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Is the Catalyst Control Center (CCC) that comes with AMD graphic driver necessary? I have tried using the driver alone without installing CCC and there has been no problem so far, so is it necessary?

(I'm using a small laoptop mainly for office work, so no gaming required)

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How do you set the anti-aliasing mode in games that don't have an in-game control for it? – David Schwartz Dec 4 '12 at 2:16
I don't play game on this laptop – Chin Dec 4 '12 at 2:25
If you never need it, then it's not necessary. – David Schwartz Dec 4 '12 at 2:36
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The control center is an optional feature that is required only if you are unable to set up the desired options through the default "display settings" interface on Windows.

In the past, I have used the control center to configure the relative positioning of monitors, but the native support for managing monitor positions have improved (it is fully usable in XP) in Windows, thus making the software entirely unnecessary for my use.

Some of the features you will or will not miss are described on the official ATI page and includes functionality such as:

  • wizards for managing monitors and 3D settings
  • monitor positioning
  • fine-tuning of video setting (hdtv, codec parameters, colors, brightness)
  • fine-tuning of 3D setting (system wide, per application)

For the most part, one can do without these features, and the control center is not required for the driver to work properly.

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I'd like to add that settings can be tweaked using regedit. For example, here's how you can fix an overscan/underscan issue. It is unfortunate that CCC is a 150 MB piece of bloatware and AMD doesn't provide a reasonably sized settings editor on Windows, like aticonfig for Linux, leaving you with regedit as a last resort. – Lumi May 26 '14 at 10:12

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