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20-02-2002, 09:30 PM
It has been bought to my attention by the ever talented Begbie that the Power Toys for Windows XP may cause some problems with Counter-Strike 1.3. The problem is that they cause the keyboard and/or mouse to feel like a key is being pressed after it has been released. With this, if you are a keen CS player you might want to re-think installing the Power Toys.

If you're having problems with ZoneAlarm forgetting process privilege settings after restarting your PC, then you will want to check out the explanation and a fix that Zonelabs have published below:
ZA/ZAP now has a feature to protect the database file in case of corruption by the firewall service not being shut down improperly. It maintains a backup copy of the most recent good file - if the system crashes, or processes are killed, or if ZA/ZAP is shut down improperly, upon restart ZA/ZAP will revert to the previous database file.
If you seem to have this problem, the workaround is to shut down ZA/ZAP - simply right-click on the icon, and then select Shutdown, and the changes should be made permanent. You do not need to do this every time - only when you have made changes to the settings. Our engineers are working on this issue, which is usually found on Windows XP machines, but can occur on other OS's as well.

Microsoft has released yet another update that resolves an issue in Windows XP Home and professional that prevents chkdsk.exe from running at system boot. The issue can occur on systems with an IDE drive & is discussed in Microsoft Knowledge Base (KB) Article Q315403 http://support.microsoft.com/support/misc/kblookup.asp?ID=315403. Here's some more detail on the issue:
Symptoms:
When you use volumes that use the NTFS file system on integrated device electronics (IDE) drives with caching enabled, you may receive the following error message during startup:
STOP 0xED
Unmountable boot device
The normal recovery process in such a case is to run the chkdsk -f command on the computer and continue. However, OEM versions of Windows XP which have the hotfix from the following Microsoft Knowledge Base article applied, prevent the chkdsk -f command from running:
Q308402 Cannot Log On to Recovery Console After Running Sysprep in Windows XP
You can get the update from WindowsUpdate or direct from the Microsoft server http://download.microsoft.com/download/whistler/Patch/Q315403/WXP/EN-US/q315403_WXP_SP1_x86_ENU.exe

Tech Help Center have put together an article on what to look for when upgrading your PC to get the best 'bang for your buck'. The article refers to US pricing but it can be used as a good indication on what the best sort of components are to buy. http://www.techhc.hwgn.net/cgi-bin/news/article.cgi?article=EpEuppZAkuxaAyZjtJ

The Windows update site reportedly has new nvidia drivers for XP Version 2.3.1.2.

ATI has released new drivers for Windows 98, 98SE and ME:
Recommended Driver - 4.13.9009 | 16.12 MB
7.65-011228X-2465C
Posted February 19, 2002
This is a fully released and supported display driver, which supports Windows ME, Windows 98 and Windows 98 SE. DirectX 8.1 and OpenGL support are included.
According to the release notes there are no issues with this driver.http://driver.ati.com/drivers/wme_radeon_4_13_9009.html
The driver supports the following RADEON cards:
ALL-IN-WONDER RADEON 8500DV (Windows ME only)
ALL-IN-WONDER RADEON 7500
ALL-IN-WONDER RADEON
RADEON 8500
RADEON 7500
RADEON 7200
RADEON 7000
RADEON 64MB DDR
RADEON 32MB DDR
RADEON 32MB (SDR)
RADEON VE
http://driver.ati.com/drivers/wme_radeon_4_13_9009.exe

Having trouble with IE 6.0 Slowing down or hanging in Windows XP ? If it does slowdown to a crawl and/or hanging and starts to use 100 percent of CPU time it may well be a corruption of the Temporary Internet Files folder. In particular, trying to delete Temporary Internet files via Tools, Internet Options or other privacy software seems to trigger this. Also, attempts to view files in the Temporary Internet Files folder may show the folder as already empty when it is not. This behaviour occurs because the Temporary Internet files database is corrupt. Read more below:

The Temporary Internet files aren't really files but entries in Systemdrive Documents and Settings username Local Settings Temporary Internet Files Content.IE5 index.dat.
Deleting that file solves the problem. This same problem has occured for NT users and the fix works for XP:
1. Open a command prompt window on the desktop (Start/Run/command).
2. Exit IE and Windows Explorer (iexplore.exe and explorer.exe, respectively, in Task Manager, i.e - Ctrl-Alt-Del / Task Manager / Processes / End Process for each).
3. Use the following command exactly from your command prompt window to delete the corrupt file:
C:>del 'systemdrive Documents and Settings username Local Settings Temporary Internet Files Content.IE5 index.dat'
4. Restart Windows Explorer with Task Manager (Ctrl-Alt-Del / Task Manager / Applications / New Task / Browse / C: Windows explorer.exe [or your path]) or Shutdown / Restart the computer from Task Manager.
IE should now work properly.
note-use with cation

Goldenhawk Technology has released CDRWIN version 4.0A beta. Some of the new features are:
Multi-Recorder support is the first new feature to be added to version 4.0A. Now you can record on a maximum of 32 recorders simultaneously (depending on system speed). At this time, only MMC compliant drives are supported (almost all recorders made in the last two years are MMC compliant). Only SCSI based recorders have been tested so far, but many IDE recorders should work as well.
This version is for Windows 95 / 98 / ME / NT / 2000 / XP and is available here.http://www.goldenhawk.com/download_body.htm

nVidia has announced the launch of it's professional GeForce4 versions. The new range includes 7 new professional cards named the Quadro4 900 XGL (GeForce4 Ti4600), Quadro4 700 XGL and 750 XGL (GeForce4 Ti4400 with 64MB and 128MB), Quadro4 500 XGL (GeForce4 MX440), 550 XGL (GeForce4 MX460). The cards in brackets are the equivalent desktop consumer version of the Quadro4. The other 2 cards are the Quadro4 200NVS and Quadro4 400NVS, which are intended for multi-monitor configurations, with the 400NVS offering support four-monitor output instead of the usual two found on the 200NVS. You can read more on the cards here. http://www.nvidia.com/view.asp?PAGE=quadro4

FlashFXP Beta 1.4.3 Build 833 is out and available through the in-program updater or here.http://www.flashfxp.org/~forum/showthread.php?s=b850ac9c3cffbd005b825c0730bd70e1&threadid=570

20-02-2002, 11:33 PM
Photoshop 7 is due to lob next Tuesday our time, for anyone who's been hangin' out for the upgrade.

A couple of new tools and better XP integration apparently.

(Sorry tweak'e...can't remember the link, so I can't credit the source)