AMD irons out bugs with Catalyst 9.9 graphics drivers

The latest Catalyst drivers for AMD’s Radeon graphics cards are out on the web. As always, all you need to do is head to the drivers section of AMD’s Game website and download the package corresponding to your operating system and graphics hardware. Drivers are available for Windows 7, Windows Vista, and Windows XP in both 32-bit and 64-bit flavors.

Unlike the 9.8 drivers, which brought CrossFireX performance improvements for users of AMD chipsets, the Catalyst 9.9 update has more of a maintenance release vibe. In AMD’s words, highlights include:

  • Anti-Aliasing support for Ghostbusters
  • ATI CrossFireX™ support for Resident Evil 5
  • Graphics corruption fix for Sims 3
  • Catalyst Control Center – Basic now responds properly after exiting Quick Adjust Video Settings
  • Edge enhancement and de-noise sliders in Catalyst Control Center no longer lags or appears out of sync with mouse movement
  • Launching Hotkeys Manager in Catalyst Control Center no longer causes an unhandled exception error
  • The "Desktop Rotation" page in Catalyst Control Center no longer shows additional information for the second display when the secondary adapter is connected
  • HDMI is now detected properly as DTV (HDMI) instead of DTV (DVI) when the HDMI display is hotplugged for the first time
  • Catalyst Control Center no longer displays error message when specific HDMI displays are hot unplugged and hotplugged back
  • Intermittent failures no longer occur with MediaShow Espresso once a transcoding process has been completed
  • Detailed release notes can be downloaded here in PDF format.

    The Catalyst 9.9 package for Linux isn’t out quite yet—you’ll be able to get it from the AMD Graphics Drivers & Software page when it is—but AMD says it has added production support for openSUSE 11.1, not to mention "early look support" for SuSE Linux Enterprise Desktop and Enterprise Server 10 SP3 distributions.

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      • bfellow
      • 12 years ago

      Who designed the new Catalyst Control Center? I’m using it for Windows 7 and it looks like crap. Whoever designed it needs to be fired.

      • asdsa
      • 12 years ago

      Nothing special but better than nothing I guess.

      • derFunkenstein
      • 12 years ago

      Aww, man. I’m going to have to install and lose this loveliness:

      C:\Windows\system32>cmd /k systeminfo | find “System Boot Time”
      System Boot Time: 8/22/2009, 7:53:29 PM

        • ClickClick5
        • 12 years ago

        And why may I ask?

          • derFunkenstein
          • 12 years ago

          why haven’t I rebooted? I wasn’t asked. Or why will I install? To quench an unending need to have the very latest installed. Otherwise, there’s no need. Maybe I’ll skip it – go for a month of uptime.

            • ClickClick5
            • 12 years ago

            Why the uptime though? Folding maybe?

              • derFunkenstein
              • 12 years ago

              Nah, it’s counting all the time it sleeps. The uptime counter doesn’t get reset.

            • indeego
            • 12 years ago

            You missed patch Tuesdayg{

              • derFunkenstein
              • 12 years ago

              Win7 RC, Win Update says I’m up-to-date. No updates available.

      • Ragnar Dan
      • 12 years ago

      What’s wrong with Intel.

        • pogsnet
        • 12 years ago
        • stmok
        • 12 years ago

        Working on Larrabee 1/2…

        • asdsa
        • 12 years ago

        Intel suxxx. Thats wrong with them.

        • Kaleid
        • 12 years ago

        Is this the new “but can it run Crysis”?

          • derFunkenstein
          • 12 years ago

          even then, that was the new “but can it fold?” And before that, there was another meme. That’s what happens – they die for a reason. 😉

        • Krogoth
        • 12 years ago

        Intel rocks.

