Video card driver problems

Dell / Dell dm051...
August 10, 2010 at 12:09:57
Specs: Microsoft Windows XP Professional, 2.992 GHz / 3326 MB
Okay, I'm getting slow performance lately in games, and I want to update my drivers. So i have an ATI Radeon HD 4600 series PCIe video card and the drivers are version 8.861.0.0. It says that they are as recent as 24/11/2009, so they are VERY old (the most recent drivers are 26/7/2010). I've got a Windows XP Media Center Edition. However, I have tried twice, and both times the computer has been unable to start (goes to a black screen of no return) and I have had to use system restore to fix my PC. I would be really grateful if someone could give me a step-by-step guide of how to update my video card drivers, as I have followed guides on many other websites to no avail, and some were even conflicting (some said to uninstall my old divers first, and others didn't), so a thorough and correct guide would help a lot. Thanks!

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August 10, 2010 at 12:59:27
You must completely un-install the older ATi drivers BEFORE you restart and install the new ones. Plus, ATi uses .net framework for their drivers ( yes they are that stupid at ATi ). so download .net 3.5 before you even try to install the new drivers.

ATi drivers suck and this is the primary reason why I stay far away from ATi. Nvidia has been on the fast track to join ATi for worlds worst drivers, but thankfully Nvidia still has better compatibility and drivers than ATi. IE. I don't have to swap drivers for my Nvidia card every time I want to play a different game.

Sucks too because ATi's Mac OS classic drivers were top notch back in the day, but their windows drivers have always been scat.

PowerMac 9600(1 ghz G4)
512mb RAM
50gb SCSI
ATi 9200 PCI

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August 10, 2010 at 13:13:18
"ATi uses .net framework for their drivers"

Not true. ATI use .NET Framework for the Catalyst Control Center. The user has the option to download & install the "display driver only" without the CCC.

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August 10, 2010 at 13:17:09
Is it possible that the original poster's ATI Radeon HD 4600 card is inside a laptop? If so it's possible that they're in the situation that I and many others are in, we're unable to update our drivers as certain laptop makers have made it impossible to use ATI's reference drivers with their machines. I have a HP laptop and updating the ATI drivers never works. It seems like the drivers on the HP website (over 18 months old) are the only ones that work.

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August 10, 2010 at 15:32:57
If he's asking about a Dimension DM051, it's a desktop.

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August 11, 2010 at 05:59:12
Now I've installed everything, but it won't let me install the video card display driver, the thing I ACTUALLY NEED!

When I install it, it says that the installation was complete, but that "warnings occurred during installation"

Existing packages
Catalyst Control Center
ATI Catalyst Install Manager
ATI Parental Control
The Lord of the Rings FREE Trial
Microsoft Visual C++ 2008 SP1 Redistributable
Communication Opt-in

Packages for install
ATI Catalyst Install Manager
Final Status: Success
Version of Item: 3.0.782.0
Size: 20 Mbytes

ATI Display Driver
Final Status: Fail
Version of Item: 8.753.0.0000
Size: 40 Mbytes

Error messages
Driver Install: user must be a member of the Administrators group

So what is this administrators group? My profile has admin privileges already....

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