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Cannot Update The Display Driver - AMD HD 6950 2GB

Last response: in Graphics & Displays
April 14, 2011 5:07:17 PM

Hello Friends.

Firstly, I mention this - When working, AMD Cards are best. Please Quote - " when working ". I have a HD 4870, which refuses to update the display driver for past 5 months. Since I was building a new system from scratch, I dint care about that.

I built a new system. The specifications are :

i7 2600K
GSkill Ripjaws 4 x 2 GB 1600MHz
Asus P8P97 Pro
Windows 7 Ultimate 64 Bit ( Original, Legitimate Windows )
Samsung P2350 23.6" Full HD Monitor

" AMD HD 6950 2GB Sapphire Graphics Card "

First time when booted, I installed the Drivers from the given Driver CD and The card got Installed ( Catalyst V 10.12 ). Since It was older , I decided to change it to newer Version 11.3. So What I did was :

1. Updated Windows to SP1
2. Uninstalled ATI softwares ( Express Uninstall )
3. Ran CCleaner

Rebooted in safe mode, and Ran Driver Sweeper.

4. Right clicked the Catalyst V11.3 and ran in Administrator mode.
5.Everything got installed, except the Display Driver ( Ati Display Driver - Status Fail ).

After the installation, It shows " No AMD Driver found or Incompatible Hardware".

So, I went to device manager and right clicked the VGA Controller and updated it. It found the driver, downloaded and Did not install. The error message was " Driver is not compatible with the hardware.Please contact manufacturer For details".

Then, I searched Windows update and it succeeded in updating the display for HD 6900 Series ( which was abnormally 27 MB in size, as The display driver from AMD is 75 MB ). Now the display is working.

But, When i see the information, My latest Display driver does not install at all. Whatever I try, it does not.

Please help me, as I am suffering very much worse with the stupid drivers. I own ATI cards since 2008 and its only last few months this is happening.

Or kindly suggest me a good guide to install the drivers.


a b U Graphics card
April 14, 2011 5:56:35 PM

What's your power supply?

Also, try turning off Windows Aero Themes and UAC. They've been known to cause problems with the 6xxx series drivers.
a b U Graphics card
April 14, 2011 5:58:38 PM

Also, if you have any secondary displays connected, disconnect them before installing the new drivers. Continue to do the method you listed (involving CC Cleaner and DriverSweeper).

Edit: Found evidence of people who have monitors connected via HDMI were having issues installing new drivers? Wow...

If you have a DVI connection, I'd advise trying it. This s&@!'s wacky.
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April 15, 2011 7:40:56 AM


PSU : Corsair TX 750W

Nope. I dont have any secondary monitor.... The problem has elevated now.... My system opens only in safe mode. In normal mode, it hangs whenever i Log in :( 

Also, My monitor does not have any HDMI output. Only RGB through DVI connector.( Analog)

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a b U Graphics card
April 15, 2011 7:56:59 AM

I suggest you to reinstall windows again, after that, download the latest graphics drivers and install them. by then you must not have any problems. ( just be sure installing drivers first before updating w7 --updates could be causing the problems-- ) .
April 15, 2011 9:23:15 AM


Did the same and Now no probs. Installed well.

But, I am afraid to think of future updates!!! I cant afford to reinstall windows every time.. Its high time that AMD come up with some solutions..
April 15, 2011 9:25:21 AM

Best answer selected by arunloveshacking.
a b U Graphics card
April 16, 2011 4:58:53 AM

Hmm in order to avoid that kind of issues, I don't use to update windows7, unless it is necesary for installing something else as microsoft use to do.