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tweak\'e
16-10-2002, 09:36 PM
A new SIS AGP chipset driver is out bringing it up to version 1.12.02 and including the following changes:
1.Add AMD K8 (V3.0) AGP driver to support for winxp/2000/98/ME.
2.fix winXP/2K AGP driver install problem when using 8X card on SiS648.
3.fix 8X workaround on newer 648 with PCI-PCI device id 0002.
4.fix win98/ME 8X problem after hibernating on SiS648.
SIS AGP Chipset driver 1.12.02 released (ftp://ftp.spacewalker.com/Drivers/mb/SIS/SIS%201.12.zip)

Phoenix 0.3 the faster leaner Mozilla browser has been released for download. Phoenix is a redesign of the Mozilla browser component, similar to Galeon, K-Meleon and Chimera, but written using the XUL user interface language and designed to be cross-platform. More information about Phoenix is available at the Phoenix Project Page. This version has the following changes:
- Image Blocking
- Pop-up Blocking Whitlist
- Bookmarks Changes
- Global Go Menu and Go Menu Changes
- Tabbed Browsing Improvements
- Bug Fixes
Phoenix 0.3 released for download (http://ftp.mozilla.org/pub/phoenix/releases/0.3/)
Omega has released a new modified Radeon driver based on the 9068 driver with Control Panel 3034 for Windows 9x. The new driver supports all Radeon based cards and their Mobile versions and contains the following changes:
* Based on the beta 2.4 Catalyst drivers (9068) for the 9700.
* Added support for ALL Radeon Cards, as always.
* Fixed some strange desktop lockup problems when using the 9700 2D drivers, now the 2D drivers are from the 8500 drivers, but the rest is pure 9700.
* Integrated Control Panel (3034).
* Fixed a settings bug where trueform appeared OFF after installing.
* Fixed a problem with 7500 cards showing heavy FOG in some games.
* Fixed a problem with the previous drivers not installing properly in some Mobile cards.
The full set of changes can be read here (http://www.omegacorner.com/drivers/r_omega2468.txt).
New Omega Radeon Win9x drivers (http://www.omegacorner.com/ati.htm)

Asus have released some new beta BIOS files for the following motherboards:
Asus Bios A7V266-C 1013 Final (=1012 - 01 Beta)
Asus Bios A7V266 1013 - 02 Beta
Asus Bios A7V266-E / -EX / -M 1013 - 02 Beta
Asus Bios A7V8X 1008 - 02 Beta
Asus AFLASH Tool v2.14
Asus BIOS updates (http://www.asuscom.de/support/techmain/technical.htm?ctn4)

The manual download patch for Neverwinter Nights has been released bringing the game up to version 1.26. The patch has the following changes:
Fixed the AC application bug where AC changes through spells and feats weren't being applied, but were being removed. Please note: Stoneskin and Greater Stoneskin are not supposed to change your AC.
Fixed a crash using Direct Connect on LAN server page.
Fixed a GameSpy chat crash
Double-clicking in chat once again will start sending a private message.
Supressed a To Hit roll when casting healing spells. This To Hit roll was only for using healing to attack hostile undead.
Changed default chat mode to Talk.
Made a fix for barter panel text - some of it was not being clipped properly.
Fixed the history page so it will show servers on same IPs but different ports.
Fixed an issue with the save game screen and NWN module names not showing up as translated.
Fixed the player list multiple selection bug.
Fixed it so that campaign hints do not show up in user created modules.
Direct connecting as a DM now properly prompts for the DM password. The text was missing before.
Changed the default sort column on the Buddy List to server name instead of player name. This just looks better as it packs all offline servers together.
Fixed an display issue with connecting to a server loaded from a save game and displaying the wrong character information.
Retail Windows patch and Linux server file
Neverwinter Nights retail patch and Linux server version 1.26 released (http://www.3dgamers.com/news/more/1034705679/)

Blindwrite Suite, the set of tools to reproduce or clone any CD even protected ones, version 4.1 has been released for download with the following changes:
Patin couffin layer has been updated, for improved performance, and better compatibility with Consumer windows versions (Win95, Win98, WinMe). Now, the driver internal revision number is 6.
Audio processing runs faster.
Various potential but not systematic crash causes has been fixed.
The image / folder selection in Blindwrite has been corrected. Now, the last image file name or folder path is kept.
Fine checking of the translation issues. More items are translated, including the patin-couffin configuration tool. Please note that the translation for a given language may or may not be available (depending of the person providing translation). Usually, English, German, French, Russian, Italian and Dutch are quickly available and up to date.
Others bugs corrected reported by users.
For those not in the know, Blindwrite Suite is a tool to create a perfect copy from your original CD for personal backup purposes. Blindwrite Suite can create CD audio from MP3, Ogg Vorbis, WAV, WMA, monkey's audio and be use with an cd-rom emulator like Daemon Tools.
Blindwrite Suite 4.1 released (http://www.blindwrite.com/download.htm)

Video Card benchmarks with UT2003
Darkcrow has run up a comparo that runs a variety of cards such as Matrox's Parhelia to Nvidia's new Geforce4 TI 4200 X8 and ATI's Radeon 9700 Pro through Unreal Tournament 2003 to see how their performances stack up. For the tests all settings are set to their highest mark just to see if the game can break the performance of these cards. Check out the comparo here (http://www.darkcrow.co.kr/englishdirectory/englishcontent.asp?idx=3&contentpage=1).

mp3DirectCut, the small tool for editing MPEG audio directly, by removing parts, changing the volume, spliting files or copying regions to several new files, version 1.26 has been released without any word on what's cahnged. mp3DirectCut will perform all these tasks without the need to decompress your MP3 into a PCM format.
mp3DirectCut version 1.26 released (http://www.rz.uni-frankfurt.de/~pesch/)

First Audigy 2 review
Digit-Life has posted up what could be the first public Audigy 2 review. The review has the new card up against it's older brother the Audigy 1 and it came out the better of the two. Here's a cut from the review:
So long awaited sound cards of the next generation from Creative, this undoubted leader on the market of multimedia solutions for PC, have finally arrived onto the market. They've got a plain name of Audigy2. The Audigy cards released last year were just a preparation for the today's triumphant procession. The mysterious words "24 bits", "higher resolution sound" and others have finally assumed material form. The Audigy2 was surely equipped with several more advanced features.
Check out the whole shabang here (http://www.digit-life.com/articles2/creativeaudigy2/index.html).

