Back in April 2012, while Windows 8 was yet to be released, the Canadian chip manufacturer ATI announced that it will no longer offer official updates for Linux or Windows 8 drivers concerning legacy Radeon video adapters.
While the official support for such hardware was ended, at that time the company said that it will offer a basic driver which will be integrated in Windows 8, but that’s as far as they will go with the hardware.
This news may not seem that important for the a lot of people nowadays but the truth is that there are a lot of configurations capable of running Windows 8, which are powered by the legacy graphic cards in discussion.
Things can get really tricky fast if you want to install Windows 8 today because the Radeon HD 2000, HD 3000 and HD 4000 series of graphics cards are the ones mentioned by ATI in the press release from last year.
If you have a notebook or desktop which sports a video adapter belonging to the above Radeon HD range, here is what you should know in order to install the correct AMD Catalyst Driver for Windows 8.
No matter which version of the graphics card you own, the Mobility Radeon or the desktop one, you have to install the same driver for Windows 8. The legacy software can be downloaded from the following page found on ATI’s own website: AMD Catalyst™ Driver for the Radeon™ HD 4000, HD 3000 and HD 2000 Series on Windows® 8.
The driver can be used on both the 32 bit and 64 bit editions of Windows 8 and it has a size of 176MB. Once you download it, you will be able to install the below components in your system:
- Display Driver (WDDM 1.1)
- OpenCL™ Driver
- AMD Integrated Driver
- AMD Catalyst Control Center