AMD hotfixes Catalyst again

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    In what is getting to be a bit of a habit in recent months, AMD has released another hotfix for Catalyst drivers.<br />


    Read the full news item
     
  2. ShaidarHaran

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    Look at the download sizes on those puppies! 95/96MB for XP & Vista, respectively.
     
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    How can a hotfix be almost 100MB?

    I think it's a crime TBH that NV's drivers are roughly 40MB and that's the entire package. Not just a fix.

    Or is "hotfix" just the same as an entire driver set perhaps? :razz:

    You could get like 5 entire installs of win98 in the same space as that hotfix.. Gah.
    Peace.
     
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    It looks like each package includes both the 32 and 64 bit versions which would explain the size.
     
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    That and yes, a Hotfix is still a full driver. You can't fix something by releasing half a driver :razz:
     
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    I do wonder if we're seeing a change in philosophy, or just "a run of hot new games we're willing to send out submitted-but-not-yet-approved-by-WHQL drivers out for".
     
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    I'd guess the latter. There are a lot of high-profile games on that list.
     
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    I'm starting to think they do it to get me to figure out just how I get the ATi Tool 027 beta2 to bloody do what I want it to after a fresh driver install. :???:
     
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    Wohoo!
    AA performance for R600 in this hotfix is upped again by a viable margin, most noticeably in WiC and Lost Planet.
    OpenGL app's are affected too!

    Damn ATi, why didn't you do this some months early? ;)
     
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    I think there are some more surprises in store these coming months, at least on the DX10 front;).
     
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    I don't see any difference in WiC... Same average 9 fps...
     
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    TF2 and ET are still beta/demo; releasing a hot fix for unreleased software is pretty on the ball.

    Bioshock is already broken in about a million ways and therefore amazing it works at all.

    Call of Juarez is largely unplayed except by reviewers and then only because it has DX10 content (technically).

    Time Shift- um, what is that?

    World in Conflict. Ok, you have me there. It’s been out for a while so normally we would expect things to be fixed by now and not require a hot fix.

    Let me ask a question here. Is this news post complaining that AMD did not make everyone wait for the regularly scheduled driver drop?

    ATI was first to institute a monthly driver update policy. AMD continues that AND, of recent note, has taken to releasing hot fixes in between so we have fewer problems for less time. WTF? This sounds like a good thing to me.

    I HOPE it's a habit. <insert slap with approriate type of fish>
     
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    Because it's a good thing for users to have two sets of drivers to install every month? Are you serious?
     
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    yes, i for one would love installing 2 drivers a month to get games to work correctly to become a habbit. :roll:
     
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    Drivers are easy to uninstall/reinstall, but I for one would rather not need a new set for every new title released. :idea:
     
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    Wait, are some of you actually complaining about bug fixes and performance improvements because of the increased frequency in driver releases?

    :lol:
     
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    How in the world can you think that two driver sets a month is a good thing? It's one thing when there is Giant Game X that simply doesn't work with the latest released set (which I'm going to go out on a limb and say is a catastrophic failure of devrel), but it's quite another when you're at two sets a month for games that should conceivably work without a hotfix (AMD needs a hotfix for TF2, which they've bundled with R600? seriously?).
     
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    How in the world can you think that fixing bugs and improving performance sooner rather than later is a bad thing?
     
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    If you're releasing a driver set a month, there's a concrete target to meet. If they somehow can't predict when games will be out and when things need to be fixed to make it into the correct driver set... something isn't right at all.
     
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