no one is angry, man. and i apologize for coming off that way.... i just don't agree that either nvidia or ati makes 'horrible drivers'. sometimes it is a problem with leftover files from the previous drivers, or some other software or registry (or user) error. writing drivers that work 100% with 100% of system configurations seems to be something that is not easy to do. sometimes its not the software, its the hardware that does not play nice with each other as well.
Only reason why I'm so afraid to try ATI's latest drivers is like I said, I reformatted, installed 11.1, and instantly started having issues. Went back to 10.12a and I'm fine now for at least a month with no crashes or issues.