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tweak\'e
11-10-2002, 11:04 PM
NOLF 2 Patch Troubleshooting
Sierra has released a list of steps to use to try and clear up problems that are being reported by users after applying the version 1.1 patch to No One Lives Forever 2: A Spy in H.A.R.M.'s Way. Here's the list:
What the NOLF2 1.1 patch does:
1. Corrects an issue where a different audio codec installed on the user's system may be used instead of the provided codec, even if the provided codec is available on the system.

2. Incorporates minor localization changes to ensure that U.S. players can join European servers and vice-versa.

If some sounds and speech are still missing after installing this update, then please follow these steps to correct the problem:

1. If you have installed the Nimo Codec pack or any other 3rd party codec pack, uninstall it and the game, and then re-install the game.

2. In your Windows\System folder (or Winnt\System32 if using Windows 2000 or XP), delete the "l3codeca.acm" file. If there's another file named "l3codecp.acm", delete this too.

3. If using Windows 98 or ME, open the system.ini file in your Windows\system folder, find the section labeled [drivers32], and delete ONLY the line that starts with "msacm.l3acm=". In the case of the Nimo codec pack, this will read "msacm.l3acm=l3codecp.acm"

4. If using Windows 2000 or XP, open the system registry editor (regedit) and delete the following key:* "Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Drivers32\msacm.l3acm"

5. From your main Nolf2 installation folder, double click on the file named "WMFADist.exe" and follow on-screen instructions.

*If you are not familiar or comfortable with modifying the contents of the system registry, then please ask a qualified person for assistance.

Warcraft III Patch
Blizzard has released a new version 1.03 patch for Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos. The patch is 3.85MB and it features a huge list of changes, which can be read here (http://www.blizzard.com/support/?id=mwr0687p), whilst the patch can be grabbed from obe of the many mirrors at the Blizzard Technical Support (http://www.blizzard.com/support/?id=mwr0642p)site.

America's Army Update released
Americas Army (http://www.americasarmy.com) version 1.3.0 has been released. The new update is substantial with a new map, tweaks and new features included. Here's a list of the changes you can expect:
New Map: Mountain Pass: This is a large, snowy outdoor map, much larger than maps that have previously been released. It is a continuation of the battle that began in the Bridge Assault map. The assaulting team has passed through the tunnel and must reach and secure a convoy that has been attacked. The defending team is part of the convoy that has been attacked, and must defend it against enemy forces.

Combat Effectiveness Meter: A new meter next to the health icon now depicts a player’s Combat Effectiveness. This gauges the player’s ability to hit the target in different situations. The higher the meter, the more effective the player is. The meter is affected by the player’s speed, posture, native weapon class, proximity to leaders, health condition, whether they are under fire, and a range of other conditions. This new feature will greatly increase the feedback given to the player and provide a better understanding of how their actions affect their abilities. As development progresses, we will tie this feature in to many new features.

Honor System: The Honor System (previously called ‘Trust’) is now online. Players will start out at level 10. Good team play and behavior will cause the number to rise, while breaking the Rules of Engagement and participating in dishonorable actions will cause the number to fall. The more rounds that are played, the higher the levels of Honor they can achieve. Honor level will affect account status, as well as provide preferential treatment during the selection-process of in-game features As the game evolves, watch for the many ways in which high Honor marks will add the gameplay and augment the players’ abilities. High Honor will be rewarded, while Low Honor will be penalized.

Server Admin Command Post: New in-game GUI interface for server administrators will allow easier and more effective control over server functionality.

Other Features/Tweaks/Fixes:
Gun Lowering - To fix problems where weapons were displayed through walls/doors, guns will now automatically lower at a door or wall under certain circumstances. In all cases, this will be overridden if the user presses fire.
Double firing of M24 fixed
M24: Fixed phantom bullet and reload bugs
Added Night Vision to Cameras
Ability to TAB out of an edit box in the menu
Scoreboard: Match end now displays number of tie rounds (if any)
GP-30 is auto instead of burst
Rankings on scoreboard for OpFor no longer shown
Fixed multi selection bug in server browser
Added sniper death message for m24 and m82
Fixed bugs related to burst fire not
decrementing ammo properly
Fixed bugs related to changing posture when
moving (sprinting/crawling)
m203 grenade is bound to support key
Fixed dropping parachute in plane
Fixed crawling at superhuman speeds
Download the patch and read the full list of changes at the link above.

New SIS IDE drivers from ASUS
Asus has posted up some new SIS IDE drivers on their FTP server. The drivers are version 2.01.03 WHQL and a version 2.02.02 package that contains the 2.02.01 driver. Both drivers are for Windows 2000 and XP plus a small utility for Windows 9x enabling DMA and reporting correct HDD model name and DMA/UDMA speed used. The drivers work with all newer chipsets using a 96x Southbridge either integrated into the Nortbridge or as single chip and are for SIS630 and higher.

