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08-10-2002, 09:32 PM
Here's a new program that is designed to remove the DirectX runtime core component from Windows 9X, ME and Windows 2000. DirectX Eradicator lets you install and uninstall any version of DirectX as you wish. Some of the main features of this program are :
Full uninstall support for DirectX 2.0 to 9.0
Complete removal of all DirectX files and folders
Full Registry cleanup; INF rollback option
DirectX Eradicator 1.08 for Windows 9X and Windows 2000 (http://www.freewebz.com/firecat/archive/dxe108.zip)

Intel to launch 3GHz Pentium 4 November 14
CRN has reported that Intel is set to launch its 3Ghz Pentium 4 processor on November 14, just in time for the Christmas rush. With the release of the 3Ghz chip, the rest of the P4 range could undergo a price cut , making the 2.6Ghz processor the buyers pick for value. You can read more on this at CRN (http://www.crn.com/sections/News/top_news.asp?ArticleID=37792).

The Kx project team has released another set of beta drivers for their independent WDM audio driver for all EMU10K1 and EMU10K2-based soundcards manufactured by Creative Technology Ltd. and/or E-mu Sytems Inc.. The new version is beta and it includes the following changes:

Norwegian translation added
Fixed bug with multiple instances of 'Peak Meter'
Fixed bug with switching languages
kX API: custom-drawn kX DSP windows implemented (BETA, subject to change)
Fixed bug with kX DSP showing connections incorrectly
Detailed tooltips added for prolog/epilog in kX DSP
Fixed bug with long path names being handled incorrectly
Fixed bug with Global Zone generators (sf2) (ALPHA)
Fixed bug with Effect controls displayed incorrectly
Fixed kX DSP Status displaying hardware resources incorrectly
New effect 'APS Compressor' added
Voice management algorithm improved (BETA)
Fixed bug with allocating stereo voices
Fixed bug with releasing sustained voices
INI-files processing speed improved (BETA)
Fixed bug with Midi voices not being freed after StandBy/Hybernation (BETA)
Improved help launching scheme
Fixed bug with kX Remote handling 'Mute' command incorrectly
Italian translation added
Swedish translation added
Second French translation added
Cnv51To2 (kXSurround) effect added [Mixes 5.1 content into 2 stereo channels]
Reverb/Chorus formulas changed: new formula is:

final = SoundFont Reverb Amount (0..1000) * MIDI CC91 Amount (0..127) / 500 + kX Mixer Synth Reverb Amount (0..255)
Note: this amount corresponds to FXBUS volume only, the actual effect amount can be changed additionally by tweaking the effect itself.
kX Project Drivers Beta released (http://www.kxproject.spb.ru/down.php)

Unreal Tournament 2003 patch on the horizon
Epic Games have released some Info on an upcoming patch for UT2003. The patch will include the following changes and more:
IRC chat client in server browser
Letter and mouse-wheel support in the speech menu. This is optional, but you can set it to whatever keys you like in the .ini
Speech Binder. Similar to the controls page, lets you bind a key to phrase
Bug Fixes.
You can get more info of the new features and have a look at some screenshots at Epic Games (http://forums.gtgames.com/forums/showthread.php?s=&threadid=218471).

Micron to demonstrate Multiple DDR/DDR-II Platforms at VIA Technology Forum
Micron Technology has announced that it will be demonstrating some multiple internally-developed DDR platforms that will include DDR-II, DDR400, and DDR333 at the VIA Technical Forum which begins today. here's part of the announcement from Micron:
With DRAM technology becoming increasingly complex, Micron is focusing on ways to help its customers implement new high-performance DRAM products. "Putting together these types of platforms requires a diverse skill set, and Micron is uniquely qualified to develop these new memory technologies," said Terry Lee, Executive Director of Advanced Technology and Strategic Marketing for Micron's Computing and Consumer Group. "By demonstrating platforms for all current and emerging DDR SDRAM technologies, we are covering all the bases for our computing customers.
Read the complete announcement at Micron (http://www.micron.com/content.jsp?path=/News/Product+News/Year+2002&edID=21242).

Intel launches four new advanced Pentium 4 Chipsets
Intel has officially launched four new chipsets that have been discussed over the past couple of months. The new chipsets are said to offer advanced levels of performance, reliability and flexibility and consist of an enhanced version of the 850E chipset and the new Intel 845GE, 845PE and 845GV chipsets. The biggest change to these chipsets is that they all now support Intel's Hyper-Threading (HT) Technology, which enables software programs to run as though there are two processors available with only one processor physically in place. HT Technology will be introduced later this year on desktop PCs with the Intel Pentium 4 processor at 3.06 GHz. You can read the full announcement from Intel here (http://www.intel.com/pressroom/archive/releases/20021007comp.htm) and check out a review of an 845GE Motherboard at the Tech-report (http://www.tech-report.com/reviews/2002q4/i845pe-ge/index.x?pg=1).

Version 3.65 of ASUS's inhouse tweak utility for their range of graphics cards has been released with no word on the changes.
Asus Tweaking Utility 3.65

MSI KT3 Ultra2 and KT4 Ultra AMD Certified FSB333 motherboards released
MSI has issued a press release announcing the launch the KT3 Ultra2 and KT4 Ultra motherboards. These boards are the first to support AMD's Athlon XP 2800+ with 333MHz FSB and receive AMD certification. For the full press release go here (http://www.msi.com.tw/html/newsrelease/product_news/2002_1002_6590.htm).

