Discussion in 'Videocards - AMD Radeon Drivers Section' started by user1, Jul 28, 2016.
Do not recommend the latest windows 10 for older gpus/apus with outdated drivers.
Honestly at this point you might be better off moving to linux than rolling back, since win 7 is near EOL
My friend is using 16.2.1 beta with his 6670 1GDDR5 and he doesn't have any problem with the latest Windows 10 updates.
I assume you've already tried leaving them with the updates Win10 provides out of the box? Which should be the WHQL 15.7.1 driver.
Guys who have done the tests claim that that's the targeted driver for games/programs that still support those GPUs anyway.
But laptops have always been more problematic, they can be wonky even when you use them with the OS they originally shipped with. Even moreso when it's one of those dual graphics setups.
I've successfully used Win10 without noticing issues across discrete AMD HD4000-6000 series, as well as a discrete Geforce 6200 (DX9, 2004hw). It even recently forced Win10 1903 for the build with the 6200, though I've only used that occasionally for browsing.
Honestly after win1709 my older geforce 7 laptop(not mixed graphics) randomly bsods whenever exiting fullscreen, and ive had problems with windows 10 overwriting/blocking(old certs) old drivers.
Ive been using kubuntu for like a year now on my desktop , and I put arch on the geforce 7 laptop(with some tweaking ), and I have had zero issues by comparison, and better performance(especially on the geforce 7) so ive abandoned windows pretty much entirely.
Its just not worth the headache of windows 10 deciding to update to a new version and breaking everything. last win10 version I can recommend is 1607 which works 100% on old hardware with no issues in my experience.
I can hardly believe the geforce on the cramped open driver (I suppose) manages to be faster than under windows.
I mean, aside of when the computer starts to run telemetry or update, there is where everything actually works. Of course if MS breaks WDDM (and whatnot) every odd week that's another matter, but still 3D wise the difference should be stark. I would not be expecting this to last indefinitively then, at least without them officially announcing that they raised minimum requirements.
(speaking of the anniversary update by the way, I recall there was supposedly to be a "home long servicing branch for it". Where did it go?)
Anyway, for as much as hybrid laptops are concerned, that should only be discussed on leshcat. They have a hell of variables to take into account, from bios to graphics switching mode to whatever the OEM did.
not using the opensource nouveau driver, which is basically unusable unless you are using a g80-gk1XX + the 750ti, Im using the proprietary r304 linux driver from nvidia, which was still maintained up until 2017, it supports as far back as the 6000 series geforce cards, it needs some patches to get working on more recent kernels, but it works pretty decently, all things considered
Even though gaming with the 6700M isn't great at all, I am also pretty happy with Linux on my 8 year old HP laptop. At least for light office tasks it is still pretty good. I am still waiting for AMD to get a decent CPU + GPU combo for a good price into the notebook market. Originally I wanted to put that old system to rest when they get there, but it still takes them way too long to get their products into that market....
Can you add the OpenCL VP9 decoding that some older GCN AMD drivers used to have which could be enabled using "VForceOCLVP9" ? The last version that supports it is 17.7.2. I've tried using va libs and vp9 ocl from 17.1.2 with the registry setting but it wont work maybe its because it requires OpenCL 2.0 which isn't supported by pre-GCN
It would only work if the vp9 ocl library is standalone, and supports ocl 1.2, reg keys only work if they are recognized by the core driver module. otherwise they do nothing.
I would say it probably cant be done via the existing drivers. Though I would make a feature request to the developers of your preferred browser for OCL acceleration of vp9 if they dont already do that, as it would then benefit all ocl supporting cards that lack native vp9 acceleration