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Windows 7: The ATI Driver Upgrade Debate

View Poll Results: What is your upgrade process?
Option A 11 39.29%
Option B 15 53.57%
Option C 2 7.14%
Voters: 28. You may not vote on this poll

28 Jul 2010   #11
Solarstarshines

Windows 10 Home Premium 64bit sp1
 
 

well i pick option A based on when i did it the Option B way my system died and it was the 4650 vid card that did it i installed over the previous driver and then everything went blank and even with a restart the system was done


so I do it the a way then go take out the folder from the c drive then reinstall i think you have a better chance of not toasting your pc like i did

Considering i was trying to upgrade from a 7300gt 512 mb which gave me no issues vs the 4650 1gb which killed my system and even though that card set me back to build this new rig i still went with AMD but infact i decided to get everything AMD just in case it fails last board i had was asrock p4 agp slot

Alot of people don't like hearing this but that ati card was not compatible to my intel board sorry but that was my experience

ps by the way forgot to mention i did get rid of all nvidia drivers i used the new drivers from the cd after install then updated from the ati site then bam it died


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29 Jul 2010   #12
joseph10444

Win7 Pro 64
 
 

the mobility version of 10.7 wont install it's stuck at the "enumerating source media for installable packages" so i just installed the driver only.

any way to solve this?
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29 Jul 2010   #13
stormy13
Microsoft MVP

Win 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Solarstarshines View Post
so I do it the a way then go take out the folder from the c drive
Should mention that you can delete that folder at any time after the driver install, as all it contains is the extracted install files; once installed nothing in it is used anymore.
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29 Jul 2010   #14
Mellon Head

Win 7 Pro x64/Win 10 Pro x64 dual boot
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by joseph10444 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Mellon Head View Post
I do option B, but not for a while. Since my bad experience with 10.6, I'm going to stay at 10.5 and let everyone be the lab rats this time.
What happened with you in 10.6? i also had a problem but it was a sleep mode/brightness problem
It completely messed up my Crossfire. One card would run at full speed (750 MHz) and the other at it's normal resting speed (165 MHz) with no changes under load. I also had bad artifacts when playing some games.

Everything is fine since rolling back to 10.5, so I think I'll take a wait and see attitude this time.
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31 Jul 2010   #15
Mark Phelps

Win7 Pro 32-bit, Win8 Pro 32-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Mellon Head View Post
Everything is fine since rolling back to 10.5, so I think I'll take a wait and see attitude this time.
Just saw today to 10.7a is out. Have you tride that to see if it's any better?
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31 Jul 2010   #16
Mellon Head

Win 7 Pro x64/Win 10 Pro x64 dual boot
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Mark Phelps View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Mellon Head View Post
Everything is fine since rolling back to 10.5, so I think I'll take a wait and see attitude this time.
Just saw today to 10.7a is out. Have you tride that to see if it's any better?
Ha ha. 10.7-a? Hilarious.

No, I'm going to wait until the revisions settle down. I'll wait for x or y.
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31 Jul 2010   #17
smarteyeball

 
 

Ha ha. 10.7-a? Hilarious.

No, I'm going to wait until the revisions settle down. I'll wait for x or y. [/QUOTE]

They've been releasing a & b versions for a little while now - it's not really that hilarious because they are newer 3D drivers that can either be the difference between smiling and screaming

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by 10.7a release notes
Improved performance for Quad ATI CrossFireX™ for Eyefinity™ supported configurations
This could be one of those examples. Hopefully their definition of 'improved performance' means they don't crash the PC on virtually every title.


I went straight from 10.4a to 10.6 - but I didn't really play any games apart from one during that period of time. It wasn't until I tried playing a few others and got nothing blue screens left right and centre that I realised how bad 10.6 actually were. I didn't even bother with 10.7.
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31 Jul 2010   #18
profdlp

Main - Windows 7 Pro SP1 64-Bit; 2nd - Windows Server 2008 R2
 
 

ATI Catalyst 10.7a beta drivers bring AA to Starcraft II - Neoseeker News Article

The cynic in me wonders if they didn't just tweak a little something to take advantage of all the publicity surrounding Starcraft II. The again, AA is a pretty big deal for most people.
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02 Aug 2010   #19
mickey megabyte

ultimate 64 sp1
 
 

it seems that everyone's experience with card and driver combinations are different.

i've just unistalled 10.7 as it was causing one of my games (hearts of iron semper fi) to display strange things and eventually crash.

gone back to 10.6 for now...no problems with them.
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02 Aug 2010   #20
Airbot

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

I would do it option A when I was using ATI.
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