AMD Driver 16.1.1 Hotfix Released – Fixes Fallout 4 Crossfire Issues

What I updated Fallout to version 1.3 I was expecting things to be running smoother, not worse. The issues started when AMD released their new drivers, which added a Crossfire profile for the game, however, this patch worked with Fallout 1.2 and the release of both updates on the same day created many more problems than they resolved. The big one was dire gaming performance in Crossfire, despite having the profile enabled as well as invisible textures, severe glitching, flickering and more.

A batch file was made by a Steam user which helped revert the game to version 1.2, thus allowing the use of Crossfire again, but that’s hardly what I would call a fix. Thankfully, AMD has now released their 16.1.1 Hotfix driver, which combats the flickering issue and should clear things up nicely.

Article Number: RN-WIN-RADEONCRIMSON16.1.1HOTFIX​​​​​​

This article provides information on the latest posting of the AMD Radeon Software Crimson Edition 16.1.1 Hotfix Driver

Package Contents

The AMD Radeon Software Crimson Edition 16.1.1 Hotfix Driver contains the following:

AMD Radeon Software Crimson Edition 16.1.1 Hotfix Driver Version 15.301.1801

The AMD Radeon Software Crimson Edition 16.1.1 Hotfix Driver can be downloaded from the​ following links:

AMD Radeon Software Crimson Edition 16.1.1 Hotfix Driver for Windows® 10, Windows 8.1 & Windows 7 64-bit

AMD Radeon Software Crimson Edition 16.1.1 Hotfix Driver for Windows® 10, Windows 8.1 & Windows 7 32-bit

[86690] Fallout 4 – Flickering may be experienced at various game locations with the v1.3 game update and with AMD Crossfire enabled. The AMD Radeon Software Crimson Edition 16.1.1 Hotfix driver has been updated. Please download this driver once again and reinstall it to address this issue.

If you’re going to update and you’ve got things working pretty well already, be sure to create a restore point so you can revert if it all goes to hell. The new Hotfix should fix the issue for you, it did for me, but there’s always going to be that small percentage where it likely makes things worse, although this is true of any update.

You can find all the information on the new drivers on the official AMD page right here.

AMD Radeon Software Crimson Edition 16.1 Hotfix Released

AMD has updated its Radeon Software Crimson Edition driver (version 16.1), bringing with it hotfixes for Call of Duty: Black Ops 3, Fallout 4, Elite: Dangerous, Assassin’s Creed: Syndicate, DiRT Rally, and Star Wars: Battlefront.

Release notes for the AMD Radeon Software Crimson Edition 16.1 Hotfix:

Compatible Operating Systems

AMD Radeon Software Crimson Edition 16.1 Hotfix Driver is designed to support the following Microsoft® Windows® platforms:

  • Windows® 10 (32 & 64-bit version)
  • Windows 8.1 (32 & 64-bit version)
  • Windows 7 (32 & 64-bit version with SP1 or higher)

Resolved Issues

  • [82645] Fallout 4 – The compass flickers during gameplay on AMD Radeon R9 290 and AMD Radeon R9 295X2
  • [84118]/[59475] Elite: Dangerous – Poor performance may be experienced in Supercruise mode under Windows® 10
  • [82887] The driver installer appears to hang at various stages of the install process
  • [84116] Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 – random frame freezes may be observed during gameplay
  • [84112] Frame Rate Target Control (FRTC) setting do not apply consistently to all games. In order for FRTC to function properly, Vertical Refresh/VSync must be turned off
  • [58978] DiRT Rally – A crash may occur when starting a new race with AMD Crossfire and AMD FreeSync enabled
  • [83370] The AMD Gaming Evolved overlay may cause a black screen, or introduce game stutter
  • [82497] Assassins Creed Syndicate – Using “Very High” graphics settings in 3×1 Eyefinity mode may cause displays to switch off
  • [82093] Star Wars: Battlefront – Some flickering may be experienced in shaded areas of the screen while game levels are loading
  • [82788] Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 – Frame freezing during gameplay may be experienced
  • [82794] Just Cause 3 – The system may hang when task switching on systems with AMD CPUs and GPUs
  • [82777] Just Cause 3 – Application profile setting added for laptops with Switchable Graphics
  • [82779] Fallout 4 – Gameplay may be choppy in AMD FreeSync mode in Ultra mode at 1440p resolution
  • [82895] Fallout 4 – Brightness flickering observed with AMD FreeSync enabled on certain displays
  • [80254] cnext.exe intermittently crashes during Windows® shutdown
  • [81809] A crash may be experienced if an HDMI display is a cloned display device on an HP Envy 15 notebook
  • [82485] “Failed to create OpenGL context” error message may appear after installation
  • [82842] “Cannot find RadeonSettings.exe” error message may appear during installation
  • [83277] “AMD Install Manager has stopped working” error message may appear during installation
  • [83484] “Cannot find cncmd.exe” error message may appear during installation
  • [82902] Display may flicker on certain laptops after prolonged gameplay with AMD FreeSync enabled
  • [81489] Unable to create 4×1 or 2×1 portrait mode SLS with 4K displays
  • [82042] Video corruption may appear in Movies & TV app when is VSR enabled and scaling mode is set to “Full panel”
  • [82492] Portrait Eyefinity mode may not be configured correctly using Radeon Additional Settings
  • [82695] No display on certain laptops when toggling display mode or connecting an HDMI display
  • [82900]/[81859] Flickering may be experienced on some monitors when AMD FreeSync is enabled
  • [80064] Notifications reverting back to English on non-English systems after reboot
  • [82490] Misaligned UI may be observed on the Bezel Compensation screen
  • [81777] Launching a game from the Game Manager may launch on a single display after enabling and disabling AMD CrossFire in a 3×1 AMD Eyefinity setup
  • [81856] Marginally increased power consumption may be observed during video playback

