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14-09-2002, 09:44 PM
Unreal Tournament 2003 Demo Released
Well, the wait is finally over and the UT2003 demo is out for download. The demo comes in at 97.7MB and includes four maps (two deathmatch, one CTF, and one Bombing Run) and one single player model. Go grab you copy from the hefty list of links below:
BluesNews (ftp://ftp.bluesnews.com/ut2003/UT2003-Demo.exe)
3D Gamers (http://www.3dgamers.com/games/unrealtourn2/)
Planetmirror (http://www.planetmirror.com/pub/bluesnews/ut2003/UT2003-Demo.exe)
Unreal Tournament 2003 Downloads Page (http://www.unrealtournament2003.com/?downloads)
FileFront (http://iron1.la.ioerror.com/iron-bin/ff/root.p_bin_/page__download_file;filepath__/pub2/unreal_tourn_2003/official/UT2003-Demo.exe)
Nvidia (http://www.nvidia.com/view.asp?IO=dl_ut2k3)
Beyond Unreal (http://www.beyondunreal.com/dl.php?f=official/ut2003/UT2003-Demo.exe)
The Shack (http://www.fileshack.com/file.x?fid=1087)
HomeLan Fed (http://www.homelanfed.com/index.php)
Aus Gamers (http://files.ausgamers.com/?agn=details&id=3313)
File Planet (http://www.fileplanet.com/files/110000/112991.shtml)
Faster Files (http://www.fasterfiles.com/)
Gigex (http://gigex.com/gp/gp.asp?PackageId=0024200018&source=00242)
GameSpot (http://gamespot.com/gamespot/misc/dlx/unreal)

Linux version of UT2003 Demo Released
3D Gamers (http://www.3dgamers.com/dl/games/unrealtourn2/UT2003-demo-Linux.sh.bin.html) and BeyondUnreal (http://beyondunreal.com/dl.php?f=official/ut2003/UT2003-Demo-Linux.sh.bin) have posted up the Linux version of the Unreal Tournament 2003 demo for download. The Linux version is a bit smaller than the Windows one (94.2MB).

New VIA 4-in-1
VIA has released a new set of 4-in-1 drivers with a version number 4.43v. This version includes the following changes:
1. Include MS WHQL Logo CAT file of via AGP driver
2. Include MS WHQL Logo CAT file of via Inf driver
New VIA 4-in-1 (http://downloads.viaarena.com/drivers/4in1/VIA_4in1_443v.zip)

New Canon Scanner Drivers
Canon has released new driver software version for all LIDE scanners. The drivers are for the CanoScan N670U, N676U and N1240U.

N670 U (http://www.canon-europa.com/cgi-bin/CEDD/download.cgi/S2902enx.exe)

N676 U (http://www.canon-europa.com/cgi-bin/CEDD/download.cgi/S2902enx.exe)

N1240 U (http://www.canon-europa.com/cgi-bin/CEDD/download.cgi/S2902enx.exe)

NOLF 2 Demo as soon as next week
Sierra has announced that a release of the demo for No One Lives Forever 2: A Spy in H.A.R.M.'s Way will be out next week. Here's what they said:
The UNITY Operatives have uncovered several internal confidential memorandums and phone taps revealing that Sierra and Fox Interactive are planning to release the highly anticipated No One Lives Forever 2: A Spy in H.A.R.M.'s Way Demo sometime in the next week!

All UNITY Operatives in training have had the chance to face off with the H.A.R.M. Ninjas while overcoming a treacherous tornado on the recent mission to Ohio. All UNITY Operatives in training will have to get ready for the three new levels and be prepared to face even more dangerous H.A.R.M. foes. UNITY Headquarters are expected to receive additional details and will transmit to all UNITY operatives in training. Be on the lookout for more details on how to get your hands on these confidential levels!

Don't forget to look for NOLF2 to show up on store shelves early October 2002!
If this is anything like the first one, it should be a cracker.

