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Ok so I've been using a NVIDIA GeForce FX 5700 Ultra for about 2 & half years. I bought a new graphics card, Radeon X800XL. Just before installing it I wanted to know if there are any steps I should take in order to have a clean & perfect installation, basically so the chances of a problem from the upgrade are down to minimum. I'm familiar with how to install a graphics card, that is not a problem. It's basically things such as do I before installing the new graphics card need to remove the drivers of the old one & stuff like that.
Anyone help me out with this ?
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Yeah uninstall old drivers, to make sure you are gone especially since you are switching brands use driver cleaner to get rid of them, just boot up to safe mode and run driver cleaner a couple of times and delets all the nvidia stuff, then install your card and you should be fine, make sure to go to the ATI website to get the latest drivers or get the omegas.
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What's the difference between the omegas & the drivers from the ATI website ? Where can I download driver cleaner as well.
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Google it its easily found when you look, omegas are tweaked slightly but the biggest advantage is more options for the card.
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I've installed the new graphics card & everything seems to be running smooth. However I've really not noticed a huge difference from a 4 pipeline 128MB (128bit) graphics card to a 16 pipeline 256MB (256bit) graphics card, I was wondering maybe the omegas would help clear this out but I am not able to find the drivers online. I went to the website, http://www.omegadrivers.net/ but it does not load, I keep getting cannot find server. Anywhere I could download these omega drivers ? Also if you could help me clear out this doubt. Well with the NVIDIA card I previously was using there was really nothing more than installing the driver as far as I was concerned. For this graphics card there is the graphics card driver, ATI catalyst & Hydravision. I quite honestly am confused as to what is required for what & if they help or anything. If you do know about them pls just a brief description would be very helpful.
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Edited by manu08, 12 May 2006 - 05:02 AM.

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Hydravision is an extra, i think nvidia have something similar as well its just not as publisiced, its just extra support for multi monitors. The difference it depends what you are trying to do, if you are playing for example old games or are using to low a resolution(keep it above 1024) you wont see a huge advantage on newer games you should see a big improvement.

The stie appears to be down but you can get them from here http://downloads.gur...t=1361#download weird ill have to look about for some info for that i really hope its just maintenance.

Edited by warriorscot, 12 May 2006 - 05:19 AM.

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Ok so installing Hydravision will basically be a waste of space for me as I'm only concerned with connecting one monitor to this graphics card. I know I'm probably getting rather annoying with this but I don't think the Omega drivers are for me. They seem to have extensive options majority of which I have no clue about & dare not want to meddle with. So I'm going to uninstall the Omega drivers, now the thing is I just need to know this last thing. Should I install the drivers I downloaded from the manufacturer's website (Gecube) or the drivers downloaded from the ATI website. ATI catalyst is the drivers for the graphics card right ?
Thanks a lot for the help.
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