Driver Update: ATI Catalyst 10.4

AMD has new Catalyst drivers ready and as usual the month and year of release make up the version number. The drivers are available for Windows XP, Vista and 7, with separate downloads for 32bit and 64bit environments. The new drivers are suitable for all Radeon models from the HD 2400 series; older maps rely on the 9.3 release. As usual, at the bottom of this posting are the direct links to the pages with the available downloads.

AMD recently supplied the CrossFireX profiles no longer only with the driver, but also as loose download, so that updates can be offered more quickly. New in version 10.4 is support for h.264 5.1 streams and extremely high resolutions. Furthermore, the video transcoder has been improved and we see performance improvements in Stalker – Clear Sky. Of course, we also see the usual list of bug fixes, followed by a collection of issues that are already known, but are still being worked on:

ATI Catalyst – Video Enhancements

  • H.264 Level 5.1 support
    • ATI Catalyst can now playback 5.1 level streams on all supported players
    • Allows for playback of high resolutions (4Kx2K)

AMD video transcoding updates

  • This release of ATI Catalyst provides enhanced support for the Windows 7 Drag and Drop video converter
    • Performance improvements
    • New formats supported (H.264 file formats – MTS, and WMV9 Complex profile interlaced content)
    • ATI Catalyst Control Center option for enabling/disabling GPU acceleration
  • Support for the ATI Video converter is now available in the advanced view of the ATI Catalyst Control Center

Performance Improvements

  • STALKER – Clear Sky
    • Improves up to 6% with ATI Radeon HD 5970 graphics products
    • Improves up to 3% with ATI Radeon HD 5800 graphics products
    • Improves up to 3% on ATI Radeon HD 5700 Series products

Resolved Issues for All Windows Operating Systems

  • Desktop mouse cursor will no longer intermittently appear enlarged
  • Pressing the “Page Down” button while configuring the last display in Eyefinity group will now properly switch to the next display instead of closing the bezel user interface
  • Shortcut keys to configure the bezel now functions properly

Resolved Issues for the Windows 7 Operating System

  • “Battlefield 2: Bad Company” maps no longer takes unusually long to load for ATI Radeon HD 5000 Series
  • Performance on 2D applications and benchmarks has now been fixed
  • Catalyst Control Center – Advanced options no longer becomes disabled after connecting second display in clone mode
  • Video Gamma now functions properly during SD/HD video playback with Adobe Flash Player 10.1
  • Video corruption no longer visible while watching live HD Jade Channel (Hong Kong) with Windows Media Center
  • Flashing no longer visible in “Shattered Horizon” game with CrossFire enabled
  • Changing in-game resolution in “Alien vs. Predator” no longer causes screen flickering under multi-GPU configuration
  • Tint setting under Catalyst Control Center – Basic Color now displays smooth transition when adjusted for Blu-ray playback
  • In-game anti-alias now functions properly when other in-game options like Volumetric Effects are enabled in “Empire: Total War” and “Napoleon: Total War” games
  • Flickering corruption and flashing textures are no longer visible in “Battlefield 2: Bad Company”
  • “NecroVisioN” game now launches properly in DirectX 10 mode
  • Desktop corruption no longer observed on enabling Aero effects or updating graphics score
  • Blank screen no longer observed when 8X anti-aliasing is applied in “The Chronicles of Riddick 2” game

Resolved Issues for the Windows Vista Operating System

  • Audio playback devices now properly displays “ATI HDMI Output” when a HDMI display is connected
  • Display no longer flashes black when high settings of 19×12 are applied to in-game settings for “Dawn of War 2”
  • Corruption no longer visible during full screen playback with Flash Player 10.1 on ATI Radeon HD 4800 Series
  • A high CPU usage is no longer observed when GPU encoding is enabled for dual core systems

Resolved Issues for the Windows XP Operating System

  • [Adobe Flash Player] Resume from standby no longer causes hardware acceleration may become disabled
  • “Resident Evil 5” now launches properly on a HDMI display on an AGP card
  • “Golfstar” game no longer encounters nProtect GameGuard security program compatibility issues

Known Issues Under All Windows Operating Systems

  • Loading time between maps in “Battlefield 2: Bad Company” may be long for ATI Radeon HD 2000, 3000 and 4000 Series
  • “Catalyst Control Center is not supported…” warning message may appear and Graphics menu for Catalyst Control Center Advanced view may be missing after relogging into system after a Remote Desktop connection
  • Utilizing hardware shaders (perfect mode) may cause text to become corrupted and unreadable while loading any mission in “IL-2 Sturmovik: 1946” game

Known Issues Under the Windows 7 Operating System

  • Alt-Tabbing to desktop and back into “Mass Effect 2” game may cause the display to go black
  • Catalyst Control Center might not remember the position of fourth monitor in Eyefinity group
  • Performance drop (approximately 34%) may be observed in “Empire: Total War” with anti-alias enabled on some cards
  • Drag and Drop transcoded H264i content may experience audio and video synchronization issues and deinterlacing lines when viewed on some devices
  • Under multi-GPU configuration with Crossfire enabled, setting both “Shaders Quality” and “Post-Processing Quality” to “Enthusiast” may cause the frame rate to drop in “Crysis Warhead” DirectX 9 game

Known Issues Under the Windows Vista Operating System

  • HBR (high bit-rate) audio might not function properly with a few selected receivers
  • Performing bezel compensation on 3×2 Eyefinity configuration may cause the bezel group (resolutions) to go missing

Known Issues Under the Windows XP Operating System

  • PowerDVD may exhibits blue and pink tint when adjusting brightness and contrast in Catalyst Control Center when viewing Blu-ray content

The following downloads are available:
ATi Catalyst 10.4 for Windows XP (32bit)
ATi Catalyst 10.4 for Windows XP (mobility)
ATi Catalyst 10.4 for Windows XP (64bit)
ATi Catalyst 10.4 for Windows XP (Media Center Edition)
ATi Catalyst 10.4 for Windows Vista (32bit)
ATi Catalyst 10.4 for Windows Vista (64bit)
ATi Catalyst 10.4 for Windows 7 (32bit)
ATi Catalyst 10.4 for Windows 7 (64bit)
ATi CrossFireX Application Profiles

Version number 10.4
Release status Final
Operating systems Windows 7, Windows 7 x64, Windows XP, Windows XP x64, Windows Vista, Windows Vista x64
Website amd
File sizes 45.70MB – 72.30MB
License type Freeware