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Catalyst 6.8

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Catalyst® Release Note Version 6.8

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This release note provides information on the latest posting of ATI's industry leading software suite, Catalyst®. This particular software suite updates both the ATI Display Driver (version 8.282), and the Catalyst® Control Center (version 6.8). This unified driver has been further enhanced to provide the highest level of power, performance, and reliability. The ATI Catalyst® software suite is the ultimate in performance and stability.

The Catalyst® 6.8 Release Note provides information on the following:

Web Content
ATI Desktop product family support
ATI Chipset Product Support
Operating systems supported
Performance Improvement
Issues Resolved in Catalyst® Software Suite 6.8
Known Issues for Catalyst® Software Suite 6.8
ATI Customer Care
Installing the latest Catalyst® Software Suite
Catalyst® Crew Driver Feedback
Web Content
The Catalyst® software suite 6.8 contains the following:

Radeon® display driver 8.282
Multimedia Center™ 9.15
HydraVision™
HydraVision™ Basic Edition
Remote Wonder 3.04
WDM Driver Install Bundle
Southbridge/IXP Driver
Catalyst® Control Center Version 6.8

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Caution: The Catalyst® software driver and the Catalyst® Control Center can be downloaded independently of each other. However, for maximum stability and performance ATI recommends that both components be updated from the same Catalyst® release

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Caution: The Catalyst® Control Center requires that the Microsoft .NET Framework version 1.1 or 2.0 be installed. Without .NET version 1.1 or 2.0 installed, the Catalyst® Control Center will not launch properly and the user will see an error message.

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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/

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ATI Desktop product family support
The Catalyst® software suite is designed to support the following ATI desktop products:

Radeon® X1900 series
Radeon® X1800 series
Radeon® X1600 series
Radeon® X1300 series
Radeon® X850 series
Radeon® X800 series
Radeon® X700 series
Radeon® X600 series
Radeon® X550 series
Radeon® X300 series
Radeon® 9800 series
Radeon® 9700 series
Radeon® 9650 series
Radeon® 9600 series
Radeon® 9550 series

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Note: ATI All-in-Wonder® variants based on the above are also supported.

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Radeon® 9500 series
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Note: All ATI Radeon® PC Graphic cards are optimized for Microsoft's Media Center Edition 2005 when coupled with a supported video capture card.

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Note: Software driver support and release notes for earlier ATI products can be found at: support.ati.com

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ATI Chipset Product Support
The Catalyst® software suite is designed to support the following ATI chipset products:

CrossFire™ Xpress 3200
CrossFire™ Xpress 1600
Radeon® Xpress 200 series (for both Intel and AMD Processors)
Operating systems supported
The latest version of the Catalyst® software suite is designed to support the following Microsoft Windows platforms:

Windows XP Professional
Windows XP Home Edition
Windows XP Media Center Edition (graphics driver support only)

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Note: Catalyst® 6.8 is not supported under the Windows Vista operating system. Catalyst® software drivers for the Windows Vista operating system can be found at: support.ati.com

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Performance Improvement
As with most Catalyst® releases, performance has increased in various situations.

Improved shader compiler and transform engine optimizations have led to many significant performance gains in OpenGL applications across the entire Radeon® X1000 series of products. These include:

Doom 3 performance improves as much as 6.5%
Quake 4 (v1.2 or higher) performance improves as much as 18%
Chronicles of Riddick performance improves as much as 20%. Average improvements of 5-10% are commonly seen
Prey performance improves as much as 16%
Optimizations made to ATI's graphics memory manager have led to significant gains in DirectX applications that make heavy use of graphics memory on 256MB ATI graphics cards:

3DMark06 performance improves as much as 22% on single ATI Radeon® X1000 series cards with 256MB of graphics memory at 1280x1024 and higher when anti-aliasing is enabled. The largest gains are found on the ATI Radeon® X1800 series and ATI Radeon® X1900 series of products
Call of Duty 2 performance improves as much as 30% on single ATI Radeon® X550 cards or higher with 256MB of video memory at 1280x1024 and higher when anti-aliasing enabled. The largest gains are found on the ATI Radeon® X1800 series and ATI Radeon® X1900 series of products
Issues Resolved in Catalyst® Software Suite 6.8


The following section provides a summary of the issues that are resolved in the latest release of Catalyst®. These include:

