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21-08-2002, 09:25 PM
AMD Breaks 2 GHz Barrier
Extreme tech have put the new Athon XP 2600+ through it's paces and have given it a tentative seal of approval with benchmarks showing that it is now almost lineball with the P4 2.53Ghz processor on the 850E chipset and in a lot of areas better than the P4 2.53Ghz on the 845E chipset, bringing it out of the speed wilderness. The new 2600+ runs at a clockspeed of 2.133Ghz breaking that magic 2Ghz barrier. Click on over to Extreme Tech (http://www.extremetech.com/print_article/0,3998,a=30232,00.asp) and see the figures for yourself.

Hitman 2 Demo released
Fileshack has posted a copy of the demo for Hitman 2. The demo is 48.37MB and gives you a small look into the game.hhere's a short description of the storyline:
You're back. Are you prepared? The past is about to catch-up with you.
You, the hired gun with a sense of loyalty, the assassin with a sense of justice. And faith? What of faith? Trust in God, but carry a loaded gun. Bind yourself with mastery of weapons, and thoroughness of groundwork. Know when to hold your fire, when to just kill time, and when to strike. Track down those that force you out of retirement. Seep through the deep fractures of the world. Flow through the quarters of sin, crime, greed and dishonor. Be certain 47, in such places your enemies will hide at first, until the only safe place, is behind you.
You watch your back, number 47.
You can grab the demo here (http://www.fileshack.com/file.x?fid=858).

NV30 Benchmarks ?
A japanese site called PC Pop has posted what it says are benchmarks for the NV30 chipset from nVidia. The benchmarks show results against a Radeon 9700 and a Geforce Ti4600 with results which seem to be incredible, showing the NV30 as being almost twice as fast as the Radeon. Go check out the results here (http://www.pcpop.com.cn/view.asp?type=news&id=7722) and make your own mind. Personally I wouldn't put much credit in them just yet.

Guide to Windows Security
Techspot (AKA 3D Spotlight) has posted up another one of their in-depth guides. This time they are looking at Windows Security and how to make your Windows OS more secure. Here's a cut from the guide:
This guide will cover some of such tips and tricks for different applications which should make your system more secure as well as less prone to viruses. Although the guide is mostly aimed at Windows 2000/XP users, people using older version of Windows should also take note as much of the content here applies to those earlier versions in addition to the Internet Explorer and Outlook Express tips.
Check it here (http://www.techspot.com/tweaks/windows_security/index.shtml).

Dell To Sell Non-branded Computers
Dell has announced that it is going to commence selling a non-branded computer to small computer shops to kick along it's growth in the PC market. The PC will be a low-priced (around $US500) desktop PC catering for small businesses. here are some of the details:
The new desktop, dubbed White Box D510, will offer an Intel Celeron processor and a one-year warranty. Buyers will be able to configure it to their desired specifications, increasing memory allotments, for example.
Check out the full story here (http://news.com.com/2100-1001-954501.html?tag=fd_lede).

Stripped New SB Live/Audigy Drivers
FDRSoft has stripped the drivers from the 154MB file posted in yesterday's news to a more respectable 15MB. So if you simply want to update your drivers then grab em from here (http://www.fdrsoft.fr.fm/fdrsoft-aud-sblive-5.12.02whql.zip).

New Soundblaster Live and Audigy Drivers version whql
A new driver and Liveware package has been released for Windows XP from Creative Labs for the following soundcards:
Sound Blaster 5.1
The new drivers contain the following changes:
The EAX on Creative PlayCenter has options in English.
Logoed driver support for Audigy and SoundBlaster 5.1.
Fixes issue where volume controls on Audigy blocked All In Wonder audio in Time-Shift mode.
Fixes Sound Blaster 5.1 issue where the computer would lock up during reinstall of Sound Blaster 5.1 .
Fixes Audigy issue where EXPLORER.EXE would lock up after uninstalling Audigy from Device Manager and rebooting after device re-enumeration.
Fixes Korean Language issues using Creative Diagnostics that caused an error while running the Wave Driver test.
Fixes Korean Language issues with InstallShield during the setup process.
Fixes Korean Language issue where OS error message was generated after reinstalling AudioHQ and accessing it from the Control Panel.
Versions :
playcenter version 3.02.52
surround mixer version 2.00.26
creative recorder version 2.00.32
disk detector version 2.00
audio hq 1.10.22
creative diagnostics
wave studio version 4.21.07
Download the driver and Liveware pack from here (http://www.fileconnect.net/modules.php?name=Downloads&d_op=viewdownload&cid=32) and unzip package find and delete OEM.cfg to install.

