I own a Dell Vostro 3350 with an AMD ATI Radeon 7450M. The problems started about a year ago when the driver simply stopped working. I remember the countless reboots to enable the card again and use it.
Some more time passed and I had to reinstall my OS several times. Right now it is Windows 8 Pro (64-bit). When I tried reinstalling the driver, the installation process would reach a point where the dialogue window tell you: "The screen may flicker during the driver installation...". At this point the screen would simply go completely black, and everything would stop working. The OS would crash.
Much more time passed after having tried the above process about a hundred times. I, then, tried to install the driver manually by going into Device Manager, through Control Panel and letting the program search for a driver. I remember failing many times with this too, however it did happen to work once or twice. After a while, it would just stop working and I would be forced to reinstall and fail.
In the last year I switched back and forth between Windows 7 Professional and Windows 8 Pro just trying anything to make the card driver work again. Nothing helped.
I then used an installed Dell Bios Utility program to check for all my hardware components. The program reported that the card was fine and it had passed all the test performed. However if I try to check my card specifications through programs like CPU-Z, I get no information on the card except for it being an AMD and having negative memory size. This boggles my mind.
Does anyone know any other forms of manual installation which would perhaps help the situation? Is my card busted? Is the driver that Dell supplied corrupt?
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