Grand Prix 4 Trouble
A story (http://www.officialxboxmagazine.co.uk/default.asp?c=n&s=328) has been posted in the official Xbox magazine on word that Infogrames has shutdown the development team for the Grand Prix 4 Xbox version and that all is not well at MicroProse. Here's part of the story:
Official UK Xbox Magazine has now learned that the whole team working on the highly anticipated Xbox version has been made redundant and development on the game was stopped at the end of July while Infogrames and MicroProse entered into talks about the future of the company. Support from Infogrames has been withdrawn as the company looks to offload assets bought during the French company's spending spree over the last year. Apparently creator Geoff Crammond still wants to see the Xbox version released, but without the backing of a publisher, it's looking highly unlikely
I hope this doesn't extend to future PC and such releases of GP games, the benchmark in racing sims.

533FSB Pentium 4 Chipset Shootout
TweakTown have thrown up a 533Mhz P4 shoot-out (http://www.tweaktown.com/document.php?dType=article&dId=357) between the three heavyweights Intel, SIS and VIA. Here's a clip from the shoot-out:
Intelís introduction of the 533FSB Intel Pentium 4 processor was once again received with a mixed reception, some welcomed the new powerhouse of 4.2GB/s bandwidth while some criticized that we had just gotten used to 400MHz FSB and getting chipsets, memory and boards supporting it in full swing and why Intel was changing so quick. Another sour note was that on release, the only official 533FSB chipset was the i850E, RDRAM chipset that supports new PC1066 RDRAM, but no PC1066 RDRAM even on the market, or even a PC1066 standard developed.

Now that we have seen chipsets that make sense from Intel, we have seen VIA and SiS come out with their own chipsets for this new front side bus. Today we are going to throw them into the shark tank and see which emerges the strongest. Ladies and Gentlemen, Boys and Girls, we give you, Intel i845G -vs- Intel i845E and G -vs- VIA P4X400 -vs- SiS 645DX -vs- SiS 648. Who will be the victor? Let's go through it all and see.
Have a read and see who comes out on top of the flaming heap.

Heroes 4 multiplayer patch out
3DO has released patch version 2.0 for Heroes 4. The patch is for the US and UK versions of the game and it allows players to team up or play as opponents in local area networks as well as over the internet (up to 6). The patch also sees six new multiplayer maps for the game. This patch requires that you have patch 1.3 installed in order to update properly. The full list of changes that are too big to list on this page, can be read here (http://www.3do.com/support/pc/heroes/h4/multiplayer.txt).

Heroes 4 1.0 - 1.3 US (ftp://ftp.3do.com/pub/support/patches/ibm/heroes4v10to13us.exe)

Late Note: The servers are getting flogged at the moment so you may receive a Page not Found, or This Page cannot be Displayed error. If this happens, please wait a few minutes and attempt to download the update again. Or you may check the many industry and fan sites as they will carry the patches.

Bill Gates still the richest
Microsoft big man Bill Gates once has once again been crowned the richest man in the US by Forbes magazine. His fortune last year totalled $US43 billion despite his net worth decreasing by 20 percent over the last year and a sinking stock market. Read more here (http://money.cnn.com/2002/09/13/news/ceos/forbes/index.htm).

CpuIdle and CpuIdle Pro 6.0 Beta 4 Released
A new version (6.0 beta 4) of CPUIdle and CPUIdle Pro have been released for download with no word on the changes. CpuIdle lowers the CPU temperature by as much as 10įC and cuts power consumption.

