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22-08-2002, 09:29 PM
AMD Athlon XP 2600+ released
AMD has released the Athlon XP 2400+ and 2600+ and it's no surprise that most of the attention is focussed on the 2600+ as it is AMD's best hope to square even with the Intel P4 2.53Ghz chip. To coincide with the release the reviews have already started to flow in praising the new processor as pushing the Intel chips back to 2nd. Check out the reviews listed below:
- [H]ard|OCP (http://www.hardocp.com/article.html?art=MzQx)
Anandtech (http://www.anandtech.com/cpu/showdoc.html?i=1685&p=1)-
Tom's Hardware (http://www.tomshardware.com/cpu/02q3/020821/index.html)-
The Tech Report (http://tech-report.com/reviews/2002q3/athlonxp-2600/index.x?pg=1)-
AMDMB (http://www.amdmb.com/article-display.php?ArticleID=202)-
Overclockers Australia (http://www.overclockers.com.au/article.php?id=84360)- Active Hardware (http://active-hardware.com/english/reviews/processor/xp2600.htm)
Hardware Zone (http://www.hardwarezone.com/articles/articles.hwz?cid=2&aid=493)-
Hot Hardware (http://www.hothardware.com/hh_files/CCAM/amd_axp_2600.shtml)- AMDZone (http://www.amdzone.com/articleview.cfm?ArticleID=1198)

AMD's 2700+ to use 333MHz FSB
Before the dust has even settled on the release of the 2600+, rumours are rife that AMD's next speed step will be a 2700+ which will use a 333MHz front side bus (FSB). The changes are rumoured not to stop there with other Barton features like SOI (silicon on insulator) and a 512K cache. The target release date has been set down for October if they can solve the difficulties engineers are having making the SOI process work. Read more on the new processor at The Inquirer (http://www.theinquirer.net/?article=5053).

Unsafe Functions in Office Web Components
Microsoft has released details of issues arising with the Office Web Components and security vulnerabilities in their Active X controls. Here are the details as released by Microsoft:
The Office Web Components (OWC) contain several ActiveX controls that give users limited functionality of Microsoft Office in a web browser without requiring that the user install the full Microsoft Office application. This allows users to utilize Microsoft Office applications in situations where installation of the full application is infeasible or undesirable. The control contains 3 security vulnerabilities, each of which could be exploited either via a web site or an HTML mail.

Affected Software:
Microsoft Office Web Components 2000, 2002

Products which Include the Affected Software:
Microsoft BackOffice Server 2000
Microsoft BizTalk Server 2000, 2002
Microsoft Commerce Server 2000, 2002
Microsoft Internet Security & Acceleration Server 2000
Microsoft Money 2002, 2003
Microsoft Office 2000, XP
Microsoft Project 2002
Microsoft Project Server 2002
Microsoft Small Business Server 2000

Patch availability:
Microsoft recommends that users install the Office XP SP2 update using the Office Product Updates (http://office.microsoft.com/productupdates/) site.
You can download the patches manually from the following links:
- General Patch (http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;%5bLN%5d;Q322382)
- Microsoft Project 2002 (http://office.microsoft.com/downloads/2002/prj1001.aspx)
- Microsoft Project Server 2002 (http://office.microsoft.com/downloads/2002/ps1001en.aspx)
- Office Web Components Download (http://office.microsoft.com/downloads/2002/owc10.aspx)

Windows XP SP1 Build 1102 Leaks
A new XP SP1 build has found its way to the net. This time it is build 1102. While it is said to not have any noticeable changes it may still be worth a download from the links below:
- Mirror 1 (http://downloads.windowsxpstuff.net/tracker/pafiledb.php?action=download&id=28)
- Mirror 2 (http://www.sky999.com/home/modules.php?name=Downloads&d_op=getit&lid=233)
These links may not last long, so hurry to get your copy.

Office XP fixs and changes update
If you have downloaded the Office XP SP2 update and are not quite sure what the service pack updates, you can view all the changes at the Official OfficXP page (http://www.microsoft.com/office/ork/xp/journ/Oxpsp2a.htm) and check out an article over at C|net titled Office XP vs. bugs, Round Two (http://rss.com.com/2100-1001-954615.html?type=pt&part=rss&tag=feed&subj=news). Both of these pages should help you sort through the maze of fixes and changes released with SP2.

Intel to debut faster Pentium 4 next week
Intel is set to announce the release of the Pentium 4 2.8Ghz processor next week. Intel will need this processor to get back the speed crown just lost to AMD. The release was brought forward from quarter four this year to the third quarter to keep pace with AMD. You can read the full article on the processor and it's release here (http://www.siliconvalley.com/mld/siliconvalley/news/3902884.htm).

Winnow Cleaner 2.0 released
Winnow Cleaner version 2.0 has bee released for download. The Winnow website has no details on what's changed in this version. Winnow Cleaner is designed to run on Windows 9x/ME/NT/2000/XP and is used to show the complete contents of index.dat file that Internet Explorer uses to store info and allows it to be cleared. There is more info available from the Winnow homepage (http://www.winnowsoft.com) and the program can be downloaded here (http://www.winnowsoft.com/wc.zip).

Crazy Taxi Demo released
3dgamers has a copy of the demo for the recently released PC port of the console arcade racing game by Sega Entertainment Crazy Taxi. Crazy Taxi outs you in a world where you pick up passengers and get as many of them to their destinations as possible within the time limit and in the craziest ways. Choose one of four taxi drivers and cause plenty of havoc, all for a better tip. The demo installer and Readme are in Japanese, but the demo itself is in English, allowing you to sample a slice of the full game. Go here (http://www.3dgamers.com/news/more/1029951740/) and grab the demo.

Sudden Strike II Demo Updated
An updated version of the Sudden Strike II demo has been released to fix a variety of issues including graphics card incompatibilities that plagued the original demo. Sudden Strike II is a RTS set during World War II and the demo weighs in at around 60MB. You can download the new demo over at Mgon (http://www.mgon.com/files.phtml?id=143640).

nVidia Cg Toolkit Beta 2 Released
nVidia has released a new beta copy of its Cg toolkit. The toolkit, primarily for game designers and the like allows you to get into some real-time programming. The beta includes the following:
This revision supports the recently ratified ARB_vertex_program and also the "CineFX" (NV3X class) architecture. With NVIDIA's Cg Compiler, complex vertex and pixel shaders can be easily written to fully leverage the "CineFX" architecture. Developers should peruse the updated Cg User's Manual and release notes, which detail minor changes in keeping with the latest DirectX 9 Beta.
This is only intended for programmers and designers, so if you fall into either of these categories download your copy of the toolkit here (http://developer.nvidia.com/view.asp?IO=cg_toolkit).

KT400 chipset Does not fully support DDR400
X-bitlabs has posted a report that the new VIA KT400 chipset will only support DDR400 RAM by only using two DIMM module banks on motherboards with DDR400 support enabled. If all banks are used the memory cannot function. The problem may even stop devices working if there is more than one DDR SDRAM DIMM module running at 400MHz. The reason of such strange KT400 behaviour is a bug in the VT8368 north-bridge that VIA has not yet managed to rectify. Read the full story here (http://www.xbitlabs.com/news/story.html?id=1029904628).

Unreal Tournament version 436 IpDrv server fixes
Epic Games has issued small fixes for the Win32 and Linux servers of Unreal Tournament. The fixes replace the IpDrv module with one that addresses a Denial of Service attack bug along with a server lag problem. Download the fix here.

DVD Region-Free version 1.0 Final released
Version 1.0 Final of DVD Region-Free, the program that will allow you to play all region DVD's on any DVD drive, including region locked players, has been released for download. DVD Region-Free does away with the need for firmware upgrades and removes region checking in software players such as PowerDVD, WinDVD and CinePlayer. This version fixes the following:
- Another region mis-match problem fixed.
- Continue to improve the Key-check algorithm.
- Improved interface and help system.
Download DVD Region-Free from here (http://www.dvdidle.com/dvd-region-free.htm).

iuVCR version beta out
Version beta of iuVCR, the Windows 2000/XP video recording program, has been released. iuVCR is a video recording program for if you have a TV tuner or a video capture card installed on PC. It will record TV programs and videos in *.AVI or *.WMV format using a plain interface. It also allows you to capture video of any format, resolution and duration, can automatically start when scheduled. This beta has the following changes:
Support for DV devices implemented
Presets now stored into system registry with unique device id instead simple index.
The sample grabber filter now unconnected while recording.
Some little bug fixes
Nail your copy here (http://www.iulabs.com/eng/iuvcr/download.shtml).

New EPoX 8K3A/+/P BIOS out
EPoX's UK site has released a new official BIOS version 2815 for the 8K3A and 8K3a+ motherboards. The new BIOS brings the following changes:
Show PC3200 in POST when DRAM clock over 200MHz
Add more options for warning/shutdown temperature
Update HighPoint 372 BIOS to V2.32
Report USB1.1 UHCI/OHCI and RAID controller PCI device type
Added support to monitor CPU temperature -20 to 100
Added for run VGABIOS by item value when resume from STR
Update Clock Control Setting for AMD recommend
Add new AMD K7 CPUID = 681h support (Athlon XP2400+ / 2600+)
Move Sensor code to XGROUP by define 'SENSOR_IN_XGROUP'
If you have one of these boards go grab the new BIOS here (http://savagenews.com/?show=2293).

More Intel 0.09 Micron details
CNN have posted an article on Intel's recently released details of their .09 micron processors currently in development. here's part of the news item and announcement:
Intel Corp. on Tuesday unveiled details of plans that would allow the world's largest semiconductor company to make the next exponential leap in building microchips that are smaller, faster, cheaper and more energy efficient. Intel said it plans to move to large-volume manufacturing of chips based on so-called 90-nanometer circuitry technology by the second half of 2003.
The processor makers are continuing to push the envelope to the benefit of you and I, the average consumer, which can be only good. Check out the whole report over here (http://www.cnn.com/2002/TECH/ptech/08/13/intel.reut/index.html).

Cheaters To Be Banned From CS/DoD
Valve Software has updated their security module for CS (Counter-Strike) and DoD (Day of Defeat) servers that will ban the CD key's of anyone caught cheating. Here's a copy of the letter sent out to server admins and testers:

We've updated the public security modules again. If you've been helping us test the beta security modules, you should remove the password from your command line and restart your server. The beta security modules are no longer being tested.

These security modules should detect most versions of OGC and report detected cheaters to our ban list server.

We're no longer using port 27013 for the ban list. You will now see traffic (in/out) on port 27011. This traffic is to/from the ban list server. Make sure you have this port open in your firewall.

Your Counter-Strike and Day of Defeat servers should update themselves automatically. If you find your servers are suddenly having problems, try restarting them.

We've been investigating the problems some servers have been having after we update the security modules (clients not being able to connect, etc.). We're still working on the problems. If your server has a problem updating to the latest security modules, please send me any details you have (including which OS you're running and your log files during the update) that will help us track down the problem. You can send this information directly to me (mailto:erics@valvesoftware.com).

We hope to resolve the server problems soon. We appreciate your patience.


Eric Smith
So cheaters beware, your key is up.

23-08-2002, 11:57 AM
WOOHOOO ... Crazy Taxi on PC. <download commences> :D

23-08-2002, 01:11 PM
Well .... that's gotta be the buggiest demo I've seen in a long time :(