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Sunday, October 14, 2007

Dell Radeon X1300 Pro Driver Upgrade Available and Installed

In search of trying to get Second Life to run on my Vista Ultimate 64-bit machine (currently) not supported, I started a search for updated video drivers. My current card was a Dell installed 256MB ATI Radeon X1300 Pro video card.

A quick run to the AMD / ATI website and it looks like Catalyst Software Suite version 7.10 is now available. In fact, it just shipped on October 11, 2007. I am not sure what my current version is from the information provided by Catalyst, but this must be newer based on the date.

Hopefully, there will be an OpenGL update so that Second Life will stop crashing. While it is still not 'supported', people have been reporting moderate successes with updated video drivers. Here goes my shot.

Before the upgrade, the current settings were:

Driver Packaging Version: 8.332-070108a1-041388C-Dell
2D Driver Version:
Direct3D Version:
OpenGL Version:
Catalyst Control Center Version: 0108.2146.2565.38893

The 56.1MB download was no big deal. Only difference during installation was the addition of the 'free' software - Earthsim.

Installation and reboot were successful and the Video Drivers on the ATI Radeon X1300 PRO were updated:

Driver Packaging Version: 8.421-070928a-053254C-ATI (Interestingly, no longer the Dell version)
2D Driver Version:
Direct3D Version:
OpenGL Version:
Catalyst Control Center Version: 2007.0928.2231.38404

It looks as if the original ATI X1300 PRO driver installed was a Dell only driver. While I am not an expert at ATI driver versions, it does look like from the increase in version numbers that the OpenGL Video driver was significantly upgraded.

If you have a Dell computer that shipped with teh ATI Radeon X1300 PRO, then I would recommend checking out the ATI download site at to download an apply the upgrade to your Vista Ulimate 64-bit system. It upgrades flawlessly.