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Installing new drivers on Video card.


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#1 jgsax526

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Posted 28 March 2013 - 05:39 PM

 I just got a new HP computer with Windows 8 and an AMD Radeon HD 7570 video card.  The first thing I did was go to the Radeon site and download the newest driver for the card.  I then installed the driver and the install seemed successful.  However, when I check in device manager the date of the driver is still listed as Nov 2012 and the new driver is dated Jan 2013.

 

So could it be that I was supposed to uninstall the old driver prior to instaling the new? 

 

Would appreciate any help.



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Posted 28 March 2013 - 05:47 PM

First of all, drivers should only be updated if there is a specific reason or need to do so. One of the single biggest causes of problem reports on support sites are the result of drivers being installed / updated unnecessarily or incorrectly. If your system is working properly I strongly suggest you leave the drivers alone.


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Posted 28 March 2013 - 11:19 PM

Strange.  Almost every game forum I've been on in the past the first question I'm asked is about whether the video card driver is the latest or not. 

 

Anyway the bell is rung and I have already installed the new driver so my question still remains. 

 

Why isn't my computer showing the new driver in my device manager?



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Posted 29 March 2013 - 06:56 AM

It's possible the date encoded into the driver is indeed Novermber 2012 even though it was released several months later.



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Posted 31 March 2013 - 01:29 PM

I have to agree with Allan

 

If it ain't broke, don't fix it.

 

Gamers seem to want to squeeze every last bit of performance out of hardware, whether it is stable or not in some cases.

 

Just keep in mind that You could cause problems with Your HP if you need to get tech support and it isn't as delivered.

I would get the drivers for it  from the HP site.

 

Not to mention Who made the card, They may need their drivers for it. AMD doesn't make cards as much as they sell the GPU chips to card makers.

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Posted 31 March 2013 - 01:58 PM

Well, I don't agree with that. If it's a desktop system and you need to download a driver, you should go to the website of manufacturer of the specific peripheral / card in question, not the computer manufacturer. On the other hand, all drivers for laptops should ONLY be downloaded from the website of the laptop manufacturer. But either way, you should only upgrade drivers if there is a specifc need or reason to do so.






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