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Help needed in updating AMD Catalyst Drivers for Lenovo Notebook

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May 30, 2014 6:55:01 AM

I am using Lenovo G505s for the past few months. Lenovo has provided 13.152.1.1 AMD Video Driver for Windows 8.1 64-bit on their website.

Earlier I've tried to update it to the latest beta version of AMD Catalyst driver but it didn't work out properly. I've even contacted Lenovo technical support and they said that I need to install only the drivers provided by Lenovo in their website. But this driver is quite an old one and doesn't support the newly released game titles such as Watch Dogs, Battlefield 4 (I've tried playing battlefield 4 with this driver and was able to play at the lowest settings with a lot of lag), etc.

I have two questions:
1. Can i play Watch Dogs with optimized settings with this currently installed drivers?
2. Is it better to update it to the latest Beta drivers released by AMD on their website? (i've been using Nvidia Beta drivers on my desktop which has a Nvidia graphic card and I don't have any major issues about it, but I am not sure with AMD)

Since AMD has released AMD Catalyst 14.6 Beta with support for Watch Dogs, I've been thinking of updating to Beta version and am quite confused with it. Added to that Lenovo is not updating the drivers on its website (Last updated AMD Graphics Drivers for WIndows 8.1 is on 16-10-2013. Ref: http://mobilesupport.lenovo.com/in/hi/products/laptops-...). Can some one help me in updating my AMD Catalyst graphic drivers to the latest version for better performance.

My system specs:
Lenovo G505s
Proecssor: AMD A10 5750M APU
Ram: 8GB
GPU: AMD Radeon HD 8650G + 8570M Dual Graphics
Operating System: Windows 8.1 64 bit with Update 1

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May 30, 2014 8:10:07 AM

Actually you should only use the drivers available from Lenovo on your laptop since they are modified to match their hardware.

Your desktop is a different matter. Since it's got an add-on graphics expansion card in it, then you can use drivers direct from the card manufacturer, not so with laptops because the GPU is integrated with the motherboard which has been custom made for Lenovo.

Lenovo, in common with other laptop manufacturer's, only provide stable, finished drivers, not beta versions which are likely to be "buggy". Lenovo don't want a slew of complaints from users about a buggy graphics driver, that's AMD's responsibility.

I suggest you wait for Lenovo to release a new graphics driver, try the beta driver from AMD if you can't resist, but be prepared for it either not being compatible or acting weird. You can always "roll back" to the previous driver if necessary, provided the driver from AMD doesn't screw Windows up to the extent that it won't start.
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May 31, 2014 1:54:23 AM

Phillip Corcoran said:
Actually you should only use the drivers available from Lenovo on your laptop since they are modified to match their hardware.

Your desktop is a different matter. Since it's got an add-on graphics expansion card in it, then you can use drivers direct from the card manufacturer, not so with laptops because the GPU is integrated with the motherboard which has been custom made for Lenovo.

Lenovo, in common with other laptop manufacturer's, only provide stable, finished drivers, not beta versions which are likely to be "buggy". Lenovo don't want a slew of complaints from users about a buggy graphics driver, that's AMD's responsibility.

I suggest you wait for Lenovo to release a new graphics driver, try the beta driver from AMD if you can't resist, but be prepared for it either not being compatible or acting weird. You can always "roll back" to the previous driver if necessary, provided the driver from AMD doesn't screw Windows up to the extent that it won't start.


Will games like Watch Dogs work well with the driver provided by Lenovo?
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May 31, 2014 1:58:00 AM

should work ok, but the next released drivers by both manufacturers (AMD and Lenovo) should be much better.
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June 1, 2014 1:32:31 AM

unknownofprob said:
should work ok, but the next released drivers by both manufacturers (AMD and Lenovo) should be much better.


Thanks buddy. Looks like I may stick with the official drivers.
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June 2, 2014 10:43:04 AM

amruthvvkp said:
Phillip Corcoran said:
Actually you should only use the drivers available from Lenovo on your laptop since they are modified to match their hardware.

Your desktop is a different matter. Since it's got an add-on graphics expansion card in it, then you can use drivers direct from the card manufacturer, not so with laptops because the GPU is integrated with the motherboard which has been custom made for Lenovo.

Lenovo, in common with other laptop manufacturer's, only provide stable, finished drivers, not beta versions which are likely to be "buggy". Lenovo don't want a slew of complaints from users about a buggy graphics driver, that's AMD's responsibility.

I suggest you wait for Lenovo to release a new graphics driver, try the beta driver from AMD if you can't resist, but be prepared for it either not being compatible or acting weird. You can always "roll back" to the previous driver if necessary, provided the driver from AMD doesn't screw Windows up to the extent that it won't start.


Will games like Watch Dogs work well with the driver provided by Lenovo?


Just Uninstall old drivers and install the 14.6 driver in windows 8.1 not on 8.0 because it wont work in it,and yes watch dogs works around 25-30fps on medium settings and im using the same laptop
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