AMD Catalyst 13.11 Beta Driver Fixes Battlefield 4 Crashing Issue in Windows 8

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Woody87

I installed the latest Beta 11 v9.2 and was at least able to get into 3D without crashing...but wasn't able to actually complete an entire map in multiplayer. I didn't wait until my 24 hours had expired to keep trying so I requested a refund from Origin. It was granted quickly.

Also, the weapon's range never worked for me, clicking "close" on some of the hint boxes that popped up in the user interface also caused hard freezes of my entire system.

If you buy this game, test it, if it works for you great, otherwise get a refund within 24 hours of downloading and avoid the frustration. Wait until it's fixed, if ever.

I spent four hours of my life trying to get this game to work. I could have maybe got it more stable after eight or ten hours of tweaking but at a cost of $60 I figure that's EA's job....not mine!

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AFDozerman

Looks like I'm eating my words now. Punkbuster keeps kicking me from BF3 after downloading this update.

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vrmlbasic

These drivers also fixed whatever was gimping crossfire for me as my FPS has approximately doubled in the games that I've been playing and I see a lot less of the annoying "stuttering" than before, even in DX9 games. Interestingly Borderlands 2 is now CPU-bound for me as my FPS doesn't differ by much between 1080 and 1440.

It gave me a solid 70+ FPS in DX:HR:DC @ 1080. Unfortunately they still weren't able to prevail over Eidos Montreal's PC port failings to give me those FPS @ 1440. They also didn't magically make the crap graphics in that game look any better; I'm still trying to find the "graphical enhancements" that Eidos promised.

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AETAaAS

Beta 7 was fine for me. Seems they were quick to rectify whatever it was that I could not find wrong. :P

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CaptainFabulous

The issue v8 corrected was in Windows 8.

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lordfirefox

Sadly since I use Second Life I cannot use the Beta drivers as it crashes on startup. I have to use release drivers with the SL client, even thrid party clients have issues with the Catalyst beta drivers.

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PCWolf

AMD's Driver techs need to go back to Driver Writing School. Their drivers have been shitty for a long time. Specially if you have an older card that the drivers claim to support. Plagued with annoying issues such as:

1:"BSoD" during install.
2: Driver installer that goes thru the motions of installing, but does not install the drivers.
3: Driver uninstallers that don't remove drivers in Safe Mode.
4: Driver uninstaller that leaves files behind.
5: Huge un-resizable Driver Install window that forces you to select off screen buttons with the "Tab" Key if your screen defaults to 600x800 during an fresh install.

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CaptainFabulous

You need to pay more attention.

1.) I've never had a bluescreen installing AMD drivers. Not once in 8 years over 7 different machines.

2.) The final screen will tell you what was done. If in doubt, read the report.

3.) The uninstaller is probably one of the best I've ever seen. It will literally pull out EVERYTHING. But won't work in safe mode. If you're having issues start up in VGA mode instead of safe mode.

4.) The uninstaller can't remove files that it didn't create. No uninstaller will do that.

5.) Ok, I'll give you this one. So either tab or increase your resolution. Seriously, THIS is what bugs you?

The more you know.

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HiGHRoLLeR038

I have also gotten BSODs while installing new driver for a 5450

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kixofmyg0t

A Radeon 5450?!? Jesus dude. It's a $30 GPU and a ancient one at that.

I wouldn't even give AMD crap if the drivers crashed with that.

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HiGHRoLLeR038

lol chill out man. i just use it in my 6 year old lenovo HTPC. it serves well for its purposes. i just needed something with HDMI that supports audio.

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AFDozerman

Waiting for a huge influx of "hurr durr AMDumb drivers sux cuz a betda driver crashed" comments.

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CaptainFabulous

Yup. Popcorn is ready, let the show begin...

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kixofmyg0t

I really wonder what the heck these people do to get their AMD drivers to crash. I've never had a problem with any of them for years. Across multiple machines with Beta drivers too.

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CaptainFabulous

Ditto.

The only issue I've had of late are recent drivers that claim to be Vista compatible that didn't actually contain any Vista drivers, so I had to hack them in order to get them to install on my one Vista rig. But that's it.

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vrmlbasic

The only times that I've gotten my drivers to crash, without excessive OC'ing, was in playing the horribly-optimized MechWarrior Online (a game built on CryEngine 3 but still uses exclusively DX9!).

The crashes were random, sometimes leading to a black screen for a minute or 2 and other times leading to a crash so severe that the PC locked up. After this driver patch I've noticed some huge improvements in FPS in that bloated game and I've yet to have a crash when playing with Crossfire enabled. Knock on wood.

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lordfirefox

The only crash I've gotten from AMD beta drivers was with Second Life both first and third party clients, but that's because the clients are compiled with Cygwin which is aweful.

Other than that I've had no problems with AMD beta drivers.

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AFDozerman

I don't know. Ppeople in the tech world have a tendency to stick to one event that happened a long time ago and project it onto their current situation. AMD's drivers were probably terrible at one point, but iin the few years that I have been in the whole computer enthusiast scene, I have never had issues with AMD drivers, and I've had some pretty unusual setups.