ATI Control Panel

  tristar 18:53 01 May 2007

I've had a new graphics card installed in my 4 year old Mesh computer running XP(Home)
On boot up I get a message 'ATI control panel failed to initialize because no ATI driver is installed or ATI driver not working properly. The ATI control panel will now exit'
There is an option not to display this notice again.
However, the computer boots up and seems to run OK, and I'm not aware of anything not working as it should.
I'm afraid all this is beyond me, and I'd be grateful for a simple explanation of what it all means.


  Marko797 18:55 01 May 2007

Might be worth getting the latest catalyst and drivers from

  Technotiger 18:55 01 May 2007

Hi, run CCleaner click here this fixes a multitude of problems.

  tristar 19:06 01 May 2007

Have run ccleaner, don't know yet if it's made a difference.
I see from Belarc that I have a NVIDIA Ge Force FX 5200 graphics card fitted.

  Stuartli 19:42 01 May 2007

Download Drive Cleaner Pro (freeware) from:

click here

and use it to remove any ATI drivers or remnants.

Then check that your GeForce card is working properly.

May be worth downloading the latest nVidia drivers from:

click here

  Stuartli 19:42 01 May 2007

You may also need to Remove any Catalyst software in Add/Remove Programs.

  tristar 13:31 02 May 2007

I called the repair shop that installed my new graphics card. Apparently they don't install the ATI control panel software, and the 'nag screen' that appears is because of this. As I don't need the control panel I can opt not to have the message displayed, which is what I'll do - but I will check I have the latest driver.

Thank you for your suggestions and help.

  Stuartli 15:49 02 May 2007

>>Apparently they don't install the ATI control panel software,>>

The reason for this is simple - you state you have an nVidia GeForce FX5200 graphics card installed.

That will use nVidia drivers from the link I provided above.

ATi (now part of AMD) is a different graphics chipset manufacturer.

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