How to install latest AMD Driver on Macbook Pro 2011

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  1. dan9700 macrumors 6502a

    dan9700

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    How to find the latest drivers for AMD under Windows 8.1 on the new Mac, they just released new drivers but wont work on mac
     
  2. LiquidSpikes macrumors regular

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    Hello,

    I just wanted to share a few tips to those trying to install the latest AMD drivers (Catalyst 15.7) on their Macbook Pros with Radeon 6xxx graphics cards.

    Currently AMD seems to be filtering the Macbook Pros hardware IDs in their default installers but it doesn't stop you from getting the latest driver, in fact its still pretty easy.

    I have the late 2011 Macbook Pro with the Radeon HD 6770m with Windows 10... and this is the only model I tested but I believe it will work on the 6750m on Windows 7 and 8 as well.

    First download the latest drivers from the AMD site.
    http://support.amd.com/en-us/download/desktop?os=Windows+10+-+64

    Next run the installer with default settings.

    Because AMD is a bunch of ******** You will eventually be given this error:
    "We are unable to find a driver for your system. No supported AMD hardware detected." the AKA screw you bootcamp users prompt.

    No worries, lets bypass the installer and install the driver manually!

    Unfortunately, because we didn't pass the AMD installer hardware detection the, drivers are still compressed.

    To decompress them open command prompt.
    change directory to where the main display drivers are extracted.

    In this case I ran:
    Example:

    Code:
    cd C:\AMD\AMD-Catalyst-15.7.1-Win10-64bit\Packages\Drivers\Display\WT6A_INF
    Once you are in the WT6A_INF folder run the command:

    Code:
    expand -r *
    This will loop through all the files in that directory and decompress the drivers so they can be installed.

    Next open Device manager

    Under display adapters right click on on your Radeon card and choose update driver.

    Choose "Browse my computer for driver software"
    Then select "Let me pick from a list of device drivers on my computer"
    Click the "Have Disk..." button
    Click "Browse..." button
    Then browse to "C:\AMD\AMD-Catalyst-15.7.1-Win10-64bit\Packages\Drivers\Display\WT6A_INF\"
    There should be a single file named "C0187451.inf" highlight it and click open.

    Your driver should then update to the latest one from AMD!

    It greatly helps with performance, especially running Windows 10!

    Let me know if you have any questions.
     
  3. AHDuke99 macrumors 68020

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    I'm having a bit of an issue and was wondering if you could help.

    Windows 10 was working well until I hibernated my Macbook Pro early 2011 and woke it up. Now the screen constantly refreshes. I was able to disable the AMD drivers and it stopped, then I installed the drivers like you said and it worked, but after I restarted, the problem persisted.

    Have you heard of this issue before and do you have any idea how to fix it? Otherwise I think I'll have to wipe and reinstall everything.
     
  4. LiquidSpikes macrumors regular

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    Did you turn off automatic driver install on Windows 10?
    http://windowsinstructed.com/disable-automatic-device-driver-download-in-windows-10/

    I have a feeling the old microsoft driver is reinstalling causing your screen to flicker

    The latest AMD Catalyst™ Display Driver version is 15.20.1062.1002 (15.7)

    You can find out what version you are running in device manager properties for your Radeon card, under the driver tab. It should list it under Driver Version.

    If it isn't the correct one, I bet that it! :)

    Other helpful test before reinstall:

    Have you ran through a SMC and NVRAM reset?
    https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT201295

    https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT204063

    Are you on Windows 10 final? or one of the tech previews?
     
  5. AHDuke99, Aug 12, 2015
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    AHDuke99 macrumors 68020

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    I'm on the final. I am able to use Windows if I first disable the AMD driver before the reloading starts and then enable it again manually. I run into problems after I restart and allow things to run normally.

    Also, my driver version is 15.20.1062.1003....did they release an update recently? Maybe that's the culprit. But Windows is running fine now with that version after I disabled and then re-enabled it.

    Each time I install the drive it installs that version. I have the AMD Radeon 6750M in my Macbook Pro.
     
  6. LiquidSpikes, Aug 12, 2015
    Last edited: Aug 12, 2015

    LiquidSpikes macrumors regular

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    Interesting they must of just released it... 15.7.1 isn't available for download yet on the main download site! http://support.amd.com/en-us/download/desktop?os=Windows+10+-+64

    However it does have release notes here:
    http://support.amd.com/en-us/kb-articles/Pages/AMDCatalyst15-7-1WINReleaseNotes.aspx

    When you say its reloading, do you mean the graphics card is reinstalling?
     
  7. AHDuke99 macrumors 68020

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    The entire screen goes dark and then turns back on, all the icons load back up and the trey icons as well. This repeats over and over again. It's basically what the desktop does when you log in for the first time after booting except it just continues over and over and over. I found this problem online with Windows 8, but it seemed to be tied to Norton Security, which I don't have installed. iCloud MAY have caused my problem, since it started after iCloud complained of not having permission to access a photos folder. I disabled iCloud photos, but I haven't restarted yet to see if that was the culprit.

    Like I said, disabling the AMD driver early before it starts and then re-enabling it fixes the issue. As a safety precaution, I did turn off automatic updating and re-installed the driver once again. The problem happens whether I boot into bootcamp or in VMWare.

    I really don't want to re-install the entire partition again, so I guess I can just manually disable and enable the driver until it fixes itself or Apple releases a boot camp update for Windows 10, if they plan to do it.
     
  8. LiquidSpikes macrumors regular

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    That sounds like the video card is reinstalling over and over, or the driver is crashing and restarting.

    I have not experienced that at all with my installation.

    I highly doubt its iCloud, I would be more concerned about an antivirus or something else that runs at system level permissions.

    Is there anything the event log?
    http://www.isunshare.com/windows-10/6-ways-to-open-event-viewer-in-windows-10.html
     
  9. AHDuke99 macrumors 68020

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    I'll check on it next time I restart and report back if I can get event viewer open before it starts glitching. I don't have any antivirus software installed aside of windows defender, so it can't be one of those.
     

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