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How to install Catalyst-legacy driver in Windows 8.1? ATI Radeon 4000 Series and earlier.

Welcome Ideabusters!

This time, after a long time, a legit and full fledged article is posted here,
now, I understand a lot of you might be in utter desperation, so i’ll save you the time and tell you how I did it.

Firstly, I did all this to play Minecraft. On windows 8.1.
Let me tell you my basic and relevant to this case specs:
GPU: ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4650
… that’s all that’s needed actually, you don’t need the CPU, RAM, HDD, etc.

How I encountered the problem?
I was just done installing Windows 8.1 and was installing stuff I backed up, and then I started installing minecraft. Went smooth as anything the installation did. But when I began to play it, it didn’t run! It CRASHED! Now here is a list of things I found out from the crash report, I googled and I found out through all the means I could:

And the last search gave me relief.

What happened is, on windows 8.1, there is no support for legacy ATI cards. So what I had to do it, manually install the driver from Device manager.

Won’t go into details about what I did if not asked for. So if you’ve tried everything and still nothing helps, try googling the things I googled, or read on, this will probably fix it for you.

The following text article is from Microsoft Answers, here.

– Install all components of the driver normally (Catalyst Control Center etc.)
-> The graphics driver itself will fail – you need to install it manually using the Device Manager!

– Open the Device Manager (right click on Start-Icon in left corner), go to “Graphics Card”
– Right click on the card and select “Update driver…” from the context menu (first entry)
– Click on “Search for a driver on the computer” (second entry)
– Click “Select driver from list”
– Click on the “Device…” button in the right corner
– Select the driver file (*.inf) from the extracted ATI folder. In my case, this was C:AMDSupport13-1-legacy_vista_win7_win8_64_dd_cccPackagesDriversDisplayW86A_INF.
There are a few different files, it seems the dialog will choose the right one if you simple select one of them… TRY IT FIRST! Otherwise you could try to read the .inf files (they are just plain text files – maybe you’ll find your chipset in there…
– Click on OK, the dialog will now show one or two entries, which should have the name of your graphics card – select one of them
– Click on Next – the screen(s) will go black and flicker, you will hear the device connection/disconnection sounds several times. Don’t worry, everythings works as intended! 🙂
– The driver should now be ready – restart your system, and you should now be able to control your graphics settings using the Catalyst Control Center.

– Tip: Save this trick somewhere, it will save you lots of headaches the next time you need to install windows! I figured it out painfully at least twice! 🙂

I hope this helped you, it sure did help me! Good day gents! 😀 Be sure to comment and provide feedback for others and myself!

Why do you need to backup, and POPULAR BACKUP SERVICES…

Hello! Before I continue, I as always tell you,
WHY SHOULD YOU READ THIS…
» Cuz I’m an average user. I don’t use them too little, not do I over-depend on them. I use them enough to be well acquainted with them, and I use them only when I need to.

Hey everyone, I’m posting something after a long time, but you’re not interested in this I’m sure, so I’ll cut to the chase.

[If you’re interested only in services that help you to backup data, still down and look for “Backup Services” ]

Have you ever wished that, “I wish I had a pic of that…”? I have, a couple years ago, when I didn’t have a camera(I never had a camera, only a camera phone that I got in 2011), I wish I could rejoice that memory, I wish I had images if that, at times on great occasions I even asked my neighbours if they got a camera, if they even had, my parents didn’t allow me. Sigh.
This taught me, over time, how important it was to have those images. Now everything I said about images, applies to videos, music, movies, documents, and every piece of data I’ve ever had!

I lost a lot of data due to accidental deletion, data corruption wasn’t a big issue for me…

No one wants to lose that cute pic of their pet when it was just born, it the pic of their little princes and princesses who just won a fancy dress competition. Memories are way too valuable for people like me, and many of those out there.

You can say I have an OCD about this. I don’t delete a single pic or video I’ve ever taken, accidentally or intentionally.

Cuz you never know if your best friend today turns an enemy tomorrow!

What I’m saying is, life is so damn fucking unpredictable that you just can’t know what moment you might never experience again! You might go one a fishing trip today, to the nearby lake, for a thousandth time… nothing special… you can again visit it tomorrow, and after that. Whenever you want. But you never know if that friend will live to see tomorrow, or if you’ll live, or if a nuke drops nearby. YOU’LL NEVER KNOW!

Life is very unpredictable, treasure every moment.

Now, let’s come to business shall we?

BACKUP SERVICES

Disclaimer: This isn’t a professionalists review, it’s an average user review.

Listing them out:

Dropbox
Box
Google Drive
SugarSync
SkyDrive

Personally speaking, I love Box. No special reason as such. It allows online editing of docs and stuff, that’s the on-the-go BS most services provide. Don’t take me literally, using BS for something is my way of talking. Actually I love box cuz it got me 50 GB on signing in on my android device. And many devices provide free +50GB Dropbox space. Mine did. It’s a Samsung Galaxy Grand Duos. You’ll find a review for that device elsewhere on IdeaBuster. You might like Dropbox better, I mean, not a lot of sites provide free space on adding friends or referrals, do they?
Then comes SugarSync, well, I like it’s app, and especially, the cute logo. (I’m a straight make alright! Even guys think some things are cute!) Plus on slower networks the SugarSync app works better than Dropbox, I haven’t tried Box on the Galaxy Grand yet… Then comes Skydrive, it provides some 7.5 GB or so space. Plus some editing features of Office 365 I think.
Last but not the least, Google Drive. Gives 5GB for free. Good stuff. Deep Google docs integration, and all the Google related goodies!
Wait, did I mention that Facebook uses Dropbox for file sharing in groups? So you could use Dropbox BS in Facebook at some places too! But that’s not a big deal for me… maybe it is for you!
I’ve helped enough now! Go on your jobs! I’m done!

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