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ATI Radeon X1950XT driver for Windows 7 advice needed

There's no Windows 7 driver on the AMD's website for my Sapphire ATI Radeon X1950XT card.

I'm running 32-bit Windows 7 Ultimate (on an Asus P5W DH deluxe MB with Intel Core 2 Duo @6600), and I can't find any driver updates for my  ATI Radeon X1950X video card that don't destabilize my system.

The video driver has been wonky since I upgraded from Vista to 7, but now I have a new 27" monitor, so I tried the Vista driver and my system is blue-screening a lot now.

1. Has anyone figured a way to run this card successfully under Windows 7? What driver are you using?

2. If not, I'm going to have to get a new video card. Since I plan to do a new build in the next year or so (with a new video card), I just need something to get me through until then: a dual link PCI 1X16 card that DOES have Windows 7 drivers. Is there such a thing out there?





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TymetwisterCommented:
Doesn't look like they are supporting the driver anymore in Windows 7:

http://support.amd.com/us/gpudownload/windows/Legacy/Pages/radeonaiw_vista32.aspx?type=2.4.1&product=2.4.1.3.13&lang=English

You can use the Catalyst download on that page and see, but they don't offer any support for it.
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reckonAuthor Commented:
Thanks, Tymetwister.  I had already tried the driver from the link you sent and my system became unstable.
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*** Hopeleonie ***IT ManagerCommented:
1) make a scan with http://driveragent.com/scan_b.php?fn=plugin
2) after this a “DriverAgent Scan Results” will display
3) Copy the “DriverAgent Scan Results” link and post it here
4) after i will post the driver link!
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reckonAuthor Commented:
Thanks, Hopeleonie, but I crashed my computer and can't get it to boot. As soon as I can, I'll do as you asked.
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*** Hopeleonie ***IT ManagerCommented:
do you have a system restore (before you install the driver)?
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reckonAuthor Commented:
Yes, I have two restore points before drivers, but Windows wouldn't restore to either one. (If this were XP, I'd just pull out my Ultimate Boot Disk for XP and use the registry wizard to force a restore!)

I'm in safe mode with networking now--normal mode still blue screens.

Will see if I can run Driver Agent in Safe mode.

Thanks.
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reckonAuthor Commented:
Here's the link:

http://driveragent.com/b2/driveragent_results?hwid=a53ba42bcbc36d78cd509eb71222937f&PHPSESSID=rjuig3907913cp8a899gfs75j6

It shows that the drivers are okay, but what's with the secondary? Should I go into system devices and delete it?

Thanks.
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*** Hopeleonie ***IT ManagerCommented:
hi

you have the proper driver. i had the same problem some time ago. can you uninstall both drivers, reinstall and see?

hopeleonie
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*** Hopeleonie ***IT ManagerCommented:
very important:

uninstall the graphic driver software!
deleting the driver in the divice manager is not the proper way in this case.
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reckonAuthor Commented:
Not sure what you mean. The only thing that shows up in Programs and Features is ATI Catalyst Install Manager and the only options are Change and Repair.

ATI does not show up in Programs (from the Start menu), with an option to uninstall, so how do I go about it?

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*** Hopeleonie ***IT ManagerCommented:
try to uninstall with CCleaner link:
http://www.piriform.com/ccleaner/download 
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reckonAuthor Commented:
I uninstalled and will run ccleaner before I reinstall. Do you want to see another driver agant scan?
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reckonAuthor Commented:
Okay, I uninstalled all, rebooted and in normal mode, the computer spontaneously rebooted as soon as I logged on. I went into safe mode and ran CCleaner to remove the ATI registry entries, and then rebooted into normal.

Got a BSOD:

page fault
STOP 0x00000050
win32k.sys
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*** Hopeleonie ***IT ManagerCommented:
no need the scan will show the same informations... :-) thanks

after download:
http://support.amd.com/us/gpudownload/windows/Legacy/Pages/radeonaiw_vista32.aspx?type=2.4.1&product=2.4.1.3.13&lang=English

Note: AMD’s DirectX 9 ATI Radeon graphics accelerators are not officially supported under Windows 7.   If the user chooses to, they can install the ATI Catalyst Windows Vista graphics driver under Windows 7.   Please be aware that none of the new Windows 7 graphics driver (WDDM 1.1) features are supported (as the Windows Vista level graphics driver is limited to WDDM 1.0 level support).  Using the ATI Catalyst Windows Vista driver under Windows 7 is not officially supported by AMD, and as such AMD will not provide any form of customer support for users running in this configuration
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*** Hopeleonie ***IT ManagerCommented:
win32k.sys is the Multi-User Win32 Driver file.

http://www.computerhope.com/cgi-bin/process.pl?p=win32k.sys
(dont delete this system file)

start the computer in f8 modus, reboot after try to intall Option 1 - Full Software Suite
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reckonAuthor Commented:
hopeleonie: I will do what you suggest. But I've done all this before and it hasn't worked!

