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tweak\'e
01-10-2002, 10:54 PM
Nero Burning Rom version 5.5.9.13 released
A new version of Nero Burning Rom is out taking it up to version 5.5.9.13. This new version includes a trial version of their mp3PRO encoder which function for 30 tries and then you will need to purchase the product to keep the plug-in working. That appears to be the only change in this version.
Nero Burning Rom version 5.5.9.13 (http://www.fileconnect.net/modules.php?name=News&file=article&sid=2055&mode=&order=0&thold=0)

Toshiba releases a portable DVD-RW
Toshiba has launched the first DVD-rewritable drive for notebooks, stealing the march on rivals such as pioneer, who are also working on portable drives such as this. The drive, labelled SD-R6012, supports DVD-R and DVD-RW formats as well as the CD-RW format. It writes DVDs at 1X speeds and CDs at up to 16x speeds while reading DVDs at 8X and CDs at 24X speeds. You can read more on the drive over at CNet News (http://news.com.com/2100-1040-960077.html?tag=lh).

Redhat 8.0 released
Red Hat Inc. has released Red Hat Linux 8.0, the latest version from one of the original Linux companies. Red Hat Linux 8.0 brings some new Linux technologies and a new graphical look and feel to compete in the ever expanding Linux market. You can check out the huge list of new features and changes in the OS here (http://www.redhat.com/software/linux/technical/packages.html) and download from one of the many links on the page in the link below.
Redhat 8.0 released (http://www.redhat.com/download/mirror.html)

Qtracker version 3.35 released
A new version (3.35) of Qtracker is out for download with added support for UT2003 and Battlefield 1942. Qtracker is a server browser much the same as Gamespy. For some reason Qtracker will bypass the epic master server valid cdkey check. You can read more on the program here (http://www.qtracker.com) and grab it from the link below.
Qtracker version 3.35 (http://www.qtracker.com/download-qtracker.shtml)

Quake 3 Athlon optimised patches
Fileconnect have posted up some Athlon patches that will optimise Quake3 v1.27-1.31. The patches will work with either an Athlon Thunderbird or XP and can increase your FPS from between 5% to 45% depending on your setup. The patch also includes SSE support.

Athlon Thunderbird Patch (http://www.fileconnect.net/download.php?filepath=Games/Quake3A/thunderbird/q3tb-install.exe&language=en)

Athlon XP Patch (http://www.fileconnect.net/download.php?filepath=Games/Quake3A/athlonxp/q3xp-install.exe&language=en)

ATI 9700 All-in-Wonder card
ATI has added a RADEON 9700 ALL-IN-WONDER to its family of graphics cards. The ALL-IN-WONDER series of cards are a must for the serious TV and video editing and capture fanatics. The new card is expected before the end of the year with a retail price of less than $US500. You can read more over at The Register (http://www.theregister.co.uk/content/54/27340.html).

ATI reveals new R350 chip for fight with nVidia's NV30
ATI has announced it will launch a new R350 chip RV350 chip in the forth quarter to combat the expected pre-christmas release of nVidia’s NV30 GPU. The new chip will continue to use the 0.15 micron process and not the same 0.13 micron process used by nVidia. Besides manufacturing process details, ATI has not released any more details about product specifications for the new R350 and RV350 chips. You can get more details over at Digitimes (http://digitimes.com/NewsShow/Article3.asp?datePublish=2002/09/30&pages=02&seq=3).

MultiBrowser Bar version 0.61 released
MultiBrowser bar, the program that adds a preview bar to Internet Explorer (version 5.5 and above), version 0.61 has been released. MultiBrowser bar displays a small preview of pages currently being loaded, so you have an impression of download progress. You can also always switch between currently active full size version of Explorer and any of the previews. The program has the following changes and features:
Popup blocking
Up to 9 panels with exact preview of a web page
One-click switching between pages
Drag-and-drop of hyperlinks
Works with Microsoft IE 5.5 and above under Win98, WinNT, Win2000 and WinXP

Features:
Increased switching speed
Improved stability
You can read more on the program at Turks Software (http://www.turckware.ru/).
MultiBrowser Bar version 0.61 (http://www.turckware.ru/fr_set.htm)

