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10-07-2002, 10:22 PM
Han's Workshop has put together a guide on having a strong healthy PC, an article that gives some hints on tuning you're PC to keep it in top shape. Here's a clip:
Once upon a time it was muscle cars. For some people it still is. High-performance carburetors, blowers, special-geometry camshafts, magnesium-alloy wheels - the list of modifications one could make to one's car for more horsepower or just for a unique look was huge, but for the true enthusiast nothing was too difficult or too involved.

Sound familiar? Water-cooling, graphite trace overclocking, chimneys and other 'blowers,' radical chop jobs and paint jobs…it's the same thing all over again, except today's muscle-computer owner tends to get less sun on the weekends.

But just as is true with cars, it's not only enthusiasts who can benefit from a well-tuned machine. The fact is, no computer performs well under bad conditions or with insufficient resources. Attention to a few simple details can ensure that even the plainest no-name PC runs in tip-top shape
The rest is here (http://www.hansworkshop.com/article_happypc.html).

3DChipset have posted up some info on the upcoming nVidia NV30. Seeing as even nVidia hasn't released details yet, you should treat this info as still speculation:
"I've received some information regarding the NV30, NV31 and some insight of the NV40 Nvidia is working on. First off though, the NV30 is AGP 8X and it's still a go with 900MHz DDR memory. Also what is now known is that the NV30 is multi chip capable. The number of chips is an odd number. That's all I can say without giving out the exact number. I'll say this though. It's under 8. With regards to FSAA performance the NV30 has a zero (0) performance cost using 4X FSAA. Specifications have been discussed and the NV30 is able to churn out 16 textures/pixel per pass. The NV30 also uses a 4-1 colour compression technique. Nvidia has explained to us/me that the performance we all will see with the NV30 is about double the performance of the Xbox/GF Ti4600. Another feature that is not known to the public is the use of IEE 1394 or known as Firewire will be on NV30 video cards. What this feature is for wasn't discussed thoroughly and all we know is that it has to do with the hardware mpeg2 acceleration built into the chip."
Check out the whole deal over here (http://www.3dchipset.com/news.shtml).

HighPoint Tech have released new HighPoint Drivers version 2.33 for download. Grab em from the links below:
HighPoint Drivers 2.33 for windows 9X/ME (http://www.highpoint-tech.com/v233s_Win98_rr1520.zip)
HighPoint Drivers 2.33 for windows 2000/XP (http://www.highpoint-tech.com/v233s_2k_XP_rr1520.zip)
HighPoint Drivers 2.33 for windows NT4.0 (http://www.highpoint-tech.com/v233s_NT_rr1520.zip)

TweakersGuide have posted a guide to Changing your Windows XP startbutton (http://twg.mikemth.de:1027/modules.php?name=Sections&sop=viewarticle&artid=46). The guide shows you how to change the start button without having to resort to 3rd party programs like Windowsblinds or Desktop X.

Hothardware (http://www.hothardware.com) have posted some pics of the new AthlonXP SFF low voltage CPU's. As yet there are no official figures for the new processors but these pics should keep the anticipation high

It wouldn't be a days news without a BIOS update from ASUS, and today is no different. Here is a list of new beta files for download:
Asus Bios A7V333 1009 - 01 Beta
Asus Bios P4T533-C 1005 - 03 Beta
Asus Bios P4B533 / -E 1007 - 11 Beta
Asus Bios P4B533-M 1007 - 10 Beta
Go get em here (http://www.asuscom.de/support/techmain/technical.htm).

New beta ATI Rage 128 Drivers version 6.73 have been leaked for download for all Operating Systems. The specific version numbers are listed below:
ATI Rage128 Driver for Win9x/ME
ATI Rage128 Driver for Windows 2000
ATI Rage128 Driver for Windows XP
ATI Rage128 4.3.4019 Driver for Windows NT4
The drivers support the following video cards:
- Rage128
- RAGE 128 4x
- RAGE 128 Pro
- RAGE 128 Pro2 4XL
Download them from here (http://www.warp2search.net/download.php?op=viewsdownload&sid=5).

ASUS PCProbe version 2.17.01 is available for download. PCProbe is a utility to monitor your PC's components like fan rotations, voltages and temperatures. Grab it here (ftp://ftp.asuscom.de/pub/ASUSCOM/UTIL/PC_Probe/probe21701.zip).

Microsoft has apparently delayed SP3 for Windows 2000 for an indefinite period. The delay has been caused by the discovery of several major bugs in the new Microsoft Installer (MSI) 2.0 code. This new version of the installer was to be included in the service pack, but now it will include the older version 1.1 installer unless feedback from beta testers indicates that MSI 2.0 must be included. the release of SP3 was originally scheduled for July 17. You can read more over at Wininformant (http://www.wininformant.com/Articles/Index.cfm?ArticleID=25802).

IBM has released their new professional harddrive series. The new drive is labelled the Ultrastar 146Z10 and it is the first 10,000 RPM hard drive of its generation to ship in volume and has a top capacity of 146GB. Read below for more detail on the new drives:
To enhance performance, the drive comes with a large eight megabyte (MB) cache. It also debuts with new anti-vibration technology called Rotational Vibration Safeguard (RVS) to improve performance in large disk arrays.

