Catalyst hotfix addresses Bad Company 2 load times

— 3:53 PM on April 14, 2010

Got a DirectX 11 Radeon? Got Battlefield: Bad Company 2 recently? Then you might want to grab AMD's freshly released Catalyst 10.4 graphics driver hotfix.

This very targeted hotfix is meant to address, in AMD's words, "Long load times for new maps in Battlefield: Bad Company 2 when using an ATI Radeon HD 5xxx series graphics card." And... that's about it. AMD provides direct download links for Windows 7, Vista, and XP in 32-bit and 64-bit flavors right on the knowledge base article page.

The company also cautions, "This driver is provided as is and is not supported by AMD. It has not completed full AMD testing, and is only recommended for users experiencing the particular issue described above." By the way, the Radeon HD 5870 Eyefinity6 might be part of the "5xxx series," but AMD says that product isn't supported by today's hotfix.

Developed by EA DICE, Battlefield: Bad Company 2 came out in early March for the PC, Xbox 360, and PlayStation 3. The PC version is one of the first few high-profile titles with DirectX 11 support, so AMD's zeal here makes a decent bit of sense. The knowledge base article even provides instructions for how to speed up load times if the hotfix doesn't do the job.

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