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[MOBILE/DESKTOP] AMD Catalyst 12.11 Beta 8 Driver

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[FONT=Arial]Package Content[/FONT] [FONT=Arial]The AMD Catalyst software suite 12.11 Beta contains the following:[/FONT]

  • AMD display driver version 9.01.8
  • HydraVision™ for Windows Vista® and Windows® 7
  • Southbridge/ IXP Driver
  • AMD Catalyst Control Center version 9.01.8/ AMD Vision Engine Control Center version 9.01.8
[FONT=Arial]Caution![/FONT]

  • The AMD Catalyst Control Center/ AMD Vision Engine Control Center requires that the Microsoft® .NET Framework SP1 be installed for Windows Vista. Without .NET SP1 installed, the AMD Catalyst Control Center / AMD Vision Engine Control Center will not launch properly and the user will see an error message.
[FONT=Arial]Notes.[/FONT]

  • When installing the AMD Catalyst driver for Windows operating system, the user must be logged on as Administrator or have Administrator rights to complete the installation of the AMD Catalyst driver.
  • The Catalyst driver requires Windows 7 Service Pack 1 to be installed.
  • These release notes provide information on the AMD display driver only. For information on the ATI Multimedia Center™, HydraVision, HydraVision Basic Edition, Remote Wonder™, or the Southbridge/IXP driver, please refer to their respective release notes found at: AMD Support & Drivers.
  • AMD Eyefinity technology is designed to give gamers access to high display resolutions. As pixel count grows, the graphics “horsepower” required to drive the displays at a reasonable frame rate can increase dramatically. Depending on the game and system configuration, users may notice texture corruption and reduced frame rates when running games in multi-monitor Eyefinity modes.
  • Windows Driver Model (WDM) drivers are no longer bundled in the AMD Catalyst software suite. The WDM drivers install bundle can be downloaded independently through the AMD website
[FONT=Arial]AMD Product Compatibility[/FONT] [FONT=Arial]The AMD Catalyst driver is compatible with the following AMD products. [/FONT]
AMD Desktop Product Family Compatibility
AMD Radeon™ HD 7900 Series AMD Radeon HD 6500 Series
AMD Radeon HD 7800 Series AMD Radeon HD 6410D Series
AMD Radeon HD 7700 Series AMD Radeon HD 6370D Series
AMD Radeon HD 7660D Series AMD Radeon HD 6310D Series
AMD Radeon HD 7560D Series AMD Radeon HD 6300 Series
AMD Radeon HD 7300 Series AMD Radeon HD 6200 Series
AMD Radeon HD 6900 Series ATI Radeon HD 5900 Series
AMD Radeon HD 6800 Series ATI Radeon HD 5800 Series
AMD Radeon HD 6700 Series ATI Radeon HD 5700 Series
AMD Radeon HD 6600 Series ATI Radeon HD 5600 Series
AMD Radeon HD 6550D Series ATI Radeon HD 5500 Series
AMD Radeon HD 6530D Series ATI Radeon HD 5400 Series
AMD FireStream™ Product Families
AMD FireStream™ 9350 AMD FireStream 9250
AMD FireStream 9270 AMD FireStream 9170
[FONT=Arial]AMD Mobility Radeon™ Family Compatibility[/FONT] [FONT=Arial]AMD Catalyst Mobility is a notebook reference graphics driver with limited support for system vendor specific features. When used with Windows Vista or Windows 7, the user experience may be limited or compromised.[/FONT] [FONT=Arial]The Installation Verification Software is designed to prevent driver download on certain notebook products. This is to protect against the installing of drivers that may disable features or functionality provided by the system manufacturer. When used with Windows Vista or Windows 7, the user experience may be limited or compromised. In such a situation, it is recommended to revert back to the driver provided by your system vendor for your specific platform. Please contact your system vendor for the most recent drivers for your notebook. [/FONT]
AMD Mobility Product Families
AMD Mobility Radeon™ HD 7000M Series AMD Mobility Radeon HD 5400 Series
AMD Mobility Radeon HD 6900M Series AMD Mobility Radeon HD 5100 Series
AMD Mobility Radeon HD 6800M Series AMD Radeon HD 6620G Series
AMD Mobility Radeon HD 6300M Series AMD Radeon HD 6520G Series
AMD Mobility Radeon HD 6300 Series AMD Radeon HD 6480G Series
AMD Mobility Radeon HD 6200 Series AMD Radeon HD 6380G Series
AMD Mobility Radeon HD 5800 Series AMD Radeon HD 6310G Series
AMD Mobility Radeon HD 5700 Series AMD Radeon HD 6250G Series
AMD Mobility Radeon HD 5600 Series
AMD PowerXpress™ enabled notebooks
using AMD chipsets


