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
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
AMD Catalyst Control Center version 8.93 / AMD Vision Engine Control
Center version 8.93.
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
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:
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.
Window 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
Highlights of the AMD Catalyst 12.1 Windows release includes:
AMD HD3D technology support enhancement
Enables support for AMD HD3D technology in conjunction with AMD
Delivers a new Stereo 3D mode over HDMI 1.4a connections - 1080p at
30Hz is now enabled on supported displays
AMD Catalyst Control Center / Vision Engine Control Center enhancements
– Application Profiles
AMD Catalyst 12.1 Preview driver enables users to
create per application profiles to individually control 3D and CrossFireX
settings for Direct3D applications
Please be sure to select the “Restore
Factory Defaults” option under the Catalyst Control Center Preferences menu before using the new application profiles feature – this
ensures there are no compatibility issues between previous drivers and the new
AMD Catalyst 12.1 Preview driver with regards to application profiles
AMD Catalyst Control Center / Vision Engine Control Center enhancements
– Video UI improvements
AMD Catalyst 12.1 Preview driver includes user interface
enhancements to simply adjustment of video color and video quality
Resolved Issues for the Windows 7 Operating System
The in-game mouse cursor no longer randomly disappears while playing Alien vs
Enemy Territory – Quake Ware will no longer experience intermittent crashes when
in a 3 monitor Eyefinity configuration.
Water texture is now rendered correctly in Enemy Territory – Quake Wars
Dirt 2 does not exhibit stuttering when run in DirectX 9 mode.
Playing Crysis 2 with in Crossfire mode no longer experiences random graphics
corruption or game instability.
Random corruption and screen flicker is no longer observed while playing Dragon
Age 2 with Tri-Crossfire enabled.
Lost Planet 2 no longer crashes after game launch when run in Crossfire mode.
Lost Planet 2 and Tom Clancy HAWX2 no longer experience random game hangs/black
screens when run at high in game settings.
Water textures in World of Warcraft running in DirectX 9 mode no longer appear
The game “Rage” no longer experiences intermittent hangs when Crossfire is
Resolved Issues for the Windows Vista Operating System
Ejecting the disc during Blu-Ray/DVD playback using WinDVD no longer causes the
system to crash.
3D content playback using PowerDVD now correctly used hardware acceleration.
Poor performance is no longer randomly experience when playing World of Warcraft,
Metro 2033 and Starcraft II at high in-game settings.
Medal of Honor now correctly displays all in game settings.
Known issues under the Windows 7 operating system
Call of Duty 4 may experience corruption when run in DirectX 9 mode and the Edge
Detect filter is enabled.
Portal 2 may generate a black screen when launched in 3D stereo mode.
The Morphological filter settings may be missing in the Vision Control Center.
Civilization V may experience random game crashes.
Forced Anti-Aliasing may not be available when playing Enemy Territory – Quake
Call of Duty – Black Ops may experience a crash when run in Crossfire mode.
Battlefield 3 may crash when run at ultra settings.
Vsync may be disabled after task switching when playing Rage.
Launching Rage with Crossfire enabled may cause the application to hang.
Random flickering may be observed while playing Battlefield- Bad Company 2.
Saints Row III may hang randomly during gameplay.
Dragons Age 2 may experience random flickering when run in Tri Crossfire mode
with Vsync enabled or when run in DirectX 9 mode.
Call of Duty – Modern Warfare 3 may experience flickering when run in Tri
Known Issues under the Windows Vista Operating System
Windows Aero options may be missing after installing the latest driver.
Known Issues under the Windows XP Operating System
The mouse cursor may get corrupted if the “enable pointer shadow” option is
AMD Compatible Products
AMD Desktop Product Family Compatibility
AMD Radeon HD 6900 Series
ATI Radeon HD 4890 Series
AMD Radeon HD 6800 Series
ATI Radeon HD 4870 X2 Series
AMD Radeon HD 6600 Series
ATI Radeon HD 4850 X2 Series
AMD Radeon HD 6550D Series
ATI Radeon HD 4800 Series
AMD Radeon HD 6530D Series
ATI Radeon HD 4700 Series
AMD Radeon HD 6500 Series
ATI Radeon HD 4670 Series
AMD Radeon HD 6410D Series
ATI Radeon HD 4650 Series
AMD Radeon HD 6370D Series
AMD Radeon HD 6500 Series
AMD Radeon HD 6310D Series
ATI Radeon HD 4600 Series
AMD Radeon HD 6300 Series
ATI Radeon HD 4550 Series
AMD Radeon HD 6200 Series
ATI Radeon HD 4350 Series
ATI Radeon HD 5900 Series
ATI Radeon HD 3800 Series
ATI Radeon HD 5800 Series
ATI Radeon HD 3600 Series
ATI Radeon HD 5700 Series
ATI Radeon HD 3400 Series
ATI Radeon HD 5600 Series
ATI Radeon HD 2900 Series
ATI Radeon HD 5500 Series
ATI Radeon HD 2600 Series
ATI Radeon HD 5400 Series
ATI Radeon HD 2400 Series
AMD FireStream Product Families
AMD FireStream 9350
AMD FireStream 9250
AMD FireStream 9270
AMD FireStream 9170
AMD Chipset Product Families
ATI Radeon HD 4290
ATI Radeon 3200 Series
ATI Radeon HD 4250
ATI Radeon 3100 Series
ATI Radeon HD 4200 Series
ATI Radeon 3000 Series
ATI Radeon HD 3300 Series
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 while 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
AMD Mobility Product Families
ATI Mobility Radeon HD 6900M Series
ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4200 Series
ATI Mobility Radeon HD 6800M Series
ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4100 Series
ATI Mobility Radeon HD 6300M Series
ATI Mobility Radeon HD 3800 Series
ATI Mobility Radeon HD 6300 Series
ATI Mobility Radeon HD 3600 Series
ATI Mobility Radeon HD 6200 Series
ATI Mobility Radeon HD 3400 Series
ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5800 Series
ATI Mobility Radeon HD 3200 Series
ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5700 Series
ATI Mobility Radeon HD 3100 Series
ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5600 Series
ATI Mobility Radeon HD 2700 Series
ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5400 Series
ATI Mobility Radeon HD 2600 Series
ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5100 Series
ATI Mobility Radeon HD 2400 Series
ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4800 Series
ATI PowerXpress enabled notebooks
ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4600 Series using AMD chipsets
ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4500 Series
ATI Radeon HD 6620G Series
ATI Radeon HD 6520G Series
ATI Radeon HD 6480G Series
ATI Radeon HD 6380G Series
ATI Radeon HD 6310G Series
ATI Radeon HD 6250G Series
The following notebooks are not compatible with this release:
Any notebook launched after this driver release
Switchable Graphics enabled notebooks
Toshiba notebooks (please contact the notebook OEM for driver support for these
Sony VAIO notebooks (please contact the notebook OEM for driver support for
Panasonic notebooks (please contact the notebook OEM for driver support for
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
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