Wednesday, April 8th 2009

ATI Catalyst 9.4 Released

AMD have just released their ATI Catalyst 9.4 Driver for Windows 7, Windows Vista and Windows XP. Highlights of the ATI Catalyst 9.4 Windows release include:

New Features
  • ATI Catalyst 9.4 includes a new ATI Overdrive auto-tune application to estimate the over-clocked engine and memory values for ATI Overdrive supported ATI Radeon Graphics accelerators
  • Designed for the ATI Radeon HD 4000 Series
Resolved Issue Highlights
  • "World of Warcraft" or "World of Warcraft - Wrath of the Lich King": Flickering no longer occurs when Shadow is set to medium/high using ATI CrossFire configurations
  • Google Sketchup no longer displays blank screen
  • Resolutions above 1024 x 768 will now full screen properly for specific HDMI displays
  • Artifacts no longer visible while playing Age of Conan DX10
  • VC-1 progressive disc playback no longer exhibits block corruption.
  • The Compute Abstraction Layer (CAL) driver now functions properly under Windows XP
DOWNLOAD: ATI Catalyst version 9.4 for Windows XP/Vista/7 (32/64-bit versions)
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183 Comments on ATI Catalyst 9.4 Released

#1
human_error
by: ShadowFold
I just installed them on my dads rig and they work fine. He's got two ASUS 4870X2's. I'd RMA the card.
Had the same problem with my old 3870x2 as well - same driver versions, same symptoms, same error. The card works perfectly with the 8.11 x58 hotfix drivers (as did my 3870x2) so i believe the card is fine (or should i be concerned?) also if you go to the ati forums there's a decent sized thread about this issue with the 9.3 drivers and people having the same problem.
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#2
ShadowFold
Probably your mobo then. My dad has a ASUS M4A79T Deluxe with a PII 720.
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#3
troyrae360
by: human_error
Well i only have the 4870x2 in my system, i've boxed up my 3870x2 to sell so i'm not going to test that in my system.

I've tried everything i can with the 9.4s other than a reinstall of the OS but just like with the 9.3s, 9.2s, 9.1s and 8.12s i'm getting an error message about an incompatible vga driver has been detected and disabled and shock horror one of my gpu's is error 43 in device manager and not showing up in the catalyst control centre, game performance is that of 1 gpu as well :shadedshu

Note: the 8.11s and any drivers before them work fine with my system and graphics card, this issue is a known uncommon issue with x2 type cards, i was hoping they'd have a fix in the 9.4 main release but their support told me to expect a hotfix very soon.
I had the same problem with my 3870x2 after using RBE to override the overdrive settings, even after flashing back to the origanal bios it still would only work with one core, cat 8.11 would get them both going, in the end i just reinstalled, workes fine now
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#4
human_error
by: ShadowFold
Probably your mobo then. My dad has a ASUS M4A79T Deluxe with a PII 720.
I'd be inclined to say it's something like a mobo incompatability but there's people like DRDNA with the same graphics and mobo as me on 64bit vista with no problems, which is what makes the whole damned thing so annoyng.

by: troyrae360
I had the same problem with my 3870x2 after using RBE to override the overdrive settings, even after flashing back to the origanal bios it still would only work with one core, cat 8.11 would get them both going, in the end i just reinstalled, workes fine now
I've not done any bios modifications on either of my cards, all running on stock bios settings.
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#5
ShadowFold
Is there a new bios for the mobo? Try an older one or something. I would definitely be wanting to get to the end of this.
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#6
human_error
by: ShadowFold
Is there a new bios for the mobo? Try an older one or something. I would definitely be wanting to get to the end of this.
Tried with 2 different bios for my mobo, with stock and oc settings on both, same problem. I'll do a little more testing tonight to see if i can find a developer app which may have modified a library file incorrectly or something, if that doesn't work i'll have to suck it up and leave it on the 8.11s until i finish my university dissertation (due in 2 weeks), if it aint fixed after that then i'll be making a thread here to try and fix this problem as i'm less than happy with this problem and want to see it fixed.
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#7
pantherx12
At least it installs for you guys.
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#8
oli_ramsay
Installed just fine on Windows 7 x64 build 7068. the only weird thing is that CCC version says 9.3:



This normal?
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#9
alexp999
Staff
That doesnt look right, you can also see that the date of the Catalyst Control Center Version is wrong.

