ATI Catalyst Display Driver 8.1 for Windows XP Professional / Home / Media Center Edition

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Date: January 16, 2008
File Size: 38.3 MB
OS Support: Windows XP
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New Features

Catalyst 8.1 introduces MultiView™ support. This feature provides for hardware accelerated OpenGL rendering across multiple graphics adapters. MultiView™ will provide hardware accelerated 3D rendering in a system containing multiple graphics cards on an extended desktop arrangement. This feature will allow for the rendering performance and additional frame buffer resources to be evenly shared with the second and third graphics adapters. This allows for a 3D application to have the same performance running on a secondary or third display device as if it were running on the primary display device. This feature will be supported under Windows XP (32 and 64 bit versions), Windows Vista (32 and 64 bit versions), and the Linux operating system.

Product support includes:

· ATI Radeon™ HD 3870 series
· ATI Radeon™ X1950 series
· ATI Radeon™ HD 3850 series
· ATI Radeon™ X1800 series
· ATI Radeon™ HD 2900 series
· ATI Radeon™ X1650 series
· ATI Radeon™ HD 2600 series
· ATI Radeon™ X1600 series
· ATI Radeon™ HD 2400 series
· ATI Radeon™ X1550 series
· ATI Radeon™ HD 2350 series
· ATI Radeon™ X1300 series
· ATI Radeon™ HD 2300 series

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 and Stalker and Timeshift: Launching the games under Windows XP no longer results in intermittent corruption or flashing being noticed. Further details can be found in topic number 737-31612
* Enemy Territories Quake Wars v1.2: Flickering is no longer noticed when enabling Triple Buffering, setting AA to 8x and setting the display resolution to 2560x1600. Further details can be found in topic number 737-31610
* TianJi: Logging into the game no longer results in the function buttons not working and the system setting window failing to open. Further details can be found in topic number 737-31607
* World of Warcraft: Launching two game windows and switching between the game windows on a system with an Apple 30 inch display device no longer results in the game image failing to be drawn properly. Further details can be found in topic number 737-31608
* Google SketchUP: the application no longer fails to launch on systems running Windows XP and containing an ATI Radeon HD 2900 series of product. Further details can be found in topic number 737-31609
* The movement of pictures now appear smooth under Excel (Office2007) when the color depth is set to 16bpp. Further details can be found in topic number 737-31167
* The AVIVO TV controls are now available under the Windows Media Center Edition operating system. Further details can be found in topic number 737-31170
* The scaling function no longer fails under certain resolutions in the Catalyst Control Center. Further details can be found in topic number 737-31169
* The display now returns when attempting to log back on to the system after logging out of the system. Further details can be found in topic number 737-31601
* Connecting an HDTV as a secondary display device no longer results in the display device failing to show up as a DTV (DVI) display device in the Catalyst Control Center. Further details can be found in topic number 737-31603
* The Windows XP operating system no longer hangs with a blank screen when running the Run Automated Clock Configuration Utility. Further details can be found in topic number 737-31611

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:

* After installing the graphics driver an error message may be displayed when attempting to launch DirectX based games when using an ATI AGP product. Further details can be found in topic number 737-31542
* 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
* 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
* STALKER: Shadows may not be rendered properly when CrossFire™ is enabled along with AA being enabled at 4x and Full Dynamic Lighting also being enabled. Further details can be found in topic number 737-31597
* 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 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
* 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
* 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 a Dell XPS410 system. Further details can be found in topic number 737-31148
* 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 737-31598
* 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 737-31599

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