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 Professional x64 Edition

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

* World in Conflict: Text corruption may be noticed when playing the game on a system running Windows XP Professional x64 Edition and containing an ATI Radeon HD 30 series of product. Further details can be found in topic number 737-31619
* Running an OpenGL application and attempting to rotate the desktop may result in corruption being noticed. Further details can be found in topic number 737-29556
* 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
* Running an OpenGL application and attempting to rotate the desktop may result in corruption being noticed. Further details can be found in topic number 737-29556
* Hot plugging a display device to a system running Windows XP Professional x64 Edition and containing an ATI Radeon X1250/1270 series of product may result in the display device failing to be detected. Further details can be found in topic number 737-31618
* Standard PAL mode may fail to be available in the Catalyst Control Center. Further details can be found in topic number 737-31620
Alternative drivers to ATI Catalyst Display Driver 8.1 for Windows XP 64bit: