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ATI Catalyst Display Drivers 12.1 for XP 64-bit

Latest AMD display drivers, Hydravision and Catalyst Control Center.

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Latest AMD display drivers, Hydravision and Catalyst Control Center.

This article provides information on the latest posting of AMD's software suite, AMD Catalyst 12.1. This particular software suite updates the AMD display driver and the AMD Catalyst Control Center / AMD Vision Engine Control Center. This unified driver has been updated to provide enhanced level of power, performance, and reliability.

AMD Vision Engine Control Center
Package Content:
The AMD Catalyst software suite 12.1 contains the following:
* AMD display driver version 8.93
* HydraVision for Windows XP, Windows Vista and Windows 7
* Southbridge/IXP Driver
* AMD Catalyst Control Center version 8.93 / AMD Vision Engine Control Center version 8.93.

Important!
Caution!

* The AMD display driver and the AMD Catalyst Control Center / AMD Vision Engine Control Center can be downloaded independently of each other. However, for better stability and performance AMD recommends that both components be updated from the same AMD Catalyst release.
* The AMD Catalyst Control Center / AMD Vision Engine Control Center requires that the Microsoft .NET Framework SP1 be installed for Windows XP and Windows Vista. Without .NET SP1 installed, the AMD Catalyst Control Center / AMD Vision Engine Control Center will not launch properly and the user will see an error message.

Notes:
* When installing the AMD Catalyst driver for Windows operating system, the user must be logged on as Administrator or have Administrator rights to complete the installation of the AMD Catalyst driver.
* The Catalyst driver requires Windows 7 Service Pack 1 to be installed.
* These release notes provide information on the AMD display driver only. For information on the ATI Multimedia Center, HydraVision, HydraVision Basic Edition, Remote Wonder, or the Southbridge/IXP driver, please refer to their respective release notes found at: http://support.amd.com/.
* AMD Eyefinity technology gives gamers access to high display resolutions. As pixel count grows, the graphics horsepower required to drive the displays at a reasonable frame rate can increase dramatically. Depending on the game and system configuration, users may notice texture corruption and reduced frame rates when running games in multi-monitor Eyefinity modes.
* Windows Driver Model (WDM) drivers are no longer bundled in the AMD Catalyst software suite. The WDM drivers install bundle can be downloaded independently through the AMD website

What's New:
New Features:
AMD Eyefinity enhancements:
* Enables support for Eyefinity 5x1 display (portrait and landscape) configurations
* Maximum supported resolution has been increased to 16000 x 16000 pixels on the AMD Radeon HD 6000 Series. (limited to DX11 applications only)
* Bezel compensation is now possible when using sets of displays that have mismatched pixel densities.

AMD VECC/CCC enhancements:
* Improvements have been implemented to better facilitate the enabling and control of the following features within the Vision Engine Control Center / Catalyst Control Center
* AMD Overdrive for GPUs
* Information Center (software and hardware)

Resolved Issues for the Windows 7 Operating System:
* This section provides information on resolved known issues in this release of the AMD Catalyst 11.10 software suite for Windows 7. These include:

* Some OpenGL games like Enemy Territory Quake Wars no longer experiences random corruption.
* Lost Planet 2 no longer experiences random crashes when running the benchmark.
* F1 2010 and Dirt 2 no longer experience random flashing during the game.
* Google Earth no longer displays random corruption when running in OpenGL mode.
* Mafia II no longer experiences a random crash during game loading / game play when Crossfire is enabled.
* Unigine Heaven running in DirectX 11 mode no longer experiences a performance drop when running with Dual Graphics enabled.
* Homefront no longer experiences random game crashes.
* Random flashing is no longer experienced when playing back SD/BD content on a 120Hz monitor.
* An application crash is no longer randomly observed while playing M2V/Mpeg2/Mpeg4 files and toggling the Hardware Acceleration setting.
* Display corruption is no longer experienced on the primary display when running in extended display mode with AERO enabled.

Resolved Issues for the Windows Vista Operating System:
This section provides information on resolved known issues in this release of the AMD Catalyst 11.10 software suite for Windows Vista. These include:

* Display corruption is no longer experienced on the primary display when running in extended display mode with AERO enabled.
* Scaling options are now correctly displayed when connecting DisplayPort / DFP monitors.
* An application crash is no longer randomly observed while playing M2V/Mpeg2/Mpeg4 files and toggling the Hardware Acceleration setting.

