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 Vista Operating System

This section provides information on resolved issues in this release of the ATI Catalyst™ Software Suite for Windows Vista. These include:

* Call of Duty: Enabling Super AA and CrossFire™ no longer results in the game failing to respond when the player dies. Further details can be found in topic number 737-31110
* Combat Mission: Shock Force Demo v1.02: Setting the ATI left-click compatibility option to off and starting a new battle no longer results in the game failing to respond when clicking the left mouse button on various options within the game. Further details can be found in topic number 737-30492
* Crysis: Momentary corruption is no longer noticed when playing the game. Further details can be found in topic number 737-31094
* Crysis: The ice level is no longer too bright which was making the game nonplayable. Further details can be found in topic number 737-31104
* Dark Messiah, Might and Magic, or Sin Episodes: Too much fog or incorrect fog no longer occurs during game play. This issue was known to occur on systems containing an ATI Radeon™ HD 2x00 series of product. Further details can be found in topic number 737-31101
* El Matador: Shadow corruption is no longer noticed throughout the game. Further details can be found in topic number 737-31099
* Enemy Territory: Quake Wars: Enabling Super AA and soft particles no longer results in corruption being noticed in the main menu and through-out game play. Further details can be found in topic number 737-29942
* FEAR: The slow motion visual effects is now functioning. Further details can be found in topic number 737-31100
* FlightSim X: Playing the game on a system running Windows Vista and containing an ATI Radeon™ HD 2900 series of product no longer results in the shadows being incorrect or failing to appear. Further details can be found in topic number 737-31095
* Google Sketchupno longer fails to pan when AA is enabled on systems containing an ATI Radeon™ X1300/1550/1600 series of product. Further details can be found in topic number 737-30496
* GTA San Andreas: Enabling AA within the game and within the Catalyst™ Control Center no longer results in the game failing to start. Further details can be found in topic number 737-31108
* GTA: San Andreas: Enabling high quality settings within the game no longer results in Vsync loss, no video, or artifact corruption. Further details can be found in topic number 737-31102
* Hellgate: MSAA is now working with the DX10 version of the game. Further details can be found in topic number 737-31105
* Hellgate: Screen flashing or the game failing no longer occurs when attempting to start a multiplayer game on a system running Windows Vista and containing an ATI Radeon™ HD 2600 series of product. Further details can be found in topic number 737-31106
* Infernal: the game no longer fails when attempting to launch a new game. Further details can be found in topic number 737-31096
* Lord of the Rings Return of the King: The game background no longer flashes when CrossFire is enabled. Further details can be found in topic number 737-31098
* Lost Planet: Setting the in-game options to maximum along with AA ste to 2x and AF set to 16x no longer results in corruption being noticed when CrossFiore is enabled. Further details can be found in topic number 737-31090
* Quake 4: Enabling CrossFire™ and setting the in game options to 1600x1200 and AA to 4x no longer results in corruption being noticed. Further details can be found in topic number 737-31109
* The Sims 2: Flickering and corruption are no longer noticed in certain areas of the game. Further details can be found in topic number 737-31097
* World in Conflict: Setting the in-game AA option to 4x and running the benchmark no longer results in flickering being noticed. Further details can be found in topic number 737-31107
* When running certain OpenGL samples, the ATI Radeon™ graphics adapter now runs at the requested clock values on a CrossFire™ configured system. Further details can be found in topic number 737-28824
* Catalyst™ Control Center: German character are no longer truncated in the ProfileManager Applications tab. Further details can be found in topic number 737-29930
* Connecting a secondary display device to a system containing an ATI Radeon™ x1200/1250/1270 series of product and enabling clone mode or extended desktop mode no longer results in horizontal line corruption being noticed when using a high refresh rate and display resolution. Further details can be found in topic number 737-29933
* Connecting a secondary display device no longer results in the Anisotropic Filtering option being missing for second adapter until the system is rebooted. Further details can be found in topic number 737-30568
* Connecting a secondary display device to a system containing an ATI Radeon™ x1200/1250/1270 series of product and enabling clone mode or extended desktop mode no longer results in horizontal line corruption being noticed when using a high refresh rate and display resolution. Further details can be found in topic number 737-30572
* TV corruption is no longer noticed when using an ATI Radeon™ Xpress 1250 series of product. Further details can be found in topic number 737-30577
* Cyberlink: Playing an h.264 disk no longer results in corruption being noticed on the lower portion of the playback window. Further details can be found in topic number 737-30581
* Playing an HD-DVD title using the Cyberlink player no longer results in corruption or the Windows Vista operating system failing to respond after a short period of playback time. Further details can be found in topic number 737-30585
* Enabling extended desktop mode and dragging the media player window between the desktops no longer results in the playback stopping. Further details can be found in topic number 737-30586
* Setting the frame buffer size to 256mb in the CMOS setup no longer results in the ATI graphics driver failing to be installed. Further details can be found in topic number 737-31089
* The display no longer become white when resuming from an S4 state. Further details can be found in topic number 737-31091
* The display no longer becomes white for several seconds before entering hibernation mode. Further details can be found in topic number 737-31092
* Setting the display device to 1600x1200 75Hz no longer results in the HD DVD playback window appearing blank. Further details can be found in topic number 737-29936
* TV corruption is no longer noticed when using an ATI Radeon™ Xpress 1250 series of product. Further details can be found in topic number 737-30577
* A black screen is no longer displayed at the DVD menu when using WinDVD8 to play a DVD title with DXVA enabled. Further details can be found in topic number 737-30488
* Rotating the display device when playing a DVD using the WinDVD player no longer results in the display going blank. Further details can be found in topic number 737-31093
* Connecting a display device via Component Video as the primary display device and a DFP as a secondary display device no longer results in extended desktop mode failing to be applied. Further details can be found in topic number 737-30494
* Cyberlink: Playing an h.264 disk no longer results in corruption being noticed on the lower portion of the playback window. Further details can be found in topic number 737-30581
* Disabling CrossFire™ no longer results in a secondary display device being out of range on the secondary ASIC. Further details can be found in topic number 737-31103
* Installing two Radeon™ HD 2400 series of products into one system no longer results in the AA filter box failing to become greyed out when enabling CrossFire™ and setting AA to 8x. Further details can be found in topic number 737-31111
* Playing an HD-DVD title using the Cyberlink player no longer results in corruption or the Windows Vista operating system failing to respond after a short period of playback time. Further details can be found in topic number 737-30585
* Setting the display resolution to either 1776x1024 or 1920x1024 30i no longer results in the display devices failing to resume from an S3 state. Further details can be found in topic number 737-29944
* The Cyberlink player no longer fails after playing interlaced VC1 video for a short period of time. Further details can be found in topic number 737-31112
* Dithering is no longer noticed with MPEG2 playback. Further details can be found in topic number 737-31113
* Enabling extended desktop mode and dragging the media player window between the desktops no longer results in the playback stopping. Further details can be found in topic number 737-30586

