ATI Video Cards
ATI is a subsidiary of AMD that develops and produces
graphical processing units or video cards, as they are most commonly
known. Founded in 1985 as Array Technologies Incorporated (ATI), the
graphical hardware powerhouse has maintained, throughout it's
history, a standard of excellence in the progression and innovation
of new and unique graphical and video hardware.
A video card or graphical processing unit is the
computer hardware device that interprets graphical signals and
produces them as images on the display unit. The video card is
responsible for alleviating all graphical processing tasks from the
central processing unit (CPU) in order to more efficiently handle
processing tasks and enhance the performance of the computer as a
Following the merger of ATI and AMD in 2006, the
combined efforts of both companies have displayed some of the finest
video cards and graphical hardware devices that are available today.
Most notable of all their products, the Radeon line of video cards
has enjoyed over a decade of success amongst computer users. After
years of research and development, the Radeon card has evolved into
one of the best multi-purpose graphical hardware devices.
ATI Video Card Drivers
Although they are specialists in hardware design and
manufacturing, ATI also develops small software components for their
hardware that creates functionality for the device and bridges the
compatibility gap between hardware and software. These small software
components are called drivers. A driver contains all of the
interfacing and operating instructions for a hardware device. The ATI
video driver instructs the ATI video device how to communicate with
the other hardware devices that make up a computer and with the
operating system that the user interfaces with.
ATI developers attempt to improve the performance of the
existing ATI video device by making changes to the driver that will
allow it to operate more efficiently and with increased
compatibility. Additionally, ATI supports users who attempt to create
their own enhanced drivers for ATI video cards by offering open
source tools for writing drivers. This network of professional and
amateur driver developers has allowed ATI to “catalyze”
the increased performance, speed and quality of their existing
The ATI video card driver updates are distributed freely
from their website, yet obtaining and implementing the updated ATI
video card driver can be challenging if you have device conflicts or
aren't familiar with working with drivers. The next section will go
into some of the common issues.
Issues with ATI Video Card Drivers
If you are experiencing problems with your computer
display or ATI video card, the problem is likely to be caused by
issues with the ATI video card driver. Video cards are under constant
use during the operation of a computer. Due to the complex nature of
it's task, a video card driver can begin to produce errors and
problems from normal use over time. If the driver is out-of-date or
corrupt, it may malfunction and produce unprecedented results on the
display. Signs and symptoms of ATI video card errors and problems
and Symptoms of ATI Video Card Failure
Anomalies in the display.
Irregular rendering of graphical elements.
Random display black-outs that are temporary and
Error messages that pertain to the ATI video card.
If you are experiencing any of the above issues with
your computer display, the ATI video card could be damaged or there
is problem with the ATI video card driver itself. ATI video driver
problems can arise for a number of reasons. Most often, the ATI video
driver is out-of-date and needs to be updated. Other causes of ATI
video driver failure include...
causes of failure...
driver is missing or corrupt.
driver is out-of-date.
to run a graphically intensive application with an outdated video
to run an application that surpasses the capabilities of the device.
previous attempt to update the driver failed.
The device is damaged or broken.
The first and best step to take to troubleshoot problems
with the ATI video card is to update the driver. Updating the driver
will often correct any and all problems that an ATI video card
produces. The next section describes how to use our automated
solution to driver installation and why it's better, but if you would
like to install the drivers manually, you can use our Guide to
Installing ATI Drivers.
If you go the manual route, be sure to follow the
instructions carefully so you don't risk installing an incorrect
driver. If you would like an automated approach to updating and
installing all of your drivers, correctly see the section below.
to Easily Download ATI Drivers
When updating your ATI drivers, you can either install
drivers manually, or use an automated update tool to do the work for
you. Manually updating can be dangerous if done incorrectly. Using
the wrong driver or installing a driver that has a conflict with your
other devices can create error messages or cause your computer to
lose functionality. To avoid these problems, it's best to use a
program that automatically finds the right drivers based on your
system's unique profile. The easiest and safest solution is to use
the automated tool, DriverUpdate.
Since a computer requires an exact driver configuration
to work right, and there are potentially other devices on your
computer that need to be updated first, it's important to update all
of your drivers when installing an ATI driver. That's why using an
automated tool like DriverUpdate is the safest way to get the drivers
DriverUpdate automatically scans your PC to find the
appropriate drivers, verifying devices you have installed and update
histories. When it's done, all you have to do is push a button, and
DriverUpdate begins the install process for you. ( Click Here To Download DriverUpdate )