Install Video Driver Only – AMD Radeon Graphics Card

AMD Video Driver Only - Cancel Install

Got me a shiny new AMD Radeon video card and…

Issue: AMD doesn’t make individual drivers available for their video cards. The only way to get a driver for your AMD video card is by installing the complete AMD ADRENALIN software suite – did you know, with this software you can control your video card settings from a phone! Holy cow it has a NEWS FEEEED!! When you install AMD “drivers” there is no custom option, there is no “select this software” option. No way to remove the junk and use just the driver. It’s the full Adrenalin Software suite or nothing. You need the driver, but you’re going to get a dumpster fire of useless crap along with it. Unless…

Solution: Start the installer, do not actually install! Then update the video hardware driver directly.

* if your video card does not show up in Device Manager – try enabling show hidden devices: View > Show Hidden Devices or run a manual scan: Action > Scan for Hardware Changes. For any video card that shows up – manually update it’s driver via the steps below.

  1. Download “drivers” here:
  2. Unzip the download into the default folder C:\AMD……..
  3. Let the Install screen open but do not install
  4. Cancel the install
  5. Go to Device Manager
  6. Update Radeon Device from Local disc – C:\AMD\… “Search all folders”
  7. Boom – drivahs!
  8. No BS no, overhead, no sign in account tracking your info, no news feed… just you know, drivers.
  9. Delete  C:\AMD folder if you like (1.x gigs)

Downside – you gotta manually update following the above steps

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4 thoughts on “Install Video Driver Only – AMD Radeon Graphics Card

  1. Solved!
    Thanks :D

    Sami, does your GPU show in Device Manager -> View -> Show hidden devices.

  2. Wish this worked – just purchased a 5700 XT because ALL nVidia products are sold out, everywhere… this is definitely the last AMD/ATI product I ever purchase. I’ve tried this in the past – back when nVidia was running 256 processing cores and to keep up ATI had 4096 cores in it! Damn thing heated my apartment, still ran like shit.
    Now, a month into ownership of this card getting daily green screen crashes…
    Anyway, I digress, this isn’t working for me for the same reason – Windows Device Manager doesn’t see my graphics card. Maybe I’ll try without drivers? Microsoft default graphics drivers.
    I’m at an anger point of buying a really old nVidia and breaking this pile of garbage in half and tossing it in the bin.
    Thanks for your post – I was really hopeful for a moment.

  3. Hey! After a couple of reboots the system detected the card was matching the AMD drivers and installed without the crappy software! Now to wait for the green screen of death…

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