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 8.132), and the Catalyst™ Control Center (version 5.5). 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™ 5.5 Release Note provides information on the following:
- Web Content
- Desktop product family support
- ATI Chipset Product Support
- Operating systems supported
- Issues Resolved in Catalyst™ Software Suite 5.5
- Known Issues for Catalyst™ Software Suite 5.5
- Downloading the ATI Catalyst™ Software Suite
- Uninstalling the ATI Control Panel and Display Driver
- Installing the latest Catalyst™ Software Suite
- Catalyst™ Crew Driver Feedback
The Catalyst™ software suite 5.5 contains the following:
- Radeon™ display driver 8.132
- Multimedia Center™ 9.08
- HydraVision™ 3.25.0006
- HydraVision™ Basic Edition 3.25.9006
- Remote Wonder 3.02
- WDM Driver Install Bundle
- Southbridge/IXP Driver
- Catalyst™ Control Center Version 5.5
Caution: The Catalyst™ Control Center requires that Microsoft's .NET Framework Version 1.1 be installed. Without .NET Version 1.1 installed the Catalyst™ Control Center will not launch properly, and the user will see an error message as a result
Caution: The Remote Wonder™ 3.02 software is intended to support Remote Wonder and Remote Wonder II. Remote Wonder PLUS user should continue to use the software provided with the product.
Note: The ATI WDM Driver Install Bundle contains both the ATI WDM Driver 5.03 (6312) and 4.07 (6246). The setup program automatically detects the ATI All-in-Wonder™ or ATI VIVO™ product installed in your system and installs the appropriate ATI WDM components. The WDM version 4.07 (6246) is installed on:
· Radeon™ 9200 series or earlier All-in-Wonder™ products.
· ATI VIVO™ products
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/
Desktop product family support
The Catalyst™ software suite is designed to support the following ATI desktop products:
- Radeon™ X850 series
- Radeon™ X800 series
- Radeon™ X700 series
- Radeon™ X600 series
- Radeon™ X300 series
- Radeon™ 9X00 series
- Radeon™ 8500 series
- Radeon™ 7X00 series
Note: ATI All-in-Wonder™ variants based on the above are also supported.
Note: All ATI Radeon™ PC Graphic cards are optimized for Microsoft's Media Center Edition 2005 when coupled with a supported video capture card.
ATI Chipset Product Support
The Catalyst™ software suite is designed to support the following ATI chipset products:
Radeon™ XPRESS 200 series
Radeon™ 9000 IGP
Radeon™ IGP 340
Radeon™ IGP 330
Radeon™ IGP 320
Radeon™ 9100 IGP
Radeon™ 9100 IGP Pro
Operating systems supported
The latest version of the Catalyst™ software suite is designed to support the following Microsoft Windows platforms:
Note: As of January 1, 2004, Microsoft no longer accepted certification submissions for the Microsoft® Windows® Millennium Edition operating system. The ATI Catalyst™ Crew however is committed to all its customers and is now providing non certified WHQL software drivers for users of the Windows Millennium Edition operating system. Windows Millennium Edition users can obtain the software driver at: http://www.support.ati.com/. Windows 98/98SE is supported through the ME driver.
