So I'm sure people are tired of reading these topics but I can't get Minecraft to work with this (ATI Mobility Radeon HD2300). My PC is a Gateway C-142XL tablet pc and I believe finding drivers for this set is a pain to begin with (still can't find any). Am I to believe that people who are unable to update their drivers are out of luck? It's a shame if that's the case, because of all the praise I've been hearing...(and also because I've already paid for the game)
Bad video card drivers!
Minecraft was unable to start because it failed to find an accelerated OpenGL mode.
This can usually be fixed by updating the video card drivers.
--- BEGIN ERROR REPORT 7fe0271 --------
Generated 10/5/10 1:09 AM
Minecraft: Minecraft Alpha v1.1.2_01
OS: Windows 7 (x86) version 6.1
Java: 1.6.0_20, Sun Microsystems Inc.
VM: Java HotSpot(TM) Client VM (mixed mode, sharing), Sun Microsystems Inc.
[failed to get system properties (java.lang.NullPointerException)]
org.lwjgl.LWJGLException: Pixel format not accelerated
at org.lwjgl.opengl.WindowsPeerInfo.nChoosePixelFormat(Native Method)
at java.lang.Thread.run(Unknown Source)
--- END ERROR REPORT fbd412e9 ----------
I looked at the Mobility Radeon GPUs that are supported with the Win 7 32bit driver and I don't see the HD 2300 listed. Actually for that version of ATI Catalyst, I just don't see the HD 2300 listed anywhere. So I did a bit of searching and ran into this - http://www.hardwareheaven.com/modtool.php It could explain the reason why some hardware doesn't seem to be supported by the drivers from AMD/ATI.
In a nutshell, AMD actually needs permission by the notebook manufacturer to allow AMD's own generic references drivers to be recognized and installed on various notebooks and mobile devices. Pretty stupid, but that's business.
The tool located at the link, should allow most users to force the installation of drivers that are supposedly "unsupported". If you want to use that tool, make sure you read everything on that page's instructions and backup your computer's data before you do anything. the HD 2300 is shown to be supported by that mod tool so it should work.
Private Mod Note
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Im running a Toshiba Equium A100-337 and a Mobile Intel(R) 945 Express Chipset Family Graphics Card. Im not too keen on the idea of having to buy a new graphics card, but the driver update program on my laptop and the Toshiba website, says there is no better driver for it.
Im just not sure what to do, not to mention that I have already bought the game. leaving me with a lot of anger and frustration.
If anyone has got a solution to this problem, Id be really grateful.
I had to make an account just to reply here and say thanks to both Digithor and the OP. I've been dealing with the horrible lack of OpenGL support on the native Win7 drivers for this graphics card (I have the same laptop too), and the version seraphus used (10.2 legacy) worked fine for me. Now I can play minecraft! and many, many other indie titles that should have worked but didn't due to OpenGL problems. Anyone with a mobility chipset should give these things a try, even if you've been trying to fix the same problem for 2.5 years and it hasn't worked.
I also have to thank this thread. Had the same problem with the same specs (ATI HD 2300). Playing Minecraft and enjoying it!
To make it simple for anyone just now trying this out,
1. Uninstall drivers. Since I didn't want to F my computer up, I made sure to do it the right way, which cost me $10. I got a driver cleaner from http://www.drivercleaner.net so I could have clear instructions on how to uninstall everything properly, and then their program cleaned everything up to make sure it was good for any new drivers I wanted to install. There's probably a way to do this without paying, but that's what I did.
I used to have Minecraft up and running perfectly on a Fujitsu Siemens Amilo PI 2530 with Windows Vista installed.
This laptop has the ATI Radeon HD 2300 graphics chipset.
Yesterday I installed a new hard drive with a clean install of Windows 7.
After that Minecraft wouldn't start.
Having followed the various threads I understand that the out-of-the-box Windows drivers that I get when I install Windows 7 will not work with ATI Radeon HD 2300. I get the "Bad video card drivers" error. And I can't install the latest version of AMD Catalyst since it won't install on a computer with this rather old card. So I tried the ATI Legacy 10.2 version and patched it with MM. After that I could install Catalyst and it would run on the computer, but Minecraft still wouldn's work.
I think it's so strange that I can run it on Vista but not on Windows 7 with exactly the same hardware(!) This is also the reason why I haven't given up.
If everything else fails I still have the old hard disk with Vista on it intact so I could just install the old drive. But before I do that I would just like to check if anyone else have solved this problem.
There I entered the data for Fujitsu Siemens Amilo PI 2530: Mobile Devices -> former models AMILO -> AMILO Pi -> AMILO Pi 2530
Then I expanded the Windows Vista list and selected Graphic. I downloaded the Mobility Radeon X2300 HD driver, version 8.37. This saved a zip archive on my disk.
I expanded the zip archive and located and clicked on Setup. I went through the installation process and in the end I was asked to reboot the computer.
I rebooted and when Windows 7 was done loading I fired up Minecraft and it worked!
I'm not 100% sure what did the trick. It could be the fact that I downloaded the driver pack from Fujitsu Siemens instead of AMD. Or it could be the "X" in the ATI Radeon X2300 HD that made all the difference?
If anyone knows, please post it here. I'm just happy I finally got it to work!