This article provides information on the latest posting of AMD’s software suite, AMD Catalyst™ 12.1. 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 12.1 contains the following:
AMD display driver version 8.93
HydraVision™ technology for Windows® XP, Windows Vista® and Windows 7
AMD Catalyst Control Center version 8.93 / AMD Vision Engine Control Center version 8.93.
Important ! Caution !
- Rage users should continue using the AMD Catalyst 12.1a Preview Driver with the latest released patch for Rage.
The AMD display driver and the AMD Catalyst Control Center / AMD Vision Engine Control Center can be downloaded independently of each other. However, for 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 AMD Multimedia Center™ software, HydraVision™ technology, HydraVision Basic Edition, Remote Wonder™ wireless remote control, 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
AMD Radeon HD 4890 Series
AMD Radeon HD 6800 Series
AMD Radeon HD 4870 X2 Series
AMD Radeon HD 6600 Series
AMD Radeon HD 4850 X2 Series
AMD Radeon HD 6550D Series
AMD Radeon HD 4800 Series
AMD Radeon HD 6530D Series
AMD Radeon HD 4700 Series
AMD Radeon HD 6500 Series
AMD Radeon HD 4670 Series
AMD Radeon HD 6410D Series
AMD Radeon HD 4650 Series
AMD Radeon HD 6370D Series
AMD Radeon HD 6500 Series
AMD Radeon HD 6310D Series
AMD Radeon HD 4600 Series
AMD Radeon HD 6300 Series
AMD Radeon HD 4550 Series
AMD Radeon HD 6200 Series
AMD Radeon HD 4350 Series
AMD Radeon HD 5900 Series
AMD Radeon HD 3800 Series
AMD Radeon HD 5800 Series
AMD Radeon HD 3600 Series
AMD Radeon HD 5700 Series
AMD Radeon HD 3400 Series
AMD Radeon HD 5600 Series
AMD Radeon HD 2900 Series
AMD Radeon HD 5500 Series
AMD Radeon HD 2600 Series
AMD Radeon HD 5400 Series
AMD Radeon HD 2400 Series
AMD FireStream™ Product Families
AMD FireStream™ 9350
AMD FireStream 9250
AMD FireStream 9270
AMD FireStream 9170
AMD Chipset Product Families
AMD Radeon™ HD 4290
AMD Radeon 3200 Series
AMD Radeon HD 4250
AMD Radeon 3100 Series
AMD Radeon HD 4200 Series
AMD Radeon 3000 Series
AMD Radeon HD 3300 Series
AMD Mobility Product Family Compatibility
AMD 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 is designed to 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 AMD 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 Radeon™ Product Families
AMD Mobility Radeon™ HD 6900M Series
AMD Mobility Radeon HD 4200 Series
AMD Mobility Radeon HD 6800M Series
AMD Mobility Radeon HD 4100 Series
AMD Mobility Radeon HD 6300M Series
AMD Mobility Radeon HD 3800 Series
AMD Mobility Radeon HD 6300 Series
AMD Mobility Radeon HD 3600 Series
AMD Mobility Radeon HD 6200 Series
AMD Mobility Radeon HD 3400 Series
AMD Mobility Radeon HD 5800 Series
AMD Mobility Radeon HD 3200 Series
AMD Mobility Radeon HD 5700 Series
AMD Mobility Radeon HD 3100 Series
AMD Mobility Radeon™ HD 5600 Series
AMD Mobility Radeon HD 2700 Series
AMD Mobility Radeon HD 5400 Series
AMD Mobility Radeon HD 2600 Series
AMD Mobility Radeon HD 5100 Series
AMD Mobility Radeon HD 2400 Series
AMD Mobility Radeon HD 4800 Series
AMD PowerXpress™ enabled notebooks
AMD Mobility Radeon HD 4600 Series
using AMD chipsets
AMD Mobility Radeon HD 4500 Series
AMD Radeon HD 6620G Series
AMD Radeon HD 6520G Series
AMD Radeon HD 6480G Series
AMD Radeon HD 6380G Series
AMD Radeon HD 6310G Series
AMD Radeon HD 6250G Series
The following notebooks are not compatible with this release:
Any notebook launched after this driver release
Switchable Graphics enabled notebooks.
Toshiba notebooks (please contact the notebook OEM for driver support for these notebooks)
Sony VAIO notebooks (please contact the notebook OEM for driver support for these notebooks)
Panasonic notebooks (please contact the notebook OEM for driver support for these notebooks)
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™ 12.1 Windows® release includes:
AMD HD3D technology support enhancement
AMD Catalyst™ Control Center / Vision Engine Control Center enhancements – Application Profiles
AMD Catalyst 12.1 Preview driver is designed to enable users to create per application profiles to individually control 3D and AMD CrossFireX settings for Direct3D applications
Please be sure to select the “Restore Factory Defaults” option under the AMD Catalyst Control Center Preferences menu before using the new application profiles feature– this helps prevent compatibility issues between previous drivers and the new AMD Catalyst 12.1 Preview driver with regards to application profiles.
AMD Catalyst™ Control Center / Vision Engine Control Center enhancements – Video UI improvements
Resolved Issues for the Windows® 7 Operating System
This section provides information on resolved known issues in this release of the AMD Catalyst 12.1 software suite for Windows 7. These include:
- Alient vs. Predator – randomly disappearing in-game mouse cursor.
- Enemy Territory – Quake Ware - intermittent crashes when in a 3 monitor Eyefinity configuration.
- Enemy Territory – Quake Wars - Water texture rendering
- Dirt 2 - stuttering when run in DirectX® 9 mode.
- Crysis 2 in Crossfire mode- random graphics corruption and game instability.
- Dragon Age 2 with Tri-Crossfire enabled - random corruption and screen flicker.
- Lost Planet 2 in Crossfire mode - crashes after game launch.
- Lost Planet 2 and Tom Clancy HAWX2 - random game hangs/black screens when run at high in game settings.
- World of Warcraft - water texture corruption when running in DirectX 9 mode.
- “Rage” in Crossfire mode - intermittent hangs.
Resolved Issues for the Windows® Vista Operating System
This section provides information on resolved known issues in this release of the AMD Catalyst™ 12.1 software suite for Windows® Vista. These include:
- System crash when ejecting the disc during Blu-Ray/DVD playback using WinDVD.
- Hardware acceleration during 3D content playback using PowerDVD .
- World of Warcraft, Metro 2033 and Starcraft II performance at high in-game settings.
- Game settings displayed in Medal of Honor.
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:
Call of Duty 4 may experience corruption when run in DirectX 9 mode and the Edge Detect filter is enabled
Portal 2 may generate a black screen when launched in 3D stereo mode.
The Morphological filter settings may be missing in the Vision Control Center.
Civilization V may experience random game crashes.
Forced Anti-Aliasing may not be available when playing Enemy Territory – Quake Wars.
Call of Duty – Black Ops may experience a crash when run in Crossfire mode.
Battlefield 3 may crash when run at ultra settings.
Vsync may be disabled after task switching when playing Rage.
Launching Rage with Crossfire enabled may cause the application to hang.
Random flickering may be observed while playing Battlefield- Bad Company 2.
Saints Row III may hang randomly during gameplay.
Dragons Age 2 may experience random flickering when run in Tri Crossfire mode with Vsync enabled or when run in DirectX 9 mode.
Call of Duty – Modern Warfare 3 may experience flickering when run in Tri Crossfire mode.
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 Feedback
This driver release incorporates suggestions received through the AMD Catalyst™ Crew Driver Feedback program. To provide us with your feedback, visit Catalyst™ Crew Driver Feedback.