View Full Version : Why ATI suggests unistalling

4th Oct 2002, 09:14
When installing new ATI and Radeon board, it is suggested that the old drivers be uninstalled.

The reason for this is that as the drivers are revised, ATI sometimes reverts to older file versions mixed in with the newer ones. If your original driver instructions are not removed those left in the system can cause a conflict with the new set of driver instructions (which may contain some files older than the set you removed).

MS has a tendency to say "You have a newer version of this file...It is suggested you keep this..." Most people, of course, opt for the newer file version. As ATI may not want this file used for the new set, a conflict occurs with the newer drivers.

In the case of ATI I have found that all the files are not automatically overwritten by the new driver instructions as some people claim. These files that are not overwritten or removed by the new instruction set can cause problems.

So be wary.

4th Oct 2002, 12:25
Maybe ATI needs to learn how to change the older files to newer files with newer dates, thus eliminating this problem. :rolleyes:

At any rate, uninstalling any video card drivers before installing a new card is a good idea.