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RvS did not like my ATI driver update.

Mike's picture

I almost never update video drivers unless I am having trouble BUT Windows 7 PESTERS me all the time about updating my driver. Now Rvs acts and looks different. I get 1-2 sec. pauses often. I thought I should turn off AA but I do not think I can in the new software. Guess I can roll back if I can not figure this out. I can play but it is annoying.

Tony's picture

If you can revert the previous driver that would be the easiest way doing it. I'd prefer this solution. Automatic driver update can be turned off. New releases of graphics card drivers don't bring security updates, only new features but that's always a double-edged sword as new features are not widely tested in real environment.

And don't allow a computer to pester you: it is you who's driving the computer, not in the other way around. ;-)

Although I don't know much about ATI cards but if you prefer the hard way, you may want to start looking somewhere around the following things:
- adaptive power usage settings (should be off for RVS and/or set to prefer performance)
- multiple GPU usage (should be off)

I don't know the ATI control panel. Try to find the settings by the Windows start menu or windows explorer. Type in: "ATI" and see what happens in the search results, something like "ATI control panel" should appear.

Mike's picture

Well the ATI control panel is all new. That is most of my problem. Because I have an AMD CPU a new control panel called 'AMD VISION Engine Control Center' was installed along with the new driver. It controls both my CPU and ATI HD6570. Not a bad idea I guess but just totally different then the old CCC control panel.

Mike's picture

I changed a couple settings and rebooted. All seems well now except my aim:)

Tony's picture

Ok Mike, I'm glad that it works. :)

Mike's picture

Well today I got another new video card, an ATI HD 7750. I will install it in the next day or 2 and be back on line:-)

Nice video card. See you at spawn.

Mike's picture

Well I tried RvS with the new HD 7750 it works great...cleared [CSS]Sewers-Coop and (TO)No_Escape but % was not 100.

I sometimes play the new Tomb Raider game (off line) but my FPS were only about 15 with Graphics set to High and 24 with graphics set to Normal (low=bad). Now High is 37 and Ultra is 29 if I back AA from X16 to X8...so it works great.

Another thing I did was switch it from VGA to HDMI. No sure I like that as text does not seem as sharp and clear? I may switch it to DVI for a test.

Tony's picture

Sorry for my late response Mike, my week was quite hectic and I didn't realise until now that you are waiting for a response here.

The HDMI is digital so theoretically a bad cable or poorly isolated DAC/ADC shouldn't affect sharpness (it would affect other things). You may try DVI but I've got the feeling there might be something wrong with your screen resolution settings. After switching between the connectors I would double-check the resolution. Windows may reset it to a default factory value (I don't know for sure, just a tip).

Sorry again for the delay.

Mike's picture

No problem with your response. I was just looking for information/opinions about HDMI. I guess I decided that it is not really worse, just different. I did adjust my brightness down some. I will check and see what my monitors real resolution is to be sure I have my desk top set the same. I do think pictures and video improved.

Mike's picture

Found the trouble...seems my PC thought I was using a HDTV for a monitor. It set the video card to 10% over scan. Setting it back to zero cleared up the text. Now my resolution setting matches the monitor.

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