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  • AnotherMartin 17 Aug 2004 01:12:00 6,229 posts
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    I've decieded to make a new thread for ATi drivers and just update this one instead of creating a new one each time there's a release like I normaly do. ;-)

    I'll only include the official Cat's and Omega's, feel free to add any comments about any others, DNA etc as I don't tend to use those ones.

    I'll also tend to stick to XP drivers as that's what I have.


    Radeon Display Drivers forum at DriverHeaven.net, is a good source of info and benchmarks for driver releases.

    I've noticed Omega reuses the same link/page for his latest release, so I've added a link to his archive page.

    Omega Drivers Archive

    RADEON Previous Windows XP Display Driver versions @ ATi.

    2004

    17/07/04 - Omega Drivers 2.5.58. [Download Page]

    16/08/04 - Catalyst 4.8 for XP. [Direct download]

    22/08/04 - Omega Drivers 2.5.67. [Download Page]

    02/09/04 - Catalyst Control Center [Download Page] {see my post below}

    09/09/04 - Version 4.9 with CATALYST Control Center (42MB). [Direct download]

    09/09/04 - Version 4.9 with ATI Control Panels (26MB). [Direct download]

    22/09/04 - Omega Drivers 2.5.76. [Download Page]

    27/09/04 - Driver Hotfix. [Download Page] (see my post below)

    01/10/04 - Omega Drivers 2.5.90. [Download Page]

    14/10/04 - Version 4.10 with CATALYST Control Center (44MB). [Direct Download]

    14/10/04 - Version 4.10 with ATI Control Panel (26MB). [Direct Download]

    12/11/04 - Version 4.11 with CATALYST Control Center (30MB). [Direct Download]

    12/11/04 - Version 4.11 with ATI Control Panel (26MB). [Direct Download]

    12/11/04 - CATALYST 4.12 Beta Release. [Direct Download] {see my post below}

    16/11/04 - CATALYST 4.12 Beta Release ** UPDATED **. [Direct Download] {see my post below}

    03/12/04 - Omega Drivers v2.5.97 (4.12 Beta). [Download Page]

    13/12/04 - Version 4.12 with CATALYST Control Center (30MB). [Direct Download]

    13/12/04 - Version 4.12 with ATI Control Panel (26MB). [Direct Download]

    28/12/04 - Omega Drivers v2.5.97a (4.12 final). [Download Page]


    2005

    17/01/05 - Version 5.1 with CATALYST Control Center (28MB). [Direct Download]

    17/01/05 - Version 5.1 with ATI Control Panels (22MB). [Direct Download]

    07/02/05 - Radeon Omega Drivers 2.6.05a (Catalyst 5.1). [Download Page]

    09/02/05 - Version 5.2 with CATALYST Control Center (29.1MB). [Direct Download]

    09/02/05 - Version 5.2 with ATI Control Panel (23.5MB). [Direct Download]

    09/03/05 - Version 5.3 with CATALYST Control Center (29MB). [Direct Download]

    09/03/05 - Version 5.3 with ATI Control Panel (23MB). [Direct Download]

    02/04/05 - Radeon Omega Drivers 2.6.12 (Catalyst 5.2). [Download Page]

    07/04/05 - Version 5.4 with ATI Control Panels (25MB). [Direct Download]

    07/04/05 - Version 5.4 with CATALYST Control Center (33MB). [Direct Download]

    07/04/05 - 5.4 Windows XP Professional x64 Edition (20.5MB). [Direct Download]

    30/04/05 - Radeon Omega Drivers 2.6.25 (Catalyst 5.4) (Updated). [Download Page]

    17/05/05 - Version 5.5 with ATI Control Panels (25MB). [Direct Download]

    17/05/05 - Version 5.5 with Catalyst Control Center (33MB). [Direct Download]

    17/05/05 - Version 5.5 x64 Edition with Control Panel (25.1MB). [Direct Download]

    09/06/05 - Version 5.6 with ATI Control Panel (24.9MB). [Direct Download]

