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15-05-2002, 12:34 AM
Here's another Windows XP Tweak that was sent to me last night by a local bloke by the name Shadow. Windows XP is slow to open icons and the Start menu as it is set to a 400ms delay by default, this tweak will speed the process up a bit:
Click on Start
Go to the RUN command and type Regedit.
Navigate to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop
Select MenuShowDelay from the list on the right.
Right click on it and select Modify.
Change the value to 0. (400 Default)
Reboot your computer.
Thanks for the heads up Shadow.

Infogrames has opened the official Unreal Tournament 2003 <http://www.unrealtournament2003.com/>site. The site is still very much in it's infant stage, showing basic game information, the introduction of its backstory, several new screenshots, an FAQ and the opportunity to pre-order the game. The FAQ does sport some useful info with the game modes available and unofficial map names. I have list the modes and map names below just in case:
Game modes:
Deathmatch
Team Deathmatch
Capture the Flag
Domination 2.0
Bombing Run

Map names:

Capture the Flag:
Chrome
Maul
Kretzig
Lethargic
Lava Giant2
Lost Faith

Death match:
Tokara Forest
Asbestos
Vidona
Compressed
Antalus
Insidious
Flux2
Inferno
Vidona
Leviathan
Gestalt

Domination:
Sepkku Gorge
Core
Temple Anubis
Outrigger
Ixcorra

Activision and Raven Software have announced that Soldier of Fortune II: Double Helix has gone gold. The game is expected in stores on May 22 in the US. Read below for more of the announcement:
SANTA MONICA, CA - May 13, 2002 - Activision, Inc. (Nasdaq: ATVI) and Raven Software's Soldier of Fortune II: Double Helix has gone gold and is on its way to manufacturing. The sequel to the award winning Soldier of Fortune, Soldier of Fortune II: Double Helix drops players into the ranks of America's shadow soldiers in a gritty and intense battle for survival. Soldier of Fortune II: Double Helix is rated M for MATURE (17 and above) for animated blood, violence and gore.
In Soldier of Fortune II players once again assume the role of John Mullins, a military consultant working for the top-secret agency known as The Shop. In the game, players must make use of stealth, as well as firepower, to tackle a wide-range of missions including hostage rescue, intelligence gathering and search-and-destroy. To fully immerse players in the experience, Soldier of Fortune II: Double Helix brings the grittiness of combat to the PC like never before with incredibly detailed skeletal animations that enable lifelike character movements and per pixel hit locations for ultra realism.
Soldier of Fortune II: Double Helix also advances the genre with the introduction of a new random mission generator technology for both single and multiplayer. By entering variables into to game's random mission generator players can create millions of single or multiplayer maps on-the-fly for endless replayability. In addition to the RMG maps, multiplayer in Soldier of Fortune II: Double Helix offers nine professionally designed maps, more than 100 unique model/skin combinations and four different game modes including and deathmatch, team deathmatch, elimination and infiltration.

AnandTech <http://www.anandtech.com> has posted a review of the Gainward GeForce4 Ti4200, one of the first 4200 cards on the market. The card reviewed comes with the 128MB 4ns RAM. Here's a clip from the review:

In order to keep costs down and honestly because cooling memory doesn't help all that much there are no heatsinks on the memory. Remember that memory is much more of a capacitive device than a transistor-heavy GPU and thus doesn't produce nearly as much heat since there isn't a lot of high-speed switching going on.
The GPU sports a circular heatsink much like what we saw on Gainward's GeForce3 line of cards. Again to cut costs we don't see the same elaborate forms of cooling that we found on the Ti 4400 and 4600 cards, but then again the GPU isn't clocked nearly as high as those parts to warrant additional cooling.
Read the whole lot AnandTech <http://www.anandtech.com/video/showdoc.html?i=1619&p=1> here.

