7 Replies Latest reply: Apr 9, 2014 11:16 AM by Advancedk Branched to a new discussion.
mattyb0i Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

When I try to download the graphics card driver from AMD for a 6750 it says:

 

"AMD Catalyst Mobility cannot be downloaded due to incompaible hardware/software on your computer.
Your computer does not contain a proper graphics adapter."

 

Can anyone shed some light?

 

Cheers


MacBook Pro, Windows 7, Latest Macbook Pro and Bootcamp
  • Courcoul Level 6 Level 6 (12,500 points)

    Exactly where are you running Win 7? A PC? No?? A Mac? Well, how do you expect something that is meant for a PC to work on a Mac?

     

    What you need to install, if not done already, is the Windows part of the BootCamp code, found in the BootCamp media. Amongst other things, it will install the AMD6750 driver for the Apple specific graphics card. A whole different beast than what the AMD Catalyst Mobility is expecting.

  • mattyb0i Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I thought I was pretty clear but I'll reiterate and elaborate. I am using a Macbook Pro with Lion but am also running Windows 7 Professional via bootcamp (already all nice and installed). I wish to install the dedicated (?Catalyst?) AMD driver for my AMD Radeon 6750 graphics card on the Windows 7 partition of my harddrive. Whilst running W7 in bootcamp, my computer detects my AMD graphics card if I look in properties of "My Computer" but when I install the driver I get the error message mentioned above.

     

    I'm guessing that maybe bootcamp is perhaps blocking me from installing drivers? If this is not the problem then what is and how do I fix it?

     

    (Reason I wish to do this is because the native (Catalyst?) driver for a graphics card is more efficient in utilising it then the inbuilt one in the operating system)

     

    Cheers

  • Csound1 Level 8 Level 8 (43,360 points)

    mattyb0i wrote:

     

    I thought I was pretty clear but I'll reiterate and elaborate. I am using a Macbook Pro with Lion but am also running Windows 7 Professional via bootcamp (already all nice and installed). I wish to install the dedicated (?Catalyst?) AMD driver for my AMD Radeon 6750 graphics card on the Windows 7 partition of my harddrive. Whilst running W7 in bootcamp, my computer detects my AMD graphics card if I look in properties of "My Computer" but when I install the driver I get the error message mentioned above.

     

    I'm guessing that maybe bootcamp is perhaps blocking me from installing drivers? If this is not the problem then what is and how do I fix it?

     

    (Reason I wish to do this is because the native (Catalyst?) driver for a graphics card is more efficient in utilising it then the inbuilt one in the operating system)

     

    Cheers

    BootCamp made a partition for Windows and provided access to drivers, once booted into Windows it does nothing at all, did you install the Windows support software, (you know, the set of drivers you downloaded during the initial BootCamp procedure?)

  • Courcoul Level 6 Level 6 (12,500 points)

    Let me elaborate further as well. Apple's main interest is selling its computers and its operating system. Doing something to allow the use of other operating systems is a secondary concern. One of the main reasons Macs are so stable and predictable is that it is a closed system: the maker does both the hardware and the OS. Hence the hardware has been optimized for MacOS X and vice-versa. The graphics subsystem is a custom design that utilizes two GPUs, the Intel GPU integrated with the CPU and the AMD GPU for high performance needs, with automatic switching between the two in order to maximize battery life. It is not the run-of-the-mill setup you may find in a Dell, Acer, HP or Toshiba, all of which are constrained to what Microsoft tells them to put in for Windows. That's why the Catalyst driver may be "native" to a standard PC, but is totally alien to a Mac.

  • mattyb0i Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Thankyou that helps but does not solve my problem. I feel if I describe WHY I want to use the catalyst driver you might be more able to help solve my problem

     

    Okay I understand what you are saying, about why Macs are stable and why Apple builds Mac's like this and how this enhances the performance for OS X. And this is fine, I have no need for a Catalyst driver on my Mac side and am perfectly happy with how it operates.

     

    However I use my computer and my two operating systems (through bootcamp) for different things:

     

    I use my Mac side for 80% of my computer needs including web, word processing, photo, video, music storage, photo/music/video editing, DJ software and more.

     

    And I use my Windows side for games because the games I wish to play are not yet supported on Mac

     

    Now on Windows I feel that some of these games' video settings are not efficiently using, and therefore not maximising the processing power of my AMD graphics card. As I am using WINDOWS for this, I would like to install the Catalyst Driver for AMD (as opposed to the bootcamp driver) on my Windows partition in order to achieve this (i.e. maximising the efficiency of my graphics card to boost frames per second (fps) in the game).

     

    Is there a way I can do this?

     

    (P.S. I understand this is a Windows Software issue, but as I am using a mac computer with its integrated hardware, I feel this question is more apropriately aired here)


    Cheers

  • jbaumann Level 1 Level 1 (15 points)

    What I did to install the ATI Mobility driver on my Macbook Pro was download the driver from this thread here (scroll down a bit to a post with "mobile" links for Vista/WIn7):

     

    http://forums.guru3d.com/showthread.php?t=362016&highlight=mobility

     

    That driver installed just fine on my late '11 Macbook Pro, although not the whole catalyst control center functionality is available on this Apple version of the ATI graphics hardware.

     

    Note: the download link in that thread leads directly to an ATI download server, so it should be safe.

  • Advancedk Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Post copied from previous discussion thread https://discussions.apple.com/message/17117482#17117482

     

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    This may be an old post, but for those still looking for an answer you can get the 13.12 (December 2013) AMD graphics driver from https://www.dropbox.com/sh/915fpdtgbgoksct/kOY7bKHgKq Select "Download->Download as .zip".

     

    I only modded the driver for the windows 7 64-bit install, so if you using windows 8 under bootcamp you'll have to follow the included instructions yourself.

     

    Please let me know/like this post if this works for you. (It would be great if you could report whether it worked based on using Win 7 or Win 8)