    09/06/05 - Version 5.6 with Catalyst Control Center (32.2MB). [Direct Download]

    09/06/05 - Version 5.6 x64 Edition with Control Panel (25.3MB). [Direct Download]

    27/06/05 - Radeon Omega Drivers 2.6.42 (Catalyst 5.6). [Download Page]

    14/07/05 - Version 5.7 with ATI Control Panel (25.1MB). [Direct Download]

    14/07/05 - Version 5.7 with Catalyst Control Center (33.6MB). [Direct Download]

    14/07/05 - Version 5.7 x64 Edition with Control Panel (25.3MB). [Direct Download]

    14/07/05 - Version 5.7 x64 Edition with Catalyst Control Center (42.5MB). [Direct Download]

    26/07/05 - Radeon Omega Drivers v2.5.53 (Cat 5.7). [Download Page]

    17/08/05 - Version 5.8 with ATI Control Panel (25.2MB). [Direct Download]

    17/08/05 - Version 5.8 with Catalyst Control Center (32.8MB). [Direct Download]

    12/09/05 - Radeon Omega Drivers 2.6.61 (Catalyst 5.8). [Download Page]

    21/09/05 - Version 5.9 with ATI Control Panel (25.2MB). [Direct Download]

    21/09/05 - Version 5.9 with Catalyst Control Center (33.8MB). [Direct Download]

    23/09/05 - Radeon Omega Drivers 2.6.71 (Cat 5.9). [Download Page]


    Edited by AnotherMartin at 09:54:54 24-09-2005
  • Sid-Nice 17 Aug 2004 01:48:57 15,851 posts
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    Nice one Martin. I've done a Premier League thread, lets see how many new ones pop up over the season. I was going to post all results and tables and thought furk it. :)

    NNID Sid-Nice

  • AnotherMartin 17 Aug 2004 01:52:43 6,229 posts
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    Sid Nice wrote:
    Nice one Martin. I've done a Premier League thread, lets see how many new ones pop up over the season. I was going to post all results and tables and thought furk it. :)

    Nah, you should stick with it, you'll be glad you did at the end of the season.

    If you can't keep up get some of the other football heads to help you out. If everyone posts their own teams results you should get most of them.

    Edit: Plus I've no interest in football, so if you can keep it to one thread I won't get too annoyed with all the football posts!! ;-)

    Edited by AnotherMartin at 00:53:37 17-08-2004
  • Sid-Nice 17 Aug 2004 01:56:43 15,851 posts
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    Plus the fact is, if someone makes a ridiculous statement you can quote them on it, without having to check a multitude of threads.

    NNID Sid-Nice

  • AnotherMartin 23 Aug 2004 00:05:45 6,229 posts
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    Omega Drivers 2.5.67 released, link above.
  • bunglebonce 23 Aug 2004 01:28:11 2,250 posts
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    When I had a GF4 ti4800, the nvidia omegas worked amazingly well, so much so that I was getting as much as a 20% better performance (including clocking) in Ravenshield and 3dMark2001 than I was with Detonators. Now, with my HIS 9800 pro, I don't notice any performance difference between Cats and Omegas.. Only that now, I can't use nightvision in Ravenshield as it gives me about 15fps and hideous mouse lag, when beforehand with my ti4800 there was so change.

    PSN ID: erniewhatbert

  • WoodenSpoon 23 Aug 2004 01:49:25 12,310 posts
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    I used to use them on me Gefore 4 MX,got a few extra fps but I had to take them off when I couldn't play Max Payne 2 because the motion blur thing screwed everything up. Never had them for an ATi card though.
  • Foregone-Reality 23 Aug 2004 02:03:54 2,218 posts
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    Wait a minute..

    I can get drivers for my GF 2 MX apart from the Official ones from nvidia.com?

    If so..Does anyone recommend which are best?
  • AnotherMartin 3 Sep 2004 01:41:55 6,229 posts
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    Added a link for the new Catalyst Control Center.

    No idea what this does yet as I haven't read up on it. But here's a couple of links about it.

