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tweak\'e
29-06-2002, 08:56 PM
Ubi Soft has released Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Game of the Year Edition (http://www.bluesnews.com/cgi-bin/articles.pl?show=379). The GOTY pack includes the original game plus the Desert Siege add-on pack and is the latest version patch release.

There is speculation that nVidia's GeForce 5 or NV30 chip release may be pushed back to 2003 if business analysts are correct. This part of what they said:

In downgrading the stock of Nvidia, Santa Clara, Calif., Prudential Securities' Hans Mosesmann said he wanted to prepare investors for the "worst-case" scenario, that shipping volumes of the NV30 or "GeForce5" could be pushed out until 2003.
"While Nvidia's execution track record is impeccable and longer term prospects are quite good, we would rather stay on the sidelines until more data points are available regarding the new product launch," Mosesmann wrote.
Read the full scoop here here (http://www.extremetech.com/article2/0,3973,286670,00.asp).

The Nimda virus has found its way onto the GameSpy website through the Gamespy Arcade Installer. Gamespy sent out emails to users notifying them of the infection and assured them that it has now replaced the infected file with a virus-free version of the installer. Nimda found it way on GameSpy servers to infect the installer program, which was downloaded an estimated 3,100 times on Tuesday and Wednesday this week, Cnet reports. In the same week KaZaA users also became exposed to a virus called Backdoor.K0wbot.1.3.B which found its way onto their servers. a full report of the infections can be found at The Register (http://www.theregus.com/content/56/25424.html).

Codemasters have released a video for Colin McRae Rally 3 called Driving Conditions. The video shows some ingame footage of the new release due out on the 27th September. Grab the video here (ftp://downloads.codemasters.com/Video/cmr3-1-drivingconditions-240602.zip).

McAfee has released the second round of betas for download of the following products:
McAfee Internet Security v5.00 Beta 2 US English
McAfee Firewall v4 Beta 2
McAfee QuickClean v3.00.4000 Beta 2
McAfee VirusScan Home Edition v7 Beta 2
McAfee VirusScan Professional Edition v7 Beta 2
If you want to get involved in the testing and trial of these betas you can find out more and download here (http://www.mcafee-at-home.com/beta).

Gamespot has released their own download manager offering high speed downloads of demos, trailers, and patches from their website. Here's a piece of what they said about the manager:
"Start by clicking on any of the images or buttons below to initiate the download of our GameSpot Download Manager (powered by Kontiki). Once installed, this client facilitates high-speed downloads of all your requested files. For a limited time, feel free to download as much content as you like, though just be careful to have enough free space on your hard drive. We will periodically update this list of free content, so be sure to check back regularly and often."
Find out more and download here (http://gamespot.com/gamespot/misc/downloadcenter/?tag=sptlt).


In an effort to combat the download of illegal music off the web major record labels have launched a campaign where they are flooding online swapping services with bogus copies of popular songs. This is a clip from the news service reporting the campaign:
The online music sites know they're under attack. Darrell Smith, chief technical officer of StreamCast Networks, parent of the popular file-swapping service Morpheus, said he first noticed the practice about a year ago, but chalked it up to 'rogue teenage hackers just being obnoxious'.

Sources at three major labels admit they're deluging popular services like Morpheus, Kazaa and Grokster with thousands of decoy music files that look identical to a sought-after song, but are filled with long minutes of silence -- or 30-second loops of a song's chorus.
Smith, from StreamCast, said the network is being flooded with bogus files -- all coming from sources that can marshal massive amounts of bandwidth and banks of computers occupying a narrow range of Internet addresses. It's clearly intended to disrupt the file-sharing network, he said.
It seems that the days of the online file swapping services are numbered. You can read the whole news report over at BayArea (http://www.bayarea.com/mld/bayarea/).

Abit has released a new BIOS file for the KR7A motherboard series, covering the following boards:
KR7A
KR7A-RAID
KR7A-133
KR7A-133R
The new board offers the following changes:
1.) Support AMD Athlon XP 2200+(133)-Thoroughbred.
2.) HPT 372 BIOS Version 2.31. The RAID function is for KR7A-RAID/KR7A-133R only. This BIOS version is also for Non RAID boards, and the HPT BIOS would automatically be disabled while RAID controller chip did not be detected.
3.) BIOS Compile Date: 6/07/2002
grab the files from the following links:
- KR7A/KR7A-RAID (http://fae.abit.com.tw/download/bios/kr7a/kr7a9n.exe)
<http://fae.abit.com.tw/download/bios/kr7a-133/kr7a9n.exe>- KR7A-133/KR7A-133R (http://fae.abit.com.tw/download/bios/kr7a-133/kr7a9n.exe)

Bioware has released a new patch for Neverwinter bringing it up to version 1.19. The patch includes the following fixes/changes:
Creatures will now use their spell-like abilities again
Bards will no longer become illegal characters
Sort community names alphabetically in chat
Neverwinter Nights now works with DirectX debug DLLs
Added a Tech Support chat area
You can use the in-game updater or download the patch manually from here (http://nwn.bioware.com/support/patch_manual.html).

DAEMON Tools 3.16 has been released. DAEMON Tools is an application for multiprotection emulation. It is further development of Generic Safedisc emulator and incorporates all its features. This program allows running backup copies of SafeDisc, Securom or Laserlock protected games. Also included is a Virtual DVDROM drive enabling you to use your CD images as if they were already burned to CD. DAEMON Tools works with all types of CD/DVDROM drives and supports nearly any CD protection. There is no word on the changes yet but you can download the new version
here (http://web590.server16.y-w-s.de/dtools/daemon316.exe).

Opera Software have released Opera 6.04 Final. There is no word on the changes yet, but here is (http://savagenews.com/?show=2120) the download link.

Microsoft is forcing some websites which design and produce mod-chips for the Xbox to close up shop. One of the first was the Enigmah site, a site which was the pioneer in the Xbox modding. Here's a clip from the news report:

Another site which hosted an Xbox mame version says that it is no longer doing so because "the binaries built with an illegally obtained XDK contain information and/or code that is copyrighted by Microsoft, and redistributing said binaries would be illegal."
Read the full deal at The Inquirer (http://www.theinquirer.net/28060203.htm).