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ATI / AMD Catalyst 12.6 Beta Driver

ATI / AMD have recently released Catalyst 12.6 Beta Driver Suite

You can download it here http://support.amd.com/us/kbarticles/Pages/AMDCatalyst126beta.aspx

Resolved issue highlights of the AMD Catalyst™ 12.6 Beta:

•AMD Radeon™ HD 7900, AMD Radeon HD 7800 Tri-CrossFire™ configurations + Eyefinity BSOD when launching a DirectX application.

•AMD Radeon HD 7900, AMD Radeon HD 7800 Eyefinity/Multiple Display configurations BSOD when using desktop applications.

•AMD Radeon HD 7900, AMD Radeon HD 7800, and AMD Radeon HD 7700 cards hang when system goes to sleep.

•Tearing on Eyefinity configurations when different display connector types are used.

•Poor Elder Scrolls: Skyrim CrossFire scaling seen in AMD Catalyst 12.4 (back to CrossFire scaling found in AMD Catalyst 12.3).

•AMD Catalyst Control Center – intermittently missing Overdrive page.

•AMD Catalyst Control Center – missing GPU Activity gauge.

•AMD Radeon HD 7900 CrossFire Configuration – system hang after cinematic in Call of Duty: Black Ops.

•Crysis 2 -random system hangs when run in DirectX 9 mode.

•Heroes and Generals: Blocky corruption in scenes with smoke effects when run in DirectX 11 mode.

•Disabled HDMI audio when the connected HDTV is powered Off/On.

Feature highlights of the AMD Catalyst 12.6 Beta:

Dual Graphics enhancements – new application profiles

Supported Dual Graphics configurations:

AMD Accelerated Processors for Desktop PCs

◦AMD Radeon HD 7660D (A10-5700)

◦AMD Radeon HD 7560D (A8-5500

Notebooks with AMD Accelerated Processors

◦AMD Radeon HD 7660D (A10-4600)

◦AMD Radeon HD 7640G (A8-4500M)

◦AMD Radeon HD 7520G (A6-4400M)

• New profiles have been added for the following game titles:

◦Diablo 3

◦Elder Scrolls: Skyrim

◦StarCraft 2

◦Portal 2

◦Call of Duty Modern Warfare

◦Call of Duty Black Ops

Future Catalyst releases will continue to add Dual Graphics support for additional titles

Applicable Products:

This article applies to the following configuration(s):

Hardware:

•AMD Radeon HD 7900 Series

•AMD Radeon HD 7800 Series

•AMD Radeon HD 7700 Series

•AMD Radeon HD 6000 Series

•AMD Radeon HD 5000 Series

[RESOLVED] 32 Bit Application or Game with the /LARGEADDRESSAWARE option running on a 64 Bit Version of Windows Vista, Windows Server 2008, Windows SBS 2008, Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 R2 or Windows SBS 2011 may generate an error message

When you run a 32 Bit Application or Game with the /LARGEADDRESSAWARE option on a 64 Bit Version of Windows you may receive one of the following errors

  • WSANO_DATA
  • ERROR_NO_DATA (232)
  • ERROR_NOACCESS (998)

These errors will occur if the application consumes large amounts of memory, the kernel denies read or write access to the address and returns an error to the application.

The Microsoft Knowledgebase article KB 2588507 provides a hotfix to address these issues http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2588507/en-gb

To apply this hotfix, you must be running one of the following 64 Bit operating systems:

  • Windows Vista Service Pack 2 (SP2)
  • Windows Server 2008 Service Pack 2 (SP2)
  • Windows 7 (RTM)
  • Windows 7 Service Pack 1 (SP1)
  • Windows Server 2008 R2 (RTM)
  • Windows Server 2008 R2 Service Pack 1 (SP1)

ATI / AMD Catalyst 12.2 Preview Driver

ATI / AMD have released the Catalyst 12.2 preview driver you can obtain the driver from here http://support.amd.com/us/kbarticles/Pages/Catalyst122Previewdriver.aspx

The AMD Catalyst™ 12.2 Preview includes all of the features found in AMD Catalyst™ 12.1, plus additional fixes that are not included in the AMD Catalyst 12.1 release.

Highlights of the AMD Catalyst™ 12.2 Preview Windows® release includes:

IMPROVEMENTS

  • AMD Eyefinity 2.1 technology enhancements
  • Additional resolution support:   Users can now choose from a larger set of resolutions when running AMD Eyefinity
  • Dynamic Configuration Changes:  Switching between different display configurations will occur automatically when physically plugging/un-plugging displays
  • HydraVision™ enhancements:  The Windows® Task bar can now be moved and resized based on users preference
  • Profile Manager improvements:  Increased support for Display Groups (including 5×1) and Extended configurations within the Profile Manager

RESOLVED ISSUES

Resolved Issues for the Windows® 7 Operating System

This section provides information on resolved known issues in this release of the AMD Catalyst™ 12.2 Preview software suite for Windows® 7. These include:

  • Call of Duty IV no longer displays random corruption when in DirectX® 9 more and the Edge Detect filter is enabled
  • A black screen is no longer occasionally displayed when running Portal 2 in 3D mode
  • All 3d Anti Aliasing settings are now correctly listed in the Vision Control Center
  • Morphological filtering settings are now correctly listed in the Vision Control Center
  • Civilization V no longer experiences random crashes when run in DirectX® 10 and DirectX® 11 modes
  • Enabling the ‘Edge Detect’ filter in Resident Evil 5 or Just Cause 2 no longer generates a random application crash
  • Battlefield 3 no longer hangs when MSAA is enabled
  • Saints Row III no longer experiences random hangs
  • Rage no longer experiences intermittent hangs when Crossfire is enabled
  • Dragon Age 2 textures no longer flicker when run in DirectX® 9 mode in Crossfire configurations with vsync enabled
  • Crysis Warhead and Battlefield Bad Company 2 no longer experience random crashes when Crossfire is enabled
  • Texture flickering is no longer experienced when playing Battlefield Bad Company 2 in DirectX® 11 mode

KNOWN ISSUES

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:

  • Vsync may be disabled after task switching when playing Rage
  • Skipping in game cinematics while playing Dragon Age 2 in DirectX® 11 mode may cause stuttering
  • Dirt 3 may experience flickering with Crossfire enabled and run in 3D stereo mode
  • Battlefield – Bad Company 2 may experience random flickering when run in DirectX® 11 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:

  • Windows® Aero options may be missing after installing the latest driver

ATI / AMD Catalyst 12.1a Preview Driver Released

ATI / AMD have released the Catalyst 12.1a preview driver, you can obtain the new driver from here:

http://support.amd.com/us/kbarticles/Pages/Catalyst121apreviewdriver.aspx

Release Notes from ATI/AMD are as follows:

The AMD Catalyst™ 12.1a Preview driver includes all of the features found in AMD Catalyst™ 12.1 Preview

Additional changes for upcoming update of Rage

  • Resolves some new texture corruption issues introduced by the latest version of the game
  • Improved performance ~5%
  • Smoother game play and reduces multicore sync points
  • Fixed mapbuffer failures when switching maps on 32-bit systems
  • Fixed a game crash when switching maps back and forth on 32 and 64bit systems

Happy Gaming 🙂