ATI Catalyst 8.3 Control Center Vista

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Windows Vista

Specifications:

The Catalyst software suite 8.3 contains the following:

* Radeon display driver 8.471
* Multimedia Center 9.16 (Windows XP only)
* HydraVision (Windows XP only)
* HydraVision Basic Edition (Windows XP only)
* Remote Wonder 3.04 (Windows XP only)
* WDM Driver Install Bundle
* Southbridge/IXP Driver
* Catalyst Control Center Version 8.3


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
ATI Radeon HD 3800 series
ATI Radeon X1050 series
ATI Radeon HD 3600 series
ATI Radeon X850 series
ATI Radeon HD 3400 series
ATI Radeon X800 series
ATI Radeon HD 2900 series
ATI Radeon X700 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 X1300 series


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
ATI Radeon HD 3200 Series
AMD 580X Series Chipset
ATI Radeon HD 3100 Series
ATI Radeon Xpress 1150 Series
ATI Radeon Xpress 1250 Series
ATI Radeon Xpress 1100 Series
ATI Radeon X1250 Series
ATI Radeon Xpress 200 Series
ATI Radeon X1200 Series
AMD 690 Series Chipset


New Features

Catalyst™ 8.3 introduces the following new features:

* CrossFireX™ (Quad) Support 3 or 4 GPUs in CrossFireX™ Mode
* Hybrid Graphics Support
* DirectX 10.1 Support
* Anti-Aliasing Enhancements
* ATI Catalyst™ Control Center: HydraVision support for Windows Vista
* Digital Panel GPU image scaling
* Catalyst™ Control Center: Advanced Video Quality Controls
* ATI Catalyst™ driver: Tessellation support

CrossFireX (Quad) Support 3 or 4 GPUs in CrossFireX™ Mode

This release of Catalyst introduces CrossFireX Quad support. Users with any combination of a ATI Radeon HD 3870, ATI Radeon HD 3850, and ATI Radeon HD 3870 X2 graphics accelerators running with 3 or 4 GPUs will be able to run in CrossFireX Quad mode (when used in a CrossFireX compatible PC). CrossFireX Quad will deliver significant performance improvements in a number of applications. Users can expect to see further DirectX 10 QUAD CrossFireX performance improvements in future Catalyst releases.

Users are now able to run in CrossFireX (Quad) mode while running in extended desktop mode on the Windows Vista desktop


Note: CrossFireX (Quad) is only supported under the Windows Vista operating system



Hybrid™ Graphics Support

This release of Catalyst introduces Hybrid Graphics support. Hybrid Graphics delivers a significant 3D performance boost for systems featuring an AMD 780G integrated graphics motherboard and an ATI Radeon HD 3400 series graphics accelerator.

Users can simply disable Hybrid Graphics to run in power saving mode (the ATI Radeon HD 3400 series features PowerPlay technology, which reduces power usage during low GPU activity). This feature provides support for up to four independent displays



DirectX 10.1 Support

This release of Catalyst introduces WHQL certified support for the DirectX 10.1 API found in Microsoft's Windows Vista Service Pack 1 update for all ATI Radeon HD 3000 Series products.

Anti-Aliasing Enhancements

This release of Catalyst introduces anti-aliasing support for all Unreal Engine 3.0 based games (running in DirectX 9 mode). Users can enable Anti-Aliasing for titles such as Gears of War and Unreal Tournament 3 by simply enabling Anti-Aliasing within the ATI Catalyst Control Center.

This release of Catalyst allows users to enable narrow tent and wide tent Anti-Aliasing custom filters while running in the CrossFire Super Anti-Aliasing modes, (for DirectX9 applications) providing an improved image quality experience.

ATI Catalyst Control Center: HydraVision support for Windows Vista

This release of Catalyst introduces HydraVision support for the ATI Catalyst™ Control Center under Windows Vista. HydraVision enables users to more efficiently organize multiple applications across single or multiple displays. High-lights include:

* HydraGrid - A new feature found in HydraVision that divides the Windows Vista desktop into user definable areas helping users to more easily move and organize multiple applications
* Hydravision Hotkeys - The ATI Catalyst Control Center Hotkey Manager can be used to quickly setup and define their HydraVision specific hotkey commands
* HydraVision Virtual desktops - Users can configure up to 9 virtual desktops, enabling users to manage and group multiple applications across user defined desktops. Application positions, desktop associations and display settings can be saved for every virtual desktop
* HydraVision Wizard - Using the ATI Catalyst Control Center Wizard, users can very quickly configure their HyrdaVision settings


