ATI Catalyst Radeon 6.4 (Windows XP/2000/Media Center)

April 12, 2006
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The Catalyst® software suite 6.4 contains the following:

* Radeon® display driver 8.241
* Multimedia Center™ 9.13
* HydraVision™
* HydraVision™ Basic Edition
* Remote Wonder 3.03
* WDM Driver Install Bundle
* Southbridge/IXP Driver
* Catalyst® Control Center Version 6.4

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.

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:

Video Quality Improvements

Improvements have been made to the Avivo video processing engine during standard definition (SD) video playback. Edge enhancement or sharpening effectively improves image quality by enhancing details lost during encoding and processing. Noise reduction algorithms are improved to ensure original detail is preserved, while removing unwanted noise.
Windows Media Center Edition Video Conversion Utility

Catalyst® 6.4 introduces a Windows MCE Video Conversion utility. This utility allows users to convert video content that is recorded by MCE, or video content that is available to MCE, to variety of different formats. The video content can be converted to MPEG-2, MPEG-4 SP, MPEG-4 AVC and Windows Media. Ipod Video and PSP video are listed as separate formats for easy recognition.
Performance Improvements

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

* 3DMark06 CPU scores improve as much as 4.9% across all product lines
* 3DMark06 HDR 2 Deep Freeze (SM3.0) test improves as much as 2%
* Call of Duty 2 improves approximately 1.4-2% on Radeon® X1900 and Radeon® X1800 Crossfire™ configurations. Gains are slightly less (1.3%) for non-Crossfire™ Radeon® X1900 and Radeon® X1800 products
* FarCry improves 2-3% on ATI Radeon® X1900 non-Crossfire configurations. Greatest improvements result from tests with no AA and AF
* Half Life 2 improves as much as 3.8% on Radeon® X1900 non-Crossfire configurations. Greatest improvements result from tests with no AA and AF
* Unreal Tournament 2004 gains 3-5% on all Radeon® X1x00 non-Crossfire configurations

