If you have tried to install Windows 10 on an older setup that runs on AMD 740G chipset (which integrates ATI Radeon 2100 graphic chip), you might have run into the issue that Windows 10 are unable to locate proper drivers for this hardware; which makes them use their generic graphics adapter driver that is only able to run 1024×768 on this chip and not a pixel more.
Search no more, there are working drivers for this (both x64 and x86), but they are hard to find (well, if you are reading this, you already found them, but I went through quite some trouble).
I am in the Czech Republic and I have found deep in a comments on a local IT news site someone mentioning they got it running through Win 7 x64 drivers for an MSI motherboard with this chipset (I tried a lot of different drivers for Windows 7 from Gigabyte, neither of them worked and one of them even bricked my whole setup). Well anyway, I went googling MSI and their website was down. Great, though it turned out it was not down, just their DNS settings are fucked up and their whole website just doesn’t really work from over here, so I had to teleport through my American VPS over VPN into the United States and ta-dah, after hours of trying I finally got me working drivers.
For future reference I am saving them here since I have a full office of PCs running on this chipset that I am slowly migrating to fresh install of Windows 10, because well… after running a Windows 7 instances for almost a decade, it’s time. :D
This was tested and definitely works on:
- Gigabyte GA-MA74GM-S2, rev. 3.0 (HW ID is PCI\VEN_1002&DEV_796E&SUBSYS_D0001458&REV_00)
Frankly, I don’t remember the exact source for these drivers, but they are from the MSI website, downloaded as WIndows 7 chipset drivers for a random MSI motherboard with 740G, so you can try to re-find them if you don’t trust this unknown blog with bunch of articles written in weird language running on basic WordPress. Though it does look more trustworthy than www.download-every-single-driver-in-the-world.com, donnit? No, seriously, I will try to eventually cite the proper source.
If this have helped you, please note in the comments which motherboard have you used with these drivers so others can find this easily as well:
Download drivers here: Radeon 2100 on AMD 740G chipset (Windows 10 both 32b and 64b).zip
How to install
- Go to the place where bunch of the hardware stuff is listed
- Locate something like „Graphics Adapter blablabla“
- Click right and click something like Update driver
- Point the system into the folder you unziped from the file above
(Ok, this probably wasn’t that much helpful but I suppose since you got all the way here that you know what to do.)
I have ran into an issue when the computer has two separate LCDs plugged in (into the VGA and DVI port). On those computers, some (not all!) of the graphic elements in Windows 10 are blurred (as if the displayed pixels don’t match the physical pixels). It only happens with desktop icons and some of the settings. I have spent another afternoon on this after finally I gave up. Tried everything and nothing works. However even if you really need to run two displays, it’s just a little annoying but totally can be lived with. All the other computers that have only one screen attached run perfectly.