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PlayerZen14
08-23-08, 02:20 AM
Okay, so this is how you properly replace a 2400XT with a 4850 (correct me if I'm wrong):

1. Uninstall 2400XT drivers (both display and catalyst) using Driver Cleaner Pro.
2. Shut Down PC.
3. Take out 2400XT video card from the PC.
4. Install new 4850 into the PC.
5. Turn on PC.
6. Install 4850 display and catalyst drivers from disk provided.
7. Restart PC.
8. Game on

Also, there's an option in DC Pro to uninstall ATI WDM drivers. Should i run this filter as well?

I just need to make sure that's the right order. I don't wanna screw things up like I usually do. Thanks :o

CaptNKILL
08-23-08, 02:56 AM
You shouldn't really need to use driver cleaner, just uninstalling the drivers from add\remove programs should be sufficient.

What you posted is exactly what I would do and what I have done for years.

The only thing I would add is to let the PC boot up once after uninstalling your old drivers, before taking your old card out, just to make sure that all of the proper files are removed at startup before the new card is in.

So it'd look like this:


1. Uninstall 2400XT drivers
<Restart PC and let it boot to Windows, without installing any drivers.
2. Shut Down PC.
3. Take out 2400XT video card from the PC.
4. Install new 4850 into the PC.
5. Turn on PC.
6. Install 4850 display and catalyst drivers from disk provided.
7. Restart PC.
8. Game on

I've only used one ATI card in 8 years though, so its possible that another method could be better for you, but I doubt it.