Lord of the Rings: The Battle for Middle Earth: Playing the game under Windows XP SP2 using an ATI Radeon® X800 series product no longer results in intermittent display corruption being noticed. Further details can be found in topic number 737-21458
Prince of Persia: The Two Thrones: Setting the 3D slider to Optimal Quality in Catalyst® Control Center->Advanced View->3D->Standard Settings aspect no longer results in corruption being noticed in the water when playing the game under the Windows MCE operating system with an ATI Radeon® X19x0 series product installed. Further details on this resolved issue can be found in topic number 737-22975
QQ Fantasy: Playing the online game under Windows XP with an ATI Radeon® X1600 or X1300 no longer results in the an error message being displayed and the mouse pointer control becoming erratic. Further details on this resolved issue can be found in topic number 737-22985
Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory: Corruption is no longer noticed during the playing the opening cinematic when AA is enabled at 8x. This issue was known to occur under the Windows XP operating system when using an ATI Radeon® X8x0 series product. Further details on this resolved issue can be found in topic number 737-22983
The LG P42SX DVI-D display device no longer fails to display an image when connected to an ATI Radeon® 9000, ATI Radeon® 9200, or an ATI Radeon® 9250. Further details can be found in topic number 737-21456
Playing a DVD for an extended period of time when using the Windows Media Player on a system containing an ATI Xpress™ 11x0 series of product no longer results in the operating system failing to respond. Further details can be found in topic number 737-22801
Playing a DVD using WinDVD on a system containing either an ATI Radeon® X1600 or X1300 product no longer results in corruption being noticed when changing the display resolution to either 1900x1200 or 1280x720. Further details can be found in topic number 737-22805
Hot Plugging an HDMI TV to the DVI port of an ATI Radeon® X19x0 series no longer results in the HDMI detection message box failing to appear under the Windows Media Center Edition operating system. Further details can be found in topic number 737-22809
Playing back a media file using Windows Media Player 11 on a system containing an ATI Radeon® X1600 or X1300 series of products no longer results in missing colors and or macroblock corruption being noticed. Further details can be found in topic number 737-22810
Selecting same as source video option in the Japanese version of the Catalyst® Control Center no longer results in the selection failing to be applied when using an ATI Radeon® X1800 series product. Further details can be found in topic number 737-22813
Playing an MPEG2 video clip on a system running Windows XP and containing an ATI Radeon® X1x00 product no longer results in corruption being noticed during the playback of the MPEG2 file. Further details can be found in topic number 737-22814
Selecting Restore Factory Defaults settings within the Catalyst® Control Center now restores the Notebook Panel Properties to scale image full panel size when using an ATI Xpress 200 series product. Further details on this resolved issue can be found in topic number 737-22995
Catalyst® Control Center->Advanced Mode: Changing the UMA Frame Buffer under the Windows XP operating system when using an ATI Xpress 200 series no longer results in a dialog box informing the user to restart the system in order for the changes to take effect, and once the user clicks OK, the system does not restart. Further details on this resolved issue can be found in topic number 737-22997
Catalyst® Control Center: The translation for Use Centered Timings is now correct within the Catalyst® Control Center when setting the language to Simplified Chinese under all supported operating systems when using an ATI Radeon® X1600 series product. Further details on this resolved issue can be found in topic number 737-22998
Catalyst® Control Center: The tool tip translation for Corruption is now correct when setting the language to Simplified Chinese under all supported operating systems when using and ATI Radeon® X1600 series product. Further details on this resolved issue can be found in topic number 737-22999
Catalyst® Control Center: Right clicking on the Catalyst® Control Center within the system tray and navigating the 3D Setting->Anti-Aliasing no longer results in the sub menu translation for Application managed being incorrect when setting the language to Simplified Chinese under all supported operating systems when using an ATI Radeon® X1600 series product. Further details on this resolved issue can be found in topic number 737-23002
