Sapphire HD 2400 XT Video CardMakaveli - July 29, 2007
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To install the Sapphire HD 2400XT, first remove all current video card drivers on your computer. Then power down your machine, unplug the power supply and open up your computer. Remove your old graphics card and place the HD 2400XT in your PCI-Express x16 slot. Since there is no power port on the video card, you won't have to plug it in. Close up your computer, plug in the power supply and power on your machine.
Here is where it got nasty. I have the new video card in my system, so I go directly to ATI's website and download the latest drivers (driver version 7.6 at the time) and tried to install it. Once I got it set to install, I got an error saying "Setup did not find a driver compatible with your current hardware or operating system. Setup will now exit." So then I thought that I didn't clear off all of the old display drivers. My next course of action was to use Driver Cleaner Pro and clean out everything that has to do with nVidia or ATi. After that was clean, I disconnected myself from the internet, booted into Windows Safe Mode and ran Driver Cleaner Pro again to make sure that it got everything. I ran Cab Cleaner to get the Driver.cab file wiped out as well. I used a registry cleaner program and cleaned out the registry, defragged it and then booted back into normal Windows. I tried to install the drivers again but it still didn't work.
Next, I went to ATI's website and downloaded an older version of the display drivers to see if that would work. I got the exact same error as above. After nothing worked and days of frustration, we were given special access to an FTP site to download working drivers. What do you know? They worked! Finally, we can use and test this card.
Update: I just saw that ATi released display driver version 7.7, so I tried that on the HD 2400XT but I still got the "Setup did not find a driver compatible with your current hardware or operating system. Setup will now exit." error. I will update this review again once ATi or Sapphire releases a working driver to the public.
Now that I have successfully gotten the Catalyst Control Center and the display drivers for the Sapphire HD 2400XT installed, let's take a look into the "Advanced" part of the Catalyst Control Center.
The options that caught my attention were the "Displays Manager" and the "Display Options" where you can set the monitor resolutions, refresh rates, and display management options.
Next, I found myself in "Monitor Properties" configuring colors and AVIVO settings. Then I saw the "Standard Settings" tab which is where you can change the performance versus quality options. The list of options you have to change is very long and range from your monitor settings to your TV settings.
Alright, now that we've got an idea for what the Catalyst Control Center is capable of, let's move on to test the Sapphire HD 2400XT!