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Subject: General Tech | March 28, 2008 - 05:55 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
At one point or another, all of us have strayed into unknown territory with our PCs. For some it was the switch to Intel from AMD, and the different ways that the system was set up. Others might be poking around at the strange beast bearing the name Linux, or teaching their brain how to parse HTML tags for the first time. Whatever it was that triggered it, we went searching through the internets for the information we needed, and we ended up in the PC Perspective forums. Most of us have stayed and we can repay the kindness of strangers by doing the same in turn, and hel
Subject: General Tech | March 28, 2008 - 11:54 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
After gifting retailers with the X48 chipset, which resulted in those retailers having huge inventories of suddenly unattractive X38 based boards, Intel will not do the same thing with the P45. Intel will be delaying the release of the new chipset until mid-June and retailers are probably grateful they have a chance to start unloading P35 boards. The end user should also take heart, the near simultaneous release of the X38 and X48 helped motherboard prices to soar to the levels we are seeing right now.
Subject: General Tech | March 28, 2008 - 11:32 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Xonar series driver update for DS3D GX 1.0 to DS3D GX 2.0 is our response to feedback/criticism favoring compatibility with games that feature EAX 5.0. DS3D GX 2.0 allows gamers to enable EAX sound options/schemes in games on Vista and legacy Windows XP.
The solution involves:
1. Enabling EAX5.0 sound setting in games
2. Redirecting DirectSound3D Hardware and EAX calls to the DS3D GX core
3. Upgrading the DS3D GX engine.
The updated engine:
Subject: General Tech | March 27, 2008 - 06:31 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
ExtremeTech takes a look at a piece of hardware that may be destined for destruction, the stand alone audio card. Audiophiles who are happy to drop $1000 on a studio grade card not included. Gamers and casual users on the other hand seem satisfied with onboard audio solutions, as they have come a long way. What would you say to Creative creating a software version of their XiFi?
Subject: General Tech | March 27, 2008 - 12:16 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If you are like many PC enthusiasts, the only way they are getting you to switch to Vista is to destroy every copy of XP in existence.
Life support is currently planned to be removed April 8, 2014, giving Microsoft almost enough time to get Windows 7 into beta, assuming that the date the Mayan calendar was set to end on was not picked because that is the official release day. In the meantime, SP3 is still coming out, saving everyone the joys of either rebuil
Subject: General Tech | March 26, 2008 - 12:38 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The first add-on to the third installment of a game called Command & Conquer is up for review at Gaming Heaven. In this game, you play Kane's lieutenants in the evil Brotherhood of Nod, there are 3 involved in a story line that leaps around the C&C timeline. There are also multiplayer and skirmishing modes that will offer a bit of replayability after you've beaten the single player, but unless you are a huge C&C fan, or just love any excuse to play an RTS game, you've probably stopp
Subject: General Tech | March 25, 2008 - 11:55 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
nVIDIA is going to make chipsets for VIA, they aren't going to purchase them, according to this story on The Inquirer. Via has announced it will back out of the chipset business completely to focus on their processors. It seems that nVIDA is the company that has been chosen to supply the chipsets those VIA CPUs will use.
Subject: General Tech | March 24, 2008 - 01:32 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If you have
an ASUS P5B, P5B-E Plus, P5B Deluxe/WiFi, ASUS P35C-DS3R
or a Gigabyte P35-DS3L as well as a Radeon X1950 Pro
, X1950 XT or NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GT, you need to read this article at TechARP. The solution is simple, but the effects are incredible. Make sure that you and anyone you know isn't suffering this problem.
Subject: General Tech | March 20, 2008 - 11:34 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Intel is focusing on entry level mobility platforms with their upcoming Centrino 2 chips. The two Celerons that Digitimes knows about are both very inexpensive parts; the Atom is even cheaper. With the Eee from ASUS and Walmart's offering, entry level mobility is an important market. Intel's ability to produce these bottom of the line and dirt cheap processors may get them a huge share of the processors you will find in low cost laptops.
Subject: General Tech | March 19, 2008 - 12:31 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Rocketfish Wireless Universal Rear Speaker Kit sounds absolutely perfect, until you read what it actually is in the review at I4U. It brings to mind a device that sits beside your receiver, and two small devices that can hide behind your 2 rear speakers; it is not. The device that plugs into the receiver is still there, and it broadcasts the wireless signal to a second device, twice as large as the first, which is in turn wired to your two rear speakers, as well as to AC power. Sure, there are no wires
Subject: General Tech | March 19, 2008 - 12:18 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Is it FUD, is it real? It's hard to say for sure right now, but it does seem inevitable that someone will buy VIA. Perhaps the rumour from DigiTimes is right on the ball, and VIA is about to become part of the great beast nVIADIA or nVIDVIA. Or, maybe it's just yet another rumour. Ars Technica attempts to thin the fog that has rolled in since the story yesterday. Sure nVIDIA has about $1.8 billion burning a hole in their pocket, but ma
Subject: General Tech | March 18, 2008 - 03:08 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
When is the last time you clapped eyes on a keyboard with a trackball? Thanks to the Adesso AKB–320UB Keyboard with Trackball, now you can relive those golden days of yore. It's not certainly not all old features, this keyboard has a lot of extra multimedia keys though it lacks USB ports. BCCHardware did the full review
Subject: General Tech | March 18, 2008 - 11:50 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Drop by The Inquirer to see what AMD's response to Nehalem, Dunnington and Larabee. They sound quite confident, pointing out that AMD has been doing all the new features of Nehalem, and that Larrabee may pose huge problems for programmers. Unfortunately, we are still waiting to see how AMD's Shanghai will perform.
Subject: General Tech | March 17, 2008 - 05:38 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
San Jose, California – March 18, 2008 -- Super Talent Technology, a leading manufacturer of Flash storage solutions and DRAM memory modules, today launched The Memory Challenge, a fun, interactive web 2.0 game that educates visitors on memory technology while testing the limits of their knowledge.
Super Talent Marketing Director, Joe James commented "The Memory Challenge is a fun learning tool, kind of a reverse-FAQ where we ask the questions and you give the answers. It will challenge even the sharpest tech gurus."
Subject: General Tech | March 17, 2008 - 03:50 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
March 17, 2008 -- Intel Corporation today discussed upcoming leading edge microprocessors and technologies. Intel's 45nm high-k metal gate leading manufacturing technology is enabling the industry to move to multicore processors in all market segments, and Intel discussed future products with four, six, eight and many computing cores coming to the market.
Pat Gelsinger, Intel Senior Vice President and General Manager, Digital Enterprise Group:
Subject: General Tech | March 17, 2008 - 11:37 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
According to DigiTimes, AMD has no less than seven new chips coming out in March. Five are quad-core Phenoms and the other two are extensions to the Black Edition lime up. Triple cores should be arriving by April, and there are likely more models that we will see in the near future.
Subject: General Tech | March 14, 2008 - 06:27 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Much of the internet lies in dangerous wilderness, abounding with beasts ready to turn your computing life into a horror show of frustration. The best defense is to know your enemy, and you can find a great bestiary in our Networking and Associated Security forum, and in the thread that Jim built, and that Ned fed today. For a significantly more obscure issue, have you ever properly grounded your equipment, or just