AMD Catalyst 13.1 bugs Photoshop CS6 *solution1 = user tweaked drv **2 = beta 13.2.7
AMD Catalyst 13.1 driver problems in combination with Photoshop CS6 version 13.01.1
Main Hardware Information:
CPU: Intel i7 3770K
RAM: Corsair Vengeance 16Gb (4x4Gb) DDR3 1866 Mhz (low profile)
Motherboard: Asus P8Z77-V PRO
Video: Sapphire HD 7770 GHz VAPOR-X OC 1Gb GDDR5
PSU: Cooler Master M2 Silent Pro 620 Watt
Other Hardware Information :
Monitor: Eizo FlexScan S2031W
HDD/SSDs: 1x SSD Intel 520 / 120Gb, 2x SSD Samsung 840 Pro / 128Gb, HDD: Western Digital black 1Tb
Other PCI/PCI-X Cards: extra Asmedia PCI card 2 ports SATA 600
Optical Drives: Lite-On BlueRay reader/writer
Operating System : Windows 8 / 64bit
Graphics Card Driver: AMD Catalyst v13.1 ----> do give annoying problems
Previous graphics drv: AMD Catalyst v12.10 --> less problems (but could be better)
Motherboard chip-set drivers, SATA, RAID, WAN, LAN: all basic drivers LATEST VERSIONS
Apps/Games causing issues ( and if they've been patched ): No games installed
System clean of viruses / spyware etc: basic clean install ** protected
I have just build a new PC, including Windows 8 and installed Photoshop CS6 - 64-bit
Error 1 (very annoying):
When loading images, I get a sort of clipping warning within the image, for the regions that do contain a value of 0 (0-255) at least if it is in one of the RGB channels. E.g. a reasonable dark blue area RGB values = 0, 4, 93 the area within the image changes to a totally black. More or less comparable as seen by tools for out of gamut warning or clipping. Just picking up the the outlined box of an image by mouse and dragging the image just a tiny bit to another area of the screen, the black "clipping" disappears and image is seen normal, as long as I have pushed the mouse button (as for dragging). As soon if I release the mouse-button, I do get the clipped black color again.
If I edit the image by change of the levels just by one digit (RGB = 1, 4, 93), the clipping black area is corrected and image is seen normally.
Zooming in or out fast, using scroll wheel of the mouse, or e.g. by using "Control plus 0" and "Control plus Alt plus 0", Control plus / Control minus
Several times you get flashing of the surround dark grey background to a white and light grey "checkerboard" area. I can imagine that fast zooming a graphic card has some difficulties with it, but I didn't expect that it doesn't keep track just what I am doing manually. It is not a game for rendering 60 images a second.
The flashing, OK, I can live with that if the situation end with a normal dark grey background. More annoying is that in several occasions randomly the screen ends by the white and light grey "checkerboard" area. I have to point once to the image to correct. If it is the pointer tool, not that big problem, much more if it was just a brush or editing tool.
Error 3 (very annoying):
When zooming in- and out fast, the most annoying thing is that in several occasions the image randomly change a little bit in color. The character of the color seems to be changed as if color profiles are changed. E.g. an Adobe RGB image seen within an sRGB color space, washing out / de-saturating the colors. Just pointing to the image again, it is corrected.
SORTING OUT POSSIBILITIES:
To find out and to be very sure where the problems are (there could be several options), I made several steps to exclude.
- First step.
I took out the extra installed graphic card (Sapphire HD-7770 Vapor-X), and hooked the monitor to the DVI port of the internal Intel GPU 4000 of the Ivy Bridge i7 3770 processor. In spite the Intel GPU is not that sophisticated (e.g. no support of CS6 3-D section), PROBLEMS SOLVED.
So I know quite sure it is a problem of the AMD 7770 graphic card / driver
- Second step.
Placed back again the Sapphire graphic card into the PC.
Recovered an image/back-up (using Acronis True Image) of a more early pure base installation of Window 8 without any extra AMD drivers installed yet like Catalyst. So system is clean. No left-overs un-installing drivers.
Base AMD graphic driver as included within Windows-8 CD itself, is used for the Sapphire card.
---> AMD version 22.214.171.124 (date 19-6-2012)
Installed Photoshop CS6. By the base drivers some options can not be used (3-D).
But for normal image editing, I can use the same examples as before.
- Third step.
Installed "Hydravision" driver 12.10 as enclosed with Sapphire card, but within the setup, un-checking the Hydravioson part itself, as this only do give more desktops. I don't need that.
- Fourth step.
Installed the more comprehensive "Catalyst" driver 12.10
- AMD Catalyst installation manager - 8.0.891.0
- NOT installed AMD APP SDK
- AMD graphics driver - 9.002.0.0000
- HDMI audio driver - 126.96.36.19908
- AMD Accelerated Video Transcoding - 188.8.131.5228
- Catalyst Control Center - 2012.0928.1532.26058
NO PROBLEMS However some tiny flashing of the surround background in white and light grey "checkerboard" area when zooming in- or out. Mostly no problems of exchange of color of the image as described above (only once when tested). I can work with it, but reliability could be better IMO.
- Fifth step.
Installed the latest "Catalyst" driver 13.1
- AMD Catalyst installation manager - 8.0.903.0
- NOT installed AMD APP SDK
- AMD graphics driver - 9.012.0.0000
- HDMI audio driver - 184.108.40.20609
- AMD Accelerated Video Transcoding - 220.127.116.1119
- Catalyst Control Center - 2012.1219.1521.27485
PROBLEMS as described before.
Flashing more extensive when zooming in- or out in comparison to the previous driver plus randomly exchange of color plus "clipping" error.
I tried to change some settings within the Catalyst Control Center, as for 3-D and anti-aliasing settings, refreshing rates, without luck to the described problems.
I went back to "Catalyst" driver 12.10 as this is at least a workable set-up.
As it is an AMD problem in first degree, should I write this story at AMD forum, or does Sapphire support take contact to AMD itself, to solve these problems as it involved with their graphic cards?
Last edited by Babylonia; 03-20-2013 at 12:38 PM.
GPU: Sapphire HD-7770 Vapor-X, MB: Asus P8Z77-V PRO, i7 3770K, Corsair Vengeance 16Gb RAM, Intel SSD 520, 2x SSD Samsung 840 Pro, BlueRay: LiteON R/W, HD: WD Black 1TB, PSU: 620W - 12v 50A...........