AMD Radeon Adrenalin 18.1.1 Driver Tackles Broken DirectX 9 Support

Written by Neil Soutter on Fri, Jan 5, 2018 1:51 PM

True to its word, AMD has pushed out an incremental new driver release that tackles the issues Radeon users are having running a number of DirectX 9 games.

The AMD Radeon Software Adrenalin Edition 18.1.1 Alpha is an early access driver specifically for those who’ve been running into crash issues following the release of Adrenalin. Games such as The Witcher, Battlefield for Middle-Earth and C&C: Red Alert 3 were all crashing on launch after users installed the latest driver.

Earlier this week, a member of AMD’s tech support said a fix was “unlikely” due to the games in question being so old, although Terry Makedon, director of AMD software strategy and user experience, quickly stepped up to squash this claim and said a fix was inbound ASAP.

Anyway, the fix is now with us, although AMD suggests “this alpha driver has not been fully tested by AMD and is not recommended for general use.” Give this one a wide berth then unless you specifically run into a DX9 title that you can’t run, as you may run into additional issues.

As it’s an early access driver release the Radeon Software Adrenalin Edition 18.1.1 Alpha isn’t automatically available through your current Adrenalin installation. Instead, you’ll have to manually download the installation package from here.

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22:12 Jan-08-2018

I can't wait to play Battlefield for Middle Earth, how have I never heard of this game before?

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17:37 Jan-05-2018

with the whole "The games are old so we probably won't fix it" thing, surely if enough people are trying to play those games for the fact that the driver breaks them becomes newsworthy within days of it being released, they should fix it.

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18:31 Jan-05-2018

From my own personal experience, AMD has excellent customer service in regards to fixing drivers breaking support with games, regardless of how "newsworthy" it is..... I was personally involved in a case last year helping get support for an old game fixed with AMD hardware, support had literally been broken for years...... as it turned out, in ALL of that time, no one thought to submit a damned support ticket to AMD and instead just chose to vent on forums/reddit/etc.

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18:31 Jan-05-2018

As SOON as we started submitting tickets, not a week went by before the game was silently fixed in its next driver update and has been working great since.

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23:20 Jan-05-2018

Yea same here, i submit almost WEEKLY just in my time of writing reviews here and trying out new games. It's beyond me as to why more people don't do it ill never understand it. P.S. I hope that "level 2" employee gets fired because that's just ridiculous.

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16:16 Jan-05-2018

I'm on 17.12.2 and I haven't had a problem with any of my DX9 games except The Witcher.

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09:35 Jan-10-2018

How much of a bottleneck do you have with an Athlon X4 and RX480, if you don't mind me askin' ? I find that my X4 750K clocked on 4.1GHz can handle a GTX1050Ti at best. On my current graphics card, HD7850 (1025/1350 MHz) on modern games it hovers around 50-85% on all 4 cores, and can handle background tasks (chrome, discord, streaming..etc..) and gaming without a problem.

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14:22 Jan-05-2018

Well that was remarkably fast.

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14:31 Jan-05-2018

When you cuck it up, it is expected from you

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16:06 Jan-05-2018

There needs to be an award for worst word of the year/ever.

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18:35 Jan-05-2018

Agreed.... I could literally go the rest of my life without ever needing to see/hear that word again, lol

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09:43 Jan-07-2018

Aye, it'd be 1st or 2nd runner-up.

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