ATI Displays Control Panel version
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This document contains last-minute updates and important
information that is not found in the User's Guide or in any addendum
accompanying the ATI Displays Software Installer.
Please finish reading this file before proceeding
with the installation.
Newest changes in this
Added VERSAVISION display
rotation on Mac OS X 10.4 (Tiger) to select ATI OEM graphic
|VERSAVISION Enabled OEM
- RADEON X850 XT (G5)
- RADEON 9800 XT (G5)
- RADEON 9800 Pro (G5)
- RADEON 9700 Pro (G4 FW)
- RADEON 9650 (G5)
- RADEON 9600 XT (G5)
- RADEON 9600 Pro
- RADEON 9600 (eMac)
- RADEON 9600 (iMac)
- RADEON 9600 (G5)
- RADEON 9200 (eMac)
9200 (Mac Mini)
- RADEON 9000 Pro (G4 Mirrored Door)
- Mobility RADEON 9700
- Mobility RADEON 9600
- Mobility RADEON 9200
- Mobility RADEON 9000
*NOTE: VERSAVISION features may not be
enabled until you restart your system after initially installing ATI
Displays Control Panel.
|Supported ATI Graphics Cards (this
release only): ALL RADEON GRAPHICS
All retail and OEM
(Apple supplied) ATI products are now supported with the latest
version of ATI Displays. Functionality and features will vary from
product to product. Please see the built-in Help document in ATI
Displays for more information.
Mac OS X
- Power Macintosh Computer with ATI
- Mac OS X 10.2.x or newer
(10.3 .x + recommended, 10.4 required for VERSAVISION with OEM
- 128MB of System Memory (RAM) (512MB
- RADEON ROM Update (released August
2005) for full advanced feature-set on retail board products.
Double-Click the installer icon and
follow the on-screen instructions.
The ATI Displays Installer contains the
Mac OS X:
- ATI Displays
- ATI ROM Xtender
NOTE: Do not remove your previously
installed ATI files. This installer will overwrite any files that
need to be updated. If you remove your existing ATI files, your
older ATI product may no longer function as expected.
You must restart your computer after installation
is complete to fully activate the new
Release Notes for Mac OS X
|Mac OS X Update 10.2.8
The software requires version 10.2.8 of
Mac OS X. It may work on older versions of 10.2.x
but has not been expressly designed nor tested for them. Free
Mac OS X updates are available from the Apple web site (note that 10.2
Jaguar, 10.3 Panther and 10.4 Tiger are purchased
ATI Displays - Supported Cards
version of ATI Displays supports all retail and OEM (Apple Supplied)
RADEON cards (including built-in graphics in PowerBook, iBook and
eMac products). ATI Displays will work with Rage 128 retail products
with limited functionality and will also identify Rage II and older
products, but will not provide Mac2TV or other settings.
Displays supports significant new features on all RADEON
cards. Please see the ATI Displays online help for more
information as feature availability varies between products. Many
new advanced retail features require a FLASH ROM update. Please see
ATI.COM for this required update.
The primary feature of
interest to most users will be the 3D/Open GL Overrides. This is
available for all RADEON products running on any Power Mac running
the minimum OS version mentioned above.
|Mac2TV (TV Video Output) with
RADEON Cards (All retail products and select Apple built-in
The current ATI Displays supports features for
hot-plugging the TV connection for all retail RADEON products as
well as the RADEON 9600 and 9800 cards supplied with G5 machines
from Apple (using Apple's G5 TV-output adapter). If connecting a TV
or other device after booting, simply use the "Detect Displays"
button in ATI Displays to refresh all your display connections. Any
new devices, including TV, will now be available to the system.
The RADEON 9800, 9600, 9200, 9000, 8500 and 7000 will
generate two displays in an extended desktop layout when a TV is
connected along with an LCD or CRT. A new feature in ATI Displays'
Advanced panel allows this behavior to be altered by toggling a
single-headed mode. In this mode, the display mode list mimicks
older RADEON Mac Edition cards and Xclaim cards: all modes, for all
devices, are listed together and only a single desktop is active at
any one time.
connection/activation of three analog displays (TV+CRT+CRT) using
any adapter or port configuration is not supported on any RADEON
card. In this configuration, RADEON 8500 and 9800 will combine the
mode lists of the TV and CRT connected to the DVI port and allow
them to toggle (one or the other may generate a display, never
Mac2TV - NTSC/PAL S-VIDEO and Composite Output
The Mac2TV controls are designed to operate with the
built-in TV-output support of various ATI graphics products. TV-Out
support consists of NTSC or PAL signals via S-VIDEO or Composite
(RCA) connections only. Connections to an HDTV set via straight DVI
is not considered a TV connection and is not supported by Mac2TV
controls. Settings for such connections should be made in the
standard Mac OS Display Preferences.
