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18-04-2002, 09:51 PM
A new variant of the Klez worm virus has come out and has started infecting computers in some parts of Asia and is spreading to the US as we speak. The virus also known as Klez.g, Klez.h and Klez.k, has its own e-mail engine to mass mail itself to victims, and upon entering a PC, attempts to deactivate antivirus programs by deleting registry keys, stopping running processes and removing virus-definition files. The worm can also spread to shared drives connected to PCs via local area networks by finding any network storage available on the infected PC and then copies itself to the remote disk drives using a random file name and a .EXE, .PIF, .COM, .BAT, .SCR or .RAR extension. Occasionally, the file name will include a double extension. The program will also cull e-mail addresses by searching a host of different file types on the infected PC. Using its own mail program, the worm will send itself off to those e-mail addresses. In addition, it will use the addresses to create a fake 'From:' field in the e-mail message, disguising the actual source of the e-mail.
While the e-mail message in which the worm gift-wraps itself is relatively standard, its ability to elude most antivirus products has enabled it to spread fairly widely. Although only rated lowly on the damage list by most virus companies, this worm is definitely one to watch out for. Read more here <http://news.com.com/2100-1001-885030.html>.

Adobe has announced that Photoshop 7 has commenced shipping <http://news.com.com/2100-1040-883553.html?tag=cd_mh> to retail outlets throughout the US. here's a bit on the new version:

Besides supporting OS X and Microsoft's Windows XP operating system, the new Photoshop includes tools such as the Healing Brush and Patch Tool, which allow for smooth touch-ups of photos. The new File Browser tool provides thumbnail images and detailed information on all images in a given folder, making it easier for people to find the image they want.

IBM is set to opt out of the hard drive manufacture business with the announcement <http://money.cnn.com/2002/04/16/technology/bc.tech.ibm.hitachi.reut/index.htm> that they have sold off their drive division to Hitachi. Here's a small clip from the news:
Separately, IBM and Hitachi also said they plan to combine their various hard-disk drive operations into a new, stand-alone joint venture. Hitachi would own 70 percent of the joint venture and pay IBM for its hard drive assets, subject to the completion of negotiations, the companies said.

