ATI Catalyst 9.5 Video Card Drivers

by Pedro Hernandez on May 21, 2009 · 0 comments

New ATI Catalyst drivers are out, and this time they bring one oft-requested feature, a biggie for HTPC fans running Vista 64-bit:

The comments section of my blog has been filled for 2 months with questions on when we were going to deliver 64-bit support for ATI AVIVO technology under Windows Vista, today is the day!

With today’s release of ATI Catalyst 9.5 a number of issues that you may have previously experienced using the ATI Video Converter have been resolved! Also, ATI AVIVO technology is now supported under Windows Vista 32-bit and Windows Vista 64-bit.

More info’s available in the official ATI Catalyst 9.5 Driver blog post. (Note to bloggers: leave the TM‘s and ®’s for the press release, thanks!)

But enough talk, here are some popular download options for your Radeon card:

ATI Catalyst 9.5 for Windows XP (32 bit)

ATI Catalyst 9.5 for Windows Vista (32 bit)

ATI Catalyst 9.5 for Windows Vista (64 bit)

ATI Catalyst 9.5 for Windows 7 (32-bit)

ATI Catalyst 9.5 for Windows 7 (64-bit)

Visit the official ATI Catalyst 9.5 dowload page for more options. Now, the release notes…

New Features

This section provides information on new features found in this release of the Radeon™ Display Driver. These include the following:

  • ATI Catalyst™ 9.5 – Unified Microsoft WHQL certified graphics driver for Windows 7 and Windows Vista
  • ATI Stream™

ATI Catalyst™ 9.5 – Unified Microsoft WHQL certified graphics driver for Windows 7 and Windows Vista

  • AMD has delivered a single unified graphics driver that has received WHQL
    certification for both Windows 7 and Windows Vista

    • Meeting Microsoft’s WHQL certification requirements in the ATI Catalyst 9.5 driver for Windows 7 clearly demonstrates AMD’s focus and determination to deliver an extremely stable and robust Windows 7 experience on AMD’s ATI Radeon Graphics accelerators
  • Delivers full WDDM 1.1 WHQL certified support under Windows 7 on the ATI Radeon HD 4000 Series, ATI Radeon HD 3000 Series, and ATI Radeon HD 2000 Series of products

ATI Stream

  • ATI Video encoder update
    • ATI Catalyst 9.5 resolves a number of issues previously seen in the ATI Video
      Converter and is supported under Windows Vista 32-bit and Windows Vista 64-
      bit
    • Using ATI Stream technology, owners of ATI Radeon™ HD 4800 Series and
      ATI Radeon™ HD 4600 Series of graphics cards can take advantage of this
      video conversion tool (found in ATI Catalyst™ Control Center Basic View) to
      achieve substantial performance improvements when transcoding video files

Performance Improvements

Catalyst™ 9.5 brings performance benefits in several cases where framerates are CPUlimited. Some measured examples are:

  • Unigine Tropics DX9 – performance gains of up to 11% for single GPU and ATI
  • CrossFireX™ configurations with anti-aliasing enabled
  • Company of Heroes – performance gains of up to 10% for both single GPU and ATI CrossFireX™ configurations
  • BattleForge – performance gains of up to 10% for ATI CrossFireX™ configurations

Resolved Issues for the Windows Vista Operating System

This section provides information on resolved issues in this release of the ATI Catalyst™ Software Suite for Windows Vista. These include:

  • Both LCD and CRT no longer blank when hotplugging the CRT to the system, and will not recover until it is switched to discrete GPU
  • Catalyst Control Center no longer stops responding when Windows Hotkeys have been assigned
  • Catalyst Control Center: At the end of the auto-tuning, it now reports that the process has completed successfully
  • Catalyst Control Center: On “Available Display Devices” detection page, when selecting the secondary display, the radio button is now enabled for the monitors already chosen as the main display
  • “Fan Speed Control” no longer changes when default Crossfire is enabled/disabled
  • Catalyst Control Center, “Fan Speed Control” is available in OverDrive5 aspect
  • Catalyst Control Center OverDrive pages no longer fails to display on some systems
  • Swapping out a video adapter no longer causes Catalyst Control Center to display the following message “Catalyst Control Center Launcher has stopped working”
  • Audio Control Panel no longer shows the HDTV entry even when unplugged
  • Audio Control Panel now shows configuration change from 7.1 Audio to Stereo
  • Corruption is no longer noticed when playing back some progressive VC1 video content
  • Corruption is no longer observed in some OGL games with Super Anti-Alias and “Show CrossfireX” enabled on 3-4 display configurations

