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Question: ATi Display Driver is already installed and up to date?

I've recently nabbed a MBP 15", with the ATi Radeon 6750M inside it. Love the machine, runs great.


However, when firing up Windows 7 64-bit under BootCamp (4.0), I'm not sure the ATi driver is the latest one available.


The drivers from AMD's site (http://support.amd.com/us/gpudownload/windows/Pages/radeonmob_win7-64.aspx#2) say that the version installed (8.812.0.0000) is the latest and it won't be updated. However, the Internet seems to think a more recent driver version is in fact the latest...


The Catalyst Control Centre is shown as being updated 27 July, which seems to confirm stuff "on the 'net" - e.g., http://www.sevenforums.com/graphic-cards/1810-latest-amd-catalyst-video-driver-w indows-7-a.html shows that the latest driver released is 8.872 (inside the 11.7 Catalyst suite I've downloaded). It's just that this driver doesn't seem to actually be in the package - or at least, it's not being offered by the installer as available.


I'm a bit new to the way AMD/ATi do things, being a mostly nVidia kind of guy until now. Is it just that the latest driver is 8.872 but not for Mobility cards, which have an older driver? How can you tell from AMD's site what the latest driver is/should be and whether you should download the latest driver pack?


Help? I'm very confused, there doesn't seem to be clear instructions anywhere. Indeed, some things are confusing. Check the release notes of the driver: http://support.amd.com/us/kbarticles/Pages/AMDCatalyst117ReleaseNotes.aspx. This shows (dig down a bit) that there's no 6700 series support in the package, and they say:


The following notebooks are not compatible with this release:

Switchable Graphics enabled notebooks using Intel® chipsets


So I guess the question is, where in fact can I get the latest driver for the card, if not from AMD? Note that this is the driver that comes up when going to the AMD driver page and selecting either the quick link for Mobility 7/64 drivers (http://support.amd.com/us/gpudownload/windows/Pages/radeonmob_win7-64.aspx) or manually cruising through their product choices to find a "Radeon HD 6xxxM Series" driver.


Are we in fact screwed and there is no reference driver for the card? That'd be pretty annoying 🙂

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Aug 10, 2011 5:08 AM in response to Morbific In response to Morbific

I see this posts and threads and while I don't have an iMac or laptop, some ideas and tips - and glad I have a discreet PCIe graphic card (of my choice, too!) to work with.


I bookmarked the AMD Catalyst 11.8 which is where I would start, after you get rid of (uninstall) what you have now probably. What does not work is the "automatic detect" - not until later, not with the drivers from Apple in the state it is in for now.


http://support.amd.com/us/kbarticles/Pages/Catalyst118DriverPreview.aspx


This page was deemed helpful recently in another thread on this topic:

http://notebook.driversdown.com/notebook-drivers/r_11_1.shtml


I don't think it has to be as complex as this thread poster makes it out to be, but for infomational purposes here's the link:


https://discussions.apple.com/message/15880215?tstart=0#15880215


Nvidia notebook graphic driver support:


http://www.nvidia.com/object/notebook-win7-winvista-275.33-whql-driver.html


GeForce 300M http://www.nvidia.com/Download/Find.aspx


It has gotten better than it use to be, now with Windows 7 and newer drivers (both AMD and Nvidia in the last couple months).


Sometimes the newest beta.

Sometimes uninstall what Apple program got installed for ATI and Nvidia.

Sometimes Driver Sweeper 3.x (never use 2.x series on Windows 7)


http://www.guru3d.com/category/driversweeper/


Use to be a "must have" during early Vista and XP, and when testing beta drivers and going back-and-forth between versions, which could be messy. And led to tutorials and FAQs, and complex. If you really want to clean this out, read how to use it first and give it a shot, it worked last week for someone here.


Windows makes it easy but can seem messy - but -

You can uninstall programs


Device Manager

Can uninstall or rollback a driver, but do not uninstall the DEVICE, that was one thing that Apple drivers did for you, enabled the device connected to the mainboard.


Not AMD or Nvidia's fault but you-know-who, and to be fair, in the past it was the PC board manufacturer's responsibility for embedded or on-board graphics drivers.