Known Issues

  • [79428] StarCraft II: Flickering may be observed in the ‘Episode 3’ campaign
  • [80836]/[59701] Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 – Flickering or poor performance may be experienced when running in AMD Crossfire mode
  • [81736] Call of Duty Online – The game may crash if the Print Screen key is pressed on a 4K monitor
  • [81448]/[77961] A system restart may be experience when waking the system from sleep mode on some systems with Intel processors
  • [81651] Star Wars: Battlefront – Texture corruption may be experienced if the game “Field of View” setting is > 100
  • [82213] Star Wars: Battlefront – Some users may experience minor flickering or corruption at different game location or while viewing the in-game cinematics
  • [81915] Assassin’s Creed Syndicate – Building textures may be missing on some AMD Freesync displays with VSync enabled
  • [82387] Assassin’s Creed Syndicate – The game may crash if the Gaming Evolved “In Game Overlay” is enabled. A temporary workaround is to disable the AMD Gaming Evolved “In Game Overlay”
  • [82789] Total War: Rome II – Choppy gameplay may be experienced
  • [84509] Gaming Evolved client does not initiate when launching Metro Last Light if AMD CrossFire is enabled
  • [84434] Far Cry 4 – A crash may occur after performing (ALT + Enter) to switch between windowed/full screen modes with the AMD Gaming Evolved “Video Capture” feature turned on
  • [82499] Talos Principle – A crash may occur while changing Gaming Evolved Video settings or pressing ALT + Enter when “In Game Overlay” is enabled
  • [84591] Mad Max – Low FPS performance may be experienced in game when AMD FreeSync and AMD CrossFire are enabled
  • [84428] Battlefield Hardline – A crash may occur when changing graphics settings from “Ultra” to “High” during gameplay
  • [83839] Some games may experience brightness flickering with AMD FreeSync enabled
  • [83833] Radeon Settings – AMD OverDrive clock gauge needles for the secondary GPU may be in wrong position when the system is idle and the secondary GPU is inactive
  • [83832] Radeon Settings – AMD OverDrive Power setting changes on the secondary GPU are not immediately displayed.  This is seen only on dual GPU graphics cards, such as the AMD Radeon HD 7990 and Radeon R9 295×2
  • [83287] Game stuttering may be experienced when running two AMD Radeon R9 295X2 graphics cards in AMD CrossFire mode
  • [82892] Display corruption may occur on multiple display systems when it has been running idle for some time
  • [83031] Star Wars: Battlefront – Corrupted ground textures may be observed in the Survival of Hoth mission
  • [82824] Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 – Flickering may be observed is task switching is used during gameplay
  • [81915] Assassin’s Creed Syndicate – Building textures are missing and game objects stutter if VSync is enabled in Quad AMD Crossfire configurations

The driver can be manually downloaded from the AMD website.

AMD Releases Hotfix for Crimson Edition Software and Fan Issues

AMD’s new Crimson Edition software that replaced the old Catalyst Control Center ran into some trouble over the weekend as users reported their fan speeds malfunctioning. For some users it would be stuck on maximum while other people experienced them throttled to 30% speed at all times.

AMD was quick to respond and promised a fix for the issue on Monday, and they delivered. The new AMD Radeon Software Crimson Edition 15.11.1 Hotfix is available for download and it should take care of those nasty fan issues. AMD hasn’t had the best track record in the past when it comes to frequent and swift updates which make this double nice to see and something that count point towards a better driver support with Crimson than we had with CCC.

The new driver doesn’t just fix the fan issues, it also brings some improvements along at the same time. There were some language and software display features fixed as well as a row of game issues.