The following notebooks are not compatible with this release:

  • Any notebook launched after this driver release
  • Toshiba notebooks (please contact the notebook OEM for driver support for these notebooks)
  • Sony VAIO notebooks (please contact the notebook OEM for driver support for these notebooks)
  • Panasonic notebooks (please contact the notebook OEM for driver support for these notebooks)
[FONT=Arial]Compatible Operating Systems[/FONT] [FONT=Arial]The latest version of the AMD Catalyst software suite is designed to support the following Microsoft® Windows® platforms:[/FONT]

  • Windows 8 32-bit version
  • Windows 8 64-bit version
  • Windows 7 32-bit version
  • Windows 7 64-bit version
  • Windows Vista 32-bit version
  • Windows Vista 64-bit version
[FONT=Arial]FEATURE HIGHLIGHTS OF THE AMD CATALYST 12.11 BETA DRIVER:[/FONT] [FONT=Arial]This driver introduces significant performance improvements for many games across ALL 28nm AMD Radeon™ HD 7000 Series products: HD 7700, HD7800 and HD7900 products.[/FONT] [FONT=Arial]Performance Highlights of the AMD CATALYST 12.11 BETA Driver[/FONT]

  • [LEFT]10%-15% more performance in Battlefield 3 in most cases
  • [/LEFT]

    • [LEFT]More than 20% in certain missions and sequences (Comrades)
    • [/LEFT]


  • [LEFT]Up to 7% more performance in Metro 2033
  • [/LEFT]

  • [LEFT]Up to 10% more performance in DIRT Showdown
  • [/LEFT]

  • [LEFT]Up to 8% more performance in Sleeping Dogs
  • [/LEFT]

  • [LEFT]Up to 12% more performance in Civilization V
  • [/LEFT]

  • [LEFT]Up to 10% more performance in StarCraft II
  • [/LEFT]

  • [LEFT]Up to 8% more performance in Sniper Elite: V2
  • [/LEFT]
[FONT=Arial]Resolved issue highlights of AMD Catalyst™ 12.11 Beta[/FONT]

  • Medal of Honor: Warfighter; AMD Catalyst 12.11 Beta4 resolves an application crash found when running in AMD CrossFire mode with Anti-Aliasing enabled (This issue was observed in the AMD Catalyst 12.11 Beta3; The AMD Catalyst 12.11 Beta4 has replaced the AMD Catalyst 12.11 Beta3 driver that was posted Oct 22 2012).
  • Resolves performance issues (where GPU activity runs at lower values than expected) seen on the AMD Radeon HD 7870
  • AMD Catalyst Mobility 7970M performance for AMD Enduro™ Technology supported platforms has been substantially improved for DirectX 10 and DirectX 11 applications. An updated driver for 7970M users featuring AMD Enduro™ Technology with additional DirectX 9 performance improvements will be released soon.
    • 3DMark Vantage – Up to 15%
    • 3DMark 11 – Up to 12%
    • AvP – Up to 11%
    • Battlefield 3 – Up to 25%
    • Crysis 2: Up to 45%
    • DiRT Showdown – Up to 62%
    • ETQW – Up to 8%
    • Hard Reset – Up to 8%
    • Just Cause 2 – Up to 90%
    • The Chronicles of Riddick – Up to 4%
    • Shogun 2 – Up to 56%
    • Sniper Elite V2 – Up to 60%
    • Tom Clancy’s HAWX – Up to 56%
    • Unigine Heaven – Up to 33%
    • Wolfenstein – Up to 9%
[FONT=Arial]Installing the AMD Catalyst Software Driver[/FONT] [FONT=Arial]For further information and general help on software driver installation, game issues, and more, visit AMD Customer Care.[/FONT] [FONT=Arial]Installation information can be found at: How to Install Your AMD Product.[/FONT] [FONT=Arial]AMD ISSUE REPORTING FORM[/FONT] [FONT=Arial]This driver release incorporates suggestions received through the AMD Issue Reporting Form. To provide us with your feedback, visit the appropriate form: [/FONT]

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Thanks for posting this, though AMD is releasing drivers a bit too fast.

I'll stick with my BETA 6 for now until there's significance improvement.

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Thanks Brian using these now. Performance is epic. Strange issue if vram has overclock i noticed a bsod can occur sometimes. Its in two different files ie two different bsod i experience with it and random. Like one occured exiting a game. Another while launching. I ruled out third party software by not running any. I think the error was in atiumdg but ill check later to be sure as there were two. I took off a mem overclock and not having the bsod. I know it wasn't due to a too high vram overclock as I tried even a slight one too. I searched and found a few others on this beta 8 had same issue. I look forward to Beta 9 or whql version. The performance keeps getting better and games that were a bit unstable have improved.