Resolved Issues for the Windows XP Operating System:
* This section provides information on resolved known issues in this release of the AMD Catalyst 11.10 software suite for Windows XP. These include:
* An application crash is no longer randomly observed while playing M2V/Mpeg2/Mpeg4 files and toggling the Hardware Acceleration setting.
* Display corruption is no longer experienced on the primary display when running in extended display mode with AERO enabled.

Known issues under the Windows 7 operating System:
The following section provides a summary of open issues that may be experienced under the Windows 7 operating system in the latest version of AMD Catalyst. These include:

* Screen tearing may be randomly observed while playing Portal 2.
* Total War Shogun 2 may experience corruption when running at low game settings in a 2x1 Eyefinity environment.
* Random graphics corruption may be observed while playing Call of Duty 4 with the Edge Detect Filter enabled.
* Random crashes may be experienced while playing F1 2010 and Lost Planet 2 with in Crossfire mode in an Eyefinity configuration.
* Enemy Territory Quake Wars may experience random crashes when running in a 3x1 Eyefinity configuration.

Known Issues under the Windows Vista Operating System:
The following section provides a summary of open issues that may be experienced under the Windows Vista operating system in the latest version of AMD Catalyst. These include:

* Windows Aero options may be missing after installing the driver.
* A 'ghosting cursor' may be observed when playing Dragon Age 2 with Crossfire enabled.
* Random flickering may be observed when playing Dragon Age 2 with Crossfire enabled.
* Choppy playback may be experienced when playing BluRay content when Aero is enabled.
* Civilization V may experience random crashes when run at High or Medium game settings.
* F1 2010 may experience random hanging.

AMD Product Compatibility
The AMD Catalyst driver is compatible with the following AMD products.

AMD Desktop Product Family Compatibility:
* AMD Radeon HD 6900 Series of Products
* AMD Radeon HD 6800 Series of Products
* AMD Radeon HD 6300 Series of Products
* AMD Radeon HD 6200 Series of Products
* ATI Radeon HD 5900 Series of Products
* ATI Radeon HD 5800 Series of Products
* ATI Radeon HD 5700 Series of Products
* ATI Radeon HD 5600 Series of Products
* ATI Radeon HD 5500 Series of Products
* ATI Radeon HD 5400 Series of Products
* ATI Radeon HD 4890 Series of Products
* ATI Radeon HD 4870 X2 Series of Products
* ATI Radeon HD 4850 X2 Series of Products
* ATI Radeon HD 4800 Series of Products
* ATI Radeon HD 4700 Series of Products
* ATI Radeon HD 4670 Series of Products
* ATI Radeon HD 4650 Series of Products
* ATI Radeon HD 4600 Series of Products
* ATI Radeon HD 4550 Series of Products
* ATI Radeon HD 4350 Series of Products
* ATI Radeon HD 3800 Series of Products
* ATI Radeon HD 3600 Series of Products
* ATI Radeon HD 3400 Series of Products
* ATI Radeon HD 2900 Series of Products
* ATI Radeon HD 2600 Series of Products
* ATI Radeon HD 2400 Series of Products

AMD FireStream Product Families:
* AMD FireStream 9350 Series of Products
* AMD FireStream 9270 Series of Products
* AMD FireStream 9250 Series of Products
* AMD FireStream 9170 Series of Products

AMD Chipset Product Families:
* ATI Radeon HD 4290 Series of Products
* ATI Radeon HD 4250 Series of Products
* ATI Radeon HD 4200 Series of Products
* ATI Radeon HD 3300 Series of Products
* ATI Radeon 3200 Series of Products
* ATI Radeon 3100 Series of Products
* ATI Radeon 3000 Series of Products

AMD Mobility Product Family Compatibility
AMD Catalyst Mobility is a notebook reference graphics driver with limited support for system vendor specific features. When used with Windows Vista or Windows 7, users may have unwanted experiences.

The Installation Verification Software will prevent driver download on certain notebook products. This is to protect against the installing of drivers that may disable features or functionality provided by the system manufacturer. If unwanted experiences occur using Catalyst Mobility, it is recommended to revert back to the driver provided by your system vendor for your specific platform. Please contact your system vendor for the most recent drivers for your notebook.

