The ATI Radeon HD 4XXX Battle to Save the Planet


And other strings of profanity spilled from my mouth after Windows 10 finally broke past my meager defenses and installed its most recent update.

It wasn’t the Update that bothered me as much as it was that only one of my two monitors showed up afterward, and the one that did show up (my beautiful 32 inch HD design monitor) had a resolution of 1440 x 1200. (WTAF?! Who EVER had a monitor that displayed that resolution nicely?)

My card is an ATI Radeon HD 4800. Ancient by PC standards, but I bought a killer machine in 2010 and to replace it at the same level of performance would be in excess of $5000. No Video card update (or Windows update) is worth that.

I fought with the legacy drivers for hours, trying to force Windows to use the old driver…64 bit is after all 64 bit.

Not according to Microsoft and not according to AMD (the owners of the ATI Legacy)

Every forum said the same thing: “Old card. Not supported. You have to upgrade.”, or “the last work around didn’t work. I guess I’m shelling out for a 5XXX card to hold me over another 6 months.”


Then….. the old tech got an idea. I’m sure I wasn’t the first to think of it, but the last driver AMD made for the HD 4800 had a 64bit version (windows 8). So I uninstalled all the AMD software from the legacy install pack (it won’t work if you use the Windows uninstall), then immediately reinstalled it AFTER…daa da da DAAAAAAAA….going to properties and changing the install program to run in Windows 7 Compatibility mode. (I actually first tried it in Windows 8 compatibility mode and was crest fallen when it didn’t work.) Trying it in Windows 7 compatibility mode was a last ditch desperation move.

SO. To recap:
If your Windows 10 update screwed you out of the keen graphics you’re used to, and you have an ATI Legacy device.
1. Download the last AMD update package for your graphics card.
2. Run it and choose the “UNINSTALL” option.
3. Don’t reboot….windows will fill in the gap with a nasty generic driver.
4. Right mouse click on the AMD Legacy install program
5. Click properties -> Compatibility
6. Choose Windows 7 Compatibility mode.
7. Then install.


If that doesn’t work, then I guess you’ll just have to upgrade. You know…when you spend thousands of dollars on a product that lasts and lasts, it’s just a really shitty move by manufactures to stop updating or even supporting their older work…especially when the fixes are so easy for them. Forcing upgrades is a dick move. it destroys trust and it makes people change manufacturers.

A company that supports its still working hardware will win the reputation of being the best on the market. I’m still waiting for one to show up. But I can promise you this…when I do finally upgrade, it will not be to AMD.

Shelton out.


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