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#1 ArmedSmurfer

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Posted 04 June 2011 - 05:27 PM

Hey guys
my gtx280 just recently died and i decided to splash out and get my self a pair
MSI R5950's
now i am a first time ATI/AMD card owner and i am having mad issues with drivers, i managed to get them installed
and crossfire working with the original drivers (10.11) that came on the disks with the cards
ran a 3dmark test and i must say i am impressed
3dmark Score
then i decided to update to the new 11.5 Drivers

so i installed them restart windows and get this error

"CLIStart.exe - Bad Image
The application or DLL C:\WINDOWS\system32\atiadlxx.dll is not a valid
Windows image. Please check this against your installation diskette."

and then some other rubbish about not finding any AMD drivers
this is real annoying me as i would like to update to the newest drivers and can not
i have had to roll back to the original ones to get the cards working again.
anyone have experience with crossfire, AMD cards and installing drivers?

Please help >.<

Edited by ArmedSmurfer, 04 June 2011 - 05:28 PM.

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#2 Mithras

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Posted 04 June 2011 - 05:40 PM

Always uninstall old Catalyst drivers before you install new ones. It looks like the 11.5 installer is corrupt. Just re-download it. I've been using AMD/ATI products since 2003 and I've never had a single problem with any of them. Also make sure that you've installed the physical crossfire bridge properly (not that it's difficult to do it, but better safe than sorry). I normally just download my drivers from Guru3D.
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#3 ArmedSmurfer

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Posted 04 June 2011 - 05:49 PM

ye i thought that there was an issue with the old CCC drivers so i un-installed them and ran driver sweeper to clean out the registry and any other residual files, it is not my installer that i have downloaded since i have downloaded and tried 3 separate ones >.< even tried to update through steam......
the crossfire bridges are fine since they work under the current drivers also
but still none of this works

should i try install the drivers with only one card in the pc?
or is this pointless?
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#4 Mithras

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Posted 04 June 2011 - 05:54 PM

Joe, okay, I just use remove them in Add/Remove Programs, but it looks like you were quite thorough. Try removing 1 card and installing the drivers.

*Update: Just had another idea. Boot into Safe Mode, uninstall the drivers, run driver sweeper and try again.

Edited by Mithras, 04 June 2011 - 05:59 PM.

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#5 ArmedSmurfer

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Posted 04 June 2011 - 06:48 PM

sigh still not working......

gonna try install the 11.5b drivers
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#6 Mithras

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Posted 04 June 2011 - 06:59 PM

The 11.5b drivers might actually not be a bad idea! I hope it works this time, otherwise you'll have to wait for the 11.6 drivers. :p
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Posted 04 June 2011 - 07:01 PM

SUCCESS...... :clapping:


just a hint for anyone upgrading drivers stay away from 11.5 and go with the 11.5b :drinks:
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Posted 04 June 2011 - 07:04 PM

I'm so glad you got it working! Now you just need to start using AMD processors and you'll be a 100% converted follower of AMD. I'm downloading the 11.5b drivers myself now (don't know why I bother staying up to date because I'm using the on-board HD 4250). Those 6950's are excellent cards, I hope you enjoy it!

Edited by Mithras, 04 June 2011 - 07:05 PM.

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#9 ArmedSmurfer

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Posted 04 June 2011 - 07:23 PM

hahaha ye i think it will take me a while still to be converted from intel :rolleyes:

the 11.5b drivers help a little also get a 100points or so more in 3dmark 11
http://3dmark.com/3dm11/1321845 :lol:
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#10 Mithras

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Posted 04 June 2011 - 07:26 PM

Haha, nice! My HD 4250 IGP is going to give your 6950 a real hiding soon! :p
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#11 ArmedSmurfer

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Posted 06 June 2011 - 07:22 PM

scratch that 11.5 drivers fail in general
back to the originals that the cards came with
dropped like 50 fps in black ops with max settings.....
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Posted 06 June 2011 - 08:07 PM

Oh dear! I hope the 11.6 drivers are much better!
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