Which ATI driver (s) do I need?

By Photo601
Jan 22, 2006
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  1. After rebuilding my machine, I went to ATI's site to get the latest drivers. I noticed the catalyst drivers require net 1.1 to be installed. I also saw updated drivers for Hydravision. Can someone explain why the need for net 1.1 and what it is? And do I need Hydravision drivers as well. My original install disk for the card, a 9800 Pro 128, has both Hydravision and the catalyst drivers so I am figuring the card needs both sets of drivers. But why does a video card need 2 sets of drivers? I am not experiencing any problems, but I would like avoid any if possible.
  2. mailpup

    mailpup TS Special Forces Posts: 8,385   +205

    Hydravision isn't a driver. It's a utility program. If you don't want it, you don't have to install it. Catalyst is the driver.

    If you want more information as to what Hydravision is or does, go to the ATI website: Click here
  3. mastronaut

    mastronaut TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 185

    ATI recommends updating the drivers only when experiencing driver issues, if your card is performing nominally don't mess with success. I hope Howard won't mind me stealing his signature, If it aint broke don't fix it...good advice.
  4. mastronaut

    mastronaut TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 185

    To answer the Net 1.1 issue go here: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=262d25e3-f589-4842-8157-034d1e7cf3a3&displaylang=en There is an upgrade, (Net Framework 2.0) after you download 1.1 here:
    http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=B7ADC595-717C-4EF7-817B-BDEFD6947019&displaylang=en
  5. Photo601

    Photo601 Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 76

    Thanks Mastronaut for the info. I don't recall having any particular problems when I had the ATI drivers installed that came with the card. I have always been told to upgrade to the newer drivers, but I digress, If it ain't broke, I don't want to fix it!
  6. charp

    charp Newcomer, in training Posts: 25

    Hi Photo,

    you might want to check out the new radeo Omega Driver with the latest catalist.
    Myself, i 've got a dell 8400 with a x300, and i didn't want to get the dell driver.
    Installed the omega, which works on ALL radeons. It includes an overclocking tool, and much much more.

    It even has a soft mod profile for your 9800. Which can be chosen at installation. I chose normal install for my card, of course.
    I have to say it works flawless with my card. Gets more out of my
    x300 se.( about 10 fps more when clocked over).

    Be sure to uninstall everything else (ati control panel, catalist control center and other stuff).
    And when installed make sure, you don't install anything else.
    But there's no need to since this driver will make you smile :slurp:


    http://www.omegadrivers.net/ati/win2k_xp.php

    Let me know what you think,

    Grtz,
    Charp
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