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Redbaron

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Quick question for those who know such things... What is this thing? What does it do, or what does it try to do, or what is it supposed to do? So far as I can tell, all it does is leave a passel of little red paw prints in the hidden icons box. What purpose does it serve (if any)?

Just curious. I think it came with Windows 10, or with HP computer.
 

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Radeon is a graphics controller, originally made by Canadian company ATI but they got bought out by American chip maker AMD many years ago now. The graphics controller,.in simple terms, is the component in a computer that takes data from the memory and turns it into pictures on your screen. What you are seeing is likely something to do with the software that lets you configure the controller (change the resolution and that sort of thing). Likely if you click a paw print, it will either give you a menu of options or launch the program.
 

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Basically this^

AMD Radeon is a brand of Graphics Processing Unit (GPU) that offloads the graphics workload from the Central Processing Unit (CPU). The icon in the system tray is just for changing the settings of your GPU.

nVidia GeForce is a competing GPU. Gamers and graphic artists need expensive, high-end GPUs from AMD or nVidia for 3D rendering at 60 frames per second or higher. Most people make do with much cheaper GPUs which handle basic web browsing and video playback just fine and are often built into the computer.
 

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OK, thanks. Just wondering why it would leave so many paw prints every time.
 

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Basically this^

AMD Radeon is a brand of Graphics Processing Unit (GPU) that offloads the graphics workload from the Central Processing Unit (CPU). The icon in the system tray is just for changing the settings of your GPU.

nVidia GeForce is a competing GPU. Gamers and graphic artists need expensive, high-end GPUs from AMD or nVidia for 3D rendering at 60 frames per second or higher. Most people make do with much cheaper GPUs which handle basic web browsing and video playback just fine and are often built into the computer.
I was trying not to be too geeky in my answer. Poor Red probably now knows more about GPUs than he ever wanted to.:nerd:
 

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OK, thanks. Just wondering why it would leave so many paw prints every time.
That is unusual. Do they go away when you Restart and then return over time? If so, may be a bug of some kind. Generally, there should just be one. Though I have not used Radeon recently. Maybe they do load multiple programs for different purposes? @chansen ?
 

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Known issue at one point:


Basically, what seems to be happening is that a Windows 10 update broke the Radeon driver software, so it keeps crashing. Problem is, every time it crashes, it restarts, but the old icon doesn't go away, plus you get a new one! So the longer your computer is running, the more icons you collect in your tray. Yay!

The likely fix is to update Windows (in case it's a Microsoft problem that's been fixed) and update the Radeon drivers. Windows update will have the latest "Microsoft approved" drivers, but they will be older drivers than what you can get from AMD's site. Try the Windows Update ones first. If they don't fix it, try newer drivers from here:


You'll need to find what model of Radeon chip you have. Clicking on one of those icons will likely tell you that. At least, it does when I click on my nVidia icon.
 
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