AMD VISION Engine Control Center
AMD VISION Engine Control Center is AMD's successor in driver software to ATI Catalyst Control Center. It features an updated look to be more stream-lined, simpler to use, includes more features and better stabilization.
Versions of AMD VISION Engine Control Center (VECC) will vary depending on the version of drivers you have installed. ATI Catalyst Control Center is the legacy version of AMD VECC.
Issues and Fixes
GPU Scaling Options Locked In Windows 7
A common problem for AMD VISION Engine Control Center (ATI Catalyst Control Center) installed on Windows 7 is the GPU Scaling options being locked which would make older games stretched in widescreen or shrunk to fit original size. There are many various fixes such as those from AMD or third party fixes or custom programs.
Some causes or symptoms of the issue can be described as listed in AMD's support page.
- Display's native resolution is currently being used.
- Digital connection between the graphics card and display not being used.
AMD's Official Fix
AMD's official fix is outdated and uses ATI Catalyst Control Center in the instructions and images. You can view the support page on AMD's support website. This fix basically requires you to change your resolution to a non-native type such as a low resolution, which unlocks GPU scaling options, selecting and tweaking scaling options, and then restoring your display to its native resolution.
ATI GPU Scaling Fix Program
Using AgentGOD's program allows you to set GPU scaling options using his third party program. You can view a forum post on Guru3D about the fix as well as the update log for the program.
If some DirectX 10 or DirectX 11 games are underscanned and have a black border around the screen (mostly on HDMI displays) in games like Crysis, Crysis 2, and L.A. Noire, despite the fact that you have set your scaling to zero, this guide should help.
- Set the desktop resolution to 1920x1080 and the refresh rate to 60 Hz.
- Open Catalyst Control Center, select My Digital Flat Panel, then HDTV Support. In the right-side window, if 1080p24 is checked, uncheck this entry and in the area below, make sure it is not listed there, and if so, highlight this entry and select Remove. IMAGE - Check this area for 1080p24 (which one? remove all of them?)
- Go to your Scaling Options menu entry. You've already got it set as zero, I'm sure. Leave this window open and make no changes.
- Right-click the desktop, choose Screen Resolution, then Advanced Settings and then the Monitor tab. IMAGE - You should now be seeing these windows
- On the Frequency pull-down, select each refresh rate, beginning with the lowest, and click Apply. The screen will change to the selected refresh rate, and you'll notice your underscan slider has popped to the middle. IMAGE - Note at 25 Hz underscan is applied.
- Slide the underscan adjustment to zero, then click apply in CCC. Again, leave the CCC scaling window OPEN.
- Go back to the refresh selector, choose the next refresh rate, click apply, and again, slide the Underscan back to zero. Basically, you are setting an underscan preference for each refresh rate.
- Once all the frequencies for 1920x1080 have been adjusted to zero, and you're back to 1920x1080 @ 60 Hz. Make sure your Underscan is still at zero, and click Apply to any windows that are open.
- The CCC window, and the Screen Resolution windows can be closed.
- Reboot, DO NOT skip this step as rebooting saves all of your scaling preferences.
Now, before you launch the game, there's one other fix you have to apply, and this is done on each individual game executable file.
- Locate the executable file for the troublesome game. If a Steam game, then locate the file in your
- Right-click on the executable for the game itself, not the game launcher and not the Steam application itself. Example: For Crysis, find the
Crysis.exefile, right-click on the executable, choose Properties and then go to the Compatibility tab and check this box: IMAGE - Disable Display Scaling on High DPI Settings.
- Click Okay.
- Run the game, and it should now run in 1920x1080 @ 60 Hz with no underscan.
Control Center not starting
there are PLENTY of possible cause and solution to this problem, here's some general tips
Enabling 64 bit .NET (x64 windows only)
Full CCC Uninstall and Reinstall
Uninstall just CCC selectively (using Catalyst Install Manager), and then:
AMD's official website where you can find support and download drivers.
Rage3D CCC thread if your user control panel isn't starting, the solution will be probably there