Wednesday, December 13th 2006

ATI Catalyst 6.12 Released

ATI has released new official Catalyst 6.12 drivers for ATI based video cards. This release of the ATI Catalyst software suite introduces DirectX video acceleration for CrossFire enabled configurations.

Download: ATI Catalyst 6.12 Software Suite (34.6MB)Source: AMD
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#1
Jimmy 2004
Thanks for the news post - I need to try and fix 2142, I keep getting random CTD sometimes, so I'll try and reinstall and update to these.
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#2
Exceededgoku
you got the latest directx? and the rest of your system patched up fully??
Anywhos, downloading now. Don't expect any major differences but always good to stay up to date :D
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#3
Sasqui
New Features
This release of the ATI Catalyst™ software suite introduces DirectX video acceleration for CrossFire™ enabled configurations.

Issues Resolved in Catalyst® Software Suite 6.12
The following section provides a summary of the issues that are resolved in the latest release of Catalyst®. These include:

Black&White 2: Slow frame rate is no longer noticed when playing the game under Windows XP when setting the graphics to the lowest possible settings. Further details can be found in topic number 737-23714
Neverwinter Nights: Enabling super AA and CrossFire within the Catalyst Control Center no longer results in display corruption being noticed within the game's main menu. Further details can be found in topic number 737-23718
Catalyst® Control Center->CrossFire™: Attempting to resume from a standby state no longer results in the Windows XP operating system failing to respond when using a Radeon® X19x0 CrossFire™ Edition series of product. Further details can be found in topic number 737-23713
Catalyst Control Center: Setting the language option to French for the Catalyst Control Center no longer results in the text found in Catalyst Control Center being cropped. This issue was known to occur under all supported operating system. Further details can be found in topic number 737-23716
Using PowerDVD to playback a DVD no longer results in the playback appearing choppy. Further details can be found in topic number 737-23719
Catalyst Control Center: The translation for Centered Timings is now translated properly for Simplified Chinese. Further details can be found in topic number 737-24337
The index in the Catalyst Control Center help no longer contains double entries for various aspects. Further details can be found in topic number 737-24338
Catalyst Control Center->Help: Clicking on the CrossFire help no longer results in a page not found error message being displayed. Further details can be found in topic number 737-24339
Using the Avivo Video Converter to convert a video file no longer exceeds the 300MB for a VCD encoded file. Further details can be found in topic number 737-24340
Catalyst Control Center->Help: Clicking on certain help file links no longer results in the incorrect help file being displayed. Further details can be found in topic number 737-24341
Catalyst Control Center: The Profile Manager is now translated properly for Italian. Further details can be found in topic number 737-24342
Catalyst Control Center: Various options such as Select a Language and Deinterlacing for the Thai language are now translated properly. Further details can be found in topic number 737-24343
Changing the language to Korean in the Catalyst Control Center no longer results in the degree symbol appearing corrupted within the rotation page. Further details can be found in topic number 737-24344
Catalyst Control Center->Basic View: Selecting Japanese as the language no longer results in various aspects of the Easy Setting Wizard and Setup Display Settings not being translated properly. Further details can be found in topic number 737-24345
Using hotkeys to switch between LCD mode and CRT+LCD mode no longer results in the hotkey function failing when attempting to switch back to LCD mode only. Further details can be found in topic number 737-24288
Using PowerDVD to playback a DVD no longer results in the playback appearing jittery. Further details can be found in topic number 737-23719
CrossFire: Playing Windows XP games such as Labyrinth or HyperBowl no longer results in display corruption being noticed in the game's menu page. Further details can be found in topic number 737-24335
Hardware acceleration no longer becomes disabled when running the HQV benchmark DVD with CrossFire enabled. Further details can be found in topic number 737-24336
Known Issues for Catalyst® Software Suite 6.12
The following section provides a summary of open issues in the latest version of Catalyst®. These include:

