ATI Catalyst 8.3 Control Center xp

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Windows XP

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 XP Operating System

This section provides information on resolved issues in this release of the ATI Catalyst Software Suite for Windows XP. These include:

* Call of Duty: Enabling AA in the Catalyst Control Center no longer results in corruption being noticed. Further details can be found in topic number 737-32582
* Call of Juarez: Intermittent flashing textures are no longer noticed when playing the game with CrossFire™ enabled on systems containing an ATI Radeon HD 38x0 series of product. Further details can be found in topic number 737-32579
* Call of Juarez: Setting the game level with Optimal Quality and high in-game settings no longer results in the game level being blank. Further details can be found in topic number 737-30591
* DaTang: Texture errors are no longer noticed when attempting to select a character or in the game map. Further details can be found in topic number 737-32575
* Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter: Enabling CrossFire an attempting to run either application no longer results in the applications exiting to the Windows XP desktop. Further details can be found in topic number 737-32583
* STALKER: Shadows are now being rendered properly when CrossFire is enabled along with AA being enabled at 4x and Full Dynamic Lighting also being enabled. Further details can be found in topic number 737-31597
* TianXia2: Launching the game on a system containing an ATI Radeon HD 36x0/38x0 series of product no longer results in the Windows XP operating system rebooting. Further details can be found in topic number 737-32578
* World of Warcraft: Connecting an Apple 30" display device to a system containing an ATI Radeon HD 26x0 series of product and running Windows XP no longer results in poor performance and intermittent flashing display. Further details can be found in topic number 737-32576
* World of Warcraft: Playing the game in a windowed mode under Windows XP no longer results in the game failing to respond when attempting to go full screen. Further details can be found in topic number 737-32586
* World of Warcraft: Poor performance and flashing on screen are no longer noticed. Further details can be found in topic number 737-32584
* After installing the graphics driver an error message is no longer displayed when attempting to launch DirectX based games when using an ATI AGP product. Further details can be found in topic number 737-31625
* Setting the desktop resolution to 1280x1024 and using PowerDVD to play an HD-DVD or Blu-ray title no longer results in corruption being noticed when using an ATI Radeon™ HD 2400 series of product. Further details can be found in topic number 737-31171
* On certain products, changing display resolution while playing back High Definition content no longer results in instability. It is recommended to set appropriate resolution while playback is stopped. Further details can be found in topic number 737-31172
* Cyberlink: Playing a DVD title on a system containing an ATI Radeon HD 2400 series no longer results in corruption being noticed. Further details can be found in topic number 737-31173
* Disabling the blackmambo driver or unplugging the power source no longer results in the Vista operating system failing. Further details can be found in topic number 737-32551
* The antenna signal strength is no longer reported by Vista Media Center as low. Further details can be found in topic number 737-32552
* The Windows XP Professional x64 Edition operating system no longer reboots when installing the T200 driver. Further details can be found in topic number 737-32553
* Setting the DPI to 120 in the Display Properties no longer results in the combo box being cut-off. Further details can be found in topic number 737-31566
* .NET Framework an Unhandled Exception error no longer occurs when upon booting or re-booting the system. Further details can be found in topic number 737-32554
* The information provided in the 3D Help for preview changes no longer provides the incorrect information on where the current settings and new settings are displayed when using the Windows Vista operating system. Further details can be found in topic number 737-32657
* The Catalyst Control Center aspects are no longer missing for the secondary extended display when hot unplugging and hot plugging the display device. Further details can be found in topic number 737-32555
* Native CrossFire can now be enabled when the primary display device is connected to the master card using a CV or TV. Further details can be found in topic number 737-32556
* Running the Spanish version of the Windows operating system no longer results in the Catalyst Control Center option failing to be available when right-clicking the Windows desktop menu bar. Further details can be found in topic number 737-32557
* The lower portion of the Catalyst Control Center is no longer cropped when changing the display resolution from 640x480 to 1920x1200. Further details can be found in topic number 737-32559
* The display resolution of 3840x2400 13Hz is now available on system running Windows Vista and having a display device connected that can support this resolution. Further details can be found in topic number 737-32560
* The help files for both Component Video and Avivo have been updated to reflect supported products for these options. Further details can be found in topic number 737-32561
* The video preview in the Catalyst Control Center->Avivo Video->Basic Quality no longer disappears when toggling between different option within the Catalyst Control Center. Further details can be found in topic number 737-32563
* Catalyst Control Center->Display options->Force TV detection: The text is no longer cropped at 144dpi settings. Further details can be found in topic number 737-32566
* The advanced color slider values are now changing when clicking the Up/Down spin buttons in the Catalyst Control Center->Avivo2. Further details can be found in topic number 737-32569
* Catalyst Control Center: Setting the skin to either Crimson or Classic no longer results in OverDrive option failing to display a clear image. Further details can be found in topic number 737-32572
* Enabling CrossFire followed by hot-unplugging a display device and then hot plugging the display device back in no longer results in the CrossFire option in the Catalyst Control Center being greyed out. Further details can be found in topic number 737-32573
* The video output window size is now set correctly. Further details can be found in topic number 737-32574
* Setting the display resolution to 1920x1200 or 1920x1080 on a system running Windows XP and containing an ATI Radeon HD 3100/3200 series of products, followed by enabling clone mode or extended desktop mode no longer results in horizontal line corruption being noticed when playing an SD DVD. Further details can be found in topic number 737-32658
* Connecting a TV as the primary display device on a system containing either an ATI Radeon HD 2400 or 34x0 series of product no longer results in the TV displaying green flashes during the welcome screen. Further details can be found in topic number 737-32577
* Connecting both a CRT and DFP display device to a system running Windows XP and enabling CrossFire no longer results in the DFP display device failing to display an image. Further details can be found in topic number 737-32581
* Catalyst Control Center-->3D-->All settings-->Setting the slider to Quality no longer results in the Wait for vertical refresh failing. Further details can be found in topic number 737-32587

