ATI Catalyst 8.6 Software Suite Vista64

Operating systemsOS : Windows Vista
ManufacturerManufacturer : ATI Technologies Inc.
CreatedCreated : Jun 20, 2008
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The Catalyst software suite 8.6 contains the following:

* radeon display driver 8.501
* Multimedia Center 9.16 (Windows XP only)
* HydraVision for both Windows XP and Vista
* HydraVision Basic Edition (Windows XP only)
* Remote Wonder 3.04 (Windows XP only)
* WDM Driver Install Bundle
* Southbridge/IXP Driver
* catalyst Control Center Version 8.6
Caution: The Catalyst software driver and the Catalyst Control Center can be downloaded independently of each other. However, for maximum stability and performance AMD recommends that both components be updated from the same Catalyst release
Caution: The Catalyst Control Center requires that the Microsoft .NET Framework version 2.0 be installed. Without .NET version 2.0 installed, the Catalyst Control Center will not launch properly and the user will see an error message.
Note: These release notes provide information on the Radeon display driver only. For information on the ATI Multimedia Center, HydraVision, HydraVision Basic Edition, WDM, Remote Wonder, or the Southbridge/IXP driver, please refer to their respective release notes found at: https://support.ati.com/
AMD Product Support
The Catalyst Vista driver for both the 32bit and 64bit versions of the Microsoft Windows Vista operating system is supported on the following ATI Radeon products.
AMD Desktop Product Family Support for both Windows Vista and XP AMD Desktop Product Family Support
ATI Radeon HD 3800 series
ATI Radeon X1300 series
ATI Radeon HD 3600 series
ATI Radeon X1050 series
ATI Radeon HD 3400 series
ATI Radeon X850 series
ATI Radeon HD 2900 series
ATI Radeon X800 series
ATI Radeon HD 2600 series
ATI Radeon X600 series
ATI Radeon HD 2400 series
ATI Radeon X550 series
ATI Radeon X1950 series
ATI Radeon X300 series
ATI Radeon X1900 series
ATI Radeon 9800 series
ATI Radeon X1800 series
ATI Radeon 9700 series
ATI Radeon X1650 series
ATI Radeon 9600 series
ATI Radeon X1600 series
ATI Radeon 9550 series
ATI Radeon X1550 series
ATI Radeon 9500 series
ATI Radeon X700 series
AMD Multimedia Family Product Support for both Windows Vista and XP AMD Multimedia Family Product Support
ATI All-in-Wonder X1900 Series
ATI Theater 600
ATI All-in-Wonder X1800 Series
ATI All-in-Wonder X600 Series
ATI All-in-Wonder 2006 Edition
ATI Theater 550 PRO
ATI All-in-Wonder X800 Series
ATI All-in-Wonder 9800 Series
ATI Theater 650
ATI All-in-Wonder 9600 Series
Note: ATI All-in-Wonder boards operate with AMD's Windows Vista ready display and capture drivers under the Windows Vista operating system. However, the Windows Vista Media Center application does not support TV/Capture functionality provided by the ATI All-in-Wonder. TV/Capture functionality is qualified to function with Snaptream's BeyondTV 4.6 for Windows Vista. Other third party solutions (such as Arcsoft's Total Media 3) may support TV/Capture with the ATI All-in-Wonder, but these applications have not been fully tested by AMD.
AMD Chipset Product Support AMD Chipset Product Support
ATI Radeon HD 3200 Series
AMD 580X Series Chipset
ATI Radeon HD 3100 Series
ATI Radeon Xpress 1150 Series
ATI Radeon HD 2100 Series
ATI Radeon Xpress 1100 Series
ATI Radeon Xpress 1250 Series
ATI Radeon Xpress 200 Series
ATI Radeon X1250 Series
AMD 690 Series Chipset
ATI Radeon X1200 Series
Performance Improvements
The following performance gains are noticed with this release of Catalyst.
* 3DMark Vantage:10 to 15% gains across all Radeon HD 3xxx and HD 2xxx products, with larger gains in specific cases.
* Call of Duty 4: Performance increases across all Radeon HD 3xxx and HD 2xxx products, with gains as large as 35% in specific maps.
* Call of Juarez DX10: Performance increases between 2 and 9% across all HD 3xxx and HD 2xxx products
* Company of Heroes (DX10 version): Performance increases between 4 and 10% across HD 36xx and HD 34xx products.
