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Hello everyone. I recently purchased an ati radeon 9200 128 mb agp graphics card. The installation instruction were very vauge, so i searched the tehcguy forums for input. I originally had on oboard grpahics card. My motherboard is made by asustek and i do have an intel chipset. I unhooked the cpu and plugged in the new graphics card. I reconnected my monitor to the new graphic card , and installed the new drivers. Everything seems to be working fine. Windows Xp detected the new hardware etc. I did notice today , after a restart, that some of my icons seems to be of lower quality. Slightly distorted and pixilated. I was curious if there was some steps that i did not complete after installing the new graphics card. I read that with xp you dont necessarily have to uninstal the old drivers for the onboard vidoe card, as xp will archive them. Is this true ? Or is a conflict between graphics drivers causing some of my icons to look corrupted ? As well, my windows logon screen seems slightly corrupted.
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You should uninstall the old drivers before popping in the new card. I would also recommend using the Catalyst suite drivers from the ATI website, its now on version 4.4, and the website gives a good guide on installation.
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Some people have problems with the newest Catalyst drivers on specific games, and have to use previos versions. Just an FYI in case you run into problems
 
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There is a hotfix for this on the rage3d website - it hasnt affected mine.
 

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well seeing as ive already installed my new graphics card, is it possible to uninstall the onboard graphics card drivers without having to remove the new card ? Also , my graphics card came with some installation cd, but the catalyst software seemed to be some kind of trial. Is their free catalyst software i can download and what benefit do i recieve from using the catalyst software ? thanks.
 
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I would recommend uninstalling the new graphics software and (tedious tho it is) enablin g the onboard and uninstalling its software fully. Then install the radeon card with the catalyst software - which isn't a trial, its a complete suite which is ATIs answer to the nVidia and its Detonator drivers - the catalyst suite is free, the only issue is the dvd component, which is only installable on certain versions of the radeon family.
 
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