What is THE (best) way to remove drivers?

Discussion in 'Videocards - AMD Radeon Drivers Section' started by Coldblackice, Feb 20, 2012.

  1. Taint3dBulge

    Taint3dBulge Maha Guru

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    Rebooting into safe mode is a waste of time! it doesnt do anything diff then being in windows normally. Unless you are having problems.....

    I uninstall. Restart normally, use driversweeper, restart normally use cclean. Install. Restart install caps, restart.
     
  2. UZ7

    UZ7 Ancient Guru

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    I use to take various steps to uninstalling drivers, now all I do is use Atiman, reboot, install new drivers. Never had any problems so far.
     
  3. bonob

    bonob Master Guru

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    people here keep posting : uninstall all ati driver and run drivercleaner or thing like but why would you need to remove any ati related driver (nb, hdmi...) or ati related apps when you want to updated just the display driver?
     
  4. pogostickio

    pogostickio Master Guru

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    is Driver Cleaner Pro a bad word?

    I completely remove the ATI software via the control panel, reboot, then run DCP. It has always worked for me.
     

  5. popeye

    popeye Master Guru

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    From what I know (maybe very little) all the ATI drivers/CCC/addons are so intertwined that one affects the others in many ways and they must be in sync.
     
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  6. Mojojoe

    Mojojoe Member Guru

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    Wait, what? You guys reboot when you upgrade your drivers? That's cute.
     
  7. syncore

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    Wait, what? You still run the ancient hardware in your sys info? That's cute.
     
  9. LBJM

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    (I can't stress this enough) As always with video card drivers do a clean driver install...

    Here's how:

    Get the latest Driver Sweeper the guru3d version is out of date. AS of this post 3.2 is the latest.( Never heard of atiman and that person should setup a webpage.)


    And then DO this:


    1)Uninstall drivers in normal mode.
    2)Reboot into safe mode.
    3)run driver sweeper and clean the AMD - Display. If you are switching brands (uninstall Nvidia drivers in the first step) choose Nvidia - Display as well.
    4)Reboot in normal mode.
    5)Reinstall new video card drivers drivers.
    reboot->> If CCC doesn't load or acts funny reboot again.
     
  10. mtdew332

    mtdew332 Member Guru

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    I actually keep an image of my drive c: that i made with Acronis true image after a clean install of windows and all updates except video and sound drivers.

    That way i KNOW i have a clean testbed for new drivers.

    So i just un-install with the Cat manager, reboot and install new drivers.
    If that has issues i just restore my image for a clean install.
    I install all my games to drive d:, so all i need to do is backup my saves b4 restoring.

    What has always bothered me is why can't AMD create a program to un-install their own drivers correctly, to ensure a nice clean trouble free install of new drivers?
    It sure seems like it would be to their benefit to do so, since it would cut down on errors/complaints.

    Instead we're stuck doing all this extra work and "guessing" which method is best.

    And if you think the current AMD cat manager does a good job, don't fool yourself.
    Just turn on AA in CCC , then un-install all AMD software with the cat manager and install new drivers and i bet your AA settings are still the way you set it with the old drivers.
     

  11. iamgamefreak

    iamgamefreak Active Member

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    Yup this is the best way i believe :D
     
  12. Espionage724

    Espionage724 Guest

    Not sure if it was ATIMan, or the other program I used that alters the bootloader, but 1 or the other broke my Windows install (reboots would only put me at a BSoD, whether it was normal mode or safe mode).

    And to be fair, the program I used to alter the bootloader worked everytime for me in the past without problem, so I'm putting the blame on ATIMan
     
  13. miffywiffy

    miffywiffy Master Guru

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    Whenever I uninstall with the official uninstaller it uninstalls my chipset drivers as well, gives me a BSOD and doesn't let me back into windows, just goes to boot up windows and then restarts. So I end up having to reinstall windows because it is easier than trying to mess around trying to fix it...

    So I use driver sweeper now and have no problems.
     
  14. adrock311

    adrock311 Master Guru

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    wow lots of praise for Atiman in this thread, but one person said it broke their windows install. not sure if its worth the risk then. does Atiman even have a webpage?
     
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  15. The Mac

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    he said it "might have been" atiman, he didn't remember...

    personally, i cant see how it could possibly mess up your bootloader...

    but every setup is different...just make a backup, if it works for you, its way worth the hassle of skipping all the BS when trying out new cats...

    heres the website: http://atiman.go-board.net/

    hope u understand greek...lol..google translate works fine...
     

  16. adrock311

    adrock311 Master Guru

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    ok so i just tried Atiman, wow it is a scary program the way it keeps opening command windows and giving error messages etc, I thought -- what is this doing to my system?

    but after i viewed its log it was simply cleaning the ATI drivers, phew!

    seems to have worked fine
     
  17. The Mac

    The Mac Ancient Guru

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    all those error messages are it parsing the reg files, ignore them. its just saying it didn't find the reg entries, thats a good thing...
     
  18. adrock311

    adrock311 Master Guru

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    yeah but what was all that "next generation" stuff it kept talking about?
     
  19. The Mac

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    marketing mumbo jumbo...

    its just talking about the PE environment and the dummy file it creates...
     
  20. KingDazza

    KingDazza Master Guru

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    I was wondering about this, having just moved across from Nvidia.

    Not a fan of driver sweeper. Though where as with Nvidia the driver installer did a good job of removing before installing. I do find AMD do require a definite, seperate removal/uninstall/reboot process before proceeding to install new drivers. But a simple normal uninstall of AMD drivers via control panel/revouninstaller appears to suffice so far for me.
     

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