The Catalyst® software suite 6.3 contains the following:

* Radeon® display driver 8.231
* Multimedia Center™ 9.13
* HydraVision™
* HydraVision™ Basic Edition
* Remote Wonder 3.03
* WDM Driver Install Bundle
* Southbridge/IXP Driver
* Catalyst® Control Center Version 6.3

The Catalyst® Control Center requires that the Microsoft .NET Framework version 1.1 or 2.0 be installed. Without .NET version 1.1 or 2.0 installed, the Catalyst® Control Center will not launch properly and the user will see an error message.

These release notes provide information on the Radeon® display driver only. For information on the ATI Multimedia Center™, HydraVision™, HydraVision Basic Edition, WDM, Remote Wonder™, or the Southbridge/IXP driver, please refer to their respective release notes found at: https://support.ati.com/

The Catalyst® software suite is designed to support the following ATI desktop products:

* Radeon® X1900 series
* Radeon® X1800 series
* Radeon® X1600 series
* Radeon® X1300 series
* Radeon® X850 series
* Radeon® X800 series
* Radeon® X700 series
* Radeon® X600 series
* Radeon® X550 series
* Radeon® X300 series
* Radeon® 9X00 series
* Radeon® 8500 series
* Radeon® 7X00 series

ATI All-In-Wonder™ variants based on the above are also supported.

All ATI Radeon® PC Graphic cards are optimized for Microsoft's Media Center Edition 2005 when coupled with a supported video capture card.

The Catalyst® software suite is designed to support the following ATI chipset products:

* Radeon® Xpress 200 series
* Radeon® 9000 IGP
* Radeon® 9100 IGP
* Radeon® 9100 IGP Pro
* IXP 300

The Catalyst® software suite 6.2 also provides 2D graphics driver support for the following FireMV™ products:

* FireMV™ 2400
* FireMV™ 2200 PCIe
* FireMV™ 2200

The latest version of the Catalyst® software suite is designed to support the following Microsoft Windows platforms:

* Windows XP
* Windows XP Media Center Edition (graphics driver support only)
* Windows 2000

New Features

This release of Catalyst® introduces the following new features:

* Overlay Theater Mode Enhancement
* Avivo™ Video Converter

Overlay Theater Mode Enhancement

This release of the Catalyst® introduces an enhancement to the Overlay Theater mode found in the Catalyst® Control Center. This enhancement allows for higher resolution than the current desktop setting to be available for the Overlay Theater mode.
Avivo™ Video Converter

This release of Catalyst® introduces the Avivo™ Video Converter. The Avivo™ Video Converter is a transcoder tool that provides a quick and easy way of converting videos from one format to another. The Avivo™ wizard found in the Catalyst® Control Center, allows the user to select the input file, and output format, along with the quality level and file location. The Avivo™ Video Converter accepts a wide variety of file formats as a source, and outputs to file formats such as MPEG-1, MPEG-2, MPEG-4/DivX, WMA, H.264/AVC and more. Click on How to use the Avivo™ Video Converter, for more information.
Performance Improvements

As with most Catalyst® releases, performance has increased in various situations.

* 3DMark05: Pixel Shader test runs as much as 1-2% faster, primarily when Anisotropic Filtering is enabled
* Call of Duty 2: Framerates are up 5-10% on the enthusiast-class ATI Radeon® X1800 and ATI Radeon® X1900 products

Issues Resolved in Catalyst® Software Suite 6.3

The following section provides a summary of the issues that are resolved in the latest release of Catalyst®. These include:

* 3DMark06: Setting the display to 2560x1600 with AA set to 4x no longer results in graphic corruption being noticed when running the HDR tests. Further details on this resolved issue can be found in topic number 737-21768
* Battlefield 2: The game no longer exit to the Windows desktop after the game logo is displayed. Further details on this resolved issue can be found in topic number 737-21660
* City of Heroes: Running the Shadertest 7 no longer results in slow performance being noticed. Further details on this resolved issue can be found in topic number 737-21463
* Far Cry: High Dynamic Range (HDR) corruption is no longer noticed when HDR is enabled. Further details on this resolved issue can be found in topic number 737-21762
* Need for Speed: Most Wanted: Playing the game on a system containing an ATI Radeon® X1800 series no longer results in the operating system failing to respond after an extended period of game play. Further details on this resolved issue can be found in topic number 737-21769
* Quake 4: Connecting a secondary display device and enabling extended desktop no longer results in the game failing to respond when switching between notepad and the game. Further details on this resolved issue can be found in topic number 737-21771
* Serious Sam 2 Demo: Enabling CrossFire™ no longer result in a performance drop being noticed when playing the game under Windows XP Media Center Edition. Further details on this resolved issue can be found in topic number 737-20976
* Serious Sam 2: Two directdraw samples are no longer displayed as blank screens. Further details on this resolved issue can be found in topic number 737-21748
* The Fall: VPU Recover message is no longer displayed when playing the game on systems containing either an ATI Radeon® 9600, 9700 or 9800 products. Further details on this resolved issue can be found in topic number 737-21766
* Tiger Woods 2005 and 2006: Playing the game with CrossFire™ enabled no longer results in a checkerboard type corruption being noticed. Further details on this resolved issue can be found in topic number 737-21764
* World of Warcraft: Changing the multisample setting no longer results in display corruption being noticed when using an ATI Radeon® X1600 product. Further details on this resolved issue can be found in topic number 737-21770
* Setting the display device to a resolution of 1024x768 or higher no longer results in the (PAL) TV image becoming unstable when moving the mouse. Further details on this resolved issue can be found in topic number 737-21664
* Catalyst® Control Center: Clicking on the 3D aspect no longer results in an error message being displayed indicating that Preview.exe has generated errors and will be closed by Windows. Further details on this resolved issue can be found in topic number 737-21662
* The Setup Video Playback dialog box no longer fails to appear when clicking on the Finish button. Further details on this resolved issue can be found in topic number 737-21737
* Catalyst® Control Center: The desktop status for the CRT and LCD are no longer changed when exiting the Catalyst® Control Center and then relaunching the Catalyst® Control Center. Further details on this resolved issue can be found in topic number 737-21738
* Catalyst® Control Center: Placing an ATI Radeon® X800 GTO PCIe in a system containing an ATI Xpress 200 series no longer results in the Disable/Enable button and the Pause button not being available in the 3D Quality and Performance Settings. Further details on this resolved issue can be found in topic number 737-21739
* Disconnecting a CRT and a TV from a system containing an ATI Xpress 200 series no longer results in the CRT and TV still being available in the Display Manager once a mode change is completed. Further details on this resolved issue can be found in topic number 737-21740
* The help button is no longer greyed out in the Edit Custom View aspect found in the Catalyst® Control Center. Further details on this resolved issue can be found in topic number 737-21741
* The image for extended desktop and clone mode are no longer reversed when connecting an external monitor and entering the Basic view in the Catalyst® Control Center. Further details on this resolved issue can be found in topic number 737-21742
* Making a change within the Standard settings found in the Catalyst® Control Center no longer results in the setting failing to be retained when exiting the Catalyst® Control Center and then re-launching the Catalyst® Control Center. Further details on this resolved issue can be found in topic number 737-21743
* The Disable, Enable, and Pause buttons are now displayed in the 3D Quality and Performance Settings for the ATI Radeon® Xpress 200 series adapter when the system contains an add-in ATI Radeon® PCIe product. Further details on this resolved issue can be found in topic number 737-21744
