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JamesArd Level 1 (0 points)

Device manager shows Basic Microsoft Display and Dxdiag displays ATIBios. I know 8 is officially "unsupported" but it should detect video cards, right?

 

ATI's "Detect and install" does not work, while the Catalyst driver for x1600 simply states that it has failed to install.

 

The bootcamp drivers seem to work fine otherwise, but do not fix this problem.


iMac, Other OS
  • Csound1 Level 8 (46,965 points)

    JamesArd wrote:

     

    Device manager shows Basic Microsoft Display and Dxdiag displays ATIBios. I know 8 is officially "unsupported" but it should detect video cards, right?

     

    Maybe, maybe not, that is the nature of 'unsupported' software installations.

  • ReMacs Level 2 (295 points)

    1) See if Windows Update provides driver.

    2) In Device Manager Right click Display adapter (sample) - ATI Radeon HD 4800 Series (Microsoft Corporation - WDDM v1.1) - selecting Update Driver Software from drop-down menu

     

    3) I see Windows 8 listed here
    http://support.amd.com/us/psearch/Pages/psearch.aspx?type=2.4.2&product=2.4.2.3. 10&contentType=GPU+Download+Detail&ostype=&keywords=&items=20

  • JamesArd Level 1 (0 points)

    In device manager, it only lists the Basic Windows Display. When I select update, I am told that Basic Windows Display is up to date.

     

    While Windows 8 is listed in that drop down, clicking on it returns no results.

     

    UPDATE: I've downgraded to Windows 7, which is SUPPORTED software, and has worked years ago on the same machine. However I am now having the EXACT same problem that I had one Windows 8. Windows XP works fine with the drivers included on the Snow Leopard DVD, but it seems that the DVD does not install a Windows 7 x1600 driver.

     

    This might have something to do with x1600 now being on their legacy version of Catalyst Control Center. But when I download the ATI's Windows Vista legacy driver (their most up to date), it only installs the Catalyst installer (the installer installs an installer which installs an installer which installs an installer), as opposed to any useful software. No control center or anything.

     

    Any early 2006 iMac users know a way through this?

  • Csound1 Level 8 (46,965 points)

    Unsupported systems have random results.

     

    What drivers did you install, none?  or the support package for Windows 7 (available from Boot Camp) or some other.

  • JamesArd Level 1 (0 points)

    Except bootcamp does support Windows 7. I've used it before, for gaming and all. just don't remember what I did for the driver, or if I even needed to do anything.

     

    I've installed the drivers included in the Snow Leopard DVD, nothing else.

  • Csound1 Level 8 (46,965 points)

    They are not even compatible with 7, let alone 8.

     

    Wait for Windows 8 support to become available.

  • JamesArd Level 1 (0 points)

    My early 2006 iMac is never going to officially support Windows 8, and I doubt ATI will release some nice new drivers for the x1600

     

    In the meantime, it is possible to get everything working on Windows 7, and that's what I currently have installed. I'm just having trouble with getting this driver. I tried the Vista legacy driver with no success, perhaps I'm just looking in the wrong place for this driver?

  • Csound1 Level 8 (46,965 points)

    If you have access to Boot Camp 4 or later you can download it, what version do you have?

  • JamesArd Level 1 (0 points)

    The Snow Leopard DVD installs Boot Camp 3, and because my iMac maxes out at Snow Leopard, I can't install 4.

     

    Bootcamp 3 does support Windows 7, though.

     

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IMac_(Intel-based) <-----I have the early 2006 iMac, EMC# 2105

  • Csound1 Level 8 (46,965 points)

    JamesArd wrote:

     

     

    Bootcamp 3 does support Windows 7, though.

    Are you happy with the result, yes or no.

  • JamesArd Level 1 (0 points)

    As I wrote earlier, I'm having the exact same problem in 7 as I had in Windows 8. Other drivers work (camera, bluetooth) but the driver for x1600 still won't.

  • Csound1 Level 8 (46,965 points)

    Boot Camp 4, use the downoload.

  • JamesArd Level 1 (0 points)

    Boot Camp 4 actually required Lion. That was a no go.

     

    BUT I FIXED IT: Windows 7's Windows Update had a x1600 driver for me, I did not see one in Windows 8.

     

    May not be the newest driver, but way better than the Basic Display Driver

  • Csound1 Level 8 (46,965 points)

    That's great.

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