If you have an ATI Radeon graphics accelerator running on your system, then chances are that you might be experiencing problems because of the drivers installed in the system. The recommended ATI Radeon drivers may not necessarily provide DirectX support for applications which are completely dependent on DirectX. But this problem has been recognized and today, there are alternate drivers from ATI which have been optimized to provide DirectX support.
Where can I download DirectX optimized ATI Radeon drivers?
It is important that the latest version of ATI drivers must be installed on your PC for working with DirectX applications. Go to the main ATI website, and navigate to the list of alternate drivers. You can then choose which driver you want and proceed to download the same to your PC. Once downloaded, the driver can then be installed on the system as per instructions after which you will need to restart the computer to get the driver running.
How to Find out which Version of Drivers You Must Install
Before installing new drivers, it is important that you find out the version of the sound or video card that is present in your system. There are different methods for finding this;
- Go to Start menu and click on Program Files/RealFlight Control Panel. Then select Technical Support and you can find all the information about your sound and audio card in a dialog box on the left hand side of the page.
- Alternately, go to Start menu and click on Run button. Type in DXDIAG and then click Ok to get the DirectX diagnostics tool. You can then select the Display tab and find out the version of the audio card present and on Sound tab to find out the version of sound card present in your PC. There are both 2-dimensional and 3-dimensional cards present and you may need to upgrade both of these.
- Another method is to select the My Computer tab and then select Properties. Once the System Properties window appears, select Device Manager tab. You can click on Sound, video and game controllers for sound card and Display adapters for the video card. This method is best for those who are using Windows 2000.
Installing the right version of ATI Radeon drivers is necessary to ensure that your DirectX optimized applications are running properly. There are three different methods listed which you can find out which audio and video card is present in your system and install the driver accordingly.
You can also download software that will periodically update ATI Radeon drivers for you without having to do anything.