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What dpo you guys do when you install a new card? Especially from a different company. Uninstall current driver, install new card, install new driver?

I recently went from a 460 to a 6950 (its currently out for rma) and had trouble getting video out of the 6950.

So whats the best method?
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You pretty much have it right, just make sure to wipe your system clean of the old vendors drivers/services and you should be fine. I have a few buddies who go the extreme of completely re-installing windows etc which ehh I find it does not make a huge difference lol. Get the best recommended driver for your card etc and you should be just fine.
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You pretty much have it right, just make sure to wipe your system clean of the old vendors drivers/services and you should be fine. I have a few buddies who go the extreme of completely re-installing windows etc which ehh I find it does not make a huge difference lol. Get the best recommended driver for your card etc and you should be just fine.
Ok thanks for the feedback.
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I would just grab the drivers for the new card and then use driver sweeper or something similar to get rid of the other company's drivers.

hell,even if you don't do that it usually isn't a huge deal. I went from a 5770 to a 560ti and realized 2 weeks ago that I still had all of my AMD drivers installed
    
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You pretty much have it right, just make sure to wipe your system clean of the old vendors drivers/services and you should be fine. I have a few buddies who go the extreme of completely re-installing windows etc which ehh I find it does not make a huge difference lol. Get the best recommended driver for your card etc and you should be just fine.
Yep, just wipe the old ones in safe mode before installing the new card and you should be fine. I done the same thing last year (and then again but, from ATI to nVidia) and had no issues whatsoever.

I think there's no need to be so draconian as to re-install the entire OS
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This is kind of over doing it, but to be honest when upgrading I usually reinstall windows and start fresh, but thats because I upgrade the GPU every 2 years. But if thats not what your looking to do, a uninstall, driver sweep, and reinstall should do it GL
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Thanks guys. I am asking because all of a sudden a bunch of games in steam won't start and it happened after I did all of this. I may just do a clean install this weekend. My desktop is overdue anyways.
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Thanks guys. I am asking because all of a sudden a bunch of games in steam won't start and it happened after I did all of this. I may just do a clean install this weekend. My desktop is overdue anyways.
No need, no need!

As I said, I've done that twice last year and I've been through the same predicament as you with the games.

The problem is when the games where installed, the graphics engines where adapted to the gpu in place at that time, so now they can't handle the new ones (regardless of the drivers) and the games crash or work funny (bugs galore).

The solution is to simply reinstall all games after you install the new drivers, the OS can remain untouched.
Edited by Ulver - 8/9/11 at 8:30pm
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No need, no need!

As I said, I've done that twice last year and I've been through the same predicament as you with the games.

The problem is when the games where installed, the graphics engines where adapted to the gpu in place at that time, so now they can't handle the new ones (regardless of the drivers) and the games crash or work funny (bugs galore).

The solution is to simply reinstall all games after you install the new drivers, the OS can remain untouched.
Well thats what I thought and I tried it. I did a backup of the game files for one of my games. So I didn't have to redownload, (I'm assuming it only backs up the standard files and nothing that has to do with my system, could be wrong though) but I got the same error when I restored it. I guess the next step would be to redownload them, what a pain.
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WAIT!!!!!!

Do you use steam??

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