Thursday, August 21st 2008

ATI Catalyst 8.8 Released, Features and Fixes in Store

AMD released the ATI Catalyst version 8.8 drivers. This driver brings in two new features among a host of bug-fixes specific to games, performance increments as such aren't indicated.

The driver suite can be downloaded here.

The two new features include new Avivo video features such as Dynamic Gamma/Contrast correction and improved video presets for ATI accelerators, Radeon HD 3000 series and upward. Another feature addition is that of the Hybrid Graphics feature being available to users of Windows XP. This technology allows pairing of the integrated graphics processor (IGP) of the AMD 780G and 780D chipsets with a Radeon HD 2400 or Radeon HD 3400 series accelerator. For a comprehensive list of fixes, please read the Release Notes.
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50 Comments on ATI Catalyst 8.8 Released, Features and Fixes in Store

#2
Lillebror
It still dosent fix the dvi problem with the 4870 :(
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#3
puma99dk|
by: Lillebror
It still dosent fix the dvi problem with the 4870 :(
what the problem with the dvi???
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#4
mdm-adph
you know, ATI -- open up the use of that Hybrid Graphics option to users of more than just an HD 2400 or HD 3400, and it won't be so damn useless. :shadedshu
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#5

These are the first drivers that don't require a restart after installing .Strange I say .
#6
chron
by: wolf2009
These are the first drivers that don't require a restart after installing .Strange I say .
It might simply have skipped that step by accident. Always restart as windows reads driver information as it loads.
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#7
Ketxxx
Heedless Psychic
I wonder if ATi has anything special planned for v9.0. Kinda makes sence that something while not revolutionary but a bit different is done given ATi trend and doing that kinda thing every "major" release.
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#8
twicksisted
by: puma99dk|
what the problem with the dvi???
??? yeah what problem
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#9
Evo85
" Hybrid Graphics Support for Windows XP

This release of Catalyst™ introduces Hybrid Graphics support. Hybrid Graphics delivers a significant 3D performance boost for systems featuring an AMD 780G/780D integrated graphics motherboard and an ATI Radeon™ HD 3400 Series or ATI Radeon™ HD 2400 Series graphics accelerator. It also provides support for up to four independent displays "

FFS! Bring this out for HD 3800 and up cards!! :banghead:
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#10
-=SNIPER=-
Catalyst 8.8 Driver does not support 4870 X2 cards , looks like Ati got alot of fixs to do for it.
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#11
Urbklr
Downloading, hoping it brings some performance:)
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#12
-=SNIPER=-
i take back what i just said above, i downloaded the driver from ati game website and it appears to be that there is no driver is included inside the package, so i downloaded the saperate package for the driver and it worked, time for banchmarks, will post back here for the results. :)
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#13
Urbklr
Mine didn't work, just black screen when loading Windows:(
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#14
Megasty
by: wolf2009
These are the first drivers that don't require a restart after installing .Strange I say .
8.7 didn't need a restart either, atleast for me. I even installed them over 8.6 with great success. I did the same for these. Its about time these drivers reached a butter zone. Now all we need is for AMD to give us a OC/fan tool like EVGA. The world would be a much better place :D
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#15
Baam
by: Lillebror
It still dosent fix the dvi problem with the 4870 :(
Same here with 4850, DVI goes blank just after the load screen when vista starts.
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#16
J-Man
by: -=SNIPER=-
Catalyst 8.8 Driver does not support 4870 X2 cards , looks like Ati got alot of fixs to do for it.
That's funny 'cause I'm running the drivers and I'm fine :laugh:
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#17
bogmali
I have tried to get crossfireX to work on both 8.6 and 8.7 with my 780G and HD2400/HD2600Pro and they all failed:wtf: I hope 8.8 will fix the problem but I won't be surprised if it doesn't work again:shadedshu
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#18
Lillebror
by: puma99dk|
what the problem with the dvi???
When you boot up with dvi on some screens, when the driver gets initialized in windows, the picture to the screen is lost.. So i can only use my screen with vga : If i uninstall all drivers, i can use windows fine, so its a driver problem.
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#19
Widjaja
Using 8.8cat XP32 and ATi Tray Tools.
Runninf fine.
No problems occured during installation.
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#20
lemonadesoda
Usual BUGGY ATI/AMD installer as usual



CANCEL doesnt do anything. Stuck. Application FAIL.
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#21
lemonadesoda
Next bug,



Failed to install drivers for 3850.

AND the silly installer is showing me ads while I install. H8
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#22
devguy
by: bogmali
I have tried to get crossfireX to work on both 8.6 and 8.7 with my 780G and HD2400/HD2600Pro and they all failed:wtf: I hope 8.8 will fix the problem but I won't be surprised if it doesn't work again:shadedshu
Were you trying to enable the Hybrid Crossfire in Vista or in XP? This new driver allows it to happen in XP as well as Vista. As for the 2600pro, it won't work at all. The only compatible cards are the 2400pro/xt or the 3450/3470 in crossfire with the 3100/3200/3300 onboard chipsets.
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#23
Megasty
by: lemonadesoda
Next bug,



Failed to install drivers for 3850.

AND the silly installer is showing me ads while I install. H8
8.8 must hate you :( It installed for me in under a minute.
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#24
erocker
lemonadesoda, do you have any programs running such as everest, virus scanner, or anything like that? Deffinitely create a CCC feedback form and send it to ATi, they are usually good for a response in 48 hours. :)
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#25
lemonadesoda
Thanks erocker. I tried that. To get from the first bug (cannot detect) to the second (no hardware found) required disabling McAfee.

I'll try a manual hack install of the driver files WITHOUT using the installer.
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