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Best way to go from Nvidia to ATI drivers?

Discussion in 'Graphics Cards' started by Bursar, 14 Apr 2010.

  1. Bursar


    Joined: 26 Mar 2010

    Posts: 242

    I've currently got a GTX275 in my PC, but my sparkyly 5870 Vapor-X has arrived today :) It's the first time I've used an ATI card in I don't know how many years!

    So what's the best way to migrate? Just uninstall the Nvidia drivers, shut down, remove 275 card, install 5870 card, power up, install ATI drivers?
  2. philstanbridge

    Man of Honour

    Joined: 18 Oct 2002

    Posts: 8,267

    Location: West Coast of Scotland

    That is all I have done and it seems to work fine. Use the control panel to uninstall the Nvidia drivers. Win 7 seems to cope admirably with it.
  3. UKDTweak


    Joined: 2 Dec 2002

    Posts: 6,592

    Location: N.Ireland

    Went from an 8800GTS x2 to a 5850 and did the same, working fine with no problems so far...
  4. Kasc


    Joined: 18 Jun 2009

    Posts: 293

    Reformatting is the best way.
  5. Bursar


    Joined: 26 Mar 2010

    Posts: 242

    Great, that's what I'll do then :)
  6. James J


    Joined: 4 Dec 2002

    Posts: 14,519

    Location: North Lincolnshire

    It is but its often not needed.
  7. Razor Time


    Joined: 1 Apr 2010

    Posts: 3,025

    I always do a fresh install even though as some say its not needed. I just like to make sure everything is 100%, plus a fresh install is never a bad thing it just takes longer. :)
  8. Boozebeard

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 22 Jan 2010

    Posts: 1,476

    I would either do a fresh install or uninstall nvidia from controll pannel and then use driver sweeper to make sure.
  9. asoxedri


    Joined: 16 Sep 2009

    Posts: 655

    Location: London

    you've pretty much answered your own question
  10. Daniel


    Joined: 3 Jun 2004

    Posts: 562

    Location: Bristol

    Yep, that's what I done and it's all working fine. You will want to install the Nvidia Physx software as some games require it to run.
  11. uv


    Joined: 16 May 2006

    Posts: 8,435

    Location: Manchester

    Only if you want to make sure everything is screwed up.

    Driver Cleaner is unnecessary, and causes more issues than it seems to fix.
  12. wuyanxu


    Joined: 11 Jul 2007

    Posts: 691

    Location: Southampton

    went from gtx260 to 5870, didn't do anything to nVidia drivers.

    got the card, signed for it, unpack it, shutdown machine, swap cards turn on machine, install latest ATI drivers and started playing.

    all worked fine, yet to see any problems/slowdowns.
  13. reflux


    Joined: 15 Nov 2007

    Posts: 12,846

    Location: Enfield

    Never had any need for reformats, Windows would be truly rubbish if it couldn't deal with a driver change.