New ATI Catalyst Drivers

As noted in this announcement, the ATI Technologies Website (thanks Chase) now offers a new version 3.2 of the Catalyst reference drivers for their RADEON family of video cards. The latest release also incorporates version 8.1 of their Multimedia Center software suite.
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Fixed!
Mar 13, 2003, 18:35
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Fixed! Mar 13, 2003, 18:35
Mar 13, 2003, 18:35
 
It fixes Freelancer and IGI-2 as promised!! Yes!

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Re: Fixed!
Mar 13, 2003, 18:50
Quboid
 
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Re: Fixed! Mar 13, 2003, 18:50
Mar 13, 2003, 18:50
 Quboid
 
Freelancer? Cool - I pretty much went off that because switching acceleration between it and Simcity4/etc was too much hassle. Might give it the odd spin now, although the basic repetative flaw remains.

Cheers,
Quboid

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No subject
Mar 13, 2003, 19:38
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No subject Mar 13, 2003, 19:38
Mar 13, 2003, 19:38
 
ati is rockin

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about time
Mar 13, 2003, 20:46
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about time Mar 13, 2003, 20:46
Mar 13, 2003, 20:46
 
I hope they fixed the TV out problem.
I installed the 3.1 and now every time I reboot the TV out is enabled, regardless if I had turned it off or not.

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NVIDIA ROCKS !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Mar 13, 2003, 21:41
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NVIDIA ROCKS !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Mar 13, 2003, 21:41
Mar 13, 2003, 21:41
 
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Re: about time
Mar 13, 2003, 21:47
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Re: about time Mar 13, 2003, 21:47
Mar 13, 2003, 21:47
 
Check out Rage3D.com tey have info from ATI saying that Cat 3.3, which will be out soon (one week to six weeks quoted by an ATI employee on Rage3D forums) will have some pretty decent performance improvements, but they mention the 3.2 are more for stability and fixes.

Here's a pull out from the site:
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People are wondering about RADEON9800 performance paths and when the RADEON9700 users will get them.

Answer: Seems like lately on the forums a developer has spoiled my upcoming surprise about the CATALYST drivers for RADEON. We found some pretty decent performance boosts while we were developing the 9800 drivers. They were scheduled for release with the first set of 9800 drivers (CATALYST 3.2) and we were planning on letting them out for the 9700 cards once we'd tested them thoroughly. Which in this case is CATALYST 3.3
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I want my ATI!
Mar 13, 2003, 22:20
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I want my ATI! Mar 13, 2003, 22:20
Mar 13, 2003, 22:20
 
Ugh, I wish I stayed with ATI. Nvidia's drivers have been sucking big time lately. I think it becuz they are putting too much into their failed Geforce FX. Oh well, I cant wait to get an excuse to ditch my 4400 for a 9700 pro. WTG ATI!
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Re: I want my ATI!
Mar 13, 2003, 22:48
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Re: I want my ATI! Mar 13, 2003, 22:48
Mar 13, 2003, 22:48
 
TangledThorns--Do you really think that the performance increase from 4400 to a 9700pro would be worth the cash? Sure it is faster...but it just doesn't seem worth it to me. I have a 4400 and all the games I play run really well. Although, I can relate the "need" to upgrade. I am currently trying to hold out until DOOMIII is released.

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Re: I want my ATI!
Mar 13, 2003, 22:56
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Re: I want my ATI! Mar 13, 2003, 22:56
Mar 13, 2003, 22:56
 
As ever, it depends on personal preference and overall performance. My 9700 Pro puts my 4600 to shame; it has more features, has better image quality, and is significantly faster! Relative to my 4600, I get "free" AA and AF. If a game runs "slow" on my system, I may settle for something like 4x AA and lowered (or no) AF, but most games play great with 6xAA and 16xAF.

Not only do my games run fast, but they look amazing.

Wishing my CPU wasn't so held back by my 9700 Pro :D,
Ray

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Re: I want my ATI!
Mar 13, 2003, 23:08
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Re: I want my ATI! Mar 13, 2003, 23:08
Mar 13, 2003, 23:08
 
Like I said I understand the need to upgrade. It really must be nice to able to upgrade your GPU frequently...

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Re: I want my ATI!
Mar 13, 2003, 23:12
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Re: I want my ATI! Mar 13, 2003, 23:12
Mar 13, 2003, 23:12
 
I was getting along fine with my Geforce 3 when the 9700pro came out. I enjoyed BF1942 maxed out at 1152*768.

