Catalyst® Release Note Version 6.6

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 8.263), and the Catalyst® Control Center (version 6.6). 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® 6.6 Release Note provides information on the following:

Web Content

The Catalyst® software suite 6.6 contains the following:

Caution: The Catalyst® software driver and the Catalyst® Control Center can be downloaded independently of each other. However, for maximum stability and performance ATI recommends that both components be updated from the same Catalyst® release.

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: Unsupported desktop products:

  • Radeon® 9250 series
  • Radeon® 9200 series
  • Radeon® 9000 series
  • Radeon® 8500 series
  • Radeon® 7500 series
  • Radeon® 7200 series
  • Radeon® 7000 series

    Drivers for these products can be found here

    ATI All-in-Wonder variants based on the above are also unsupported.

  • 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 supportthe following ATI chipset products:

    Note: Software driver support and release notes for earlier ATI products can be found at:

    Operating systems supported

    The latest version of the Catalyst® software suite is designed to support the following Microsoft Windows platforms:

    New Features

    This release of Catalyst® introduces the following new features:

    Avivo™ Video Converter Extension for Windows Media Center Edition

    Catalyst® 6.6 introduces a Windows Media Center Edition Video Conversion utility. This utility will allow users to convert video content that is either recorded or available to Media Center Edition to a variety of different formats. The video content can be converted to MPEG-2, MPEG-4 SP, MPEG-4/AVC and Windows Media. iPod video and Sony PSP’s are also supported with an optimized profile for these devices.

    Theater 650 Pro TV Tuner Support

    Catalyst® 6.6 includes support for NTSC/ATSC and PAL/SECAM/DVB-T products based on the Theater 650 Pro TV Tuner chip. The Theater 650 Pro is a new chip from ATI for multimedia cards and DTV-on-a-chip solutions, integrating hardware video encoding, digital audio with noise reduction, and hardware PVR functions in a single chip.

    Performance Improvements

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

    Issues Resolved in Catalyst® Software Suite 6.6

    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 6.6

    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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