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I was talking to someone about graphics cards today and they said AMD drivers are worse than Nvidia's. That's been the last straw, so now I'm going to show ya'll how to install drivers so you have 0 problems.

Naturally this is not just for AMD cards, it will work for most anything that has drivers

If you are upgrading from old drivers, uninstall the old ones first, run CCleaner's registry scanner, and reboot before performing the steps below. I still recommend CCleaner even if you are doing a clean install.

1. Download 7zip. Install it. You can get it here: http://www.7-zip.org/download.html

2. Download but DO NOT OPEN the executable for your AMD drivers.

3. Right click the AMD driver .exe, and mouse over 7-zip.

4. Click extract to \\<name of executable>.

5. Wait for it to finish extracting.

6. Click start, type Device manager and hit enter. If using WinXP, go start, right click Computer, hit properties, go to Hardware, click Device manager.

7. Right click your graphics card (may be under Unknown) and click Update driver software.

8. Click Browse my Computer for driver software. If using WinXP click Install from a List of specific location, you may also need to click Do not connect to windows update before you get there.

9. Browse to the folder you extracted the EXE to (NOT the folder containing the EXE), check Include subfolders, and hit Next. Unfortunately, WinXP will force you to use the bottom-most folder without searching through all of them, if this is the case grab a flash drive, format it, copy the extracted folder onto the flash drive and point XP to it instead by clicking Search removable devices.

10. Your drivers are installed.

This is also useful if you have some obscure periph like a wireless adapter and you don't know which driver is for Windows 7 because it's soooo old (like myself), you can just extract all the different EXE's you found to a single folder and scan that without having to go through each individual driver by trial and error.

A perk of this (besides the extremely clean installation) is that it will not install Catalyst or any other bloatware, unfortunately it won't install OpenCL drivers either, you'll need to do those the conventional way if you want them.

/AMD bashing
Edited by railfan844 - 8/13/11 at 3:33pm
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Well normally, there's no problem with ATI's own uninstaller. Windows7 doesn't even need cleaners, the uninstaller really gets rid of the files. And W7 users can be sure of their uninstall by noticing the screen changing to Standard VGA resolution while ATI uninstall runs. The key here is to REBOOT after uninstall.

If people are experiencing problems with drivers "without cleaners", most of the time it's about Antivirus or complete Security softwares like Comodo/Norton preventing a registry change or file copy.
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Well normally, there's no problem with ATI's own uninstaller. Windows7 doesn't even need cleaners, the uninstaller really gets rid of the files. And W7 users can be sure of their uninstall by noticing the screen changing to Standard VGA resolution while ATI uninstall runs. The key here is to REBOOT after uninstall.

If people are experiencing problems with drivers "without cleaners", most of the time it's about Antivirus or complete Security softwares like Comodo/Norton preventing a registry change or file copy.
I meant the registry scanner, forgot to specify in OP. Fixed that now.
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not everyone will be problem free both brands got problems within the drivers it's just luck of the draw mainly...
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I've always installed the new version over the old, and never had any problem (knock on wood).
What is wrong with this method?
    
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Hmm, yeah that seems much simpler and more trouble free than when I go to Nvidia.com, download the newest drivers and click install. Works every time....
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I'm actually switching back to AMD because of driver problems with NVIDIA. Both camps have their problems.
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wow...that actually sounds a bit complicated ! lol

Honestly, CCC prompts you for driver update. One click on the download button visible in the message, click next when prompted, and you are done.
Also, I do not remember having to unzip anything when downloading from AMD site. Just the download the exe, click it, follow menu, done.
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Every driver I've used with my 5870 has brought cursor artifacting. It's no biggie now as I've started using a program to use custom cursors, but it's still something wrong.
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No one ever said "INSTALLING THE DRIVERS" was the bad part.

vsync/tearing issues w/ media players.
refresh rates being locked out of specific displays/hdtv
random crashing with older dx9 games, you want an example? dark age of camelot
random distorted graphics/artifacts with specific games.
assorted issues w/ early gen 120hz displays

I have had these assorted problems w/ AiW128Pros/9600s/9800s/3870/4890/5850 so don't go throwing around the word fanboy. I have had more ATI/AMD cards in the past 12 years than nvidia by far.
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