ATI Catalyst Display Driver 11.6 for Windows Vista/7 64-bit

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Date: June 15, 2011
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This article provides information on the latest posting of AMD’s software suite, AMD Catalyst™ 11.6. This particular software suite updates both 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.

Package Content

The AMD Catalyst software suite / AMD Vision Engine Control Center 11.6 contains the following:

  • AMD display driver version 8.861
  • HydraVision™ for Windows XP, Windows Vista and Windows 7
  • Southbridge/IXP Driver
  • AMD Catalyst™ Control Center version 8.861 / AMD Vision™ Engine Control Center version 8.861.

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.
  • 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

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
  • ATI Radeon HD 4800 Series of products
  • AMD Radeon HD 6800 Series of products
  • ATI Radeon HD 4700 Series of products
  • AMD Radeon HD 6600 Series of products
  • ATI Radeon HD 4670 Series of products
  • AMD Radeon HD 6500 Series of products
  • ATI Radeon HD 4650 Series of products
  • AMD Radeon HD 6300 Series of products
  • ATI Radeon HD 4600 Series of products
  • AMD Radeon HD 6200 Series of products
  • ATI Radeon HD 4550 Series of products
  • ATI Radeon HD 5900 Series of products
  • ATI Radeon HD 4350 Series of products
  • ATI Radeon HD 5800 Series of products
  • ATI Radeon HD 3800 Series of products
  • ATI Radeon HD 5700 Series of products
  • ATI Radeon HD 3600 Series of products
  • ATI Radeon HD 5600 Series of products
  • ATI Radeon HD 3400 Series of products
  • ATI Radeon HD 5500 Series of products
  • ATI Radeon HD 2900 Series of products
  • ATI Radeon HD 5400 Series of products
  • ATI Radeon HD 2600 Series of products
  • ATI Radeon HD 4890 Series of products
  • ATI Radeon HD 2400 Series of products
  • ATI Radeon HD 4870 X2 Series of products
  • ATI Radeon HD 4850 X2 Series of products

AMD FireStream™ Product Families

  • AMD FireStream 9350 Series of products
  • AMD FireStream 9250 Series of products
  • AMD FireStream 9270 Series of products
  • AMD FireStream 9170 Series of products

AMD Chipset Product Families

  • ATI Radeon HD 4290 Series of products
  • ATI Radeon 3200 Series of products
  • ATI Radeon HD 4250 Series of products
  • ATI Radeon 3100 Series of products
  • ATI Radeon HD 4200 Series of products
  • ATI Radeon 3000 Series of products
  • ATI Radeon HD 3300 Series of products

AMD Mobility Product Family Compatibility

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

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 11.6 Windows release includes:

New Features:

  • AMD Steady Video
    • Steady Video is currently an AMD exclusive feature based on AMD APP Technology
    • By applying advanced algorithms behind the scenes, users do not have to deal with shaky or unstable video ever again!
    • Capabilities scale with hardware and are end user controlled
  • Image Stabilization brought to YouTube!
  • Decode Acceleration of MPEG-4 part 2 content
    • AMD has enabled decode acceleration of MPEG-4 part 2 content in Microsoft video player applications (through MFT support) for all AMD Radeon 6000 Series

Performance Enhancements:

Performance highlights of the AMD Catalyst 11.6 release includes:

  • Performance gains in Crysis of up to 7% on AMD Radeon HD 6000 series single card configurations.
  • Performance gains in F1 2010 of up to 8% in DirectX 11 mode on AMD Radeon HD 6000 series products in single and Crossfire configurations.
  • Performance gains in Far Cry 2 of up to 5% on AMD Radeon HD 6000 series products in single and Crossfire configurations.
  • Performance gains in HAWX of up to 8% on AMD Radeon HD 6000 series products in single and Crossfire configurations.
  • Performance gains in the Unigine OpenGL tests of up to 10% on AMD Radeon HD 6000 series single card configurations.

Resolved Issues for the Windows 7 Operating System

This section provides information on resolved known issues in this release of the AMD Catalyst 11.6 software suite for Windows 7. These include:

  • Flashing titles are no longer displayed when playing F1 2010 in a Crossfire environment.
  • Video playback no longer intermittently displays a black screen when using Windows Media Player.
  • Graphics and Gaming scores are now correctly computed in the Windows Performance Index.
  • A BSOD error is no longer generated randomly when Crossfire is enabled/disabled after video/LCD overdrive settings are changed on HD 6900 series products.
  • Crossfire is now correctly enabled when playing The Witcher 2 on HD 6800 series products. (when used with AMD Catalyst 11.5 CAP 5 release)
  • Screen tearing is no longer randomly seen when playing Riddick 2 at high performance settings and with Crossfire enabled.
  • The game Kings Bounty now renders correctly.
  • The game Empire Total War now no longer displays random flickering and in-game buttons display correctly.
  • Google Earth now performs smoothly in OpenGL mode.
  • Crossfire is now correctly enabled when playing Cars 2 on HD 6900 series products.
  • Sid Meyers Civilization V no longer displays intermittent graphical corruption when played in DirectX 10 mode in a Crossfire environment.
  • Heaven 2.1 running in DirectX 11 mode no longer displays intermittent graphical corruption in a Crossfire environment.
  • Crossfire is correctly enabled when playing LEGO : Pirates of the Caribbean on HD6800 and HD 6900 series products.
  • Poor performance is no longer experienced while Playing Heroes of Newerth and when the cursor is moved to the top right or bottom right corner of the screen.
  • Mouse cursor corruption (in the upper right portion of the screen) should be resolved

Resolved Issues for the Windows Vista Operating System

This section provides information on resolved known issues in this release of the AMD Catalyst 11.6 software suite for Windows Vista. These include:

  • The screen no longer briefly flashes green while changing screen resolution and playing a BluRay title using PowerDVD 10.

Resolved Issues for the Windows XP Operating System

This section provides information on resolved known issues in this release of the AMD Catalyst 11.6 software suite for Windows XP. These include:

  • World of Warcraft no longer randomly crashes or fails to launch when using an A-Series APU.
  • Random graphics corruption is no longer observed while playing World of Warcraft.
  • Playing Dead Rising 2 no longer causes the system to hang.

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:

  • Some BluRay content may experience jittery playback.
  • Star Wars Jedi Knight II / Jedi Academy may randomly crash on launch.
  • Image rotation might not function correctly in Photoshop CS5.
  • OpenGL acceleration might not be available in Photoshop CS5.
  • High GPU speeds might be retained after exiting a 3D application.
  • Display corruption may be observed while changing video resolution / settings while playing a video clip using Windows Media Center.
  • Shogun 2 cinematics may display rendering issues while running in DirectX 9 mode in certain Eyefinity configurations.

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 settings might not be available in some circumstances.
  • Doom 3 and Quake 4 may experience random corruption on HD 4000 series products.
  • Performing bezel compensation on a 3x2 configuration may cause the Bezel group to not appear.

Installing the AMD Catalyst Software Driver

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

Installation information can be found at: How to Install Your AMD Product.

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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