Will report back--and thanks.
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reckonAuthor Commented:
Okay, since the Catalyst Control Center doesn't work in Win 7, I just downloaded the driver (second download, below full install) and installed it.

My screen has chunks missing, but so far no BSOD. I'm not optimistic, though.

oops--just BSODed: CI.dll

Any other ideas?

Am I not uninstalling it correctly?

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reckonAuthor Commented:
I checked under device manager, and now there's two listings for my graphics card, one called secondary.

And there's no listing anywhere for monitor!
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*** Hopeleonie ***IT ManagerCommented:
i hope you uninstall the driver properly!
if no read this manual:
http://www.ehow.com/how_5035206_completely-remove-ati-drivers.html

- "I checked under device manager, and now there's two listings for my graphics card, one called secondary." this is 100% normal.... Duel head card... Dual displays :-)
- "And there's no listing anywhere for monitor!" yes this is strange

ok now we have the latest graphic driver and we can figure it out (i know the driver is not stable). it seems that you may have some other problems...
may be hardware problems or any viruses...

win32k.sys = the Multi-User Win32 Driver file was ones the cause
and now CI.dll =  Alcohol 120%

which antivirus are you runing? is it latest (signature and software)?
please do a full scan
all hotfixes and service packs installed?
if no = do it please

Can you test your harddisc ram and cpu for errors with: http://www.ultimatebootcd.com/ ?
Memory Tests with: Memtest86
CPU Tests with: CPU Burn-in, Mersenne Prime Test & StressCPU
Hard Disk Diagnostic with: your Hard Disk Manufacturers tool. (Drive Fitness Test (IBM/Hitachi) works with most)

if all pass let me know.
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reckonAuthor Commented:
I don't have Alcohol 120%.

I use Symantec Endpoint Protection, and iahev set it to do a full syaytem scan every day and the most it finds are tracking cookies. I could scan with Malwarebytes or do an online scan.

Will run tests--have already run some of them before I posted.

Thanks
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*** Hopeleonie ***IT ManagerCommented:
ok then its from MS.

Run System File Checker (Run the SFC /SCANNOW on the command prompt)
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reckonAuthor Commented:
First, thank you for the link to how to uninstall ati drivers, but that supposes you can boot into regular mode, which I can't. As soon as I open anything in regular mode, my system crashes.

From safe mode, uninstalling from programs and features won't work. So I went into Program Files and manually deleted any ATI/ATI Technologies folders. Used ccleaner, and windows install cleanup to remove catalyst install manager. I went into the Windows/system32/drivers folder and manually deleted ati drivers.

Used Autoruns to look at what was loading--at least in safe mode--and it showed no ATI drivers.

When I restarted in regular mode, all the icons were huge, so that means, I assume, that Windows didn't find a driver to reinstall my graphics card.

At least it's not crashing.

I loaded the driver (driver only) from the link above, restarted, and since the display still looks pretty bad, I went into Device manager, and saw two yellow triangles on my video card: the driver cannot be loaded.

Looks like I have a choice between looks great and crashes or looks bad and works.

Any other suggestions?
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reckonAuthor Commented:
Update: I wondered what would happen if I added back the ATI drivers that I removed (and saved to a file on my C drive).

I added back atikmdag.sys, rebooted, and the driver loaded and my monitor shows up in device manager again. Looks much better!

Now to see if it's stable.
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*** Hopeleonie ***IT ManagerCommented:
Can you try to uninstall with Driver Sweeper? ( Link: http://www.phyxion.net/ )

One of the Tools which i head from my friends is the best:  Driver Cleaner
( http://www.drivercleaner.net/ ). This only cost 10 $ With Money Back Guarantee.

After try to install again.
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reckonAuthor Commented:
My computer hasn't crashed in 24 hours, and the display quality will be okay until I can upgrade, so I'm calling this a success.

My guess is that I didn't fully uninstall the original driver before I installed the upgrade (even though I followed ATI's instructions).

(BTW, only one listing under display adapter--no secondary showing up.)

Driver Sweeper looks good, only it doesn't list Windows 7 under system requirements. Driver Cleaner looks good, too, but I don't think I need it now.

Thanks for your help and for hanging in there with me.
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*** Hopeleonie ***IT ManagerCommented:
hi wow

nice to hear!

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http://www.phyxion.net/Driver-Sweeper/Driver-Sweeper/Driver-Sweeper-History
Driver Sweeper is supporting Windows 7
Changelog (2.0.0) - 21-07-09
- Windows 7 support.

and now 2.1.0 is the latest!

:-)
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reckonAuthor Commented:
Driver Sweeper is great! Thanks again.
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