Office XP SP2 English edition released
The english version of the Office XP Service Pack 2 has now been released for download. The download is 14.7MB and it contains previously released and new updates. The pack is a collection of all the bug fixes that Microsoft has released and has been working on since it issued the first service pack last December. The new version numbers are as follows:
Outlook & Word 2002: 10.4219.4219
Excel & Access 2002: 10.4302.4219
Powerpoint 2002: 10.4205.4219
Grab it from here (http://download.microsoft.com/download/officexpstandard/sp/oxpsp2/w98nt42kmexp/en-us/oxpsp2.exe).

Altec Lansing XA3021 speaker review at Dan's Data
Dan's Data has reviewed what could be the strangest looking speaker set out. This set looks more like a submarine than a subbie and two satellites. Here's a cut from the review:
The satellites look like Shure 55-series microphones (read all about those in PDF format here); this styling note has previously been seen in certain vapourware 1.2GHz Macintoshes of yore. The subwoofer, in contrast, looks not unlike an explosive device made by the craftsmen of Acme Corporation, ready for use by a luckless consumer.
Check out the whole review here (http://www.dansdata.com/xa3021.htm).

Multiple KT333 Motherboard Shootout at Overclockers New Zealand
Overclockers NZ has posted up a KT333 motherboard shoot-out motherboards from Albatron, ASUS, Chaintech, Epox and Soltek. Here's an example from the shoot-out:
Today, we bring you the round up of five contemporary AMD DDR boards based on VIA's KT-333 chipset. The collection includes: Albatron KX-400+, Asus A7V-333, Chaintech Apogee, Epox 8K3A+ and Soltek DRV5. Unfortunately, Abit's KX-333 and AT7 are missing from the scene. This is due to a technical difficulty we had with both boards. We've emailed Abit regarding the problem (three weeks ago), however we never received any responses, except automated ones.
The comparison can be found here (http://www.overclockers.co.nz/ocnz/mobo/kt333shootout/f1.shtml).

40x burner comparo at Techware Labs
Techware Labs has done a three way comparo between the Lite-On, Plextor and Teac to see which is the best . Check this snip of the article:
Several months ago, 40x burning became a reality when Plextor got the jump on all of the other optical storage companies with the PX-W4012TA CD-RW. Since then, many companies have been coming out with versions of their own. As with any genre of products, a few stood out above the rest. Namely, the original tried and true Plexwriter; the wallet-friendly Lite-On, and the speed-daemon Teac. Today Techware Labs will be comparing the three drives on their relative merits.
Read it all over at Techware Labs (http://www.techwarelabs.com/reviews/storage_memory/40x_burner_roundup/).

Fast Launcher 3.0 Beta 1 released
A new version (3.0 beta 1) of Fast Launcher has been released for download. Fast Launcher is a replacement for the Windows' Quick Launch panel and Start menu containing several features, which make this program more useful and convenient than Quick Launch. Fast Launcher is easy to use: you need just two clicks to launch program, it allows you to divide different programs to groups, you can minimize it to tray or just hide, there are hot-keys for quick access and much more. There are also small bonuses like semi-transparency under Windows 2000/XP or screen edge snapping.

Check out the programs homepage here (http://www.dvasoft.com) and download the program from here (http://www.dvasoft.com/files/fl30b1.exe).

