Paul Watson, PC Technician Wednesday, May 5th 2010
Downloading Drivers Can Be A Hassle
Some users, notably gamers, reported problems with the company’s previous driver releases. Some issues included extended wait times and display glitches that caused the computer’s mouse to appear larger than normal on the screen. Users also reported problems with Adobe Flash Player and the driver’s support center. ATI made a portion of the new release available for download in April for users of the Radeon HD 5000 video card. The latest release covers the Radeon HD 2000, Radeon HD 3000 and Radeon HD 4000 series video cards. ATI had released the Catalyst 10.3 drivers in March.
Downloading the new drivers should improve performance on some specific games, most notably Bad Company 2 and S.T.A.L.K.E.R Clear Sky, Napoleon Total War and Shattered Horizon. Users can download the new drivers by visiting the ATI Web site.
Downloading and replacing drivers can be time consuming. For users who simply want to use their computers without spending a lot of time on maintenance, I recommend Driver Detective. Driver Detective is a driver management program that monitors the hardware drivers your computer has installed. On schedule, Driver Detective checks for new or updated drivers and if a new driver is located, Driver Detective downloads the new driver and installs it while maintaining a backup of the old driver.
Users never have to worry about their drivers being out of date. Driver Detective knows when new drivers are available and can also detect when an existing driver has gone bad or is missing. Driver Detective will download a fresh copy of the correct driver for your computer system and you’re good to go. It’s a great way to avoid problems that might otherwise be allowed to sneak up on your computer. Regular driver maintenance doesn’t get ignored and you avoid the hassles and headaches that old, bad, missing or incorrect drivers can cause.
Unlike Windows, Driver Detective doesn’t download the wrong driver and works hard to ensure that your computer always has fresh, functional copies of all of the hardware drivers you need to make your system run right.
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