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11-02-2002, 11:49 PM
Microsoft has posted a patch to fix a problem with the Background Intelligent Transfer Service (BITS) in Windows XP (Knowledge Base Article Q314862 http://support.microsoft.com/support/misc/kblookup.asp?ID=314862 ). the problem comes in two forms, the first causes BITS to stay in ?Pending Start? state for 2 minutes after the machine boots and the second causes BITS not to work in certain cases where the machine has been upgraded from Win98/WinMe to Windows XP. Grab the patch from here.http://download.microsoft.com/download/whistler/Patch/Q314862/WXP/EN-US/Q314862_WXP_SP1_x86_ENU.exe

mIRC 6.01 is out addressing some of the issues of version 6.0 released last week. Some of the new fixes are:
With this new release we hope to address most, if not all, of the comments, requests and remarks we recieved after the release of version 6.0. We'd like to emphasize the new visual style dialog that allows you to set and change frame styles (borders, lines and bevels), switchbar buttons, and a new option to disable support for irc:// chat links.
Several more or less annoying bugs have been fixed; a socket bug which that very likely caused the crashes some of you have been reporting, a connection retry bug which may have resulted in wrong nicknames, channel prefixes and nick mode prefixes, etc. Other fixes are;
an /ignore -u bug with multi-server support,
Agent support,
IRCX support for MS servers,
the on NOSOUND event not triggering,
the notify list that got lost if you used command line parameters,
the password editbox,
dcc send/get windows not showing 'transfer incomplete',
and lots of other things are improved or fine-tuned after user feedback.
Grab it here.http://www.mirc.co.uk/get.html

Here's a very small program (20KB) that will test your CPU cooling effectiveness. The program stresses CPU under extreme load to see if it is being cooled properly. Here's more on what it and does:

These programs are designed to load x86 CPUs as heavily as possible for the purposes of system testing. They have been optimized for different processors. FPU and ALU instructions are coded an assembler endless loop. They do not test every instruction. The goal has been to maximize heat production from the CPU, putting stress on the CPU itself, cooling system, motherboard (especially voltage regulators) and power supply (likely cause of burnBX/MMX errors).
burnP5 is optimized for Intel Pentium w&w/o MMX processors
P6 is for Intel PentiumPro, PentiumII&III and Celeron CPUs
K6 is for AMD K6 processors
K7 is for AMD Athlon/Duron processors
MMX is to test cache/memory interfaces on all CPUs with MMX
BX is an alternate cache/memory test for Intel CPUs
Burn* will run endlessly _UNLESS_ an arithmetic error is detected. Check up on it with the Task Manager. It will terminate with an error code of 1 if a computational error is detected. It checks every 3-8 seconds. I haven't seen any terminations, the CPUs always lockup first. Let me know if errors happen to you.
*** WARNING *** This program is designed to heavily load CPU chips. Undercooled, overclocked or otherwise weak systems may fail causing data loss (filesystem corruption) and possibly permanent damage to electronic components. Nor will it catch all flaws.
*** USE AT YOUR OWN RISK ***
Grab it here http://www.warp2search.net/download.php?op=viewdownload&cid=7 but make sure to read the Read file before you start it up.

Internet Security Systems has released a patch to fix a hole in its firewall software BlackIce Defender and BlackIce Agent that could allow malicious hackers to take over the computer. The vulnerability affects all current versions running on Windows XP and Windows 2000. It could also allow remote attackers to crash the BlackICE software. You can grab the patch here http://www.entcity.com/shownews.asp?id=1985 or get it directly through BlackIce itself.

Motherboard Monitor v5.1.0.6 Beta has been released. The new beta has the following in the way of changes:
- The new MBMIO driver, this should fix several (if not all) Win2000/XP/NT issues when going to a full DOS screen.
- What needs to be tested is if MBM still works the same as before.
- The installer will detect if the mbmio drv is not yet installed and will install it. It will then ask for a reboot, in theory this should not be needed but it will probably be the safe thing to do.
DLL:
- New IO driver
Grab it here.http://mbm.livewiredev.com/download/MBM5106B.EXE

Just a quick R.I.P notice. 3dfx Interactive Inc. is shutting down the last of its bastions, the 3dfx.com web site. the site will be taken offline for good on February 19. But you can still get 3dfx graphics drivers and sundry other resources from Voodoofiles.com.

Some ABIT BD7-RAID owners have been receiving email from someone claiming to be ABIT staff saying that the BD7-Raid motherboards would be recalled. This rumour has been denied by ABIT. Here is a what they have to say:
'Dear valued customer, we were recently notified of your purchase of an Abit BD-7 RAID motherboard. Unfortunately the Abit BD-7 RAID motherboard in under recall for an abnormal rate of inflammability. Please DO NOT connect to the Abit BD-7 RAID to a power source of any kind as injury and or death may result.'
'Please contact the vendor from which you purchased the Abit BD-7 RAID motherboard and obtain an RMA number to return this item.'
'Have a nice day.'
'Steven Tyler
RecallSspecialist
ABIT US CORP
Recalls@abit.com'
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Obviously, this mail is completely false and absurd. A few points:
1. We don't own the domain abit.com,
2. There is no Steven Tyler working at ABIT, and
3. There is no such thing as a 'RecallSspecialist'
Please help us squash this absurd rumor!
Regards,
Lester Lau
Regional Marketing Manager
ABIT Computer
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