Anyone succeeded with installing graphic drivers for Win 8.1, e.g Ryzen 5 4500U??A515-44

JanFralstJanFralst Member Posts: 8 New User
Acer only offers Win 10 drivers!

Amd themselves only offer Win 10 and Win 7 drivers!

Anyone who knows about a workaround for this?? I need to run both Win 10 and 8!!

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  • JackEJackE ACE Posts: 26,760 Trailblazer
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    The A515-44's ACER-proprietary mainboard was only certified to work properly with the ACER-flavored Win10 version & drivers (yes, some system files & dlls might be different than the Microsoft generic Win10 version) that it originally left the factory with. Not Win7, Not Win8x. Not even later major Win10 updates which are often like entirely new Windows versions under the older Win numbering/naming conventions.

    That said, the A515-44's AMD graphics driver is also ACER-proprietary due to its integration with the ACER proprietary mainboard. Thus it's not necessarily the same or similar driver as other manufacturer's might use with their own  mainboards even though the AMD chipset might be of the same generic AMD CPU family.

    Sometimes, but not always, the driver tools you already tried can pick up a workable solution to deal with older Windows versions. Apparently you lucked out with a machine that can't handle Win8x. So you probably get a 640 x 480 VGA resolution at best. At this point, all i can suggest, is trying some other driver tools (some freeware, some trial/shareware) that might get you better Win8x resolutions. Sorry.

    Jack E/NJ



    Jack E/NJ

FAQ & Answers

  • JackEJackE ACE Posts: 26,760 Trailblazer
    If running 8x, you can try installing Win7 drivers in Win8x's Win7 compatibility mode. Jack E/NJ
    Jack E/NJ
  • JanFralstJanFralst Member Posts: 8 New User
    Thanks Jack E/NJ!

    I´ve already tried that old trick with the Setup.exe in Win7 compatibility mode - it doesn´t seem to work, whatever driver i use?!

    I´ve also tried some other unofficial modified setups - but no luck!!

    If someone have had any luck with this please share your success with me ;) ! My system is A515-44 with Ryzen 5 4500U!!
  • JackEJackE ACE Posts: 26,760 Trailblazer
    Have you tried running iobit's DriverBooster freeware in Win8.x to see if it'll pick up anything better for it on line? Jack E/NJ
    Jack E/NJ
  • JanFralstJanFralst Member Posts: 8 New User
    Ok, I'll try that! Thanks!!
  • JanFralstJanFralst Member Posts: 8 New User
    No, Driver Booster didn´t find anything - same with SDI-tool/DriverPackSolution....!!

    It seems to be impossible? Strange in these times when hysterical googling almost always gives an answer..!

    A fresh installation of Win 10 has approx 150 background processes idling. With hard tweaking you maybe go under a hundred. :/

    Some easy tweaking of Win 8 takes you easily down to 20-30 background processes! Thats what I like!! =)
  • JackEJackE ACE Posts: 26,760 Trailblazer
    Accepted Answer
    The A515-44's ACER-proprietary mainboard was only certified to work properly with the ACER-flavored Win10 version & drivers (yes, some system files & dlls might be different than the Microsoft generic Win10 version) that it originally left the factory with. Not Win7, Not Win8x. Not even later major Win10 updates which are often like entirely new Windows versions under the older Win numbering/naming conventions.

    That said, the A515-44's AMD graphics driver is also ACER-proprietary due to its integration with the ACER proprietary mainboard. Thus it's not necessarily the same or similar driver as other manufacturer's might use with their own  mainboards even though the AMD chipset might be of the same generic AMD CPU family.

    Sometimes, but not always, the driver tools you already tried can pick up a workable solution to deal with older Windows versions. Apparently you lucked out with a machine that can't handle Win8x. So you probably get a 640 x 480 VGA resolution at best. At this point, all i can suggest, is trying some other driver tools (some freeware, some trial/shareware) that might get you better Win8x resolutions. Sorry.

    Jack E/NJ



    Jack E/NJ
  • JanFralstJanFralst Member Posts: 8 New User
    Thanks again JackE

    Yes, the free world of computing is tightened up by different means, and manufacturers. People have less possibilities to choose themselves. 

    Legacy boot for example is also now a memory too - enjoy as long as its possible to turn off Secure Boot!!
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