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Updating video card drivers...

Postposted on Wed Mar 07, 2012 9:42 pm

I've seen recommendations that it is better to uninstall previous drivers, reboot, then install the new drivers. I have a radeon HD6950 and usually I get a pop-up from ati notifying me when new drivers become available. I usually just follow the on screen instructions an do the auto install.

Do you guys recommend manually installing the drivers?
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Re: Updating video card drivers...

Postposted on Thu Mar 08, 2012 2:38 am

Manual uninstall typically matters only if you're switching to a different video card or upgrading from a *really* old (as in a few years back) driver.

(I'm referring to Windows here... on Linux all bets are off, as the video driver situation on Linux is still a bit of a mess.)
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Re: Updating video card drivers...

Postposted on Thu Mar 08, 2012 3:18 am

cool. Thanks.
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Re: Updating video card drivers...

Postposted on Thu Mar 08, 2012 6:42 am

I always just installed new drivers over the last ones. Then a few years ago I mentioned that here on the forums and got a ton of flak for being irresponsible and clumsy, so I took everyone's advice and started uninstalling, rebooting, and installing from scratch on reboot. Both ways worked fine, and I'm probably on the same installation of Windows XP I was using from the beginning, so you can probably do either and it'll work, but going from scratch may be safer.
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Re: Updating video card drivers...

Postposted on Thu Mar 08, 2012 9:49 am

Skullzer wrote:I've seen recommendations that it is better to uninstall previous drivers, reboot, then install the new drivers. I have a radeon HD6950 and usually I get a pop-up from ati notifying me when new drivers become available. I usually just follow the on screen instructions an do the auto install.

Do you guys recommend manually installing the drivers?

I always do the uninstall/install.
It's the way I was taught way back in the day when I 1st started building.
Force of habit? Probably.
Also.
When new drivers come out.
I read the readme.
What's fixed. What issues do these new drivers have.
If it ain't broke, don't fix it.
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V12.2 are out.
Will sticking with v11.11

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