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The ATI Radeon 7000 is officially unsupported on Windows 7 (both 32- & 64- bit). Even legacy ATI drivers don't support this. Is there any way to make it work?

EDIT: This is my second video card. My primary is an ATI Radeon HD XXXX on PCIe. Since I have only one PCIe and I want more LCDs connected, I need to add a PCI card.

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I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but it seems from looking over the subject that you won't find any Vista/Windows 7 drivers for the ATI Radeon 7000 that support Aero (and other niceties). The card was introduced in 2001 so I think you'll be lucky to find any Windows 7 64-bit custom drivers out there.

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In fact I don¨t need aero – Hurda Apr 6 '11 at 9:07
I think the built-in VGA driver should work with the Radeon 7000 - no feeling for what the performance would be like though. Have you tried installing the card and booting into Windows 7? – 8088 Apr 8 '11 at 7:00
You bet I did, it was my first guess - but it ain't working. To be more specific It's my secondary card - just to have more displays. Primary card is ATi Radeon HD XXXX – Hurda Apr 8 '11 at 13:26
I forget the specific requirements of Windows 7 but it may be that it requires DirectX 9, yet the card is only capable of DirectX 7. Just a guess though, but I figure you won't get very far with the Radeon 7000 sadly. :) – 8088 Apr 8 '11 at 15:37
hmm - I'm quite amazed I can't run in even in safe mode or use it for Dx7 games. – Hurda Apr 11 '11 at 13:22

This site claims to have 32-bit ATI Radeon 7000 drivers for Windows 7 (I have not tried them, though). This site has the 64-bit versions.

Microsoft Compatibility Center suggests that this will work.

There are sites that suggest that the drivers must support DirectX 9 in order for Windows 7 to run. Unfortunately, ATI Radeon 7000 is only DirectX 7.

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I got that far, but installer won't install it and the driver ain't present even if I search it manualy (There are just two driver files CH_84684.inf and C7_84684.inf - and non of them contain character sequence 7000 (or 7XXX) – Hurda Apr 6 '11 at 9:06
And for the compatibility - it's exactly this saphire card except its plain PCI not PCIE – Hurda Apr 6 '11 at 9:09

you can use windows xp drivers for this card in windows vista/7/8... but you won't have the aero.

to install windows xp drivers, you have to run the driver install program in xp compatibility mode.

default vga drivers will also work with this card, but on the dual vga radeon 7000 series, you won't get both vga ports to work without the xp radeon 7000 series driver

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Yes, there is. Dell provides it for Windows 2008 64bit, for example for PowerEdge 1425 SC series.

It should work on Windows 7 too.

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I'm downloading the driver from… - I'll post the results – Achilles May 9 at 13:49

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