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24-09-2002, 08:17 PM
nForce driver update at Windows Update
Microsoft has posted a new version 5.10.52876.0 nForce driver. This version differs from the current nVidia version 5.10.2826.0 driver only by version number.

nForce Driver (http://v4.windowsupdate.microsoft.com)

Hercules Game Theater XP/Gamesurround Fortissimo III 7.1/Digifire 7.1 drivers
Hercules have released new drivers for the Game Theater XP, Gamesurround Fortissimo III 7.1 and Digifire 7.1 soundcards for all OS's except Windows NT. The new drivers offer the following changes:
- Unified driver structure. This allows for a better engineering response time to any known bugs.

Simplified End-user installation process:
- Cleaner install/uninstall involving less registry manipulation.
- Improved performance & stability (notably with Win XP)
- Memory management, stream-lined registry handling
- DSP resource usage improved
- 8 channel WAVEFORMATEXTENSIBLE implemented. Compatible with Power DVD PRO EX in 6.1 & 7.1 DD EX modes.(if available in your hardware)
- 8 channel analog output using the headphone jack. (if available in your hardware)
- MiniDisc mode added. Help to resolve the tracking problems & improves compatibility with MiniDiscs recorders.

- Various mixer bugs addressed.
- Disappearing center & sub.
- Better handling of gameport resources with Nvidia nForce chipset equipped motherboard.
Hercules Game Theater XP/Gamesurround Fortissimo III 7.1/Digifire 7.1 drivers

Creative SoundBlaster Audigy 2 announced
Creative has officially announced the new Sound Blaster Audigy 2 sound card. Here's the spiel on the details of the new Audigy 2:
Millions of PC users who have a DVD-ROM drive on their PC can use the Sound Blaster Audigy 2 to experience Advanced Resolution™ DVD-Audio with amazing 24-bit/192kHz sound quality. The Sound Blaster Audigy 2 delivers 106dB SNR & is the only stand-alone sound card with THX® certification, for cinematic 6.1 surround sound from Dolby Digital® EX movies & unparalleled realism from the hundreds of existing DirectSound® 3D game titles. The Sound Blaster Audigy 2 enables 24-bit/96kHz recording, & also provides digital music enthusiasts with the next generation Creative MediaSource™ player for a variety of digital music enhancements, including up-mix of stereo MP3 music into full 6.1 surround sound.
The new cards are scheduled for shipment worldwide in October with the Sound Blaster Audigy 2 coming in with an estimated price of $US129.99 and the Sound Blaster Audigy Platinum 2 an estimated street price of $US199.99.

Audigy 2 look at VR-Zone
VR-Zone have posted up a seven page look at the new Creative SB Audigy 2 launch and the card itself. This is worth a look to see how they compare the new card to the out going Audigy 1. Check it out here (http://www.vr-zone.com/shows/Creative-Audigy2/).

ATI Radeon 9500 Specs
Anandtech has posted up specs for the new ATI Radeon 9500 mid-range video card. Here's a small taste of the specs:

- Powered by the AGP 8x RADEON 9500 Visual Processing Unit (VPU).
- Complete DirectX 9.0 support for precedented realism and sophisticated visual effects.
- SMOOTHVISION 2.0 technology provides new levels of image quality with advanced full-scene anti-aliasing (FSAA) and anisotropic filtering.
- Revolutionary new video features including VIDEOSHADER and FULLSTREAM technologies.
- 128-bit memory interface of the RADEON 9500 utilizes the latest HYPER Z™ III bandwidth-conserving technology and provides end users with faster graphics performance.
- Supports 64MB of high speed double data rate (DDR) memory @550Mhz clock speed.
The full list of specs is to long to poste here, so head on over and check out the full list AnandTech (http://www.anandtech.com/news/webnews.html?newdate=9%2F22%2F2002&frontid=).

Logitech announces MX Performance mouse series
Following on from yesterdays new post on the new MX700 mouse from Logitech, the company has officially announced (http://www.logitech.com/index.cfm?page=news&contentid=6200&countryid=19&languageid=1) the new range of high performance mice. The range is made up of the MX300, MX500 and MX700 all with improved optical technology and speed. Here's a clip from the announcement:
Logitech, today introduced the MX Series of Performance Mice. Designed for the most demanding of conditions, these three new mice from Logitech are engineered to provide advanced precision and control. Powered by the MX Optical Engine, the mice capture up to 4.7 megapixels of surface tracking information every second, more than that of any optical mouse to date