Catalyst® Control Center: De-selecting Custom View no longer results in the Custom View remaining active when closing and re-opening the Custom View window. Further details on this resolved issue can be found in topic number 737-23003
Catalyst® Control Center: The Arrow keys for rotation are no longer displayed incorrectly in Hotkey Manager when using an ATI Radeon® X700 series. Further details on this resolved issue can be found in topic number 737-23004
Catalyst® Control Center: Attempting to set the display resolution to either 720p, 1080p or 1080i no longer results in the Catalyst® Control Center failing to respond when using an ATI Radeon® X19x0 series product. Further details on this resolved issue can be found in topic number 737-23005
Video lag is no longer noticed when playing a DVD using WinDVD 5.0 under the Windows XP operating system and an ATI Radeon® X11x0 series product. Further details on this resolved issue can be found in topic number 737-22971
Catalyst® Control Center: The TV Image Quality-Composite/S-Video Sharpness menu is no longer missing after switching the connection between Composite and S-Video. Further details on this resolved issue can be found in topic number 737-22973
Catalyst® Control Center: Connecting an CRT along with an HDTV display and enabling clone mode no longer results in the desktop image reverting back to landscape mode when attempting to rotate the display by 90 or 270 degrees. This issue was known to occur under the Windows MCE operating system when using an ATI Xpress 200 series product. Further details on this resolved issue can be found in topic number 737-22974
Corruption is no longer noticed within the Catalyst® Control Center after a VPU Recover event under the Windows XP operating system when using an ATI Radeon® X1800 series product. Further details on this resolved issue can be found in topic number737-22976
Catalyst® Control Center->OverDrive: Changing the value of VPU or Vmem clock to less than 7M no longer results in the value changing back to the default setting. Further details on this resolved issue can be found in topic number 737-22977
Catalyst® Control Center: Installing a secondary display adapter in a system running Windows MCE (Japanese version) no longer results in display properties providing inaccurate translation for the secondary display device. Further details on this resolved issue can be found in topic number 737-22978
The Windows XP operating system no longer fails to respond when attempting to resume from standby mode when using an ATI Radeon® X19x0 series product. Further details on this resolved issue can be found in topic number 737-22979
Installing an ATI Radeon® X1900 CrossFire master edition graphics card and ATI Radeon® X1900 series secondary product on a system using a Dell 2405FPW and enabling CrossFire no longer results in the display device losing a signal or the 3D application or game exiting back to the desktop. Further details on this resolved issue can be found in topic number 737-22664
Various translation issues in the Catalyst® Control Center for Windows XP MCE (Japanese version) are now resolved. Further details on this resolved issue can be found in topic number 737-22980
The secondary display device longer becomes disabled when resuming from standby mode under the Windows XP operating system when using and ATI Radeon® X8x0 series product. Further details on this resolved issue can be found in topic number 737-22981
Catalyst® Control Center: The Add button found in the CV Properties aspect page is no longer greyed out when attempting to add customized modes. Further details on this resolved issue can be found in topic number 737-22982
The GPU no longer hangs and the display device no longer displays a corrupt image when a VPU is triggered on systems containing either an ATI Radeon® X1300 or X800 series or products. Further details on this resolved issue can be found in topic number 737-22987
The Windows XP operating system no longer shuts down at negative temperatures when using an ATI Radeon® X19x0 series product. Further details on this resolved issue can be found in topic number 737-22988
Connecting a CRT and a TV to an ATI Radeon® X19x0 product no longer results in the TV displaying corruption or lose of signal when resuming from hibernation mode. Further details on this resolved issue can be found in topic number 737-22992
Catalyst® Control Center: Making adjustments to the Monitor Properties aspect page and applying the change no longer results in the default position failing to be applied when attempting to restore factory defaults. Further details on this resolved issue can be found in topic number 737-22993


