AMD Adrenalin Driver Breaks Support for Some DirectX 9 Games, Fix is 'Unlikely'

Written by Stuart Thomas on Wed, Jan 3, 2018 9:30 AM
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AMD has performed an about-turn on supporting the DirectX 9 titles which broke as a result of its latest Radeon Adrenalin driver release. The likes of The Witcher, Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3 and Battle for Middle-Earth were crashing on launch, with a member of AMD technical support claiming a fix was "unlikely".

Now Terry Makedo, director of AMD software strategy and user experience, has Tweeted out that AMD is identifying the big and will be releasing a fix as soon as possible.

Happy 2018 everyone!! I am seeing some stories pop up about AMD not supporting some old games. That is absolutely not true, we are identifying the bug and working on a fix asap. C&C, Witcher, BfME, etc will be working again.

— Terry Makedon (@CatalystMaker) January 2, 2018

Good news then, meaning the original claim was either a case of crossed wires or, alternatively, AMD recognising the furor that had surrounded it and tackled the issue head-on.

Original Story: Jan-02-2018 - AMD Adrenalin Driver Breaks Support for Some DirectX 9 Games, Fix is 'Unlikely'

AMD’s latest Radeon Adrenalin graphics card driver is causing a spread of DirectX 9 titles to crash on launch. The broken compatibility now means games such as The Witcher: Enhanced Edition, Command & Conquer: Tiberium Wars, C&C: Red Alert 3 and The Lord of the Rings: Battle for Middle Earth are now unplayable on AMD Radeon GPUs with the latest driver installed.

To make matters worse, an AMD technical support engineer has responded to the issue and said it’s “unlikely” that this will ever be fixed.

“This title is from 2007, so we are unlikely to devote any valuable engineering resources to this issue, which is most likely caused by outdated API modules,” said AMD’s ray_m over on the official support forums.

This is a bit of an odd one as AMD  has historically been pretty decent at addressing using concerns, regardless of the bottom line. It’s a disappointing stance, rendering this handful of games unplayable. The ramifications here are also larger than this one particular instance - who’s to say further driver updates won’t break support for DirectX 11 titles further down the line? The beauty of PC gaming is its backward compatibility, allowing for the entire gaming history of the platform to still be playable to this day.

If you’re an AMD Radeon owner then you’ve doubtless already got the major Adrenalin driver update installed. It incorporates a number of high profile new features, including an in-game Radeon overlay and hardware performance monitor tools, as well as significant updates for FreeSync, ReLive, Chill and Frame Rate Target Control. It’s now a toss-up between the latest AMD Radeon driver or broken support for key DX9 titles.

Should you run into any problems running DirectX 9 titles then you can try rolling back your AMD Radeon driver. Simply uninstall your current drivers (Display Driver Uninstaller is best for a thorough wipe) and download an older driver version.

Which DirectX 9 Games Don't Run With AMD Radeon Adrenalin Graphics Card Driver

Here's the full list of currently known games which are running into problems. Some start, some don't. Some work with specific graphics cards, others are broken on all Radeon hardware.

  • Command & Conquer 3: Tiberium Wars
  • Command & Conquer 3: Kane's Wrath
  • Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3
  • Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3 - Uprising
  • Command & Conquer 4: Tiberian Twilight
  • Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
  • Crysis
  • The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion (Broken when Enhanced Sync enabled)
  • The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
  • Guild Wars 2
  • Heroes of the Storm
  • Injustice: Gods Among Us
  • League of Legends
  • Lord of the Rings: Battle for Middle Earth
  • Lord of the Rings: Battle for Middle Earth 2
  • Mini Ninjas
  • Ms. Splosion Man
  • Painkiller: Black Edition
  • Payday 2
  • PES 2017
  • Recettear: An Item Shop's Tale
  • STALKER: Lost Alpha
  • Spellforce 2
  • StarCraft 2
  • Tales of Berseria
  • The Witcher: Enhanced Edition
  • The Witcher 2

What are your thoughts on this? Any AMD users out there noticed problems with other DirectX 9 titles after installing the latest driver?

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12:31 Jan-04-2018

Still waiting for proper CrossfireX profiles in some games

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03:52 Jan-04-2018

And this is precisely the reason why I wait to install such major driver releases such as this.

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10:32 Jan-03-2018

There are some significant titles in there... But some of them nowadays natively work on DX11 right? Is CSG0 still in DX9?

