I've been looking for driver alternatives ever since i got my G73, today i found one so i'm sharing with the rest of you the process. For those who are not aware, Ati makes cards for gaming (radeon) and professional graphics (firegl, firepro) cards. But fact is, their more or less the same card. Just that they have different drivers. Credit goes to schoko of guru3d forums. Pros: Better viewport performance in 3d softwares such as 3dsMax, Maya and also CAD softwares. I notice my text looking more crisp (my opinion don't quote me on this) Basically its a softmod to convert a gaming card into a professional workstation card. Well its not a 100% convert but close enough. Cons: Gaming performance isn't as good. But its not that bad really. You loose overdrive You loose video hardware acceleration. (you tube will just give a green screen unless u disable hardware acceleration) These are my results using specviewpref11: radeon 10.5 driver. Specviewpref 11 64bit Asus G73 Mobility 5870 8gb ram i7-720qm catia - 4.81 ensight - 3.07 lightwave - 17.43 maya - 5.68 proe - 1.51 sw - 14.74 tcvis - 3.52 snx - 6.96 This was my earlier results with firepro softmod Specviewpref 11 64bit Catia-03 - 5.74 Ensignt - 3.12 Lightwave01 - 17.63 Maya 03 - 31.27 Proc 05 - 2.79 Sw 02 - 18.01 Tcvis 02 - 13.12 Snx 01 - 18.70 I just did a test with specviewpref10 "Run viewpref 1280x1024 x64" with radeon 10.5 drivers and this was that i got: SPECviewperf10 1280x1024 3dmax 04 - 17.49 catia 02 - 13.93 ensight 03 - 26.99 maya 02 - 29.46 proe 04 - 11.75 sw 01 - 29.67 tcvis 01 - 6.87 ugnx 12.57 Softmod 1280x1024 3dmax 04 - 43.59 catia 02 - 34.84 ensight 03 - 57.93 maya 02 - 214.50 proe 04 - 40.91 sw 01 - 89.54 tcvis 01 - 35.56 ugnx 01 - 55.68 As far as the mod goes, i see improvement all across the board. A drastic improvement in maya. I also notice that with this driver UDV is disabled. It could be related to why we can't use hardware acceleration in youtube and stuff. First of all these are the files we need to download Riva Tuner http://downloads.guru3d.com/download.php?det=163 Firepro 8.723 http://support.amd.com/us/gpudownload/fire/8-723/Pages/fire_win7-64.aspx atiogl.xml atiogl.xml (credit snuggles0220 of guru3d forums) This is the patch script from schoko which i edited the details for our 5870 Paste this into a notepad then rename it with the extension of rts. To be used with riva tuner later. A crash course on how to do this if you do don't know how to change the extension. 1 - Open a folder any folder (win7 should be same as vista. Xp is similar but i don't remember.) 2 - Click on "organize" in the top left hand corner 3 - Select "folder and search options" 4 - Click on "view" tab 5 - Untick "hide extension for known file types" 6 - open a new notepad 7 - copy the script from below and paste it in. 8 - when you save your notepad file for example "gerard.txt" just rename it to "gerard.rts" 9 - a prompt will appear, select "yes" (If it doesn't work for you, try swapping the deviced ID in the 2nd last line. From "68 A0" to "A0 68" By right it is suppose to be "A0 68" but i don't know why but "68 A0" works for me.) Ok let us begin patching the drivers. 1 - extract the firepro drivers 2 - C:\AMD\FirePro_8.723_Win7x64_98793\Packages\Drive rs\Display\W76A_INF. the file is called: C7_100464.inf (open with notepad) 3 - edit "ATI FirePro V8800 (FireGL)" = ati2mtag_EvergreenGL, PCI\VEN_1002&DEV_6888" to "ATI FirePro V8800 (FireGL)" = ati2mtag_EvergreenGL, PCI\VEN_1002&DEV_68A0" (68A0 is the device ID of the card it should be the same for all of our g73) 4 - use riva tuner to patch atikmdag.sy_ in the B100148 folder (use the notepad file you made earlier) Install rivatuner first, then double click the file. A window will pop up, click "continue" change files of type to "atikmdag.sy_" then navigate to the folder you extracted to. And patch it 5 - replace the atiogl.xml in the same folder Ready to be installed (have disk method - refer to link) http://forums.laptopvideo2go.com/topic/11997-have-disk-method-for-windows-7-vista/ Problem is windows 7 64bit has driver enforcement crap. So we need to do this extra steps unless you want to press f8 each time you start. Here are the steps 1 - Disable driver signing (do before installing from a clean driver install) http://www.killertechtips.com/2009/05/05/disable-driver-signing-windows-7/ 2 - download dseo 1.3b 3 - run dseo - enable test mode 4 - restart pres f8 5 - select disable driver signature enforcement 6 - run dseo - sign a system file 7 - (c:\windows\system32\drivers\atikmdag.sys) Paste into the dialog box 8 - Your good to go. There will be a water mark at the bottom right corner. 9 - Optional http://deepxw.blogspot.com/2008/12/remove-watermark-v03-build-20081210.html (to get rid of the water mark i used the 1st method) 10 - disable windows update because windows always thinks the radeon driver is the better driver. As for control panel just install any radeon CCC of your choice. Powerplay function all are there. I personally went for the 10.6 ccc. Just don't select to install any drivers. If you have no sound when u use hdmi to a tv, u need to enable the hdmi audio. For me it played through the laptop speakers unless i went into "sound" (right click volume icon - sounds) i then just made the ati hdmi the default while connected to the tv and it worked just fine. I haven't fully tested it but its definitely running on my G73. One issue i've come across is youtube doesn't play. But there is a work around. Right click and disable hardware accleration. It should then work, if it doesn't i installed a grease monkey script called "Youtube enhancer" it works very nicely after disabling hardware accleration. Do let me know if any changes or mistakes are made and i will change them. This won't benefit those who want gaming performance. It is more for people using softwares such as Maya.