Battlefield 2: Attempting to launch the game under Windows XP with the in-game display setting at 1920x1440 or 2048x1536 and AA set to 6x may result in the game failing to launch. Further details can be found in topic number 737-22817
Sniper Elite: Playing the game under Windows XP with a Radeon® X1600 series installed may result in texture corruption being noticed. Further details can be found in topic number 737-22820
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->Basic View: Connecting a secondary display device and attempting to enable it, may result in the inability to enable the device when using Basic view. Further details can be found in topic number 737-23446
Intermittent display issues may be noticed when using an Apple Cinema HD 30" display device. Contact AMD Customer Care for a solution. AMD Engineering is aware of the issue and a resolve will be available in an up-coming software driver release. Further details can be found in topic number
During video playback, DirectX Video Acceleration (DXVA) may not be available when CrossFire mode is enabled. This will result in software mode video playback. To enable DXVA, CrossFire™ mode must be disabled. Further details can be found in topic number 737-23447
Uninstalling the graphics drivers may result in some of the files and folder failing to be removed in the Program File folder. Further details can be found in topic number 737-23715
Attempting to maximize an OpenGL application window may result in either the OpenGL window maximizing slowly or the system failing to respond. Further details can be found in topic number 737-23717
Clicking on the Restore Factory Defaults button found in the Catalyst Control Center->TV Properties may result in the TV position failing to be restored to the factory defaults. Further details can be found in topic number 737-24346
Catalyst® Control Center->Basic View: Connecting a secondary display device and attempting to enable it, may result in the inability to enable the device when using Basic view. Further details can be found in topic number 737-24347
Setting the display panel attributes to Scale Image to Full Panel Size, followed by entering an S3 state may result in the desktop failing to resume to a full screen mode. Further details can be found in topic number 737-24348
Catalyst Control Center: Connecting an HDTV or DFP display device may result in some of the HDTV formats being listed twice in the Catalyst Control Center->Digital Panel Properties->HDTV Support. Further details can be found in topic number 737-24349
Catalyst Control Center->Digital Panel Properties->HDTV Support: Adding custom formats to the 1080i and attempting to remove those custom formats may result in the formats failing to removed. Further details can be found in topic number 737-24350
Catalyst Control Center->Help: Clicking on the Monitor and Digital Panel Properties found in the Contents section of the Help may result in a message indicating that the page cannot be displayed. Further details can be found in topic number 737-24351

Edit: Link to the above: https://a248.e.akamai.net/f/674/9206/0/www2.ati.com/drivers/Catalyst_612_release_notes.html
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#4
ktr
by: Jimmy 2004
Thanks for the news post - I need to try and fix 2142, I keep getting random CTD sometimes, so I'll try and reinstall and update to these.
inform me if it improves game stability and/or performance. :pimp:
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#5
WarEagleAU
Bird of Prey
Wow, nice. I guess this will help me more in the future when I go crossfire.

-The Eagle
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#6
Jimmy 2004
by: Exceededgoku
you got the latest directx? and the rest of your system patched up fully??
Anywhos, downloading now. Don't expect any major differences but always good to stay up to date :D
Yeah, everything 100% patched. I'll try it out tomorrow and then let you guys know how I get on. It could be my PSU or CPU dying on me, because I've never had crashes for the last few months, but I suspect the 1.06 patch did something bad...
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#7
ktr
anybody having problem opening the CCC???
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#8
Exceededgoku
No... in fact its a lot faster than previously, strangely, on the same rig.
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#9
ktr
by: ktr
anybody having problem opening the CCC???
got it working now...

i have just reinstalled, said no to reboot, and open CCC, verify smartgart, than reboot...:nutkick:
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#10
OnBoard
by: Jimmy 2004
Thanks for the news post - I need to try and fix 2142, I keep getting random CTD sometimes, so I'll try and reinstall and update to these.
by: ktr
inform me if it improves game stability and/or performance. :pimp:
Me too :)

Anyone tested the new EATM? "There are new ATI 6.12 Beta drivers out, which provides a new Anti-Aliasing (AA) method, similar to Adaptive Anti-Aliasing (AAA), but without the performance hit, called Alpha Coverage (EATM), which blends alpha textures.
" (http://www.ocforums.com/showthread.php?t=488965)

does this sort of things: http://home.cogeco.ca/~dkozak1/obliv%20eatm.png

Trying to remember if there are any fences in BF2142, but seems like a great feature, maybe I have to just test them out myself :P

EDIT: seems like EATM is left out of official ones? EDIT2: it's there but hidden
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#11
demonbrawn
yeah, I'm having problems with it. I installed it, restarted my computer, and then I got a blank screen. I had to go into safe mode, uninstall it, and reinstall and earlier version to get back to my desktop. any thoughts?
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#12
Boneface
does this driver support 1950xt



edit- yup works for 1950xt nice
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#13
Steevo
It still amazes me that with my X1800XT I don't get a fucking DVD decoder without paying for a disc.



ATI, for your insolent and bastardly softwares rules, I fart in your general direction.
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OnBoard
by: demonbrawn
yeah, I'm having problems with it. I installed it, restarted my computer, and then I got a blank screen. I had to go into safe mode, uninstall it, and reinstall and earlier version to get back to my desktop. any thoughts?
Mine worked like a charm, installed on top of previous ones and no problems.