    DH ARTICLE: Ati's Catalyst Control Centre+ Interview With ATI's Andrew Dodd

    DriverHeaven.net > Forum > Graphics Cards > Radeon Display Drivers > CATALYST™ Control Center Rate and Discuss Thread

    I'll probably try it out over the w/e but if anyone reads up on it before or installs it a post would be nice.

    Edited by AnotherMartin at 00:42:42 03-09-2004
  • AnotherMartin 3 Sep 2004 01:43:54 6,229 posts
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    Foregone Reality wrote:
    Wait a minute..

    I can get drivers for my GF 2 MX apart from the Official ones from nvidia.com?

    If so..Does anyone recommend which are best?

    Omega has a good rep, see the ATi link above, also check out the DriverHeaven.net forums.
  • WoodenSpoon 3 Sep 2004 02:42:30 12,310 posts
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    Downloaded the control centre, but I can't tell you what it's like because despite trying twice, with different vid drivers I still can't get it to work.
    The first time I installed it when I turned my computer back on after the restart I couldn't move the mouse point :|
  • Sucram 3 Sep 2004 02:51:33 251 posts
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    Works here. Looks quite nice, not much in the way of new options apart from the change to profiles but they're supposed to be adding more in the coming months.
  • jimdigritz 3 Sep 2004 16:13:49 52 posts
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    I have had great success with the OCFAQ Softmod Catalyst drivers.

    http://www.techpowerup.com/softmod/downloads.php

    They attempt to open the pipelines - it has turned my 4 pipeline 9600AIW into an 8 pipeline 9800AIW.

    I get about 15fps boost in DX9 games.

    Amazing.

    It does require that your ATI chip is good quality (basically a crapshoot), and unfortunately some boards just produce artefacts and chequerboarding.

    Haven't tried the Omega drivers yet.

    Jim
  • AnotherMartin 10 Sep 2004 13:54:45 6,229 posts
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    Catalyst 4.9 now out.

    Links added to first post.
  • binky Moderator 10 Sep 2004 13:57:37 10,123 posts
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    Anything special and new?
  • Whizzo 10 Sep 2004 14:01:56 43,483 posts
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    I think they've changed the whole control panel setup so it requires the .NET stuff installed from Windows Update, that's an additional 20Megs of data IIRC.

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  • AnotherMartin 10 Sep 2004 14:02:41 6,229 posts
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    The 4.9's are the ones everyones waiting for as they are meant to bring improved OpenGL performance, inparticular for Doom3. But a lot of people have been running the betas for a while now.

    [link=http://www.ati.com/support/drivers/winxp/radeonwdm-xp.html?type=xp&prodType=graphic&prod=productsXPdriver&submit.x=12&submit.y=7&submit=GO%21">Here's the product page, including "Fixed in this driver" and
  • Whizzo 10 Sep 2004 14:04:01 43,483 posts
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    The CCC stuff looks like a winner, I'll have to play with my PC when my hands won't take any more BO3 playing. :-)

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  • AnotherMartin 10 Sep 2004 14:04:51 6,229 posts
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    Whizzo wrote:
    I think they've changed the whole control panel setup so it requires the .NET stuff installed from Windows Update, that's an additional 20Megs of data IIRC.

    That's only if you go for the still optional Catalyst Control Center (CCC) option.

    If you check my links you'll notice there's two. One for CCC and one for the normal CP version.

    Though I have no idea how long this choice will last and I can see them forcing everyone onto CCC by the begining of next year.
  • Dirtbox 10 Sep 2004 14:07:00 80,100 posts
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    'Safe overclocking'?

    Has anyone had a dabble with it yet? I'm always a little apprehensive about O/Cing things these days.

    Edit: BTW, ace thread AM!

    Edited by Dirtbox at 13:07:53 10-09-2004

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  • AnotherMartin 10 Sep 2004 14:08:10 6,229 posts
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    Whizzo wrote:
    The CCC stuff looks like a winner, I'll have to play with my PC when my hands won't take any more BO3 playing. :-)

    I installed the CCC a while back, just after i added the link to this thread, and whilst I haven't had any major problems with it I don't really see the point of it at the moment.