There are new leaked nVidia Detonator beta drivers for Windows 9x/ME and 2000/XP out. The drivers are version 29.40 for Windows 2000/XP and 29.41 for Win9x/ME and are described as being standard generic reference drivers ensuring that all cards are supported. Here's some of the details on what's included in the driver sets:
NVIDIA Beta Detonator Driver 29.40 for Windows 2000 and XP
Driver dated 04/26/02 - 26th of April 2002
All nVidia cards to date supported
No multi-language support
nView support present
Not compatible with Nvidia Refresh Rate Fix, use RefreshLock 2.01 <http://www.pagehosting.co.uk/rl/> instead.

NVIDIA Beta Detonator Driver 29.41 for Windows 95/98/ME
Driver dated 04/25/02 - 25th of April 2002
All nVidia cards to date supported
No multi-language support
nView support present
You can download the drivers here <http://www.warp2search.net/download.php?op=viewdownload&cid=1>.

Adaptec have released a new USB 2.0 driver (Version 2.3) for Windows. The driver is for use with Adaptec's USB2connect and DuoConnect products and is compatible with all USB 1.1 devices as well. The drivers are for Windows 98 Second Edition, Windows 2000, Windows ME and Windows XP operating systems. Grab em here <http://www.adaptec.co.jp/cgi-bin/download/download.cgi?ID=usb/usb2_v23.exe>.

Rightmark.org have posted an Audigy Testing Guide in their downloads section. The guide is a PDF document that comes in at around 129KB and it shows you how to configure the Audigy for a test run in Rightmark. RightMark Audio Analyzer is a test suite that performs various tests of electroacoustical performance of sound cards and other real-time audio devices. Testing is accomplished by playing the test signals and recording them after they pass through the testing chain. With this test you can know how well your card is setup and performing. You can download both the guide and Rightmark here <http://audio.rightmark.org/download.html>.

CPUCooL 7.1.0 has been released for download. CPUCooL monitors temperature, fan speed and voltages for many motherboards and works with all chipsets from Intel, ALI, VIA, AMD, and SIS 5595 motherboards. The new version has the following change:
Fan speed regulation started, PLL's added, bug fixes.
Get it here <http://www.podien.onlinehome.de/CPUCOOL9.ZIP>.

Mods4me <http://www.mods4me.com> has published an Intel 845 Tweaking Guide <http://www.mods4me.com/reviews.php?op=showcontent&id=23>. They describe the guide as bringing you all the memory and AGP tweaks that we can for those who don't have the options in your BIOS by manipulating the chipset registers.

Rumours have started that Xbox 2 could be launched as soon as September this year with Microsoft being in 'fierce' discussions with DVD manufacturers that supply drives for Xbox on where money can be saved. For more info check out the article at Digitimes <http://www.digitimes.com/NewsShow/Article.asp?IR=N&ClassID=100&datePublish=2002/05/10&pages=06&seq=32>.

Asus Germany has released more beta and final BIOS files for their motherboards. Grab them the from the direct links below:
Bios P4S533 with Onb. LAN 1007 Final (=1007 - 03 Beta) <http://www.warp2search.net/Bios%20A7V333%201007%20-%2003%20Beta>
Bios P4S533 without Onb. LAN 1007 Final (=1007 - 03 Beta) <ftp://ftp.asuscom.de/pub/ASUSCOM/BIOS/Socket_478/SIS_Chipset/SIS_645_DX/P4S533/without_OnBoard_Lan/1007c.zip>
Bios P4B266-M 1004 - 02 Final (=1004 - 02 Beta) <ftp://ftp.asuscom.de/pub/ASUSCOM/BIOS/Socket_478/INTEL_Chipset/i845d/P4B266-M/1004m.zip>
Bios P4B 1010 Beta Final (=1010 - 02 Beta) <ftp://ftp.asuscom.de/pub/ASUSCOM/BIOS/Socket_478/INTEL_Chipset/i845/P4B/1010.zip>
Bios A7V333 1007 - 03 Beta <ftp://ftp.asuscom.de/pub/ASUSCOM/BIOS/Socket_A/VIA_Chipset/Apollo_KT333/A7V333/>

15-05-2002, 01:43 AM
Should we trust someone with a name like Shadow?

15-05-2002, 08:51 AM
Should we trust someone with a name like tweak'e?

Mike.