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17-07-2002, 10:55 PM
nVidia has officially unveiled the nForce2. The new processor will be qualified and optimised for Double Data Rate
400MHz (DDR400) memory modules, and come in two two formats, one with integrated graphics now based on the GeForce4 MX chipset and one without integrated graphics. The full press release is available for viewing at Digital Domination (http://www.digitaldomination.net/modules.php?name=News&file=article&sid=13) and reviews are available for reading at the following websites:
- AnandTech (http://www.anandtech.com/chipsets/showdoc.html?i=1654)
- [H]ard|OCP (http://www.hardocp.com/article.html?art=MzI2)
- Tom's Hardware (http://www.tomshardware.com/mainboard/02q3/020716/index.html)
- GamePC (http://www.gamepc.com/labs/view_content.asp?id=nforce2tech&page=1)
- The Tech-Report (http://tech-report.com/etc/2002q3/nforce2/index.x?pg=1)
- Beyond3D (http://www.beyond3d.com/previews/nvidia/nforce2/)
- 3D GPU (http://www.3dgpu.com/previews/nforce2.php)
- 3D Velocity (http://www.3dvelocity.com/articles/nforce2/nf2.htm)
- Geek Extreme (http://www.geekextreme.com/modules.php?name=Content&pa=showpage&pid=15)
- HardTeccs 4 U (http://www.hardtecs4u.com/reviews/2002/nforce2_preview/)
- HW Accelerated (http://www.hardwareaccelerated.com/articles/nforce2/)
- Deviant PC (http://www.deviantpc.com/articles/nforce2/index.shtml)
- NVchips-fr (http://www.nvchips-fr.com/articles/article.php?IDa=61&p=1)

CS-Nation (http://csnation.counter-strike.net/) has posted a copy of an email sent to the Half-Life dedicated servers mailing list by Valve Software describing how the Half-Life master server is going to start compiling lists of cheaters. Here's part of the email:
Security module update

*** This only affects Counter-Strike servers. ***

We've updated the public security modules again. Your Counter-Strike servers should update themselves automatically. If you find your servers are suddenly having problems, try restarting the servers.

These modules should detect OGC's OpenGl Hack 1.8 and will start reporting detected cheaters to our master ban list server. We won't be banning anyone yet, but we'll be gathering information about detected cheaters. You will see outgoing traffic to:

nVidia NVDVD version 1.22 update has been released. Nvdvd is the new software DVD player from nVidia that offers the following features:
Highest Image Quality with Microsoft VMR (Video Mixing Renderer)
Up to 10% Lower CPU Utilization
Advanced Frame and Audio Capture
Auto Resume Feature
Digital Vibrance Control
16:9 Anamorphic Widescreen Support
Optimized For MMX™, Intel® SSE™, and AMD® 3Dnow™!
This new version offers the following changes:
Added prompt for auto-resume.
Added ALT-ENTER hot key for full-screen toggling.
NVDVD no longer prompts for auto resume when there is no DVD inserted.
Changed frame capture format from BMP to JPEG.
Fixed problem transitioning from 16:9 menu to 4:3 video-only content when using the VMR.
Fixed problem with unable to go to full screen after ejecting a disc and then putting the disc in a second drive.
Disable bookmark repeat when no bookmarks are available in the title.
Fix FIGS translation problems.
Fixed flashing occasionally occurs when zooming from 2.35:1 and 1.85:1 to full frame.
You can read more on NVDVD at nvidia (http://www.nvidia.com/view.asp?IO=nvdvd) or EVGA (http://www.evga.com/articles/public.asp?AID=89)

If you have already this player download the update here (http://www.evga.com/support/utilities/NVDVD/default.asp) (serial number required to download and install).

DVD Region-Free version 1.0 RC1 is out. DVD Region-Free is a DVD tweaking tool that allows you to watch all region DVDs on any DVD drive (especially RPC2 ) even if it has been locked. Here's what has been said about it:
You don't need flash any firmware which is dangerous or unavailable. DVD Region-Free also disable region check for popular software-based DVD players such as PowerDVD, WinDVD and CinePlayer.