Issues Resolved in Catalyst™ Software Suite 5.5
The following section provides a summary of the issues that have been resolved in the latest version of Catalyst™. These include:
- 3DMark05: Running the application under Windows XP for extended periods of time no longer results in the operating system failing to respond when using an ATI Radeon™ X700 PRO
- Ashli Viewer sample Wood: Display corruption is no longer noticed when Anisotropic Filtering set to 4x or above
- Ashli Viewer v1.6.0: Running the application under Windows 2000 and launching a sample item found in the Programs & Shaders no longer results in corruption being displayed in the sample item
- City of Heros: Playing the game under Windows XP with an ATI Radeon™ Xpress 200 series installed no longer results in the characters in the game appearing corrupted
- Freedom force VS The 3rd Reich: Playing the game under Windows XP with an ATI Radeon™ 8500 installed no longer results in the super hero character attributes appearing blank
- Imperial Glory Demo: Playing the game under Windows XP with an ATI Radeon™ X800 installed no longer results in the game failing to respond
- Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic 2: Setting the graphic option in the Catalyst™ Control Center to Optimal Quality, followed by launching the game and setting the resolution option to 1600x1200, no longer results in a performance drop being noticed
- Star Wars Knights of the old republic 2: Loading the Dantooine level of the game under Windows XP no longer results in slow game performance. Topic number 737-10092
- Setting the desktop display to 800x600 or 1600x1200 16/32bpp no longer results in the incorrect display resolution information being provided when checking the video control panel in the Catalyst™ Control Center
- Setting the display device to 1080i no longer results in the text on the custom format being illegible
- Setting a customized resolution for 720p now works properly when maintaining the aspect ratio
- Moving the TV to desktop2 and selecting swap device or double up no longer results in the CRT being in panning mode and display corruption being seen on the TV
- Having a TV connected as the only display device and clicking the OK button in the ATI displays tab found in the Advanced section of the Display Properties results in a flash of the TV image being noticed
- Connecting and enabling an HDTV and entering the properties page for the HDTV no longer results in the D3/D4 options being available in the D-Connector Control Panel
- The occasional Windows error messages no longer occurs when booting into extended desktop under Windows XP when using an ATI Radeon™ X300 or X600
- Corruption is no longer seen when connecting a secondary display device and moving the primary display device to the left of the secondary device, followed by disconnecting the primary display device and then reconnecting it
- Previewing or launching the aquarium screen saver under Windows XP Media Center Edition no longer results in the operating system failing to respond
- RF online game compatibility issue with all ATI Radeon™ series
- Launching the Catalyst™ Control Center help files from the Start->All Programs->Catalyst™ Control Center now results in the localized version of the help file being displayed
- Catalyst™ Control Center: Running the French custom install no longer results in a NewFeature1 component being listed
- The link found in the second and third help page for the Change Desktop Settings found in the Japanese version of the Catalyst™ Control Center no longer cross-references to an incorrect help page
- A black screen is no longer displayed when launching AMCap and attempting to view video from the tuner when using either the svideo or composite inputs
- Display corruption is no longer noticed on the TV when setting the TV format to PAL-B and attempting to adjust the flicker removal in the TV Advanced option
- Having a TV and CRT connected and clicking on Preview Automatic adjustment in the Optimize Media Center no longer results in both display devices displaying a black screen
Known Issues for Catalyst™ Software Suite 5.5
The following section provides a brief description of known issues associated with the latest version of Catalyst™. These include the following:
- Doom3 Resurrection of Evil: Loading the saved game Medical Labs, may result in hesitation being noticed for a brief moment when moving through the door that is displayed in front of the character. Topic number 737-19379
- Farcry: Playing the game under Windows XP SP2 with the display set to 1024x76832bpp along with AA disabled results in flashing textures being noticed when setting the game's video options to high detail. This issue is know to occur when using an ATI Radeon™ 9100 or 8500 series product. Topic number 737-10089
- Half-Life 2: Having the display set to 1024x768 32bpp and setting the video options in the game set to 1600x1200 and all other options set to their maximum values results in sluggish performance and missing textures. Topic number 737-10086
- Rainbow six3: Athena Sword: Playing the game under Windows 2000 with an ATI Radeon™ X700 installed results in the game failing to retain its resolution option of 1600x1200 if you Alt-tab out of the game and then Alt-tab back to the game. Topic number 737-535
- Serious Sam: The Second Encounter: Playing the game for approximately 5 to 10 minutes under Windows XP with the game quality set at normal/default, results in display corruption being seen in the menu. Topic number 737-10090
- Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic 2: Playing the game under Windows XP with an ATI Radeon™ 9800 series installed, results in display corruption being noticed when changing the in-game options from low to maximum Topic number 737-10091
- Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic: Running the Dantoonie level of the game may result in hesitation being noticed. Topic number 737-19378
- World of Warcraft: Enabling Full-Screen Glow in the game may result in a blue screen image being displayed when walking under water. Topic number 737-19075
- Assigning a hotkey to increase the overlay gamma results in the hotkey not functioning properly when playing an MPEG using the Windows Media Player. Topic number 737-494
- The Apply button in the Custom settings of the Advanced mode found under the Catalyst™ Control Center Video standard settings is grayed out when playing a media file. Topic number 737-497
- Installing the display driver and the Catalyst™ Control Center, results in a runtime error and the system tray failing to start when attempting to create multiple user accounts and enabling fast user switching. Topic number 737-10084
- The Catalyst™ Control Center installation currently does not check for the installation of Microsoft .Net Framework before preceding with the install, resulting in an error message being displayed when attempting to launch the Catalyst™ Control Center. Topic number 737-10085
- Changing the DPI setting found in the General tab of the display properties to Large size (120 DPI) results in the change not taking effect when launching the Catalyst™ Control Center. Topic number 737-18885
- The Scale to Full Screen option found in the Theater Mode settings of the Catalyst Control CenterE is currently unavailable when using multiple display devices and enabling clone mode. Topic number 737-19380
For further information and general help on driver or software installation, game issues, and more, visit ATI Customer Care.
