I installed Catalyst 13.1 last night.
On Windows 7 x64 and Photoshop CS6 13.0.1 I still see the GPU-based color-management issue noted in this thread:
There may be a problem with the reporting of the VRAM size to Photoshop. I'm not sure what's up, but I have 2GB of VRAM on my ATI 7850, and 2GB was the full amount reported to Photoshop by Catalyst 12.8. With Catalyst 13.1 in place, however, I see the following. Worse yet, the number seems to vary.
Also, there seems to be a problem now with the implementation of the Windows power policy - specifically the power-down of the monitors on inactivity. They do power-down when left idle, but then they power back up again in a few moments.
I have not found a workaround for this issue yet, save for punching the actual power buttons on the monitors.
I found no speed increase or other compelling reason to upgrade to 13.1 in any case. I think that release must be all about gaming and nothing more.
My recommendation, at least until Adobe releases an update that works around the color black-out problem, is to avoid updating to Catalyst 13.1.
In all seriousness, I do prefer things that work.
For 5 years or so ATI was on top of the quality heap - long enough that I bought a 4670, 5670, and just recently a 7850 card. However, the last 6 to 8 months have been markedly worse, and unless some kind of major turnaround happens, I am starting to think that ATI is moving down the list, making way for nVidia to dominate. I have heard that AMD in general is having financial troubles.
In my long career in software engineering, having many PCs (and having run departments full of engineers with PCs), I have seen a number of different graphics manufacturers dominate the industry at various times... Matrox, nVidia, ATI... Maybe it's just nVidia's time to shine again.
Assuming you are speaking of "jumping ship" at a higher level to Apple, that thought has crossed my mind, but in all seriousness I don't think you lot have much better a time of it overall. Reference recent Mac-only problems with Photoshop licensing/activation for example. At the moment I enjoy the greater control the PC environment gives me over what I choose to integrate together.
Perhaps it sounds as if "things are bad" for me, but they're not really. For one thing, Catalyst 12.8 really does work pretty well. My system goes for weeks between reboots and I rarely get application crashes. Testing these drivers is something I need to do to keep abreast of problems my own software customers, who use my GPU-accelerated plug-ins, may encounter. Fortunately with the newest Catalyst drivers I've found no problems with my own software, which uses the GPU differently than Photoshop (in these modern times, it's a certainty that no two applications use the GPU in quite the same way).
By the way, I am no fanatic - In addition to two desktop Dell workstations and one laptop Dell PC, I have in the family a Macbook, three iPads, and an AppleTV. Like I said, I like things that work.
Catalyst 13.2 Beta seems to be better.
Thanks for the note.
Do you know if it:
I suppose I'll have to try it.
Okay, I've tried 13.2 beta 4.
I can confirm that ATi's 13.2beta6 driver solves what I perceived (no pun intended) to be the most troubling issue under Win7x64: "Green blackout".
Haven't tested the 3D features of CS6 Extended yet. Will report back to this thread should I notice any differences.
I just installed beta 5 a few days ago. Haven't had much a chance to test it.
I notice that on the Vision Control Center, the update check and auto download is missing.
Also, when I came back today from a meeting, the screen was as I left it, on a website. No screen saver, no shut down of the screen.
When did B6 show up?
I don't think there is a later release than Catalyst 13.3 beta 3 so far... And I've certainly learned not to praise AMD in advance any longer. They appear to be sincerely struggling to make good driver releases lately.
I'm sorry to hear that. I haven't had a single fault since 13.3b3 came out. But of course we may not be doing the same things.
Since it's been so long since 13.3b3 was published, I suspect they pushed it through WHQL, and it will be released soon, likely as 13.4.
I think they had too much trouble with systems auto-updating to drivers that didn't work right!
So the obvious thing to do is: Remove the auto-update!
The world we've enjoyed, where at least some things actually work because people have done solid engineering, may be coming to an end. I'm serious. It's becoming just about Marketing and nothing else. Excellence in engineering died with the end of the 20th century, when managers decided engineers should not be considered first class citizens.
Do you know if the driver has any relation to the remote FX? I found some drivers missing using the autoruns program you told me about.
Once in awhile my video card does turn off, but its rare. Which is what makes it so hard to pin point. I was also having excess memory being used at startup over 3GB. But turning off the AFS driver seams to stop that.
I am coming to the conclusion that a virus or malware may be to blame. But I can not rule out video driver yet. Currently running MS driver. which maybe a mistake.
Seams like each time I think its fixed it popup up its ugly head. It can run fine for about 2-3 days.