ATI Catalyst Display Driver 9.12 for Windows Vista 32-bit

Date: December 18, 2009
File Size: 51.6 MB
OS Support: Windows Vista
Downloads: 394

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New Features:

- ATI Catalyst™ support for DirectCompute 10.1

This release of ATI Catalyst™ provides full support for DirectCompute 10.1 for the ATI
Radeon™ HD 4800 Series, ATI Radeon™ HD 4700 Series for both single card and ATI
CrossFireX™ supported configurations.

- OpenGL 3.2 extension support

This release of ATI Catalyst™ provides support for OpenGL 3.2 extension support on the
ATI Radeon™ HD 5800 Series, ATI Radeon™ HD 5700 Series, ATI Radeon™ HD
4000 Series, ATI Radeon™ HD 3000 Series and ATI Radeon™ HD 2000 Series. The
following is a list of OpenGL™ 3.2 features and extensions added in ATI Catalyst™

- Support for OpenGL Shading Language 1.50
- BGRA vertex component ordering (GL_ARB_vertex_array_bgra)
- Drawing commands allowing modification of the base vertex index
- Shader fragment coordinate convention control
- Provoking vertex control (GL_ARB_provoking_vertex)
- Seamless cube map filtering (GL_ARB_seamless_cube_map)
- Multisampled textures and texture samplers for specific sample locations
- Fragment depth clamping (GL_ARB_depth_clamp)
- Geometry shaders (GL_ARB_geometry_shader4)
- Fence sync objects (GL_ARB_sync)
- transform_feedback2
- texture_cubemap_array

Performance Improvements

The following performance gains are noticed with this release of Catalyst™ 9.12:

3DMark Vantage – overall performance improves as much as 9% on ATI Radeon HD
5800 and ATI Radeon HD 5700 series products. GT1 – Jane Nash performance
improves as much as 15% and FT4 – GPU Cloth improves up to 15%
S.T.A.L.K.E.R. – Call of Pripyat – Performance improves as much as 6% on single
card configurations

Resolved Issues for All Windows Operating Systems

This section provides information on resolved issues in this release of the ATI Catalyst™
Software Suite for Windows. These include:

- Confirmation dialog box is now displayed when extending the display through
Catalyst Control Center
- Catalyst Control Center: all supported resolutions are now displayed in the
Desktop Properties panel
- A confirmation dialog is now displayed when setting up an Eyefinity group

Resolved Issues for the Windows 7 Operating System

This section provides information on resolved issues in this release of the ATI Catalyst™
Software Suite for Windows 7. These include:

- Sound output from Display Port audio is now heard with extended mode
configurations with VGA or DVI panels
- Cyblerlink PowerDVD 9: setting the "Allow PowerDVD to automatically disable
Windows Aero to optimize Blu‐Ray playback" no longer causes the system to
become unresponsive during Blu‐ray playback
- Cyberlink PowerDVD: Blu‐ray playback video no longer fails to render when
swapping primary displays in a multi‐monitor configuration
- Corruption no longer observed with some DX9 applications when Anti‐Alias 8x is
- WinDVD10: Blu‐ray playback will now start and does not require the application
has been minimized and restored
- Resident Evil 5 Japanese version is now supported
- Playing back Blu‐Ray content on some system with 120 Hz display no longer
results in black screen playback
- Changing desktop resolution no longer causes the Operating System to stop
responding when real‐time protection is enabled in Microsoft Security Essentials
- Resolved: IL2 ‐ Sturmovik Forgotten Battles game may stop responding or not
free up system resources
- Resolved intermittently system instability when hot unplugging a HDMI display

Resolved Issues for the Windows Vista Operating System

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

- Video artifacts no longer occur when playing two or more SD video files with
hardware accelerated Adobe Flash player
- WinDVD 8 no longer stops responding when resuming from sleep or hibernate

Resolved Issues for the Windows XP Operating System

This section provides information on resolved issues in this release of the ATI Catalyst™
Software Suite for Windows XP. These include:

- Tom Clancy's HAWX: VPU recover no longer occurs in some CrossFire
- In some Clone Mode configuration with Windows XP, stretched desktop is now

Known Issues Under All Windows Operating Systems

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

- Setting Eyefinity group may not work for some configurations with DVI and
Display Port devices
- Hot unplugging one of the displays in an Eyefinity configuration may cause the
some rotation modes to disapear from Catalyst Control Center

Note: Before proceeding with your driver installation we suggest you make sure you are installing the latest version available and for the appropriate model/revision and Operating System. We strongly suggest following 'readme' instructions for installing drivers when available. Often restarting your system will be necessary for the new driver to become active and start functioning properly.

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