Resolved Issues for the Windows XP Operating System

This section provides information on resolved issues in this release of the ATI Catalyst™
Software Suite for Windows XP. These include:

  • On some multi-adapter configurations the Catalyst Control Center AVIVO options no longer becomes disabled

Resolved Issues for the Windows 7 Operating System

This section provides information on resolved issues in this release of the ATI Catalyst™
Software Suite for Windows 7. These include:

  • Windows 7 default driver may take a long time to start on some integrated ASICs
  • Dropped frames are no longer noticed while playing certain Blu-ray interlaced content
  • “World in Conflict”: Blank screen no longer occurs after the introduction trailer completes
  • On some PowerExpress single monitor configurations, the display properties no longer incorrectly displays a secondary display
  • Moving a video clip across an extended desktop no longer causes the desktop to flicker or the media player to stop functioning
  • Device manager correctly identifies the adapter as Standard VGA Adapter for some ASICs
  • “Yes” and “No” buttons no longer disappear while moving confirmation windows on desktop during driver installation
  • With some system configurations, Catalyst Control Center no longer stops responding when CrossFire is enabled

Known Issues Under the Windows Vista Operating System

This section provides information on known issues that may be experienced under the
Windows Vista operating system with the latest version of Catalyst™. These include:

  • Although listed in the documentation, ADL_Adapter_ClockInfo_Get is not available in the current version of the ADL. The code for obtaining the clock information was excluded due to inaccurate information being reported when the card is over-clocked. Future updates of ADL SDK will reflect this change. As an alternative, ADL_Overdrive5_ODParameters_Get() can be used but this API is only supported on R600 and above ASICs
  • Frames may be dropped when playing Blu-ray video with PowerDVD8
  • Garbled text may appear on resume splash screen after hibernation with some ASICs ?? Catalyst Control Center – Advance Color Page: When enabling the advanced color settings the preview window may blank out
  • Opening Catalyst Control Center may result in an error message when using Dual Adapters with a non-ATI ASIC and ATI ASIC
  • Switching amongst Virtual Desktops may cause certain applications on one virtual desktop to move to another virtual desktop
  • Catalyst Control Center: Enable dialog reposition does not show on proper monitor when system is configured with 4 displays
  • Interlaced modes might not be applied on HDTV supported DFP panels even when forced via Catalyst Control Center
  • Catalyst Control Center: Setting some HDTV resolutions may fail to become active
  • Catalyst Control Center: Display settings may be missing when hot plugging a CRT display in clone mode
  • Catalyst Control Center may stop responding when opening the Crossfire pages
  • Catalyst Control Center: Scaling option slider is inadvertently enabled when using a non-HDTV resolution
  • Second adapter will run at custom GPU clock values instead of default clock values until a 3D game is launched and exited in full screen mode
  • HDMI audio may not be enabled in some DX10 games when Crossfire is enabled
  • The user should have a licensed Dolby Digital (AC-3) decoder in order to transcode files with AC-3 audio. If there is no licensed AC-3 audio decoder on the system, then transcoding will fail on Windows XP. On Windows Vista, with no 3rd party AC-3 decoder, a silent audio stream may be generated in the transcoded file. Third party AC-3 decoders may have different characteristics on 32 bit and 64 bit systems
  • A “Unsupported format” message may be displayed when playing some DivX transcoded files on a PSP
  • Unsupported warning message does not pops up on selecting DivX files without DivX codec installed

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 Catalyst™. These include:

  • A performance drop may be observed on Enemy Territory Quake Wars, Doom3 and Quake4
  • Catalyst Control Center “ATI Radeon Premium Graphic”s logo may change on application restart
  • The user should have a licensed Dolby Digital (AC-3) decoder in order to transcode files with AC-3 audio. If there is no licensed AC-3 audio decoder on the system, then transcoding will fail on Windows XP. On Windows Vista, with no 3rd party AC-3 decoder, a silent audio stream may be generated in the transcoded file. Third party AC-3 decoders may have different characteristics on 32 bit and 64 bit systems

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 Catalyst™. These include:

  • Catalyst Control Center: System may fail to set Component Video modes
  • Playing back Blu-ray content in extended desktop might not switch to primary display after unplugging the secondary display
  • Power Cinema may have to be launched twice to start Blu-ray playback
  • Interlaced modes might not be listed in the “List all Modes” window with HDTV supported DFP panels
  • Catalyst Control Center, add custom modes may not be available in the Digital Panel HDTV support page
  • Catalyst Control Center may show CrossFire™ as disabled
  • Catalyst Control Center, some of the default HDTV modes might not be enabled with some monitors

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