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I have recently installed the AMD Catalyst 13.11 (Beta 9.5) Driver which has effectively nuked my system from a computational overlord to a substandard turd-brick. Thus, I have set out on a valiant quest to vanquish the evil beta driver from my computer in order to replace it with the currently "stable" 13.9 driver. See how I put stable in quotations? That's because I have no faith in AMD's drivers anymore.

Anyways, I have been unsuccessful in removing this filth from my computer. Here is what I have tried:

The question remains, as to how I can remove this garbage, and send it back to the lowest circles of hell from which it usurped. :) The essential problem I am having is that, whenever I go through all these steps simultaneously, and it "appears" as if the driver is gone from my computer, the installation for the stable 13.9 driver craps out on me with errors, leading me to think that the old drivers are still installed on my system. That's not the only reason for me believing the drivers are still on my box, because even though I go through all these steps, when I reboot in a seemingly "clean" driver-less environment, my two monitors still start Windows under 1080p resolutions, which, I think is a little strange if I was to consider that the driver for my display adapter was removed from my computer...in my experience, when you truly remove drivers, your resolution goes down to a basic one.

A little information about my system:

  • Alienware Aurora R4.
  • Two Radeon HD 7950's (with CrossfireX).

Update: Here is the error log. Every time I try to install, the AMD Driver seems to be the point of failure as part of the Catalyst installer.

<?xml version="1.0"?>
<?xml-stylesheet type="text/xsl" href="Report.xml.xsl"?>
<monetreport xmlns:dt="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:datatypes">
  <general>
    <cmdline>-UI </cmdline>
    <time>12/11/13 19:57:55</time>
    <action>install</action>
    <download></download>
  </general>
  <dcm>
    <primary>
     <name>AMD Radeon Graphics Processor</name>
     <manufacture>Advanced Micro Devices, Inc.</manufacture>
     <chiptype></chiptype>
     <chipid>0x679a</chipid>
    <vendorid>0x1002</vendorid>
     <ssid>0x0b00</ssid>
     <ssvid>0x1002</ssvid>
     <classcode>0x030000</classcode>
     <revisionid>0x00</revisionid>
    </primary>
    <device>
     <name>AMD Radeon Graphics Processor</name>
     <manufacture>Advanced Micro Devices, Inc.</manufacture>
     <chiptype></chiptype>
     <chipid>0x679a</chipid>
     <vendorid>0x1002</vendorid>
     <ssid>0x7950</ssid>
     <ssvid>0x1545</ssvid>
     <classcode>0x030000</classcode>
     <revisionid>0x00</revisionid>
    </device>
    <device>
     <name></name>
     <manufacture>Advanced Micro Devices, Inc.</manufacture>
     <chiptype></chiptype>
     <chipid>0xaaa0</chipid>
     <vendorid>0x1002</vendorid>
     <ssid>0xaaa0</ssid>
     <ssvid>0x1545</ssvid>
     <classcode>0x040300</classcode>
     <revisionid>0x00</revisionid>
    </device>
    <device>
     <name></name>
     <manufacture>Advanced Micro Devices, Inc.</manufacture>
     <chiptype></chiptype>
     <chipid>0xaaa0</chipid>
     <vendorid>0x1002</vendorid>
     <ssid>0xaaa0</ssid>
     <ssvid>0x1002</ssvid>
     <classcode>0x040300</classcode>
     <revisionid>0x00</revisionid>
    </device>
  </dcm>
  <exist>
<package>
                <description>AMD Gaming Evolved App</description>
                <result></result>
                <version>1.10.000</version>
                <size>49 </size>
</package>
  </exist>
  <install>
<package>
                <description>AMD Catalyst Install Manager</description>
                <result>Succeed</result>
                <version>8.0.915.0</version>
                <size>20 </size>
</package>
<package>
                <description>Microsoft Visual C++ 2012 Redistributable (x86)</description>
                <result>Succeed</result>
                <version>10.0.30319</version>
                <size>9 </size>
</package>
<package>
                <description>AMD Display Driver</description>
                <result>Fail</result>
                <version>13.152.1.8000</version>
                <size>90 </size>
</package>
<package>
                <description>Microsoft Visual C++ 2012 Redistributable (x64)</description>
                <result>Succeed</result>
                <version>10.0.30319</version>
                <size>9 </size>
</package>
<package>
                <description>AMD Accelerated Video Transcoding</description>
                <result>Succeed</result>
                <version>13.15.100.31008</version>
                <size>3 </size>
</package>
<package>
                <description>AMD Catalyst Control Center</description>
                <result>Succeed</result>
                <version>2013.1008.932.15229</version>
                <size>150 </size>
</package>
  </install>
  <uninstall>
  </uninstall>
  <downloaded>
  </downloaded>
  <resource>
    <hwinfo>Hardware information</hwinfo>
    <existpkg>Existing packages</existpkg>
    <pkg2inst>Packages for install</pkg2inst>
    <pkg2uninst>Packages for uninstall</pkg2uninst>
    <otherdev>Other detected devices</otherdev>
    <errmsg>Error messages</errmsg>
    <name>Name</name>
    <manufacture>Manufacturer</manufacture>
    <chiptype>Chip type</chiptype>
    <chipid>Device ID</chipid>
    <otherhw>Other hardware</otherhw>
    <download>Download packages</download>
    <succeed>Success</succeed>
    <fail>Fail</fail>
    <vendorid>Vendor ID</vendorid>
    <classcode>Class Code</classcode>
    <revisionid>Revision ID</revisionid>
    <ssid>Subsystem ID</ssid>
    <ssvid>Subsystem vendor ID</ssvid>
    <header1>Catalyst™ Install Manager</header1>
    <header2>Installation Report</header2>
    <finalstatus>Final Status:</finalstatus>
    <versionofitem>Version of Item:</versionofitem>
    <size>Size:</size>
    <bytes>Mbytes</bytes>
  </resource>
  <error><msg>Driver Install: the installation failed</msg></error></monetreport>
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Using Device Manager you should be able to tell Windows to delete the drivers. At that point its only a matter of installing the version you want to use. If you have tried this, then lets start with what errors your getting, because removing the driver should be enough. –  Ramhound Dec 11 '13 at 13:28
    
@Ramhound I haven't thought of going down the Device Manager route. Thanks for the idea, I will try this tonight when I get home and if that doesn't work I will start posting back with errors from the installation. –  Alexandru Dec 11 '13 at 13:29
    
Sometimes unplugging from pci-e and re-plugging or even switching to secondary bios can change the referencing of some unwanted files. –  huseyin tugrul buyukisik Dec 11 '13 at 13:45
    
@Ramhound I tried it but it didn't work. I'll post the error code up top. –  Alexandru Dec 12 '13 at 1:19
    
@Ramhound My bad. I tried uninstalling it from there but it must have reverted to a version of it...thinking about it I'll try to extract to local and get the correct driver for it loaded from the drivers folder. –  Alexandru Dec 12 '13 at 19:28

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