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Upgrading from 4850 -> 5870, driver implications

Discussion in 'Graphics Cards' started by Samiad, 25 Sep 2009.

  1. Samiad


    Joined: 23 Oct 2003

    Posts: 359

    Location: California

    If I want to switch my 4850 for a 5870, is it OK to :

    1. Upgrade my Vista64 system to the latest Catalysts (9.9?)
    2. Switch off machine and swap 4850 for 5870
    3. Switch on PC.
    4. Profit.

    Or do I need to do the old failsafe way of uninstalling the ATi drivers completly, configure Vista to use some random basic VGA driver and then do the card swap? As you can gather, I am wanting to do the minimal amount of work here...
  2. gurusan


    Joined: 2 Sep 2006

    Posts: 13,489

    Location: Portland, OR

    Minimal amount of work is all you need. Install the drivers after you change the cards though.

    1. shut down pc
    2. remove old card
    3. install new card
    4. boot up pc, install latest cat drivers
    5. reboot and all should be fine
  3. craig3000

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 25 Jan 2009

    Posts: 1,398

    I would try and get hold of the 9.10 beta drivers which would be more suited to the 5870 then upgrade to the official when released