Sapphire HD 5450 512MB Reviewjlqrb - February 3, 2010
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To install the HD 5450 graphics drivers, you insert the drivers disc into your DVD drive and after a few seconds a auto installer will pop-up with a few options. The first available screen gives three options on the right to choose from. The options listed are ATI Easy Install, Online Manual, and Adobe Reader. Easy install is for installing the GPU and software drivers that are needed to get your graphics cards operating properly. The Online Manual is a link which lets you download a PDF version of the manual and the Adobe Reader sends you over to Adobe's website so you can download the latest version of Adobe Reader. If you don't need the manual or Adobe, you can start the installation. Once you have made this selection to install the drivers, you will enter another screen that looks similar to the first. From here, you will be able to choose the operating system you plan to use the card with and, after that selection is made, the Catalyst install manager will appear for installation.
Once the installation process has started, you will be prompted with a few options to choose from. The first option that comes up is the option to install or uninstall your drivers. If you are installing the graphics card for the first time, choose install and it will advance the installation. In the next screen, you will have the option to choose whether to install the drivers manually or do a quick express install. If you choose express, all of the included Catalyst drivers will be installed, however if manual install is chosen, you will have the ability to pick and choose from a list of needed drivers. Whatever option you choose, it all quickly installs the same and after a few minutes you will be asked to finish the installation and, after a quick reboot, the drivers are installed and ready to go.
Now that we have the drivers installed, we can get an in depth look at the Catalyst Control Center.