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Help updating drivers for Sapphire 5850 & Asus mobo

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March 24, 2010 5:33:28 PM

Hi guys. I recently built (a month or so ago) a new gaming rig, and need some help, or advice, with updating my 5850 graphics card, and Asus P7P55D Evo motherboard. Is there a specific process I need to follow, as in update one first, then the other? This was my first ever build, so I don't want to screw anything up before asking.

Windows 7 64-bit
ASUS P7P55D Evo
i-5 750 Lynnfield
4GB Ripjaws 1600 ram
Samsung Spinpoint F3 500GB
Sapphire Radeon HD 5850


Everything in this puppy is stock more or less. I haven't tried to tweak anything since I put the box together. Any and all advice is appreciated. Oh, and please talk to me like I'm a 12 year old. hehehe...

Thanks in advance.

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March 24, 2010 5:41:06 PM

There's no specific order you need to follow.

For the motherboard, unless ASUS has a special utility for online updating, you will need to go their website, check for a newer BIOS, download it, and then put it on a CD/DVD or USB stick (if supported). Then boot into the BIOS and follow the update instructions (should be found in your mobo manual).

For the video card, just go to ATI's website and download the newest version of Catalyst, run the install (in Windows) and you should be good to go.

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March 24, 2010 5:48:47 PM

Don't bother with updating the BIOS unless there's been a change that actually affects you. There's always the chance of bricking your MOBO whenever you do a BIOS update.
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March 24, 2010 5:50:51 PM

Good call. I should have mentioned that but ended up looking at Sapphire's website instead to see if they also provide drivers. (Answer: inconclusive on my Linux/Firefox/Flashblock setup.)
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March 25, 2010 3:19:49 PM

Thanks for the replies guys. So I shouldn't update the motherboard, is that the consensus?

What about downloading the newest version of Catalyst, should I do that still?

Thanks again.

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March 25, 2010 3:25:14 PM

I would update Catalyst, yes.

As banthracis said, check the motherboard BIOS for updates, then check to see if any of those updates apply to you. If you're not having any problems, and none of the updates are important, don't update.

If you have any questions about whether or not specific updates are important, check back here.
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