If anyone is intrested in synthetic performance with these:

x1900xt 6.7 621/720(1440) A64 HT254 2670mhz
3dmark06: 4668 (SM2.0: 2046 SM3.0: 2273 cpu: 1057)
3dmark05: 10631
3dmark03: 16805

x1900xt 6.12 ATT 621/720(1440) A64 HT254 2670mhz
3dmark06: 4682 (SM2.0: 2016 SM3.0: 2322 cpu: 1055)
3dmark05: 10466
3dmark03: 16733

Seems like SM2.0 performance is worse (like 3dmar03-05 shows) but SM3.0 is better and obviously more important one.

x1900xt 6.10 ATT 621/720(1440) A64 HT254 2670mhz
3dmark06: 4652 (SM2.0: 2040 SM3.0: 2265 cpu: 1053)

6.10 or the mighty 6.7 (haven't tested 6.11) is better solution for older games/cards, if you want best FPS possible, in my opinion :)
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#15
Jimmy 2004
Just to let anyone who wanted to know how the new drivers got on with 2142 and the crashes I have reinstalled and I'm defragging at the moment but I won't have time to play for long enough to see any benefits tonight, so I'll try to post tomorrow afternoon.
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#16
OnBoard
I can answer the Battlefiel 2142 question, works fine, no crashes yet, but played only couple hours and CTD came only now and then.

Oh and EATM works great and looks sweet, keeping it on always from now on.

without:
http://img102.imagevenue.com/img.php?image=23331_Oblivion.exe_22__122_573lo.jpg
with: (notice the same 78fps)
http://img14.imagevenue.com/img.php?image=23325_Oblivion.exe_21__122_392lo.jpg

If you look at that right in the face leaf, you see a nice closeup in action. Will definately keep it on all the time. And if someone is missing how to do it with ATT, download this:

http://www.gigasize.com/get.php/233645/New_AA_and_AF_Methods.rar

"Unrar this file to C:Program FilesRay AdamsATI Tray ToolsDatabase


It will replace your New AA and AF methods.dtb file this is normal.

Adjust accordingly to your drive lettering.

After you add this goto tweaks, and advanced tweaks and then New AA and AF Methods and enable EATM and AlphaSharpenMode."
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#17
ktr
by: OnBoard
I can answer the Battlefiel 2142 question, works fine, no crashes yet, but played only couple hours and CTD came only now and then.

Oh and EATM works great and looks sweet, keeping it on always from now on.

without:
http://img102.imagevenue.com/img.php?image=23331_Oblivion.exe_22__122_573lo.jpg
with: (notice the same 78fps)
http://img14.imagevenue.com/img.php?image=23325_Oblivion.exe_21__122_392lo.jpg

If you look at that right in the face leaf, you see a nice closeup in action. Will definately keep it on all the time. And if someone is missing how to do it with ATT, download this:

http://www.gigasize.com/get.php/233645/New_AA_and_AF_Methods.rar

"Unrar this file to C:Program FilesRay AdamsATI Tray ToolsDatabase


It will replace your New AA and AF methods.dtb file this is normal.

Adjust accordingly to your drive lettering.

After you add this goto tweaks, and advanced tweaks and then New AA and AF Methods and enable EATM and AlphaSharpenMode."
looks awesome :rockout:

:toast:

:pimp:
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#18
Casheti
What is EATM? Anyone reckon these drivers will help my X850XT?
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#19
ktr
Read Me (EATM + AlphaSharpenMode + ATI Tray Tools)

1) Download the latest ATi tools --->http://www.radeon2.ru/atitray/attsetup.exe

2) Download this ---> http://home.comcast.net/~kohan/New_AA_and_AF_Methods.rar

3) Extract and replace content in the folder --->Program FilesRay AdamsATI Tray ToolsDatabase

4) Open ATi tools and goto tweaks, and advanced tweaks and then in the drop down bar "New AA and AF Methods", and enable EATM and AlphaSharpenMode...(make sure box is white and has a check mark).



5) apply>ok>enjoy!
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#20
Casheti
And what exactly will this do?
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#22
Casheti
How much fps is this gonna cost me??
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#23
ktr
by: Casheti
How much fps is this gonna cost me??
none...
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#24
Casheti
So why in your link does his fps go from 64 to 57?
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#25
ktr
by: Casheti
So why in your link does his fps go from 64 to 57?
try weighing the the difference...

major graphics up for the cost of 5fps...rather than AA or AF taking around 25 to 30% off from fps...

but it suppose to not effect performance that much.

also look at onboards post, he said major graphic improvement for little to no performance hitch.
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