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Dell Inspirion 6000 – ATI Mobility Raedon x300 (M24) – Windows Server 2008

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So I received a laptop from work that they were tossing around a year ago. It came with Windows 7 and was all setup and good to go, so it remained that way for a year. I went to install SQL Server 2005 the other day to do some development and wham, can’t install onto Windows 7, it must be a server class OS. I have Windows Server 2008 so I began the re-install. That went well picked up 99.9% of my hardware and Windows happily installed a Standard VGA Adapter driver for my ATI card which is an ATI Mobility Raedon x300. The problem with that is that it is a terrible driver and offers no good resolutions, 1024×768 was my best bet at 32bit. So off I went to find drivers. Did Dell offer any? NO!

As far as I know Dell has a deal worked out where they force customers to use their drivers, you know the CD that comes with your laptops? Well I have Windows 2008 on here and they are not to be found anywhere. This is how I made this work using legacy drivers and Mobility Modder. Mobility Modder is an application which will ‘mod’ your inf files to work with an updated and ‘unsupported’ OS (you know that deal between ATI and Dell).

1. Go download the legacy ATI drivers from http://support.amd.com/us/gpudownload/windows/Legacy/Pages/radeonaiw_xp.aspx

2. Download Mobility Modder from http://www.hardwareheaven.com/modtool.php.

3. Extract the legacy drivers. This is done by double clicking the installation executable and once it gets past the extraction point, cancel the installation. The legacy drivers are extracted to C:\ATI\Support\10-02_legacy_xp32-64_dd_ccc

4. You then install Mobility Modder and it’s requirements XML 6.0, .Net Framework (which on most modern systems are already installed). Also select turn off UAC, this does require a reboot.

5. Once MM is installed run the program and Browse to C:\ATI\Support\10-02_legacy_xp32-64_dd_ccc and click Modify (this can take a few minutes)

6. Once that is done you need to update your driver manually. This is done by

  • Device Manager
  • Select your Display Adapter
  • Right Click ‘Update Driver Software’
  • Browse My Computer for driver Software
  • Let me pick from a list of device drivers on my computer
  • Have Disk
  • Browse to C:\ATI\Support\10-02_legacy_xp32-64_dd_ccc\Driver\XP_INF
  • Select CX_95952.inf
  • Say Ok all the way out.
  • Say Yes if it complains that this driver is not digitally signed.
  • Reboot

Once you are rebooted you can verify you are using the ATI drivers and set your resolution,Voila!

Notes:

Once Mobility Modder has modified your .inf file you can search the file and verify your hardware is found. If you do not know how to find the hardware id. You go to the details section of your card properties, found under device manager and select from the dropdown Hardware Id’s. The following screenshot shows mine.

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Hope this helps!

Edit:

I also had to update the sound card which is a SigmaTel – Sound – SigmaTel C-Major Audio.

1. Download the cab file http://catalog.update.microsoft.com/v7/site/Search.aspx?q=VEN_8086%26DEV_266E%26SUBSYS_01881028

2. Extract cab

3. Update the driver in the same manner as above by browsing to the folder that contains the extracted files.

Resources:

http://www.hardwareheaven.com/modtool.php

http://support.amd.com/us/gpudownload/windows/Legacy/Pages/radeonaiw_xp.aspx

http://www.sevenforums.com/graphic-cards/31442-ati-radeon-drivers-install-but-fail-initialize.html

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Written by lordfu

July 4, 2012 at 6:11 pm

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  1. […] recently upgraded to current and also more recently have built a new Windows server to use for work and development and my Slackware box is a virtual desktop running on a Windows 7 […]

  2. This worked perfectly! Thank you so much!

    2005 Dell Inspirion 6000 – Windows XP

    Carlee

    July 17, 2014 at 2:34 am


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