  • [82050] Star Wars: Battlefront – Snow flickers in a few locations in the game
  • [82240] Star Wars: Battlefront – Sky rendering may be broken in some game locations
  • [82645] Fallout 4 – The compass may flicker during gameplay on AMD Radeon R9 390 series products. We continue to investigate the issue with AMD Radeon R9 290 and AMD Radeon R9 295X2 series products
  • [82667] Star Wars: Battlefront – Shadowy textures are visible around hills/structures/caves
  • [81890] Just Cause 3 – Texture corruption may be experienced during gameplay
  • [54874] Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 – Poor AMD Crossfire performance may be experienced
  • [82338] The driver installation may fail while installing the ACP component
  • [82426] The font size in Chinese language installations may be too small
  • [82438] The label range values in some AMD Freesync installations may be incorrect
  • [82536] The Radeon Settings dropbox does not close when it is clicked on a second time
  • [82603] The AMD Overdrive fan settings is always set to ON after first edit on reboot
  • [82586] Language shows up as Chinese Simplified when Chinese Traditional is selected in Windows 7
  • [82656] Radeon Settings crashes on the Display tab when cloning a display via HDMI on some notebooks
  • [82671] Overdrive fan speed is reset to Manual on exiting from a 3D game or application
  • [82766] Radeon Settings does not get upgraded in some install scenarios
  • [82691] AMD Overdrive cannot revert to default settings in some situations

You can download the new driver fix and view the full release notes on AMD’s support pages.

Microsoft Hurries Out Emergency Windows Patch

Microsoft has broken their trend of releasing hotfixes on the second Tuesday of every month to release a vital “out of band” security patch. The critical flaw entitled MS15-078 is a vulnerability in the Microsoft Font Driver which allows Remote Code execution. In basic terms, this means any webpage or document containing embedded OpenType fonts could become a major security risk. Microsoft explained the situation and why it’s imperative to enable automatic updates or download the patch:

“An attacker who successfully exploited this vulnerability could take complete control of the affected system. An attacker could then install programs; view, change, or delete data; or create new accounts with full user rights.”

“There are multiple ways an attacker could exploit this vulnerability, such as by convincing a user to open a specially crafted document, or by convincing a user to visit an untrusted webpage that contains embedded OpenType fonts. The update addresses the vulnerability by correcting how the Windows Adobe Type Manager Library handles OpenType fonts.”

“When this security bulletin was issued, Microsoft had information to indicate that this vulnerability was public but did not have any information to indicate this vulnerability had been used to attack customers. Our analysis has shown that exploit code could be created in such a way that an attacker could consistently exploit this vulnerability.”

All Windows users are advised to update as a matter of urgency to keep their system secure. However, Windows XP customers cannot access this fix due to the lack of support for that particular operating system. Microsoft believes this security hole could lead to a huge influx of malware. Once the update has finished installing, a reboot will be required. This couldn’t have come at a worse time for Microsoft with the pending launch of Windows 10. The Redmond-based company needs to establish their latest products as an extremely secure platform to make users more inclined to upgrade.

Thank you The Register for providing us with this information.

QNAP System Update Available To Fix Heartbleed OpenSSL Vunerability

As the Heartbleed bug still stands as one of the biggest security vulnerabilities that has been seen in recent years, we are hearing continuing news of security patches and updates coming out to close the loopholes that are found in each instance of OpenSSL.

The latest update that we are hearing of comes from one of the leading NAS manufacturers, QNAP. Released today, QNAP’s security patch is targeted at system operating systems that run on QTS versions 4.0 and 4.1 – earlier releases use and earlier version of OpenSSL which appears to be unaffected.

“We strongly urge users of vulnerable Turbo NAS systems to update their firmware,” said Jason Hsu, Product Manager of QNAP. “Users are also recommended to contact their SSL providers to regenerate their SSL CSR/keys for server protection.”

Whilst QNAP are urging users with the above QTS releases to update their systems, either by running an update through the QTS control panel or by downloading the patch manually.

In addition to this I will point out that keeping your system up to date with the latest firmware and software releases is always highly recommended and even if you are running any of the earlier QTS revisions, it is still wise to update to the latest QTS 4.0.7 and 4.1.0 RC2 revisions.

Source: Press Release

NVIDIA Release GeForce 337.61 BETA Hotfix Driver

Following the release of NVIDIA’s R337.50 drivers set, a number of issues have been highlighted which affect users with Dell’s 4K Ultra HD monitors and additionally systems with the same driver that have Hyper-V enabled. Users with the R337.50 driver and Dell’s 4K panels, particularly the P3214Q and the UP2414Q may have been experiencing situations where only half of the display would be active at any given time or in some cases, no output at all.

In addition Hyper-V users would be faced with a Code 43 error message after installing the driver set. All other features of the 337.50 drivers remain the same and whilst this only affects a small number of users, upgrading to the latest drivers is always recommended. The latest drivers can be downloaded from NVIDIA here: 64-bit / 32-bit

Source: TechPowerUp