Would changing ATI cards require driver reinstall?

By videobruce ยท 6 replies
Apr 11, 2004
  1. I have a Sapphire ATI 9100 (8500LE) card that I will be replacing with a PowerColor ATI 9600Pro.
    Do I have to do the whole nine yards of a uninstall and reinstall when I switch these cards using the same driver package?

    Running 2k w/sp4
  2. young&wild

    young&wild TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 993

    Well for optimum performance, I recommend you uninstall the drivers before removing the card and replacing it with the new one. It wouldn't take so long to install the drivers.
  3. abc

    abc TS Rookie Posts: 39

    Quite simply, yes. I replaced a 9000 with a 9000 pro and still had to reinstall the dirvers.

    [edit] beaten!
  4. Rick

    Rick TechSpot Staff Posts: 4,572   +65

    The same drivers apply to the entire Radeon series. You should have no problems.
  5. abc

    abc TS Rookie Posts: 39

    I thought the same thing Rick, but it didn't work for me. Videobruce, try just replacing the card. If it doesn't work right you can always reinstall the drivers. no harm done :D
  6. Phantasm66

    Phantasm66 TS Rookie Posts: 5,734   +8

    Its always better to reinstall anyway.
  7. PreservedSwine

    PreservedSwine TS Rookie Posts: 325

    Yes, swapping the cards w/out changing drivers = problems....even if both cards use the same set of drivers. Just un-install and re-install, and you're good:)
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