    It looks like a good start and a step in the right direction but i don't know if I would bother with it for now and just keep an eye on it and see where it goes.

    The driverheaven thread I linked about it is an ok read and proabably worth reading before you install CCC as people are having proablems with it.
  • Whizzo 10 Sep 2004 14:08:30 43,483 posts
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    CCC was supposed to be the big thing for V5 Cats but they brought it forward for these.

    Edit: oh I didn't notice you could get it before now.

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  • AnotherMartin 10 Sep 2004 14:09:50 6,229 posts
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    Dirtbox wrote:
    'Safe overclocking'?

    Has anyone had a dabble with it yet? I'm always a little apprehensive about O/Cing things these days.

    Edit: BTW, ace thread AM!

    Edited by Dirtbox at 13:07:53 10-09-2004

    Dispite what they sat the whole CCC thing to me still seems a bit of a beta. Not to say that it'll do any damage but it is definatly a 1.0 release at best.

    Read the DH forums as there's a lot of info there, including the fact that the overdrive stuff only shows up and works on certain cards at the moment.
  • AnotherMartin 10 Sep 2004 14:19:00 6,229 posts
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    Harry wrote:
    It's okay, nothing special. The point is that it's a new base for the addons they'll be adding in the future, so worth getting for that reason alone.

    That's pretty much my feeling on it as well at the moment.

    The potential is definatly there, especialy for 3rd party stuff and it looks like they are going down a kind of windows update root of once you've got it they can start drip feeding you interim updates and the like.

    So even though a lot of people are complaining about the size at the moment, hopefully once you've got it future updates could be a lot smaller and less painful.

    BTW, those of you with .net i think there's been a patch/update for that as well recently so it might be worth checking that you have it.
  • AnotherMartin 21 Sep 2004 18:00:51 6,229 posts
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    Article about recently announced 'Catalyst AI' at DriverHeaven.net

    Not had chance to read it yet but seems to be a load of application based performances tweaks, cheats whatever.
  • Spin_Dr_Wolf 21 Sep 2004 18:24:42 6,170 posts
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    Your a credit to the lazy ATi users of the forum AM. (Yes like me).
  • AnotherMartin 21 Sep 2004 18:33:42 6,229 posts
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    Cheers Spin.

    Just read the article I linked and it seems it's a bit meh tbh. It seems it is offering nothing new apart from the option to turn off ATi's own performance tweaks and things.

    The theory being that people don't like/trust these things and would like to be able to turn them off to get 'true' performance and IQ with out all the 'nasty things' ATi are doing in the background.

    Outcome of the article seems to be to just leave it all on anyway as you get a noticable performance increase with them on and no noticable drop in Image Quality.
  • AnotherMartin 28 Sep 2004 12:58:08 6,229 posts
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    New driver hotfix released by ATi (see link above).

    Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic - Randomly hangs system when loading / switching levels

    The information in this article applies to the following configurations:

    * CATALYST 4.9

    While playing Star Wars: Knight of the Old Republic, the game may randomly hang when loading new areas.

    Users who are experiencing this issue are advised to download and install this driver hotfix.

    A future CATALYST release is expected to address this issue. Further information will appear on this page as it becomes available..

    INFO-BASE# 4649

    KEYWORDS: Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic - Randomly hangs system loading switching levels


    It's been posted as a specific game fix but people are reporting performance increases elsewhere.

    The big thing seems to be that it fixes an issue with all AGP RADEON products with 256mb of memory.

    Info/thread at DriverHeaven
  • Spin_Dr_Wolf 28 Sep 2004 14:47:53 6,170 posts
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    Bah.

    /has neither KOTOR on PC or a 256MB card
  • Orange 28 Sep 2004 14:55:47 4,944 posts
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    Spin Dr Wolf wrote:
    Your a credit to the lazy ATi users of the forum AM. (Yes like me).
    That goes double for me :D

    Cheers AM.
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