New Features

* Avivo™ Update
* Enhanced ATI Overdrive support for the ATI Radeon™HD 2900 Series

Avivo™ Update

Catalyst™ 7.12 introduces an Avivo™ update. The update allows the ATI Catalyst™ Control Center to reflect what is supported by the driver taking into account the graphics card installed in the system, and will not expose any video features that is not supported by the driver. The DirectX Video Acceleration (DXVA) driver will perform a profiling mechanism to query the graphics capability and the Catalyst™ Control Center queries the caps via the interface defined between the Catalyst™ Control Center and the DXVA components. This feature will be supported on ATI Radeon™ 9500 series products and above.
Enhanced ATI OverDrive™ support for the ATI Radeon™ HD 2900 Series

This release of Catalyst™ introduces an enhanced version of ATI OverDrive™ for the ATI Radeon™ HD 2900 Series. Users can now Overclock both GPU engine and graphics memory clock speeds in CrossFire™ mode (and over-clock single ATI Radeon™ graphics accelerators as well). This version of ATI Overdrive also
Performance Improvements

The following performance improvements are noticed with Catalyst™ 7.12:

* 3DMark2005 performance improves 5% or more with largest gains noticed when Anti-aliasing and Anisotropic Filtering are disabled on systems containing either an ATI Radeon™ HD 2400 or ATI Radeon™ HD 2600 series of products
* Company of Heroes DX10 performance improves up to 5% on systems containing an ATI Radeon™ HD38x0 series of product

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:

* Call of Juarez: Enabling Super AA and CrossFire™ no longer results in corruption being noticed when playing the game. Further details can be found in topic number 737-30592
* DIRT: Launching DIRT with CrossFire™ enabled no longer results in the application failing to launch and an error message being displayed. Further details can be found in topic number 737-29554
* Enemy Territory Quake Wars: Flickering is no longer noticed when SuperAA is enabled. Further details can be found in topic number 737-31136
* Enemy Territory Quake Wars: Setting the in-game options to 2560x1600 and soft particles, along with AA to 8x in the Catalyst™ Control Center no longer results in corruption being noticed. Further details can be found in topic number 737-31135
* Globe 2.1: Corruption is no longer noticed during the introduction video when CrossFire™ is enabled. Further details can be found in topic number 737-31140
* Loki demo: Launching the demo no longer results in the introduction movie failing to display. Further details can be found in topic number 737-31117
* STALKER: Flickering is no longer noticed when playing the game with AA set to 4x and full dynamic lighting is enabled. Further details can be found in topic number 737-30593
* STALKER: The operating system no longer fails when attempting to play the game with CrossFire™ enabled and all in-game options set to maximum. Further details can be found in topic number 737-31131
* HD Audio is now working when setting the desktop resolution to 640x480@60Hz under the Windows XP operating system. Further details can be found in topic number 737-30588
* Enabling CrossFire™ and entering hibernation mode no longer results in the Windows XP operating system failing when attempting to resume from hibernation mode. Further details can be found in topic number 737-30590
* Hot un-plugging the DFP display device when clone mode is enable no longer results in the DFP display device still appearing in the Catalyst™ Control Center. Further details can be found in topic number 737-31114
* HD-DVD content is no longer blocked over native HDMI when using the cyberlink player. Further details can be found in topic number 737-30596
* Connecting an HDMI display device as the secondary display no longer results in extended desktop mode failing when attempting to apply it. Further details can be found in topic number 737-30589
* Entering hibernation mode under Windows XP no longer results in the operating system hanging when attempting to resume from hibernation mode. Further details can be found in topic number 737-31115
* CrossFire™ no longer fails to become disabled when hot unplugging the display device from the interlink dongle. Further details can be found in topic number 737-31116
* Connecting a Dell 30\" LDC display device to an ATI Radeon™ HD 2600 series of product no longer results in flashing or no display image. Further details can be found in topic number 737-30545
* The 2D and 3D gamma no longer appears different when using the gamma calibration tool. Further details can be found in topic number 737-29945
* Playing the online game TianLongBaBu for an extended period of time (2 hours or more) on a system containing an ATI Radeon™ HD2400 or HD2600 no longer results in the operating system failing to respond. Further details can be found in topic number 737-30542
* Rotating the display device and running a directX9 sample in full-screen mode no longer results in corruption being noticed. Further details can be found in topic number 737-31118
* Disabling CrossFire™ no longer results in the Windows XP operating system rebooting. Further details can be found in topic number 737-31132
* Connecting a single display device to a secondary graphics adapter no longer results in extended desktop mode being applied. Further details can be found in topic number 737-30538
* Disconnecting display device no longer results in the ability to enable the dis-connected display device within the Catalyst™ Control Center in a CrossFire™ configured system. Further details can be found in topic number 737-31133
* Connecting a TV as the primary display device and setting the signal format to any PAL mode no longer results in corruption being noticed on the secondary display device when playing a media file using WinAmp or WinDVD. Further details can be found in topic number 737-31134
* The Enable ATI Overdrive clocks for 3D applications only checkbox is now checked and grayed out when the OverDrive option in the Catalyst™ Control Center is unlocked. Further details can be found in topic number 737-30600
* Corruption is no longer noticed when enabling Theater mode and enabling clone mode. Further details can be found in topic number 737-30546
* Dragging the WinDVD player from the primary display to the secondary display no longer results in the player failing to respond. Further, closing the WinDVD player using the Task Manager may result in the operating system failing to respond. Further details can be found in topic number 737-29955
* With some h.264 titles that have MPEG2 intros, playback no longer switches from hardware accelerated to software once the introductory content is finished. Further details can be found in topic number 737-28517
* On certain products, dragging player window from primary to secondary display no longer results in hardware acceleration being disabled which resulted in the CPU usage increasing. Further details can be found in topic number 737-28516
* DXVA is now in use when play H264/VC1 HD content on systems containing an ATI Radeon™ HD 2600 series of product. Further details can be found in topic number 737-31137
* Enabling tiling on the secondary display device when Overlay Theater Mode is enable no longer result in corruption being noticed. Further details can be found in topic number 737-31138
* Corruption is no longer noticed on the secondary display device when Overlay Theater Mode is enabled. Further details can be found in topic number 737-31139
* Enabling clone mode no longer results in corruption being noticed on both display devices when Overlay Theater mode is enabled and the 3D screen saver becomes active. Further details can be found in topic number 737-31141

