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ATI Catalyst 10.4 Preview Driver Now Available

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This one is for you Bad Company 2 players.

AMD has released preview build of ATI Catalyst 10.4, which should only be of interest to those with 5000-series cards and who play Battlefield: Bad Company 2.

The only fix listed for the driver is:

Long load times for new maps in Battlefield: Bad Company 2 when using anĀ ATI Radeon HD 5xxx series graphics card.

If that sounds like it's right for you, then grab the driver here.

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    Annisman , April 16, 2010 1:49 AM
    Ah, can't wait to get in these games faster, any word on a crossfire flickering fix from these ? And yes, some people still have that issue.
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    jedimasterben , April 16, 2010 1:52 AM
    Hell, some people are still having GSoD issues! And wasn't this supposed to be a performance release? If so, that list had better start growing!!
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    t-vizz the 2nd , April 16, 2010 2:01 AM
    I am running DX 9 because of slow loads, perhaps fix this the patch dose.

    Well if it dose what it says it dose.
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    ScoobyJooby-Jew , April 16, 2010 2:11 AM
    how about amdkmdap errors? or my inability to play browser games because of 2d and 3d problems? or freezing up when i alt+tab from WoW to thottbot? OH and maybe updating flgrx to include the 5k series?
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    False_Dmitry_II , April 16, 2010 2:13 AM
    Hey, that's cool an ATI driver news thing. Instead of just nvidia stuff.
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    nukemaster , April 16, 2010 2:20 AM
    I think I will wait for final release.
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    drutort , April 16, 2010 2:21 AM
    when is the 2d issue going to be fixed? they said it was simple driver issue... i thought 10.4 was supposed to hve that fix? is it 10.5 or 10.6 now? i thought we only had to wait till may to have it fixed :p  i cant sand it, that 2d issue plus the 2 monitor issue makes it really bad, the expand desktop mode causes that 2d issue to be really big, only fix really is to run at like 300/1200 (max ram speed) on 5870 the ram clock throttling is the main issue that causes flickering/tearing and freezes in things like playing HD content, or any app that causes the gpu to throttle up from idle and at times to 3d speeds
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    al2suarez , April 16, 2010 2:22 AM
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    JofaMang , April 16, 2010 2:34 AM
    I applied the patch, even though I don't play the game, nor do I have a 5xxx card. I rule so hard.

    Seriously though, good fix, but overal depth of the driver update seems lacking.
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    RogerDeath , April 16, 2010 2:49 AM
    Remember that this is just a preview, so it will not have all the features of the full driver.
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    bigrigross , April 16, 2010 3:28 AM
    So there only fixing the 5000 series. How about fixing the 4000 series, it takes forever to load up BC2.
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    jinx5000 , April 16, 2010 3:38 AM
    will this ever become a permanent update or is it just going to be a preview? is it still under construction? and if so, when can we expect it to be completed and supported by AMD?
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    welshmousepk , April 16, 2010 3:42 AM
    sounds good. i was wondering why it takes so long to get into a game, most other online games i play i get into before anyone else, but im always a straggler in BC2.
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    loud_sounds , April 16, 2010 3:46 AM
    I second the desire for enhanced 2D performance for applications like CAD. Although I just had a thought, if they improve consumer cards performance, no-one will buy the professional workstation series cards. Perhaps that's why we aren't allowed more performance.....
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    Judguh , April 16, 2010 4:56 AM
    Is it really necessary, AMD, to release a driver update to fix something for just ONE game??? Really? I'm sure there's plenty of other things to work on, like... lower power comsumption, gaining better efficiency, or even better - release a driver update (I believe like the 10.3 one) which told customers with a 4800 and 5xxx series video card that they made the right choice when buying your cards because of a free driver update that gave them more performance out of existing hardware.

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    cmaki2008 , April 16, 2010 5:06 AM
    lol i agree with drutort when watching anything hd even in media player i see like a line go up and down like its a old tv or something of that sort i thought it was AA or something isn't a 5770 supposed to run bf2 better then a ps3 ? because it isn't on my cpu with these driver bugs its hilarious got the fastest amd processor (not overclocked) 4gb 1333 ram windows 7 64 bit and it still runs slower then my ps3 i wss looking forward to getting back into cpu gaming but this is just depressing the ps3's got half the memory! GRRR!!
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    13withinfinity , April 16, 2010 6:58 AM
    Clearly, everybody missed the part stating that this was A PREVIEW.
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    xrodney , April 16, 2010 7:31 AM
    Funny thing that there is already leaked 10.5 beta with finally working (H.264, VC-1) video acceleration.
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    dmpco , April 16, 2010 1:11 PM
    works great cut loading time in half. now ea just needs to fix the ctd (crash to desktop) problem while playing online
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    tamalero , April 16, 2010 2:48 PM

    Some flickering is vendor specified, like certain models of Gigabyte.
    Also follow the instructions of ATI to correctly fix the flickering.
    many people just slap the driver and want instant solution!.

    also remember! this is a PREVIEW(hotfix) driver. done to fix certain bugs with a speed up release.
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