a supported system, or do ALL PC laptops have to go through this?
  • 13. Re: Windows7 ATI Catalyst driver MacBook Pro
    Daniel Drogies Level 1 Level 1 (20 points)
    I have been unable to install the latest Catalyst drivers as well.
    I managed to do so on my iMac i7 with the small installer but with my MacBook Pro 17" i7 from 2011 the drivers just won't install. The 11.4 beta didn't do anything either. I really hope though to get support for our Books in the next Catalyst release. Trust me the BootCamp drivers don't give you all the power your Mac has. New drivers are gonna speed things up big time. They did so on my iMac and I can't wait to get Catalyst on my MacBook Pro
  • 14. Re: Windows7 ATI Catalyst driver MacBook Pro
    suchy101 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    thanks for that man.

    It is at least good to know that :
    1) I am not the only one with the issue
    2) there is something to wait for (as I am expecting performance/usability increase)

    On a side note: years and years ago, when laptops were a novelty, it was very normal that 80% of software (and especially games) just did not work due to proprietary drivers that were released by the laptop manufacturers. Naturally things got a lot better and eventually the problems became non-existent and now a laptop matches a desktop (not in raw power, but it runs everything nowadays).

    Here we come to Apple MacBooks. It is my very first Mac and I decided to get one because I am all for well though and actually ENGINEERED design that WORKS (vs constant shape and form changes of other manufacturers for the wow-bling effect instead of actual usability). Other reason was it runs Windows in case I do not like OSX. Well, I do not like OSX because : mouse acceleration issue which is absolutely ridiculous, and lack of certain software that I need (total commander equivalent, binaries lecher to name a few I stumbled upon during 2 day try-run).

    Well to be frank - I am getting a huge dejavu of the old days on both OSX and Windows so far.

    Sorry for the essay but I just head to let some steam off guys.

    Lets hope things will get better quickly with those Catalysts.

    BTW : I have raised a TechSupport ticket with AMD a week ago - no response whatsoever so I dunno ....

    peace.
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