speed up RAGE on ATI graphics cards


I finally got to trying the long awaited game RAGE, after installing the 3DVDs game and playing it for a few minutes, I found that the performance was very slow. Textures took a long time to render, and the overall FPS was very low (around 20 I would assume). This should not be the case with my Core i7, 6GB DDR3, and ATI 4890HD.

 

The game doesn’t come with much graphics options to play with, just a resolution, and anti aliasing control. Which did not give much of an improvement with I tried them. The ATI catalyst option also had low effect on the poor performance.

Luckily for us AMD was aware of the situation and they have released a special driver to give you a good performance boost specially for Rage.

You can find the AMD Catalyst™ – Rage Performance Driver  here

This will work with your ATI VGA from the HD 4000 5000 and 6000 families.

Rage ATI game Picture

Automatically Detect and Download all your PC drivers

During the last decade, I got the chance to try many driver repairing tools, some of them were free, some were not. I never liked any of them though, some couldn’t correctly detect the hardware that is unrecognized by windows, some provided dead driver download links, and some were loaded with spywares are scarewares.

When I was working on a friends Acer laptop, trying to find almost all of it’s drivers that Windows curiously was unable to recognize any of them. Even the manufacturer was not quite sure what the hell  they put in this model.

That is when I tried a software called Device doctor, I kinda liked it for the following reasons.

1. Free

2. Was able to detect all the needed drivers.

3. Was able to provide driver updates for the installed drivers.

4. All drivers were hosted at the device doctor website.

5. No registration required !

6. There is even a portable version of the software, to be used without installing from a flash drive, if you were geeky enough for that.

I still haven’t got the chance to really check it’s capabilities, but so far, it’s looking good.

You can download Device Doctor here

Also you can get the Portable Device Doctor here

ATI Catalyst installer crashing when installing driver version 9.8

When I was installing the new Radeon driver v9.8 the installer kept crashing before the installation started on windows vista 64.

The solution is simple, just go here

and install the appropriate update for your system. This crash is related to some problems in the Visual C++ libraries and this fix will allow you to install this new version just fine.

Did you sense any improvements with the new CCC  9.8?

Play Guitar Hero World Tour vocals on PC with any microphone

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Normally, Guitar hero: World Tour for PC will not allow you to play the vocals mode unless you have a compatible USB microphone. but thanks to the trick I discovered, you will enjoy playing guitar hero with any headset microphone you have. Just follow the steps carefully.

This method is provided as is with no guarantees that it will work and/or effect your computer in any way.

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BCM2045A USB Bluetooth Dongle driver for windows Vista 32 and x64 bits

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BCM2045A USB Bluetooth adapter is a cheap Chinese usb bluethooth adapter, it works very well under windows XP but under windows Vista, there is no way you can install it’s driver because it is not digitally signed and there is no version on the internet that is.

To use this BCM2045A USB Bluetooth Dongle on windows Vista follow these simple steps:

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HP 656c Driver for windows Vista 32 and 64

HP 656cHP 656cThe HP 656c is a very old hp printer. I got it around the year 2001, recently I needed to download a driver for it to work on windows Vista x64 and not surprisingly there was not.

The trick to use your HP 656c on windows Vista 32 or x64 is easy.

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Radeon Catalyst and display driver 9.6 NEW

ex_08apr_dmm_radeon4890_gameA new driver is released for almost all recent Radeon display adapters. The following improvements are announced with this new driver

  • Company of Heroes – performance improves up to 25% with HD 4600 series products and below as well as improvements of up to 10% on HD 4800 series
  • Crysis – performance improves up to 13% in multi-GPU configurations
  • Crysis Warhead – performance improves up to 11% in multi-GPU configurations
  • World in Conflict – performance improvements of up to 30% can be seen in settings
    that were previously CPU limited

Also, some crashes and problems with the CCC has been fixed.

This is all great, but now in a time where AMD (ATI) cards are considered better than their equivalents in nVidia, I think it is time for AMD to stand up for the challenge and fix embarrassing bugs such as:

  • 3D graphics corruption in many games with Adaptive anti-aliasing enabled.
  • Games crash on minimize and resolution changes.
  • funny looking effects.
  • Buggy deinterlacing that actually make movies interlaced (scan-line effect)
  • V-sinc does not know when to turn on or off
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AMD (ATI) must work more with the developers and do more “Best played on Radeon” games. Also it is time to flood the market with DirectX 10.1 games, since no nVidia cards already supports it. and I’m not talking about crappy games such as Stormrise.

Radeon card are strong but I feel that this miss a Strong software support.

what do you think

ZSMC USB PC Camera (ZS0211) Driver for Windows Vista 32 64

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This one gave me a really hard time to find, So I decided to upload it for you nice ppl to save you some time.

This driver works for the ZSMC USB PC Camera (ZS0211)  as well as  for many cheap china made webcams. it works under windows Vista 64  bit
Anyway the trick is not in the driver it self but in windows Vista. Download it here (LINK UPDATED !!!)

-restart your computer.
-hold F8 before windows Vista loads (right after the BIOS POST screen)
-select “Disable Driver Signature Enforcement”
– now boot to windows and install the driver. your ZSMC USB PC Camera (ZS0211) will now work

 

If you get sick of this piece of junk, just get a new webcam, you can find good cheap Windows 7 64 webcams on amazon

Enjoy