Nvidia launches GeForce 4 Go 460
Nvidia has launched its new GeForce 4 Go card, the 460. Here's what they said:
The introduction of the Nvidia GeForce 4 460 Go, most powerful mobile graphics processing unit (GPU) with the best performance per watt metric of all mobile GPUs, went through today. The GeForce4 460 Go is perfectly suited for the mainstream performance and thin and light notebooks-eliminating the consumer dilemma of choosing performance over the convenience of a thin and light form factor.
NVIDIA has been consistent in delivering innovative, quality solutions to the mobile market, said J. Gerry Purdy, Ph.D., Principal Analyst, MobileTrax. "With the GeForce4 460 Go, NVIDIA has developed a GPU which balances fantastic performance with power conservation concerns - once again proving their technology leadership.
Check out the whole launch at Nvidia (http://www.nvidia.com).

Xpass to consolidate your web site passwords
Yahoo News has posted a news article about a program that may help you if you have multiple user IDs and passwords for various Web sites, Sensiva has introduced a program called Xpass, a secure password-consolidation program. The program, which costs $US70 lets you bypass the log-in screens of most Web sites and jump right to your online accounts or to the Web pages you want. Xpass stores and encrypts password information on your own PC. Here's a bit more detail on the program:
Sensiva currently provides Xpass as a plug-in to Microsoft Internet Explorer (versions 5.5 and up); the company is developing a version that works with the Netscape browser as well. Operation is straightforward: After you download a 25MB file, launch the program, and enter your registration key, Xpass will request a master password. After that, an Xpass button will appear in your IE browser window. Then you need visit each of your online accounts to enter your log-in information and tell Xpass to add these log-in steps to its repertoire.

For example, to access your AOL mail on the Web, you punch in your ScreenName and password as usual. At the next page you click the Xpass button on the browser and select 'Add this site to my list of services' from the drop-down list. Xpass lets you enter a shortcut name and assign an icon from a palette. From then on, you can jump directly to AOL mail by clicking the new icon or by choosing the shortcut from the Xpass button's drop-down list. You add more sites to your Xpass list the same way, just as you would add sites to IE's Favorites menu.

For people who surf the Web infrequently, $70 could be pricey; but if you find yourself on a log-in rampage on a daily basis, Xpass saves some time and hassle as you switch among sites with a single click. At its default setting, the Xpass logo will flash when you visit a site you haven't added to its list. You can lock the Xpass button in your browser--and unlock it only with your master password.

Password Warning
Xpass is serious about security: If you forget your master password, you're out of luck--Xpass won't offer you any prompts or hints. In such an instance, you'd have to uninstall the program and start from scratch re-entering your passwords. Sensiva does advise how to construct a password, and its online help section warns that you will not be able to retrieve your master password should you forget it.

And if you need to change a password for a particular site, you must delete the old icon in Xpass and manually create a new one--the program doesn't make the update automatically. However, Xpass supports several accounts with the same service--such as multiple e-mail accounts with the same site--with no problem.

Sensiva is offering Xpass at a discounted price of $50 until November 10. A trial version is available free of charge for a limited time. Sensiva also provides free upgrades for one year.

The company is exploring other implementations of its consolidated-password technology. Representatives report the company is working with makers of biometrics products on integrating Xpass with technologies such as fingerprint recognition.
Read more on the program at Yahoo News (http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story2&ncid=1212&e=4&u=/pcworld/20021014/tc_pcworld/105918&sid=95612658).

Grand Theft Auto: Vice City has Gone Gold
Rockstar Games has announced that Grand Theft Auto: Vice City for PlayStation 2 has gone gold and will be in retail stores in North America on October 29th and in Europe on November 8th. Woo Hoo

Steam 2.0 Beta In November
Valve Software has announced that the next beta version of their Steam software will be out in November, along with new versions of the Half-Life mods Counter-Strike and Team Fortress Classic. The beta will include the following features:
V-GUI 2 plus an integrated set of communications tools that provide built-in support for a variety of services, such as instant messaging, configuration, and server browsing.
Counter-Strike: Introduction of Riot Shield, FAMAS, and Galil.
Team Fortress Classic: Introduction of the engineer's teleportation pad, new map from Valve (Ravelin), plus various fixes and tweaks.
Casual Steam games: Chess, Checkers, and Go.
Anti-cheat support for all Valve multiplayer games.
Improved Steam performance.

Symantec has released a new virus definitions pack for it's AntiVirus products, bringing the total number of detected viruses to 62205. This pack is available for download from LiveUpdate if you are still subscribed and if you are not, get it from the link below.
New virus definitions from Symantec (http://securityresponse.symantec.com/avcenter/defs.download.html)

Microsoft to issue Bluetooth update for XP
CNet News is reporting that Microsoft is set to release a Windows XP update that adds support for Bluetooth. The update is included with a new Bluetooth keyboard-mouse combination from Microsoft, scheduled to hit stores by early November. The package, will cost $US159 and a downloadable update will also be available around the same time.
read the whole report at CNet News (http://news.com.com/2100-1040-962116.html?tag=lh).

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