ATI Catalyst Drivers v4.2 WHQL
Hans "stealth_wing" Melis
Another month, another Catalyst driver release by ATI bringing the suite up to version 4.2. As usual, they're WHQL certified. Here's a bit on some new stuff:
Component Video Output Enhancement
The latest ATI software driver now allows the user the choice of using panning mode or a center-timing mode in which the image would appear in the center of the TV screen when using the Component Video output on an HDTV display. This option is found in the ATI Control Panel and is supported under the Windows XP, Windows 2000, and Windows ME operating systems. This feature is available on the ATI RADEON 8500 and higher class of products.
Direct3D Setting Enhancement
Previous versions of the ATI display driver required the monitor going blank for up to 8 seconds when applying Direct3D settings. The latest ATI software driver for the RADEON 9500 and higher class of products now allows for the Direct3D setting to be applied without the monitor's display going blank.
And now the stuff you've been waiting for, download links:
- CATALYST Windows XP 4.2 - Driver Download
- CATALYST Windows 2000 4.2 - Driver Download
- CATALYST Windows98/ME 4.2 - Driver Download
worm's edit: The drivers will be tested for usage with 3DMark03 as soon as possible, so check this space in a while for more information.
Update: The Catalyst 4.2 drivers are approved to be used with 3DMark03 Build 340.
I'd also like to mention that Beyond3D and Driverheaven have released a "SMARSHADER Effects" tool (in conjunction with ATI of course). Both Beyond3D and Driverheaven will host this tool as well as organize end-user contests to see what guys like you can do with shaders! Head over and enter the contests as you can win a brand new ATI Radeon 9800 XT!
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