These release notes provide information on ATI's new CATALYST™ CONTROL CENTER. The CATALYST™ CONTROL CENTER replaces the ATI Classic Control Panel and allows users to easily configure and increase their productivity when using an ATI graphics accelerator. The CATALYST™ CONTROL CENTER includes an extensive feature set that significantly enhances the end-user experience.
The CATALYST™ CONTROL CENTER Release Notes provides information on the following:
- Desktop product family support
- Operating systems supported
- Getting to Know the CATALYST™ CONTROL CENTER
- Known Issues
- CATALYST™ CREW Feedback Program
- Customer Care Service
Desktop product family support
The CATALYST™ software suite is designed to support the following ATI desktop product family:
- RADEON X800 Series
- RADEON X600 Series
- RADEON X300 Series
- RADEON 9800 Series
- RADEON 9700 Series
- RADEON 9600 Series
- RADEON 9550 Series
- RADEON 9500 Series
Note: ATI AL-IN-WONDER™ variants based on the above are also supported.
Operating systems supported
The latest version of the CATALYST™ software suite is designed to support the following Microsoft Windows platforms:
- Windows XP
- Windows 2000
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.
Getting to Know the CATALYST™ CONTROL CENTER
This section provides answers to questions that users may have with the first release of the ATI CATALYST™ CONTROL CENTER.
- Why is the device properties for my display device empty?
- Performing a custom installation of the CATALYST software drivers and installing only the CATALYST™ CONTROL CENTER currently results in the device properties for the display device connected not being populated.
- How do I set independent refresh rates for clone mode display?
- If you are using multiple display devices and want to set an independent refresh rate for the secondary display device, you must enter the display properties, set your desired refresh rate, followed by disabling clone mode and then re-enabling clone mode.
- Why can't I see all display modes and refresh rates in the CATALYST CONTROL CENTER?
- The ATI CATALYST™ CONTROL CENTER detects the monitor's capabilities for different display modes and refresh rates. The ATI CATALYST™ CONTROL CENTER protects the user from inadvertently selecting a refresh rate and display resolution that is incompatible with the display device connected to their graphic card.
- Do I still have access to the classic control panel?
- This edition of the CATALYST™ CONTROL CENTER includes the ATI classic control panel and it is installed as part of the display driver installation. However, the ATI classic control panel is non functional and is only available after the uninstall of the CATALYST™ CONTROL CENTER.
- How do I get overlay theater mode to work?
- Overlay theater mode functions only when clone mode is enabled. The Overlay Theater Mode setting are greyed out when the system is in single or extended desktop mode.
- Why doesn't the CATALYST™ CONTROL CENTER Help launch when I press F1?
- In order to launch the CATALYST™ CONTROL CENTER Help, you must click the lower right hand portion of the display while press F1.
- What's the difference between stretch desktop and extend desktop when using a secondary display?
- When stretch desktop is enabled, the multiple graphics adapter installed in the system will use the same frame buffer. This will make the Windows operating system appear as one large desktop image. You will notice that the Windows taskbar stretches across the entire desktop. When using extended desktop mode, the graphics adapters use different frame buffers. The operating system treats each graphic adapter as separate devices allowing for different refresh rates, color depths, and resolution to be set for each display device.
- What do the small reset buttons do?
- The small reset buttons found on some aspects allow the user to revert to their last saved setting.
- What do the Large Default buttons do?
- The large default buttons found on some aspects allow the user to revert back to factory default settings for that aspect page.
- Do all Aspects have Default Settings?
- Not all aspects have defaults settings. For instance; the Display Manager, Profile Manager, and the Hotkey Manager do not have default settings.
- Where is the Graphic Hardware Information Stored in the CATALYST™ CONTROL CENTER?
- Graphic hardware information can be found by clicking Help in the CATALYST™ CONTROL CENTER menu bar and selecting, Information Center. The Information Center provides information on the following:.
- Are 3D Setting Available for Multiple Adapters?
- Currently, all changes to the 3D settings are applied to both the primary and secondary displays.
- Why is the Save button in the profile manager greyed out when I try to overwrite a saved profile?
- In order for the Save button to become activated, you must first make a change within the saved profile. Example: deselect an option and then reselect that same option. The Save button is now active, and you can apply your changes.
- Why is the CATALYST™ CONTROL CENTER NOT appearing in the install list?
- This issue is know to occur only when an ATI RADEON™ 7200 series and an ATI RADEON™ 9800 XT card is installed in the system.
- When I select Video Settings, why are the options greyed out?
- Video settings become active once a video stream is played. Once the CATALYST™ CONTROL CENTER detects a video stream, all video setting options become available
- Why are my Hotkeys not working?
- Currently Hotkeys only work if they are created using text only. If you have created Hotkeys using a combination of numeric digits and text, the Hotkey will not work
The following section provides information on known issues with this release of the ATI CATALYST™ CONTROL CENTER.
- Moving the media player from the primary desktop to the secondary desktop results in the Overlay Aspect sliders becoming disabled when moving the media player back to the primary display adapter. Further information on this issue can be found at: http://www.ati.com/support/infobase/4601.html
- Playing a DVD with Theater mode enabled and a secondary display device connected and clone mode enabled results in Aspect Ratio option for full screen not working. Further information on this issue can be found at: http://www.ati.com/support/infobase/4602.html
- Setting the Theater mode option to Same as All and playing a media file results in all the buttons for the overlay or standard setting option being greyed out. Further information on this issue can be found at: http://www.ati.com/support/infobase/4603.html
- Assigning a hotkey to increase the overlay gamma results in the hotkey not functioning properly when playing an MPEG using the Windows Media Player. Further information on this issue can be found at: http://www.ati.com/support/infobase/4604.html
- Playing a media file under Windows 2000 using the MS Media Player with Theater mode option set to Theater mode results in clone mode failing to be applied. Further information on this issue can be found at: http://www.ati.com/support/infobase/4605.html
- 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. Further information on this issue can be found at: http://www.ati.com/support/infobase/4606.html
- Attempting to set the default colour settings may occasionally result in the defaut colour setting not being applied. This issue is known to occur under Windows XP with an ATI RADEON™ 9500 or 9800 installed. Further information on this issue can be found at: http://www.ati.com/support/infobase/4607.html
- Attempting to add a custom timing specification such as; 960x724 for the HDTV device properties page, results in the custom timing not being added to the HDTV resolution menu list. Further information on this issue can be found at: http://www.ati.com/support/infobase/4608.html
- The options "Alternate DVI operational mode" and "Reduce DVI frequency on high resolution displays" are currently missing from the CATALYST™ CONTROL CENTER and will be added in an up-coming release of the CATALYST™ CONTROL CENTER.
CATALYST™ CREW Feedback Program
This driver release incorporates suggestions received through the CATALYST™ CREW feedback program. Please refer to http://apps.ati.com/driverfeedback/ and provide us further feedback.
Customer Care Service
The ATI Customer Care Center is focused on delivering accurate, up-to-date product support for optimum usability and performance. Should you require assistance with your ATI product visit, http://www.atitech.com/support/index.html
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