Correct way to install drivers !

Discussion in 'Videocards - AMD Radeon Drivers Section' started by yelsewshane, Jul 29, 2010.

  1. yelsewshane

    yelsewshane Banned

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    Makeing this post because I see so many of you makeing everything complicated and apparantly confused and then cry about ati drivers not working etc etc sick of it. This is simple folks and trust me the amd driver team is smarter and knows better than prob 99.999 % of you just follow directions !

    1. download new driver
    2. run new driver and choose uninstall older driver
    3. computer will reboot
    4. run new driver and choose install new driver
    5. computer will reboot

    whola ! not that dam hard is it and believe it or not even your old settings are saved for you !

    now for some of you stop complaining you have problem if you don't follow directions and think you must use driver cleaner, safe mode etc etc etc your a dufus and thats why you have problems do as instructed by the people that make the darn cards and whola no problems. I can tell you this for fact I have never had a problem with nvidia or amd drivers because I have a freaking brain and do as instructed not as some 3rd party idiot with crazy ideas on how to do it better. enjoy your non buggy drivers now geez
     
  2. crushilista

    crushilista Ancient Guru

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    Personally, I recommend downloading the new driver, using the uninstall for the old driver first, then using Driver Sweeper to remove left overs, then rebooting, installing new driver, and reboot once more.
     
  3. CPC_RedDawn

    CPC_RedDawn Ancient Guru

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    +1

    This must be done when changing from ATI to Nvidia or vice versa as many people have reported left over files screwing with newer ones.
     
  4. Egregious

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    I haven't swept a driver in 3 years since I went ATI. Never had a problem. This isn't nVidia folks.
     

  5. crushilista

    crushilista Ancient Guru

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    ATI leaves many files (about 14) behind each time you uninstall. It's nice to remove these so that they don't conflict in the future.
     
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    chanw4 Ancient Guru

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    If you don't care about left over files and you beleive in AMD /ATi then you should just overwrite the driver with the new ones.
     
  7. DM_777

    DM_777 Master Guru

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    that is not the correct way to install driver, that is the AMD way of installing driver, even the head of the driver team is an idiot, because he once told us (using his twitter), that he never uninstall old driver, and that makes me wonder if he ever used catalyst, maybe he is secretly using Green stuff (that might explain why the driver is full of bugs).
     
  8. yelsewshane

    yelsewshane Banned

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    Do as you wish then as I said in original post I trust the people that makes the graphics cards than I would someone like some of you that ( THINK ) you know better than they do. Fact is follow amd's rules you never have a problem and follow the way some of you think you get problems simple as that. And as you say that is the way to install drivers the AMD way and I will do it their way not the way you think it should be done.
     
  9. crushilista

    crushilista Ancient Guru

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    Lol..... alright. I'll just ignore all the irreversible blue screens and application crashes that appear when you try their way.... No.
     
  10. Indeo

    Indeo Ancient Guru

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    Haven't we been through this a couple of hundred times already? Why make a new thread, there are numerous guides for (un)installing drivers in this section.
     

  11. Egregious

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    Like I said though, 3 years is a decent amount of time to never have a driver related problem. This may also be because I don't play games right as they're released, but still. I cut the driversweeper crap when I moved on from nVidia and until I actually have a problem I won't be using it again.

    It should also be mentioned that I don't uninstall the old drivers either, install them right over the top. Maybe all of the idiots who apparently do it the same way all of the idiots at ATI do it will continue enjoying our lack of driver related problems.
     
  12. MadGizmo

    MadGizmo Maha Guru

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    It depends on the situation. If I update to a new driver then I just install them on top of the other drivers. I only had a problem last month with the 10.6 drivers. They would BSoD on reboot. That was nasty. So I had to do the driver sweeper method and go back to an earlier version. This month I was able to use my preferred method again: On top of the older one. Let ATI deal with uninstalling the older stuff. That's what the installer is designed to do. ;)

    BTW: I wasn't the only one with that problem last month. Lots of threads on the official forums about people having the same problem using Crossfire in 64 bit versions of Windows 7 and Vista.
     
  13. nexuno

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    No the right way is letting CCC overwrite the old ones. Period.
    Then if you have problems you may try uninstall reboot sweeper reboot install reboot.
    Never had a single problem letting CCC doing its job anyway.
     
  14. ezodagrom

    ezodagrom Master Guru

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    I do it like this and never had any problems:
    1. Download new Catalyst.
    2. Use the old Catalyst setup to uninstall.
    3. Reboot and enter Safe Mode.
    4. Run Driver Sweeper and clean ATI remains.
    5. Reboot.
    6. Run new Catalyst setup and install.
    7. Reboot.

    The only time I had a problem installing was when I used the new catalyst setup to uninstall and didn't use driver sweeper.
     
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    the way I install new driver:

    1. Install new driver.
    2. done

    I NEVER uninstall old driver. Since 9.12 (even beta's) I have never had any problem or lockup of any kind with my 5970+5870 XFIRE doing it that way. If I ever have an issue I may rethink it, but 100% stable for over a half a year this way, tells me I should not change.


    I format my W7 OS array every couple months though too....could be maybe that is why I don't get conflict problems. But either way, never an issue installing overtop, CCC always shows me the new version I just installed.
     

  16. Renegade8100

    Renegade8100 Ancient Guru

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    I think he is addressing the ignorant? btw I do the same thing +2
     
  17. TheStrelok

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    I don't like Driver Sweeper because it only removes a few of the leftover files. TwK's cleaner is good, but I usually do it all manually. :)

    Here is how I do it:

    Download new drivers (usually TwK's)
    Uninstall, reboot.
    Remove ALL traces, reboot (because they are still in memory).
    Install, reboot.
    Tweaks, registry cleanup, reboot.
    Run NTREGOPT, reboot.
    Defragment, play a game.

    Most of the times, it shouldn't even be necessary. It overwrites all the files anyway.
     
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    this.
     
  19. BladeRunner

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    Driver sweeper has damaged Win7 profiles a few times now, I kept getting Windows will log you in a temporary profile, so I steer clear of that.

    Express uninstall all ATi software was designed for a specific reason, if there was considerable implications involved with driver upgrades or downgrades, ATi would be out of business by now due to support costs.

    The installer/uninstaller are coded with good intelligence and coupling, Driver sweeper and the likes really are the last resort imho.
     
  20. TheReproducer

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    I agree with the above. I have never used driver cleaner specifically for Nvidia/ATi and I've never encountered a problem, it's only when I try to just overwrite instead of uninstalling first.
     

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