Digital Panel GPU image scaling

This release of Catalyst introduces a new setting that allows users to enable GPU accelerated scaling for Wide aspect LCD displays. The new setting Maintain aspect ratio improves the display resolution image quality when scaling is enable by maintaining the wide panel aspect ratio (stops the image from looking distorted)
Catalyst™ Control Center: Advanced Video Quality Controls

This release of Catalyst introduces new advanced video quality controls which include:

* Edge enhancement, which adjusts the level of sharpness of video content
* De-noise, which removes ghosting artifacts while preserving details of the original video



ATI Catalyst driver: Tessellation support

This release of Catalyst introduces Tessellation support in the Catalyst driver for the ATI Radeon HD 3800 Series of products. Tessellation has the potential to simplify development efforts and improve application performance by creating high polygon models from low polygon models all within the GPU.



Performance Improvements

The following performance gains are noticed with this release of Catalyst.

* Call of Juarez: Up to 20% improvement is noticed on ATI CrossFireX configured systems containing an ATI Radeon HD38x0 series of product
* Company of Heroes DX10: Up to 17% improvement is noticed, especially at lower resolutions, on ATI Radeon HD38x0 products
* Crysis DX10: Up to 15% improvement is noticed on all supported ATI Radeon products
* Lost Planet DX9: Up to 36% improvement is noticed across all supported ATI Radeon products and in ATI CrossFireX configured systems
* Shadermark 2.1: Performance scores increased up to 35% across all supported Radeon products and in ATI CrossFireX configured systems
* Unreal Tournament 2004: Up to 10% increase in performance is noticed on systems containing an ATI Radeon HD2400, HD2600, or HD3400 series of products on in ATI CrossFireX configured systems


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:

* Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion: Playing the game on a system running Windows Vista with default game settings no longer results in the gadget sidebar bleeding through. Further details can be found in topic number 737-32545
* Enemy Territory: Quake Wars: Playing the game under Windows Vista (64 bit version) no longer results in corruption being noticed when loading multiple maps. Further details can be found in topic number 737-32544
* Enemy Territory: Quake Wars: The game no longer fails with an error pointing to atioglxx.dll when exiting the game. Further details can be found in topic number 737-32540
* Enemy Territory: Quake Wars: Corruption is no longer noticed when editing levels. Further details can be found in topic number 737-32532
* Guitar Hero 3: Poor performance is no longer noticed when playing the game on a system containing an ATI Radeon HD 2900 series of product and running the Windows Vista operating system. Further details can be found in topic number 737-32539
* Halo 2: Enabling AA in the Catalyst Control Center no longer results in the Halo 2 logo flickering when loading or quitting a campaign. Further details can be found in topic number 737-32541
* Halo2: Starting a new campaign with the default Catalyst Control Center setting and the default game settings no longer results in texture corruption being noticed when playing the game under Windows Vista with an ATI Radeon HD 2100 series of product installed. Further details can be found in topic number 737-32655
* Oblivion: Flickering is no longer noticed when first making a move if the in-game settings are set to maximum, CrossFire is enabled and AF is set to 16x. Further details can be found in topic number 737-31581
* Resident Evil 4: Minor flickering is no longer noticed when playing the game on a system running Windows Vista along with CrossFire being enabled. Further details can be found in topic number 737-32536
* Splinter Cell Double Agent: Multicolored rectangles are no longer noticed when UBM is enabled on systems containing an ATI Radeon HD 34x0 series of product. Further details can be found in topic number 737-32526
* World of Conflict: Text corruption is no longer noticed when playing the game under Windows Vista with CrossFire enabled. Further details can be found in topic number 737-32537
* World of Warcraft: Flickering and missing objects are no longer noticed when playing the game in OpenGL mode. Further details can be found in topic number 737-32538
* Installing the WDM driver on systems containing an ATI TV Tuner product and an ATI graphics adapter no longer results in the WDM driver failing to install. Further details can be found in topic number 737-30571
* Resuming from hibernation mode with HDMI display connected no longer results in a black screen with only a mouse cursor being displayed. Further details can be found in topic number 737-31149
* The OverDrive page is no longer grayed out and the GPU and memory clocks are no longer displayed as 000 after enabling CrossFire on systems containing and ATI Radeon X1900 CrossFire Edition and running Windows Vista (64 bit version). Further details can be found in topic number 737-31586
* Hot-plugging an HDMI display device no longer results in the display device failing to be detected on systems containing an ATI Radeon HD 2400 series of product and running Windows Vista. Further details can be found in topic number 737-31583
* Enabling extended desktop mode and setting the display resolution to 1280x800 or higher, followed by playing an HD-DVD using PowerDVD, no longer results in the HD-DVD title failing to play. Further details can be found in topic number 737-31584
* Dragging player window to secondary display while playing back HD content and moving it back to primary no longer results in blank player window. Further details can be found in topic number 737-31585
* The OverDrive page may be grayed out and the GPU and memory clocks as may be displayed as 000 after enabling CrossFire on systems containing and ATI Radeon X1900 CrossFire Edition and running Windows Vista (64 bit version). Further details can be found in topic number 737-31586
* The color temperature control settings no longer defaults to 4000K (yellow tint) when monitor unplugged during driver silent installation. Further details can be found in topic number 737-32527
* A Reduce DVI frequency on high-resolution displays option no longer appears when an HDMI display device is connected using an HDMI-DVI cable. Further details can be found in topic number 737-32528
* Playing DVD content using the Windows Media Player no longer results in the playback being choppy. Further details can be found in topic number 737-32529
* Hot plugging and hot-unplugging an HDMI display device multiple times during one windows session no longer results in the display device failing to be detected. Further details can be found in topic number 737-32530
* Enabling clone mode on a system containing an ATI Radeon X1200/1250/1270 series of product no longer results in the resolution and color depth changing to 640x480 8bpp. Further details can be found in topic number 737-32531
* An error message is no longer displayed when attempting to set both the primary (HDMI) display device and secondary (DVI) display device to a display resolution of 1280x1024. Further details can be found in topic number 737-32533
* The secondary display device no longer fails to resume from sleep mode. Further details can be found in topic number 737-32534
* Setting the display resolution to 1920x1200, followed by playing a DVD title no longer results in playback of the DVD appearing jittery. Further details can be found in topic number 737-32535
* Corruption is no longer noticed at the beginning of a DVD title or when resizing the media player window. Further details can be found in topic number 737-32540
* Connecting a CRT and an HDMI display device followed by enabling clone mode and setting the resolution to 1024x768 32bpp 60Hz. no longer results in corruption being noticed on the secondary display device when resuming from suspend mode. Further details can be found in topic number 737-32656
* Connecting a DFP display device to a system running Windows Vista (32 or 64 bit versions) no longer results in the display modes of 1024x768, 800x600, and 640x480 being missing in the Catalyst Control Center. Further details can be found in topic number 737-32542
* Connecting multiple display devices no longer results in the primary, secondary and other monitors swapping positions within the Catalyst Control Center. Further details can be found in topic number 737-32543
* The Windows Vista operating system no longer fails to resume from suspend mode when the HDMI display device is set to 1024x768 60Hz.on systems containing an ATI Radeon HD 2400 series of product. Further details can be found in topic number 737-32549
* Configuring a system with two ATI Radeon HD 3870s or two ATI Radeon HD 3850s no longer results in the CrossFire being enabled even after one display device is disabled yet still connected to the system. Further details can be found in topic number 737-32547
* Enabling extended desktop mode, followed by enabling Overlay Theater Mode no longer results in Overlay Theater Mode failing on the secondary display device. Further details can be found in topic number 737-32546


Known Issues Under the Windows Vista Operating System

This section provides information on known issues associated with the ATI Catalyst. These include:

