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tweak\'e
09-07-2002, 09:57 PM
The new Multiplayer/Clan patch for Black & White has been released. The patch is 7.5MB and includes new multiplayer winning conditions, a clan support system, a ranking system and more. You can download the patch from PlanetBlackAndWhite (http://www.planetblackandwhite.com/).

Overclockers AU (http://www.overclockers.com.au) have posted a review of the ASUS A7V333 (http://www.overclockers.com.au/article.php?id=68443), a board based on the KT333 chipset that supports USB 2.0, RAID and 6 channel audio.

Microsoft will be closing down the Windows Corporate Update Site (http://corporate.windowsupdate.microsoft.com/en/default.asp) before the release of Windows XP SP1. The reason is to prevent manual downloading of patches that the SP1 would be unable to disable. Users with the "Devils-Own" key updating to SP1 will lose access to the official Windows Update Site (http://v4.windowsupdate.microsoft.com/en/default.asp), but would have still been able to update manually through the corporate update site. Here's what they had to say about the Corporate site:
"With SP1 for WinXP Microsoft will be checking validity of licenses before permitting the service pack to install, but as we pointed out a little earlier this doesn't matter a great deal while corporate Windows update exists.

The text looks like it's designed to lead you to believe it was retired in March, but that's not what it says, and although we at The Register are particularly unobservant and dozy by the standards of cutting-edge journalists, we're pretty certain we'd have noticed it said that when we last visited last in, er, early June."
You can read more on this at The Register (http://www.theregister.co.uk/content/4/26093.html) and Microsoft (http://corporate.windowsupdate.microsoft.com/en/default.asp).

A comparison has been posted pitting the new Omega nVidia drivers up against the official nVidia driver set. This is a case of pitting performance against quality to see which is the best. Here's a very brief clip from the comparo:
Now, a NVIDIA driverpack has been released by "Omega". It is supposed to improve the picture quality a lot while not taking away many fps. This article will show you how this driver performs, and of course, what it looks like.
Check the review out here. (http://twg.mikemth.de:1027/modules.php?name=Sections&sop=viewarticle&artid=45)

ASUS have announced a new line of motherboards that support Serial ATA and AGP8X. The boards are the P4S8X, A7V8X and A7N8X using chipsets from SiS, Via and nVidia. Here's the blurb:
The P4S8X , A7V8X and A7N8X are based on SiS' 648, VIA's KT400 and NVIDIA's latest chipset, respectively. One of the main features of these motherboards is the advanced Serial ATA storage interface. Also included in the new motherboards is AGP8X (AGP3.0) graphics standard. Just like its predecessor, AGP4X (AGP2.0), AGP8X is a 32-bit wide bus, but it can work at 533MHz data transfer rate and support up to 2.1GB/sec bandwidth, ensuring faster and better video graphics performance.
You can read the full details of the new boards here (http://www.coolcomputing.com/article.php?sid=949&mode=thread&order=0).

A new download for users of Motherboard Monitor and Windows 2000/XP has been released. This update will allow you to make the MBM Dashboard transparent on the desktop. If it looks like something that will appeal to you, get it over here (http://mbm.livewiredev.com/).

The Register is claiming that OEMs are giving Windows 2000 only nine more months to live hot on the heels of Microsoft pressuring PC companies to stop offering dual install Windows 2000/XP systems immediately. This appears to be another money raising plot by Microsoft. Traditionally companies will stay with an existing system as long as they can rather than incur the expense of rolling out a new OS to their users, Microsoft wants to put a stop to this and force companies to update generating more revenue for them. For more dirt on this go check out the full story over at TheRegister (http://www.theregister.co.uk/content/4/26077.html).

Here are some handy Windows XP console utilities you can easily run from the command line:
Computer Management - compmgmt.msc
Disk Managment - diskmgmt.msc
Device Manager - devmgmt.msc
Disk Defrag - dfrg.msc
Event Viewer - eventvwr.msc
Shared Folders - fsmgmt.msc
Group Policies - gpedit.msc
Local Users and Groups - lusrmgr.msc
Performance Monitor - perfmon.msc
Resultant Set of Policies - rsop.msc
Local Security Settings - secpol.msc
Services - services.msc
Component Services - comexp.msc
Password Control - control userpasswords2
To run these utilities go to start --> Run and type in the command you want to use i.e control userpasswords2 and press enter

