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Ultimate Geek


# 38079 24-Jul-2009 05:41
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AMD has just oficially released the new drivers [that has been leaked a couple of weeks ago] for Windows 7, Vista and XP. This is important news for HDTV owners that have ATI video cards.

It includes 'ATI Catalyst™ 9.7 – AMD’s first official unified Windows7 / Windows Vista Microsoft
WHQL certified graphics driver for the Windows 7 RTM'

Anyway the bit that is interesting about the release notes was the comments, 'This release of the Catalyst™ driver was tested under Windows 7 RTM'. I want to know how ATI got hold of this version before the RTM is even oficially announced. Maybe I missed something - but this contradict what the Microsoft management were saying last week about the RTM not yet completed.

Anyway - you can download the driver from here:

Download page

Here is the bug fixes on Vista / Windows 7 from the Release notes - I have embolded the bits that Geekzone readers have been complaining about for months (related to interlaced Freeview channels (C4 / TV 6 / TV7 etc.] on 576i:

􀁺 Added support for OpenGL extensions: EXT_provoking_vertex and EXT_vertex_array_bgra
􀁺 Catalyst Control Center in some multi-display configurations Extend Desktop no longer
causes the secondary display to become the primary display
􀁺 Catalyst Control Center, "Make Primary" option no longer fails to function in some
"Extended Desktop" modes
􀁺 Opening Catalyst Control Center no longer results in an error message when using Dual
Adapters with a non-ATI ASIC and ATI ASIC
􀁺 Catalyst Control Center, HDMI configuration aspects no longer fail to launch on some
􀁺 Catalyst Control Center hotkeys now toggle through all desktop modes
􀁺 Catalyst Control Center: Default HDTV modes can now be enabled properly
􀁺 Catalyst Control Center duplicated display options no longeer become available in some
multi-adapter configurations
􀁺 Interlaced modes can now be applied on HDTV supported DFP panels even when forced via
Catalyst Control Center
􀁺 Confirmation dialog box now appears when applying HDTV 720p and 1080i formats; the
resolution will be applied automatically
􀁺 Catalyst Control Center, add custom modes is now available in the Digital Panel HDTV
support page
􀁺 Catalyst Control Center Advance Color page, when enabling the advanced color settings the
preview window no longer blanks out
􀁺 Catalyst Control Center Overdrive Auto-Tune no longer stops responding on some CrossFire
􀁺 Catalyst Control Center does not show a "System restart required ... " message for some multi
adapter CrossFire configurations

􀁺 Catalyst Control Center an additional window no longer appears when running in Wizard
􀁺 Catalyst Control Center tab is now available in advance Display Settings with Windows 7
􀁺 Displays on some HDMI devices no longer fails to scale to the full display when running at
resolutions greater than 1152 x 864
􀁺 A delay no longer occurs when resuming from sleep on some system configurations
􀁺 Systems no longer become unresponsive when entering sleep mode when running Google
Eearth in Open GL mode
􀁺 Cyberlink Media Show Espresso no longer stops responding when transcoding some videos to
WMV with hardware decode enabled
􀁺 Resolved frames drops when playing Blu-ray video with PowerDVD8
􀁺 Avivo video converter/transcoder generic image quality fixes
􀁺 Catalyst Control Center CrossFire configuration options now are displayed on subsequent
system restart
􀁺 Disabling and re-enabling CrossFire no longer causes flickering on certain direct 3D
applications running in full screen
􀁺 Cybelink Media Show Espresso no longer show corruption when transcoded to ipod touch or
PSP devices formats
􀁺 On some systems with both component video display and a secondary display, it is
now possible to duplicate the displays using the display settings
􀁺 Playing back Blu-ray content in extended desktop no longer switches to primary
display after unplugging the secondary display
􀁺 Catalyst Control Center, on some clone mode configuration with a TV, setting the
TV Image Quality does not cause the primary display to become disabled on restart
ATI Catalyst™ Release Note Version 9.7 7
􀁺 On some Clone mode configurations restoring from hibernate no longer causes the
displays to switch to extended mode
􀁺 Restricting the maximum refresh rate and resolution via Catalyst Control Center no
longer fails to apply
􀁺 Interlaced modes are now listed in the "List all Modes" window with HDTV
supported DFP panels
􀁺 Catalyst Control Center, "Scaling Options" are available in HDTV modes
􀁺 HDTV modes no longer fail to appear in the "Display Properties", "list all modes"
􀁺 Catalyst Control Center: System no longer fails to set Component Video modes
􀁺 Catalyst Control Center no longer reports Crossfire as disabled for some quad
crossfire configurations
􀁺 DVD playback video no longer fails to render when played on a secondary display
􀁺 Some system configurations now allow resolution switching when configured in
clone mode with a TV display
􀁺 The login screen is centered after a display reconfiguration when the system is in
􀁺 Power Cinema no longer needs to be launched twice to start Blu-ray playback
􀁺 Color corruption no longer occurs when playing back some interlaced video content
􀁺 After hot-unplugging a digital display from a multi-display configuration, the current
display settings now refresh