What is the driver version thats comes with this?

I'd say something has gone wrong with installation.
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#10
DRDNA
by: human_error
Tried with 2 different bios for my mobo, with stock and oc settings on both, same problem. I'll do a little more testing tonight to see if i can find a developer app which may have modified a library file incorrectly or something, if that doesn't work i'll have to suck it up and leave it on the 8.11s until i finish my university dissertation (due in 2 weeks), if it aint fixed after that then i'll be making a thread here to try and fix this problem as i'm less than happy with this problem and want to see it fixed.
Dude when your ready to get to the bottom of the issue to get to the top performance your card should be giving you, I would be more than happy to work with you on it..Instant messenger,Via phone(I have a cell with unlimited) remote assistance , what ever it takes or how ever you want..Hopefully either on a Friday or Saturday though.
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#11
kenkickr
by: oli_ramsay
Installed just fine on Windows 7 x64 build 7068. the only weird thing is that CCC version says 9.3:

http://img.techpowerup.org/090408/Capture005899.jpg

This normal?
Your default display driver shows the Windows driver is being used. I'm serious about having to manually install the driver. :)
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#12
oli_ramsay
by: kenkickr
Your default display driver shows the Windows driver is being used. I'm serious about having to manually install the driver. :)
K gonna try that now.

Edit: installed fine, thanks :)

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#13
PCpraiser100
Does some of the resolutions apply for the HD 3800 series?
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#14
aj28
Problem?
by: human_error
I've tried everything i can with the 9.4s other than a reinstall of the OS but just like with the 9.3s, 9.2s, 9.1s and 8.12s i'm getting an error message about an incompatible vga driver has been detected and disabled and shock horror one of my gpu's is error 43 in device manager and not showing up in the catalyst control centre, game performance is that of 1 gpu as well :shadedshu
Solution!
by: human_error
a reinstall of the OS
These things don't last forever. Install/uninstall enough software, swap enough hardware, and eventually you're gonna have to cave and reinstall if you want everything to work properly. AMD was right though - It is a problem with your machine. Hard for techs to diagnose those types of things when lord knows what hardware, software, and drivers have been through that one OS install...
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#15
diddle
These are coming out so quickly,
are they even worth upgrading for?
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#16
ShadowFold
by: diddle
These are coming out so quickly,
are they even worth upgrading for?
They only come out every month. Takes less than 5 minutes to install and restart, why not?
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#17
JATownes
by: ShadowFold
I just installed them on my dads rig and they work fine. He's got two ASUS 4870X2's. I'd RMA the card.
by: ShadowFold
Probably your mobo then. My dad has a ASUS M4A79T Deluxe with a PII 720.
Not to jump off topic, but Shadow, your dad sounds like he has a nice rig. :D
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#18
sixor
i use dxva since 9.1-9.4 in vista and xp, i dont know why so much people complaints

guru3d has a nice guide to set up dxva in media player classic, i use klite codec pack and its great

h264 are processed by gpu, as well as mpeg2 by cyberlink, wmvhd still does not
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#19
Ketxxx
Heedless Psychic
Still no compares? I'll do some in a bit.
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#20
JATownes
On my 4850s I got a decrease (small one, but still a decrease) in FPS with 9.3 and just tested with 9.4. 9.4 and 9.3 run the same. :ohwell: Back to 9.2 :(
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#21
Ketxxx
Heedless Psychic
9.2 were funky for me. They installed fine once.. then after that CCC wouldn't install after cleaning them out :wtf: had to go to 9.3.
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#22
mechtech
I have a 4850 and i only install the individual driver, as I always do and its always works perfectly fine, just at it did for me 3850 and previous cards. I dont know why everyone installs the CCC component??

Please enlighten me!!
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#23
Ketxxx
Heedless Psychic
Unless you use another app for it, people install CCC to be able to monitor temps, set AA & AF, multi monitor setups, OC their card(s), and in the case of HD4k owners use CCC to set fan speeds.
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#24
my_name_is_earl
For some reason ATI hasn't release Avivo package in a couple of release for Vista. It worries me because I watches alot of BR title and ATI is keeping me hanging. Don't know when they even bother to update the Avivo package.
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#25
BrooksyX
Ill give this a try. Hopefully it fixes the issues I have been having with 9.2 and 9.3
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