Catalyst® Release Note Version 6.12

This release note provides information on the latest posting of AMD's industry leading software suite, Catalyst®. This particular software suite updates both the AMD Display Driver (version 8.321), and the Catalyst® Control Center (version 6.12). This unified driver has been further enhanced to provide the highest level of power, performance, and reliability. The AMD Catalyst® software suite is the ultimate in performance and stability.

The Catalyst® 6.12 Release Note provides information on the following:

Web Content

The Catalyst® software suite 6.12 contains the following:

Caution: The Catalyst® software driver and the Catalyst® Control Center can be downloaded independently of each other. However, for maximum stability and performance AMD recommends that both components be updated from the same Catalyst® release

Caution: The Catalyst® Control Center requires that the Microsoft .NET Framework version 1.1 or 2.0 be installed. Without .NET version 1.1 or 2.0 installed, the Catalyst® Control Center will not launch properly and the user will see an error message.

Note: These release notes provide information on the Radeon® display driver only. For information on the ATI Multimedia Center™, HydraVision™, HydraVision Basic Edition, WDM, Remote Wonder™, or the Southbridge/IXP driver, please refer to their respective release notes found at:

AMD Desktop product family support

The Catalyst® software suite is designed to support the following AMD desktop products:

Note: All-in-Wonder® variants based on the above are also supported.

Note: All Radeon® PC Graphic cards are optimized for Microsoft's Media Center Edition 2005 when coupled with a supported video capture card.

Note: Software driver support and release notes for earlier AMD products can be found at:

AMD Chipset Product Support

The Catalyst® software suite is designed to support the following AMD chipset products:

Operating systems supported

The latest version of the Catalyst® software suite is designed to support the following Microsoft Windows platforms:

Note: Catalyst® 6.12 is not supported under the Windows Vista operating system. Catalyst® software drivers for the Windows Vista operating system can be found at:

New Features

This release of the ATI Catalyst™ software suite introduces DirectX video acceleration for CrossFire™ enabled configurations.

Issues Resolved in Catalyst® Software Suite 6.12

The following section provides a summary of the issues that are resolved in the latest release of Catalyst®. These include:

Known Issues for Catalyst® Software Suite 6.12

The following section provides a summary of open issues in the latest version of Catalyst®. These include:

For further information and general help on software driver installation, game issues, and more, visit AMD Customer Care.

AMD Customer Care

The AMD Customer Care website provides a high level of technical support and easy of navigation. The AMD Customer Care website provides accurate and up-to-date product support for optimum usability and performance. Technical issues are categorized and personalized to enhance user experience. The AMD Customer Care Website can be found at:

To view a known or resolved issue, do the following:

  1. Go to: The AMD Customer Care web page is displayed.
  2. In the top left hand pane, click Advanced Search. The Advanced Search pane is displayed.

  3. Under Search Type: Select the By: ID option.
  4. Enter the Topic number.

  5. Click Go.

Installing the latest Catalyst® Software Suite

Installation information can be found at:

Catalyst® Crew Driver Feedback

This driver release incorporates suggestions received through the Catalyst® CREW Driver Feedback program. To provide us with your feedback, visit: Catalyst® Crew Driver Feedback.

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