Issues Resolved in Catalyst® Software Suite 6.4

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

* Doom 3: Setting the in-game resolution to 2560x1600 no longer results in green circles appearing around energy projectiles of demons. Further details on this resolved issue can be found in topic number 737-21778
* DoVAIO: Running the application on a system containing an ATI Xpress 200M series and running the Japanese version of Windows XP, no longer results in an error message being displayed when exiting the event viewer. Further details on this resolved issue can be found in topic number 737-21986
* EarthSim: Missing textures are no longer noticed on the terrain of both Mars and Earth when running the application on systems containing an ATI Radeon® X1600 or X1600 XT product. Further details on this resolved issue can be found in topic number 737-22076
* Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion: Crossfire™ AFR mode support is now enabled. Further details on this resolved issue can be found in topic number 737-22015
* Flight Simulator 2004: A Century of Flight: The frames per second are no longer lowered when moving the mouse cursor over a chat window during a multiplayer game. Further details on this resolved issue can be found in topic number 737-21453
* GLView V2.22 Build 203: Checking Multisample and changing the level to either 5 or 6 no longer results in text corruption being noticed when running the Rendering tests. Further details on this resolved issue can be found in topic number 737-21994
* GLView V224 Build 206: Running the Rendering Test for Fog and Benchmark no longer results in the fog function failing and black cubes being displayed. Further details on this resolved issue can be found in topic number 737-22002
* Maya 7.0: The Frame Marker located near the bottom of the screen is now displayed when connecting a secondary CRT and enabling extended desktop. Further details on this resolved issue can be found in topic number 737-21777
* Quake 4: The game no longer fails to respond after lying dormant for approximately 10 minutes, followed by switching between the game and notepad.exe. This issue was known to occur when extended desktop was enabled on systems containing an ATI dual display graphic card. Further details on this resolved issue can be found in topic number 737-21993
* Serious Sam SE: Entering the Technology Test mode no longer results in display corruption being noticed in the Reflections and Portals screens. Further details on this resolved issue can be found in topic number 737-22005
* TVFunStudio: Launching the MediaPlayer and playing a movie no longer results in frame drops being noticed. Further details on this resolved issue can be found in topic number 737-21775
* WARHAMMER: DAWN OF WAR: Starting a skirmish game on a 4 player map under Windows XP, no longer results 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 on this resolved issue can be found in topic number 737-20974
* Zera: Holding down the right mouse button to pan the on-line game display in a circular motion, no longer results in missing and flashing textures being noticed when playing the game with both AA and AAA enabled. Further details on this resolved issue can be found in topic number 737-22003
* Display corruption is no longer noticed when returning from a full screen DOS session under Windows XP or Windows 2000 when using an ATI Radeon® X800 series. Further details on this resolved issue can be found in topic number 737-21452
* Connecting a display device to the DVI connector on systems containing an ATI Xpress 200 series no longer results in the display device failing to respond when attempting to resume from an S3 state. Further details on this resolved issue can be found in topic number 737-21772
* Entering hibernation mode and disabling a secondary display device no longer results in the extended desktop option still being active when resuming from hibernation. Further details on this resolved issue can be found in topic number 737-21773
* Connecting both a CRT and a TV, followed by enabling extended desktop no longer results 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 was known to occur when the CRT is set as the primary display device. Further details on this resolved issue can be found in topic number 737-21776
* Connecting an HDTV and selecting all available formats in the CV properties page of the Catalyst® Control Center no longer results in the custom mode of 1080i failing to be available. Further details on this resolved issue can be found in topic number 737-21780
* The default 1080i 30Hz mode is no longer missing from the Advanced aspect page of the Catalyst® Control Center. Further details on this resolved issue can be found in topic number 737-21779
* Setting the language to Korean no longer results in corruption being noticed within the ATI Help. Further details on this resolved issue can be found in topic number 737-21985
* Catalyst® Control Center: Connecting a secondary CRT display device no longer results in the LCD display device failing to display an image after completing the Catalyst® Control Center->Easy Setup Wizard. Further details on this resolved issue can be found in topic number 737-21987
* Catalyst® Control Center: Advanced Mode: Incorrect text and cropped text is no longer noticed when selecting Japanese as the language for the Catalyst® Control Center. Further details on this resolved issue can be found in topic number 737-21988
* Playing a movie file with extended desktop enabled no longer results in the playback image appearing in the center of the secondary display device when Theater mode is enabled. Further details on this resolved issue can be found in topic number 737-21989
* Using the hot-key function Fn+F5 to swap between display devices no longer results in the current display device setting being incorrect. Further details on this resolved issue can be found in topic number 737-21990
* Playing a DVD using WinDVDv5 no longer results in frame drop being noticed when plugging or un-plugging the AC power supply. Further details on this resolved issue can be found in topic number 737-21991
* Catalyst® Control Center: Setting the language to Japanese no longer results in an extra line being added to the drop down menu for Preferences. Further details on this resolved issue can be found in topic number 737-21992
* Connecting a CRT to a system containing an ATI Xpress 200 series no longer results in the Display Data Channel being shown as not supported in the Monitor Attributes page of the Catalyst® Control Center when using Advanced view. Further details on this resolved issue can be found in topic number 737-21995
* Catalyst® Control Center: Using hot-keys to toggle between the secondary and primary display devices no longer results in the display setting not reflecting the current setting. Further details on this resolved issue can be found in topic number 737-21996
* Setting the CRT as the primary and the LCD display device as the secondary, no longer results in the full-screen video playback being displayed in a centering mode on the secondary display device. Further details on this resolved issue can be found in topic number 737-21997
* Setting the font size to 120 dpi no longer results in text corruption appearing in the Avivo Video->Standard Setting. Further details on this resolved issue can be found in topic number 737-21998
* Incorrect rendering is no longer noticed when running the OGL AAsphere demo found in the GGLSLDemo. Further details on this resolved issue can be found in topic number 737-21999
* Using the Catalyst® Control Center to change the skin to the ATI Catalyst® Quicksilver no longer results in the ATI Crimson skin being applied. Further details on this resolved issue can be found in topic number 737-22000
* Connecting a display device using either the S-Video or Composite connectors no longer results in the display resolution changing to 640x480 16bpp. Further details on this resolved issue can be found in topic number 737-22001
* Connecting a DFP using the DVI connector no longer results in the optimized 720p mode (1152x648@60hz) not appearing in the resolution list after adding the 720p60 formats to the Displays Manager. Further details on this resolved issue can be found in topic number 737-22004
* Connecting an HDTV using the component video connection no longer results in the optimized modes of 1080i and 720p not being available within the Component Video Properties page of the Catalyst® Control Center, after creating a customized mode for both 1080i and 720p. Further details on this resolved issue can be found in topic number 737-22006
* The HDTV Support aspect is now available under the Monitor Properties when using Advanced View in the Catalyst® Control Center. Further details on this resolved issue can be found in topic number 737-22007

For complete release notes please go here:
https://a248.e.akamai.net/f/674/9206/0/www2.ati.com/drivers/Catalyst_64_release_notes.html
Alternative drivers to ATI Catalyst Radeon 6.4 (Windows XP/2000/Media Center):