Downloading the ATI Catalyst™ Software Suite
This section provides information on downloading the Catalyst™ Software Suite for your ATI Radeon™ product. The ATI Catalyst™ Crew recommends that you create a central location for your ATI Catalyst™ downloads. To do this, follow these steps.
- Right-click on any open area of your desktop. A drop down menu is displayed.
- Select New->Folder. A new folder is created on your desktop.
- Name the folder Catalyst™ Downloads.
- Navigate to the http://ati.com. The ATI Technologies Inc. home page is displayed.
- Select Customer Care ->Find a Driver. The Drivers and Software download web page is displayed.
- Select the software or driver you require.
- Click Download. A File download dialog box is displayed.
- Click Save. The Save As dialog box is displayed.
- Navigate to the Catalyst™ Download folder, and click Save.
You have successfully saved the software driver to your desktop.
Uninstalling the ATI Control Panel and Display Driver
This section provides information on uninstalling the previous versions of your ATI Control Panel and ATI Display Driver for your Radeon™ product.
Note: If you are using Windows 2000 or Windows XP, ensure that you have logged in with system administrative rights.
Before you can install the latest Catalyst™ software driver for your Radeon™ product, you must uninstall the previous ATI Control Panel. To do this, follow these steps:
- Navigate to the Add/Remove programs tool provided by Microsoft. This tool is found in the Control Panel.
Note: Ensure all other applications are closed before continuing with the uninstall of the ATI Display Driver.
- Click the Change/Remove button. The ATI Control Panel Setup window is displayed.
- Select Remove, and click Next. A Confirm File Deletion dialog box is displayed.
- Click OK. The ATI Control Panel Setup window is displayed.
- Select No, and click Finish. You are returned to the Add/Remove Program tool.
You have successfully uninstalled the ATI Control Panel.
You are now ready to uninstall the ATI Display Driver. To do this, follow these steps:
- Select ATI Display Driver in the Add/Remove Program tool.
- Click the Change/Remove button.
Note: If you have multiple display adapters installed, a dialog box will appear instructing you to choose which ATI Display driver to uninstall. Click the Select All button.
- Click Yes when prompted to confirm the uninstall of the ATI Display Driver.
- Reboot your system as prompted to compete the uninstall of the ATI Display Driver.
Note: If you are prompted to start the installation of a display driver upon boot up, click CANCEL
You have successfully uninstalled the previous version of the ATI Display Driver and ATI Control Panel.
Installing the latest Catalyst™ Software Suite
This section provides information on installing the latest Catalyst™ Software Suite for your Radeon™ product. To install the driver, follow these steps:
- Navigate to the Catalyst™ Download folder on your desktop. Double-click on the folder to view its content.
- Double click the Catalyst™ software suite you have downloaded. Accept all the default prompts.
- Restart your system as required.
You have successfully installed the latest Catalyst™ software suite.
Catalyst™ Crew Driver Feedback
This driver release incorporates suggestions received through the Catalyst™ Crew Driver Feedback program. To provide us with your feedback, visit: Catalyst™ Crew Driver Feedback.
Note: You must be registered and signed in to access the Catalyst™ Crew Driver Feedback program. Once you have registered, go to the ticket submission form, and select Catalyst™ Crew Driver Feedback as the category.
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