i tried running catalyst 7.9 & 7.10 because 7.8 doesn't work... it says it can't find any hardware on my pc that the drivers are compatable with.
Unfortunately for laptops you have to get the drivers from your manufacturer. This is the secret curse of gaming on laptops - the manufacturers won't let ATI and NVIDIA support the laptops with their normal driver releases. I've heard a ton of different excuses for this but they'll nonsense and just come down to the big computer manufacturers wanting control over what drivers you put on your laptop. The sad part is that they seldom make the effort to keep the drivers updated. They could authorize ATI and NVIDIA to support them publicly but they won't. Laptop gamers are SCREWED because of this and Epic has been fighting this behind the scenes for several years now with little success. ATI and NVIDIA say their hands are tied on this but I think they need to stand up to their hardware partners in the interest of the end user experience. It is making them look bad too. You bought a laptop that you thought could play the game well (and it could play games well back when you bought it because the drivers were relatively up to date when it shipped) but now you can't play current games simply because your driver is out of date.
The bottom line is that gamers need to speak out (SCREAM ACTUALLY) about this injustice because more and more PC users are moving to laptops and they'll be having horrible gaming experiences (even when the laptops do have decent graphics chips totally capable of playing the games) if the drivers aren't kept up to date. I have a DELL M170 at home and the latest drivers for it are over a year old with no sign that they'll ever release updated drivers. NVIDIA could simply at that machine to the .INF file they release with the reference drivers and it would work like a charm but they can't because DELL won't let them.
Speak out folks, speak out loudly! Tell your hardware companies this kind of behaviour is anti-gaming and you'll go to other vendors in the future if they don't change it.
Having said that there are one or two of the high-end laptop makers who let NVIDIA (not sure about ATI but probably them as well) support the mobile chips in their machines. You'd have to check the graphics chip manufacturer's driver download sites for more details.
My laptop comes from iBuyPower.com, originally manufactured by Uniwill, and so far this is the first time a graphics issue has manifested. I know what you mean about specialized mobility drivers for nVidia and ATI. My friend has an HP with an nVidia chip in it, and it ticked me off that none of the drivers from nVidia's site worked, and HP refused to update their old faulty driver. My laptop, however, has always worked with ATI's drivers and seems to have a fairly generic motherboard setup in general. I hope this helps and I will definitely post my setup in the thread you provided.
Great tool. Thanks for posting it. I'm going to do some more testing with the Omega drivers. I have experienced some severe artifacting today. I don't know if it is the fault of the drivers or if my laptop (which I just got back from the manufacturer for service for the same problem) is having issues again. Let me know how it goes.
Well I have to send my laptop back within a week of getting it back from being serviced. Hopefully this time they will actually fix it, but I won't be able to test UT3 for a about a week or so. Please keep me posted, anyway.
Damn right! Tell it preacher! My brother has a pretty decent laptop that can play UT3 with no problem, spec wise but the drivers he has are at least a year old, when he played UT3, I said 'Oh God! Don't move the mouse! you'll just make even worse!' at some parts of the game it ran fine and others didn't. These manufacturers got nothing to lose, it's not hard to release a driver, if they want to keep their motto they need to help the little people with the laptops. We all bleed the same blood color right? pc and laptop users...