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How To Correctly Install New Graphic Drivers

Posted: Sun Aug 16, 2009 3:03 am
by yzmxer608
In this tutorial I will show you how to correctly uninstall, and then install new graphic/display drivers. Mx Simulator, it's staff members, and I are not liable for any damage caused to your computer while following this tutorial, proceed at your own risk.

**Note** If you have a laptop you may have to get your drivers from your laptop manufacturer's website.

Downloading New Drivers
I usually download the new display drivers before I start the uninstallation process.
  • Nvidia
    • Using this page: Nvidia Download Drivers. You can manually select your graphic card to download drivers for, or use the second option and have the site automatically find the correct drivers for your card.
  • Intel:
    • Using this page: IntelĀ® Driver Update Utility. It's a program that will do the work for you, it will automatically detect what drivers you need updated.


Uninstallation:
The second step is to uninstall your current graphic drivers.
  • Go to the list of installed programs in your Control Panel (Control Panel\Programs and Features).
    • Nvidia
      • Look for Nvidia Drivers in the program list.
      • Right click it and go to "Uninstall/Change". On the new window, check the "Remove only the following" option, then check "NVIDIA Display Driver" in the driver list.
      • Click Remove, the driver will uninstall.
    • ATI
      • Look for ATI Display Driver in the program list. It may also be called AMD Catalyst Install Manager, in which it will open a new window and will give you an option to Uninstall. Click that then follow the instructions.
      • Right click it and go to "Uninstall/Change". On the new window, check the devices you want the display driver to be uninstalled for. If there is a "Primary" and "Secondary", check both of them.
      • Click OK. Follow any prompts, the driver will then uninstall.

        OR
      • The installer for the new drivers has an uninstallation feature in it. Just double click the drivers you downloaded and use the Uninstall feature.

Using a Driver Cleaner/Sweeper **Optional**
This section will show you how to use a driver cleaner to delete all remaining parts of your display drivers that were not deleted when you unisntalled the drivers. This part is optional, but I would recommend it since it ensures all remnants of the old drivers are deleted.
  • To do this you need a driver cleaning program, I suggest Guru 3D Driver Sweeper . Once it is download, install it.
  • Reboot your system into safemode. (To boot into safe mode, restart your computer, right when it turns on, tap the F8 key once every second or so. The Windows Advanced Boot Options menu will appear, make sure Safe Mode is selected and press Enter. Your computer will now boot into safe mode.
  • Once at your desktop, start up Driver Sweeper. Click Analyse, check Nvidia Display if you have a Nvidia card, and ATI Display if you have an ATI card. Click Clean, the program will delete all remaining files from the drivers.
    Reboot into safe mode again.

Installing the New Drivers
Almost there, all that there is left is to install the new drivers.
  • Once at your desktop in safe mode, find where you downloaded the installer for the new graphic drivers. All you have to do is start the installer and follow the prompts.
  • Once they are installed, restart your computer normally.
That's it, you should now have the newest graphic drivers up and running properly. If you have any questions or comments feel free to ask.

Re: How To Correctly Install New Graphic Drivers

Posted: Sun Aug 16, 2009 5:56 am
by Mikey
Geez yz'e i wish you posted this like 5 days ago lol :lol:

Re: How To Correctly Install New Graphic Drivers

Posted: Sun Aug 16, 2009 6:53 am
by yzmxer608
;), just had to tell you step by step through im's haha.

Re: How To Correctly Install New Graphic Drivers

Posted: Sun Aug 16, 2009 2:56 pm
by chez
will this work on my laptop its a HP Pavilion dv2000
sorry for stupid question but im not really computer smart

Re: How To Correctly Install New Graphic Drivers

Posted: Sun Aug 16, 2009 4:51 pm
by yzmxer608
It will work for any computer, with Windows at least.

Re: How To Correctly Install New Graphic Drivers

Posted: Sun Aug 16, 2009 5:15 pm
by LuKe
i know this might be a stupid question but when will i know to change my graphic drivers cos i got a new laptop about 3 weeks ago :P

Re: How To Correctly Install New Graphic Drivers

Posted: Sun Aug 16, 2009 5:53 pm
by yzmxer608
Can just check the site to see if there are new ones or not. I usually find out by other forums I go to though.

Re: How To Correctly Install New Graphic Drivers

Posted: Mon Aug 17, 2009 2:01 am
by jlv
A lot of laptops will not let you use the reference drivers (i.e. the ones from Nvidia or ATI). You have to get them from the laptop manufacturer in that case.

Re: How To Correctly Install New Graphic Drivers

Posted: Mon Aug 17, 2009 4:02 am
by yzmxer608
Really? I didn't know that, I'll add that in. Thanks! :).

Re: How To Correctly Install New Graphic Drivers

Posted: Mon Aug 17, 2009 11:22 pm
by DJD
Holy Sh!t, i hadnt updated my drivers in a few months.....

Its like buying a new computer! I need to remember to do this more often......

Re: How To Correctly Install New Graphic Drivers

Posted: Mon Aug 17, 2009 11:25 pm
by yzmxer608
Nice :). Can one of the mods add in what jlv said about laptops please?

Re: How To Correctly Install New Graphic Drivers

Posted: Mon Aug 24, 2009 3:49 pm
by LuKe
ok i got a new laptop a couple of weeks ago and its got ATI Radeon HD 3200 Graphics
i went on google and typed that in and there is the ATI Radeon HD 4000 Graphics
is that better for my laptop and would it work :?
sorry but im a complete noob with computers :oops:

Re: How To Correctly Install New Graphic Drivers

Posted: Mon Aug 24, 2009 3:58 pm
by yzmxer608
Do does it have a 3200 or 4000? Have you checked Radeon's site, or the manufacturers for drivers?

Re: How To Correctly Install New Graphic Drivers

Posted: Mon Aug 24, 2009 4:08 pm
by LuKe
yzmxer608 wrote:Do does it have a 3200 or 4000? Have you checked Radeon's site, or the manufacturers for drivers?

my laptop has the 3200 but i am getting some lag at like pine creek , blount county and even sandiego 2009 so i thought i would see if i might need new graphics drivers and typed in google ati radeon hd 3200 graphics update and found the 4000

Re: How To Correctly Install New Graphic Drivers

Posted: Mon Aug 24, 2009 4:21 pm
by yzmxer608
Try searching for "ATI Radeon 3200 HD Graphic Drivers" and see if that comes up with anything. If not, go to ATI's site and look for drivers for that model, or your lappy's manufacturer's site.