This article provides information on the latest posting of AMD’s software suite, AMD Catalyst™ 11.12. This particular software suite updates the AMD display driver and the AMD Catalyst™ Control Center / AMD Vision™ Engine Control Center. This unified driver has been updated to provide enhanced level of power, performance, and reliability.
AMD Vision Engine Control Center
The AMD Catalyst™ software suite 11.12 contains the following:
AMD display driver version 8.92
HydraVision™ for Windows XP, Windows Vista and Windows 7
AMD Catalyst™ Control Center version 8.92 / AMD Vision™ Engine Control Center version 8.92.
The AMD display driver and the AMD Catalyst™ Control Center / AMD Vision™ Engine Control Center can be downloaded independently of each other. However, for better stability and performance AMD recommends that both components be updated from the same AMD Catalyst™ release.
The AMD Catalyst™ Control Center / AMD Vision™ Engine Control Center requires that the Microsoft® .NET Framework SP1 be installed for Windows XP and Windows Vista. Without .NET SP1 installed, the AMD Catalyst™ Control Center / AMD Vision™ Engine Control Center will not launch properly and the user will see an error message.
When installing the AMD Catalyst™ driver for Windows operating system, the user must be logged on as Administrator or have Administrator rights to complete the installation of the AMD Catalyst™ driver.
The Catalyst driver requires Windows 7 Service Pack 1 to be installed.
These release notes provide information on the AMD display driver only. For information on the ATI Multimedia Center™, HydraVision™, HydraVision™ Basic Edition, Remote Wonder™, or the Southbridge/IXP driver, please refer to their respective release notes found at: http://support.amd.com/.
AMD Eyefinity™ technology gives gamers access to high display resolutions. As pixel count grows, the graphics horsepower required to drive the displays at a reasonable frame rate can increase dramatically. Depending on the game and system configuration, users may notice texture corruption and reduced frame rates when running games in multi-monitor Eyefinity modes.
Windows Driver Model (WDM) drivers are no longer bundled in the AMD Catalyst™ software suite. The WDM drivers install bundle can be downloaded independently through the AMD website
AMD Product Compatibility
The AMD Catalyst™ driver is compatible with the following AMD products.
AMD Desktop Product Family Compatibility
AMD Radeon™ HD 6900 Series
ATI Radeon™ HD 4890 Series
AMD Radeon™ HD 6800 Series
ATI Radeon™ HD 4870 X2 Series
AMD Radeon™ HD 6600 Series
ATI Radeon™ HD 4850 X2 Series
AMD Radeon™ HD 6550D Series
ATI Radeon™ HD 4800 Series
AMD Radeon™ HD 6530D Series
ATI Radeon™ HD 4700 Series
AMD Radeon™ HD 6500 Series
ATI Radeon™ HD 4670 Series
AMD Radeon™ HD 6410D Series
ATI Radeon™ HD 4650 Series
AMD Radeon™ HD 6370D Series
AMD Radeon™ HD 6500 Series
AMD Radeon™ HD 6310D Series
ATI Radeon™ HD 4600 Series
AMD Radeon™ HD 6300 Series
ATI Radeon™ HD 4550 Series
AMD Radeon™ HD 6200 Series
ATI Radeon™ HD 4350 Series
ATI Radeon™ HD 5900 Series
ATI Radeon™ HD 3800 Series
ATI Radeon™ HD 5800 Series
ATI Radeon™ HD 3600 Series
ATI Radeon™ HD 5700 Series
ATI Radeon™ HD 3400 Series
ATI Radeon™ HD 5600 Series
ATI Radeon™ HD 2900 Series
ATI Radeon™ HD 5500 Series
ATI Radeon™ HD 2600 Series
ATI Radeon™ HD 5400 Series
ATI Radeon™ HD 2400 Series
AMD FireStream Product Families
AMD FireStream™ 9350
AMD FireStream™ 9250
AMD FireStream™ 9270
AMD FireStream™ 9170
AMD Chipset Product Families
ATI Radeon™ HD 4290
ATI Radeon™ 3200 Series
ATI Radeon™ HD 4250
ATI Radeon™ 3100 Series
ATI Radeon™ HD 4200 Series
ATI Radeon™ 3000 Series
ATI Radeon™ HD 3300 Series
AMD Mobility Product Family Compatibility
Catalyst™ Mobility is a notebook reference graphics driver with limited support for system vendor specific features. When used with Windows Vista or Windows 7, users may have unwanted experiences.
The Installation Verification Software will prevent driver download on certain notebook products. This is to protect against the installing of drivers that may disable features or functionality provided by the system manufacturer. If unwanted experiences occur while using Catalyst™ Mobility, it is recommended to revert back to the driver provided by your system vendor for your specific platform. Please contact your system vendor for the most recent drivers for your notebook.
