Catalyst® Release Note Version 6.4

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 8.241), and the Catalyst® Control Center (version 6.4). 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® 6.4 Release Note provides information on the following:

Web Content

The Catalyst® software suite 6.4 contains the following:

Caution: The Catalyst® Control Center requires that the Microsoft .NET Framework version 1.1 or 2.0 be installed. Without .NET version 1.1 or 2.0 installed, the Catalyst® Control Center will not launch properly and the user will see an error message.

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:

ATI Desktop product family support

The Catalyst® software suite is designed to support the following ATI desktop products:

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:

ATI FireMV™ 2D Drivers Support

The Catalyst® software suite 6.2 also provides 2D graphics driver support for the following FireMV™ products:

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: Windows 98/98SE is supported through the ME driver.

New Features

This release of Catalyst® provides improvements to the Avivo video processing engine during standard definition (SD) video playback. Edge enhancement or sharpening effectively improves image quality by enhancing details lost during encoding and processing. Noise reduction algorithms are improved to ensure original detail is preserved, while removing unwanted noise.

Performance Improvements

As with most Catalyst® releases, performance has increased in various situations.

Issues Resolved in Catalyst® Software Suite 6.4

The following section provides a summary of the issues that are resolved in the latest release of Catalyst®. These include:

Known Issues for Catalyst® Software Suite 6.4

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

For further information and general help on software driver installation, game issues, and more, visit ATI Customer Care.

ATI Customer Care

The ATI Customer Care website provides a high level of technical support and easy of navigation. The ATI Customer Care website provides accurate and up-to-date product support for optimum usability and performance. Technical issues are categorized and personalized to enhance user experience. The ATI Customer Care Website can be found at:

To view a known or resolved issue, do the following:

  1. Go to: The ATI Customer Care web page is displayed.
  2. In the top left hand pane, click Advanced Search. The Advanced Search pane is displayed.
  3. Under Search Type: Select the By: ID option.
  4. Enter the Topic number.
  5. Click Go.

Installing the latest Catalyst® Software Suite

Installation information can be found at:

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.

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