Tim M, Auckland

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Master Geek

  # 238495 24-Jul-2009 06:01
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Well done, looking at all the posts on this here it's been a bit of a saga.

I guess this means there are some pretty low cost entries in the Win7 Media Centre freeview HD decoding with AMD 780G chipsets and the like.

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  # 238560 24-Jul-2009 10:34
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@Bluetooth have you tested the drivers to confirm they fix the issues yet? Would be very good news for a lot of NZ'ers if ATI finally work with NZ freeveiw. Has been a loooonnnngg time coming.

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Ultimate Geek


  # 238576 24-Jul-2009 11:15
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Nety: @Bluetooth have you tested the drivers to confirm they fix the issues yet? Would be very good news for a lot of NZ'ers if ATI finally work with NZ freeveiw. Has been a loooonnnngg time coming.

I am running ATI Catalyst? 9.7 release version on my Windows 7 RC and I have NO problems - but I did not get mine from the above download link.

Since I upgraded to the new ATI Catalyst driver (on Windows 7), I have had no problems viewing the interlaced 576i channels that has annoyed me for weeks.


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Ultimate Geek


  # 238602 24-Jul-2009 12:51
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OMG!!! I think I just saw some pigs flying by my window!!

Seriously though, I thought flying pigs would happen before AMD/ATI fixed the 576i h.264 problems. Guess they proved me wrong.

The TV3+1 recording that was a garbled mess before now plays perfectly on my system with an ATI HD 4830.

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Master Geek

  # 238752 24-Jul-2009 20:53
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I've had HW accell working flawlessly with NZ freeview HD and TV3 for a few weeks now (8-12% CPU usage) ...using onboard ATI HD3200 (AMD 780G) * AMD Athlon 7750. Not sure what Catalyst version I'm running, I can only see this long number: 2009.0520.1631.27815

...anyways, having lived through the ATI HW accell saga myself and converting to an nVidia 9400GT - I was quite excited to see such results.

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Master Geek

  # 238753 24-Jul-2009 20:56
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File name of driver gives me more clues ...seems to be version 9.6

AYE!?!?! flag has changed to Aussie ...anyone know how to change back to NZ? ...weird!

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Ultimate Geek


  # 238813 25-Jul-2009 06:28
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ShaneT: File name of driver gives me more clues ...seems to be version 9.6

Not sure what you mean:

The link I posted will allow you to select the card and your OS and it will take you to a page that has the title, 'ATI Catalyst™ 9.7 Suite for Windows xx'. I just tried that and the date stamp and the size of the version is the same I got installed on mine.

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Master Geek

  # 238857 25-Jul-2009 10:35
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Sorry, I was kinda rambling at that point...

What I meant was, I had originaly said in my previous reply that I didn't know what catalyst version I had been running for the past few weeks, as I could'nt find anything that resembled '9.x' version number in the catalyst software itself... I then had a look at the driver/catalyst install file I had downloaded to give me a clue...and it had 9.6 in the file name.

All that aside, I still downladed the 9.7 version after reading this.

I think the point I was trying to make was.... In my experience the ATI catalyst/driver has been working (for me) before 9.7 was realeased...

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Ultimate Geek

  # 238904 25-Jul-2009 15:42
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Catalyst 9.7 seems to work fine on my system.

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Uber Geek

  # 239045 26-Jul-2009 12:34
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i think ATI drivers have been fine for freeview at version 8.12 (XP)

HTPC / Home automation (home assistant) enthusiast.

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  # 239107 26-Jul-2009 16:44
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Who still uses XP Tongue out

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  # 239114 26-Jul-2009 17:13
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har XP for HTPC is the best.

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