AMD Mobility Product Families
ATI Mobility Radeon™ HD 6900M Series
ATI Radeon™ HD 6380G Series
ATI Mobility Radeon™ HD 6800M Series
ATI Radeon™ HD 6310G Series
ATI Mobility Radeon™ HD 6300M Series
ATI Radeon™ HD 6250G Series
ATI Mobility Radeon™ HD 6300 Series
ATI Mobility Radeon™ HD 4200 Series
ATI Mobility Radeon™ HD 6200 Series
ATI Mobility Radeon™ HD 4100 Series
ATI Mobility Radeon™ HD 5800 Series
ATI Mobility Radeon™ HD 3800 Series
ATI Mobility Radeon™ HD 5700 Series
ATI Mobility Radeon™ HD 3600 Series
ATI Mobility Radeon™ HD 5600 Series
ATI Mobility Radeon™ HD 3400 Series
ATI Mobility Radeon™ HD 5400 Series
ATI Mobility Radeon™ HD 3200 Series
ATI Mobility Radeon™ HD 5100 Series
ATI Mobility Radeon™ HD 3100 Series
ATI Mobility Radeon™ HD 4800 Series
ATI Mobility Radeon™ HD 2700 Series
ATI Mobility Radeon™ HD 4600 Series
ATI Mobility Radeon™ HD 2600 Series
ATI Mobility Radeon™ HD 4500 Series
ATI Mobility Radeon™ HD 2400 Series
ATI Radeon™ HD 6620G Series
ATI PowerXpress™ enabled notebooks using AMD Chipset
ATI Radeon™ HD 6520G Series
ATI Radeon™ HD 6480G Series
Compatible Operating Systems:
The latest version of the AMD Catalyst™ software suite is designed to support the following Microsoft Windows platforms:
Windows 7 32-bit version
Windows 7 64-bit version
Windows Vista 32-bit version
Windows Vista 64-bit version
Windows XP Professional
Windows XP Home Edition
Windows XP Media Center Edition
Windows XP Professional x64 Edition
Highlights of the AMD Catalyst™ 11.12 Windows release includes:
AMD OpenGL 4.2 production support
· AMD Catalyst 11.12 delivers official support for the OpenGL 4.2 specification
AMD Eyefinity technology enhancements
· Enables support for AMD HD3D technology when using a 3x1 Landscape Eyefinity display group, on supported DisplayPort 3D monitors.
AMD Vision Engine Control Center enhancements for Dual Graphics
· Improvements have been implemented to better facilitate the enabling and control of the Dual Graphics within the Vision Engine Control Center
Resolved Issues for the Windows 7 Operating System:
This section provides information on resolved known issues in this release of the AMD Catalyst™ 11.12 software suite for Windows 7. These include:
- All required PAL formats are now correctly listed in the Vision Control Center on the HDTV support page.
- Playing Dirt2, Dirt3 and Portal2 in DirectX 9 mode no longer causes a random system hang.
- Portal 2 no longer displays random screen tearing when run in DirectX 9.
- Total War Shogun 2 no longer displays random corruption when played at low in game settings and 2x1 and 3x1 Eyefinity modes.
- Playing Lost Planet 2 in Eyefinity mode and Crossfire enable no longer randomly crashes.
- Portal 2 will no longer randomly crash when the GPU is switched to Low Power mode.
- Running Stalker Clear Sky in DirectX 10 mode in a Tri-Crossfire configuration no longer randomly hangs when in-game settings are set to high.
- Tom Clancy Endwar no longer randomly hangs with a pinstripe display.
- Playing Enemy Territory Quake Wars no longer generates a random system hang.
- Graphics corruption is no longer randomly exhibited while playing video clips using Windows Media Center.
- Doom 3 no longer experiences random corruption when Anti Aliasing is enabled.
- Crysis 2 no longer displays random flickering when run in DirectX9 mode.
- Far Cry2, Dragon 2, Homefront, Stalker: Metro 2033 and Bioshock 2 no longer display random flashing textures.
- Left 4 Dead 2 no longer experiences random hangs.
- HAWX2 no longer experiences random hangs when navigating in game menus.
- Lost Planet 2 and Dragon Age 2 no longer display random flickering when run in DirectX 9 mode.
Resolved Issues for the Windows Vista Operating System:
This section provides information on resolved known issues in this release of the AMD Catalyst™ 11.12 software suite for Windows Vista. These include:
Random ghosting is no longer observed while playing Dragon Age 2 in Crossfire mode.
Character Avatars no longer flash in Dragon Age 2 in Crossfire mode.
Stalker – Clear Sky no longer displays random black horizontal lines on initial startup.
Playing Tom Clancy HAWX 2 in Eyefinity mode no longer generates a random system reboot.
Random choppy Flash playback is no longer experienced.
Running Civilization V in DirectX 11 mode no longer crashes randomly when run at medium and high in-game settings.
F1 2010 no longer hangs intermittently on launch.
Flashing textures are no longer randomly observed while playing Bulletstorm.
Dead Space 2 no longer hangs randomly.
Known issues under the Windows 7 operating system
The following section provides a summary of open issues that may be experienced under the Windows 7 operating system in the latest version of AMD Catalyst™. These include:
The in-game mouse cursor may not be visible when playing Alien vs Predator.
Portal 2 may generate a black screen when run in 3d Stereo mode.
Water textures may be corrupted in World of Warcraft .
Civilization V may experience crashes when run in Eyefinity mode.
Civilization V may experience random crashes when launched in Crossfire mode.
Lost Planet 2 and Tom Clancy HAWX2 may hang when run in 2x2 Eyefinity mode.
Dragon Age 2 may experience flickering and texture corruption when run in Triple Crossfire Mode.
Enemy Territory – Quake Wars may display texture corruption on water surfaces.
· Known Issues under the Windows Vista Operating System:
The following section provides a summary of open issues that may be experienced under the Windows Vista operating system in the latest version of AMD Catalyst™. These include:
Known Issues under the Windows XP Operating System
The following section provides a summary of open issues that may be experienced under the Windows XP operating system in the latest version of AMD Catalyst™. These include:
Installing the AMD Catalyst™ Software Driver
For further information and general help on software driver installation, game issues, and more, visit AMD Customer Care.
Installation information can be found at: How to Install Your AMD Product.
AMD Catalyst™ Crew Driver FeedbackThis driver release incorporates suggestions received through the AMD Catalyst™ Crew Driver Feedback program. To provide us with your feedback, visit Catalyst™ Crew Driver Feedback.