IDE 20103 (ftp://ftp.asus.com/pub/asus/mb/sock478/p4s533/IDE20103.zip)

IDE 20202 (ftp://ftp.asus.com/pub/asus/mb/sock478/p4s533/IDE20202.zip)

Fujitsu and AMD form flash memory partnership
AMD and Fujitsu have announced that they will be merging their flash-memory businesses to create the world’s largest supplier of flash-memory, overtaking Intel. The merger will be headed by AMD and will design, manufacture and package flash-memory chips. The merge will take place in January 2003, with AMD holding a 60% stake and Fujitsu 40%. Read more over at x-bit labs (http://www.xbitlabs.com/news/story.html?id=1034198889).

KT400 Round-up at Toms Hardware
Toms Hardware (http://www.tomshardware.com) have published a huge KT400 motherboard round-up featuring nine Athlon based motherboards from the likes of Abit, ASUS, Biostar, EliteGroup, Gigabyte, MSI, QDI, Shuttle and Soyo. Here's part of the intro:
It's been a few weeks, and the manufacturers have had time to optimize their products. A total of nine of the latest boards with the KT400 chipset found their way into our lab to see how they stack up not only against each other but also, again, against their predecessor. We adapted our benchmark tests for this purpose. For the very first time, we ran the tests using memory modules that, at 400 MHz, also handle the fast CL2 mode - with amazing results. In addition, we wanted to be able to draw meaningful comparisons to the KT333, which is why we re-ran all the tests with DDR333 memory. Our reference board with a KT333 chipset was an Epox EP-8K5A2+.
Check the whole round-up here (http://www.tomshardware.com/mainboard/02q4/021007/index.html).


EasyISO the standalone CD Burning software with support for CDR/CDRW, DVD+RW, DVD-R and DVD-RW, version 1.3 has been released for download. EasyISO provides on-the-fly burning without creating any temporary files and it supports Joliet as well as Multisession, Disc Caching, Burn Proof, it create bootable CDs and uses the standard or any other ASPI-driver.
EasyISO 1.3 released (http://www.majorgeeks.com/article.php?sid=2499&cat=8)

Optimizer XP 3.52 released
Optimizer XP version 3.52 has been released with the following changes:
-Icon color options
-Icon size setted (Prevent from lost icons when change schemes)
-removed usb modem checking data
-Removed CD-ROM optimization (Possible that make some trouble on some machine)
-Removed disk write behind cache (It seems problems came from this data)
Optimizer XP will help you to optimise your PC system to its best performance without having to wade through a swag of options, just select the mode to optimise or restore your system. You can read more here (http://windowsx.idz.net/).
Mirror 1 (http://se-ed.net/windowsx/optimizerxp/download.html)
Mirror 2 (http://www.majorgeeks.com/article.php?sid=1087)

Latest SecuROM foils the best CD copiers
3DGPU have posted up an article titled Latest SecuROM Foils Even The Best CD Copiers (http://www.3dgpu.com/index.php?category=all&id=1201) which looks at the new technology behind SecuROM. Here's a snip from the article:
I have been getting a good stream of emails regarding the trouble copying the latest games with SecuROM protection and have been working to determine what is up, and after some hardcore telephone dialing, begging and pleading, have uncovered some information you all should know about. More than two individuals at two different companies (who unfortunately don't want to go on the public record for fear of reprisals)

DrvImagerXP, the program that creates and restores drive images of FAT32 and NTFS partitions for the Windows2000/XP operating systems, version 2.1 is out. The official site has no word on the changes in this version. DrvImagerXP makes backups of your partitions, but does not copy file-by-file, it creates a non-reversed mirror image of a partition by copying the sector bytes on the partition.
DrvImagerXP 2.1 released (http://home.carolina.rr.com/lexunfreeware/setup2.exe)

SIS have released a new USB 2.0 Driver for windows 2000/XP.
SiS USB 2.0 driver for Windows 2000/XP (http://driver2.sis.com/utility/usb/Usb100.exe)

