Using legacy Graphics Driver(Radeon X1250) written for Windows Vista on Windows 10 TP.

I'm currently testing Windows 10 Techincal Preview on PC equipped with Radeon X1250. The problem is, AMD no longer supports this chip, so there is no driver with Windows 8.1(Drivers for 8.1 usually works for 10 TP). Before I was using Windows 10 TP, I used the driver for Vista by installing on compatibility mode, and that was fine. On Windows 10 TP, however, although I was able to install the driver by using compatiblity mode, but when I rebooted the system, the laptop's screen turned all black after it shown the blue Windows logo, and took almost 4 minutes to get me to the logon screen. I tried installing it by device manager, but since then, the system no longer works.

What can I do? How can I use legacy driver(which worked well with Windows 8.1) on this otherwise great operating system?

 

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I too have an older legacy ATI Card.

I've outlined a procedure that worked for me in the following link:

http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/forum/windows_tp-hardware/windows-10-atiamd-display-drivers/50944d10-dde3-4e08-8244-d54eb2b1e7de?page=5&tm=1415461422454

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I too have an older legacy ATI Card.

I've outlined a procedure that worked for me in the following link:

http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/forum/windows_tp-hardware/windows-10-atiamd-display-drivers/50944d10-dde3-4e08-8244-d54eb2b1e7de?page=5&tm=1415461422454

Thank you for your help, but I tried the same method several times, but every time I tried it, it ended up in Blue screen of Death.

The only way I found successful was to boot up the computer with driver assignment ( can't.remember the exact name) turned off and install the driver by using your method. At first it works fine,  after I restart the computer, it shows BIOS screen, then windows logo, and then nothing but black.

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I'm understanding that you installed the driver by using compatibility mode under Windows 10? I know I did not have too much success with another device I tried on my system by doing that. If you go into your device manager, did you try to remove the video card devices and have windows remove the associated drivers? You may want to check your Programs and Features and make sure the Catalyst Control Center has been un-installed before trying again without using compatibility mode. The procedure I had worked out was through the course of trial and error. I had to do this a few times too before I figured out something that worked.

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I tried both ypur method and compatibility mode thing after I completely wiped out my hard srive(yes, I reformatted it). Even when I tried your method right after the clean install, BSOD came,out.

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I've been following another thread that looks promising. Maybe that one might work better for you. Here is the link:

http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/forum/windows_tp-hardware/windows-10-build-9860-x64-and-ati-legacy-cards/7327c340-4894-4ec1-bb33-8b51fd98f371


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Just curious, in your device manager, do you show other devices with problems?

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Just curious, in your device manager, do you show other devices with problems?

Everything except display adapter, like wireless lan, wired ethernet, sound, touchpad, keyboard and so on worked flawlessly even without installing a device specifc drivers.

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I've just re-installed my system using Build 9879 DVD from the iso file I have downloaded. I was getting BSOD's as well when trying different methods to get the display driver to install.  This is what ultimately worked for me:

Go into your device manager and look under Display Adapters. You will probably have Microsoft Basic Display adapter showing up in there. If you right click on it, you should see Update Driver Software. You will need to go to Browse my Computer for Driver Software. Now, assuming you have an ATI/AMD folder on you C:\ drive, you will have to go into that folder to manually get the driver out. Make sure you have Include Subfolders box unchecked, I was finding I was getting errors otherwise. For me, the path for the 32-bit drivers was; C:\ATI\Support\10-02_legacy_vista32-64_dd_ccc\Packages\Drivers\Display\LH_INF

The 64-path should be the same expect for the last part which should end with \LH6A_INF

Hopefully, this works for you.

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Hi not sure if this will work for you but it worked for my radeon x1950 pro using the catalyst control center 10.2. I extracted the files from the .exe using 7zip. Remember where you extract them then open device manager, update driver manually, have disk, locate the extrated exe files and go to outdir/packages/drivers/display and either lh or lh64 for 64bit open the file inside and hopefully you should have the option to install your card.

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Here is the short answer, which worked for me, and includes relatively recent drivers.

  • Download and install this driver (custom recommended to get rid of everything but the driver & mandatory Microsoft stuff). Yes, it's that simple.
  • Just in case, the link is legit and I got it from XDA developer forum, where someone uploaded to save us from greedy corporations.
  • The poster says it worked perfectly for him on X1300, and it worked perfectly for me in Xpress 1250 with W10 1511 build 10586.420 after a fresh install.

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The fight for updating old hardware into new Windows is an endless one, and the number of tricks one has needed to find simply because manufacturers want to push you into buying new stuff is quite sad.

I have got an AIO desktop that shipped with Vista updated to W7, then W8, W8.1, and now W10, and every single time it has been a great pain.

  • To my surprise, the upgrade from W8.1 to W10 was the smoothest one, and Windows was able to miraculously find the appropriate drivers when scanning the whole C drive.
  • That changed however when I attempted a fresh install today, in order to get rid of all the **** accumulated after in-place upgrading the fourth OS; there was no way I got the drivers to get recognized by Windows, no matter how many of the old tricks I tried (and believe me, I've tried dozens of them).
  • The only thing that ended up working was the driver above, and ironically it has been the easiest ever method. I truly can't thank enough the folks that use their time to modify those drivers so that everyone else (except HW vendors) benefits.

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