Other features include Region-Free for RCE DVDs, Macrovision-Free, Operation-Free and run self at DVD players startup automatically.
This one sounds like a must have, so go get it here (http://www.dvdidle.com/download/DVDRegionFree10.exe).

Winamp 3 RC3 Build 482 has been released with no word on the changes, but if you like to stay current, go get it here (http://www.fileflash.com/?action=download&program=1887).

jv16 PowerTools the new generation registry cleaner version Beta 2 is out for download. No changelist has been posted yet, so you will have to take a gamble and grab the update without knowing what the changes are. Get it here. (http://www.jv16.org/)
EraseTemp version is out for download. EraseTemp is a utility that automatically deletes old temporary files from your computer. Grab it here (http://www.majorgeeks.com/article.php?sid=1805).

IrfanView version 3.75 is available. IrfanView is a freeware 32-Bit graphic viewer for Windows 9x, Windows NT and Windows 2000. It is the first graphic viewer WORLDWIDE with Multiple (animated) GIF support, Multipage TIFF support, and Multiple ICO support. The new version comes with the following changes:
Support for ICS format
Support for CDR/CMX format
Improved MPG thumbnail support
MPG/AVI frames can be extracted from the Options menu
Option to control keeping of JPG EXIF/IPTC/Comment data
Option to save files with original date/time
Option to edit extensions for browsing
Option to import palettes
New option for batch rename: Overwrite existing files
Added RAW saving
New option in "Properties-] [/url]Misc. 2": Send short file name to external editor
Improved "Edit-] [/url]Add Text" feature
Change DPI option moved to Image-] [/url]Info dialog
New command line option: /filepattern="pattern"; read specific files only
New command line option: /gray
New command line option: /rotate_r
New command line option: /rotate_l
New command line option: /swap_bw; Swap black and white color in the image
Added/Changed some plugins
Some minor bugs/features fixed/added
If your looking for a good viewer program then this could be for you. Grab it here (http://fileforum.betanews.com/detail.php3?fid=967963863).

Microsoft has announced the upcoming release of another version of Windows XP called Windows XP Media Centre. This version was previously known as Windows Freestyle. Here's a bit on what the new Windows offers:
This new version of Windows XP is now being dubbed Windows XP Media Center. The name pretty well explains everything about it in one shot, but to sum it up, as long as your computer includes a TV Tuner, DVD player, etc., this opertaing system optimizes it all to work to your benefit with this Operating System.

The OS also includes full Remote Control support. Which means that you can stick in a DVD or SVCD, or just some of your favorite music, and start watching or listening without ever touching the mouse! It'll be just like watching TV, or playing some tunes on your CD player.

This kind if interroperability will pave the path for the all-in-one consumer devices that are on the way, and as long as your computer has the right hardware (most at least have DVD players today!), then you've already got half the product!
You can watch a video on Media Centre here (http://www.microsoft.com/presspass/presskits/2002/winxpmediacenter/) and see some screenshots here (http://www.microsoft.com/presspass/presskits/2002/winxpmediacenter/gallery.asp) and vist the Official homepage here (http://www.microsoft.com/windows/ehome/). Meanwhile the official announcement is here (http://www.microsoft.com/presspass/press/2002/Jul02/07-16MediaCenterPR.asp).

There are new BIOS updates out for the Epox 8K3A and 8K3A+. This update is version 2619 and contains the following changes:
Improved KT333 overclocking
Improved DRAM compatibility
Fixed shutdown problems in Win98/ME safemode
Grab the new file here (http://www.nvmax.com/cgi-bin/community.pl?num=1026832444).

Windows 2000 SP3 RC build 3.151 has been released to Beta Testers. This is the first new beta build since several major bugs where found in the Microsoft Installer version 2.0. You can download the web based express install of the new build from here (http://members.directvinternet.com/swiste).

Microsoft has updated the DirectX Homepage with the official release of the DirectX 8.1b Runtime for all OSs except XP. This runtime has the following fixes:
Modifies kernel component stream.sys to correct failure of laptops to resume from hibernation as described in Knowledge Base article Q307207. This fix only affects Windows 2000 systems using a docking station having an attached USB camera.
Fixes a blocking issue in quartz.dll on Windows 2000 when running DirectShow in a service.
Corrects a boundary case in the MPEG-2 Demultiplexer where packets may be dropped. This condition can occur if the video stream packet size is an integral multiple of transport packet size. The fix is incorporated for all DirectX-supported platforms.