Audio isn't much better, either!


http://realitypod.com/2010/07/macbook-pro-no-sound-in-windows-7-final-fix/


Hope that isn't just more chaos and confusion and helps some.

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Aug 10, 2011 3:26 AM in response to Morbific In response to Morbific

To add a bit more information, I grabbed AMD's checker application (amddriverdownloader.exe). This bad boy says that I've got a 6xxxM series card, and that the best driver to get is the Catalyst_Mobility_64-Bit_Util driver - version 8.872 as shown in the release notes.


The absolutely BEST part of this though is when it tries to install it says this:

"AMD Catalyst Mobility cannot be downloaded due to incompatible hardware/software on your computer.


Your computer does not contain a proper graphics adapter."


Yes, that's right folks - despite it showing clearly in Device Manager, being detected by their own app, and having an available driver, their own tool won't install their own driver on their own hardware.


I'm pretty sure something's seriously screwed here. I'm going with a wild stab in the dark and maybe pointing the finger at AMD for being incapable of writing software, but it's just a guess 🙂

Aug 10, 2011 3:26 AM

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Aug 10, 2011 5:08 AM in response to Morbific In response to Morbific

I see this posts and threads and while I don't have an iMac or laptop, some ideas and tips - and glad I have a discreet PCIe graphic card (of my choice, too!) to work with.


I bookmarked the AMD Catalyst 11.8 which is where I would start, after you get rid of (uninstall) what you have now probably. What does not work is the "automatic detect" - not until later, not with the drivers from Apple in the state it is in for now.


http://support.amd.com/us/kbarticles/Pages/Catalyst118DriverPreview.aspx


This page was deemed helpful recently in another thread on this topic:

http://notebook.driversdown.com/notebook-drivers/r_11_1.shtml


I don't think it has to be as complex as this thread poster makes it out to be, but for infomational purposes here's the link:


https://discussions.apple.com/message/15880215?tstart=0#15880215


Nvidia notebook graphic driver support:


http://www.nvidia.com/object/notebook-win7-winvista-275.33-whql-driver.html


GeForce 300M http://www.nvidia.com/Download/Find.aspx


It has gotten better than it use to be, now with Windows 7 and newer drivers (both AMD and Nvidia in the last couple months).


Sometimes the newest beta.

Sometimes uninstall what Apple program got installed for ATI and Nvidia.

Sometimes Driver Sweeper 3.x (never use 2.x series on Windows 7)


http://www.guru3d.com/category/driversweeper/


Use to be a "must have" during early Vista and XP, and when testing beta drivers and going back-and-forth between versions, which could be messy. And led to tutorials and FAQs, and complex. If you really want to clean this out, read how to use it first and give it a shot, it worked last week for someone here.


Windows makes it easy but can seem messy - but -

You can uninstall programs


Device Manager

Can uninstall or rollback a driver, but do not uninstall the DEVICE, that was one thing that Apple drivers did for you, enabled the device connected to the mainboard.


Not AMD or Nvidia's fault but you-know-who, and to be fair, in the past it was the PC board manufacturer's responsibility for embedded or on-board graphics drivers.


Audio isn't much better, either!


http://realitypod.com/2010/07/macbook-pro-no-sound-in-windows-7-final-fix/


Hope that isn't just more chaos and confusion and helps some.

Aug 10, 2011 5:08 AM

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Aug 10, 2011 6:53 PM in response to The hatter In response to The hatter

That's very helpful thank you 🙂 So in a nutshell, I probably need to:

1. Try out the 11.8 preview driver;

2. Maybe remove the existing Apple driver;

3. Maybe hack the .inf file from the install.


I tried to find the inf for this install but couldn't find it, although it's possible I'm vaguely ******** and had system files hidden - I'll need to check. I'll report back (assuming my machine still boots) after a bit of playing this weekend.


Thanks again 🙂

Aug 10, 2011 6:53 PM

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Aug 12, 2011 1:33 PM in response to The hatter In response to The hatter

Ok - had a play, and thanks to your message I'm now running the preview driver in the 11.8 package.