The Tech-Report (http://www.tech-report.com) has run up a comparison between the nVidia Personal Cinema and ATI's All-In-Wonder (http://www.tech-report.com/reviews/2002q3/dv-comparo/index.x?pg=1) to see which of the products gives the best digital video graphics. Here's a quote from the comparison:
Nvidia announced the Personal Cinema last year, and a lot of people let out a sigh of relief. Finally, some capable competition for the integrated digital video graphics crown had arrived. Up until the Personal Cinema's launch, there really wasn't a competent competitor for ATI's All-In-Wonder series of graphics cards (well, unless you count Matrox). These cards were based off various Radeon cores. They integrated TV tuners for couch potatoes and a slew of video input and output ports for video editing, and Nvidia didn't have anything even close.

PowerStrip 3.20 Final is out for download with the following changes:
- Enabled flat panel timing control (DVI)
- Added Catalyst/Detonator 29.60+ compatibility
- Streamlined NV memory clock management
- Improved monitor enumeration
PowerStrip 3.20 provides advanced, multi-monitor, programmable hardware support to a wide range of graphics cards - from the venerable Matrox Millennium I to the latest Radeon 8500DV and GeForce4 Ti4600. It is in fact the only program of its type to support multiple graphics cards from multiple chipset vendors, simultaneously, under every Windows operating system from Windows 95 to XP. A simple menu that pops up from the system tray provides access to some 500 controls over your display hardware, including sophisticated color correction tools, period level adjustments over screen geometry, and driver independent clock controls.
You can download the new version from the Tuning Section here (http://http://www.warp2search.net/download.php?op=viewdownload&cid=4).

new set of ATI Omega Drivers for Windows 9x/ME have been released. These drivers are version 2.4.44 and sport the following changes:
Based on the Catalyst drivers by ATI.
Added some new settings to increase image quality.
Fixed the problem with 7500 cards not working correctly.
Get em here (http://www.omegacorner.com/) if your an ATI owner.

Creative has released its own Detonator 29.42 Drivers for all nVidia based cards and operating systems. The drivers have the following changes:
Better support for newer graphics cards.
Improves performance in some graphics-intensive games.
Grab them from the links below:
Creative 29.42 Windows 9x/ME (http://uk.europe.creative.com/support/drivers/eula.asp?id=388)
Creative 29.42 Windows 2000/XP (http://uk.europe.creative.com/support/drivers/eula.asp?id=390)
Creative 29.42 Windows NT4 (http://uk.europe.creative.com/support/drivers/eula.asp?id=389 )

A playable demo of The Italian Job is now available for download. The demo gives you a chance to tryout the upcoming arcade racing game based on the classic Michael Caine movie. The demo features the Jump Test Challenge, the full London test drive mission, and part of the Turin Getaway mission. Grab it here (http://www.3dgamers.com/news/more/1026003445/).

MSI have released some new BIOS files for the following motherboards:
MSI K7T266 Pro2 Version 3.6 (http://www.msi.com.tw/program/support/bios/bos/spt_bos_detail.php?UID=28&NAME=MS-6380 Ver2.0)
MSI K7T266 Pro2-RU Version 3.6 (http://www.msi.com.tw/program/support/bios/bos/spt_bos_detail.php?UID=29&NAME=MS-6380 Ver2.0)
MSI 845G Max Version 1.3 (http://www.msi.com.tw/program/support/bios/bos/spt_bos_detail.php?UID=314&NAME=MS-6580)
MSI 745 Ultra Version 1.3 (http://www.msi.com.tw/program/support/bios/bos/spt_bos_detail.php?UID=13&NAME=MS-6561)
MSI MS-6340M Version 4.7 (http://www.msi.com.tw/program/support/bios/bos/spt_bos_detail.php?UID=131&NAME=MS-6340M )
MSI MS-6382E Version 3.0 (http://www.msi.com.tw/program/support/bios/bos/spt_bos_detail.php?UID=340&NAME=MS-6382E V2.0 )
MSI 845E Max2 Version 5.3 (http://www.msi.com.tw/program/support/bios/bos/spt_bos_detail.php?UID=311&NAME=MS-6398E )
MSI MS-6340M Version 6.2 (http://www.msi.com.tw/program/support/bios/bos/spt_bos_detail.php?UID=23&NAME=MS-6340M Ver5.0 )

TweakersAsylum have published an updated version of their Windows XP ACPI Tweak Guide (http://www.tweakersasylum.com/tapages.php?filnavn=Guides/ACPI/ACPIRedux/00000001.htm). Here's a quote from the guide:
A while back we did a guide on gaining 3D gaming performance by disabling Windows XP ACPI. This guide generated A LOT of interest and still does on a regular basis today! Due to the high demand, I decided to break down and do an update to our original guide. In this update you will find a new set of benchmarks, a few more tips, and even a couple of new tricks!

