Today I was playing "Shattered Horizon" on Steam. I have a Mobility Radeon HD 4670. I was getting less-than-desirable performance. I thought, hey, maybe I should update my graphics drivers. Apparently, I'm not supposed to get them from AMD/ATI, but from Dell, my laptop manufacturer. Alright. I go to Dell.com, enter my service tag, and a page listing my laptop and all its hardware loads. I go to the video tab and download the only driver there, which (judging by odd version numbers) seems to be newer than the one I have installed. "Awesome," I thought. Maybe I will get some more FPS out of this.
But no. I install this new driver. It's the full ATI suite, CCC, drivers and all. At the end of the install, some error pops up, and it looks something like this:
I thought nothing of it. I try to open CCC, and I get an almost identical error. I'm thinking, "how could Dell have screwed this up? The page I got this from was specifically tailored for my laptop, every driver there should work perfectly." I try to uninstall CCC. Add/Remove Programs window>CCC>Uninstall. Nothing happens. Running ATI's little uninstall tool doesn't help either, it uninstalls itself but not CCC. I am slowly going insane.
So, I start up a (text) chat with Dell customer support. He does his remote-control thing, tells me after about an hour of no progress that he'll get back to me tomorrow. Awesome. Forget that. I try a more forceful method of removing all ATI-related software and drivers, using Driver Cleaner Pro and Windows Install Cleanup. I restart, hoping for the best.... and... "Could not load file or assembly 'MOM.Implementation'...." FFFFFUUUUUUUUUU-
It's been about 6 hours since I've downloaded this "updated" driver from the Dell site. I've since gotten my display drivers working again using the CD that came with the laptop. All I want now is to get rid of CCC. Someone, anyone, please... help... I just want to be able to start up my computer without an error message. I don't want CCC in my context menus. Make it stop, please, make the pain stop.
Thanks in advance for any help :]
EDIT: Forgot to mention, I also tried restoring to a system restore point I made yesterday, and rolling back the driver. Nothing worked.
EDIT2: I'd really just like my computer to go back to the way it was before. I don't want to reformat, though, as I don't have enough space on external drives at the moment to backup all my data. Is there some way of just removing everything ATI-related without an uninstall from Windows Uninstaller? After that I could just reinstall from my OEM's driver disc.
Edited by culmor30, 12 January 2010 - 12:28 AM.