Opera casts off legacy code for speed
The people over at Opera Software have announced that they will be removing all legacy code from their browser and switching to a new code to further increase the speed of what they describe, is the fastest browser on the market. They are on the verge of releasing a trial of Opera 7, which will resemble Opera 6 only superficially. The rendering engine of the browser that interprets code pulled down from Web servers has been rewritten from the ground up over the past 18 months under the project name of Project Presto (after the musical tempo-character indicating speed and lightness). The brief was to make Opera both faster and more compatible with the Document Object Model (DOM), an emerging standard technology that lets scripts, like JavaScript, act on individual elements of a Web page. You can read the full story over at CNet (http://rss.com.com/2100-1023-954561.html?type=pt&part=rss&tag=feed&subj=news).

Search Toolbar v1.0 RC1 is out
Search ToolBar, the total integration for your web browser is out for download. Search ToolBar for Internet Explorer lets you search over 70 Search Engines and features a pop-up ad killer, news categories, a form filler, email checker, MP3 player, program launcher and more. When installed it will integrate with the browser as in the pic below allowing complete control over your browser:

This one seems like a must have and to fully appreciate it features, you will need to check out the homepage here (http://www.searchtoolbar.com/) for more info. In the meantime, download the program here (http://www.searchtoolbar.com/SearchToolbarV1.EXE).

Windows XP Media Centre Edition to ship Q4/2002
Microsoft has announced that their Windows XP Media Centre Edition, the newest member of the Microsoft Windows
XP family will commence shipping in quarter 4 this year. Windows XP Media Centre Edition is said to offer the power of their OS combined with unequalled entertainment for the home user. Formerly known as Freestyle Windows XP Media Center Edition turns your PC into a media centre, bringing together rich entertainment experiences with the freedom to access them from anywhere in the room with a simple remote control. Check out the links below for more details:
Media center PCs (http://www.microsoft.com/windows/ehome/introducing/introducing.asp)with Windows XP Media Center Edition will be available for
the holidays in 2002.

Powers the complete PC experience (http://www.microsoft.com/windows/ehome/powers/powers.asp) Delivers the full power and functionality of Windows XP, for users who demand the most from their home computing experience.

Delivers more entertainment choices (http://www.microsoft.com/windows/ehome/delivers/delivers.asp)Expand your possibilities for fun with more entertainment choices

Enables entertainment excitement from anywhere in the room (http://www.microsoft.com/windows/ehome/enables/enables.asp) Gives you the freedom to conveniently access your entertainment anywhere in the room with one remote control
You can check out a video of the new product in 56k (http://www.microsoft.com/winme/0207/18505/MCE_56k.asx), 110k (http://www.microsoft.com/winme/0207/18505/MCE_110k.asx) and 300k (http://www.microsoft.com/winme/0207/18505/MCE_300k.asx) formats or have a look at the eHome (http://www.microsoft.com/windows/ehome/default.asp)webpage.

Intel Application Accelerator version released
The Intel Application Accelerator has been updated to version and released for download. The utility updates Windows XP/Me/98x/2000/NT to reduce the storage sub-system bottleneck, enabling faster delivery of data from the hard drive to the processor and other system level hardware. The Intel Application Accelerator replaces the Intel Ultra ATA Storage Driver and is for the following chipsets:
Intel® 810 chipset family
Intel® 815 chipset family
Intel® 820 chipset family
Intel® 830 chipset family
Intel® 840 chipset family
Intel® 845 chipset family
Intel® 850 chipset family
Intel® 860 chipset family
Intel® Application Accelerator
Mobile Intel® Pentium® 4 Processors - M
You can download it here (http://downloadfinder.intel.com/scripts-df/proc/T8Clearance.asp?url=/4625/eng/iaa222_enu.exe) and read more here (http://downloadfinder.intel.com/scripts-df/Detail_Desc.asp?ProductID=663&DwnldID=4625).

