***AMD Beta Driver Release***

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  1. steviejones133

    steviejones133 Notebook Nobel Laureate

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    Hi guys,

    **********UPDATE 9TH December 2011**********

    The "Beta" AMD Dell Driver that we have been testing below has now been officially released on drivers & downloads. You can head on over and grab it "in all its official glory" from the following:

    http://www.dell.com/support/drivers...rFileFormats?DriverId=H67DH&FileId=2778193084

    **********UPDATE 30TH November 2011**********:

    Finally, we have the new AMD Driver available for testing - big thanks to Bill for arranging for us to have a go before it goes live on the downloads page. I have uploaded the file and you guys can grab it from the following links:

    Multiupload.com - upload your files to multiple file hosting sites!

    or

    Download 8.902-111012a-128052C-Dell.zip from Sendspace.com - send big files the easy way

    Simply download the file, extract to a location of your choice (I left it at default) and then run the main setup.exe within the folder (2nd from the bottom when you open the extracted folder) - its up to you guys if you install over or uninstall and sweep, I normally do the latter of the two to avoid any conflicts.

    You may also wish to manually create a restore point incase you wish to roll back your system to a point BEFORE you made any changes.

    Enjoy!

    For anyone wanting help or guidance on how to uninstall and reinstall AMD Drivers, please check out the follwing below. This is the exact procedure that I do each time a new driver becomes available and I want to install it.

    The first thing you may want to do is to create a system restore point so you can simply roll back your system to a time before you started making driver changes. You can do this quite easily(if you have system protection turned on for your drive) by typing "create a restore point" into the start menu and enter, then click on "create" and give your restore point a name and click "create" again - job done. Now you can revert any changes you make.

    On to the actual process itself....

    1. Make sure you have the driver you wish to install already saved to a convenient location - I always leave it on the desktop as I will be using it shortly.

    2. Uninstall the current driver:

    i) Go to control panel > programs > programs/features > uninstall a program > double click the program to be uninstalled from the list (this would be AMD Catalyst Install Manager).
    The Uninstall process will now start.

    ii) The Install manager will appear, click "next" to continue.

    iii) Select "express Uninstall all AMD Software" and click continue.

    The driver package will now uninstall and it will ask you to reboot.

    3. Reboot into safe mode by hitting F8 as soon as you see the alien face at post and then select "safe mode". This is where I now do an initial Driver Sweep and CClean for registry entries.

    i) Run Driver Sweeper as an Administrator by right clicking its desktop icon and then put a check in the box for AMD Display only (ensuring all the other boxes are left empty).

    ii) You can analyze if you want to before sweeping, this just brings up a list of items to be "swept clean" - I analyze to see whats there and then hit "clean"

    iii) It will then sweep away those entries and you will see a message "desktop gadgets not available in safe mode" (close it) and say "No" to the prompt to reboot.

    iv) Run CCleaner, again as an Administrator and select the "registry" tab on the left of CCleaner's console. Hit "Scan for Issues" and you will then have a list of obsolete registry entries.

    At this point, if you hit "Fix selected Issues", it will ask you if you want to back up the registry - this is entirely up to the individual but you may wish to do this. Entries that will be removed are saved as a file for you to restore from should you need to.

    v) Repeat the Registry cleaning process in (iv) until CCleaner comes back with "No Issues Found"

    You can now reboot your system into "normal mode".

    At this point, if you open Device Manager, you can check and where your display adapters are shown, it should now show as "Standard VGA" - now we are looking good to go....almost!!

    I like to re-reun the Driver Sweep program (as before) and also the CCleaner program (as before too).....just because I like to check everything is nice and "squeaky clean" before installing the new driver.

    Navigate to where you previously downloaded the new driver and execute its install.

    That's it!

    Hopefully, you should now have a nice fresh video driver installation.


    UPDATE: 11-11-2011

    Bill has kindly notified us that there will be some delay in release fo the new Dell AMD driver. Please bear with him whilst Louis and the guys get it rolled out. Thanks!

    First and foremost, thanks to Bill for the news of a Dell Driver refresh for AMD based platforms.

    As you all are aware, there is also a "Team Red" conference call on the horizon soon to discuss various aspects of AMD based M18x systems. You can follow the news for that topic here:

    http://forum.notebookreview.com/ali...ussion-thread-re-dell-aw-conference-call.html

    Its not often (at the moment, anyway) that we get a new video driver to play with from Dell - its something that is on the table for discussion in the above thread but as we are going to have a new release in the imminent future from Dell, its wise to have a seperate thread for us to discuss the pro's and con's of this new driver.