Known Issues for Catalyst® Software Suite 6.8

Anarchy-Online: Screen corruption may be noticed when walking or running through the terrain. Further details can be found in topic number 737-22016
Battlefield 2: Attempting to launch the game under Windows XP with the in-game display setting at 1920x1440 or 2048x1536 and AA set to 6x may result in the game failing to launch. Further details can be found in topic number 737-22817
Cold War: Playing the game with the display resolution set to 1600x1200 along with AA set to 8x and CrossFire™ enabled may result in a ghosting effect being noticed. Further details can be found in topic number 737-21661
Elder Scolls IV: Oblivion: Setting the in game video option to High Resolution and setting the 3D option in the Catalyst® Control Center to Optimal Quality may result in corruption being noticed when playing the game. Further details can be found in topic number 737-23057
Neverwinter Nights: Playing the game under Windows XP on a system containing an ATI Radeon® X800 series, may result in the game exiting to the Windows desktop and an error message being displayed. Further details can be found in topic number 737-21466
Path of Neo: Texture corruption may be noticed when playing the Kung Fu level. Further details can be found in topic number 737-21464
Sniper Elite: Playing the game under Windows XP with an ATI Radeon® X1600 series installed may result in texture corruption being noticed. Further details can be found in topic number 737-22820
Tomb Raider: Enabling CrossFire™ and setting AA to 12x and AF to 16x may result in corruption being noticed when playing the game on a system containing an ATI Radeon® X1800 series. Further details can be found in topic number 737-22811
World of Warcraft: Playing the game for an extended period of time may result in the game failing to respond when using a Radeon® X800. Further details can be found in topic number 737-22632
The Apply button in the Custom settings of the Advanced mode, found within the Catalyst® Control Center Video standard settings, is grayed out when playing a media file. Further details can be found in topic number 737-497
Connecting an HDTV to an ATI Radeon® X700 series may result in the HDTV being detected as a CRT or TV under the Windows XP operating system. Further details can be found in topic number 737-20783
The PAL FM fine tuning algorithm is currently using 200 MHz bandwidth which may overlap FM channels resulting in the same FM channel being found several verdana during the scan function. Further details can be found in topic number 737-20979
Connecting two display devices to an ATI Radeon® X1600 series product may result in the device manager failing to detect the secondary display device. Further details can be found in topic number 737-21266
Display corruption may be noticed when configuring the DTV channel to 1080i broadcast when using an ATI HDTV Wonder. Further details can be found in topic number 737-21455
OpenGL Extension Viewer: 2.0: Running the Rendering tests may result in a black box appearing when the fog option is enabled. Further details can be found in topic number 737-21457
Connecting an HDTV as the secondary display device and enabling Theater mode may result in HDTV failing to display an image when attempting to playback a movie with extended desktop mode enabled. Further details can be found in topic number 737-21460
The IBM T84H display device may fail to display an image when connected to the DVI connector on the ATI Radeon® X800 or X850 series. Further details can be found in topic number 737-21462
Attempting to re-enable any display device other than the primary or secondary display device that has been disabled by CrossFire™, may result in the operating system failing to respond. Further details can be found in topic number 737-21663
Using the ATI Multimedia Center to watch TV may result in the operating system restarting when using an ATI Radeon® X1800 series product. Further details can be found in topic number 737-22013
The Record function currently fails to work when using an ATI All-In-Wonder X1300 with time-shifting enabled. Further details can be found in topic number 737-22014
Using the ATI Multimedia Center to watch TV may result in the operating system restarting when using an ATI Radeon® X1800 series product. Further information on this issue can be found in topic number 737-22013
Changing the regional option found in the control panel to Japan followed by installing the display driver results in the TV format failing to change in accordance with the regional option 737-22631
Catalyst® Control Center: Entering the Overdrive™ aspect and changing the GPU setting to 509 and the memory setting to 505 results in color corruption and the Windows XP operating system rebooting 737-21229
Selecting the Plus Da Vinci screen saver and attempting to preview it may result in the screen saver not displaying properly after an extended preview 737-22634
Enabling CrossFire™ may result in display corruption being noticed when playing a DVD or media clip using either WinDVD 7, Windows Media Player or PowerDVD 6. Further details can be found in topic number 737-22806
Enabling CrossFire may result in display corruption being noticed when playing certain 3D games such as Tiger Woods PGA Tour 2006 and Madden Football. Further details can be found in topic number 737-23006
Tiger Woods 2005 or 2006: Playing the game under Windows XP with an ATI Radeon® X19x0 series product installed may result in the playback of the opening cinematics failing to playback properly. Further details can be found in topic number 737-23006
When a TV is connected via the component dongle and HDTV is enabled in Clone mode, the display may remain blank when rebooting the system when all settings are reset to default. Further details can be found in topic number 737-23007
Plugging a TV into s-video out connector, followed by entering to display manager and clicking detect displays may result in the TV failing to be detected. Further details can be found in topic number 737-23008
CrossFire™: The Windows XP operating system may fail to respond when attempting to resume from hibernation mode when CrossFire is enabled under the Windows XP operating system. Further details can be found in topic number 737-23009
CrossFire™ support may appear in the Catalyst® Control Center when using an ATI Hyper-Memory Radeon® X1600 or X1300 product under the Windows XP operating system. Further details can be found in topic number 737-23010
Catalyst® Control Center: Deinterlacing modes maybe missing under the de interlacing settings found in the Catalyst® Control Center. Further details can be found in topic number 737-23011
Using Movie Maker 2.1 to capture video under Windows XP Professional x64 Edition results in the captured video being corrupt. 737-19820
Playing back a media file using Windows Media Player 11 on a system containing an ATI Radeon® X1600 or X1300 series of products may result in missing colors and or macroblock corruption being noticed. Further details can be found in topic number 737-22810
The Record function currently fails to work when using an ATI All-In-Wonder X1300 and time shifting is enabled 737-22014


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Thats a whole lotta bug fixes! and even more outstanding 'features' than before. It is good to see however that most of the known features of 6.7 are fixed with 6.8

I do hope the transcoder will let me use h.264 soon, the option just isnt there for me. Also some buttons to play with would be nice!
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