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01-06-2002, 08:55 PM
More updates on problems associated with SOF II have been released by Raven Software. This update focuses on identifying some issues that were reported yesterday. Read below for the update:
Friday, May 31st, 2002 - If you're having issues with Soldier of Fortune II: Double Helix please e-mail us your problems at our newly created e-mail accounts:

Single Player Issues - sof2sp@ravensoft.com <mailto:sof2sp@ravensoft.com>
Multiplayer Issues - sof2mp@ravensoft.com <mailto:sof2mp@ravensoft.com>

A bunch of us have been camping out at our new message boards to help people directly. Those are located at:

Support Board - <http://204.97.248.99/ib/ikonboard.pl>

Check out Bryan Dube's recent .plan update <http://www.bluesnews.com/plans/461/> to see what issues we're currently working on.

I just integrated the new board into Ravensoft.com, so boards for all of our older titles are there, too.

Some other Raven-related news:

- Mac Port for Jedi Outcast Announced <http://www.insidemacgames.com/news/story.php?ArticleID=5512>
- X-Box and GameCube Jedi Outcast Announced <http://www.lucasarts.com/press/releases/58.html>

Have a great weekend!

Microsoft has announced the release of beta version 1 of the Microsoft DirectX 9.0 API. Beta 1 features Microsoft?s innovative new high-level shader language (HLSL), a powerful new programming model that offers the easiest-to-use graphics creation toolset for developers. Here's what Microsoft has to say about DX9:
'DirectX 9.0 offers unparalleled advances in graphics technology,' said Ted Hase, director of Windows Third-Party Gaming & Entertainment at Microsoft. 'Microsoft always has been a pioneer in the development of best-of-breed technologies & tools that facilitate the development of great gaming content. Developers will discover that the new capabilities built into DirectX 9.0 make it significantly easier to create content that demonstrates richness, robustness & totally immersive depth.'

ATI has released a new OpenGL driver library to correct issues with Soldier Of Fortune 2: Double Helix. On levels where snow/fog effects are displayed the screen would display a blue tint. To use the update:
1. Ensure that you using one of the following display drivers:
Windows 98/ME - display driver version 4.13.9031
Windows 2000 - display driver version 5.13.01.6071
Windows XP - display driver version 6.13.10.6071
2. Obtain and install the appropriate OpenGL component update.
Windows 98/ME - WME-SOF-OGL-3140-PATCH.EXE <http://download.ati.com/drivers/wme-sof-ogl-3140-patch.exe>
Windows 2000/XP - WXP-W2K-SOF-OGL-3140-PATCH.EXE <http://download.ati.com/drivers/wxp-w2k-sof-ogl-3140-patch.exe>

Matrox has released a couple of movies to demonstrate the Parhelia-512's 2D, 3D capabilities and also show off the DVD/video graphics processing unit (GPU) featuring 80 million 0.15-micron transistors and a 256-bit DDR memory interface providing over 20GB/sec (GB/s) of memory bandwidth. It is interesting to note that the Parhelia also supports up to 8x AGP and is compliant with OpenGL 1.3 and DirectX 8.1. You can view the movies here <http://www.ocworkbench.com/ocwbcgi/newspro/viewnews.cgi?newsid1022819487,35555,>.

Mozilla.org have released the final version 1.0.0 of the Mozilla open-source web browser. Click here <http://ftp.mozilla.org/pub/mozilla/nightly/latest-1.0.0/> for download links.

Windows XP SP1 has been released internal beta testing at Microsoft and is expected to be released on August 14. Here's a little bit more on the contents and general info on SP1:
What is SP1?
Windows XP Service Pack 1 includes bug fixes (over 1700) and product updates
released since build 2600 (RTM). The updates include support for USB 2.0 and
a supported version of IPv6.

The SP1 CD will include some eHome components such as support for Tablet PC,
Mira and Freestyle.

The Service Pack package will update both XP Professional and Home editions.
Windows XP Professional 64-bit edition will also have an SP1 version.
What is the release schedule?
Note: dates are always subject to change.

The XP SP1 beta schedule is at Beta is scheduled to begin May 31, 2002 for
English and German. A Japanese version is scheduled for two weeks later;
June 14, 2002.