Turns out that there was no Driver folder in the 11.7 package (not that I could easily find in the same location). When I unleashed Windows on the driver in 11.8, it Just Worked - installed (albeit with a signing warning - beta drivers or something I guess).


Seems to be working ok so far, touch wood. Thanks for your help 🙂

Aug 12, 2011 1:33 PM

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Aug 13, 2011 1:09 PM in response to Francisco Jose Villegas Belo In response to Francisco Jose Villegas Belo

That's what I did. I didn't actually install the entire package, as I don't like all the cruft that AMD package with their drivers; I don't need their stupid control panel, I just want the driver.


To do this, I downloaded the 11.8 preview that The Hatter mentions above, and manually installed the driver (using Device Manager / Update Driver in Windows) from the folder inside the driver package.


It was pretty straightforward once I had a driver that worked 🙂 You'll get a warning when installing it because it's not signed, I just said install anyway.


Note, you need to install it with the "have disk" option - you can't just browse to a folder because Windows (because it's not signed) will refuse to use that driver. You really need to be explicit and tell it to do it.

Aug 13, 2011 1:09 PM

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Sep 18, 2011 5:14 AM in response to Morbific In response to Morbific

Just would like to say thank you to all the contributors to this thread. I installed the 11.8b driver. Just to clarify to everyone else who reads this thread: you need to download the driver, run the .exe so that it unpacks the driver to C:/AMD (making a new folder as needed), then quit the installer as it will be unable to automatically install.


Next you need to use device manager and update the driver for 'display adapter > AMD 6770'. Click on update, browse my computer for driver software, let me pick from a list of device drivers on my computer, have disk..., browse, and navigate to C:\AMD\AMD_Catalyst_11.8_Preview_driver_July_12\Packages\Drivers\Display - then depending on whether you have 32 or 64bit Win 7 go into either W7_INF or W76A_inf respectively. The dialog box will then select the .inf file within either of these respective folders.


And then you'll be told that the slected driver is unsigned and not advised, click through and tell it to use it regardless. The driver will install and the screen will flash black a few times.

Sep 18, 2011 5:14 AM

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Oct 1, 2011 5:23 PM in response to purpleobscurity In response to purpleobscurity

Hi, sorry for my English.

I've download the ultimate Ati Mobility Driver 11.9 from Ati.com. After I have extracted in the C:\Ati\ in the "Package" forlde didn't have a "Display" folder, and the manual installation of driver is failed.


How to install these driver for upgrade my 6750 in my Macbook Pro i7 2.2ghz 2011 ???

Oct 1, 2011 5:23 PM

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Nov 14, 2011 3:26 AM in response to tuannguyen In response to tuannguyen

An update for installing v11.10


The final release installer from ATI wont install the drivers but the v11.10.beta3 does:

http://downloads.guru3d.com/AMD-Cat-11.10-Preview-3-(8.901.2-October-16)-downloa d-2801.html


Good news is that the drivers in the v11.10 WHQL and v11.10.beta3 are same (v8.901.2.0).


PowerPlay is still not enabled but contrary to what people say the clock does changed based on load. You can watch it using GPU-Z:

http://www.techpowerup.com/downloads/SysInfo/GPU-Z/


This drivers claims to improve gaming performance in the recenly release big ones like BF3, MW3 etc


Now waiting for v11.11 to get better frame rates in Skyrim 🙂

Nov 14, 2011 3:26 AM

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Apr 26, 2012 9:47 PM in response to Morbific In response to Morbific

After Windows 7 installed on MBP 15", with the ATi Radeon 6750M inside it, the display adapter is detected as AMD Raedon HD 6750M. This device is not working with PowerDirector 10 Ultra trial version when I tried to use "hardware video encoder". After I installed AMD Catalyst™ 11.10 Version 3 Preview Driver from http://support.amd.com/us/kbarticles/Pages/GPU124AMDCat1110PreDriverV3.aspx, the device become AMD Radeon 6600M and 6700M Series. Now "Hardware video encoder" is working fine. Thanks to Morbific to address this problem and thanks to Hatter for solving this issue. Also thanks to vaibhavgargfor mentioned to AMD Catalyst™ 11.10 Version 3 Preview Driver.

Apr 26, 2012 9:47 PM

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