Known Issues Under the Windows Vista Operating System

This section provides information on known issues associated with the ATI Catalyst™. These include:

* City of Heroes: Attempting to play the game on a system with a dual link panel connected to it may result in the Windows Vista operating system failing to respond. Further details can be found in topic number 737-28495
* Half-Life 2: Episode 2: Playing the game on a system containing an ATI Radeon™ HD 3800 series of product no longer results in the game failing to the desktop when CrossFire™ is enabled. Further details can be found in topic number 737-30753
* Lost Planet: Setting AA to either 4x or 8x may result in the game failing to respond. Further details can be found in topic number 737-28492
* Oblivion: Flickering may be noticed when first making a move if the in-game settings are set to maximum, CrossFire™ is enabled and AF is set to 16x. Further details can be found in topic number 737-31152
* Oblivion: The game may fail or display corruption may be noticed when the game is minimized to desktop and then restored. Further details can be found in topic number 737-31151
* Unreal Tournament 3: The game may intermittently fail to launch when a map has texture detail set to maximum. Further details can be found in topic number 737-31189
* World In Conflict: The game may fail to the Windows desktop when the display resolution is set to 1280x768 and AF is set to 16x. Further details can be found in topic number 737-30752
* Resuming from an S3 state may result in a longer than expected time for the Windows Vista operating system to resume. Further details can be found in topic number 737-25798
* Catalyst™ Control Center->OverDrive™: The OverDrive™ setting are not retained for individual accounts. Further details can be found in topic number 737-25805
* The Record function currently fails to work when using an ATI All-In-Wonder™ X1300 and time shifting is enabled. Further information can be found in topic number 737-22014
* A green or black screen may be displayed when configuring MCE to ATSC mode. Further details can be found in topic number 737-27622
* The 3D aspect may appear blank when launching a second instance of the Catalyst™ Control Center™. This issue may also be experienced under the Windows XP operating system. Further details can be found in topic number 737-28482
* The Catalyst™ Control Center version number may fail to be updated after the installation of a newer Catalyst™ Control Center. Further details can be found in topic number 737-28493
* Dragging player window to secondary display while playing back HD content and moving it back to primary may result in blank player window. Further details can be found in topic number 737-28496
* Connecting a secondary display device and enabling CrossFire™, followed by disabling CrossFire™ no longer results in CrossFire™ pages in the Catalyst™ Control Center showing that it is enabled. Further information on this issue may be found in topic number 737-28845
* The Catalyst™ Control Center version number may fail to be updated after the installation of a newer Catalyst™ Control Center. Further details can be found in topic number 737-28493
* 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
* A black window may be displayed when attempting to play a DVD title using WinDVD 7 when Overlay Theater Mode and clone mode is enabled. Further details can be found in topic number 737-29539
* Enabling extended desktop mode and setting the display resolution to 1280x800 or higher, followed by playing an HD-DVD using PowerDVD, may results in the HD-DVD title failing to play. Further details can be found in topic number 737-29547
* Creating a secondary user account and switching from the secondary user account to the primary user account may result in CrossFire™ failing to be enabled. Further details can be found in topic number 737-28786
* The color depth may change to 8 bpp when enabling or disabling CrossFire™ for the first time. Further details can be found in topic number 737-29940
* The Catalyst™ Control Center version number may fail to be updated after the installation of a newer Catalyst™ Control Center. Further details can be found in topic number 737-28493
* Frame flipping may occur while playing certain VC-1 content titles. Further details can be found in topic number 737-27804
