Nvidia -> ATI -> Nvidia -> ATI

Discussion in 'DIY Computers' started by Mark, Feb 3, 2012.

  1. Mark

    Mark Guest

    Hi,
    I recently bought a new GPU (ATI) and removed the Nvidia drivers and
    installed the ATI ones. Now the (ATI) card has developed a fault so I
    need to send it back. Therefore I need to put my old Nvidia card back
    in again. Am I asking for problems considering the number of driver
    changes required?
     
    Mark, Feb 3, 2012
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  2. No, just uninstall the driver before you take the card out, rather
    than after swapping the card.

    Cheers - Jaimie
     
    Jaimie Vandenbergh, Feb 3, 2012
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  3. Mark

    Mark Guest

    I know the theory. ;-) I've just heard so many horror stories about
    graphics drivers that don't uninstall. In the past I've always stuck
    with the same manufacturer on one PC. This time I couldn't get a
    suitable Nvidia replacement.
     
    Mark, Feb 3, 2012
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  4. Mike T recommended http://www.drivercleaner.net/ in another thread,
    which sounds useful (although I'm not too sure at which point you'd run
    it!).
     
    Philip Herlihy, Feb 3, 2012
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  5. Mark

    Rob Guest

    Most (if not all) horror stories of that nature are caused by folk
    installing new drivers without removing the old ones first.
    I've had a least 4 different ATI cards and 3 nVidia ones in one
    particular XP system (over a period of 5 years) and never had a problem.
    Even though I regularly make system images, I've never had to use one
    in anger in all that time, either.
     
    Rob, Feb 6, 2012
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  6. Mark

    Mark Guest

    Well I've succeeded at last but it wasn't easy. After uninstalling
    the ATI drivers there was still lots of ATI crap there - An ATI
    service and some other stuff still listed by autoruns. Then there
    were many ati2*.exe/dll files that were undeletable. After numerous
    deletes and reboots I eventually got rid (or so I thought) of the ATI
    files.

    However the Nvidia drivers would not install and they gave no hint of
    why. Eventually I got a really ancient driver (from 2009) to install
    so it is working now but..... :-(
     
    Mark, Feb 6, 2012
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