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    Laptop Driver Update?

    Hey, I have a new laptop which I have had for a week now, and I have a few issues with some applications, and I think it's due to my graphic card drivers.

    The graphics card i have is a Ati Radeon 5470 1GB. The driver that is current is 8.692.1.0.

    I know that there is a new driver update out, which is somat like 10.6 but when I scan for updates through device manager it can't find any, and says mine is up to date.

    Can someone help me find driver updates for it please. Oh and i have already checked AMD.com and that has nothing.

    Thanks

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    Original Poster

    mumbojumbo

    Which OS? Just go to the AMD site and get the AMD Catalyst Display … Which OS? Just go to the AMD site and get the AMD Catalyst Display Driver for ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5400 series.



    Okay then I will do that. Will I have to delete anything before downloading it? Oh and its windows 7 64bit
    Edited by: "joshjw" 14th Dec 2010

    Original Poster

    mumbojumbo

    Download the package. There was a new one released … Download the package. There was a new one released yesterday!http://sites.amd.com/us/game/downloads/Pages/radeon_win7-64.aspxThen delete the old driver - I can't remember if there is a prompt in the new package to uninstall or if you have to click something in the old package? Then there should be a Set Up button in the new package.



    Which one am I downloading from that web page, and is it the right one for my laptop?

    Download SlimDrivers, will scan your system and notify you of out of date drivers and give you links to update.

    dcx_badass

    Don't do that, most drivers don't need doing unless there is a problem, … Don't do that, most drivers don't need doing unless there is a problem, those "driver update" programs usually do more harm than good.



    Still handy to check though, sometimes Windows Update just doesn't give an appropriate update! Useful to know when doing it manually, without a doubt avoid those type of programs automatically updating.

    Original Poster

    mumbojumbo

    The second one.The first one is just a preview.That was the one linked to … The second one.The first one is just a preview.That was the one linked to when I selected ATI Radeon Mobility 5xxx Windows 7 64-bit, so I assume it's right. If it's not then it won't install and you should just roll back to the old driver.It's the latest driver from ATI, but sometimes an older driver from the laptop manufacturer that has been configured specifically for your machine may work better?



    Okay then ill download that one. Thanks for your help and everyone else I will reply back to see if it went well.

    Original Poster

    Yeah it was fine, but it said I had latest driver installed, but it updated my hdmi and communication. This means i still don't what to do because I am using a software program called UDK if you know it, and apparently it should work well with my graphics card, but im having some performance issues when using it. Any ideas?
    Edited by: "joshjw" 14th Dec 2010

    What are the issues you have with some applications? I don't believe drivers are causing the issue otherwise it would be well documented that your particular driver version causes incompatibilities with other applications. We need to establish what your problems are first before pointing the finger at the drivers.

    Windows Update, by the way, actually includes drivers that have been fully ratified by Microsoft which is why they are not always the latest versions. This is actually a good thing as stability is usually ensured and since Windows Update does not deem your version worthy of update in order to fix any deficiencies in the driver. This also means that the driver is unlikely to be the cause of your problems (unless the files have been modified or corrupted).


    Edited by: "ElliottC" 14th Dec 2010

    Original Poster

    ElliottC

    What are the issues you have with some applications? I don't believe … What are the issues you have with some applications? I don't believe drivers are causing the issue otherwise it would be well documented that your particular driver version causes incompatibilities with other applications. We need to establish what your problems are first before pointing the finger at the drivers.Windows Update, by the way, actually includes drivers that have been fully ratified by Microsoft which is why they are not always the latest versions. This is actually a good thing as stability is usually ensured and since Windows Update does not deem your version worthy of update in order to fix any deficiencies in the driver. This also means that the driver is unlikely to be the cause of your problems (unless the files have been modified or corrupted).



    Yeah I don't think I should of jumped to the conclusion of the drivers being wrong. Only reason I thought this is because someone had same issue and said ATI had issues with UDK (Unreal Development Kit).

    The issue I have is the program not running smoothly and it lags, but I think the reason could be because it is a demanding program, and everything is on high detail.

    I thought I would be able to run it with the specs I have:

    Ati Radeon 5470 1GB Dedicated
    4GB RAM
    Intel I5-430M Processor
    Windows 7 64bit

    I know how to change my settings but I don't know how to save my system settings within the file to tuen the details down.

    joshjw

    Yeah I don't think I should of jumped to the conclusion of the drivers … Yeah I don't think I should of jumped to the conclusion of the drivers being wrong. Only reason I thought this is because someone had same issue and said ATI had issues with UDK (Unreal Development Kit). The issue I have is the program not running smoothly and it lags, but I think the reason could be because it is a demanding program, and everything is on high detail.I thought I would be able to run it with the specs I have:Ati Radeon 5470 1GB Dedicated4GB RAMIntel I5-430M ProcessorWindows 7 64bitI know how to change my settings but I don't know how to save my system settings within the file to tuen the details down.



    Ah, the issues you've experienced is with 1 single application, rather than some applications. You mentioned in the opening post there were issues with some applications. As it appears that it is only one single application affected and that the application in question is graphically intensive, this puts things in a different light and a driver update may improve performance. I wasn't even sure of what the issues were but now I understand performance is the problem.

    I do see that somebody else has had problems with an Ati5470 (mobility version) and UDK but he was unable to obtain any answers:

    forums.amd.com/gam…714

    It may be worth replying (albeit his post is several months old now) and see if that person has subsequently found a solution.

    Looking at the specifications of UDK, it uses OpenGL to perform acceleration and traditionally, ATI drivers are weak in the OpenGL department.

    If you're gonig to update uninstall all Catalyst components then run Driversweeper, followed with a restart.
    downloads.guru3d.com/Gur…tml


    Edited by: "MBeeching" 15th Dec 2010
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