The reason I went for the 9700pro was because I wanted AA and AF. Now I run it 1280*960 with 2x AA and 16x AF. I can run it at 4x AA, but since I only have a XP 1800, I don't.

Now I can't live without AA and especially AF. Sometimes I start up a game like BF1942 with out it and it looks like crap. I'm so happy with my purchase and really happy I went ahead and bought it right away instead of waiting for the FX to come out and decide.

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Nooooo
Mar 13, 2003, 23:33
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Nooooo Mar 13, 2003, 23:33
Mar 13, 2003, 23:33
 
The pop-ups are baaaaaack!!!

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Re: I want my ATI!
Mar 13, 2003, 23:41
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Re: I want my ATI! Mar 13, 2003, 23:41
Mar 13, 2003, 23:41
 
Heh; I was just trying to pimp the 9700/9800.

The fast framerates are nice and the newer features can be neato-freato, but it is the visual quality - slightly from ATI and more from the AA (and AF to a much lesser extent) - that make this current generation of cards so great. Even with a lower-end processor, you can pretty much play all games with some form of AA and it really does make a significant visual difference, much more than any (current) bump mapping/pixel shader/truform/what have you.

For those with a limited budget (or those other people - the "sane" people :o), you won't suddenly drop dead from a heart attack if you don't have one of the newer cards. However, I do think that AA/AF are really viable options now, not to mention future generations.

Lastly, this is not an ATI-specific thing, but I focus on ATI as I both have the card and view ATI as the price (9700) and performance (9800) leader, at least against the FX and with a nod towards high-end gaming.

Having said all of this, Doom 3 make my card its b...uhh...bare minimum. I do not think that there is anybody that will not have to upgrade for Doom 3 or similar games.

Thinking that I would take Thief III over Doom 3, though :D,
Ray

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Re: Nooooo
Mar 14, 2003, 00:06
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Re: Nooooo Mar 14, 2003, 00:06
Mar 14, 2003, 00:06
 
What pop-ups?


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Re: Nooooo
Mar 14, 2003, 00:12
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Re: Nooooo Mar 14, 2003, 00:12
Mar 14, 2003, 00:12
 
Heh.

They are all simple things; why do people get bogged down in all the...crap?

Curious,
Ray

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Re: Nooooo
Mar 14, 2003, 02:05
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Re: Nooooo Mar 14, 2003, 02:05
Mar 14, 2003, 02:05
 
Yeah, that's how I like it.. the simple life.

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Still can't play Freelancer...
Mar 14, 2003, 04:46
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Still can't play Freelancer... Mar 14, 2003, 04:46
Mar 14, 2003, 04:46
 
Even with this, I have that audio problem. And the overly complicated readme fix doesn't work for me. I have vaguely similar lines in my system.ini file, but none that match what it says to remove. I guess I could remove the vaguely similar ones. Unless someone has a better suggestion.

Oh yeah, and during Freelancer setup this dcsetup.exe file tries to access the internet, and installs DRM files for MS. Search for drmclien.

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Re: Still can't play Freelancer...
Mar 14, 2003, 07:10
Quboid
 
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Re: Still can't play Freelancer... Mar 14, 2003, 07:10
Mar 14, 2003, 07:10
 Quboid
 
Even with this, I have that audio problem.

Yeah, it sucks when video card drivers can't even fix a simple audio problem... Sorry if I'm missing the point, but isn't it utterly obivous that the video card drivers have nothing at all to do with the audio?

Again, sorry if I'm missing the point, but sheesh, no wonder ATi have a (IMHO totally undeserved) reputation for bad drivers.


Cheers,
Quboid

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Re: Still can't play Freelancer...
Mar 14, 2003, 08:51
nin
 
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Re: Still can't play Freelancer... Mar 14, 2003, 08:51
Mar 14, 2003, 08:51
 nin
 
Oh yeah, and during Freelancer setup this dcsetup.exe file tries to access the internet, and installs DRM files for MS. Search for drmclien.

I haven't seen this at all, and Norton Firewall notifies me when a new program tries to access the internet.

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Re: Nooooo
Mar 14, 2003, 09:49
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Re: Nooooo Mar 14, 2003, 09:49
Mar 14, 2003, 09:49
 
what is AF? and how do you enable all these graphic options?

i have a gf4:mx420 but will be getting a 9500 soon.

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