Asus have released some new beta BIOS files for the following motherboards:
Asus Bios A7V266 1013 - 01 Beta
Asus Bios A7V266-C / -E / -EX / -M 1013 - 01 Beta
Asus Bios TUSI-M 1018 - 01 Beta
Asus Bios CUSI-Serie 1018 - 01 Beta
Asus Bios P4S8X 1004 Final (=1004 - 03 Beta)
Asus Bios A7V8X 1007 Final (=1007 - 08 Beta)
Asus BIOS Updates

Asus Detonator Drivers version 31.40 final for Windows 9X/ME/2000/XP
Asus have released another set of their own nVidia Detonator Drivers, bringing them up to version 31.40 final for Windows 9X/ME/2000/XP.

ASUS V9xx0 / V8xx0 Series of cards for Windows 2000/XP (ftp://ftp.asuscom.de/pub/ASUSCOM/TREIBER/VGA/V8xx0/Win2KXP_3140.exe)

ASUS V9xx0 / V8xx0 Series of cards for Windows 9x/ME (ftp://ftp.asuscom.de/pub/ASUSCOM/TREIBER/VGA/V8xx0/Win9XME_3140.exe)

ASUS V7x00 / V6x00 / V34/38 Series of cards for Windows 2000/XP (ftp://ftp.asuscom.de/pub/ASUSCOM/TREIBER/VGA/V8xx0/Win2KXP_3140.exe)

ASUS V7x00 / V6x00 / V34/38 Series of cards for Windows 9x/ME (ftp://ftp.asuscom.de/pub/ASUSCOM/TREIBER/VGA/V8xx0/Win9XME_3140.exe)

Linux From Scratch is a project that provides you with the steps necessary to build your own custom Linux system. the definitive tool to have if your into OS building. Here's a clip of the description of the program:
The most important reason for LFS's existence is teaching people how a Linux system works internally. Building an LFS system teaches you about all that makes Linux tick, how things work together, and depend on each other. And most importantly, how to customize it to your own taste and needs.

One of the key benefits of LFS is that you are in control over your system without having to rely on somebody else's Linux implementation. You are in the driver's seat now and are able to dictate every single thing such as the directory layout and boot script setup. You will also know exactly where, why and how programs are installed.
You can get the complete info on the program here (http://www.linuxfromscratch.org/lfs/intro.shtml). This is a must have for any Linux enthusiast.
Linux from scratch 4.0 out (http://www.linuxfromscratch.org/)

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, version 1.15 is out with the following changes:
1. Most of problems with ASPI fixed.
NOTE: Please upgrade to this version if you use Win98/98SE/ME.
NOTE: Please upgrade to this version if you use PowerDVD 3.0 or WinDVD 2000/3.0 in Win2000/XP.
2. Pausing problem at chapters switching point fixed.
3. Optimizing the startup speed of DVD players.
DVD Region-Free version 1.15 released (http://www.dvdidle.com/index.htm)

A new version of Nero CD Speed, the CD-ROM benchmarking tool is out. There's no word yet on the changes in this version, but a new version of one of the essential benchmarking tools can only be good.
Nero CD Speed version 1.01 out (http://www.cdspeed2000.com/go.php3?link=download.html)

D-Link AirPlus Wireless Networking Products Review
DigitalDomination has posted up a review of the D-Link AirPlus Wireless Networking products that have just been released. Here's a clip of the review:
Just imagine, surfing the net by the pool, chatting over IRC on the couch or my favourite: cable internet in bed. Yes! Cable internet in bed! Heaven! With wireless networking all this and more is possible. Wireless networking provides an enormous convenience advantage over traditional ethernet networks, but unfortunately they are rather slow compared to 100Mb ethernet and while we wait for faster wireless links we are stuck at 11Mb, that is until D-Link step in. There are a lot of 802.11b 11Mb wireless products out on the market at the moment, but D-Link's AirPlus range is rather special.
The AirPlus range is known as 802.11b+. It uses a different type of modulation technique know as PBCC (or Packet Binary Convolutional Coding) to achieve higher data throughput, pushing the speed limit up to 22Mb. The secret to the success of 802.11b+ is that it is an enhanced version of 802.11, which means its completely backward compatible with the widely available 802.11b 11Mb standard. That's right, you can use your existing 11Mb without any problems.
Read the rest at DigitalDomination (http://www.digitaldomination.net/modules.php?name=Content&pa=showpage&pid=14).

Q3A 1.32 Point Release soon
Robert Duffy from iD Software has released some details of the very soon to be released 1.32 point release for Q3A. Here's a bit of the new stuff in the release:
The new Quake 3 Arena and Quake 3 Team Arena point release is up. Thanks to Timothee for getting all the fixes in and Tony and the crew at Even Balance for getting Punk Buster support in. A beta version of the Mac point release will be up soon but it will not authenticate properly with Punk Buster for a couple of weeks.

Here is a list of the general updates/fixes.
New network protocol, 68
Network code: improved fragmented messages handling map change while client loads map no longer causes an 'Invalid .PK3' error map_restart while client loads map no longer causes a reload fixing donedl being ignored after autodl if map_restarted
The demo command has a list of compatible protocols, it will loop through 66 67 68 you can do '/demo four' and it will try four.dm_66 four.dm_67 four.dm_68 or you can explicitely give a '/demo demoname.dm_??'
You can check out the full details at Quake 3 World (http://www.quake3world.com/).

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