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tweak\'e
11-07-2002, 10:18 PM
Raven and Activision have released a new patch for Soldier of Fortune II: Double Helix. The patch is version 1.01 and comes in at 12.2MB including four new multiplayer maps, the Demolition game mode, the new MP5SD weapon, and numerous improvements and fixes for both the single and multiplayer. You can download the patch from the following links:
- Planetmirror (http://www.planetmirror.com/pub/bluesnews/sof2/patches/sof2-101patch.exe)
- Bluesnews (ftp://ftp.bluesnews.com/sof2/patches/sof2-101patch.exe)
- 3D Gamers (http://www.3dgamers.com/ad/welcome/blues/games/soldierfortune2/)
- http://www.sof2files.com/file.info?ID=3823]SoF2Files ( [url) [/url]
- Tiscali Games (http://games.tiscali.cz/clanek/patche.asp?id=3761)

LucasArts will be releasing the version 1.04 update for Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast (http://www.lucasarts.com/products/outcast/html/default.htm) tomorrow. As well as the new pclient patch there will be new dedicated server patches available. Here's a list of what you can expect in the patch:
Multiplayer
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* Corrected issue which caused servers to crash in rare instances.
* Corrected issue causing damage not to ramp up and down properly when using the backstab move in light saber stance.
* Corrected bug allowing players to pivot while executing backstab moves in all stances. Players may no longer pivot when executing these moves.
* Fixed bug causing force pull to be unblockable by people with equal or greater pull rank.
* Adjusted ammo usage of the Imperial repeater alt-fire.
* Fixed bug allowing inventory items to be used in FFA saber challenges.
* Corrected an exploit which allowed players to fall from large heights at a slow rate.
* Corrected issue which caused pain sounds not to play properly when hit by opponents. Pain sounds should now be relative to the amount of damage taken.

BioWare has released a new patch for Neverwinter Nights (http://nwn.bioware.com/support/patch.html), bringing it up to version 1.20. The patch is 3MB if you choose the programs auto-update path and 33.2MB if you download the patch manually. The only change that this patch brings is added code to prevent non-NWN files from corrupting modules in the Toolset, so it is multiplayer compatible with version 1.19. You can download the patch here (http://nwn.bioware.com/support/patch_manual.html).

For all the tech-heads out there, Ars Technica (http://www.arstechnica.com) has posted an 8-page article on the CPU Cache Subsystem, and how it affects performance. It 's all a bit technical, but well worth the read, here's a cut from it:
Along with its overclockability, there was one peculiar feature of the "cacheless wonder," as the Celeron was then called, that blew everyone's mind: it performed almost as well on Quake benchmarks as the cache-endowed PII. What became evident in the ensuing round of newsgroup and BBS speculation over this phenomenon was that few people actually understood how caching works to improve performance.
Read the whole lot here (http://arstechnica.com/paedia/c/caching/caching-1.html).

Epox have released a new KT333 based board called the EP-8K5A2+ offering the VT8235 South Bridge, USB 2.0, RAID and built in LAN connector. You can check out some more details and a pic here (http://www.ocworkbench.com/ocwbcgi/newspro/viewnews.cgi?newsid1026296366,79427,).

VIA Technologies has announced their VIA P4PB 400 Motherboard, with what they to be the world's first motherboard to feature the VIA Apollo P4X400 chipset. The P4PB 400's includes AGP 8X, DDR400/333 RAM. Here are more specs:

An onboard VIA VT1616 audio codec provides six channels of quality, crisp, digital surround sound and supports both optical and SPDIF outputs. The VIA P4PB 400 is bundled with a S/PDIF connector bracket that fits neatly into any available PC chassis I/O expansion slot. The S/PDIF brackets enables digital to digital signal transfers between devices thus eliminating the signal degradation associated with traditional analog audio.
Network connectivity is provided through the onboard VIA Rhine III VT6105M 10/100Mbps Fast Ethernet LAN controller. The VT6105M is VIA's most advanced LAN controller featuring Wake-on-LAN, remote bootability and multiple VLAN, resulting in increased system performance, security, and easier network management.
The onboard VIA VT6306 IEEE 1394 host controller and integrated VIA USB 2.0 enables seamless connectivity to all the latest high speed multimedia devices and peripherals such as digital video cameras, MP3 players, and the next generation of scanners and printers.
The full specs and piccies can be found here (http://www.warp2search.net/article.php?sid=5572&mode=thread&order=0).

Intel has pushed up the release date of it's 2.8GHz Pentium 4 to quarter 3 this year in the hope of boosting sales which still seem to be slow despite the reclamation of the speed crown from AMD. Intel says it is also considering additional price cuts this quarter in a bid to reduce its rising supply of unsold Pentium processors. You can read more over at ExtremeTech (http://www.extremetech.com/article2/0,3973,367431,00.asp).

The beta build of IE 6 SP 1 reported yesterday has been leaked to the net. You can only get the 11.7MB Windows 2000/XP package so far with I would assume other versions arriving soon. IE 6 SP 1 is available for download here (http://www.iexbeta.com/files/ie6sp1_bld2800.1067_w2kxp.zip).