Fresh off yesterday's bundle here are some more new bios files from Asus, Abit, Gigabyte, MSI Shuttle, Soltek, Soyo, and Tyan:
Asus AFLASH 2.04 <ftp://ftp.asuscom.de/pub/ASUSCOM/BIOS/BIOS_FLASH_UTILS/aflash204.zip>
Asus A7M266-D 1005.A <ftp://ftp.asuscom.de/pub/ASUSCOM/BIOS/Socket_A/AMD_Chipset/AMD_760_MPX/A7M266-D/1005A_d.zip>
Asus P4S133 1007 <ftp://ftp.asuscom.de/pub/ASUSCOM/BIOS/Socket_478/SIS_Chipset/SIS_645/P4S133/1007.zip>
Abit NV7-133R 84 <http://fae.abit.com.tw/download/bios/nv7-133r/nv784.exe>
Abit SE6 Rev1.0/2.0 7Y <http://fae.abit.com.tw/download/bios/se6/se67y.exe>
Abit SE6 Rev2.1 7V <http://fae.abit.com.tw/download/bios/se6_v2.1/se6p7v.exe>
Abit SH6 7U <http://fae.abit.com.tw/download/bios/sh6/sah67u.exe>
Abit SL6 7W <http://fae.abit.com.tw/download/bios/sl6/sl67w.exe>
Abit ST6 8A <http://fae.abit.com.tw/download/bios/st6/st68a.exe>
Abit ST6E 8B <http://fae.abit.com.tw/download/bios/st6e/st6e8b.exe>
Abit VA6 7L <http://fae.abit.com.tw/download/bios/va6/va67l.exe>
Abit VH6 Rev1.0 7J <http://fae.abit.com.tw/download/bios/vh6/vh67j.exe>
Abit VH6 Rev1.1 7F <ftp://ftp.abit.com.tw/pub/download/bios/vh6_v1.1/vh6h7f.exe>
Abit VH6-II 7F <http://fae.abit.com.tw/download/bios/vh6-II/vh6h7f.exe>
Abit VH6T 8G <http://fae.abit.com.tw/download/bios/vh6t/vh6t8g.exe>
Abit VL6 7K <http://fae.abit.com.tw/download/bios/vl6/vl67k.exe>
Gigabyte 7DX, 7DXC F7 <http://ftp.gigabyte.com.tw/support/temp/7dx_f7.zip>
Gigabyte 7DXE F2 <http://ftp.gigabyte.com.tw/support/temp/7dxe_f2.zip>
Gigabyte 7DXR F9 <http://ftp.gigabyte.com.tw/support/temp/7dxr_f9.zip>
Gigabyte 7ZX, 7ZX-1 Fg <http://ftp.gigabyte.com.tw/support/temp/7zx_fg.zip>
Gigabyte 7ZXR, 7ZXR-C Fa <http://ftp.gigabyte.com.tw/support/temp/7zxr_fa.zip>
MSI 645 Ultra (MS-6547 v1.0) 1.6 <http://www.msi-technology.de/download/bios/65xx/6547v16.zip>
MSI 845 Pro2/-R (MS-6528 v1.0) 1.4 <http://www.msi-technology.de/download/bios/65xx/6528v14.zip>
MSI K7T Pro (MS-6330 v1.0A) 3.4 <http://www.msi-technology.de/download/bios/63xx/6330v34.zip>
MSI K7T Pro 2/-A (MS-6330 v1.0C) 3.4 <http://www.msi-technology.de/download/bios/63xx/6330v34.zip>
MSI K7T Turbo/-R (MS-6330 v3.0) 3.4 <http://www.msi-technology.de/download/bios/63xx/6330v34.zip>
MSI K7T Turbo/-R LE (MS-6330 v3.0) 3.4 <http://www.msi-technology.de/download/bios/63xx/6330v34.zip>
MSI K7T Turbo2 (MS-6330 v5.0) 3.4 <http://www.msi-technology.de/download/bios/63xx/6330v34.zip>
MSI MS-6330 Lite (MS-6330 v1.0C) 3.4 <http://www.msi-technology.de/download/bios/63xx/6330v34.zip>
MSI MS-6330 Lite 3 (MS-6330 v3.0B) 3.4 <http://www.msi-technology.de/download/bios/63xx/6330v34.zip>
Shuttle Spacewalker FS50 S030 <ftp://ftp.spacewalker.com/BIOS/fs50/fs50s030.zip>
Soltek 75DRV5 12 <http://www.soltek.com.tw/downloads/bios/75dr5-12.bin>
Soyo K7VEM+ 2aa3 <http://www.soyousa.com/bios/686/vemp2aa3.bin>
Tyan Thunder i7500 (S2720) 16.4. Beta <ftp://ftp.tyan.com/bios_beta/2720411b.exe>
Tyan Thunder K7X (S2468) 1.00 <ftp://ftp.tyan.com/bios/760mpx/2468v100.exe>

Eudora Pro v5.1.1 Beta 3 has been released for download with not much word on the changes. If you're into one of the best email programs in the business then grab the new version here <http://www.eudora.com/betas/>.

Nvmax <http://www.nvmax.com> has posted an article titled Nvidia Refresh Rate Problems Explained <http://www.nvmax.com/cgi-bin/nvmax.pl?action=community&board=news&num=1018996202> where they delve into the mystery that is non-functioning refresh rates in Windows 2000/XP. Here's a clip:
More recently with the newer Detonator XP drivers from Nvidia, we have seen a new method on how the drivers store resolution data. Most importantly, this directly affects our ability to 'fix' the refresh rate problem with the nvrefreshfix tool provided by ztn.

However, all is not lost. Nvidia has released documentation on exactly how the driver handles the new method. There are things in there even I didn't know, and it's quite an informative read.