Logitech MX700 Cordless Optical Mouse review
To compliment the official announcement EarthVillage (http://www.earthv.com/) has posted a review of the MX700 mouse, which features Cruise Control, 8 buttons and a Rapid charge base station. Here's a clip:
There are eight customizable buttons and one scroll wheel which doubles as a clickable button on the MX700. That should certainly make all the "button lovers" happy. The left and right click buttons are installed in a very interesting fashion, which adds a "hype" factor to the mouse. They are actually part of the silver body of the mouse. The buttons do not feel like those on the Apple Pro Mouse, which requires you to press on the whole mouse body to make a click, and they feel like regular mouse buttons. There are three little round buttons between the left and right click buttons. Two of them, located at the two ends of the scroll wheel, comprise the "Cruise Control Scrolling System".
Fast RF Cordless technology used in the MX700 has been improved by Logitech to match the speed of a USB connection, allowing you to use the mouse within a six foot radius of the receiver. Unlike the older cordless mice which could only transmit signals at a rate of 40hz, equivalent to the speed of a PS2 port, the new Fast RF technology can transmit signals at 140hz, which is actually faster than what the USB port can handle (125hz). You won't miss out on a bit of the optical performance or accuracy because you will not be limited by the speed of the radio signal.
Check out the whole review of the mouse here (http://www.earthv.com/articles.asp?ArticleID=703).

KaZaA Version 2.0 released
KaZaA has released version 2.0 of their peer-to-peer download program with the following changes:
Web search: Use standard KMD interface to search the web
Customizable skins: Customize the basic desktop interface
Shared playlists: Create unique shared playlists and search for other KMD users playlists
Improved image handling: More image formats supported
Unlimited bitrates: Higher quality files possible with increased bitrates
Integrity Rating: Files labeled by peers according to technical quality and completeness of meta data to enhance reliability
Participation Level: Frequent KMD users and those who frequently rate files rewarded with higher priority in download queues
Integrated anti-virus protection: Shared folders automatically scanned on startup and after each download
Expanded Help section: Quicker orientation for new users, new tips and tricks for savvy users
You check out more info here (http://www.kazaa.com/us/news/kazaav2.htm) and download from the link below.
KaZaA Version 2.0 released (http://download.com.com/3000-2166-10049974.html?part=kazaa&subj=dlpage)

KaZaA Lite 2.0 released
Almost on queue, KaZaA Lite 2.0 has also been released incorporating all the changes in the full version but without all the included spy and adware.

Mirror 1 (ftp://ftp.freenet.de/pub/mpex/windows/kazaa_lite_200_english.exe)

Mirror 2 (http://ftp.freenet.de/pub/mpex/windows/kazaa_lite_200_english.exe)

Unreal 2 not delayed after all
In a backflip move reported at Computer and Video Games (http://www.computerandvideogames.com/r/?page=http://www.computerandvideogames.com/news/news_story_main.php?id=80878) Infogrames has retracted its statement on the delay of Unreal II, now saying that it is still on target for release before the end of the year. Here's the scoop:
In a surprising move today, Infogrames UK released an official statement regarding the worldwide release date of Unreal II. Contradicting its own word of confirmation given to us last week (see here), the publisher has now informed us that the US edition of the game is on track, with the European version trailing in its wake.

"Due to some miscommunication, the news story regarding the release date of Unreal II is incorrect," stated head of PR at Infogrames UK Simon Callaghan today. "It is not slated for a worldwide release of early 2003 as was printed. Infogrames US has always been aware that Unreal II is down for, and has always been down for, a release date before the end of the calendar year 2002 in the US."

New copy control symbol for CDs
Found this snippet over at XP-Erience.org on the introduction of a new logo to be introduced on CD's indicating that the CD incorporates new copy control technology:
IFPI has announced a new, optional logo that record companies can use to inform consumers that a CD incorporates technology to control copying. The logo is available for use by record companies internationally, and is being announced in consultation with IFPI's national associations in 46 countries, and with music retailers worldwide. The logo could feature either on the artwork of the CD or as a sticker, and may be accompanied by additional information about the technology being used.

Copy control discs are a response to the sharp increase in piracy, multiple copying and illegal internet distribution of recorded music. They aim to help protect artists, songwriters, record companies, retailers and everyone else involved in making and distributing music on CD.

IFPI represents the international recording industry with more than 1,500 record company members in over 75 countries and has affiliated national associations in 46 countries.
Read the full story here (http://www.ifpi.org/site-content/press/20020917.html).

Change your Windows XP product licensing key by Microsoft
Microsoft has posted details of how to change the volume licensing product key on a Windows XP SP1-based computer, stating that because of changes in Windows XP Service Pack 1 (SP1), Windows XP-based computers that use a leaked product key that is known to be available to the general public may not be able to install SP1 or automatically obtain updates from the Windows Update Web site. You can follow Microsoft's own instructions on how to change the key here (http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;Q328874). Is this a case of bowing to pressure maybe.

