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How can I install a second(older) gfx card in a second PCI-E slot?

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I am experiencing troubles of a graphical, glitchy nature in an older video game(Empire Earth). I have played it before with my previous gfx card, a Radeon X1600 and it worked fine.

With my current HD 5970 it just is quite unplayable. I also have tried some older driver versions(Catalyst 10.12), it does not resolve the problems.

So I would like to put the x1600 in my second PCI-E slot and switch between the cards whenever I need to. Maybe by deactivating whichever card I don't want to use for a certain task at hand, via the Control Panel.

I've tried to put the x1600 in but then the system automatically uses the x1600 and disregards the HD 5970.

So is it possible to have both cards installed with drivers and switch between them?

Regards.

PS: Have uni now, can't reply for some time.
Edited by 12Honk34 - 1/25/12 at 12:58am
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I found this with a quick Google search, might work.

"Make sure you have the latest ATI drivers, and then make a custom application profile for the Empire Earth executable. You don't have to change any setting except to turn Crossfire off. What this does is make it so that when you run Empire Earth, Crossfire is disabled, meaning that your second card [GPU2 on the 5970 in your case] is no longer in use. Many older games, both in general, and on GOG, have problems with Crossfire and SLI configurations."

Another issue is this: http://www.microsoft.com/windows/compatibility/windows-7/en-us/Search.aspx?l=en-us&type=Software&s=empire%20earth Windows 7 64-bit is not compatible with Empire Earth.

Also, make sure when switching between Catalyst drivers you clean out everything with ATIMan Uninstaller 6.2.0.
     
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