RVS addresses a problem inherent to multi-drive systems. As rotational speeds have increased and multiple drives are housed in powerful disk arrays, vibration is exacerbated and results in performance degradation. RVS represents advanced servo technology that autonomically compensates for vibration caused by multiple disk drives operating simultaneously. It intelligently identifies the direction and intensity of the vibration and cancels out the deleterious effects of the vibration.
Technical Specifications
Ultrastar 146Z10
146/73/36/18 GB*
780 grams (max)
10,000 RPM
3 ms average latency
825 Mbps max media transfer rate
26.3 billion bits per square inch maximum areal density
6/3/2/1 glass disk platter(s)
12/6/3/2 GMR recording head(s)
225 Gs (1ms) nonoperating shock, 45 Gs (2 ms) operating shock
4.7 ms average seek time
25.4 mm (+/-0.4)
3.7 Bels typical idle acoustics
4.5 Bels typical operating acoustics
8 MB buffer
Power: 10.2 watts (idle), 16.0 (max)
Ultra320 SCSI compatible; backward compatible to Ultra160 SCSI
2Gb Fibre Channel compatible; backward compatible to 1Gb
* gigabyte = 1 billion bytes

AVI2VCD Encoder version 1.4.1 final is out. What's AVI2VCD you say...well it's an encoder that will turn your avi files into mpeg files so you can make VideoCD's. AVI2VCD is an mpeg encoder with only one purpose, encoding VideoCD 2.0 compliant mpeg streams. Avi2vcd can create all 3 valid VideoCD streams: FILM (23.976 fps), PAL (25 fps), and NTSC (29.97 fps). The horizontal resolution must be 768 pixels or less, the vertical resolution must be 576 pixels or less. Audio need not even be present, and if it is, can be stereo or mono, 8 or 16 bit, and any of the following sample rates:
8, 11.025, 12, 16, 22.05, 24, 32, 44.1 or 48 KHz.
You can download it here (http://www.mnsi.net/~jschlic1/) and give it a try.

Easydivx version 0.82 has been released for download. Easydivx can be described this way:
Easydivx is an all in one rip pack or graphical user interface program for vStrip, MPEG2AVI, AC3DEC Normalize, VirtualDub and MicroDVD menu. It includes all required programs and works with:

Windows 98 / 98 SE,
Windows ME,
Windows 2000,
Windows NT,
Windows XP 32 bit (normal) FAT32/NTFS
Windows XP 64bit

Easydivx v0.82 is now available in the folowing Language files! German, Italian, Dutch, Swedish, Russian, French and more.
The new version includes the following changes:
DivX codec 5.0.2 support
Bugs fixed (we hope so)
New program logo
Deinterlacer fixed
New DirectVobSub v2.15 (for on-the-fly subtitle playing)
Get the program from here (http://netti.nic.fi/~temp1/easydivx/down.html) and the language files from here (http://netti.nic.fi/~temp1/easydivx/down.html).

Microsoft has released a new Windows XP Patch to fix the following:
Windows Messenger Unable To Use Internal Camera Of Sony VAIO
This update addresses the "Windows Messenger becomes unable to use an internal camera of Sony VAIO after applying Q316397" issue in Windows XP, and is discussed in Microsoft Knowledge Base (KB) Article Q323322. Download now to resolve several issues in the Windows Messenger Client and to eliminate popping sounds coming from your speakers. This update also enables users of the Voice.Net service to reach the telephony service from behind Network Address Translators (NATs).
- For More Information (http://support.microsoft.com/support/misc/kblookup.asp?ID=323322)
Version - Q323322
Release Date - 3 Jul 2002
Estimated Download Size/Time @28.8 - 1,153 kb / 6min
System Requirements

Windows XP Professional, Windows XP Home Edition

Operating System - Windows XP
Download the patch here (http://download.microsoft.com/download/whistler/Patch/Q323322/WXP/EN-US/Q323322_WXP_SP1_x86_ENU.exe) if this problem affects you.

Micorosoft has released the fifth beta of Internet Explorer 6 SP 1 to testers. The new release includes all IE 6 security patches up to and including the security patch released on May 15th which addresses Microsoft Security Bulletin MS02-023.

Zdnet has published an article on how web surfers not using Internet Explorer are increasingly finding that sites do not support their browser, as Microsoft's dominant position is increased by Web authors who choose to ignore other browsers. Here's a clip:
When he co-founded Netscape Communications in 1994, Jim Clark introduced a Web browser that promised computer users a way around the Microsoft juggernaut.

Now online photo print shop Shutterfly, another Clark-founded venture, has a succinct warning for visitors who come to the site using the latest versions of Netscape: beware. Versions 6 and higher of the browser are "unsupported," meaning people who use them cannot take advantage of several site features and may run into glitches not found with Microsoft's Internet Explorer, according to a browser error message being published on the site as of last Wednesday.

Shutterfly's browser preference page is more than ironic; it reflects an ongoing bias among some Web sites to write and test their pages for the browser most people use -- Internet Explorer. The trend lives on despite the support Web standards receive from several new browsers, including Netscape's latest, its open-source cousin Mozilla and others such as Opera and iCab.

Non-agnostic Web sites "are saying, 'We're only interested in people if they use this browser,'" said Janet Daly, a representative for standards group the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C). "That's a mistake on their part. The browser is a basic utility for people, and it's about having access to information regardless of who made that information or what authoring tool they used."

The call for Web authors to comply with standards comes as a new wave of competitors seeks to dislodge Microsoft from its perch as the No. 1 browser maker. IE is used by more than 85 percent of all Web surfers by many counts, and may go even higher. One recent study showed it with 95 percent share.
You can read more here (http://news.zdnet.co.uk/story/0,,t269-s2118687,00.html).