On a personal note, I feel this method is a lot easier than the older method, and definitely much less cluttered.

The boys over at Mods4Me <http://www.mods4me.com> are on a bit of a role, following on from their DDR Timing guide posted yesterday, they have posted a Windows XP Performance Tweaking Guide <http://www.mods4me.com/reviews.php?op=showcontent&id=19>. Here's a rundown from the author:
I have broken this guide into 6 parts. Networking, file system, memory performance, freeing up memory, startup/shutdown and then the other stuff. I've tried to pack as much performance related tweaking here as I can but there's always more to be uncovered. I will update this article as frequently as possible. I know there's a million tweaks that I'm missing here but I am trying to keep this guide dedicated to tweaks that directly affect your performance. I'll put together a second guide about the annoyances and other things but keep in mind this is ONLY performance stuff.

A new security bug has popped up that affects users of IE and the back button. The bug allows URL's containing the javascript protocol in the history list. The code injected in the URL will operate in the same zone/domain as the last URL viewed. The javascript URL can be set to trigger when a user presses the backbutton. The normal behaviour when a page fails to load is to press the backbutton. The error page shown by IE is operating in the local computer zone (res://C:\WINNT\System32\shdoclc.dll/dnserror.htm# on Win2000). Thus, we can execute code and read local files.
This has been tested in Windows 2000/XP environment with Internet Explorer 6.0 fully patched. Microsoft has said that they are looking at the bug, but as yet there is no patch available. Read more here <http://online.securityfocus.com/archive/1/267561>.

AMD has announced the launch of their new mobile AMD AthlonXP processor using their new 0.13 micron technology. Read about it below:
'Extending the award-winning AMD Athlon XP brand name to our mobile lineup conveys the overwhelming success our flagship AMD Athlon processor family represents,' said Ed Ellett, vice president of marketing for AMD?s Computation Product Group. 'AMD has always focused on providing what matters most to business and home consumers: leading-edge software application performance and an exceptional computing experience. AMD's transition to 0.13 micron technology allows us to provide a roadmap to higher performance and lower power options.'

The mobile AMD Athlon XP processor based on the 0.13 micron technology maintains Socket A and pin compatibility with AMD?s mobile processors manufactured on 0.18 micron technology, while adding a 266MHz front-side bus option to enable greater data throughput. In addition, a low power version of the mobile AMD Athlon XP processor, with a new micro Pin Grid Array (uPGA) packaging, is sampling now and expected to enable AMD to address the thin-and-light notebook market.
Production shipments of the mobile AMD Athlon XP processors, including models 1400+ and 1500+, began in first quarter of 2002. Notebook PCs based on the mobile AMD Athlon XP processor, models 1600+ and 1700+, are expected to be available later this quarter.
Even if many fans had hopes for architecture changes these were not included. Thoroughbred core does not happen to be anything more as a Die shrink of the Palomino. The sizes of L1-Cache (128 KByte) and L2-Cache (256 KByte) remain the same. The mobile Athlon XP is manufactured exclusively in the Dresdener Fab30, Germany.

TechCentral has published a configuration guide for the Epox 8K3A+ motherboard <http://world.altavista.com/sites/dede/pos/babelfish/urltrurl?lp=de_en&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.teccentral.de%2Fguides%2Fepox %2F8k3a_guide%2F>. It's a handy guide to get the best performance out of the new KT333 MB. The link will take you to the Babel Fish translated version, as the original site is in German.

19-04-2002, 09:01 AM
You've got me worried, I never knew I had a refresh rate problem with my XP/Nvidia graphics card until now. How can I tell?

19-04-2002, 11:03 AM
if i remember rightly he refresh rate is locked at 60hz whih makes it uncomfortable to look at the screen.

i don't use w2k/XP so i can't help you much. one way to tell is use the monitors controls and go to the menu where it tells you the vertical and horisontal refresh rates. read the horisontal one.