09-23-2019 07:41 AM - edited 09-23-2019 07:43 AM
I have an HP Notebook running Windows 8.1 with discreet AMD R5 M330 GPU. AMD stopped supporting the Windows 8.1 so currently I'm using the driver meant for Windows 7 which ain't working. And HP doesn't support Windows 8.1 either.
Could anyone please help me locate the driver that actually works ?
Any help will be greatly appreciated.
09-23-2019 08:50 AM
As you discovered, no such W8.1 driver exists for the Intel/AMD switchable graphics setup your PC has.
I see the notebook came with FreeDOS, but the only windows operating system it is supported for by HP is W10.
Why not see if you can still upgrade to W10 for free like I did a couple of weeks ago?
Then you should have everything working the way it was designed.
See this link for more info.
09-23-2019 11:49 AM
Thank you for the suggestion, a sound advise but no, I can't upgrade to Windows 10 for various reasons. I can downgrade however. I have Windows 7 professional. But that's not possible either for at least next 6 months. For now Windows 8.1 is the only option for me.
I can use an older version from when AMD use to support 8.1 I'm just unable to locate the right one.
Also, I grabbed the Audio and WLan drivers for Windows 10 1607 from HP, they work fine on 8.1 but that's common with Realtek hardware. Their drivers work across all versions of Windows.
So now I have two choices, either to get Windows 10 driver from HP or to locate the last version that supported Windows 8.1 from AMD. Which one would you think will be better ?
Thank you again for the reaction.
09-23-2019 11:59 AM
You're very welcome.
I would use the HP AMD W10 driver from your notebook's support page if it works, because it was designed to work with the Intel/AMD switchable graphics your notebook has.
I didn't think that AMD ever released a W8.1 driver for the AMD Radeon™ 520 Graphics.
It is not listed on their site currently, and I have no reason to believe it wouldn't be if they had developed one.
09-23-2019 12:57 PM
Yes they did supported 8.1 once but abandoned it because it had a low userbase. I found this page where it lists the latest versions for all OS's:
They have two versions for 8.1 drivers, one is called "Optional" and other one is regular. What does this "optional" flag suppose to mean ?
Also, the current version, supported for W7 and W10 is 19.9.2 is called Adrenalin 2019 Edition but the one listed for 8.1 is called Crimson ReLive, what's the difference between Adrenalin and Crimson Relive ?
Now, I feel like I'm getting somewhere.
Thank you Paul, you're a lifesaver
09-23-2019 01:05 PM
You're very welcome.
OK that is good news, but I am still skeptical the generic AMD graphics driver is going to work with the Intel/AMD switchable graphics your notebook has.
From what you posted, it appears the Crimson ReLive Edition 16.12.2 version is the production driver.
The Crimson ReLive Edition 17.1.2 Optional is the beta driver. Notice the newer date.
As far as the difference between Adrenalin and Crimson, that appears to be just a trade name they give the drivers.
On the PC's I have that run W10 I used the beta driver because it was newer, and I never had an issue with it, even though it was a test driver.
So, you could use either one of those, and thanks for letting me know there are W8.1 drivers for that GPU.