VIA to fill the KT333 shortage with remarked KT400
VIA has started using remarked KT400 chipsets to fill in the gaps left by the demand for the KT333 chipset. The remarking does have one drawback for motherboard manufacturers however, the remarked chipset cannot be applied on PCBs used for the former KT333. The major difference between the current KT400 and the remarked version lies in AGP support with the remarked chipset offers only supporting AGP 4x instead of the AGP 8x on the KT400 chipset. You can read more on this over at DigiTimes (http://www.digitimes.com/NewsShow/Article.asp?datePublish=2002/09/23&pages=02&seq=2).

The Tech Report asks if 128MB is better than 64MB on your video card
The Tech Report have posted a new guide that asks the question blank Does 64MB of extra memory make that much of a difference in your graphics card (http://tech-report.com/etc/2002q3/graphicsmem/index.x?pg=1<br%20/>)
Here's a snippet of the guide:
In the NVIDIA corner, we have a couple of GeForce4 Ti 4200s running at 250/250MHz for their core and memory clocks. Running a GeForce4 Ti 4200 128MB with a 250MHz memory bus requires a little overclocking, since the GeForce4 Ti 4200 128MB's memory bus is supposed to run at 222MHz. The 64MB version, meanwhile, runs stock with 250MHz memory. Overclocking is necessary here to isolate memory size as a variable for the purposes of this article. This isn't a review of 64 vs 128MB cards, but more of a generalized comparison of different graphics memory sizes. You can check out our initial GeForce4 Ti 4200 review or our subsequent round-up of different GeForce4 Ti 4200 cards for benchmarks and analysis of cards running at stock speeds.
It feels weird saying this, because it seems like only yesterday that 128MB graphics cards even became available, but serious gamers should really only be looking at 128MB cards. Sure, a 64MB will run current and future titles, but you might have to turn down the resolution and detail levels to the point where it looks like you're playing one of last year's games, just to keep your frame rate in check.
Ultimately, the choice up to you and more importantly, your budget. This is a good guide that is well worth the read.

New ATI Omega Drivers 2.4.62 for Win 9x/ME
Omegadrive has released a new set of Omega Drivers version 2.4.62 for ATI Radeon based cards that are based on the official 2.3 Catalyst drivers for Winidows 9x/ME. The new drivers offer the following:
Based on the official 2.3 Catalyst drivers.
Improved OpenGL performance.
New Control Panel is integrated, it has the new TrueForm Option.
Re-enabled the "application choosen" Z-Buffer depht since some OpenGL games displayed graphic anomalies when it was forced.
The WDM files have been removed from the driver package to reduce download size and time, if you need them there is a separate link in my ATI page with a link to the latest WDM drivers.
Added support for the following cards:
ATI Omega Drivers 2.4.62 for Win 9x/ME

New Matrox drivers
Matrox have released new Certified Drivers for all OS's and for the following video cards:
Millennium G550
Millennium G450
Millennium G400 MAX
Millennium G400
Matrox G450 MMS
Matrox drivers (http://www.matrox.com/mga/support/drivers/certified/home.cfm)

Leadtek MyVIVO application version 5.914 and WDM driver version 1.17 released
Leadtek have release a new version of their MyVIVO Application and new WDM version 1.17 drivers for their line of GeForce4 video cards with the video-in video-out feature. These are for all OS's and to install, download the drivers and the application from the links below and then update the drivers BEFORE installing the new application.

WDM Driver (ftp://ftp1.leadtek.com/entertainment_graphics/GeForce4_MyVIVO_Series/Driver/020913/Windows/ALL_WDMDRV_20913.zip)

MyVIVO Application (ftp://ftp1.leadtek.com/entertainment_graphics/GeForce4_MyVIVO_Series/Application/020913/Windows/ALL_WinFastPVR_20913.zip)

BIOS Updates
Here's some new BIOS files for motherboards from Asus, DFI, ECS, Epox, Gigabyte, Jetway and Tyan:
Asus Bios P4T-E 1008 - 01 Beta
Asus Bios A7V8X 1007 - 01 Beta
Asus Bios A7V333 1014 - 02 Beta
Asus Bios TUV4X 1006 - 02 Beta
Download Here (http://www.asuscom.de/support/techmain/technical.htm?ctn4)

DFI Bios NB70-SC: BETA-Version 12.9
DFI Bios NB71-SC: BETA-Version 12.9
DFI Bios PE21-EC/EL: BETA-Version 12.9
Download Here (http://sj.dfi.com.tw/support1/Beta%20Site/biosbeta.asp)