Tried a few games on it. Dirt 4 Showdown looks amazing and on this driver runs even better on same clocks. Crysis 2 runs amazing but still in ateas suffers from the known sudden fps drop looking at the wong rock or area lol.

Need for speed 13 most wanted utterly beautiful. This driver brings good performance but the 12.11 cap1 does not include a crossfire profile so the best i found in performance and stability is for now, I run it on the setting optimize 1x1 in crossfire profile area. This game is forced to vsync which kind of pisses me off. Ive searched for a way CCC has no bearing on the vsync and no config file setting to fix it either. On this game im seeing lowest peak was 28fps and often locks at 60fps but when viewing distant city scapes or going through some tunnels fps drops well towards 40-30 fps. Xbox and playstation users are locked at 30 fps so I guess I have to feel privileged haha right.

Ill have to give a bunch more a try.

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On Sat 11/17/2012 4:25:06 PM GMT your computer crashed

crash dump file: C:\Windows\Minidump\111712-8673-01.dmp

This was probably caused by the following module: ntoskrnl.exe (nt+0x7EFC0)

Bugcheck code: 0x50 (0xFFFFFFFFFFFFFF89, 0x1, 0xFFFFF880051DC68C, 0x0)

Error: PAGE_FAULT_IN_NONPAGED_AREA

file path: C:\Windows\system32\ntoskrnl.exe

product: Microsoft® Windows® Operating System

company: Microsoft Corporation

description: NT Kernel & System

Bug check description: This indicates that invalid system memory has been referenced.

This appears to be a typical software driver bug and is not likely to be caused by a hardware problem.

The crash took place in the Windows kernel. Possibly this problem is caused by another driver which cannot be identified at this time.

On Sat 11/17/2012 4:25:06 PM GMT your computer crashed

crash dump file: C:\Windows\memory.dmp

This was probably caused by the following module: dxgmms1.sys (dxgmms1!VidMmInterface+0x2BDCC)

Bugcheck code: 0x50 (0xFFFFFFFFFFFFFF89, 0x1, 0xFFFFF880051DC68C, 0x0)

Error: PAGE_FAULT_IN_NONPAGED_AREA

file path: C:\Windows\system32\drivers\dxgmms1.sys

product: Microsoft® Windows® Operating System

company: Microsoft Corporation

description: DirectX Graphics MMS

Bug check description: This indicates that invalid system memory has been referenced.

This appears to be a typical software driver bug and is not likely to be caused by a hardware problem.

The crash took place in a standard Microsoft module. Your system configuration may be incorrect. Possibly this problem is caused by another driver on your system which cannot be identified at this time.

On Sat 11/17/2012 5:04:34 AM GMT your computer crashed

crash dump file: C:\Windows\Minidump\111712-8611-01.dmp

This was probably caused by the following module: dxgmms1.sys (dxgmms1+0x1983)

Bugcheck code: 0x3B (0xC0000005, 0xFFFFF88005D82983, 0xFFFFF88010A80BD0, 0x0)

Error: SYSTEM_SERVICE_EXCEPTION

file path: C:\Windows\system32\drivers\dxgmms1.sys

product: Microsoft® Windows® Operating System

company: Microsoft Corporation

description: DirectX Graphics MMS

Bug check description: This indicates that an exception happened while executing a routine that transitions from non-privileged code to privileged code.

This appears to be a typical software driver bug and is not likely to be caused by a hardware problem.

The crash took place in a standard Microsoft module. Your system configuration may be incorrect. Possibly this problem is caused by another driver on your system which cannot be identified at this time.

On Fri 11/16/2012 6:56:08 AM GMT your computer crashed

crash dump file: C:\Windows\Minidump\111612-8860-01.dmp

This was probably caused by the following module: atikmdag.sys (atikmdag+0x22A4C)

Bugcheck code: 0xA0000001 (0x5, 0x0, 0x0, 0x0)

Error: CUSTOM_ERROR

file path: C:\Windows\system32\drivers\atikmdag.sys

product: ATI Radeon Family

company: Advanced Micro Devices, Inc.

description: ATI Radeon Kernel Mode Driver

A third party driver was identified as the probable root cause of this system error. It is suggested you look for an update for the following driver: atikmdag.sys (ATI Radeon Kernel Mode Driver, Advanced Micro Devices, Inc.).

Google query: atikmdag.sys Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. CUSTOM_ERROR

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I am about to do a reinstall....

Are these drivers worth using and do we retain brightness control?

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Where did you lose brightness control? It's working fine with my Dv6z 6100 and the beta 12.11 Linux drivers.

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