|For fu*ks sake, ATI cant even get their act together
Give me a break. ATI clearly
states why they did this. Laptop vendors may or may not have modified the drivers, especially to support lower clock speeds for heat reasons. ATI is making them test and approve the drivers before it lets their end users use them.
mobility modder 2.2 works great to install 5.6
You can manually installed the driver through device manager too.
For desktop cards it doesn't matter.
I've been running the drivers all weekend on my 8104. They are very very fast, but they do resurrect one bug. If you run at a non-native LCD resolution (say 1280x768) on the 8104 you get a white line, 1 pixel tall, at the bottom if the screen. I had this with the acer 4.x drivers shipped with the 8104. Updating to catalyst 5.3 (unian) fixed this. Catalyst 5.6 brought it back.