Tech-PC looks at the AMD Athlon XP1800+ CPU and The VIA KT133A Chipset
Tech-PC have posted a review of the AMD Athlon XP1800+ CPU and The VIA KT133A Chipset and poses the question "Is it worth running a CPU this speed in an older motherboard". The article centres around a range of budget upgrading features they have been running. Here's the intro:
It has been nearly two years now since VIA introduced the KT133a chipset. The KT133a added support for the 266 MHz FSB (133 MHz double pumped) front side bus, for the AMD processors. Also the KT133a still kept support for the 200 MHz FSB (100 MHz double pumped) front side bus. This let the user have the options of running either the older first and second Generation Thunderbird processor, or the Duron processor and now the new AthlonXP processors. It is very nice seeing how a board manufacturer will make a product which has the CPU life seen here. Subsequent chipsets have been released, the KT266 and KT333 and soon the KT400 chipsets. When there have been that many chipset revisions the older ones seem to become obsolete very quickly. The KT133a is one of those. Once the KT266 (supporting DDRAM) started to be mass marketed, the KT133a SDRAM platform soon became a Dinosaur by today’s PC standards. Or did it?
View the rest here (http://www.tech-pc.co.uk/xpkt133a.php).

RealOne Player Beta released
Real networks have released a copy of their new RealOne Player version 7. Changes for this version are:
- TurboPlay
- Theater Mode
- DVD playback
- Full-speed CD-burning
Download it here (http://fileforum.betanews.com/download.php?fid=1007498278).

Passmark BurnInTest Professional version 3.0 released
BurnInTest version 3.0 has been released with no word on the changes. BurnInTest is a software tool that allows all the major sub-systems of a computer to be simultaneously stress tested for endurance, reliability and stability. BurnInTest tests the CPU, hard drives, CD ROMs, sound cards, 2D graphics, 3D graphics, RAM, network connections & printers. The Pro version can also test tape drives, serial and parallel ports. Download a copy here (http://www.passmark.com/).

WinHvance version 1.6.3 for download
If your into tweaking, then this program is for you. WinHvance offers more than 170 tweaks for improving any Windows 9x operating system. There's no word on the changes in this version, but I am sure that anyone who feels the need for tweaking will want to give this program a try. To try it out grab it here (http://www.windows-hq.com/Download/index.cfm?id=1).

Reset 4.11 is out
Reset 4.11 has been released at #winbeta to help cure those Windows XP activation woes . This release fixes a range of bugs that were introduced in version 4.10. Grab you copy here (http://members.lycos.co.uk/iexbetaserver/-NEW-%20Reset%204.11.rar) and apply the patch by starting XP in safe mode.

Crystal Button 1.42 has been released
Crystal Button version 1.42 has been released for download with no list of changes. Here's a description of this program:
Crystal Button is a tool for creating fabulous, professional quality graphics for the Web. It can create variety of three-dimensional glassy, metallic, plastic and even XP style buttons. You can construct stunning navigation bars, create buttons with different rollover effects - highlighted, pressed and others. Create 3D images with absolute ease. You can modify the image material, the text, the lighting, the type of the borders, the shape, and more.
You can download it here (http://www.crystalbutton.com/crystalbutton.exe) and start creating those groovy images. You can check out a screenshot here (http://www.sky999.com/home/modules.php?name=News&file=article&sid=827).

dave e
21-08-2002, 09:51 PM
hi tweak,
just wondering where you come across all this info or "news" :)
keep it up!

21-08-2002, 10:41 PM
from thy god monty (http://www.ozquake.com/montysdump/index.html)

22-08-2002, 04:02 PM
Hmm.... Man, that new AMD Looks juicey, maybe in a few months if I can save the dosh for a newer model, very interesting results between the chipsets though!


22-08-2002, 04:26 PM
Why bother with the new AMD, when you can get....


Now THAT'S herbs for you...

22-08-2002, 04:52 PM
Hah! I can see it now: Thursday's news: Please see http://www.ozquake.com/montysdump/index.html for Thursday's news..!!

22-08-2002, 04:57 PM
Because AMD will be the King. Oh yes AMD will be the King.

Unless nVidia starts manufacturing CPUs

22-08-2002, 06:17 PM
"AMD will be King" ...??? Repent now and save your soul from eternal damnation!!

Intel for life... ;)