Windows 8 Video Driver for Inspiron 1521 – Radeon Xpress 1270

I have an old (circa 2007) Dell Inspirion 1521 laptop and wanted to get a better Video driver installed for Windows 8.  I found a Vista 64 bit driver on the Dell site that seems to work very well (compared to the generic drivers):

When you get to the installer, ONLY install the drivers.  Do not install the catalyst stuff (it will make your CPU max out with an ati service).  I had some errors installing but the display now supports full resolution and the graphics speed is much faster!  I also upgraded to the latest bios available and gave the system the max memory I could for graphics (I had plenty to give because I have 4G Ram installed).


Let me know if this helps you!

Comments (8)

  1. CatsAndCode says:

    Exactly what I needed to get my Inspiron 1521 up and running at full resolution.

    Thank you for posting the link and the tip about the Catalyst Console.

    Very grateful.

  2. bluntedinthebombshelter says:

    works AWESOME MAN thank you

  3. Jess says:

    Thanks for the advice. This worked awesome for my computer.

  4. daniel says:

    loco me sirvio de mucho gracias, ya que instale windows 8 y despues puse el 7 por que la resolucion era pesima pero con tu driver me sirvio y regrese al 8 gracias…

  5. Daniel says:

    loco gracias me sirvio de mucho….

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  7. CaliforniaMartin says:

    So far so good.  Have a Dell Latitude D531 laptop with ATI Radeon Xpress 1270 on the motherboard. Just upgraded it to Win 8 Prof, but immediately started getting ATI Catalyst related popup errors. De-installing was a b—, had to finish off the job manually.  Went into Device Manager and installed just the drivers manually.  Worked great.  The Windows Experience Index went from 1.0 to 3.2.

  8. Joe says:

    This worked for me on a D531 with Windows 10 (just install the driver only, not the control center…).  Thanks!