XP SP1 is scheduled for release (RTW) on August 14, 2002. The English and
German versions will be released on August 14th, and other localized
language version will be released according to the schedule at What does it
add to my system?
USB 2.0
XP SP1 includes drivers to support USB 2.0 devices. Windows Catalog lists
third party hardware that supports USB 2.0 and that are compatible with
Windows XP.
USB 2.0 is an enhancement to USB 1.x and increases maximum transfer rates to
480Mbps.
IPv6
Windows XP shipped with a developer?s version of IPv6. Microsoft provides no
support whatsoever for that version in a production environment. It is for
testing and development only.
SP1 contains an update to IPv6. The SP1 version is supported. If installed,
the updated version of IPv6 is listed in the Local Area Connection
properties.
For more information about IPv6 see the Microsoft internal site <http://ipv6>,
or the external site <http://www.microsoft.com/ipv6>
Mira
SP1 add support in Windows XP for Mira. Mira is the code name for software
and hardware technology supporting portable display devices. The primary
technologies involved are; Windows XP on the Base Station, CE .NET and
802.11 on the display device.
For more information about Mira see the internal site <http://teamsts/mira> or
the external site <http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/mira/default.asp>
Freestyle
SP1 adds support in Windows XP for Freestyle. Freestyle is the codename for
software and hardware technology supporting remote control of the PC. The
focus is on remote control of video, audio, photos, and TV from within the
PC. For more information about Freestyle see
<http://www.microsoft.com/windows/ehome/default.asp>

Mira and Freestyle are intended for home users, not a corporate environment.

Tablet PC
SP1 includes support for Tablet PCs. Major computer vendors are expected to
release models in the second half of 2002. For additional information about
the Table PC see <http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/tabletpc/>

A new version of the Rage3D Tweak program for Radeon based cards has been released. The tweaker adds extra tabs to go with the existing option tabs in Advanced Display Properties. It allows access to Registry Tweak options, Custom Display Modes, Refresh Rates, and Overclocking all through an easy to use interface. It also places an icon on the task bar can be enabled for quick access to all three tweaker tabs.
Here's what's new:
Implemented Multi-user support so you can choose whether the tweaker is available to all users or only the installing user
Added transparancy support to the taskbar tweaks interface
Added new tab to run and hide the Folding@Home client and show some statistics on progress.
I recommend uninstalling whatever current client you are using if you are going to install the new F@H tab.
The F@H tab install creates a c:\folding <file:///c:/folding> directory and copies the client and pre-set config file there. You must use these files in this location for the tab to work right now.
The client does not run at boot by default, but right-clicking the F@H tab will give you that option
You can edit the client.cfg file with your username if you wish to replace the default we've put there (rage3d tweak user).
You can install only the F@H tab if you don't want the other tweaker tabs
The F@H tab will never show up in the advanced display properties, only in the taskbar interface.
Oh.. and the Anime skin got the best FAH tab graphic, with the fisher price skin a close second. =)
Added some additional tweaks to the Advanced Tweaker Settings category to disable all tweaker tabs in the advanced display properties and run only from the taskbar interface or the reverse.
Added a new humorous skin (Fisher Price).
To change skins, just run the setup program again, and unselect all of the install items except for the new skin you want installed. Then reboot and the new skin will show.
Grab it from the following links:
-
Download Site 1 <http://www.ratchetsgame.com/downloads/r3dtweak.exe>-
Download Site 2 <http://131.191.13.207/files/r3dtweak.exe>- Download Site 3 <http://www.rage3d.com/radeon/r3dtweak/download/r3dtweak.exe>

A new official BIOS has been released for the Epox 8KHA+ motherboard. The new file has the following updates:
Fixed :
- Show DRAM real clock x2 for DDR SDRAM
- Disable AC97 audio at POST by item
- Support shutdown temperature in Windows 2000 platform
- Support shutdown temperature in POST
- Support No CPU FAN shutdown in POST
- Solved VIA IDE tool show ATA-33 if ATA-133 HDD Plugged
- Change AC97 item name
- Enabled ATi RADEON 7500 Memory-WB-RW
- Solved some nVidia serial AGP card unstable problem When Host = 100Mhz DRAM = 133 Mhz
Click here <ftp://ftp.epox.com/support/motherboard/bios/8khi2529.exe> for direct download