ECS Bios K7AMA v1.X: Version 02/08/12
ECS Bios K7AMA2 v2.0x: Version 1.0a
ECS Bios K7S5A v1.X/3.X: Version 02/08/09
ECS Bios K7SOM v1.X: Version 02/08/28
ECS Bios K7VTA3 v3.X: Version 3.0d
ECS Bios L4S5A/DX+ v3.X: Version 1.0a
ECS Bios L4S5M/DX+ v3.X: Version 1.0d
ECS Bios L4S5MG/651+ v3.X: Version 1.0d
ECS Bios L4S5MG/GL+ v3.X: Version 1.0d
ECS Bios L4S5MG/GX+ v3.X: Version 1.0d
ECS Bios L4S5MG3 v1.X: Version 1.0
ECS Bios L4S8A2 v1.0x: Version 1.0
ECS Bios L7VMM2 v1.0x: Version 1.01
ECS Bios L7VTA v1.0x: Version 1.0
ECS Bios P4S5A/DX+ v5.1A: Version 02/09/12
ECS Bios P4S5MG/651+ v5.X: Version 020830
ECS Bios P4S5MG/GL+ v5.X: Version 020830
ECS Bios P4VMM2 v3.X: Version 020822
ECS Bios P6S5AT v1.X: Version 02/08/30
ECS Bios P6VEM3 v3.X: Version 020814
Download Here (http://www.ecs.com.tw/download/index.htm)

Epox Bios EP-4G4A/4A+/4AN/4AI: Version 22.8 (http://www.epox.de/techsupp/downloads.asp)

Gigabyte Bios GA-8IE533: Version F2 (http://www.gigabyte.com.tw/support/intel845.htm)
Gigabyte Bios GA-8IEXP: Version F8 (http://www.gigabyte.com.tw/support/intel845.htm)
Gigabyte Bios GA-8SDX: Version F6 (http://www.gigabyte.com.tw/support/swsis.htm)
Gigabyte Bios GA-8SKML: Version F3 (http://www.gigabyte.com.tw/support/swsis.htm)
Gigabyte Bios GA-8SLML: Version F3 (http://www.gigabyte.com.tw/support/swsis.htm)
Gigabyte Bios GA-8SR533: Version F6 (http://www.gigabyte.com.tw/support/swsis.htm)
Gigabyte Bios GA-8SR533P: Version F1 (http://www.gigabyte.com.tw/support/swsis.htm)
Gigabyte Bios GA-8ST667/-L: Version F1 (http://www.gigabyte.com.tw/support/swsis.htm)

Intel based mainboards
Jetway Bios 618TAF: Version A07
Jetway Bios 618TAS: Version A07
Jetway Bios 845EPRO: Version A05
Download Here (http://www.jetway.com.tw/evisn/download/bios/index.htm)

AMD based mainboards
Jetway Bios P4MDMP: Version A02
Jetway Bios P4XDMP: Version A02
Jetway Bios P4XFB/FBU: Version
Jetway Bios P4XFM: Version A02
Jetway Bios P4X400DA: Version A02
Jetway Bios P4X400DAP: Version A02
Jetway Bios P4X400DAZ: Version A02
Jetway Bios V266DM: Version A01
Jetway Bios V333PRO/U: Version A04
Download Here (http://www.jetway.com.tw/evisn/download/bios/index-1.htm)

Tyan Bios S2098 Tomcat i845GL: Version 1.00 (http://www.tyan.com/support/html/b_tm_i845gl.html)
Tyan Bios S2420 Tomcat i810ef: Version 1.07h (http://www.tyan.com/support/html/b_tm_810ef.html)

Windows XP SP1 crashing some PCs
Yahoo News has posted a report that some Windows XP SP1 users have found that the cure is becoming worse than the disease with some PC's crashing or slowing down. Here's a clip:
But Internet support forums and e-mail to PC World from disgruntled users show that many people continue to have serious problems with the update. The chief complaint: PCs that run like molasses after installing SP1. Running a close second are reports that PCs refuse to restart after installation or become highly unstable. Some systems continuously reboot. Other users complain that applications won't start or now crash repeatedly, including Microsoft's own programs.
"My 1.9-GHz Dell 8200 computer runs slower than my 800-Mhz laptop. Outlook won't start, and all programs either take forever to start, or just won't start," says Christopher O'Connor, a doctor in Chicago.
A San Diegan echoes the problem: "After [installing SP1] several programs began crashing unexpectedly, or locking up, including any Office XP application--basically everything but the OS started to freeze or experience fatal errors," says Philip Treinen, project manager at Genesis Associates, an architectural design firm.
This just goes to show that the latest isn't always the best, but in defence of the service pack a vast majority of users are not having troubles at all. Read the full story at Yahoo News (http://news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story2&cid=1093&ncid=1093&e=5&u=/pcworld/20020920/tc_pcworld/105144).

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

24-09-2002, 09:32 PM
hahahahah M$ showing how to get around their anti-piracy measure.

Why don't they give out a keygen while they're at it.