Can we use any ATI drivers in bootcamp

Discussion in 'Mac and PC Games' started by Shivetya, Dec 16, 2011.

  1. Shivetya macrumors 65816

    Jan 16, 2008
    I am have a new to 2011 iMac with 6970 and wanted to know which ATI drivers were best in some of the current games and if there were restrictions as to which I could use
  2. Cougarcat macrumors 604

    Sep 19, 2003
    Just download the latest ones. You can do this conveniently in Steam.
  3. Shivetya thread starter macrumors 65816

    Jan 16, 2008
    Do we have to use the ATI drivers targetted to bootcamp or can we make use of any ATI driver? Never downloaded drivers in Steam, can't even seem to find where to start.
  4. Hansr macrumors 6502a

    Apr 1, 2007
    File -> Download drivers.
  5. Shivetya thread starter macrumors 65816

    Jan 16, 2008
    and Steam simply sends me to the ATI page ... which if I follow the prompts for Mac Graphics - Bootcamp gives me a package from January 2011.

    Should I choose a different path?
  6. Cougarcat macrumors 604

    Sep 19, 2003
  7. Maverick513 macrumors member

    Dec 13, 2011
    You can use any ATI driver. The newest official version is 11.12, though you can try 12.1 Preview as well. I recommend 11.11c performance driver.
  8. Shivetya thread starter macrumors 65816

    Jan 16, 2008
    OK, Cougarcat got me somewhere I haven't seen before which is a good thing. Now I need to determine availability of 11.11c there.

    Thank you
  9. sk zen, Dec 21, 2011
    Last edited: Dec 21, 2011

    sk zen macrumors newbie

    Jun 10, 2011
    Can anyone else verify that these work?

    tried downloading this (i had 11.9 installed) and in catalyst control it still lists 11.9 as the current drivers.
  10. spcdust macrumors 6502a


    May 6, 2008
    London, UK
    I regularly update my ATI Drivers and only last night installed the latest one which are 11.12 Preview Driver (These include the 11.11c Performance Tweaks).

    ATI 11.12 Preview Driver and catalyst Controller

    I would download and Save this set of drivers onto your Desktop and then do the following:-

    It's always worth uninstalling the current drivers in Windows before installing new ones to avoid conflicts), this article may be helpful:

    How to uninstall pre-existing graphics card drivers from a Microsoft Windows based system.

    As a belts and braces approach after the initial reboot after uninstalling the current drivers I also use this program to get rid of any remenants of GPU drivers (after running this program just do a second reboot prior to installing the new drivers):

    Guru3D - Driver Sweeper

    After rebooting Windows will be running a basic VGA display driver, now you should be able to install the latest ATI Driver / Catalyst Controller from the package you earlier downloaded onto your Desktop. After that one more reboot and you should be fine.
  11. sk zen, Dec 24, 2011
    Last edited: Dec 24, 2011

    sk zen macrumors newbie

    Jun 10, 2011
    ty :) i'm trying to download driversweeper right now but i can't, i'm just sent to the bottom of the page. I don't know what to do when the note says to stop using my download manager and avoid right clicking on files...

    Going to use the sweeper from:

    edit: i've heard horrible things about the phyxion driver sweeper so i'm going to stay away. any idea why i'm unable to dl the guru sweeper?
  12. jkmags macrumors member

    May 6, 2011

    I just went out to AMD's website and downloaded the latest video drivers for my iMac, I ran the windows score and my Video rating went from a 6.0 to 7.6. The only thing is, i cant remember if i ran it originally in VMSphere as that seems like a decent bump for updated drivers.

    Ive got the i7 with the 2gig video card and i did not uninstall the drivers prior, I just ran the installer from AMD.
  13. lewdvig macrumors 65816


    Jan 1, 2002
    South Pole
  14. Jethryn Freyman macrumors 68020

    Jethryn Freyman

    Aug 9, 2007
    Use the latest Windows drivers, a Mac running Windows under Boot Camp is, for all intents and purposes, now a PC.
  15. PaulKemp, Oct 28, 2012
    Last edited: Oct 28, 2012

    PaulKemp macrumors 6502

    Jun 2, 2009
    What driver are you using today? Im having some issues with Skyrim. Using catalyst 12.9 beta.

    edit: I do not have any issues in Windows 7. Worked out fine!

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