        (I will give a cookie to who gets the reference)

        • warisshah
        • 12 years ago

        G45 Review on MissinRemote.com, an enthusiast HTPC oriented website: §[<http://www.missingremote.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=4078&Itemid=1<]§ “Best Blu-ray (and HD DVD) playback I've seen” “Picture quality was tested against an ATI 4650 (Catalyst 9.4) by watching a ten minute sequence from a BD disc, switching inputs on the AVR to watch the same sequence on the other card using the same software player, then repeating with another sequence from another disc. The quality was noticeably better on the G45, especially in darker scenes where some of the finer detail was lost on the ATI card. “

      • ew
      • 12 years ago

      Have they fixed the bug where installing new drivers removes your preferences for showing the system tray app and the annoying questions when you first launch CCC yet?

        • BlackStar
        • 12 years ago

        The funny thing is that this is trivial to fix in .Net.

        When you bump the version of your .Net application, it creates a new folder to store your preferences. What you need to do is check whether an older version was ever installed and migrate its data to the new folder.

        You can do this in about 5 lines of code…

      • indeego
      • 12 years ago

      You sure you want me to go there? Because I’ve already been thereg{<.<}g

        • derFunkenstein
        • 12 years ago

        too bad you didn’t go there with the Reply button.

          • kenclopz
          • 12 years ago

          Stupid reply button. Why not make it like the easy button?

            • derFunkenstein
            • 12 years ago

            Because “that was reply” doesn’t make sense.

              • flip-mode
              • 12 years ago

              Why can’t the comments system allow someone to edit not only their post content, but whether or not it was a reply?

              • derFunkenstein
              • 12 years ago

              I think they’d be better off with a phpBB comment system that was tied to the forums, rather than trying to do anything more than limp along with ja.zz right now.

              But I’m no programmer so I can’t make it work. :p

      • indeego
      • 12 years ago

      Windows 3.11 consumed less than 14MB Hard disk drive space, which is less than Cat Control Centerg{<.<}g

        • BKA
        • 12 years ago

        There were a lot of things that took up less space 17 years ago, my wifes arse for one. Just let it go and accept it like I have.

          • burntham77
          • 12 years ago

          At least when asses get bigger they get softer.

        • maxxcool
        • 12 years ago

        Now, think about this: the .Net framework that supports the CC, is over 500megs now for the full libary.

        So in thoery, CC + .net > windows 98se install

          • indeego
          • 12 years ago

          .net takes longer to install+compile+patch than any operating system install I’ve done in the past few yearsg{<.<}g

            • bdwilcox
            • 12 years ago

            I believe .NET is actually referenced in the Bible. Something about the abomination that causes desolation…

              • ssidbroadcast
              • 12 years ago

              Yeah I think it was the part where the end of days will be brought upon by the Four Compilers of the Apocolypse.

              • bdwilcox
              • 12 years ago

              Yeah, and they ride upon a pale beige box.

              • Grigory
              • 12 years ago

              Thou shalt not use managed code. No risketh, no funneth.

        • Krogoth
        • 12 years ago

        Drop the nostalgic glasses.

        Windows 3.11 was not an OS, it just a pretty version of Dos shell. Did I mention it was buggy as hell and ate conventional memory like hell?

          • derFunkenstein
          • 12 years ago

          “like hell” really fits the whole apocalyptic theme of some of the other replies.

          • jasonalwaysready
          • 12 years ago

          qdos 3 ftw

        • bthylafh
        • 12 years ago

        Someone should port WfW 3.11 to OpenCL so it can run on my video card, which has more RAM than the last drive I had running WfW had space. Ought to have it run from a RAM disk in there too for extra performance.

      • bdwilcox
      • 12 years ago

      Will these work with my Rage Pro under Windows 3.11?

        • Jon
        • 12 years ago

        How does TR look on that?

        • UberGerbil
        • 12 years ago

        You definitely want the 64bit version for that.

          • bdwilcox
          • 12 years ago

          I was actually looking for the 128-bit version to match my Rage 128 Pro.

            • potatochobit
            • 12 years ago

            I think you have to use linux to get it to work

              • Nitrodist
              • 12 years ago

              Better install it to the nvram.

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