CPUIdle for Windows 9x/ME (http://www.majorgeeks.com/article.php?sid=432)
CPUIdle Pro for NT/2000/XP (http://www.majorgeeks.com/article.php?sid=433)
Asus BIOS Updates
Asus have released more new beta BIOS files for the following motherboards:
Asus Bios A7V8X 1006 Final (=1006 - 08 Beta)
Asus Bios A7V333 1013 - 03 Beta
Asus Bios A7S333 1005 - 01 Beta
Asus Bios A7M266 1008 - 02B Beta
Asus Bios A7V133 / A7V133-C 1010 - 01A Beta
Asus Bios A7V / A7pro 1012 - 01A Beta
Asus Bios P4T533 1005 - 02 Beta
Asus Bios P4B533-V 1005 - 01 Beta
Asus Bios P4S533 1010 - 01 Beta
Asus Bios P4S533-E 1007 - 04 Beta
Asus Bios P4S533-VM 1008 - 03 Beta
Asus Bios P4S333 1008 - 01 Beta
Asus Bios P4S333-M 1007 - 02 Beta
Asus Bios P4S333-FX 1007 - 02 Beta
Asus Bios P4S333-VM 1007 - 03 Beta
Asus Bios P4S333-VF 1007 - 02 Beta
Asus Bios P4S133 1010 - 01 Beta
Asus Bios P4S133-VM 1006 - 02 Beta
Asus BIOS Updates (http://www.asuscom.de/support/techmain/technical.htm?ctn4)

Fujitsu to recall 300 000 harddisks
Japanese magazine Nikkei.Net Interactive (http://www.nni.nikkei.co.jp/AC/TNKS/Nni20020912D12JFF01.htm) (login required) has reported today that Fujitsu is going to recall about 300 000 internal harddisk drives which were manufactured during September 2000 and September 2001. The recall is related to a defect in semiconductors used in the drives and Fujitsu has posted a notice on its Web site alerting owners of PC models containing the drives that they may not work properly in humid climates. The disk drives affected are found in Fujitsu's own computers, as well as those of NEC Corp. and IBM. Read more here (http://quote.bloomberg.com/fgcgi.cgi?ptitle=Technology%20News&T=markets_box.ht&middle=ad_frame2_all&s=APYGLshJSRnVqaXRz).

ATI acknowledges Radeon 9700 AGP 8x problem
Found this write-up over at TweakTown (http://www.tweaktown.com/) and Rage3D (http://www.rage3D.com/) about a problem Radeon 9700 cards are having with 8x AGP. Here's what TweakTown said and how to fix the problem:
One of our readers sent me a link to the Rage3D forums where they say that ATI are fully aware of the Radeon 9700ís AGP 8x problem and has a solution for those of you experiencing problems with their new graphics cards after what we reported on the problem yesterday a couple of posts below.

According to ATI, they are now receiving and testing these 8X AGP boards. They are ALSO finding the 9700 does not work at all or works intermittently at best on these boards. Engineering indicated most of the boards already shipped have this problem.

Solution: A new BIOS and some board revisions are now available that fix this problem. Call ATI Customer Service for help with the issue. At present, they will ship a replacement board that WILL work in SiS and VIA 8X, but they are also considering a BIOS flash solution for problem boards.

Customer Service and Engineering deserve a 10-1/2 for their wonderful handling of this issue. They are very concerned that it be corrected quickly. They also shared that most of their 8X validation testing was done with Intel's unreleased 8X chipset and that they are just now receiving shipping versions of the SiS and VIA 8X chipsets.
Read more at the Rage3D forums (http://www.rage3d.com/board/showthread.php?threadid=33634403&perpage=20&pagenumber=1).

Dungeon Siege Patch
Microsoft has released a patch for Dungeon Siege bringing it up to version 1.11.1462. The patch is 30MB to update from version 1.0 to 1.11 and another 9MB patch is available to update those already running version 1.1. The full list of changes can be read here (http://www.microsoft.com/games/dungeonsiege/ReadMe_Update111.rtf)
Dungeon Siege Patch (http://www.microsoft.com/games/dungeonsiege/8.asp)

14-09-2002, 10:18 PM
UT2K3 is also up on the JSG ftp as well.

15-09-2002, 01:10 AM
The UT2003 demo is also available from NZ's own GamePlanet.co.nz!


Click "Download Now" :D :D

15-09-2002, 03:46 PM
Hehe, I'm picturing this UT download will take me several LOOONG hours, maybe its a job for an overnighter... :D


Is it true that it's been leaked in other places earlier?

15-09-2002, 06:42 PM
Chilling the beta has been leaked the demo hasn't.