MR Tech Systray 2.1.0 Beta 4 released
MR Tech Systray version 2.1.0 Beta 4 has been released for download with the following changes:
Added: Current IP Address is display on main information screen, if you're online
Added: Ability to Stop certain NT/2000/XP Services
Added: Stop All Services Below to the Stop Services submenu and shortcut Ctrl-b
Added: Stop All Services Command Line option ( -stopallservices )
Added: Restart IIS Web Service option to the Tools Menu and shortcut Ctrl-i
Added: Now properly detect Opera 4, 5 & 6 and refresh Opera information if installed
Added: Better Installer/Unstaller temp and program directory file cleanup
Added: Save Yahoo, Microsoft Messenger and Trillian information to Save Snapshot feature (Ctrl- s)
Fixed: New -purgens -purgeie command line options didn't do anything, now they do
Fixed: Silly label issue with Mozilla title display
Updated: Features and Help pages on site
MR Tech Systray is a program that will not only quickly shut down, restart or log off from Windows, it can help keep your hard disk a little cleaner, organize your MP3 files, and tune your system. The MP3 Renamer feature includes full Artist and Song parsing and will be enhanced to update the ID3 tag. It looks like a program worth trying http://fileforum.betanews.com/download.php?fid=965110337

Geforce Tweak Utility version 3.2 out
The other original tweak program for GeForce based cards, Geforce Tweak Utility version 3.2 has been released for download with this list of changes:
Fixed GTU not showing the Z-Occlusion-Culling box with ] [/url]23.xx drivers
Fixed mixed on/off states for Z24Enable & ZCompressEnable
Modified largefont settings
New program icon
Overclocking should work with 27.xx drivers.
Bugfix at twinviewdisabled for 27.xx drivers fixed
Added possibility to change TextureLevelOfDetail in OpenGL
Added hotfix to enable negative LOD settings for ] [/url]23.xx D3D detonators (W9x)
Renamed 'render no more frames ahead than' to 'max number of framebuffers'
OpenGL FSAA fix
New helpfile is included within the GTU download package.
Removed the following settings (due to missing information on these settings):
texture precache
scene synchronisation
modified fast / quality preset
Added settings 'Color key compatibility' and 'Use higher level of Anisotropy with FSAA (Texture Sharpening)'
Small changes at the OpenGL VSync
Geforce Tweak Utility version 3.2 (http://www.fileflash.com/?action=download&program=181)

Links 2003 demo
Microsoft has released a demo of the just shipped Links 2003 golf game. The demo clocks in at 166MB and features Sergio Garcia and the new real-time swing option played over one course and allowing several different modes of play including support for online play via Zone.com.
Links 2003 demo (http://download.microsoft.com/download/Links2003/Trial/1.0/W982KMeXP/EN-US/2k3demo.exe)

Lord of the rings: Two Towers new movie trailer
For all you LOTR fans, there is a new Lord Of the Rings: Two Towers (http://www.lordoftherings.net/two_towers/trailer/tt_trailer1.html)trailer out. The trailer is in RealPlayer format and is available only through streaming AOL on the official site.

New Promise Tech. Ultra100 TX2 driver
Promise Technology have released new Ultra100 TX2 Windows Drivers 106.7 KB 2.00.0.39 Windows 9x/ME/NT/2000/XP driver with no word on the changes.
New Promise Tech. Ultra100 TX2 driver (http://www.promise.com/support/file/3-079-03.zip)

BIOS updates
There are new BIOS out for Abit, ECS, Gigabyte, Shuttle, Soltek and Soyo motherboards:
Abit
Abit Bios BD7II/RAID: Version AW (http://www.abit.com.tw/abitweb/webjsp/english/download_content.jsp?pTITLE=BD7II+%2F+BD7II-RAID)
Abit Bios IT7/E: version AV (http://www.abit.com.tw/abitweb/webjsp/english/download_content.jsp?pTITLE=IT7+%2F+IT7E)
Abit Bios IT7-MAX2: version AV (http://www.abit.com.tw/abitweb/webjsp/english/download_content.jsp?pTITLE=IT7-MAX2)

ECS
ECS Bios L4IPEA2 version 1.0
ECS Bios MB845AD version 2.0
ECS Bios P4IBAS version 1.1d
ECS Bios P4IBMD version 1.1
ECS Bios P4IBMS version 1.1d
ECS Bios P4VXASD2+ v5.x: version 020905
ECS Bios P4VXAD+ version 1.0
Download Here (http://www.ecs.com.tw/download/index.htm)

Gigabyte
Gigabyte Bios GA-8IE: version F6 (http://www.epox.de/techsupp/downloads_anzeige.asp)
Gigabyte Bios GA-8SG667: version F3 (http://www.gigabyte.com.tw/support/swsis.htm)
Gigabyte Bios GA-8ST/-L: version F5c BETA (http://www.gigabyte.com.tw/support/swsis.htm)
Gigabyte Bios GA-8ST667/-L: version F2 (http://www.gigabyte.com.tw/support/swsis.htm)

Shuttle
Shuttle Bios AS45GT/GTR: version S037 (http://www.spacewalker.com/german/faq/biosdown.htm)

Soltek
Soltek Bios SL-75DRV5: version T1.6
Soltek BiosSL-75FRV: version AN1
Soltek BiosSL-85DR-C: version AB1.4
Soltek BiosSL-85SD-C: version D1.5
Download Here (http://www.soltek.de/German/download/main.htm)