Version 2.10 of Aureal Vortex Control Panel Beta 2 for Windows XP has been released. This new version is for the following Aureal sound chipsets:
Aureal Vortex Advantage (AU8810)
Aureal Vortex (AU8820)
Aureal Vortex 2 (AU8830)
The new version has the following changes:
- First version 2.x release for all Aureal based sound cards. This contains many improvements over 1.xx, including better Equalizer support, full documentation and a system tray icon. You do not need to download anything else. The Vortex 2 is currently the only chip supported, although the others will be done as soon as possible.
Go here <http://myweb.tiscali.co.uk/chris.day/vortexcpl.html> for download links.

Project Three Interactive has released the multiplayer test for third person shooter, New World Order from Termite Games. The test is 92MB and available from the following links:
- Worthplaying <http://www.worthplaying.com/article.php?sid=4177>
-
Termite Games <ftp://ftp.termite-games.com/NWO_MPBeta.zip>- Shacknews <http://www.shacknews.com/onearticle.x/20757>
- Player Of Games <http://www.playerofgames.com/index.php?id=527>
- FilePlanet <http://www.fileplanet.com/index.asp?file=88746>

For all Grand Theft Auto fans the latest instalment, the much talk about GTA III has hit the store shelves here in Oz. This version is the modified MA 15+ rated version without all the really gory bits.

Take-Two and Triumph Studios have announced that Age of Wonders II: The Wizards Throne <http://www.voodooextreme.com/articles/ageofwonders2gonegold.html>, has gone gold and should be in stores in June. Here's the blurb:
'Age of Wonders II: The Wizards Throne' blends role-playing, magical combat, and empire building, while placing the player in control of an ancient fantasy kingdom. To restore balance in a world on the brink of collapse and earn a place amongst the Circle of Evermore (a group of immortal wizards,) gamers take charge of power-wielding wizards, clashing battalions, and laboring guilds. By wisely choosing alliances, building forces, researching the magical arts and resources, players can dominate the land and ultimately restore order in their quest for the Wizard's Throne.

Hardware reviews:
Asus V8460 Ultra GeForce 4 Ti4600 Video Card on Active Hardware <http://active-hardware.com/english/reviews/video/asus-v8460-ti4600.htm>.
EPoX 8K3A+ KT333CE Motherboard on PC STATS <http://www.pcstats.com/articleview.cfm?articleID=1117>.
Intel Pentium 4 2.53GHz CPU on x-bit labs <http://www.xbitlabs.com/cpu/pentium4-2530/>.
MSI G4Ti4600-VTD GeForce 4 Ti4600 Video Card on PC STATS <http://www.pcstats.com/articleview.cfm?articleID=1113>.
NoiseControl Silverado Heatsink on FrostyTech <http://www.frostytech.com/articleview.cfm?articleid=1116>.
Shuttle SS50 Mini Barebones System on HotHardware <http://www.hothardware.com/hh_files/Motherboards/shuttle_ss50.shtml>.
Soltek SL-75DRV5 KT333 Motherboard on Overclockers Australia <http://www.overclockers.com.au/techstuff/r_soltek_75drv5/>.
Visiontek Xtasy Ti4200 Video Card on GamePC <http://www.gamepc.com/labs/view_content.asp?id=vt4200&page=1&cookie%5Ftest=1&bhcp=1>.

01-06-2002, 10:00 PM
The moz announcement is a bit early.

They have the following on their home page:

'The CVS Release Tag for Mozilla 1.0 has been cut. It is highly probable that this is the source we will release as Mozilla 1.0. The latest test builds identify themselves as Mozilla 1.0, but don't be fooled. Mozilla 1.0 has not been released yet.'

01-06-2002, 10:44 PM
thx for that

02-06-2002, 02:36 PM
Hi Tweak'e,

I believe the launch date for Mozilla is 12th June!

Cheers K,;-)

prasada
08-02-2008, 09:24 PM
sorry wrongly posted the solution