Rotating monitor without installing pivot software, courtesy of the latest ATI Catalyst

I was reinstalling my HP nc6000 laptop after putting in a new 100Gb drive and went through the process of installing the latest ATI Catalyst drivers for the standard Radeon series (v6.11 for Windows XP Pro, desktop version) and there are finally options to rotate displays, including proper support for rotating either one or both of my desktops.  Handy, as you don't want to rotate the LCD panel on the laptop, but the rotating the external monitor is really handy.  I love editing Word documents in A4 (portrait format).

So I unininstalled my Pivot Pro software I was using, and also ATI Hydravision as the latest Catalyst driver seems to handle the configuration of outputs now.

Eagle eyed surfers will have noted that I have installed the desktop version of the Catalyst drivers.  These can be installed on laptop thanks to the modification tool available at driverheaven.net (although it was the previous, v3, version I used today).  Basically this utility allows the standard ATI desktop catalyst driver to be installed on a mobility Radeon laptop graphics chipset. It is quite possible that the screen rotation functionality is only present in the desktop version.

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# re: Rotating monitor without installing pivot software, courtesy of the latest ATI Catalyst

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Wow! - at last... Pivot Pro isn't supported on the Mobility Radion X700 in my Acer TravelMate 8100 laptop with xp pro and I am desperate to rotate my LaCie 20" external monitor.

Question: should I go for the DESKTOP version of the Catalyst drivers as you did - and if so, why? I see that the mobility Radeon X700 is listed on the driverheaven.net site you've linked, but in view of all their warnings I'm nervous (at approaching 80) of tackling the job of cleaning out the useless Pivot Pro and ATI Hydravision crap in my only computer and following your lead until I know what unknowns I'm likely to encounter with the Catalyst and mod tool installs.

Hope I'm not too late to get your very much appreciated advice!
Left by Tim Harper on Jun 19, 2008 11:49 PM

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Tim,

I used the desktop version just so I had all the options enabled. As I mentioned, I'm not certain if screen rotation is included in the mobile version, so went with the desktop to make sure.

I've run the tool on both nc6000 and an nc4010 laptops from HP (which have different ATI chipsets) and never had any problems that I could attribute to the driver.
Left by Liam Westley on Jun 20, 2008 10:29 AM

# re: Rotating monitor without installing pivot software, courtesy of the latest ATI Catalyst

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surviving from a windows XP crash I have a message to reload pivot software ???
Left by yvon chenevert on Aug 20, 2009 11:49 AM

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