JV16 PowerTools version 1.1.0.134 Beta is out for downloading. JV16 PowerTools is a modern RegCleaner utility that will keep your computer and your LAN up and running. Grab your copy here (http://www.jv16.org/).

True Launch Bar version 1.2.3 RC2 has been released. True Launch Bar is a replacement for the standard Windows Quick Launch bar and allows you to combine shortcuts in groups. Here is a more detailed explanation and a lict of the fixes and changes in this release:
True Launch Bar is a Superior replacement for standard Quick Launch. Allows you to combine your shortcuts in groups. This feature looks like popup menus. This vastly improves the management of your shortcuts and save working space on desktop. True Launch Bar fully support Drag & Drop. You can simply drop needed shortcuts on toolbar. Using feature named Virtual Folders helps you add content of any folder as menu. You can add Printers, Dialup Networks etc. and control them using context menu. Now you forgot about Start button.

True Launch Bar is compatible with Windows XP, support skins and plugins ( Winamp Control, Email Notify, System Monitor etc.)

What's new:
* Thumbnails view
* Scrollbars
* Sorting order Ascending/Descending
* Customizing scrolling options (value and time) for smooth scroll.
* Advanced System Info tab.
* Quick search by typing first letters on keyboard

Fixed:
* Explorer crash after changing icon, adding related and some other cases
* Incorrect menu draw if buttons margins changed
* Shortcuts are placed into C:WINDOWS instead recent folder
* Buttons duplicating
* Dragging from other toolbar (like Desktop) can crash explorer
* Many minor bugs
You can read more about the program here (http://www.truelaunchbar.com) and download it here (http://www.truelaunchbar.com/beta/setup.exe).

The new nVidia Omega Drivers have been updated to included some new fixes to enhance the new driver set even more. The changes incorporated into this update are as follows:
* Fixed some graphic issues, the graphics detail will stay, but with less shimmering. (9x/ME/2k/XP)
* Fixed the XP problem with resolutions, now I used the standard nvidia resolutions + added my custom resolutions. (not tested thou, don't have XP installed, need feedback)
* Removed support for W-Buffer, it was giving more problems than helping out, if a game needs W-Buffer support, it will use Z-Buffer instead when the W-Buffer is not detected, so don't worry.
* Added RefreshForce to fix the 60Hz problem. (2k/XP)
* Added Artifact Tester to test memory overclocking limits. (9x/ME/2k/XP)
* Added the DirectX control panel. (9x/ME/2k/XP)
* Added Multires, to change resolutions and refresh rates on the fly. (2k/XP)
Download the drivers from these links:
- Windows 9x/ME (http://area3d.net/omega/nvidia_w9x_omega_1042b.exe)
-Windows 2000/XP (http://area3d.net/omega/nvidia_wxp_omega_1042c.exe)

There are new Matrox Millenium Beta and Non Beta Drivers out for download. The new drivers are for the Matrox Millennium G200, Mystique G200, and Matrox G200 MMS boards, Millennium G400, Millennium G450, and Millennium G550 Driver 5.84.023 in NON BETA format for Windows 2000/XP and the Matrox Millennium G400, Millennium G450 and Millennium G550 Driver 6.83.017 BETA format for Win9x/ME. The download links and what's new are listed below:
Matrox Millennium G400, Millennium G450 and Millennium G550 Driver 6.83.017 BETA for Win9x/ME (ftp://ftp.matrox.com/pub/mga/archive/win_9x/2002/w9x_683beta.exe).
Whats new:
This is a BETA driver release...
Please uninstall your current drivers using Microsoft Add/Remove Programs before installing the new drivers.
Matrox Millennium G200, Mystique G200, and Matrox G200 MMS boards, Millennium G400, Millennium G450, and Millennium G550 Driver 5.84.023 NON BETA for Win2K/XP (ftp://ftp.matrox.com/pub/mga/archive/win_2k/2002/w2k584.exe).
Whats new:
Driver includes several general bug fixes.
Please uninstall your current drivers using Microsoft Add/Remove Programs before installing the new drivers. If your Matrox drivers do not appear in Add/Remove Programs, please use our uninstaller utility

sal 
13-07-2002, 04:51 AM
wow, do u write the ENTIRE news section tweak'e?, u MUST be heading for a job there at PC World, even robo's place, lol, nah just kidding, massive section anyways, good work

( ohh, and if your in training for a moderators spot, good luck, and i hope u get there )

ntddevsys
13-07-2002, 03:42 PM
I'm new to Press F1 what are these long news postings about

tweak\'e
13-07-2002, 07:14 PM
for the newbies i copy a mates site over to press f1. just an informal news for the regulars here. the full site can be seen at thy god monty (http://www.ozquake.com/montysdump/index.html)

you can browse the forums at http://www.ozquake.com tho its a bit quiet lately (hint,hint).