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What are the risks associated with driver upgrades and how can they be avoided?

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Specifically, for a 32 bit OS.

I'm looking to find out a few things.

1. What are the main causes of instability/errors and lack of functionality?
2. Have you experienced these and how did you alleviate them?
3. And how do those tactics/techniques apply to AMD/ATI cards in particular?


I already know about the dangers of Driver Sweeper for them and that Net Framework also plays a role but I'm looking to expand.
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32 bit I'm not entirely sure, however here's my two cents. The thing that bothers me the most about ATI drivers is that some drivers work perfectly fine for some people, meanwhile the other half are having display crashes, FPS loss, etc.

A lot of people will say "Oh, it's PEBKAC they're definitely using driver sweeper, etc" however it's really not. Sure PEBKAC is generally the issue with graphics drivers, but in this case it's not. It's just poor driver support.

When I built my sig rig (not even 3 weeks ago) I installed all of my drivers, etc. The driver I always install last is my graphics driver. I wanted to give 11.1 another chance, so I installed it, everything went okay, restarted. I booted back into Windows and my resolution wasn't native and CCC wouldn't launch. It was not in the processes, etc, BUT if I manually went to the CCC exe and went to launch it, it told me my video card wasn't supported.

So I did a system restore, reinstalled all of my windows updates, etc. I installed 11.2, everything went perfect up until a few days ago. A few days ago I was browsing OCN and listening to music and boom, display driver crash. Did flash crash it? Or did it just crash on its own. I'm not sure, but either way I disabled both hardware acceleration for Firefox and Flash.

Needless to say, it's not always PEBKAC... ATI has been making very poor drivers recently. That's my opinion.
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Thank you for your input sir +rep.
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Driver Upgrades, well sometimes it raises compatibility issues. couple months ago it caused me some issues after upgrading from 260.xx to 264.xx. My second card would not get recognized on any other slot but the top !

Not much but you should have a look at this lol, they are blaming the drivers because of the fail ..

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