Age Of Mythology goes gold
Microsoft Game Studios and Ensemble Studios have announced that that Age of Mythology has gone gold and will ship to stores in North America on October 31. Here's abit on the game:
Using familiar elements of classical mythology, Age of Mythology casts players as one of nine unique civilizations from ancient Greek, Norse and Egyptian mythologies. Players can reinforce their armies with mythological creatures like Cyclopes and Medusas or call upon the mighty powers of gods such as Zeus to rain down lightning bolts on unsuspecting enemies. Age of Mythology also incorporates Ensemble Studios' trademark features from previous Age of Empires games, including a compelling economic model, a massive army and battle system, unequaled artificial intelligence, random maps, intuitive gameplay and extreme attention to detail.
Age of Mythology's 3-D engine delivers impressive graphics in a fully 3-D environment, including beautiful waves and water, lifelike rolling terrain, realistic sunlight, and lush forests. In-game cinematics create a seamless, story-based and character-driven campaign which features 35 scenarios. In addition, the game features incredible special effects, including waterspouts, infernos, snowstorms, tornadoes and earthquakes. Age of Mythology will be available for an estimated retail price of $49.99 (U.S.).
You can check out more at the Official homepage (http://www.microsoft.com/games/ageofmythology/).

VIA have released a new patch for Linux Red Hat 7.3, Mandrake Linux 8.2, SuSE Linux 8.0, and Red Flag Linux 3.2 that will add ATA/133 support for both the VT8235 and VT8233A southbridges. The download file includes installation instructions and release notes.
VIA ATA133 Linux patch file (http://www.viaarena.com/?PageID=182)

Slipstreaming XP SP1 at Neowin
Neowin has posted up it's own guide on slipstreaming Windows XP SP1 so that you can have all the service pack goodness when you install XP the first time. Here's a slice of the guide:
"I have completed my guide on Slipstreaming Windows XP SP1 and hope I can contribute to the awareness I feel Microsoft could of done a better job at for home users.

Microsoft released Service Pack 1 for Windows XP late this summer which brings it to the latest available update to core components of XP. What Microsoft neglected to mention was that simply installing SP1 isn't always enough, system changes require you to re-install SP1. Thats where slipstreaming comes in. System administrators have favoured this approach since the birth of NT4 and Windows 2000 meaning companies and home users alike can install for example NT4 SP6 or Windows 2000 SP3 clean from CD. My guide shows you how you can backup and upgrade your Windows XP CD to Service Pack 1 level so that if you need to re-install you can go immediately to SP1 and skip frequent re-installs of the SP1 package."
View the whole guide here (http://www.neowin.net/articles.php?action=more&id=46).

Radeon 9700 Pro 7.78 (6193) Driver released
There are new Radeon 9700 Pro drivers out, bringing them up to version 7.78 (6193). This released is apparently a Dell OEM release that fixes issues with Battlefield 1942, NHL 2003 and Fifa 2003, as well as a new refresh rate assignment tab within the monitor tab and Control Panel. The drivers may need a modified .inf file to get around the Dell configurations.
Drivers (ftp://ftp.us.dell.com/video/R50548.EXE)
Modified .inf 1 for 9700 only (ftp://216.63.45.68/ftp2/9700-INF-6193.zip)
Modified .inf for all Radeon cards from 7000 up (http://netcity.hinet.net/Paladin/Radeon_INF_6193.zip)
New TerraTec Aureon Soundcards
TerraTec has announced three new soundcards to debut in November. The new cards are designed to go head-to-head with Creative's Audigy and Audigy 2. Check the descriptions below:
Aureon 5.1 Fun:
Audio signals can be played back in outstanding quality at up to 48 kHz on up to six channels-with a choice of two, four or six speakers. The configuration of the speakers therefore always remains flexible and can be adapted to the playback situation as needed. One optical input and output each guarantee excellent recordings and loss-free connections to DVD, DAT and MiniDisc recorders. The Aureon 5.1 fun supports all common 3D sound standards-from EAX 2.0/1.0, 3Dl2 to Direct Sound 3D and Sensaura 3D-for realistic immersion in gaming environments.
Aureon 5.1 Sky:
The Aureon 5.1 sky will immerse you in the no-compromise sound of 24-bit/96-kHz technology, as TerraTec's new SoundSystem is based on 5.1 Surround. With 4G Sound, no shortage of connection options and an extensive software package, the Aureon 5.1 sky is the perfect sound platform for games, DVDs and music.
Listen to sound from two, four or six speakers-with an excellent frequency range and a signal-to-noise ratio of better than -100 dB. 4G sound technology also contributes to the superior audio quality of the Aureon 5.1 Sky. Its high resolution is also available when recording via analog or digital/optical inputs. All common sound standards (DirectSound, Sensaura 3D, EAX1.0/2.0, MacroFX, A3D 1.0 as well as AC3 and DTS streams) as well as current WDM drivers for Windows 98SE, ME/2000 and XP are supported to ensure that the SoundSystem can handle any task or application environment.
Key features:
4G sound: 24-bit/96-kHz technology
Six discreet loudspeaker outputs
Output for 2, 4 or 6 (5.1) loudspeakers
Optical digital output
Optical digital input
Line and microphone inputs
AC3 output (Dolby Digital) and DTS option via digital output*
3D Sound is compatible to EAX 2.0, EAX 1.0, A3D 1.0, I3Dl2, Direct Sound 3D and Sensaura 3D
* with the included DVD player (not under Windows 98SE)
Aureon 7.1 Space:
Next Generation with Aureon 7.1 space! With 8 (7.1) channels, 24-bit/96-kHz resolution, a superb frequency response and a signal-to-noise ratio better than -100 dB, TerraTec's new SoundSystem delivers first-class audio quality and a connection to tomorrow's audio technology.
The SoundSystem adapts flexibly to a variety of speaker configurations and playback situations with a choice of two-, four-, six- or 8-speaker playback.
The Aureon 7.1 space also has a lot to offer for musicians. Its wide range of analog inputs and outputs and 4D sound quality are ideal prerequisites for professional PC-based recording. All common sound standards (DirectSound, Sensaura 3D, EAX 1.0/2.0, MacroFX, A3D 1.0 as well as AC3 and DTS streams) are supported to ensure "spacy" sounds in truly any conceivable situation.