* Company of Heroes: Setting the in-game options to maximum levels may result in the game exiting to the desktop after the game has completed loading. Further details can be found in topic number 737-32600
* Crysis: Momentary corruption may be noticed in the body of water when a soldier pierces through the clouds. Further details can be found in topic number 737-32599
* Doom 3: Setting the in game options to Ultra Quality and the screen size to 1600x1200 may result in the image next to the text failing to be rendered. Further details can be found in topic number 737-32603
* Hellgate: London: Flickering may be noticed when quitting and then relaunching the game when the in-game setting are set to their maximum levels. Further details can be found in topic number 737-32604
* Lost Planet: Setting AA to either 4x or 8x may result in the game failing to respond. Further details can be found in topic number 737-28492
* Tabula Rasa: Setting the graphics option to enable Deferred Lighting and Dynamic Shadows may result in corruption being displayed. Further details can be found in topic number 737-32597
* Tomb Raider Anniversary: Performance improvement may not be noticed when playing the game with CrossFire enabled. Further details can be found in topic number 737-32598
* Unreal Tournament 3: The game may intermittently fail to launch when a map has texture detail set to maximum. Further details can be found in topic number 737-31189
* Rebooting the operating system after changing the skin to any available option other than system skin may result 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 may fail to function when changing the skin from system skin to any other available skin. Further details can be found in topic number 737-30570
* Connecting a secondary display device using the HDMI connector and enabling either clone mode or extended desktop mode may result in the WinDVD 7 player playing in a windowed mode on both display devices when Overlay Theater Mode is enabled. Further details can be found in topic number 737-30579
* The Windows Vista operating system may fail to respond when running the Auto-tune utility found in the Catalyst Control Center OverDrive option. Further details can be found in topic number 737-30584
* Using the hot-key function to switch between various display scenarios may result in the HDMI display device displaying a blank screen. Further details can be found in topic number 737-31145
* The secondary HDMI Display may turn off when resuming from an S1 hibernation with an HDMI display connected. Further details can be found in topic number 737-31146
* Setting the desktop resolution to 1600x1200 or greater may result in green pixel corruption being noticed when playing certain games. This issue maybe noticed when using a system running Windows Vista and containing an ATI Radeon HD 2600 or HD 2400 series of product. Further details can be found in topic number 737-31150
* Attempting to play the HD-DVD title Harsh Times, School for Scoundrels using the Cyberlink player may result in block corruption being noticed. Further details can be found in topic number 737-31155
* Enabling CrossFire on a system containing an ATI Radeon X1900 CrossFire Edition product may result in the Windows Vista (64 bit version) failing. Further details can be found in topic number 737-31163
* An error message may appear when installing the display driver package through setup.exe. Further details can be found in topic number 737-31577
* Using the pound key (#) as the first character in the user name may result in an error when installing the Catalyst Control Center. Further details can be found in topic number 737-31578
* The OverDrive page may be missing in the Catalyst Control Center after disabling CrossFire support. Further details can be found in topic number 737-31579
* The color depth may change to 8 bpp when enabling or disabling CrossFire for the first time. Further details can be found in topic number 737-31580
* Display corruption may be noticed when enabling CrossFire on a system containing an ATI Radeon X1900/1950 series of product when the display resolution is set to 1600x1200 70Hz and running a 3D application in full screen mode. Further details can be found in topic number 737-31582
* Using the pound key (#) as the first character in the user name may result in an error when installing the Catalyst Control Center. Further details can be found in topic number 737-32592
* Connecting a TV as a secondary display device may result in extended desktop mode failing to become active. Further details can be found in topic number 737-32659
* Flashes of white lines may be notice when quickly moving windows around the Vista desktop. Further details can be found in topic number 737-32660
* Momentary flicker may be noticed when rotating the display device. Further details can be found in topic number 737-32661
* Hot plugging an HDMI display device to a system running Windows Vista (32 or 64 bit version) may result in the HDMI display device being detected as a DTV (DVI) device. Further details can be found in topic number 737-32593
* The signal on HDTV TV may display as 480p60 after setting the format to 576i25/576p50 in clone mode. Further details can be found in topic number 737-32662
* A warning message may fail to appear when using an inappropriate DVI-HDMI adapter. Further details can be found in topic number 737-32596
* Attempting to perform a silent install of the display driver on a system running Traditional Chinese version of Windows Vista may result in an error message being displayed and the display drivers failing to be installed. Further details can be found in topic number 737-32601
* Catalyst Control Center->Display Properties->Settings tab->Advanced: The adapter information may be displayed as ATI Display Adapter instead of the actual product name. Further details can be found in topic number 737-32602
* Enabling extended desktop mode followed by swapping the primary and secondary display devices may results in all running applications to be displayed on the primary display device. Further details can be found in topic number 737-32607
* Enabling or disabling CrossFire may result in the HydraGrid settings failing to be retained. 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 737-32609
* Inconsistent behavior may be 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 may be 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
* Exiting a full screen D3D application may result in some of the other running applications failing to retain their current HydarGrid location. 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 737-3261



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