* Lost Planet (DX10 version): Performance increases by 1 or 2 fps across all HD 3xxx and HD 2xxx products, creating in some cases up to 20% increase.
* Lost Planet (DX9 version): Performance increases between 2 and 20% across all HD 3xxx and HD 2xxx products
* Prey OpenGL: 3-5% gains across HD 3xxx and HD 2xxx products.
* Quake 4 OpenGL: Up to 8% increase across all HD 3xxx and HD 2xxx products.
* Shadermark 2.1: Minor improvements across all HD 3xxx and HD 2xxx products, with the largest gains appearing on HD 3650 (up to 9%)
* ViewPerf 10: Substantial performance improvements across several of the sub-tests, with the largest gains in ugnx (up to 55%), catia (up to 17%) and tcvis (up to 10%) across all of the HD 3xxx and HD 2xxx products.
Resolved Issues for the Windows Vista Operating System
This section provides information on resolved issues in this release of the ATI Catalyst Software Suite for Windows Vista. These include:
* Bioshock: Corruption is no longer noticed in the water's reflection. Further details can be found in topic number 737-35077
* Call of Duty 4: Enabling AA no longer results in intermittent corruption being noticed when playing the game on a system running Windows Vista with an ATI Radeon HD 38x0 series of product installed. Further details can be found in topic number 737-35072
* Crysis: Momentary corruption is no longer noticed in the body of water when a soldier pierces through the clouds. Further details can be found in topic number 737-32599
* Crysis: Playing a DX10 version of the game no longer results in flickering being noticed within the bushes and on the trees when the in-game advanced setting are set to low. Further details can be found in topic number 737-35074
* Frontlines: Fuel of War: Flickering and corruption is no longer noticed when playing the game on a system containing an ATI Radeon HD 3800 series of product when CrossFire is enabled. Further details can be found in topic number 737-35067
* Guitar Hero III: Shadows are no longer seen in the middle-bottom portion of the display where the music score is located. Further details can be found in topic number 737-35071
* Lost Planet: Running the cave test on a system containing an ATI Radeon™ HD 38x0 series of product no longer results in low FPS values. Further details can be found in topic number 737-35073M
* Sins of a Solar Empire: Corruption is no longer noticed when playing the game on a system running Windows Vista and containing either an ATI Radeon X1xx0 or 9700 series of product. Further details can be found in topic number 737-35068
* Stalker: Enabling CrossFire no longer results in the clear sky failing to scale properly. Further details can be found in topic number 737-35070
* Unreal Tournament 3: Scaling is now functioning when using 24 or more bots when CrossFire is enabled. Further details can be found in topic number 737-35069
* Rebooting the operating system after changing the skin to any available option other than system skin no longer results in the Catalyst Control Center menu options no longer being visible. Further details can be found in topic number 737-30569
* The Catalyst Control Center menu option no longer fails to function when changing the skin from system skin to any other available skin. Further details can be found in topic number 737-30570
* Using the hot-key function to switch between various display scenarios no longer results in the HDMI display device displaying a blank screen. Further details can be found in topic number 737-31145
* Enabling CrossFire on a system containing an ATI Radeon X1900 CrossFire Edition product no longer results in the Windows Vista (64 bit version) failing. Further details can be found in topic number 737-31163
* Inconsistent behavior is no longer noticed in the Catalyst Control Center when clearing the Shared application from one virtual desktop to another. This issue may also be experienced under the Windows XP and Windows XP Professional x64 Edition operating systems. Further details can be found in topic number 737-32610
* Shared applications are no longer removed after selecting Restore desktop when virtual desktop mode is enabled. This issue may also be experienced under the Windows XP and Windows XP Professional x64 Edition operating systems. Further details can be found in topic number 737-32611
* Certain benchmark applications no longer report lower benchmark scores with CrossFire enabled. Further details can be found in topic number 737-33464
* Hot-plugging an HDTV to an HDMI port no longer results in flickering being noticed around the text of the Catalyst™ Control Center when setting the display resolution to either 1776x1000 or 1920x1000. Further details can be found in topic number 737-34323
* The OverDrive option is no longer missing in the Catalyst Control Center after the installation of the graphics driver on systems containing an ATI Radeon HD 2900 series of product and running the Windows Vista operating system. Further details can be found in topic number 737-34123
* Performing a custom install of the ATI graphics driver under the Windows Vista operating system no longer results in a message indicating that the current version is not installed. Further details can be found in topic number 737-34150
