ATI Catalyst™ Software Suite Version 7.1
Featuring the Windows Vista Display Driver

This release note provides information on the Catalyst™ Vista driver for both the 32bit and 64bit versions of the Microsoft Windows Vista operating system. This driver release also includes the Catalyst™ Control Center. The Catalyst™ Control Center provides an extensive feature set that significantly enhances the end-user experience.

The ATI Catalyst™ Vista driver is validated on the RTM versions of the Windows Vista operating system.

Note: When installing the Catalyst™ Vista driver for Windows Vista, the user must logged on as an Administrator or have Administrator rights in order to successfully complete the installation of the Catalyst™ Vista driver.

This release note provides information on the following:

AMD Product Support

The Catalyst™ Vista driver for both the 32bit and 64bit versions of the Microsoft Windows Vista operating system is supported on the following ATI Radeon® products.
AMD Desktop Product Family Support
ATI Radeon® X1950 series
ATI Radeon® X800 series
ATI Radeon® X1900 series
ATI Radeon® X700 series
ATI Radeon® X1800 series
ATI Radeon® X600 series
ATI Radeon® X1650 series
ATI Radeon® X550 series
ATI Radeon® X1600 series
ATI Radeon® X300 series
ATI Radeon® X1550 series
ATI Radeon® 9800 series
ATI Radeon® X1300 series
ATI Radeon® 9700 series
ATI Radeon® X1050 series
ATI Radeon® 9600 series
ATI Radeon® X850 series
ATI Radeon® 9500 series
AMD Mobility Product Family Support
ATI Mobility™ Radeon® X1800
ATI Mobility™ Radeon® X600
ATI Mobility™ Radeon® X1600
ATI Mobility™ Radeon® X300
ATI Mobility™ Radeon® X1400
ATI Mobility™ Radeon® 9800
ATI Mobility™ Radeon® X1300
ATI Mobility™ Radeon® 9700
ATI Mobility™ Radeon® X800
ATI Mobility™ Radeon® 9600
ATI Mobility™ Radeon® X700
ATI Mobility™ Radeon® 9550
AMD Multimedia Family Product Support
ATI All-in-Wonder® X1900 Series
ATI Theater™ 550 PRO
ATI All-in-Wonder® X1800 Series
ATI TV Wonder™ Elite
ATI All-in-Wonder® 2006 Edition
ATI All-in-Wonder® 9800 Series
ATI All-in-Wonder™ X800 Series
ATI All-in-Wonder™ 9600 Series
ATI All-in-Wonder™ X600 Series

Note: ATI All-In-Wonder™ and VIVO variants listed above are supported in the display driver only.

AMD Chipset Product Support
ATI CrossFire™ Xpress 1600
ATI Xpress™ 200 Series
ATI Radeon® Xpress 1100
ATI Radeon® Xpress 200M

Note: The capture driver for these products is not being updated at this time

Web Content

The Catalyst™ Vista driver for the Windows Vista operating system includes:

New Features

This release of Catalyst® introduces the following new features:

Blu-ray and HD-DVD playback

Catalyst™ 7.1 introduces the ability to playback Blu-ray and HD DVD protected high definition content under Windows Vista 32-bit edition (support for Windows Vista 64-bit edition will be available in a future Catalyst™ release), when used in combination with a software content player from vendors such as Cyberlink or Intervideo and an ATI Radeon X1000 series graphics accelerator (with HDCP support).

Note: An HDCP ready Display is also required.

CrossFire™ support under Vista

Catalyst™ 7.1 introduces CrossFire™ support for the entire ATI Radeon X1000 product series under Microsoft Vista. Users will see significant performance gains in a number of applications when running in CrossFire™ mode under Windows Vista. (Initially available for Direct3D only, coming soon in a future Catalyst™ release for OpenGL)

Native OpenGL Vista support

Catalyst™ 7.1 introduces native support for OpenGL, delivering a number of OpenGL application performance gains over the previously released AMD Vista RTM driver ( Future Catalyst™ releases will include further OpenGL optimizations to further enhance performance of Vista OpenGL applications

Catalyst™ Install Manager for Vista

Catalyst™ 7.1 provides Microsoft Vista users with a new ATI Radeon graphics installer that will help users more easily update and install ATI Catalyst™ software. Users will also experience a significant improvement in install and un-install Verdana of ATI Catalyst™ software components.

New Catalyst™ Control Center

Catalyst™ 7.1 introduces a brand new version of the Catalyst™ Control Center for Windows Vista, which delivers a number of significant enhancements:

Resolved Issues

This section provides information on resolved issues in this release of the ATI Catalyst™ Vista driver. These include:

Known Issues

This section provides information on known issues associated with the ATI Catalyst™ Vista driver for both the 32bit and 64bit versions of the Microsoft Windows Vista operating system. These include:

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

AMD Customer Care

The AMD Customer Care website provides a high level of technical support and easy of navigation. The AMD 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 AMD Customer Care Website can be found at:

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

  1. Go to: The AMD 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 ATI Catalyst™ Software Suite

Installation information can be found at:

ATI Catalyst™ Crew Driver Feedback

This driver release incorporates suggestions received through the ATI Catalyst™ CREW Driver Feedback program. To provide us with your feedback, visit: ATI Catalyst™ Crew Driver Feedback.

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