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Need to test if ATI Cards work - Nvidia currently in system?

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Hey all -
I've got 2 Sapphire Radeon 5970's coming in the mail soon and I need to make sure these work for a couple of friends before I go ahead and make them reimburse me for the cards. I've currently got Nvidia's GTX 560 installed. Is there anything special I'll need to do aside from switch the cards out and reinstall drivers? Will I even get display on boot if I try this switch without pre-installing the drivers?

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Fhoff
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Display on boot is independent of Windows drivers since you haven't loaded Windows yet...
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Well once it boots into Windows I suppose is what I was asking.
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Well once it boots into Windows I suppose is what I was asking.
Windows will load the generic built-in VGA driver (the same one Windows uses for safe mode). Once you log in, it will install the ATI drivers.

Personally, I would set a System Restore point before doing this. It will be a lot easier than running driver sweeper to clean out the ATI drivers after you are done testing.
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1) Uninstall Nividia Drivers

2) Run driver sweep and double check drivers are gone

3) Turn off PC

4) Take out 560, install 5970

5) Boot up an install drivers

6) Check if it works

7) Turn it off and swap 5970's

8) Check if it works

9) Repeat steps 1-6 but this time install nvidia, remove ati
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Thanks all - Question answered.
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When folks run dedicated physx card with an AMD as main GPU, the drivers co-exist. Why cannot he just install the AMD drivers (instead of uninstalling the nVIDIA drivers and installing the AMD drivers), test the cards out, and then simply uninstall those?
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I thought the whole driver complications when changing cards, only applied to the same make of gpu eg: (updating from a 4870 -6k series), their shouldnt be any conflicts from having both drivers on your machine at the same time as their not from the same family, so to speak.
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