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January 24, 2009 at 5:29 pm #84755

herbertchapman
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I can’t find a driver to get my graphics card – Radeon 9250 to work.

Win 7 is running it in software rendering only mode.

I’m on a dual boot system having XP pro on my other drive.

January 26, 2009 at 1:13 pm #87264

Pallantir
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I have a similar problem, a PCI (not PCI-E) Radeon 7000 that I need to get up and running for a computer. But the beta drivers doesn’t support that old card. I can’t even find Vista drivers for this. Does it mean that it’s a lost cause?

January 26, 2009 at 1:28 pm #87266

Pallantir
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Shit happens… I better get myself a PCI Radeon HD 2400, then. They’re pretty cheap.

January 30, 2009 at 11:33 pm #87374

inbutnotofit
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I too have a Radeon 9250 but just figured out how to get more – just a little – but more functionality out of it.
This is more convenient when dual booting XP, because the Catalyst 6.11 for XP/2k installer leaves itself in C:ATISUPPORT.

Tell Windows 7 to look in C:ATISUPPORT6-11-pre-r300_xp-2k_dd_ccc_wdm_38185Driver2KXP_INF and subfolders for the driver files. It will actually install the driver from XP.
The unfortunate thing is all the DirectX stuff doesn’t work. Actually, the only improvement is the full range of screen resolutions are available. To keep your system stable, right-click the desktop, open "Screen Resolution," then click "Advanced Settings," then go to the "Troubleshoot" tab, click "Change Settings," and proceed to move the slider to the third notch from the left, where it reads "Disable all DirectDraw and Direct3D accelerations, (etc.)" Trust me on this one, otherwise 7 crashes when you update the "Windows Experience Index" or any other DirectX applications, and the PC freezes, requiring a hard reboot.

No hope of running Aero on this card though, but at least my display isn’t all stretched.

System specs: Dual 1.8GHz Intel Xeons with Hyperthreading, 768MB dual-channel RDRAM, 140GB total in three 7200RPM/2MB cache IDE hard drives, AGP 4X 256MB ATI RADEON 9250, LG DVD-RW, BT878 tv-tuner, Compaq 5 port USB2.0 PCI card, Creative Sound Blaster Live? 24-bit, dual-booting Windows XP Professional SP2 and Windows 7 Beta

January 31, 2009 at 6:50 am #87377

Pallantir
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I bought a HD2400 for less than 10 pints of beer would cost me… Much better than wasting more time on an old graphics card!&nbsp; <!– s;D –><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/grin.gif" alt=";D" title="Grin" /><!– s;D –>

March 4, 2009 at 3:59 pm #87609

morrig
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I tried the disable DX9 etc,everything ok till Shut-down,then Crash.
&nbsp; &nbsp; So no go on Win7,although had running on Vista?

March 12, 2009 at 3:56 am #87643

inbutnotofit
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I ran into that crash on shutdown problem too, actually. Vista has a set of default ATI drivers that work fine with Vista though.

I agree with a previous poster… a new(er) graphics card is in order, even a Radeon 9500 that has the required DX9 support. I tracked down a 9800 Pro locally!

March 22, 2009 at 6:08 pm #87680

Brandaris_Terschelling
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just got my radeon 7200 agp card working via the compatibility mode.Only the catalyst software wont work,has a problem.Still,i now have a flicker free screen @1024×768 100Hertz on Phillips Brilliance 201B. <!– s;D –><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/grin.gif" alt=";D" title="Grin" /><!– s;D –>

March 29, 2009 at 2:03 am #87716

Brandaris_Terschelling
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follow up: well the videocard works alright,&nbsp; <!– s>:( –><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/angry.gif" alt=">:(" title="Angry" /><!– s>:( –> but i get a bsod at shutdown or with a reboot.Ben trying to solve this all week now and can now safetly say that the drivers DO have a problem and thats to bad.Now off to find a card that will work.

Later….

May 10, 2009 at 9:52 pm #88025

regli
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Just incase you haven’t found an answer.&nbsp; Here is my crosspost with a solution for these pesky old ATI Radeon cards:


Here is my experience that might help some lost souls out there who hit on this forum because they are searching for x86/32bit legacy ATI drivers for Windows 7.

I decided to install Windows 7 RC on some legacy hardware. One a Pentium 4 2.4 using an ABit SR7-8X board with 512MB and an ATI Radeon 8500 graphics card. The other based on an Athlon XP 1600+ on an ASUS A7A266 board with 1.25GB using an ATI Radeon 9250.

As most found out, the Windows 7 install, if via a Vista upgrade or a fresh install will simply ignore the Radeon and install a standard VGA driver that is very slow and limited to 1280*1024 max resolution.

I then decided to install the latest XP ATI Catalyst drivers from AMD (6.11). Though the Catalyst is not supported, the driver install worked without a hitch. I could now set my resolution to 1920*1200 and everything looked fine. The next problem arose when I tried to shut down or reboot. Every single time ATI2dvag crashed just about at the end of the shutdown process with a BSOD. Twice it resulted in a corrupted registry, once unrecoverable necessitating a reinstall.

Back to search for a better solution. I then installed Vista and discovered that Microsoft installed a newer XDDM driver (6.14) as part of the XP upgrade. In Vista, this driver didn’t crash the system under any circumstances I tried. As I couldn’t find this driver on the net anywhere, I decided to extract it.

It is posted here:

http://rapidshare.com/files/231461174/Vista_ATI_Radeon_XDDM_6.14.10.6606.zip/url:3nsb9b4w

Download it and you can now install this driver via the device manager/browse my computer for driver software/let me pick from a list. You might need to turn off "show compatible hardware" and then look for the extracted ".inf" file in the display directory.

Once installed, everything works fine for me on both machines. I get a 1.9 score for both cards on the Aero performance scale but a 1.0 for gaming graphics. My guess is that it doesn’t even test the gaming score as it reports in the detailed performance information no dedicated graphics memory despite the fact that both of these cards have it.

I didn’t test any games but ran DVD quality videos from the hard disk using Kmplayer and Media Player. Though Kmplayer clearly performed better, both of them did a good job. A few artifacts were visible in fast moving scenes but otherwise it was very watchable in 1920 * 1200 full screen mode.

This exercise demonstrates that Windows 7 works very nicely and MUCH better than Vista with legacy hardware, in fact with very old hardware. It also points out that systems with onboard chips or graphics cards based on the 7 series, 8 series or 9 series ATI Radeons are not a lost cause for Windows 7.

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