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#1 bluesjunior

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Posted 20 March 2008 - 05:05 PM

Hi, I was over on File Hippo this evening and saw a freeware program called Update Checker which I thought was a good idea so I downloaded it, let it do it's thing and had a look at the results. It had found three updates for Quicktime, Realplayer and WinRar. It also says it found an update to my Graphics Card drivers. My Graphic Card is the Radeon 7500 Series. I did a search months ago on the AMD site and found what I thought was the latest update for this Graphics Card which was the Catalyst Software Suite version 6.11 The Update Checker found an update called ATI Catalyst Drivers 8.3 to replace my installed version of 6.5 . My question is if it is safe enough to install this update as according to AMD's site I have the latest version. Would appreciate some clarification on this before I do something I may regret. I have taken the following text from an Everest scan.

Video Adapter Properties
Device Description RADEON 7500 SERIES
Adapter String RADEON 7500 SERIES
BIOS String 133-P17703-501
Chip Type RADEON 7500 Series AGP (0x5157)
DAC Type Internal DAC(400MHz)
Installed Drivers ati2dvag (6.14.10.6614)
Memory Size 128 MB

Video Adapter Manufacturer
Company Name ATI Technologies Inc.
Product Information http://www.ati.com/products/gamer.html
Driver Download http://www.ati.com/support/driver.html
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-MA770T-UD3, CPU: AMD Athlon II X3 450 Processor, Memory: OCZ 4GB (2x2GB) DDR3 1333MHz,Graphics: PowerColor HD 5750 1GB GDDR5,
PSU: Corsair 430W CX PSU 4x SATA 1x PCI-E, Hard Drive:Samsung SpinPoint F3 500GB Hard Drive SATAII 7200rpm 16MB Cache.

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Posted 20 March 2008 - 05:18 PM

I would trust the AMD website. The other program may have either an error, trying to get you to download spyware, or they are listing beta drivers that aren't certified yet.
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Posted 20 March 2008 - 05:49 PM

Thanks for the reply Sneakycyber,
I have been told that FileHippo is ok to download from. I know that the Catalyst Control Centre is a part of many Radeon Graphic Cards that are newer than the 7500 series and I have a feeling that this update is for one of them I just thought someone here with more technical nous would be able to confirm it.
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-MA770T-UD3, CPU: AMD Athlon II X3 450 Processor, Memory: OCZ 4GB (2x2GB) DDR3 1333MHz,Graphics: PowerColor HD 5750 1GB GDDR5,
PSU: Corsair 430W CX PSU 4x SATA 1x PCI-E, Hard Drive:Samsung SpinPoint F3 500GB Hard Drive SATAII 7200rpm 16MB Cache.

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Posted 20 March 2008 - 05:57 PM

Hello,

The tool looks legit. As far as I can see it takes a list of all the software on filehippo's servers and compares that list to products on the users system. Its quite good, I have just used it to update several programs. It said that my graphics drivers for my laptop were out of date ad asked me to download a 43MB driver update. However my graphics drivers are only compatible from the laptop manufacturer.

If the tool says you are not running the latest programs, you should check the product manufacturer's website for an updated version.
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Posted 20 March 2008 - 06:04 PM

The ATI site is right, the program isn't completly wrong, but the 8.3 update doesn't support the Radeon 7500. The 6.11 update was the last update for the Radeon 7500.
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Posted 20 March 2008 - 06:13 PM

Thanks Protozero, I had a feeling that would be the answer.
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-MA770T-UD3, CPU: AMD Athlon II X3 450 Processor, Memory: OCZ 4GB (2x2GB) DDR3 1333MHz,Graphics: PowerColor HD 5750 1GB GDDR5,
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Posted 20 March 2008 - 09:37 PM

I have an ATI AIW 7500.

My experience is that the newer drivers...do not support the card (even though ATI believes they do) and the drivers on the CD work fine...so I don't worry about updating that which works fine.

On ATI cards, I pretty much take the approach that I take with BIOS updates...if it ain't broke, why break it?

I had more problems with the MMC than anything, but my general experience was that the newer drivers (my 7500 is a pretty old card) are meant for newer cards.

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Posted 20 March 2008 - 11:41 PM

I have an ATI AIW 7500.

My experience is that the newer drivers...do not support the card (even though ATI believes they do) and the drivers on the CD work fine...so I don't worry about updating that which works fine.

On ATI cards, I pretty much take the approach that I take with BIOS updates...if it ain't broke, why break it?

I had more problems with the MMC than anything, but my general experience was that the newer drivers (my 7500 is a pretty old card) are meant for newer cards.

Louis


It's true, they'll release a card, then the next 2-4 driver updates are solely for the newest cards and the rest of the previous generations it usually provides tiny bug fixes and sometimes performance improvements.
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