Ati Radeon HD 4000 drivers for Windows 8, fix for slow OpenGL games, yes, including Minecraft

I’m making this post solely for the purpose of people who can’t find a solution for this.

If you have a Ati Radeon HD 4000 or lower like me you’ll notice that there are no drivers for Windows 8 listed when you go to the AMD website. AMD only supports Windows 8 from the 5000+. And the stock ones from Windows 8 are useless, mostly on the OpenGL side, some games won’t even load, or run really slowly, like your beloved Minecraft which uses OpenGL. The stock drivers won’t even allow 2048×2048 textures :|

After some digging around the internet I found this article for old legacy drivers under Windows 8, weirdly not displayed on the list. So here you have it, it worked properly for me.

http://support.amd.com/us/kbarticles/Pages/catalystlegacywin8.aspx

Hardware:
AMD Radeon HD 4000 Series
AMD Radeon HD 3000 Series
AMD Radeon HD 2000 Series
AMD Mobility Radeon HD 4000 Series
AMD Mobility Radeon HD 3000 Series
AMD Mobility Radeon HD 2000 Series

Operating Systems:
Windows 8 64-bit Edition
Windows 8 32-bit Edition

3 Comments

  1. aurcoe

    Yeah, but still no openGL, man… it’s openCL only…
    and i thought my notebook was good enuf… :/
    *fp*

  2. zac

    I’m using an onboard Radeon 3000. Following the above link, I was able to make Minecraft work, including Tekkit.

    Thank you greatly!

  3. A friend on mine found a Solution to this, but it took him days to get win 8 to downgrade the drivers. This is what he did:

    What I did was to download a legacy version of AMD Catalyst for Win 7 (version 12.6).

    Then I uninstalled all AMD components via Control Panel and rebooted.

    Ran Catalyst 12.6 setup and rebooted. Found that the win 8 version of the Display adaptor still persisted even if I unistalled it specifically via the Device Manager. Of course I couldn’t update this backwards to the Win 7 version
    so I gave up on that method and updated the Windows 8 adaptor to the Microsoft Basic Adaptor. This then allowed me to update from the Basic adaptor it to the Win 7 version and it seems to be working.

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