OCworkbench (http://www.ocworkbench.com/index.stm) have posted some benchmarks for AGP 4x vs. AGP 8x. Here's what was posted:
We ran the Eng. board based on SIS648 chipset using a P4 2.4G at DDR333 CAS 2,2-2-5 mode. Here are our results of 3dMark2001SE Build 330. Drivers used: 3.02a.02.

3DMark2001SE Build 330 results

8X AGP 7382
4X AGP 7366

Quake 3 Demo 001 (800x600x32)

8X AGP 248.0fps
4X AGP 245.7fps

Looks like the 8x AGP and 4x AGP difference isn't that a big performance jump on the 3DMark2001SE Build 330. Do take note these results are based on initial beta BIOS and drivers. The final results should improve!

Here's a universal video capture driver that is supposed to work with a wide range of video capture cards, including ATI, 3dfx, Leadtek. If your into video capture than you may want to give them a try by downloading them from
here (http://btwincap.sourceforge.net/) or here (http://www.rage3d.com/board/showthread.php?threadid=33625560).

MSI has released a new motherboard titled the MSI KT3 Ultra2. The new boards have on-chip USB2.0-controllers and integrated RAID and Bluetooth. You can read the full specs here (http://www.msi.com.tw/program/products/mainboard/mbd/pro_mbd_detail.php?UID=341&MODEL=MS-6380E).

Asus has released more new BIOS files for the following boards:
ASUS A7V333 BIOS version 1008 final (ftp://ftp.asuscom.de/pub/ASUSCOM/BIOS/Socket_A/VIA_Chipset/Apollo_KT333/A7V333/1008.zip)
ftp://ftp.asuscom.de/pub/ASUSCOM/BIOS/Socket_A/VIA_Chipset/Apollo_KT266/A7V266/1010.zip ( ASUS A7V266 BIOS version 1010 final
ASUS A7V266-C BIOS version 1010 final (ftp://ftp.asuscom.de/pub/ASUSCOM/BIOS/Socket_A/VIA_Chipset/Apollo_KT266A/A7V266-C/1010c.zip)
ASUS A7V266-E BIOS version 1010 final (ftp://ftp.asuscom.de/pub/ASUSCOM/BIOS/Socket_A/VIA_Chipset/Apollo_KT266A/A7V266-E/1010e.zip)
ASUS A7V266-EX BIOS version 1010 final (ftp://ftp.asuscom.de/pub/ASUSCOM/BIOS/Socket_A/VIA_Chipset/Apollo_KT266A/A7V266-EX/1010ex.zip)
ASUS A7V266-M BIOS version 1010 final (ftp://ftp.asuscom.de/pub/ASUSCOM/BIOS/Socket_A/VIA_Chipset/Apollo_KT266A/A7V266-M/1010m.zip )
ASUS TUV4X BIOS version 1005 final (ftp://ftp.asuscom.de/pub/ASUSCOM/BIOS/Socket_370/VIA_Chipset/Apollo_Pro_133T/TUV4X/1005.zip )
ASUS P4B533 BIOS version 1007-09 beta (ftp://ftp.asuscom.de/pub/ASUSCOM/BIOS/Socket_478/INTEL_Chipset/i845e/P4B533/1007__09.zip )
ASUS P4B533-E BIOS version 1007-09 beta (ftp://ftp.asuscom.de/pub/ASUSCOM/BIOS/Socket_478/INTEL_Chipset/i845e/P4B533-E/1007e_09.zip)
ASUS P4B533-M BIOS version 1007-09 beta (ftp://ftp.asuscom.de/pub/ASUSCOM/BIOS/Socket_478/INTEL_Chipset/i845e/P4B533-M/1007m_09.zip )

Sam H
10-07-2002, 09:24 AM
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