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11-12-2011 07:11 AM
I have an HP Envy 14 -1190ea notebook and I have come across some graphical issues when trying to update ati drivers to latest versions. I have seen some graphical artifcacts and dodgy textures in some games (most recently Skyrim) which I think must be down to old drivers (although i know very little about this stuff!)
It says that the driver version is: 8.771.1.0 and the hp site's last driver update was end of 2010! I want to update to the newest drivers but when i try to install them from AMD's website it says they are incompatible with my system, which i assume has something to do with the switchable graphics on this laptop model, so i'm stuck with old drivers.
Any help with telling me how to update to newest drivers would be much appreciated
01-19-2012 07:33 AM - edited 01-19-2012 07:35 AM
Unfortunately AMD's drivers don't work on current systems with Intel CPUs. Because of that, I personally would not buy a system with an Intel CPU and AMD GPU. Note that that's the case for ALL manufacturers, not just Hewlett Packard. (This is yet another reason I hate "switchable graphics" and wish they'd go away!)
Right now, I'd buy HP's model with an AMD CPU and GPU, as it DOES work with AMD's drivers unless I'm horribly mistaken, or else something with an Nvidia GPU (and unfortunately most systems with Nvidia GPUs ALSO have switchable graphics, though usually the Nvidia drivers are still supposed to work). HP's system with an AMD CPU and GPU seems pretty nice in it's own right, luckily!