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Advice on changing from NVIDIA to Ati

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August 15, 2004 11:50:46 AM

Ok, two weeks ago I ordered a Radeon X800XT to replace my existing NVIDIA 5600. I seem to remember someone posted about a year ago that changing from a NVIDIA card to an Ati card you should reformat your hard drive first otherwise there will be problems with the drivers.

Is this still the case?

I'm in no hurry because yesterday my 5600 has given up the ghost and the Ati card is out not stocked until 1st of September.
August 15, 2004 2:47:58 PM

I'll always reformat between video card changes, you really don't have to. All you need to do is get a driver clean up program like detonator destroyer.

The choice is yours, reformatting will also clean up your registry but then you have to reinstall everything, get all the updates and what not.

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August 15, 2004 3:21:14 PM

The new problem may be the availability of the X800XT as some rumours state that ATI ceased the production of it.
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August 15, 2004 3:27:32 PM

ATI has not ceased prodution on the X800XT. They are jusat that..Rumours.

Here is a <A HREF="http://www.theinquirer.net/?article=17808" target="_new">link</A>.

Intel P4 2.4B MSI 645E Max-U Mobo 1GB DDR333 ATI R9600XT 128MB SB Live 5.1 Samsung 120GB
Maxtor 120GB LG DVD+-R/RW WIN2K PRO SP4
August 15, 2004 3:30:12 PM

As far as changing video cards from nVidia to ATI, the best thing to do is get Driver Cleaner, Nasty File Remover, Detonator Destroyer.

Then, uninstall the nvidia card using Control Panel-->Add Remove Hardware. At this point, don't restart your computer.

Next, run Driver Cleaner, detonator Destroyer, Nasty File Remover. and a registry cleaner program to get rid of all the little files left behind by nvidia.

Then, install your new card and drivers, you should be set to go.

Intel P4 2.4B MSI 645E Max-U Mobo 1GB DDR333 ATI R9600XT 128MB SB Live 5.1 Samsung 120GB
Maxtor 120GB LG DVD+-R/RW WIN2K PRO SP4
August 16, 2004 9:37:29 AM

I first run the drivers uninstaller, the use driver cleaner.. you should be fine

also a good idea to delete all the files in your
C:\WINDOWS\Prefetch

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