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I am a computer geek of sorts and I like to try new things. When I got the chance to upgrade from Vista Professional, I jumped at it. I like to keep up with change. I have a Dell Inspiron 6400 laptop that has an ATI Mobility Radeon X1300 video chip. It turned out that finding drivers for that chip was the biggest problem that I had with the upgrade.

I tried downloading the newest ATI Catalyst Suite from the AMD web site and installed it into the laptop. It installed okay and I was able to set the resolution that I had with Vista. At one point, I had to restart me laptop and that’s when the headaches began. As the laptop shut down, I got a blue screen of death (BSOD) and an with the culprit being ATI2DVAG.dll. I searched and searched and couldn’t find a solution. I tried all different types of fixes that I found on the internet without any joy. I downloaded older versions of the ATI driver and tried to install them. Sometimes, I was successful and sometimes I was not. In any case, nothing worked. I finally removed all the ATI drivers from my system, restarted and had Windows 7 load in a generic VGA driver. My system worked but I could not get to the resolution that I had before and one of my favorite screen savers would not work because of a direct x problem.

After hours of looking, I happened onto the DriverHeaven site where I found DH Mobility Modder.net and their program Mobility Modder. It was the answer to my problems. Their newest version added support for Windows 7 drivers. The process was not difficult. Rather than explain each step, jump to their site and follow the directions. The site claims that nothing bad is added to your system using their process.

Make sure that you follow the directions and I hope that you find the same success that I did. I can now enjoy Windows 7 without all the hassles of video driver problems.

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11 Comments so far »

  1. Nemiah
    1:48 pm on November 1st, 2009

    I am having the same issue… A Dell Inspiron 6400 with an X1300 and the Windows 7 upgrade.

    I tried the site you reference but I am not able to find “Windows 7″ catalyst for it.

    I tried doing the latest Vista 32 bit but with no success. What did you do?

  2. Herb Segars
    4:22 pm on November 1st, 2009

    I followed the instructions on http://www.driverheaven.net/modtool.php. I downloaded and installed the mod tool. I then downloaded the ATI drivers for Vista 32 at http://support.amd.com/us/gpudownload/windows/Legacy/Pages/radeonaiw_vista32.aspx?type=2.4.1&product=2.4.1.3.7&lang=English. When I downloaded them, I let them extract to a directory but did not install them. I then ran the mod tool. After that completed, I went into the folder that contained the ATI drivers and ran setup.exe. Once it finished, I rebooted and all is well.

  3. zota
    11:57 am on January 11th, 2010

    the catalyst works but i can’t install the driver
    “try to setup your display adapter with a standard VGA driver before running setup”
    why?

  4. Linton
    3:42 am on January 28th, 2010

    I use the TCL T-51 laptop,yestarday I installed the Win7, other drivers are all right,except the video driver,it is only 1024*768,feeling is not good,I found some drivers of ATI, but after the driver installed, then restart the laptop,the screen turn blue and full of write letters looks like it is damaged.
    So would you please tel me how to deal with?

  5. Simon Turner
    12:51 pm on February 19th, 2010

    These instruction saved me! Thanks a lot.

    I installed Windows 7 (32 bit) from CD on Dell Inspiron 6400 whilst in Windows XP and got into a continuous reboot loop. The only way out of it I could find was to disable all drives but my CD drive, boot directly from the Windows 7 install CD and then install from there. After this I had a working computer but with a reduced screen resolution (and also no DirectX and no Aero). I used the instructions here to install the modded AT drivers and now my Inspiron is working perfectly.

    I am slightly worried by the three unknown Base System Devices listed in Device Manager but as everyhgting seems to work and prepared to ingnore them!

    My Dell Inspiron has 1.66mgz processor and 2gb Ram and so far with Windows 7 it flies.

  6. Herb Segars
    4:14 pm on February 19th, 2010

    Simon:

    I have not had any problems with my system since I installed the fix.

  7. El-Tiernito
    11:22 pm on June 1st, 2010
  8. Eric
    12:02 pm on July 3rd, 2010

    Herb, what resolution did you finally end up with? The highest I can get with my X1300 on my Inspiron 6400 is 1280 x 800 with a 60 hertz refresh rate. This is both utilizing the drivers that now update with a fresh install of Win 7 (the ATI drivers are now included in Windows Update) and I also tried the Modder approach with ver 10 and a ver 8 of the ATI Catalyst drivers. All produced the same result except, of course, with the Modder approach I ended up with Catalyst control panel.

    FOR THE INDIVIDUAL WITH THE BASE SYSTEM DEVICE errors above, you need to download the Ricoh driver under the Chipset folder from the Dell website – R5C832 – http://support.dell.com/support/downloads/driverslist.aspx?c=us&cs=19&l=en&s=dhs&ServiceTag=&SystemID=INSPIRONI6400/E1505&os=WW1&osl=en&catid=&impid=

  9. hsegars
    8:46 pm on July 3rd, 2010

    Eric:

    I sent you a PM with a screen shot but I am getting 1680 x 1050 on my laptop.

  10. doug
    2:10 pm on January 17th, 2012

    http://www.visiontek.com/support/downloads/drivers.html

    amd is not the only one with drivers since it is a visiontek card.

    windows 7 is supported here

  11. Lelala
    5:44 pm on December 8th, 2012

    Thanks for pointing out to that tool, it saved a lot of headache because we searched for days to resolve that issue. Many thanks!
    Regards,
    Lelala
    http://www.lelala.de

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Herb Segars is a photographer who specializes in wildlife and marine subjects. He lives in Brick, New Jersey, USA with his wife, Veronica. Herb spends a great deal of time SCUBA diving and photographing in the nutrient rich Atlantic waters off his home state of New Jersey.


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