Resolved Issues for the Windows XP Professional x64 Edition

This section provides information on resolved issues in this release of the ATI Catalyst™ Software Suite for Windows XP Professional x64 Edition. These include:

* Doom3: Running an OpenGL application with CrossFire enabled and AA set to 16x no longer results in corruption being noticed when the display resolution is set to 2048x1536 or higher. Further details can be found in topic number 737-32591
* World in Conflict: Text corruption is no longer noticed when playing the game on a system running Windows XP Professional x64 Edition and containing an ATI Radeon HD 30 series of product. Further details can be found in topic number 737-31619
* Hot plugging a display device to a system running Windows XP Professional x64 Edition and containing an ATI Radeon X1250/1270 series of product no longer results in the display device failing to be detected. Further details can be found in topic number 737-31618
* Standard PAL mode no longer fails to be available in the Catalyst Control Center. Further details can be found in topic number 737-31620
* Standard PAL mode no longer fail to be available in the Catalyst Control Center. Further details can be found in topic number 737-32588
* Hot plugging a display device to a system running Windows XP Professional x64 Edition and containing an ATI Radeon X1250/1270 series of product no longer results in the display device failing to be detected. Further details can be found in topic number 737-32589


Known Issues Under the Windows XP Operating System

The following section provides a summary of open issues in the latest version of Catalyst. These include:

* Enemy Territory: Quake Wars may have corruption on the water and sky after increasing the game resolution. Restarting the game at that higher resolution or issuing reloadImages command in the game console corrects the corruption. This issue only impacts graphics cards up to the ATI Radeon X850. Further details can be found in topic number 737-29947
* Lost Planet: Setting AA to either 4x or 8x may intermittently result in the game failing to respond. Further details can be found in topic number 737-28492
* Connecting a CRT display device as the secondary display and playing a Blu-ray DVD using a Cyberlink player may result in no video playback if extended desktop mode is enabled. Further details can be found in topic number 737-30587
* Connecting a Dual Link Panel to the on-board DVI port, followed by hot plugging a DVI display to the add-on DVI card may result in clone mode becoming disabled when rebooting the machine and the secondary display device remaining blank. Further details can be found in topic number 737-31166
* 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
* Setting the display resolution to 1440x900 or lower may result in corruption being noticed when playing a DVD title. Further details can be found in topic number 737-31168
* Connecting a CRT display device as the secondary display and playing a Blu-ray DVD using a Cyberlink player may result in no video playback if extended desktop mode is enabled. Further details can be found in topic number 737-30587
* The floppy drive may fail to read or write under Vista on a Dell XPS410 system. Further details can be found in topic number 737-31148
* Setting the language option to any supported language other than English may result in the Help file for Configure and Diagnostics failing to appear. Further details can be found in topic number 737-32605
* Setting the language option to Russian for the Catalyst Control Center may results in some text being cropped for the secondary display device in the display properties. Further details can be found in topic number 737-32663
* Setting the language option to German for the Catalyst Control Center may result in some translation errors being noticed through-out the Catalyst Control Center. Further details can be found in topic number 737-32664
* Setting the language option to French for the Catalyst Control Center may result in some translation errors being noticed through-out the Catalyst Control Center. Further details can be found in topic number 737-32665
* Connecting a CRT and TV and enabling either clone mode or extended desktop may result in Overlay Theater Mode failing on the secondary display device when attempting to change the TV format to D/PAL. Further details can be found in topic number 737-32606
* Intermittent flashing may be noticed in the right portion of the display when playing a 720p or 1080i media file when using the Windows Media Player v10. Further details can be found in topic number 737-32666

Known Issues Under the Windows XP Professional x64 Edition

The following section provides a summary of open issues in the latest version of Catalyst. These include:

* Running an OpenGL application and attempting to rotate the desktop may result in corruption being noticed. Further details can be found in topic number 737-29556

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