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A good example is the trackpad which simply doesn’t operate as smoothly as under Mac OSX. This isn’t because Windows is a less good Operating System, it’s simply Apple supplying drivers and support software this is less good.
For the trackpad I found a good solution with Trackpad++ which enables 2, 3- and 4-finger gestures and improves scrolling.
Some of the Advanced features in the supplies AMD Catalyst Control center such as Power Management are simply unavailable.
An annoyance is that AMD Catalyst Control Center reports that updates are available but when trying to install it errors with this message:
So let’s go ahead and update those AMD drivers, shall we?
In my case the Catalyst Control Center stored the drivers in C:\AMD\AMD-Catalyst-15.7.1-Win10-64bit so I will use this path and this particular version and bitness (64 bit).
Note that modified files for the installation can be download from the bottom of the page. But please read/understand the steps below before downloading.
Step 1 – Edit InstallManager.cfg
Add the line EnableFalcon=true to Config\InstallManager.cfg:
Step 2 – Find your hardware id
Open Device Manager, expand Display Adapter, right-click your Display Adapter and select Properties. Go to the Details Tab, select Hardware Ids and Copy the VENdor and DEVice id string:
Step 3 – Edit driver inf file
Open Packages\Drivers\Display\WT6A_INF\C0187674.inf with Notepad and search for PCI\VEN_1002&DEV_6821 (take the closes match, in my case REV_83):
Change this line to match the Hardware Id in Device Manager:
Now take the section name of the same line, in my case ati2mtag_R577 and search for that section:
Remove the line ExcludeID=<Hardware Id> and save the file.
Step 4 – Recreate the driver CAT file
Because the AMD driver is digitally signed we needed to recreate the driver’s .cat file after changing the .inf file.
Use the following command to create a new cat file (note that you should not specify the path to the inf file but to the directory where the inf file resides):
Inf2Cat.exe /Driver:"C:\AMD\AMD-Catalyst-15.7.1-Win10-64bit\Packages\Drivers\Display\WT6A_INF" /OS:10_X64
Step 5 – Digitally sign the driver CAT file
Final step is to resign the CAT file, note that you need a code signing certificate that is valid for signing Kernel Mode drivers. I use a certificate from DigiCert,a company that I can highly recommend!
signtool.exe sign /ac "DigiCert High Assurance EV Root CA.crt" /f "YourCodeSigningCertificate.pfx" /p YourPassword /tr "http://timestamp.digicert.com" "c0187674.cat"
Step 6 – Install away!
Now we can finally install by launch the Setup.exe, I recommend choosing for Custom installation and uncheck the Gaming Evolved App:
Also notice that PowerPlay options are now available:
But most importantly – I have had no more crashes of the Display Driver!
As most people probably do not have a (kernel mode) code signing certificate, please find the modified .cat and .inf files below
EDIT 25-11-2015: Added AMD Crimsom 15.11 Driver to the download package
EDIT 01-12-2015: Added Radeon-Software-Crimson-Edition-15.11.1-Beta-64Bit-Win10-Win8.1-Win7-Nov30
EDIT 18-12-2015: Added Radeon-Crimson-15.12-Win10-64Bit
EDIT 08-01-2016: Added WHQL-Radeon-Software-Crimson-Edition-16.1-64Bit-Win10-Win8.1-Win7-Jan7
EDIT 02-02-2016: Added Non-WHQL-64Bit-Radeon-Software-Crimson-16.1.1-Win10-Win8.1-Win7-Jan30 includes brightness control fix
EDIT 05-02-2016: Added Non-WHQL-64Bit-Radeon-Software-Crimson-16.1.1-Win10-Win8.1-Win7-Feb3.zip (also includes brightness control fix)
EDIT 25-02-2016: Added Non-WHQL-64Bit-Radeon-Software-Crimson-16.2-Win10-Win8.1-Win7-Feb23 (also includes brightness control fix)
EDIT 03-03-2016: Added Non-WHQL-64Bit-Radeon-Software-Crimson-16.2.1-Win10-Win8.1-Win7-Feb27
EDIT 18-03-2016: Added Non-WHQL-64Bit-Radeon-Software-Crimson-16.3.1-Win10-Win8.1-Win7-March16.zip (also includes brightness control fix)
EDIT 29-03-2016: Added Radeon-Crimson-16.3.2-Win10-64Bit (also includes brightness control fix)
EDIT 13-04-2016: Added Non-WHQL-64Bit-Radeon-Software-Crimson-16.4.1-Win10-Win8.1-Win7-Apr4.zip (also includes brightness control fix
EDIT 17-06-2016: Added Non-WHQL-64Bit-Radeon-Software-Crimson-16.6.1-Win10-Win8.1-Win7-June2.zip (also includes brightness control fix
EDIT 21-09-2016: Added Non-WHQL-Win10-64Bit-Radeon-Software-Crimson-16.9.1-Sep7 (also includes brightness control fix
EDIT 17-10-2016: Added WHQL-Win10-64Bit-Radeon-Software-Crimson-16.10.1-Oct13 (also includes brightness control fix
EDIT 16-01-2017: Added Win10-64Bit-Radeon-Software-Crimson-ReLive-16.12.2-Jan3 (also includes brightness control fix) -> note that this is a seperate download and as test I have included the complete installer. Download here
EDIT 18-01-2017: Added Non-WHQL-Win10-64Bit-Radeon-Software-Crimson-ReLive-17.1.1-Jan16 (also includes brightness control fix) -> note that this is a seperate download and as test I have included the complete installer. Download here
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