How to Download and Install ATI Video Drivers
ATI is the division of AMD that makes processors, chipsets, graphics/video cards, and graphic processors for computers around the globe. You can find their products in many different computers, but finding an ATI video driver can sometimes lead to a bit of confusion.
Here is a quick, simple guide that will teach you how (and why) to download and install an ATI video driver for your device.
Outdated Video Drivers can Wreak Havoc on Your Graphics
A video driver is a small program that allows your graphics card or graphics processor to "talk" to the rest of your computer and be understood. If you have recently installed a different graphics processor or card, you may need to update the driver (especially if you purchased it secondhand).
You may also need to update or download this bit of software if you have recently installed other new graphics-related hardware, or changed or updated your operating system (i.e., switched from Windows XP to Windows 7 or Ubuntu Linux, etc).
Whenever you run into any hardware problem, you should always check the drivers first. To do this, you should:
1. Go into the Windows Control Panel
2. Double-click on the "System" icon
3. Click the Hardware tab
4. Double-click on "Device Manager"
(These instructions may vary slightly with your version of Windows; the important thing is to find your Device Manager, which is usually easiest from the Control Panel. If you're running Windows Vista or 7, you can also simply use the search box from the Start menu.)
How to Notice Errors via Device Manager
If you see any yellow triangles or exclamation points, this is a sign that there is a problem with the device next to the triangle or explanation point. If you see a question mark, that means that your computer can't recognize a device. Either way, you will need to download and install a new driver or update.
Make note of the name of the device next to the exclamation mark, question mark, or triangle. (Note that you may need to look for your video card or video processor on its own, as Windows might not have noticed a problem yet. Devices are usually listed by category so this shouldn't take too much time.)
Here is what you should do if you need to download ATI video drivers or updates.
2. Find the "Support and Drivers" link in the menu bar at the top of the page. Click on it.
3. This page will let you search for your driver by product type or by "content type". Either one will get the job done but most people find it easiest to search by product type.
4. This will take you to the "Search Drivers and Downloads" page. Find the name of the device you noted earlier. For this example, we will use the "All Graphics - Desktop" option.
5. This will take you to an AMD support page that will display the make and model of the product you selected. The only thing you will need to do is pick your operating system (Windows XP, Windows 7, Mac OS, etc.).
6. Now all you need to do is click "Submit" and a list of applicable drivers will appear towards the end of the page.. We chose the ATI Catalyst ™ Display Driver for our example, using Windows XP Professional/Home.
7. Find the driver you think you need (if you're not sure, go with the most recent). Now all you need to do is click "download", then click "Save File" when the download box pops up. It's best to save the file to your desktop or another prominent, easy-to-remember place.
Installing Your ATI Video Driver
Before you install the driver, it's best if you shut down any other programs you might be running. Once you have done that, all you need to do is double-click on the file you downloaded and click, "OK" or "I Agree" to any prompts it gives you.
When you are done, you will need to restart your computer. Once you do that, your ATI video driver should have your graphics looking crisp and new.
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