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If it ain't broke don't fix it.

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I play an MMO (Runescape) and just the other day Steam wanted to update my ATI Radeon HD 4650's drivers to the latest version.

I usually don't update drivers unless something is malfunctioning, but I did it anyway just because maybe there might be some unforeseen graphical improvements it might bring. ...Well, the new drivers conflicted with the DirectX version of the graphics model that Runescape uses, so the game kept glitching out in places.

I'm manually installing an older version of the driver, since Steam doesn't keep a rollback version of the drivers when it updates them. grr... if only I had gone with my first instinct.

(ie. I updated my graphic card drivers and it broke my game.)

Has this happened to you guys in a similar circumstance? This is a gaming forum, so I'm sure it has.

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  • I don't do much PC gaming, so I usually don't have this sort of problem. Actually, the last time I updated my graphic card drivers, it swapped out one problem for another. Before I upgraded, Bioshock was prone to having the graphics spazz out, followed by a bluescreen, either when I tried to save, when I tried quitting the game, or just randomly. After I upgraded, the game stopped doing that, but now it lags something awful anytime there's water around.

    I need a new graphics card. Maybe I should go hit up Avistew's thread on how to pick one out.

  • Huh, I didn't even know Steam looked at my video drivers. Maybe that's just because I constantly manually update them.

  • @SHODANFreeman said: Huh, I didn't even know Steam looked at my video drivers. Maybe that's just because I constantly manually update them.

    September 14, 2010 by Peter Ross
    With today’s exciting announcement from AMD and Valve®, Steam gamers will never again have to worry about finding the most recent ATI Catalyst™ graphics driver. PC gamers can now detect and install the latest ATI Catalyst™ driver for their ATI Radeon™ graphics card directly from within Steam! Gamers using ATI graphics will not only be kept posted on the latest available drivers for their hardware, but with every update they’ll know that they’re getting the overall best possible gaming experience AMD and Valve can provide.

    Here at AMD we’re big fans of Steam, and it’s not hard to see why! (And it would appear 25 million people love it just as much as we do.) In five short years, Valve has evolved the Steam platform to become the preeminent destination for easy and fast access to the latest games and online multiplayer play, offering new features to gamers and to developers, taking PC gaming to new heights – and new audiences. This evolution of PC gaming means exciting times for PC gamers, and today’s announcement is another step in that evolution.

    AMD and Valve teaming up to make sure that Steam gamers always have the most recent drivers for their graphics cards is just another way that we are showing our commitment to the promise we developed in our Gamers’ Manifesto.

    The first ATI Catalyst driver update that will be available via Steam will be ATI Catalyst 10.9.


    ...I still say "If it ain't broke don't fix it." =\

  • That would be why, I have nvidia. :p

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    I had a similar issue back in the beginning of August. I upgraded my ATI drivers from 10.6 to 10.7 (higher is better right?) but after the upgrade Borderlands got a pretty bad memory leak. The program would grab more and more memory until it froze after playing maybe 10-20 minutes. Re-downloading and installing the 10.6 drivers fixed the issue. Ironic considering that the release notes for 10.7 claimed that it included some Borderlands-specific enhancements.

  • I disagree with "if it ain't broke, don't fix it". What if all the great inventors in history had thought that?

    I have a feeling that this isn't really related to the thread >.>

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