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08:20 Jan-03-2018

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
Guild Wars 2
Payday 2
PES 2017
StarCraft 2
Tales of Berseria
The Witcher: Enhanced Edition
The Witcher 2
Absolutely unforgivable... huge games and staples of great franchises; I am especially shocked at CS:GO being forsaken by AMD as it's one of the biggest eSport games out there right now, guess it's up to ValvE to sort out its functionality. I'm just glad I'd jumped to Team Green before it got more embarrassing.

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09:33 Jan-03-2018

impossible i have the adrenalin version for a week now and Payday and CSGO work fine if not better

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09:56 Jan-03-2018

Same, but mainly skyrim and command and conquer

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07:43 Jan-04-2018

i cant speak for those 2 since i dont play them , but atm im downloading withcer 2 to see if it works

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08:21 Jan-03-2018

Well, that's good news. Renders my comment null.

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22:15 Jan-02-2018

Well, man, now I sure am happier to switch to nVidia. Managed to find really decent deal on 1070 far below 1070Ti and I snatched it quickly... no regrets there. :-D


But then again, despite them denying it, AMD is mining company now. Everything they do supports that, except what they say to not lose gamers.

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21:07 Jan-02-2018

The Witcher 2 and Crysis runs fine for me, but I hope this gets fixed for everyone

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21:00 Jan-02-2018

And this is why you have to BETATEST before launching something. They couldn't even test with CSGO which is WIDELY played?

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17:15 Jan-02-2018

Update the article guys as Terry Makedon just said tht the issues will be fixed via a hotfix
http://www.guru3d.com/news-story/amd-will-fix-dx9-game-versus-adrenalin-driver-related-issues-with-a-hotfix.html

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17:48 Jan-02-2018

Haha, looks like the Nvidia fanboys were wrong, AGAIN. Gotta love the rumor spraying donkeys on the forums.

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18:07 Jan-02-2018

To be fair.... the statement from the person at AMD did say "a fix is unlikely"..... I'm glad they changed their minds, but I wouldn't call this a very customer friendly statement..... they're not entirely wrong about sloppy API calls on the developers part either though.... so in many ways it's kinda like they're expected to correct the developers mistakes, and that aint cool either.

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18:30 Jan-02-2018

Because people believed someone who "claims" they work for AMD we don't even know if its true or not. Could be a random tech who has no idea about anything. Remember those claims by the tool who said the Vegas would hash at 50-100mh/s lol. Yea it's that kinda BS again. People just giving AMD a bad name just by word of mouth claims. It's the most idiotic thing on the planet.

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18:33 Jan-02-2018

Yeah I know what you mean..... definitely alot of people that seem to be hellbent on telling random lies in order to try and give AMD a bad name...... is this one of those instances? possibly.

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17:09 Jan-02-2018

I have been using the newest driver version. Playing Skyrim, Payday 2, Stalker, Starcraft 2 and all Witcher games, and I haven't run into any weird problems yet. But I am sure AMD will actually try to fix it. I doubt they will just ignore it.

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16:12 Jan-02-2018

Adrenalin is Broken Gives Blue Screen Errors on certain Heavy Games Downgrading Fixed the problem Release a Stable Driver............

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16:10 Jan-02-2018

I highly doubt AMD will simply ignore this. They're not that dumb. They will fix it, don't worry.

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15:33 Jan-02-2018

Everyday i regret my choice going for the rx480 and not an nvidia 1060, it was hard to decide but i chose the heart,i loved my amd cards over the years,but emulators,opengl apps and most games runs better on nvidia,and now this kind of move?really?breaking games not that old and saying this will not be fixed? this is a deal breaker for me..i hope they will listen to their fans and fix this..

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15:39 Jan-02-2018

My thoughts exactly, apart from regret. I love my 480 and it was one of the purchases I've ever made. The thing that pisses me off is their attitude. I gave good money to devs, I gave good money to Amd and I expect support from both of them.

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16:13 Jan-02-2018

I agree, I also loved my RX 480, even though the original plan was to use it as a stop gap for Vega, it was really hard letting it go, because it performed nearly flawlessly for me.


The only problem with the drivers I had was with the initial launch of ReLive, when it was causing ping spikes (which was fixed pretty quickly).

