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Old 10-30-2009, 10:34 AM   #1 (permalink)
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AMD Clarifies Driver Support on DX9 Only Hardware in Win7

On Wednesday we posted about DX9 only cards receiving legacy driver support status under Windows 7. AMD’s Terry Makedon sets the record straight and clarifies what exactly this means for DX9 only video cards under Windows 7.

WDDM1.1 (Windows Display Driver Model) is the driver architecture required to run Windows7. To meet the Microsoft dictated requirements, GPU’s must be DirectX10 and later level hardware. So as stated on our website, Windows 7 users with DirectX 9 AMD graphics hardware can use the legacy Windows Vista WDDM 1.0 drivers (as it is not possible for DirectX 9 hardware to support the WDDM 1.1 driver requirements). On a separate note the move to "legacy driver" status happen when we moved our DirectX 9 based hardware to a legacy support structure back in March 2009, and we were quite public about this. We’ve been providing updates to this driver on a quarterly basis - in fact we will be posting a new legacy driver in the next few days.
Summary: Windows7 users on DirectX9 can and should use the legacy Catalyst driver which will be updated quarterly.

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I would think that any one that is into Gaming would of upgraded there video cards to some thing DX10 compatable a long time ago.

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