Day: June 14, 2006

Updating the ATI driver on a Thinkpad

Note: follow the advice below at your own risk!

Ever noticed how you can't get a recent (Catalyst) Windows driver for the ATI graphics chips in some Thinkpads? I'm thinking of the ATI Mobility Radeon 9000 in a T40, the 7500 in an R40… there are probably others. If you try to install a recent Catalyst driver, there's a warning about the INF file not being found.

It turns out that the current drivers can be installed, but only after some gentle persuasion. This page explains how, and provides a tool to let you install them. You'll need the .NET framework to get it to work.

Google competes with Flickr

Not content with firing yet more shots across Microsoft’s bows with their Spreadsheets, and with an assault on PayPal rumoured, Google today announced a test version of Picasa Web Albums.

My usage of Flickr has dropped off recently since I’ve not been out with my camera so much… I’m not a huge Picasa fan, so I’m not sure how much I’ll use this new feature. I expect I’ll stick with Flickr. You, however, might want to take a look.