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tweak\'e
15-09-2002, 08:28 PM
Bit slow on the news front today, everyone must be off playing the UT2003 demo. Anyway on with the news.
Gamespy 2.62 for registered users released
To coincide with the release of the UT2003 demo a new version (2.62) for registered users has been released. Obviously the only new change is the addition of support for the UT2003 demo, so if you are a registered user grab it from the link below.
Gamespy 2.62 for registered users (http://gamespy3d.fileplanet.com/GameSpyInstaller262005STD.EXE)

BIOS Guide at ArsTechnica
ArsTechnica have posted an in depth guide to the features of an average bios. This guide is so detailed that it will explain some features that even the most hardened bios operator may not be aware of. Here's a clip:
"The BIOS is that dark, cavernous pathway to your computer's very soul that both beckons and repels the would-be performance seeker. The BIOS can open up major performance pleasure for you, or it can hide that one little pesky setting that's causing your daily bluescreen, and you just don't know why. If you royally jack your BIOS, you can toast your system to the point which you may need a system reinstall or some new hardware. Don't get me wrong--it's not as though it's all that easy to do major damage to your system via the BIOS. "
Check it out over here (http://arstechnica.com/guide/building/bios/bios-1.html).

UT2003 Demo patch announced
Epic games has announced that they unknowingly accidentally broke Voodoo3/5 compatibility in the UT2003 demo, as such they are now working on a ptch to fix this and a few other major bugs that were discovered. Look for the links here when the patch is out.

Jeans to prevent mobile phones frying the crown jewels
Levi Strauss has announced the launch of a pair of Dockers trousers that will feature a pocket with an anti-radiation lining for carrying mobile phones. This is the first time that a clothes supplier has made a garment that plays on the public's fears of health dangers from using mobile phones. Up to now there is no conclusive evidence that mobile phones emit harmful radiation but it has been suggested before that radiation might harm a male's ability to reproduce. Read the full story at The Inquirer (http://www.theinquirer.net/?article=5389).

Windows 2000 SP3 fix for Windows Update
Bink's Windows XP site has reported that on some machines the Windows Update has stopped working, with the scan stopping at 0% and has posted a fix (http://www.windowsxp.nu/) for this. Now it appears there is also a problem with Windows Update version 4 for Windows 2000 users with Service Pack 3 installed. here's how to fix it:
To begin with, when I entered the Windows Update, all appeared well. But when I did a scan, the browser would stop functioning. This problem would also manifest itself on my other Windows 2000 set ups to. So I thought I would actually get around and install Microsoft Internet Explorer 6 Service Pack 1 Final (Build 1106IS), which was also release a few weeks after SP3 was. When I returned to Windows Update, installing MSIE 6 SP1 fixed both the crashing bug and error code 0x800A138F. I hope this little titbit help's any of the Windows 2000 users out there.

MagicTweak 1.93 is available for download
MagicTweak (http://www.magictweak.com), the program designed to optimise and personalise Microsoft Windows, version 1.93 is out for download with the following changes:
- Enhanced magnificent layout.
- Other small bug fixed.
MagicTweak makes it easy to tweak hundreds of hidden settings in Windows, so there is no need to dig through the registry looking for that specific setting (from Start Menu, Desktop, IE skin, System Icon to System Security) that just doesn't seem to be there. With the ability to cutomise almost any aspect of Windows, you can become a Windows expert almost instantly.
MagicTweak (http://www.magictweak.com/download/mgtweak.exe)

True Launch Bar version 1.2.7 RC3 released
True Launch Bar (http://www.truelaunchbar.com), the replacement for the standard Quick Launch bar in Windows, version 1.2.7 RC3 has been released for download with the following changes:
* Refresh of toolbar now refreshes toolbat settings and skin
* "Apply to child folders" option inthe Customize Menu dialog box
* Color panel in Menu tab cause explorer crash (Windows Me)
* Drag&Drop between two toolbars works incorrectly
* Explorer crash on LiveImage (and some other protected) shortcuts
* Imposible to rename Control Panel if it is added as Virtual Folder
* It is impossible to open Select Color Dialog in the Menu appearance tab
* Recently Accessed menu contain less items then in settings
* Rename do not works correctly for first level menu items under Windows 9x/Me
* Renaming folder inside Virtual folder cause the lost of submenu items
* TLB does not save text color for titles
* Uninstall can hang up
All functions presented in Quick Launch are also in True Launch Bar. However, the True Launch Bar is fully compatible with Quick Launch because it uses the same folder for shortcuts. But there is one huge difference. True Launch Bar allows you to combine your shortcuts in groups. This feature looks like popup menus. This vastly improves the management of your shortcuts and save working space on desktop. True Launch Bar fully support Drag & Drop. You can simply drop needed shortcuts on toolbar. Using feature named Virtual Folders helps you add content of any folder as menu. You can add Printers, Dialup Networks etc. and control them using context menu. Now you forgot about Start button.
True Launch Bar exe (http://www.truelaunchbar.com/beta/setup.exe)

Realtek AC97 Audio driver released
There are new Realtek AC97 Audio drivers for ALC 1xx 2xx and 6xx Audio chipsets available fro download from Realtek's site in taiwan. The new version is 3.29 and there is now word on what's new. These chipsets are more commonly found on integrated sound boards.
Realtek AC97 Audio driver (http://www.realtek.com.tw/downloads/downloads1-3.aspx?lineid=5&famid=11&series=1&software=True)

Windows XP SP1 does not recognize WHQL Certificates
Here's a small bug that has been reported by Warp2Search on Microsoft not recognising WHQL certified drivers. This bug was reported with video drivers:
The following behaviour has been observed by Warp2Search editor-in-chief. This is no bugreport just a description of facts that one particular PC was presenting.
After installation of Windows XP Service Pack 1 initially downloaded from the premierdownload.microsoft.com site and succesful installation of SP1, beta Detonator 40.41 was installed for testing purposes...
40.41 was then uninstalled again after a couple of days and Windows XP did not revert back to standard VGA driver but instead loads a driver called Nvidia GeForce 4 Ti4600 (Microsoft Corporation). This driver is 29.58. Funny enough...

So you already see that Windows XP SP1 does not let you go back to standard VGA. Well I can live with that I thought and went on to install WHQL certified Detonator 30.82 freshly downloaded from Nvidia.
Upon installation of 30.82 WHQL I was greeted by a popup window that this driver has not completed Windows Hardware Quality Labs certification...
Pardon me, Microsoft???
Even in device manager all files are displayed as not digitally signed. The problem seems to lie within an unrecognized security certificate. Maybe the algorithm has changed in post SP1 installations.
The initial problems with the video drivers (stuttering in 3D applications with 40.41 Detonators) were traded to intermittent freezes with non-recognized WHQL certified 30.82 Detonators.
So beware this problem may affect you and as yet Microsoft has no fix for the problem.

Intel doubles graphics bus bandwidth with AGP 8x technology
Intel has released the final AGP 3.0 specification, a spec that addresses performance and scalability needs. AGP 3.0 they said will be available in the last quarter of this year for workstations and the first quarter of next year for desktop PC's. Here's part of the press release:
Retaining backward compatibility with the older AGP 4x technology, AGP 8x doubles the graphics bandwidth of the AGP interface to 2.1 gigabytes per second (GB/s) which is designed to benefit applications on today's most popular workstation platforms. It is expected to impact the desktop market segment in 2003 as desktop applications become more bandwidth-intensive. "
To read the full Press release go here (http://www.intel.com/pressroom/archive/releases/20020911tech.htm).

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