Known Issues Under the Windows XP Operating System

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

* Call of Juarez: Setting the game level with Optimal Quality and high in-game settings may result in the game level being blank. Further details can be found in topic number 737-30591
* City of Heroes: A fatal error message may be displayed when exiting the game and attempting to launch the Catalyst™ Control Center™ in Advanced mode. Further details can be found in topic number 737-28514
* Enemy Territory: Quake Wars may have corruption on the water and sky after increasing the game resolution. Restarting the game at that higher resolution or issuing reloadImages command in the game console corrects the corruption. This issue only impacts graphics cards up to the ATI Radeon™ X850. Further details can be found in topic number 737-29947
* Lost Planet: Setting AA to either 4x or 8x may intermittently result in the game failing to respond. Further details can be found in topic number 737-28492
* Star Wars Battlefront 2: Setting the in-game options as follows: Overall Quality to High, View Distance to 99, LOD Distance to 99 and Anti-Aliasing to 6x may result in the game\'s loading bar reaching the end but the game failing to start. Further details can be found in topic number 737-29946
* Enabling CrossFire™ may result in display corruption being noticed when playing a DVD or media clip using either WinDVD 7, Windows Media Player or PowerDVD 6. Further details can be found in topic number 737-22806
* Catalyst™ Control Center->OverDrive™: The OverDrive™ setting are not retained for individual accounts. This issue may also be experienced under the Windows Vista operating system. Further details can be found in topic number 737-25805
* 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 information may be found in topic number 737-21266
* Installing the HDMI audio driver and the VIA audio chipset driver may results in a compatibility issue being noticed and a yellow exclamation mark showing up in the Sound, Video and Game Controllers. Further details can be found in topic number 737-28833
* Installing the Catalyst™ Control Center on a previously installed version may results in a warning message that the setup is installing over an earlier version, and that the previous version needs to be uninstalled before installing a more current version, resulting in the Catalyst™ Control Center failing to be installed. Further details can be found in topic number 737-28513
* Performing a fast user switch when running overfly.exe in Overlay Theater Mode may result in overfly.exe failing when switching back. Further details can be found in topic number 737-29951
* Catalyst™ Control Center: Configuring a system with multi-adapters may result in an error message being displayed when running the Test Custom Clocks. Further details can be found in topic number 737-29953
* Connecting a CRT display device as the secondary display and playing a Blu-ray DVD using a Cyberlink player may result in no video playback if extended desktop mode is enabled. Further details can be found in topic number 737-30587
* Connecting a Dual Link Panel to the on-board DVI port, followed by hot plugging a DVI display to the add-on DVI card may result in clone mode becoming disabled when rebooting the machine and the secondary display device remaining blank. Further details can be found in topic number 737-31166
* The movement of pictures may not appear smooth under Excel (Office2007) when the color depth is set to 16bpp. Further details can be found in topic number 737-31167
* The Catalyst Control Center menu option may fail to function when changing the skin from system skin to any other available skin. Further details can be found in topic number 737-30570
* The 3D aspect may appear blank when launching a second instance of the Catalyst™ Control Center. Further details can be found in topic number 737-28482
* Performing an express install of the Catalyst™ Control Center may result in an error message being displayed when rebooting the system. Further details can be found in topic number 737-29532
* The AVIVO TV controls are not available under the Windows Media Center Edition operating system. Further details can be found in topic number 737-31170
* Setting the display resolution to 1440x900 or lower may result in corruption being noticed when playing a DVD title. Further details can be found in topic number 737-31168
* The scaling function may fail under certain resolutions in the Catalyst™ Control Center. Further details can be found in topic number 737-31169
* Setting the desktop resolution to 1280x1024 and using PowerDVD to play an HD-DVD or Blu-ray title may result in corruption being noticed when using an ATI Radeon™ HD 2400 series of product. Further details can be found in topic number 737-31171
* On certain products, changing display resolution while playing back High Definition content may results in instability. It is recommended to set appropriate resolution while playback is stopped. Further details can be found in topic number 737-31172
* Cyberlink: Playing a DVD title on a system containing an ATI Radeon™ HD 2400 series may result in corruption being noticed. Further details can be found in topic number 737-31173
* Connecting a CRT display device as the secondary display and playing a Blu-ray DVD using a Cyberlink player may result in no video playback if extended desktop mode is enabled. Further details can be found in topic number 737-30587
* The floppy drive may fail to read or write under Vista on Dell XPS410 system. Further details can be found in topic number 737-31148