This article provides information on the latest posting of AMD’s software suite, AMD Catalyst™ 12.2. 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 12.2 contains the following:
AMD display driver version 8.95
HydraVision™ for Windows Vista® and Windows® 7
AMD Catalyst Control Center version 8.95 / AMD Vision Engine Control Center version 8.95
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 AMD 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™, 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 7900 Series
ATI Radeon HD 5400 Series
AMD Radeon HD 7700 Series
ATI Radeon HD 4890 Series
AMD Radeon HD 7300 Series
ATI Radeon HD 4870 X2 Series
AMD Radeon HD 6900 Series
ATI Radeon HD 4850 X2 Series
AMD Radeon HD 6800 Series
ATI Radeon HD 4800 Series
AMD Radeon HD 6600 Series
ATI Radeon HD 4700 Series
AMD Radeon HD 6550D Series
ATI Radeon HD 4670 Series
AMD Radeon HD 6530D Series
ATI Radeon HD 4650 Series
AMD Radeon HD 6500 Series
AMD Radeon HD 6500 Series
AMD Radeon HD 6410D Series
ATI Radeon HD 4600 Series
AMD Radeon HD 6370D Series
ATI Radeon HD 4550 Series
AMD Radeon HD 6310D Series
ATI Radeon HD 4350 Series
AMD Radeon HD 6300 Series
ATI Radeon HD 3800 Series
AMD Radeon HD 6200 Series
ATI Radeon HD 3600 Series
ATI Radeon HD 5900 Series
ATI Radeon HD 3400 Series
ATI Radeon HD 5800 Series
ATI Radeon HD 2900 Series
ATI Radeon HD 5700 Series
ATI Radeon HD 2600 Series
ATI Radeon HD 5600 Series
ATI Radeon HD 2400 Series
ATI Radeon HD 5500 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, the user experience may be limited or compromised.
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 12.2 Windows release includes:
Windows 7 and Windows Vista support for the AMD Radeon HD 7900 Series and AMD Radeon HD 7700 Series
Super Sampling Anti-Aliasing is now available for DirectX® 10 and DirectX 11 applications
Supported on the AMD Radeon HD 7900 and AMD Radeon HD 7700 Series.
Users can now enable Super Sample Anti-Aliasing and Adaptive Anti-Aliasing through the AMD Catalyst Control Center for DirectX 10 and DirectX 11 applications.
Applications must support in game Anti-Aliasing for the feature to work (Forced on Anti-Aliasing through the Catalyst Control Center is not supported for DirectX 10 and DirectX 11 applications).
AMD Eyefinity 2.1 technology enhancements
Custom resolutions – users can now choose from a much larger set of display resolutions for their AMD Eyefinity configurations.
Dynamic Configuration Changes: Switching between different display configurations (when physically plugging/un-plugging displays) will occur automatically by loading the appropriate profile.
HydraVision enhancements: The Windows Task bar can now be moved and resized based on users preference.
Profile Manager improvements: Users can now create multiple Display profiles, enabling users to seamlessly switch between various AMD Eyefinity and Display Configurations.
Resolved Issues for the Windows 7 Operating System
This section provides information on resolved issues in this release of the AMD Catalyst 12.2 software suite for Windows 7. These include:
Resolved Issues for the Windows Vista Operating System
This section provides information on resolved known issues in this release of the AMD Catalyst 12.2 software suite for Windows 7. These include:
- Windows Aero options are available after installing the driver.
- World of Warcraft Cataclysm: Random flickering of background textures in AMD Crossfire and Eyefinity configurations.
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:
Alan Wake - Enabling AMD CrossfireX can cause corruptions or hangs. This issue will be addressed in AMD Catalyst 12.3.
Elder Scrolls - Image corruption can be be seen with Anti-Aliasing enabled on speciic AMD graphics hardware. This issue will be addressed in AMD Catalyst 12.3
Vsync may be disabled after task switching when playing Rage.
A black screen may be displayed when running Civilization V in certain Eyefinity configurations.
Playing Far Cry 2 at high in game settings may generate a system hang.
Performance may be low when playing Dirt 3 in DirectX 11 mode at low resolutions with AMD Crossfire enabled.
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.