To dual or not to dual
Bitbender has posted up a guide that looks into the mystical world of dual processor motherboards and whether or not dual processors is right for you. Here's a snip:
This has been one topic that has plagued me since the development of the AMD dual athlon machine. An inexpensive (compared to Xeon) dual setup seems powerful on paper to us consumers, but what is it worth to an everyday person. What I have done in this review is to try and see what is it really worth upgrading to the latest and greatest. I have chosen 3 boards that would be great examples. The first is my tried and true Iwill KK266 Plus. When I got this board, it was the latest and greatest, using the Via Apollo KT133A chipset. I did the tests with both a 1.3thunderbird and a 2000 XP, for not everyone would run out and get an XP, but most got a 1.3 when they picked up this good board. The next board is the MSI K7T266 Pro2 with a 2000 xp. It has the Via Kt266a chipset, which in my opinion was a great step up While I was shopping for a new board, I was surprised at the number of people that mentioned this board, and now after owning it I can see why. I found that this board is one of my favourites. The last board is the MSI K7D Master L with dual 2000 MP.
If you into dual goodness, take a lok at the rest of the guide here (http://www.bitbenderforums.com/reviews.php?op=showcontent&id=15).

Neverwinter Nights patch version 1.25
Bioware has released a new version 1.25 patch for Neverwinter Nights. The patch comes in at 6.9Mbyte and fixes some bugs as well as adding new content such as new creatures for multiplayer sessions or an update to the Miles Sound System and adresses issues with the Neverwinter Aurora Toolset. The patch is only available through the in-game auto-updater at the moment. You can read the full details of the patch here (http://nwn.bioware.com/support/patchdetails.html).

Windows XP Media Center Edition reviewed at Winsupersite
Paul Thurrott has published his first review of the new and soon to be released Windows XP Media Center Edition (http://www.winsupersite.com/reviews/windowsxp_mediacenter.asp). This is the version od Windows XP that will turn your PC into a home entertainment centre. Here's a bit of the action:
So what is XP MCE? Essentially, it's Windows XP Professional Service Pack 1 (SP1) with an additional application, Media Center, and related supporting services. XP MCE runs only on media center PCs, which include modern processors, fast video cards, FireWire connectivity for attaching a DV camera, a TV tuner card for interacting with a cable or satellite signal, and, optionally, other multimedia features, including a DVD writer, surround sound speakers, and front-panel access to the types of memory cards used by most digital cameras. This year, only Hewlett-Packard will be shipping media center PCs in the US, and I'll be reviewing the final hardware here on the SuperSite in early November; this review focuses solely on the software. But other companies, such as Samsung, are marketing media center PCs in other locales, and Microsoft will announce new partners and markets for XP MCE in 2003.
If you want to have a squiz at the manual for the OS, you can grab it here (http://h20000.www2.hp.com/bc/docs/support/SupportManual/bph07861/bph07861.pdf).

Microsoft MultiMedia keyboard review
EnvyNews has posted a review of Microsoft's new Multimedia keyboard a head-to-head competitor with Logitech's Elite keyboard. Here is part of the review:

The Logitech Internet Navigator had a thinner and deeper palm rest; the MS Multimedia Keyboard is a bit thicker and stubbier - it’s not as deep as the Logitech one, and from just having typed these three paragraphs, I have sore wrists. It’s interesting how I’ve adapted to the Logitech palm or wrist wrest over the last 10 dozen reviews - perhaps I’ll have to re-adapt to this MS one - I just hope it won’t cause me a repetitive stress injury in the process.
check it all out at EnvyNews (http://www.envynews.com/review.php?ID=201&page=1).

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