I have a Packard Bell EasyNote LS44HR laptop with AMD Radeon HD 6650M graphics card.
I have been running on default drivers of this laptop, from 2011, for a long time because I am simply enough unable to find a working driver. First place of course is to download the automatic driver tool from AMD, the Verification Tool that is. However I am unable to run the program because I have incompatible hardware and I should seek support from the manufacturer. Packard Bell is no dice becuse the latest drivers they are giving for me are even older than the ones my laptop came with.
This is probably because Packard Bell no longer exists, it is owned by Acer. So I venture to Acer's website and true to their reputation the website does not work, I am unable to search for drivers. The only accessible search functions do not produce results, they just load load and load some more, after 20 minutes of waiting I gave up on it.
I head back to AMD then, and download the latest Beta driver (13.11). I install it successfully, but it causes a flickering problem. Whenever there is activity on the screen, like scrolling a page, thin black lines no more than a few pixels thick blink in the screen. Not a major issue but very annoying, so the beta driver is no dice.
On another forum, a member uploaded driver version 13.4 for me, just a few months old from what I understand. However that driver also has the same issue so I can't use it. He uploads three more drivers: 12.2, 12.4 and 12.10. Only 12.2 of these was functional, but not without problems as I will elaborate soon. 12.4 does not have the lines, but it causes BSOD on me even when playing games as old as from 1997. I do not remember the exact words in the BSOD message but it has something to do with the driver.
This driver orgy has already damaged my computer enough that I regret ever trying to update them in the first place. 12.10 has the lines again so I scrap it. Whatever happened after 12.2 is very angry at my laptop.
As said 12.2 works, but not without issues. Every time I start my computer, a program which I recall was named Service Host or something crashes and AMD control center shuts down from my taskbar. An Internet search revealed that I must toggle Hide function in AppData folder, this fixed the issue but the hiding would revert back for no reason. I'm not putting up with that garbage so I returned to the old 2011 drivers. While 12.2 does work, I don't understand why it insists on being such an obstacle.
Why is this being so difficult?
EDIT: I realized that 12.2 does indeed break my laptop in a way. When using it I could not play most video files (it seemed to alternate between MP4 and AVI, I could not make any patterns for it). It also broke Youtube when using Opera, though Chrome did run Youtube just fine. When I returned to the old driver, all these issues are gone.
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