Soyo
Soyo Bios SY-KT400 DRAGON Ultra (Platinum Edition): version 2aa2 (http://www.soyousa.com/downloads/selectresults.php?col1=Proc_AMD+Athlon+XP%2C+T-Bird%2C+Duron&col2=176&col3=BIOS+Upgrade)
Soyo Bios SY-P4I Fire DRAGON: version 0920 BETA (http://www.soyousa.com/downloads/selectresults.php?col1=Proc_Intel+Pentium+4&col2=3&col3=BIOS+Upgrade)

PowerDVD XP 4.0 Patch 2009 released
Cyberlink has released a new patch for PowerDVD. The website hasn't posted details of what's changed, but guessing from the file name Sony_vaio_2009_Patch_int.exe this seems to be specific to Sony based products. TIP: But if you Delete custom.ini before you install the patch! it's seems to work. The patch has the following file versions.
claud.ax 3.5.0.1814
claudfx.ax 3.5.0.1228
CLNAV.ax 3.5.0.1812
clvsd.ax 3.5.0.2027
PowerDVD XP 4.0 Patch 2009 released (http://www.xp-erience.org/forum/showthread.php?s=&threadid=21537)

Radeonator version 2.0 Beta 2
Version 2.0 Beta 2 of the Radeonator tweak program for Radeon based video cards is out. Radeonator allows you to manipulate driver settings, use profiles for games and benchmarks, card overclocking, adding custom resolutions and fixing the 60Hz problem in Windows XP and 2000. The new version has the following changes:
Overclocking support for the Radeon 9000 and 9700 (!! this is still in testing phase !!).
Installer changed a little, it's now more foolproof.
Fixed some bugs (regarding Win9X support).
Driverversion detection is back.
Added a pretty useless rollup button on the captionbar.
Layout of the systemtray menu has been changed.
Added Locker for refreshrate fixing.
Fixed a bug in Anti-Aliassing in DirectX.
Changed the 'Free Memory' label to a progressbar.
Some minor cosmethic changes.
Updated Helpfile.
Radeonator version 2.0 Beta 2 (http://www.majorgeeks.com/article.php?sid=1029&cat=22)

Gainward Detonator 31.00 WHQL drivers and ExperTool 3.00
Gainward have released a new set of their own nVidia Detonator 31.00 WHQL drivers and a new verison of their ExperTool version 3.00 program. These drivers and tool are for all Windows OS's.

Detonator 31.00 WHQL drivers for Windows 9x/ME (http://driver.gainward.com.tw/VGA/Driver/nVidia/V31.00/WinME(31.00).exe)

Detonator 31.00 WHQL drivers for Windows 2000/XP (http://driver.gainward.com.tw/VGA/Driver/nVidia/V31.00/Win2K_XP(31.00).exe)

ExperTool version 3.00 (http://ftp2.gainward.com/Vga/Utility/Ext300/Panel32.zip)

Antec Performance Plus 1080 AMG Case review at Tweaknews.net
Tweaknews (http://www.warp2search.net/user.php?op=userinfo&uname=tweaknews) has posted a review of one of my favourite cases, the Antec Performance Plus 1080 AMG. Here's a clip from the review:
It looks sleek. Has just the right colour. Is roomy. Keeps cool. Is silent. I will show that the case can do all of that and much more. How's that for an introduction? Sounds like a sales pitch but kinda is. When I first spoke to Antec about doing a review on this case I pointed out that a lot of people said I coudn't keep my SCSI drives cool and that no case was able fit all of my junk. I disagreed and so did Antec Inc.
Read the whole review here (http://www.tweaknews.net/reviews/antecplus1080amg/).

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

Danger
01-10-2002, 11:12 PM
Heh heh...a bit out off date. The Two Towers Trailer can be downloaded with Apple Quicktime from http://www.apple.com/trailers/newline/the_two_towers/
and it looks fantastic, especially in the fullscreen mode.

tweak\'e
01-10-2002, 11:35 PM
i think this may be a newer/different one (i can't check with my shitty net connectin) as the apple one was in the news a while ago.

btw did you see the one on tv tonight,,,complete with out of sync sound...lol

-=JM=-
01-10-2002, 11:54 PM
Why the heck would Ahead do such a thing.

So I've got to download ~14MB extra and it will just be for the mp3PRO encoder trial :(

There better be some other benefit to this update. Because including that demo is pathetic.

Danger
01-10-2002, 11:55 PM
The Apple download is the new trailer. AOL users apparantly got a 24 hour headstart and the rest of us could only view it with Real Player and streaming video, that was yesterday. Now we can download it at the link above.
I didn't see the trailer on the news, I was here in front of my PC.