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17-02-2002, 01:05 PM
Opera Software has released Opera version 6.01 for Windows. The new version includes some new features and bug fixes which can be viewed here http://www.opera.com/windows/changelog/log601.html. The browser itself is available here.http://www.opera.com/download/?platform=win

It looks like nVidia is under investigation by the US Securities and Exchange Commission for questionable accounting practises. The investigation arises from information ferreted out of internal nVidia emails turned over to the SEC. You can read the full story here.http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/nm/20020215/tc_nm/tech_nvidia_stock_dc_4

Adobe has released an update of it's Acrobat program, bringing it up to version 5.0.5. The new update has the following bug fixes for the Windows and Mac versions:
Acrobat 5.0.5 runs on Microsoft Windows XP.
PDFMaker one-click macro button installs and runs in Microsoft Office XP.
Acrobat 5.0.5 fixes problems associated with digital signatures in version 5.0.
Acrobat 5.0.5 fixes problems associated with Windows 98 in version 5.0.
PDFMaker one-click macro button installs and runs in Microsoft Office 98/2001; users are able to create non-tagged Adobe PDF files (these Adobe PDF files will not maintain the structure needed for links, bookmarks, accessibility, or reflow to alternative devices).
Acrobat 5.0.5 runs natively on Mac OS X (Acrobat Distiller. still runs in Classic mode).
Grab the update here.http://download.adobe.com/pub/adobe/acrobat/win/5.x/a5u1t1.exe

3D Spotlight have updated their OS Updates page. This page has complete listings of all OS patches for Windows XP, 2000, Me and 98SE. the biggest change in the page is an improved XP listing and several win2k updates removed after the security rollup patch release. Get your updates here.http://www.3dspotlight.com/tweaks/updates/

Following up on a story reported a couple of days ago, Betanews has been playing around and has found that it's not all that hard to crack the product activation technology from Microsoft. Here's a snip from their findings:
'All IP protection technologies will be cracked at some point; it's just a matter of time,' Allen Nieman, Product Manager of Activation at Microsoft, told BetaNews in an interview last May. But this week Nieman's concession became a reality as a key generator capable of creating unique, valid installation and activation codes for Windows XP came to light.
While patches and cracks for Windows Product Activation have existed since the release of Windows XP, would-be pirates were forced to physically modify system files and risk invalidating their operating system with updates. If it desired, Microsoft has the ability to instantly void such cracks or leaked keys with service packs or security patches.
(...)Most surprising is the relatively little work it takes to compute a valid key. Tests by BetaNews resulted in two keys and twenty-nine failures in just under seven minutes of heavy CPU usage. As the included information states, 'not every random cd-key [can] be made valid, so it usually needs more than one try to compute a valid cd-key.' Both keys were each able to correctly activate a retail copy of Windows XP in the test lab.
Oh well, back to the drawing board for Microsoft.

A work around has been found for people having problems with nVidia 23.11 drivers and AMD 760 MP systems. nVidia has released a 760MP kit which involves performing the following:
This is what you need to do for Windows 2000 and XP.
Here's the place to put the reg key. On Win2k it's HKLM\system\currentcontrolset\services v\device0
On WinXP it's a bit more complicated:
HKLM\system\currentcontrolset\control\video{random sequence of hex digits}0 (or something like that). You can figure it by changing the OGL ansio mode in the control panel and seeing which entry in the registry changes values.
Set a DWORD reg entry PushBufferMemorySpace to 0x00000001. Should work with 23.10 or later.
This should solve the problems.

AMD have released a new IDE Bus Master Version 1.43 for motherboards with the AMD-768, AMD-766 or AMD-756 chipsets. Grab it here http://www.amd.com/us-en/assets/content_type/utilities/eide_143.exe. This driver is not WHQL certified and not Microsoft Digitally-Signed.

Inquirer.net have come up with an answer to the data invalid problem that people installing and swapping out cards in Windows XP are having. The fix involves some registry modifications, so all the usual backing up should be done. Here's the fix:
This error appears to be due to a protection problem in the Windows registry and can occur with a variety of drivers (sound cards and SCSI drivers have been reported). To fix this problem, go to Start, Run... and type 'regedit' without the quotes to run the Registry Editor. Navigate to
and you will see a number of keys of the form 'VEN_xxxx', where xxxx are strings like '1102&DEV_0004&SUBSYS_00011103&REV_04'. Under each of these folders will be another folder with a long numerical name. Open each folder and look for the 'DeviceDesc' which matches the hardware you are trying to install. Right Click on the 'VEN_xxxx' for that device and select 'Permissions' and then tick 'Allow' for 'Full Control'. Close Regedit and then continue with the installation of your device.

cheers monty http://www.ozquake.com/montysdump/index.html

17-02-2002, 03:41 PM

Poor old M$ aye... I can't believe they claimed it was impossible, someone had done it within 3 hours of it's release, but as you say, it was a risky operation. A foolproof method now,a nd how old is XP???

Bummer for nVidia, I was always a supporter of them... Tut tut tut...



17-02-2002, 04:28 PM