* Disconnecting a CRT and or TV and restarting the system no longer results in the CRT and TV display devices becoming available after changing the display resolution. Further details on this resolved issue can be found in topic number 737-21745
* Catalyst® Control Center: Connecting an LCD display device as the primary and a CRT as the secondary display device no longer results in the Set up my Display Configuration wizard disappearing. Further details on this resolved issue can be found in topic number 737-21746
* Catalyst® Control Center: Changing the gamma, brightness, and contrast no longer results in the Apply button still being active after the reboot of the system. Further details on this resolved issue can be found in topic number 737-21747
* Catalyst® Control Center: Entering the OverDrive aspect and attempting to use the automated clock configuration diagnostic to obtain the ATI recommended speeds for the engine and memory no longer results in the engine and memory clock not changing. Further details on this resolved issue can be found in topic number 737-21749
* Catalyst® Control Center: Connecting a display device that supports 1080i no longer results in the 1080i display mode failing to be applied. Further details on this resolved issue can be found in topic number 737-21750
* Color corruption is no longer noticed when enabling the Reduce DVI Frequency on High-Resolution Display found in the Catalyst® Control Center when playing a DVD with Theater mode enabled. Further details on this resolved issue can be found in topic number 737-21751
* Connecting an HDTV followed by playing an MPEG or AVI file using the Windows Media Player no longer results in the video file failing to be played back on the secondary display device. Further details on this resolved issue can be found in topic number 737-21752
* Connecting a CRT as the primary display device and an HDTV as the secondary display device no longer results in display corruption being noticed on the HDTV when setting the HDTV 1080i in the Catalyst® Control Center and enabling Overlay Theater Mode. Further details on this resolved issue can be found in topic number 737-21753
* Catalyst® Control Center: Selecting system skin and the German language no longer results in the text being cut off within the Adjustment aspect page. Further details on this resolved issue can be found in topic number 737-21754
* Catalyst® Control Center: Selecting Russian as the language no longer results in the text for the secondary display device being cut off within the De-interlacing aspect page. Further details on this resolved issue can be found in topic number 737-21755
* Catalyst® Control Center: Selecting Magyar as the language no longer results in text being cut off within the 3D - All Setting aspect page. Further details on this resolved issue can be found in topic number 737-21756
* Catalyst® Control Center: The confirm changes dialog box no longer repeatedly appears when selecting No to changes. Further details on this resolved issue can be found in topic number 737-21757
* France is now listed in the pull down menu for the Country option when selecting the TV out standard. Further details on this resolved issue can be found in topic number 737-21758
* Resuming from a standby state no longer results in corruption being noticed on the lower half of the display, or the lower half of the display remaining blank when CrossFire™ is enabled. Further details on this resolved issue can be found in topic number 737-21759
* Enabling CrossFire™ under the Windows Media Center Edition operating system no longer results in closed captioning failing to function. Further details on this resolved issue can be found in topic number 737-21760
* Catalyst® Control Center: Display corruption is no longer noticed on the secondary display device when enabling clone mode. Further details on this resolved issue can be found in topic number 737-21761
* Horizontal large desktop modes are no longer reported in the Display properties after switching from horizontal to vertical large desktop mode. Further details on this resolved issue can be found in topic number 737-21763
* Deselecting the Use Extended Display Identification Data (EDID) or driver defaults no longer results in the operating system rebooting when setting the maximum refresh rate and resolution for the display device connected. Further details on this resolved issue can be found in topic number 737-21765
* Connecting an HDTV to an ATI Radeon® X1300 series product no longer results in the display failing to apply the proper underscan mode for 1080i or720p. Further details on this resolved issue can be found in topic number 737-21767

