Is Catalyst Control Center required for ATI Radeon cards?

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I just installed XP SP2 on a computer. Then I downloaded just the driver from AMD without the Control Center. After installing the driver the computer rebooted and XP would not run. There was no error message, just a BSOD.

So I installed XP again and then the driver and once again got the BSOD.
 
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No you do not need the control center I never install that stuff. Can you boot to safe mode and uninstall the driver? Sounds like maybe the wrong driver. Other thing you can do is boot like you would tapping F8 to safe mode only choose "enable vga driver" and then boot up.
 

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I can't get into safe mode.

I hope ATI writes their drivers to prevent the wrong one from being installed.

I restored an image without the driver and it also crashes now. This is a dual-boot with Vista but I was able to switch back and forth several times before installing the driver.

After crashing, on the next reboot the BIOS stops on the hard drive screen for several minutes before continuing. It doesn't do that on subsequent boots though.
 

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I'm new to this particular imaging software and realized that I didn't complete the restore. When I did it properly it ran fine.

I tried two older versions of the ATI driver and got the same result.
 
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