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16:26 Jan-02-2018

Yeah, Vega was a complete disaster... When they flop, they flop hard.
Don't have any plans to upgrade now since everything I play, runs like a dream. Hell, with some shadow tweaks and all other settings maxed out, even Fallout 4 plays flawlessly on 1440p.

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20:58 Jan-02-2018

Emulator devs always favor nvidia/intel
OpenGL always was a problem, but we have Vulkan now!
Nvidia pays to put their (sabotage) "tech" into games

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15:12 Jan-02-2018

And i was wondering why i didn't get the Adrenaline update as yet for my rig, but in way is a good thing. I might even worry that there could be games not on the list that may not run as well with the Adrenaline update.

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14:48 Jan-02-2018

i actually still didnt run on any game that wont work bec of gpu drivers

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14:45 Jan-02-2018

Well I guess it's 'unlikely' amd will sell graphics cards anymore, oh well.

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14:23 Jan-02-2018

As much as I like Amd, if they break Skyrim and refuse to fix it, I'm selling my 480 and most likely not buying anything Amd again.
I get that things can get messy with drivers, but when you purposefully refuse to fix something that you broke, then you deserve no money and no support.

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15:08 Jan-02-2018

The definitive edition is DX11 so that will run fine.

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15:19 Jan-02-2018

Yeah, I know, I have both and to be honest, I somehow like the old one a bit more.
But it's not just about that, it's about the principles. The intent. When you break something that works and refuse to fix it, I think it's rather telling.
I'm fine with phasing out, end of life, what have you, but this is just despicable. And it's not just about Skyrim anymore, the list keep growing fast.

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14:21 Jan-02-2018

I just scanned the list of games not working... Give them time, they'll fix it. They HAVE to. some of those games are still widely played today and have huge player bases.

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15:09 Jan-02-2018

I think they almost certainly will now. The list has grown considerably and the backlash is large enough that it needs to be tackled.

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13:12 Jan-02-2018

As someone who enjoys games regardless of it's age this means I'll never consider buying an AMD GPU until this is fixed.

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13:20 Jan-02-2018

I can understand your frustration........ but this is nothing new, older games have always been at odds with the shiniest, newest Windows OS, and the shiniest, newest drivers from both AMD and Nvidia.... it's always been kinda like a jackpot, try it, and if it works HEY GREAT! But if it doesn't, you're really not that surprised........ This is what prompted me to start bringing my old dinosaur rigs back to life in the first place, because I KNOW all my old games will work!

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13:55 Jan-02-2018

You are 100% correct sir, can't fault AMD for something that's been happening for DECADES. Ever try to play sim city 4 and have it crash on launch? I have on my build, fix? Run it with one core and one core only. It has nothing to do with AMD or nvidia, it happens on both platforms and always has.

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16:30 Jan-02-2018

Many games use dx9 so it's really bad. Ok, my mobile GPU can't open anything bellow dx9. There are few work arounds for some games, but still. Good thing is that dx8, dx7, dx6 games are old and almost all of them will work great on integrated graphics. If You ditch dx9 then good luck running game's like Skyrim, Crysis with good graphics and nice framerate using integrated gpu if You even have that option.

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14:14 Jan-02-2018

Problem is that this is NOT AMDs fault and this has been happening for both AMD and Nvidia for years... they just do NOT address it usually.
Most unpopular and/or worse written games from 2004 and older are hard to run on GPUs from the hd 7000 and newer and gtx 600 and newer from Nvidia, have terrible problems like crashes, poor performance, crashes, glitches and whatnot.


An example would be Prince of Persia 3D, on my old fx 6300 and my r9 380 it ran at 25-30fps, but as kid with a freaking athlon xp PC it ran with 60fps+... go figure...

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14:19 Jan-02-2018

I beat you to it lol.

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13:08 Jan-02-2018

Well I normally play older DX9 and under titles on my Windows XP retro rig....... but yeah, a little unsettling, but not all together unsurprising Microsoft, AMD, and Nvidia has silently been breaking compatibility with some older games for quite a while now..... sometimes updating drivers on an older card will even break entire APIs for that card, for instance, try running the latest possible drivers on an Nvidia 6000 series card, and you find yourself with no OpenGL

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13:11 Jan-02-2018

Try running the latest possible drivers on a Radeon 9000 series card, and you find yourself with a CTD every single time you try to run a 3D game..... I know these examples are pretty ancient, but I think they illustrate my point pretty well...... they've been breaking things from the beginning and just not telling us about it!

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