* Attempting to hot plug an HDMI display device from one port to another no longer results in the display failing to display an image. Further details can be found in topic number 737-34151
* Connecting an HDMI display device no longer results in the Catalyst Control Center reporting the connector type as component. Further details can be found in topic number 737-35026
* Connecting an HDTV using the Component Video connector no longer results in the Catalyst Control Center (Basic View) failing to respond when switching to HDTV only mode. Further details can be found in topic number 737-35029
* Catalyst Control Center: Selecting the User Windows Display Language setting no longer results in the incorrect language being selected in the Catalyst Control Center. Further details can be found in topic number 737-35030
* A Catalyst Control Center Host Application error message is no longer displayed when performing a fast user switch. Further details can be found in topic number 737-35031
* Changing the saturation value found in the Catalyst Control Center->TV-Avivo page no longer results in the new values failing to take effect. Further details can be found in topic number 737-35036
* Catalyst Control Center: Connecting a secondary display device and enabling extended desktop mode no longer results in the Catalyst Control Center failing to respond when disabling the primary display device and attempting to set the secondary display device as the primary. Further details can be found in topic number 737-35039
* The Catalyst Control Center no longer fails to respond when modifying or assigning any hotkey in Hotkeys Manager. Further details can be found in topic number 737-34416
* Enabling and disabling GPU Scaling no longer results in some of the supported display resolutions no longer being available. Further details can be found in topic number 737-35047
* Hot-plugging an HDTV using the HDMI port no longer results in flickering being noticed around the text of the Catalyst Control Center when setting the display resolution to either 1776x1000 or 1920x1000. Further details can be found in topic number 737-35048
* Using the hot-key function to switch between various display scenarios no longer results in the HDMI display device displaying a blank screen. Further details can be found in topic number 737-31145
* Hot-plugging an HDTV to the HDMI port no longer results in the LCD failing to display an image when hot-unplugging the HDTV. Further details can be found in topic number 737-35052
* Playing a Blu-Ray DVD title using WinDVD 8.1 no longer results in corruption being noticed on the menu page. Further details can be found in topic number 737-35064
* Connecting an HDMI display device no longer results in the display device being detected as a DVI display device resolving the audio out issue. Further details can be found in topic number 737-35065
* The OverDrive option is no longer missing in the Catalyst Control Center after the installation of the graphics driver on systems containing an ATI Radeon™ HD 2900 series of product and running the Windows Vista operating system. Further details can be found in topic number 737-35066
* Enabling CrossFire on a system containing an ATI Radeon X1900 CrossFire Edition product no longer results in the Windows Vista (64 bit version) intermittently failing. Further details can be found in topic number 737-31163
* The Catalyst Control Center version number no longer fails to be updated after the installation of a newer Catalyst Control Center 737-28493
* Performing a custom install of the ATI graphics driver under the Windows Vista operating system no longer results in a message indicating that the current version is not installed. Further details can be found in topic number 737-35075
* Hot-plugging and hot-unplugging an HDMI display device no longer results in the Catalyst Control Center failing to detect the correct setting of the display device. Further details can be found in topic number 737-35076
* The Windows Vista operating system no longer fails to respond when running the Auto-tune utility found in the Catalyst Control Center OverDrive™ option 737-30584
* Connecting a TV as the secondary display device and enabling either clone mode or extended desktop mode no longer results in the TV failing to display an image when resuming from an S3 state. Further details can be found in topic number 737-33466
* Hot swapping a display device to the second DVI connector no longer results in the display device failing to be detected. Further details can be found in topic number 737-35078
* Attempting to hot plug an HDMI display device from one port to another no longer results in the display failing to display an image. Further details can be found in topic number 737-35079
* Corruption may be noticed when resuming a second time during the playback of a DVD title. Further details can be found in topic number 737-35080
* Seeking several times when playing an MPEG4 files using WinDVD no longer results in the video become 4 small videos windows within the playback screen. Further details can be found in topic number 737-35081
* Enabling Closed Captioning no longer results in a green line at left side and bottom of the text being noticed. Further details can be found in topic number 737-35082

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