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Windows 7: Graphics / Driver Advice

26 Nov 2009   #1
victord66

Windows 7
 
 
Graphics / Driver Advice

I have just moved from XP to Win7. My system is mainly used for browsing and watching video. I have let windows install the drivers but am wondering if I have the best ones installed. The reason I ask is that when watching videos during fast action scenes sometimes the video is not smooth. Seems to be a bit jerky. Not sure what that's called in technical terms. These are my specs:
Processor
3.40 gigahertz Intel Pentium D
16 kilobyte primary memory cache
2048 kilobyte secondary memory cache
64-bit ready
Multi-core (2 total)
Not hyper-threaded

3072 Megabytes Usable Installed Memory

Display
Radeon X1300 / X1550 Series (Microsoft Corporation - WDDM) [Display adapter]
Radeon X1300 / X1550 Series Secondary (Microsoft Corporation - WDDM) [Display

adapter]

Driver: ATI Technologies Inc. 24/04/2009 8.56.1.15

Samsung SyncMaster [Monitor] (24.0"vis, s/n HVZLC02813, December 2006)

Multimedia
Creative SB Audigy 4 (WDM)

I understand that my video card is no longer supported by Radeon and I have not installed the CCC as I'm really not sure if that would be of any benefit.

Any suggestions?

Thanks.


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26 Nov 2009   #2
stormy13
Microsoft MVP

Win 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

victord66 I would give this one a try,

ATI Catalyst? Legacy Display Driver

Just released last week, so a lot newer than the driver from Windows Update. Don't let this,

Quote:
Note: AMD’s DirectX 9 ATI Radeon graphics accelerators are not officially supported under Windows 7. If the user chooses to, they can install the ATI Catalyst Windows Vista graphics driver under Windows 7. Please be aware that none of the new Windows 7 graphics driver (WDDM 1.1) features are supported (as the Windows Vista level graphics driver is limited to WDDM 1.0 level support). Using the ATI Catalyst Windows Vista driver under Windows 7 is not officially supported by AMD, and as such AMD will not provide any form of customer support for users running in this configuration
worry you, the driver will install and work fine; or at least it should (using the exact same driver on my second computer with a X1950 in it, and it works no problem).

As for CCC that is entirely up to you. If you don't want it when installing the above, just select Custom install and un-select it.
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26 Nov 2009   #3
victord66

Windows 7
 
 

Thanks stormy13. I've downloaded the driver, and it seems to install a manager of some sort, but when I go the control panel and ask it to update my video driver it says I have the best one already installed. Even when I point it to the new driver folder. ???? I don't know what's going on here. Nothing seems to have changed.
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26 Nov 2009   #4
torrentg

7600.20510 x86
 
 

Right click card in the device manager. Update driver software. Browse my computer. let me pick. Have disk. Browse. Double click on the .inf. Hit ok. Hit next.

The .inf is in C:\ATI somewhere, created when you extracted the original .exe that you downloaded by attempting first install.

After it installs with above method, reboot and then choose an Aero theme.
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26 Nov 2009   #5
victord66

Windows 7
 
 

I've done this. There are four or five folders with drivers in them, but on each one I click I get an error that says this folder does not contain the correct drivers for my equipment.
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26 Nov 2009   #6
torrentg

7600.20510 x86
 
 

Because you're not double clicking on the .inf and instead, you were choosing the folder install method.
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26 Nov 2009   #7
victord66

Windows 7
 
 

I'm sorry but I'm following your instructions to the letter. Each .inf file I click on says the same thing - not compatible.
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26 Nov 2009   #8
torrentg

7600.20510 x86
 
 

There are only two possibilities then.

You're doing something wrong

or

Are you running x64 Windows?
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26 Nov 2009   #9
victord66

Windows 7
 
 

I'm not running x64 so I guess I'm doing something wrong. There are five folders with drivers. Which one should I be installing?

AVS_HSUSB
AVS_RIO
AVS_T200
RIO
TVW_HSUSB ???
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26 Nov 2009   #10
torrentg

7600.20510 x86
 
 

Go to C:\ATI in Windows Explorer.

In the top right, search for *.inf

Tell me the ones it finds and I'll tell you which to use.
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