Fixes Direct3D-base screen savers, when the computer may be unable to enter standby or hibernation by using the timer in Power Management properties.
Fixes some recent game titles that use DrawIndexedPrimitive() API with clipped TL vertices.
Fixes flashing polygons/lines issues in some applications that used DirectX 8.0 DrawPrim(), DrawClippedPrim, DrawIndexedPrim() APIs.

Installation notes:
On Windows XP, you will need to download the latest Service Pack, or install the corresponding hot fixes. Please see Knowledge Base Articles Q321178, Q307207, and Q318507, for more information.
If you are running Windows 98, Windows 98 SE, Windows Me, or Windows 2000, download the appropriate version for your system at right.
If you are running Windows 95, you should use the DirectX 8.0a runtime.
DirectX 8.1b, which provides the latest update to the DirectX technology, will overwrite any earlier versions.
Because it is a system component, the DirectX 8.1b runtime cannot be uninstalled after installation without reinstalling your operating system.
Download DirectX 8.1b runtime here (http://www.microsoft.com/windows/directx/downloads/drx81.asp).

Matrox has released a new Matrox BIOS Update (v.2.56.002) for their G550, G450, G400 and G200 series of graphics cards. Unfortunately, there were no release notes posted. Download it from here (ftp://ftp.matrox.com/pub/mga/archive/bios/2002/setup256.exe).

Hardware reviews:
Abit NV7m nForce 420-D Motherboard on Mikhailtech (http://www.mikhailtech.com/articles/motherboards/abitnv7m/).
Actiontec Cable-DSL Router on Overclocker Cafe (http://www.overclockercafe.com/Reviews/Actiontec_Router/index.html).
AMD AthlonXP 2100+/2000+ Thoroughbred CPU on PC STATS Network (http://www.pcstats.com/articleview.cfm?articleID=1162).
Arkua 8568 Socket 478 Heatsink on FrostyTech (http://www.frostytech.com/articleview.cfm?articleID=1161).
ChoLiang CB0309Z17 P4 m478 Heatsink on FrostyTech (http://www.frostytech.com/articleview.cfm?articleID=1155).
Compex Netpassage NP16 Broadband Internet Gateway Bundle and WP-11A Wireless Access Point on got apex (http://www.gotapex.com/reviews.php?rev=misc/compex-2/index.html).
Computers Devine Custom Case (in Video) on 3dGameMan (http://www.3dgameman.com/vr/computersdivine/cd_custom_antec1030sx/video_review.htm).
Globalwin CAK488T Heatsink on Systemcooling.com (http://www.systemcooling.com/modules.php?name=News&file=article&sid=97).
Intel Pentium 4 Northwood 2.4GHz CPU on Explosive Labs (http://www.explosivelabs.com/reviews/Intel_p4_2.4ghz(w533)/index.shtml).
Iwill P4R533-N Motherboard on HotHardware (http://www.hothardware.com/hh_files/Motherboards/iwillp4r533.shtml).
Lian Li Aluminum PC-68USB Mid Tower ATX Case on 3dXtreme (http://www.3dxtreme.org/lianlipc68.shtml).
MSI 845E Max2 BLR I845E Motherboard on TweakTown (http://www.tweaktown.com/document.php?dType=review&dId=311).
MSI GF4 Ti4600-VTD Video Card on Reviewmakers.com (http://www.reviewmakers.com/showdoc.php?review=48&pg=1).
Samsung SW240 40-12-40 CD-RW on PC STATS (http://www.pcstats.com/articleview.cfm?articleID=1163).
Shuttle SS40G XPC Barebones System on Active Hardware (http://active-hardware.com/english/reviews/mainboard/ss40g.htm).
Swiftech MCX4000 Pentium 4 Heatsink on FrostyTech (http://www.frostytech.com/articleview.cfm?articleID=1153).

go CSI !

thx to thy god monty (http://www.ozquake.com/montysdump/index.html)