Known Issues for Catalyst® Software Suite 6.3

The following section provides a summary of open issues in the latest version of Catalyst®. These include:

* Alias MotionBuilder 6: Loading a model in MB6, followed by rotating the object, may result in shadows appearing corrupt and flickering being noticed. Further details can be found in topic number 737-21450
* AutoCAD 2005: Using the 3DORBIT command to rotate or zoom may result in the display hanging for a few seconds when having hardware acceleration enabled in AutoCAD and a 3D object in the drawing. Further details can be found in topic number 737-21451
* AutoCad 2006: Corruption may be noticed when moving the mouse pointer around the desktop area. Further details can be found in topic number 737-21465
* Cold War: Playing the game with the display resolution set to 1600x1200 along with AA set to 8x and CrossFire™ enabled may result in a ghosting effect being noticed. Further details can be found in topic number 737-21661
* Creative Muvo 2: Recording an FM Radio broadcast may result the captured file failing to open when attempting to playback the FM broadcast. Further details can be found in topic number 737-21461
* Doom 3: Setting the in-game resolution to 2560x1600 may result in green circles appearing around energy projectiles of demons. Further details can be found in topic number 737-21778
* F1 Racing Championship: Playing the game on a system containing an ATI Xpress 200 series may result game not running smoothly. Further details can be found in topic number 737-21774
* Flight Simulator 2004: A Century of Flight: The frames per second may be lower when moving the mouse cursor over a chat window during a multiplayer game. Further details can be found in topic number 737-21453
* Lord of the Rings: The Battle for Middle Earth: Playing the game under Windows XP SP2 using an ATI Radeon® X800 series product may result in intermittent display corruption being noticed. Further details can be found in topic number 737-21458
* Maya 7.0: The Frame Marker located near the bottom of the screen may not be displayed when connecting a secondary CRT and enabling extended desktop. Further details can be found in topic number 737-21777
* Neverwinter Nights: Playing the game under Windows XP on a system containing an ATI Radeon® X800 series, may result in the game exiting to the Windows desktop and an error message being displayed. Further details can be found in topic number 737-21466
* Path of Neo: Texture corruption may be noticed when playing the Kung Fu level. Further details can be found in topic number 737-21464
* TVFunStudio: Launching the MediaPlayer and playing a movie may result in frame drops being noticed. Further details can be found in topic number 737-21775
* WARHAMMER: DAWN OF WAR: Starting a skirmish game on a 4 player map under Windows XP, may result in the game performance appearing choppy when using an ATI Radeon® X800 series, and having all of the game options set to high. Further details can be found in topic number 737-20974
* The Apply button in the Custom settings of the Advanced mode, found within the Catalyst® Control Center Video standard settings, is grayed out when playing a media file. Further details can be found in topic number 737-497
* Connecting an HDTV to an ATI Radeon® X700 series may result in the HDTV being detected as a CRT or TV under the Windows XP operating system. Further details can be found in topic number 737-20783
* The PAL FM fine tuning algorithm is currently using 200 MHz bandwidth which may overlap FM channels resulting in the same FM channel being found several verdana during the scan function. Further details can be found in topic number 737-20979
* Launching the Adobe Gamma calibration application and moving the gamma slider back and forth, may result in the Task Manager being filled with cli.exe until the system becomes low on memory. Further details can be found in topic number 737-20980
* Connecting two display devices to an ATI Radeon® X1600 series product may result in the device manager failing to detect the secondary display device. Further details can be found in topic number 737-21266
* Display corruption may be noticed when returning from a full screen DOS session under Windows XP or Windows 2000 when using an ATI Radeon® X800 series. Further details can be found in topic number 737-21452
* Catalyst® Control Center: Enabling clone mode may result in the refresh rate being locked at 60Hz when using an ATI Radeon® X700 series product. Further details can be found in topic number 737-21454
* Display corruption may be noticed when configuring the DTV channel to 1080i broadcast when using an ATI HDTV Wonder. Further details can be found in topic number 737-21455
* The LG P42SX DVI-D display device fails to display an image when connected to an ATI Radeon® 9000, ATI Radeon® 9200, or an ATI Radeon® 9250. Further details can be found in topic number 737-21456
* OpenGL Extension Viewer: 2.0: Running the Rendering tests may result in a black box appearing when the fog option is enabled. Further details can be found in topic number 737-21457
* Connecting an HDTV as the secondary display device and enabling Theater mode may result in HDTV failing to display an image when attempting to playback a movie with extended desktop mode enabled. Further details can be found in topic number 737-21460
* The IBM T84H display device may fail to display an image when connected to the DVI connector on the ATI Radeon® X800 or X850 series. Further details can be found in topic number 737-21462
* Attempting to re-enable any display device other than the primary or secondary display device that has been disabled by CrossFire™, may result in the operating system failing to respond. Further details can be found in topic number 737-21663
* Connecting a display device to the DVI connector on systems containing an ATI Xpress 200 series may result in the display device failing to respond when attempting to resume from an S3 state. Further details can be found in topic number 737-21772
* Entering hibernation mode and disabling a secondary display device may result in the extended desktop option still being active when resuming from hibernation. Further details can be found in topic number 737-21773
* Connecting both a CRT and a TV, followed by enabling extended desktop may result in the Underscan/Overscan slider bar overlapping the Screen Position and Size heading found in the TV Properties aspect page of the Catalyst® Control Center. This issue may occur when the CRT is set as the primary display device. Further details can be found in topic number 737-21776
* The default 1080i 30Hz mode is missing from Advanced aspect page in the Catalyst® Control Center. Further details can be found in topic number 737-21779
* Connecting an HDTV and selecting all available formats in the CV properties page of the Catalyst® Control Center may result in the custom mode of 1080i failing to be available. Further details can be found in topic number 737-21780