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Delete old drivers when installing new card by same company?

Last response: in Graphics & Displays
November 4, 2011 12:42:05 AM

Silly question, I know. But im new to all this. Im upgrading from one ATI card to a new one (6750 to 6850). Do I need to bother deleting all the old ATI drivers and programs, or can I just leave them since they are such similar cards? Thanks.
a c 236 U Graphics card
November 4, 2011 12:50:22 AM

Just leave it. Graphics card vendors use unified drivers which will support all of their newer cards.
a c 251 U Graphics card
a b \ Driver
November 4, 2011 12:58:43 AM

To avoid any conflicts I always delete the old card and the drivers and use the installation cd that comes with the new card to install the new card and then do an update for the new drivers.
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November 4, 2011 12:59:58 AM

Do you delete them before you remove the card and put in the new one? Or put in the new one, then delete, then put in the new disk?
a b U Graphics card
November 4, 2011 1:04:39 AM

nVIDIA has programed their installer to uninstall the old drivers and install the new ones. Not sure about AMD.
a c 236 U Graphics card
November 4, 2011 1:15:34 AM

It doesn't hurt to just remove the old card, and insert the new. Most likely it will work if the driver is the same.
At the worst, you can do the delete driver and cleanup the registry bit.

If you change nvidia/ati, then it is best to uninstall the old card, delete the old software, and install the new card.
It will operate in basic mode without a driver. Something like 640 x 320 resolution. Enough to navigate the internet and download the proper driver.
If I planned ahead, I would have already downloaded the new software.

Personally, I always go to the graphics web site to get the latest driver, and not use the cd.

In the past, when a new generation of cards was launched, the cd was a better option. Probably specific testing for that card.
a b U Graphics card
November 4, 2011 1:18:01 AM

I just did an AMD card swap - took out the old, plugged in the new and downloaded the latest drivers (which uninstalled my old Vision Control Center and installed a new one)....easy...

I mean, they do want you to buy their stuff :)  And I've found drivers CDs are often so out of date, their worthless - but they can be useful for utilities.
November 4, 2011 1:19:40 AM

ok thanks guys