* Rebooting the operating system after changing the skin to any available option other than system skin may result in the Catalyst™ Control Center menu options no longer being visible. Further details can be found in topic number 737-30569
* 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
* Installing the WDM driver on systems containing an ATI TV Tuner product and an ATI graphics adapter may result in the WDM driver failing to install. Further details can be found in topic number 737-30571
* Connecting a secondary display device using the HDMI connector and enabling either clone mode or extended desktop mode may result in the WinDVD 7 player playing in a windowed mode on both display devices when Overlay Theater Mode is enabled. Further details can be found in topic number 737-30579
* The color depth may change to 8 bpp when enabling or disabling CrossFire™ for the first time. Further details can be found in topic number 737-30583
* The Windows Vista operating system may fail to respond when running the Auto-tune utility found in the Catalyst™ Control Center OverDrive™ option. Further details can be found in topic number 737-30584
* Connecting a secondary display device to a system containing an ATI Radeon™ x1200/1250/1270 series of product and enabling clone mode or extended desktop mode may result in horizontal line corruption being noticed when using a high refresh rate and display resolution. Further details can be found in topic number 737-31144
* Using the hot-key function to switch between various display scenarios may result in the HDMI display device displaying a blank screen. Further details can be found in topic number 737-31145
* The secondary HDMI Display may turn off when resuming from an S1 hibernation with an HDMI display connected. Further details can be found in topic number 737-31146
* Connecting a secondary display device using the HDMI connector and enabling either clone mode or extended desktop mode may result in the WinDVD 7 player playing in a windowed mode on both display devices when Overlay Theater Mode is enabled. Further details can be found in topic number 737-30579
* Resuming from hibernation mode with HDMI display connected may result in a black screen with only a mouse cursor being displayed. Further details can be found in topic number 737-31149
* Setting the desktop resolution to 1600x1200 or greater may result in green pixel corruption being noticed when playing certain games. This issue maybe noticed when using a system running Windows Vista and containing an ATI Radeon™ HD 2600 or HD 2400 series of product. Further details can be found in topic number 737-31150
* The color depth may change to 8 bpp when enabling or disabling CrossFire™ for the first time. Further details can be found in topic number 737-30583
* Enabling extended desktop mode and setting the display resolution to 1280x800 or higher, followed by playing an HD-DVD using PowerDVD, may results in the HD-DVD title failing to play. Further details can be found in topic number 737-29547
* Dragging the player window to a secondary display while playing back HD content and moving it back to primary may result in blank player window. Further details can be found in topic number 737-28496
* Frame flipping may occur while playing certain VC-1 content titles. Further details can be found in topic number 737-27804
* Attempting to play the HD-DVD title Harsh Verdana, School for Scoundrels using the Cyberlink player may result in block corruption being noticed. Further details can be found in topic number 737-31155
* Connecting a secondary display device and enabling clone mode may result in the inability of changing the display configuration when resuming from an S4 state. Further details can be found in topic number 737-31157
* The OverDrive page may be grayed out and the GPU and memory clocks as may be displayed as 000 after enabling CrossFire™ on systems containing and ATI Radeon™ X1900 CrossFire™ Edition and running Windows Vista (64 bit version). Further details can be found in topic number 737-31161
* Enabling CrossFire™ on a system containing an ATI Radeon™ X1900 CrossFire™ Edition product may result in the Windows Vista (64 bit version) failing. Further details can be found in topic number 737-31163
* Connecting an HDMI display device as the primary and setting the display resolution to 1280x1024 may result in an error message when attempting to personalize the display settings. Further details can be found in topic number 737-31165
Alternative drivers to ATI Catalyst Display Driver 7.12 for Windows Vista 64bit: