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13-09-2002, 08:25 PM
Sony to offer both DVD recordable formats
Sony has made an announcement that it will support the two leading DVD formats in a new line of drives to be released that hopefully calm consumer worries over the continuing confusion of multiple DVD formats. As DVD recording becomes more popular there is still confusion over the two leading formats, DVD+RW and DVD-RW which have hampered sales because consumers are un-willing to pay money for a drive that could become redundant as soon as it leaves the store. Sony's solution is to sell an internal and an external PC drive that reads and writes to DVD+RW/+R and DVD-RW/-R discs. The external DRX-500UL drive will be available in November for $US429, while the internal DRU-500A drive will be available in October for $US349. The external drive will come with USB and FireWire ports. You can read more over at ZDNet (http://zdnet.com.com/2100-1103-957191.html).

AMD to delay Hammer until end of Q1 2003
New.com has posted a news item (http://news.com.com/2100-1001-957757.html?tag=fd_top) stating that AMD has revised its shipping of the Hammer processor until the end of quarter 1 2003. Here's part of the report:
The desktop version of Hammer, which is code-named Clawhammer and will be marketed under the Athlon brand name, will ship to PC manufacturers in the first quarter of 2003 and will hit store shelves toward the end of that quarter or at the beginning of the next, said John Crank, senior branding associate at AMD.

Earlier, AMD planned to ship Clawhammer to manufacturers by the end of the fourth quarter of this year and have it on store shelves in the first quarter of 2003.

XP-Antispy 3.61 released
A new version (3.61) of XP-Antispy, the program that removes spyware and let's you disable some built-in update and authetication features in Windows XP has been released for download with no word on the changes.

XP-Antispy 3.61 (http://www.xp-antispy.de/index.html?/download.htm)

WMP9 Beta on Windows XP Firewall problem and fix
For those running Windows XP and Windows .NET Server and third party software, it has been reported that there is a problem with Windows Media Player 9 Series Beta crashing when attempting to stream from over the network when there is a third party firewall software installed on the computer. The on Windows XP and Windows .NET Server machines is that the Windows Media Player 9 Series Beta calls into a new Winsock API for performance reasons. There are some incompatibilities when using this API with existing third party firewall software causing the application to crash. To fix this, use the following workaround:
Workaround: The following steps are intended to serve as an interim workaround for the Beta release of the Windows Media Player 9 Series.
NOTE: Following these steps are not supported and Microsoft is not responsible for any problems that may occur as a result.
1) Quit the Media Player if it is running.
2) Copy the file C:Windowssystem32wmnetmgr.dll to the "C:Program FilesWindows Media Player" directory.
3) Rename the new copy of the file (in the "C:Program FilesWindows Media Player" directory) to wspwsp.dll.
4) Open a command window (click the "Start" button and select "Run" then type CMD.EXE and hit enter).
5) Type in the following line into the command window and hit the enter key:
regsvr32.exe "C:Program FilesWindows Media Playerwspwsp.dll"
6) Run the Windows Media Player 9 Series beta and attempt to stream content from over the network.

Fresh UI version 4.20 out
Fresh UI, the program for configuring and optimising Windows, version 4.20 is out for download with the following changes:
Hidden settings added in these sections:
- Windows Update
- Security
- Network
- Shut Down Windows.
Fresh UI is loaded with hundreds of useful hidden settings in Windows XP/2000/98/95/Me, allowing you to customize and optimise the Windows User Interface (UI), optimising system settings, optimising hardware settings, customizing Windows application settings, control user environment with policies.
Fresh UI (http://www.freshdevices.com/files/frui.exe)

Note: Register on the site (http://www.freshdevices.com/freshui.html) for free key.

Windows Media Player 9 hard to uninstall
Some people using Windows ME and XP are reporting that it is hard to uninstall Windows Media Player 9 Series because it doesn't show up in the ADD/REMOVE programs windows, yet it does on Windows 98 and 2000. This, according to Microsoft is deliberate, because they are trying to encourage people to use the System Restore feature of these two OS's. Here's the word:
Windows Me and XP users must rely on a feature called "System Restore" to roll back their Windows installation to a time before they installed Media Player 9 Series if the want to uninstall it. The clunky alternative doesn't really remove all Windows Media Player 9 Series files and could potentially wipe out other system changes.
David Caulton, a Windows Media product manager, said the uninstall issue isn't a bug or mistake: Microsoft intended the software to work that way, and the company warns people before they install the software that it's hard to get rid of it.
You can read the whole story over at CNet News (http://rss.com.com/2100-1001-957704.html?type=pt&part=rss&tag=feed&subj=news).

ATi 7.76 Catalyst 02.3 Drivers released
ATi has released new Catalyst 02.3 drivers for Windows ME/XP/2000 and you own a Radeon 8500, 9000, 9700. The new driver set is part of the CATALYST software suite and have been released to be compatible with Windows XP SP1. The ATI Catalyst 02.3 display driver bundle does not include ATI's Display Panel controls, which must downloaded separately here (http://mirror.ati.com/support/products/pc/radeon9700/winxp/radeon9700prowinxpdrivers.html?cboOS=Windows+XP&cboProducts=RADEON+9700+PRO&cmdNext=GO%21).
Windows ME (http://mirror2.ati.com/drivers/wme-radeon-4-13-01-9062-efg.exe)

Windows 2000 (http://mirror2.ati.com/drivers/w2k-radeon-5-13-01-6166-efg.exe)

Windows XP (http://mirror2.ati.com/drivers/wxp-radeon-6-13-10-6166-efg.exe)

ZoneAlarm Pro 3.1.395 out for download
ZoneLabs have released version 3.1.395 of ZoneAlarm Pro 3. This new release comes with no word on what's changed from the previous version.
ZoneAlarm Pro 3.1.395 (http://www.fileconnect.net/modules.php?name=News&file=article&sid=1829&mode=&order=0&thold=0)

Nero Mpeg2 Svcd for Nero version
Here's an addition for Nero Burning Rom that will convert all your .mpg, .avi, .mov (Quicktime 5 not yet supported) .asf or .wmv video into MPEG-2/SVCD allowing you to burn SVCD's that will play on all SVCD compatible DVD players. Here is what the encoder gives you:
Features of the MPEG-2/SVCD Encoder:
true SVCD compliant encoding and re-encoding of non-compliant MPEG-2 files
two pass variable bitrate encoding for the very best quality
over 30 minutes of high quality video on 74 min media
unique fit-to-disksize option to maximise video capacity and quality
optimized for AMD Athlon and Intel Pentium 3 and Pentium 4 processors
state-of-the-art motion estimate algorithms
easy to use ... just drag&drop and burn
Technical Specification:
MPEG2 - Layer2 audio encoding
Bitrate: from 32 kbits/sec to 384 kbits/sec (224 kbits/sec default)
Stereo, 44.1kHz
CRC error correction
Pal : 480x576 , 25 frames/sec, interlaced
NTSC 480x480, 29.97 frames/sec, interlaced
variable bitrate encoding: average bitrate: 2300000 bits/sec
maximum bitrate 2600000 bits/sec
scene cut detection
MPEG2 System stream, SVCD compliant
Nero version

ATi RADEON 9700 Pro breaks 21,500 points in 3DMark 2001 SE
A bloke by the name of Holicho has set a new record in 3DMark 2001 SE with his 9700 Pro. He scored over 21,500 points on a Pentium 4 2.5GHz at 4GHz cooled by Liquid Nitrogen, an ASUS P4T533-C motherboard and a PowerColor Radeon9700 PRO at 479/378Mhz with Dry Ice cooling. Check the score out here (http://service.madonion.com/compare?2k1=4449807).

DVD Region-Free 1.06 out
DVD Region-Free, the program that allows you to watch all region DVDs on any DVD drive (especially RPC2) even if it has been locked, has come out in version 1.06 with the following changes:
1. Improved recovery from reading DVDs failure.
2. Bypass the DVDs which is allowed to play in the DVD drive.
DVD Region-Free (http://www.dvdidle.com/download.htm)

Black Hawk Down MP Demo Released
NovaLogic (http://www.novalogic.com/language.asp) has released the demo of Delta Force: Black Hawk Down MP. Set in Somalia in 1993, this action shooter is based on the Operation Restore Hope and Task Force Ranger campaigns and follows members of the Delta Force and US Army Rangers as they participate in a number of daring raids against the oppressive Somali warlords. The demo is 59MB and includes the following features:
Night vision.
Players can play as medics.
Humvees drive around the map on a fixed course. Players can board the Humvees and use the .50 cal machine guns against the opposing team.
Progressive Spawn Points - Players can "capture" neutral spawn points to add additional spawn locations.
Players can lean around corners to look and shoot.
Frag grenades.
Grenade launchers (fixed weapon emplacements).
New weapon ballistics.
Mirror 1
Mirror 2
Expressing their apologies for the difficulties, NovaLogic sends word that there is an updated version of the Delta Force Black Hawk Down Demo available that removes the NetQuartz ezpad technology that's been causing problems. Update 11 can be apply by clicking the "update game" button. Word is "once this update has installed, consumers will then be able to uninstall the ezpad technology and play with the demo as normal. To fully uninstall ezpad, right click on the ezpad icon on the task bar, and select quit, then uninstall the software via the ADD/REMOVE Programs option in the control panel."

New Soltek 75DRV5 Bios Supports 2700+
If you have a Soltek 75DRV5 motherboard then grab this BIOS update as it supports the Athlon 2400+, 2600+ and 2700+ processors.
Soltek 75DRV5 Bios (http://www1.soltek.com.tw/English/download/S75DRV5.htm)

Tom's Hardware updates their P4 3.6 GHz picture
After receiving more than thier fair share of flak over the pictures in their P4 3.6Ghz story, Tom has updated his review with a explanation of the P4 3.6 GHz photo and added a new Picture. Here's a snip from the page he added:
Regarding the photo that has been much talked about in discussion groups, Tom's Hardware Guide has never claimed this to be a Pentium 4 3.6 GHz. Instead, the caption reads: "The design of future P4 CPUs will not change. Starting with the 3.06 GHz version (to be launched in November 2002), virtual multi-processing (Hyperthreading) will be supported."
Check the whole thing here (http://www17.tomshardware.com/cpu/02q3/020909/p4_3600-17.html).

PowerDVD XP 4.0 Patch 1912 Released
Cyberlink has released a new patch for PowerDVD XP 4. The patch is to add support for Hitachi products. The patch comes in at around 5MB.
PowerDVD XP 4.0 Patch (http://www.cyberlink-usa.com/ftpdload/patch/Hitachi_1912_Patch_int.exe)

Quake 3 Arena Demo in Shockwave
A webpage has been posted with a copy of the Q3A Demo done completely in Macromedia Shockwave and the result is stunning The site might be a little slow loading as it a huge flash file, so be patient. Check it out here (

New Asus Bioses
Asus has released some new Beta BIOS files for the following boards:
A7V8X 1006 - 06 Beta (ftp://ftp.asuscom.de/pub/ASUSCOM/BIOS/Socket_A/VIA_Chipset/Apollo_KT400/A7V8X/)
A7M266 1008 - 02B Beta (ftp://ftp.asuscom.de/pub/ASUSCOM/BIOS/Socket_A/AMD_Chipset/AMD_761/A7M266/)
A7V133 / A7V133-C 1010 - 01A Beta (ftp://ftp.asuscom.de/pub/ASUSCOM/BIOS/Socket_A/VIA_Chipset/Apollo_KT133A/)
A7V / A7pro 1012 - 01A Beta (ftp://ftp.asuscom.de/pub/ASUSCOM/BIOS/Socket_A/VIA_Chipset/Apollo_KT133/)

Mozilla 1.2 Alpha
Less than a day after Mozilla 1.01 has been released and the guys over the Mozilla project have released Mozilla 1.2 Alpha with the following changes:
Type Ahead Find is a new feature that allows quick navigation when you type a succession of characters in the browser, matching the text in one or more links on the page. To give it a spin just go to a web page, start typing and hit enter to load the selected link. You can also use it to search for any text on the page by typing / before your search text. Read the full Type Ahead Find documentation to learn about all of its features, prefs and future plans. The feature is not yet working on Mac but we expect to have that fixed by 1.2 beta.
Selection of text in message headers has been partially implemented.
Drag and drop from the message search results window is new.
One of the most frequently reported bugs, "long strings in mail or news header cause scroll bars and attachment window to disappear, making message unreadable" has been fixed. (Bug 91662)
Preliminary XML prettyprinting, similar to IEs default-view for XML is now available. In this release the feature does not work in installer-builds you need to get a .zip distribution. However since the feature for now affects the DOM for unstyled XML-pages it is disabled by default. To enable it, add user_pref("layout.xml.prettyprint", true); to your user.js. (Bug 64945)
On Windows you can now add multiple attachments to a mail message via the Attach File dialog. (Bug 121122)
Major improvements to Mac OS X IMAP mail header download performance. Preliminary tests show about 2000% improvement.
Text zoom now applies to framed pages.
Keyboard access is greatly improved including additional accesskeys for menus, other ui elements and page elements.
Grab it from the link below.
Mozilla 1.2 Alpha (http://ftp.mozilla.org/pub/mozilla/releases/mozilla1.2a/mozilla-win32-1.2a-installer.exe)

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

14-09-2002, 03:50 PM