NOTE: Some ATI
graphics products feature a built-in S-VIDEO port while others may
require an adapter (example: PEM RADEON 9600 or 9800 for G5 and Mac
Mini - these products require the Apple DVI-to-TV adapter). Products
with built-in S-VIDEO ports ship with an S-VIDEO-to-Composite
adapter to allow connections using a regular "RCA"
Mac2TV - Simulscan
(Monitor & TV within the same mode list with the same image -
NOT Mirror Displays)
Simulscan is the display of the same
image on a TV and CRT when both appear within one mode list (sharing
one frame buffer). To enable this feature, choose a mode labeled
"simulscan" in the Displays Panel of System Preferences. When
running in Single-Headed mode, RADEON cards will automatically
enable Simulscan for all NTSC TV modes, even if those modes are not
specifically labled as "Simulscan" in the display list. Note that
simulscan only works with NTSC TV Out - Both CRT and TV must support
the chosen refresh rate of 60Hz.
Simulscan mode is not
supported when ONLY a DVI flat panel and TV are connected on any
- RADEON Mac Edition (PCI or AGP)
and earlier cards: simulscan is only possible when a CRT
and TV are connected.
- RADEON 7000 & 8500 Mac
Edition: simulscan is only available when a DVI panel is
connected along with a CRT and TV. Otherwise, TV and CRT each
receive their own frame buffer and you must use Mirror Displays.
Please see Mirror
Displays notes below for discussion of that
- RADEON 9800 Pro and Special
Edition: Simulscan is available when using ATI Displays'
Advanced Panel to "Force Single Display Operation" as well as the
cases outlined for RADEON 7000 and 8500 in Multi-Display
Mirror Displays -
VERSAVISION, 3D, 2D and DVD Acceleration Support
Displays panel of the System Preferences or the Resolution menu
item, it is possible to set two independent displays to show an
identical desktop (useful for presentations). This is not to be
confused with the Simulscan
TV output mode which uses only one frame buffer.
- 3D & Dual Display RADEON
products: This is a "Hardware Mirror" mode. When using
this mode, 3D hardware acceleration is fully supported when
both displays are set to the same color depth (3D acceleration
requires Thousands or Millions of colors). Each display is still
running from its own frame buffer.
- 3D & two cards (any model)
with one display each: This is a "Software Mirror" mode.
3D hardware acceleration is available, but will perform slower
compared to non-mirrored displays. This is true when mirroring
the displays of two separate cards, regardless of card
model/brand. To maintain optimum acceleration and associated
features, do not enable video mirroring and continue to run in an
extended desktop configuration.
- 2D & any card
combination: 2D (desktop and window) hardware acceleration
is supported when running either display at any color depth on all
RADEON and Rage 128 products. See note below about
Mac OS X Jaguar.
- DVD & any card combination:
Please see the section below
("Apple DVD Player and Mirror Displays")
NOTE: Quartz Extreme uses 3D hardware
acceleration for much of its desktop & window
|VERSAVISION and 3D
Some 3D games are not able to operate in full screen
mode while VERSAVISION is enabled in a portrait orientation. Some
titles may default to a window mode while others may produce an
error message or silently fail.
|VERSAVISION and Current Resolution|
activating VERSAVISION with a 90 degree rotation, the OS may switch
to an unexpected mode once the display has been re-oriented.
Example: initial mode was 1024x768 and after rotating the new mode
selected by Mac OS is 1024x1280, instead of 768x1024 or 1024x768
scaled. Simply select your desired mode from the Apple Display
preferences after rotating to run your desired
3D/OpenGL Override Caveats
The following is a list of games that have been
tested and noted to have a problem using ATI Displays' 3D Overrides.
The problems are being investigated and ATI will work with the
developers to address these and other issues as they are
|Most Severe Problems|
||Game hangs with
|Sim City 4
||Game runs extremely slowly with
extremely slowly with FSAA enabled
||Game runs extremely slowly with
|Myst III Exile
||Visual or performance
||In game movies are slow and chunky
||Use Multisampling for Radeon 9600
and later, and disable FSAA for older cards|
|Sim Theme Park
||FSAA causes splash screen not to
clear during Feral/BullFrog movies (should be black
||Disable FSAA or ignore (does not
affect game play).|
White edge around skater's shadow using FSAA
and Anisotropic Filtering
|Disable FSAA and
|GL Options Have No Effect|
||GL Overrides have no effect on
||GL Overrides have
no effect on game
|Application Bugs Exposed By GL
9600 or later
|Auto saving screen is grey with
distortion when you mouse over the swing meter or over menu
9600 or later
|Goes to black screen with
|Return to Castle
movies/game/menus and loading multiplayer maps sometimes
causes a fullscreen flash of white or yellow with
||Application cannot be selected
from file dialog. Mac OS' file dialog does not see the
Spyhunter file as an application
||Changing the game file's
Application type to "APPL" will allow file dialogs to identify
it as a valid application. From a terminal: "SetFile -t APPL
filename.app" - requires DevTools be installed or Resorcerer
may be used instead|
9600 or later
causes black regions on menu screen and game is all black
except for cursor
|Tiger Woods 2003
9600 or later
|Multisampling causes background to
turn black when hitting ball using the 3-click
||Use Supersampling or don't use the
3-click method to hit the
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