M18x: Installing AMD Reference Drivers? Questions and discussion here...

Discussion in 'Alienware 18 and M18x' started by The1TruJok3r, May 16, 2011.

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  1. evil_mike

    evil_mike Notebook Evangelist

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    Noob question alert: are there specific reasons to use the ATI reference drivers over the ones Dell provides at this time? I can understand upgrading for future reference (Dell loves to laaaaag behind the manufacterers when it comes to driver updates), but what about now?
     
  2. The1TruJok3r

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    Well so far trying to install over the Dell Drivers or Install fresh fails on both occasions.

    I'm going to do some inf modding and see what I can do.
     
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    TTJ: I had no problem installing Catalyst 11.5 on mine with a fresh Windows install. Are you sure you're downloading the mobility 11.5 and not the desktop driver? There's no modding or anything needed, they install right away. @evilmike: The Catalyst 11.5 are a lot newer and a lot faster than Dell's driver.
     

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  4. oni222

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    interesting so you get the desktop version for these cards?
     
  5. Zero989

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    i knew it, awesome news
     
  6. The1TruJok3r

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    I must have had a bad download it was 85mg not 93 but redownloaded and they went right in and they are much faster with less issues than Dell's.
     
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    The AMD driver says it's incompatible. Where do you download 11.5a?

    Just did a benchmark on Shogun 2 on max settings. Steam says average FPS is 27.4
     
  8. JTOverath

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    You have to remove the Dell driver first. I recommend using driver sweeper as well.
     
  9. steviejones133

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    Good thread here! - I was wondering how easily we would be able to use reference drivers on the M18x - especially after all the crap with trying to get them to work on the R2 prior to the R2 vbios update....

    Good to see that we can just uninstall Dell, maybe do a spot of cleaning and bung the AMD set straight in....NICE!
     
  10. Waterr

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    Several people have requested the download link for 11.5a rc3 but still unanswered.

    I think the link is: AMD Catalyst 11.5a hotfix


     
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