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 06/30/2013 02:56 PM
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If I decide that from now on I want to use the Beta drivers instead of the WHQL ones, do I still keep installing the CAP updates as well? (I'm running Xfire so I do need those CAP updates)

Seeing as the Beta drivers are of course numbered higher than the CAP updates I'm not exactly sure what to do. Especially in the scenario that a CAP update gets released AFTER a beta driver, but of course the beta driver is still numbered higher than the latest CAP. What would I do there?

Basically, if I switch over to using Beta drivers, what do I do regarding the CAP updates?

 06/30/2013 03:46 PM
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Read the release notes for caps. If they have a profile for a game that runs badly for you, install them. If not, don't bother.



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 06/30/2013 07:29 PM
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Originally posted by: Eydee Read the release notes for caps. If they have a profile for a game that runs badly for you, install them. If not, don't bother.

 



So the beta drivers do NOT include the latest seperately released CAP updates? After installing the beta drivers I will still have to install the CAPs seperately even though they're numbered lower than the beta drivers? 

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Originally posted by: SavagelyEpic
Originally posted by: Eydee Read the release notes for caps. If they have a profile for a game that runs badly for you, install them. If not, don't bother.

 

 

 

So the beta drivers do NOT include the latest seperately released CAP updates? After installing the beta drivers I will still have to install the CAPs seperately even though they're numbered lower than the beta drivers? 

 

All drivers -- including beta -- include the caps that were latest when the package was created. However, caps are supposed to be released more often than drivers. You certainly don't need to install older ones, what I meant above was about caps released after the beta driver package.



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 06/30/2013 09:22 PM
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And whenever AMD makes another CAP they put it up for download, so the driver packages themselves will never have a more up to date version than what is on the site.

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 07/02/2013 08:35 AM
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That's not what I meant - I know all CAPs are rolled into the next-released driver package. What I meant is comparing everything in a current release.

It's kind of hard for me to explain so I'll just give an example using the 13.4's:


13.4 WHQL is released at the exact same time as 13.6 beta and 13.4 CAP1, as they are all released together. (For example's sake anyway, but as I recall that actually was the case when they came out)

These are all the current latest releases, all released at the exact same time.

Now obviously the protocol if I was using the WHQL would be very clear - install 13.4 WHQL, then install 13.4 CAP1.

So then, my question is - if using 13.6 beta, do I expect 13.4 CAP1 to be included in 13.6 beta, or would I need still to additionally install 13.4 CAP1 with 13.6 beta (as if I were using the WHQL drivers?) 

 07/02/2013 09:41 AM
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This is where my first post comes into the picture. Release dates mean nothing. To decide, we should know when these packages were made. It's not really possible to find it out. So just read the release notes of the cap package, and if you see a game you have trouble with, install it. Otherwise, don't bother.



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