Driver-Graphic Card Question

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james7811

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Ok hi guys, have you ever tried to install a graphics driver and you just had one question,
can i install a nvidia graphics driver over an AMD graphics driver?
that means that i have an AMD game driver but its not that good when running games like minecraft and other games
so i decided to actually update or upgrade my gaming driver, now my question is can i actually install a nvidia graphics driver
whilei have AMD graphics driver installed already, please answer as soon as you see this post if you know the answer and please be sure of your answer(not just yes or no, guessing style) ok so bye guys and ill see the first answer. ;) :D (y)
 
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Drivers are coded to allow your computer to communicate with a specific video card. Each video card is different, so each video card needs it's own driver.

So no, you cannot use a nvidia driver for AMD.

For the most part, the driver is not what determines how well a game runs. The graphics card is the one that's actually doing the drawing. So if Minecraft doesn't run well it's usually not a driver (software) problem, but it's simply because your graphics hardware is physically not up to the task.
 

james7811

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so you mean that if my video card actually uses AMD graphics card as default, i cant actually let it use Nvidia by installing Nvidia Graphics driver????
 
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Doesn't AMD own ATI Radeon now?
they are not the same company as nVidia.

As PcPhoenix pointed out, the driver is meant for a specific card. Only way to upgrade your graphics is to change video cards. The drivers just tell windows how it all works and what to do with the card.

The AMD site has an auto detect tool, it should find your graphics and give you the right driver.
http://support.amd.com/en-us/download

And as stated, game performance may depend on what you have in your machine.(hardware) Not so much on drivers, as long as they are the right ones.
 
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Your question is a a bit like asking "Can i use the keys from my Toyota to unlock a Honda?"

No you can't. But not because one is a Toyota and the other is a Honda. But because they're different cars.

Each graphics card needs it's own driver. It doesn't matter whether it's nVidia or AMD/ATI.
 

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On top of everything that has been mentioned, it may not even be your graphics card at all that is the problem, especially for something like Minecraft. MInecraft is far more processor intensive than it is graphically intensive, so it is more reliant on the power of the processor to perform well.
 
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