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#1 Dialer

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Posted 07 January 2008 - 02:54 PM

I'm on a Dell Demension C521, running Windows Vista Home Premium, and trying to determine if there's a recent update to the driver for my 256MB ATI Radeon X1300PRO video card. After having no success whatsoever at the ATI/AMD site (they keep sending me to a gaming resource page, where all I can find is Catalyst drivers), I tried the Google method. Although there were plenty of listings for this card, it didn't make sense for me to look at sites other than the manufacturer's.

So, then I tried using the Device Manager's option for searching for new drivers on the internet, and it returned the mesage that my current driver is up to date. What I don't know is if I can really trust the Device Manager's search, ya know? Especially since I finally found this at the Dell site:

ATI X1300 Pro
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Release Title: Video: ATI 128MB Radeon X600 SE, 256MB Radeon X600, 256MB RADEON X850 XT Platinum Edition, Hyper Memory PCI-Express X16 (DVI/VGA/TV out) Radeon X300 SE, Radeon X1900XTX 512MB, RADEON® X600 256MB HYPERMEMORY, X1300, X1300 Pro, X1300 Pro 256MB, Driver, Windows Vista 32-bit, Multi Language, Multi System, v.8.383_Leg_WHQL_070613a-049454C-Dell_Vista32, A04
Release Date: 7/9/2007
Criticality: Recommended
Description: Latest 8.383 WHQL Vista32 Driver from AMD.


I know squat about drivers, but this appears to be the one I'm searching for, yes? According to the Device Manager, my current driver's release date is 10/24/2006, and driver version is 8.31.100.0. (What's with Dell, anyway? I bought this machine in April 2007. Grrrrr.)

The reason I'm so intent on finding an update is that I appear to be having screen rewrite problems (can start a new thread on this and post a pic if need be). A friend
suggested that I might need a better card, but I thought I'd first see if a driver upgrade was available that might do the trick.

Thanks to anyone who read this far. :thumbsup:

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Posted 07 January 2008 - 04:01 PM

Hi Dialer here is the link to the driver, you want the first one http://game.amd.com/us-en/drivers_catalyst.../common-vista32
It includes the catalyst software and driver for Vista 32bit.
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Posted 07 January 2008 - 04:01 PM

The catalyst drivers are your drivers.

Edit: I was slower at typing then Monty

Edited by Sneakycyber, 07 January 2008 - 04:01 PM.

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Posted 07 January 2008 - 04:07 PM

Monty! You always seems to come to my rescue. :flowers: Thanks, my friend. And to you, too, Sneakycyberslowertypist. :thumbsup:

But I don't get this. How would I ever have known I need a Catalyst driver, especially since the Dell site seems to have exactly what I thought I needed?

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Posted 07 January 2008 - 04:37 PM

All ATI cards/chipsets use Catalyst drivers (that's the generic name).

http://ati.amd.com/products/catalyst/index.html

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Posted 07 January 2008 - 04:49 PM

Oh. For me it's a riddle wrapped in a puzzle wrapped in an enigma. Thanks for the info, Louis!

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Posted 07 January 2008 - 05:26 PM

No problem :thumbsup:, it would be a puzzle for me also...except for the fact that I have two ATI cards and remember when they went to the Catalyst thing.

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Posted 07 January 2008 - 06:52 PM

Dito I have had ATI cards in the past :thumbsup:

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Posted 08 January 2008 - 03:08 PM

Current status:

Thanks to all of you, after a 5.5-hour download (on slow dialup if you hadn't already guessed), I've managed to install the new driver, but not without a few complications and questions.

The installer program wanted me to run a wizard that would install something called "Steam" (I think), which gamers might want. When I said "no" to that (can't remember the exact option), I figured only that the wizard wouldn't install and that Catalyst would continue on its merry way. Nope. Suddenly got a bunch of error messages, with the end result that Catalyst claimed that the entire installation was incomplete. But then it asked me to reboot, so I did.

Well, now everything looks good. I confirmed the driver update in Device Manager and am definitely seeing an improvement (not perfection, mind you :flowers: ) in screen rewrite. I have yet to test the update in my graphics programs, though, which is what's most important to me.

I did check the Event Viewer and came up with 11 related errors (see attached log). The two HydraVision.Wizard entries must be related to that Steam install, but I haven't a clue what the other errors mean. Can I just ignore them, or should I be doing something about them?

Thanks gang! :thumbsup:

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Posted 08 January 2008 - 03:50 PM

Not sure what those exact error codes mean without a bunch of research. If the driver updated and the computer works I would not worry much about it. Unless it becomes a problem then we can research those error codes.

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Posted 08 January 2008 - 04:26 PM

Sounds good to me, Sneakycyber. :thumbsup: Thanks again.

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Posted 08 January 2008 - 04:36 PM

If I'm not mistaken, Steam is actually some bloatware pertaining to free games from Steampowered.com
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Posted 08 January 2008 - 04:46 PM

Sounds right to me, Mark. I rarely rarely rarely accept additional installations along with what I was expecting. In the initial install program, there was also an opt-out checkbox for the installation of Earthsim, which is similar to Google's screensaver. But the Steam wizard really took me by surprise. Very annoying.




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