AMD Mobility Product Families
* ATI Mobility Radeon HD 6900M Series of Products
* ATI Mobility Radeon HD 6800M Series of Products
* ATI Mobility Radeon HD 6300M Series of Products
* ATI Mobility Radeon HD 6300 Series of Products
* ATI Mobility Radeon HD 6200 Series of Products
* ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5800 Series of Products
* ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5700 Series of Products
* ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5600 Series of Products
* ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5400 Series of Products
* ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5100 Series of Products
* ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4800 Series of Products
* ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4600 Series of Products
* ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4500 Series of Products
* ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4200 Series of Products
* ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4100 Series of Products
* ATI Mobility Radeon HD 3800 Series of Products
* ATI Mobility Radeon HD 3600 Series of Products
* ATI Mobility Radeon HD 3400 Series of Products
* ATI Mobility Radeon HD 3200 Series of Products
* ATI Mobility Radeon HD 3100 Series of Products
* ATI Mobility Radeon HD 2700 Series of Products
* ATI Mobility Radeon HD 2600 Series of Products
* ATI Mobility Radeon HD 2400 Series of Products
* ATI PowerXpress enabled notebooks using AMD chipsets

The following notebooks are not compatible with this release:
* Any notebook launched after this driver release
* Switchable Graphics enabled notebooks using Intel chipsets.
* Toshiba notebooks (please contact the notebook OEM for driver support for these notebooks)
* Sony VAIO notebooks (please contact the notebook OEM for driver support for these notebooks)
* Panasonic notebooks (please contact the notebook OEM for driver support for these notebooks)

Compatible Operating Systems
The latest version of the AMD Catalyst software suite is designed to support the following Microsoft Windows platforms:
* Windows 7 32-bit version
* Windows 7 64-bit version
* Windows Vista 32-bit version
* Windows Vista 64-bit version
* Windows XP Professional
* Windows XP Home Edition
* Windows XP Media Center Edition
* Windows XP Professional x64 Edition

Highlights of the AMD Catalyst 11.8 Windows release includes:

New Features:
Seamless GPU Compute support
* The AMD Accelerated Parallel Processing (APP) OpenCL runtime is now enabled by default within AMD Catalyst. Applications that leverage OpenCL for GPU based compute tasks will automatically benefit from the significant performance boost that this provides.

Resolved Issues for the Windows 7 Operating System
This section provides information on resolved known issues in this release of the AMD Catalyst 11.8 software suite for Windows 7.
These include:
* 3D BluRay playback no longer displays random frame loss.
* The 8x Anti-Aliasing is now correctly listed in some OpenGL applications.
* System no longer shows laggy performance when playing 720P WMV video files.
* Tearing is no longer randomly observed when playing Bioshock with Vsync and MLAA enabled.

Resolved Issues for the Windows Vista Operating System
This section provides information on resolved known issues in this release of the AMD Catalyst 11.8 software suite for Windows Vista. These include:
* 3DMark 2011 no longer hangs on a quad crossfire HD6990 system.
* World of Warcraft no longer fails to respond when alt-tabbing out and into the game when running on the AMD HD6990.
* Mpeg2 Video playback now correctly uses hardware acceleration when played with Windows Media Player or Windows Media Center.
* Youtube HD Flash video now renders correctly.
* Enabling Anti-Aliasing no longer causes figure to have a bright outline in Medal Of Honor Single Player mode.

Resolved Issues for the Windows XP Operating System
* Need for Speed Shift no longer randomly crashes during gameplay.

Known issues under the Windows 7 operating system
The following section provides a summary of open issues that may be experienced under the Windows 7 operating system in the latest version of AMD Catalyst. These include:

* OpenGL acceleration may not get enabled even if selected in Photoshop CS5.
* Bulletstorm may display random corruption when DirectX 9 mode is selected.
* PowerDVD 10 player may crash randomly if Crossfire is enabled/disabled during BluRay playback.
* Playing Dirt 2 in DirectX 11 mode may display random corruption while driving through water.
* Star Wars Jedi Knight II / Jedi Academy may crash randomly during launching.

Known Issues under the Windows Vista Operating System
The following section provides a summary of open issues that may be experienced under the Windows Vista operating system in the latest version of AMD Catalyst. These include:

* Performing Bezel compensation on a 3x2 Eyefinity group may cause the bezel group to disappear.
* Doom and Quake 4 may display corruption with a HD 4770 product.

Known Issues Under the Windows XP Operating System
The following section provides a summary of open issues that may be experienced under the Windows XP operating system in the latest version of AMD Catalyst. These include:

* Civilization V may stop responding during launch when Crossfire is enabled.
* System may hang while playing Dead Rising 2.

Known Issues under all Windows Operating Systems
The following section provides a summary of open issues that may be experienced under all supported Windows operating systems in the latest version of AMD Catalyst.
These include:
* LCD Overdrive settings may not be retained after enabling/disabling Crossfire.

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