This article provides information on the latest posting of AMD’s software suite, AMD Catalyst™12.9 Beta. This particular software suite updates the AMD display driver and the AMD Catalyst™ Control Center and the AMD Vision Engine Control Center. This unified driver has been updated and is designed to provide enhanced performance and reliability.
The AMD Catalyst software suite 12.9 Beta contains the following:
AMD display driver version 9.001
HydraVision™ for Windows Vista® and Windows® 7
Southbridge/ IXP Driver
AMD Catalyst Control Center version 9.001/
AMD Vision Engine Control Center version 9.001.
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:
AMD Eyefinity technology is designed to give 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
AMD Radeon HD 6500 Series
AMD Radeon HD 7800 Series
AMD Radeon HD 6410D Series
AMD Radeon HD 7700 Series
AMD Radeon HD 6370D Series
AMD Radeon HD 7660D Series
AMD Radeon HD 6310D Series
AMD Radeon HD 7560D Series
AMD Radeon HD 6300 Series
AMD Radeon HD 7300 Series
AMD Radeon HD 6200 Series
AMD Radeon HD 6900 Series
ATI Radeon HD 5900 Series
AMD Radeon HD 6800 Series
ATI Radeon HD 5800 Series
AMD Radeon HD 6700 Series
ATI Radeon HD 5700 Series
AMD Radeon HD 6600 Series
ATI Radeon HD 5600 Series
AMD Radeon HD 6550D Series
ATI Radeon HD 5500 Series
AMD Radeon HD 6530D Series
ATI Radeon HD 5400 Series
AMD FireStream™ Product Families
AMD FireStream™ 9350
AMD FireStream 9250
AMD FireStream 9270
AMD FireStream 9170
AMD Mobility Radeon™ Family Compatibility
AMD Catalyst Mobility software 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 installation of drivers that may disable features or functionality provided by the system manufacturer. When used with Windows Vista or Windows 7, the user experience may be limited or compromised. In such a situation, 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
AMD Mobility Radeon HD 7000M Series
AMD Mobility Radeon HD 5100 Series
AMD Mobility Radeon HD 6900M Series
AMD Radeon HD 6620G Series
AMD Mobility Radeon HD 6800M Series
AMD Radeon HD 6520G Series
AMD Mobility Radeon HD 6300M Series
AMD Radeon HD 6480G Series
AMD Mobility Radeon HD 6300 Series
AMD Radeon HD 6380G Series
AMD Mobility Radeon HD 6200 Series
AMD Radeon HD 6310G Series
AMD Mobility Radeon HD 5800 Series
AMD Radeon HD 6250G Series
AMD Mobility Radeon HD 5700 Series
AMD PowerXpress™ enabled notebooks
using AMD chipsets
AMD Mobility Radeon HD 5600 Series
AMD Mobility Radeon HD 5400 Series
The following notebooks are
not compatible with this release:
Any notebook launched after this driver release.
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 8 32-bit version
Windows 8 64-bit version
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
Feature Highlights of the AMD Catalyst 12.9 Beta: AMD Catalyst Mobility support for
AMD Enduro Technology
AMD Catalyst Mobility now includes support for AMD Enduro Technology.
AMD Enduro Technology for Notebooks delivers:
Long lasting battery life
GPU accelerated performance for gaming, video, and compute apps
A Seamless and automatic experience
New features found in Catalyst 12.9 Beta:
Re-designed Catalyst Control Center user interface
View all profiled applications
View recently run applications
Profile applications based on power source
Expert mode control and customization
Performance centric AC
Battery centric DC
Feature Highlights of AMD Catalyst 12.9 Beta Linux® Driver: New OS Support
This release of AMD Catalyst Linux introduces support for the following new operating systems.
Ubuntu 12.10 early look support
RHEL 6.3 production support
Performance highlights of AMD Catalyst™ 12.9 Beta (versus AMD Catalyst 12.8)
Up to 10% in Lost Planet 2 in single GPU configurations
This section provides information on resolved known issues in this release of the AMD Catalyst12.9 Beta software suite.
Resolved Issues for the Windows 7 Operating System
Krater crashes when run on HD 7000 series products
Dirt Showdown 8-Ball hangs when CrossFire is enabled
The Amazing Spider Man stuttering experienced at certain game locations
Deus Ex Human Revolution: Intro scenes stutter
F1 2011: Vehicle textures flicker when game is run at low settings
Dirt Showdown: Flickering seen when benchmark is run in DirectX 11 mode
Battlefield – Bad Company 2: Flickering textures seen in CrossFire mode
Alan Wake: freezes when run in DirectX 9 mode with a 3x1 Eyefinity layout.
Portal 2: freezes when run in DirectX 9 mode with a 3x1 Eyefinity layout
Catalyst Control Center Overscan settings are now correctly retained across reboots
Tri and Quad CrossFire+ Eyefinity configurations – Certain DirectX 10 and DirectX 11 applications lower than expected performance
FireFox – corruption observed in CrossFire configurations
Enabling Overdrive settings increased clocks in all power states
Availability of AMD Video Converter support in AMD Catalyst 12.9 Beta Windows 7 and Windows Vista packages
Resolved Issues for the Windows Vista Operating System
Corruption seen during Blu Ray playback using Cyberlink PowerDVD 12
Resolved Issues for the Windows XP Operating System
Riddick – Assault on Dark Athena : Tearing observed when run at High game settings in a CrossFire configuration
The audio driver incorrectly installed
The following section provides a summary of open issues that may be experienced with the AMD Catalyst 12.9 Beta software suite.
Known issues under the Windows 7 operating system
Max Payne 3: Lights may flicker when run in Direct X 11 mode in a triple Crossfire configuration
Metro 2033: Menus may flicker when run in DirectX 10 and DirectX 11 mode
Guild Wars 2: Texture flicker/corruption may be seen when changing graphics settings
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 ISSUE REPORTING FORM
This driver release incorporates suggestions received through the AMD Issue Reporting Form. To provide us with your feedback, visit the
AMD Issue Reporting Form.