    Its a step in the right direction - who knows, we may end up getting regular driver updates from Dell in the same way as we get updates from AMD (and also Nvidia for "Team Green" owners). This would make sense to me as everything "in house" is my idea of the way it should be. As owners of "the most powerful gaming laptops in the universe", we should enjoy updated video drivers from Dell on a regular basis.

    Anyway, as soon as the new Dell Video Driver is up, I will update this thread and we can start testing.

    Feel free to download and test them out yourselves. I will be doing so and will be posting my findings as soon as possible - I dont know what to expect so if we expect nothing in terms of increased performance etc, we can only be pleasantly suprised!

    Anyone who tests out, please post your findings here - good or bad, the more detailed the better. Also, when posting results etc - please state wether any overclock has been used, how much and wether cpu/gpu or both (where applicable) so we all know what's what.

    I would recommend testing with stock gpu/cpu clocks for comparative purposes but any info would be greatly appreciated!

    EDIT: As many of you will test the drivers with different games, different cpu's and ram/hdd configs, it may be a good idea to note how your system was performing PRIOR to testing these drivers, simply from a point of view of determining wether or not you have noticed an increase or decrease in peformance in the areas you test (which may be things like 3dmark11, Heaven, in game bencmark tools etc etc). How or what you test to determine is up to you, just let us know with your results what driver you WERE using and wether the new Dell driver is good or bad for you!

    Thanks guys.
     
  2. 5150Joker

    5150Joker Tech|Inferno

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    Let's hope it has the latest 11.10 whql driver and not something older. We need new drivers at least twice or three times a year and especially when major triple AAA games are released.
     
  3. mharidas

    mharidas VLSI/FAB Engineer

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    Am all up for testing.
     
  4. steviejones133

    steviejones133 Notebook Nobel Laureate

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    100% Agreed. The more frequent, the better.

    Excellent - look forward to your findings as and when.
     
  5. Mr. Fox

    Mr. Fox Undefiled BGA-Hating Elitist

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    Thanks for setting up the thread, steviejones. Looks good. I am eager to see the results with the new Alienized AMD drivers.

    As our point person for gathering feedback on the driver test results and a "Team Red" panel member, if there are results to share in time for our conference call, we will have you share that information with Bill and Louis.

    If the Community will keep feedback for the new Dell driver on this thread and avoid posting test results feedback on the Conference Call thread, this will help make steviejones' job of compiling the feedback more manageable.

    I totally agree, Joker. I do not think that any of the boutique gaming laptop OEMs are doing a a satisfactory job on customized video driver support and they all rely too heavily on reference drivers as a one-size-fits-all solution. Being left with a choice of features and gaming performance, gamers are always going to lean the direction of excellent performance with the latest game releases versus features. After all, that is why they own gaming systems in the first place, correct?

    Improving customized driver support for their high performance gaming systems with regularly scheduled updates to ensure good results with the most popular games, is one additional way that Alienware can distinguish itself as being the premier gaming system provider, and a cut above the competition.
     
  6. nuroo

    nuroo Notebook Consultant

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    I will test new driver also.

    Dell is making an effort here. I appreciate the attention this matter is getting. Thanks Bill
     
  7. steviejones133

    steviejones133 Notebook Nobel Laureate

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    Out of interest, and for purposes of accurately testing the new drivers, I wonder what Dell's official stance is on using AMD Catalyst Application Profiles in conjuction with THEIR video driver is? - anyone know? - should they be installed or not?

    I recall recently that many users experienced problems with some preview drivers from AMD if they installed CAP's. Personally, I have not installed CAP's whilst running Dell video drivers but have always installed them whilst on AMD Reference drivers - it would be good to clear this up for future Dell releases.
     
  8. bumbo2

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    exactly!:D
     
  9. reborn2003

    reborn2003 THE CHIEF!

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    I have just installed Modern Warfare 3, so this new driver will be great for testing along with BF3 that I picked up last week. Also yes hopefully the Dellized driver is based on an up to date AMD driver version.

    I'm also happy to test and share my results.
    Thanks Stevie!

    Cheers. :)

    Also fox quick reference. I have taken a quick screenshot of my temps after my 1st run of 3d mark 11 with the new Cards. + another temp picture after leaving the notebook on over night downloading. Just so we can do some sort of comparison along with performance in games as well.
     

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    Great stuff Reborn, long time no see....where you been hiding! lol
     
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