New hotfix driver available for Far Cry 2 and Stalker Clear Sky

Subject: General Tech | October 29, 2008 - 09:16 AM |
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If you are having performance troubles with Radeon cards and FarCry 2 or S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Clear Sky, AMD has a hot fix out for you.  It is a beta driver and is unsupported by AMD, so you may find it causes other problems for you.  Be warned before you try.

This hotfix

  • Improves performance for the DirectX 9 version of Far Cry 2 on CrossFire compatible systems
Source: AMD

IDF or TFE? IDK.

Subject: General Tech | October 29, 2008 - 09:09 AM |
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AMD finally has a relatively public Developers Forum to call their very own, the Technical Forum and Exposition.  Though in it's 4th year, this is likely the first you have heard of it, it has been a very quiet and exclusive event.  Seeing as how The Inquirer made it into the TFE this year, the standards for attendance have been significantly lowered.  The event differs from the IDF in it's philosophy and purpose, read on to see what AMD thinks is the proper way to get developer

Source: The Inquirer

Will it always be 'Windows 7' or will it be shortened to 7?

Subject: General Tech | October 28, 2008 - 12:32 PM |
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If you head over to engadget you can get a preview of Windows 7's features and overall look.  Some interesting tidbits came up about the systems that Windows 7 will run on.  At the PDC the audience was shown a netbook with a 1GHz processor and a single gigabyte of RAM, half of which was unused.  It will also support up to 256 CPUs (or maybe they mean cores?), giving you lots of room to expand or to use Larrabee perhaps.  The information is still coming

Source: engadget

This mouse knows Yoga

Subject: General Tech | October 28, 2008 - 09:16 AM |
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A lot of thought has gone into designing the Microsoft Arc mouse.  Built to accompany your laptop or netbook, it is wireless, folds up much like a cellphone does and can work at ranges up to 30 feet.  You may never get that far away, but it is a handy feature, like the 25lbs of pressure the hinge can support.  ExtremeTech has put up a full reivew, contrasting it against

Source: Extremetech

Most would just excuse themselves

Subject: General Tech | October 28, 2008 - 08:57 AM |
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Microsoft is jumping into cloud computing with Azure, as announced by their Chief Software Architect Ray Ozzie at a Professional Developers Conference.  Called Project Red Dog in development and now renamed to something that might smell a little sweeter, this will be Microsoft's attempt to draw people into a hosted application environment and will attempt to take on Amazon's similar product.  You can read all the market-speak about it by following the link at The Inquirer.

Source: The Inquirer

VIA Launches 'Global Mobility Bazaar' Program

Subject: General Tech | October 28, 2008 - 08:37 AM |
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Shenzhen, China, 28 October 2008 - VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator of power efficient x86 processor platforms, today announced the 'Global Mobility Bazaar' (GMB), an innovative industry infrastructure program aimed at driving the rapid global adoption of affordable mobile computing devices.

Through the GMB program, VIA is partnering with over 15 GMB manufacturers and infrastructure partners in China on the development of a wide variety of mini-notes, netbooks, and notebooks

Make Vista slightly less annoying

Subject: General Tech | October 27, 2008 - 08:44 AM |
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If you haven't already given up on it completely, there are four tweaks at ExtremeTech that will help make your Vista machine a little more friendly.  Some, like the tweak that allows you to switch application icons are of limited use, others that let you affect the templates used in Windows Explorer so that spreadsheets do not come up as a thumbnail preview are a little more useful.  Check them out.

Here is some more Tech News from around the web:

Source: Extremetech

Friday, Bloody Friday?

Subject: General Tech | October 24, 2008 - 02:36 PM |
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What are perceived as random problems
are often easily diagnosable and repeatable errors, assuming you have the right tools and/or experience to identify them.  You can do it the hard way, and after years of seeing dying PSUs, faulty memory, conductive crud, spyware, adware and viruses you may be able to identify problems as they occur.  Instead you could take the easier and less traumatizing approach, and use a program like Process Explorer which will give you a way to identify the likely suspects interru

If you know you are good you don't have to loudly proclaim your superiority

Subject: General Tech | October 24, 2008 - 11:36 AM |
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The recently reviewed NuForce Icon-1 Amplifier and S-1 Speakers take a different approach than many other PC sound systems, a fact that did not escape TECHGAGE.  Instead of loading the system with umpteen billion virtual channels and the ability to hear someone playing an FPS game from the next block, they simplified their entire system and focused on quality.  If your ears are offended by the loud and distorted sounds coming out of your current speakers, maybe this amp and speaker combo

Source: TECHGAGE

To titillate without providing any real information

Subject: General Tech | October 24, 2008 - 08:56 AM |
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A butterfly hatching out of a barnacle is probably not a good sign, nor a familiar cityscape arising from the sands of the beach.  The grown up Little Sister still bearing a homemade Big Daddy doll hints that whichever ending you chose in the original; there was something that you missed.  Check the HD teaser over at Cult of Rapture; it's not a trailer, it's a teaser, so don't be too frustrated when you don't have any of your theories proved or disproved.

We're not dumping them; we'll just treat them like crap until they go away

Subject: General Tech | October 23, 2008 - 09:10 AM |
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nVIDIA is flat out denying that they will be dumping all but six of their resellers, at least when asked by The Inquirer.  That isn't really going to change ECS and the other companies bottom line much however.  nVIDIA cards are sitting on store shelves, but are not being purchased.  Their high end cards are faster, but also more expensive than AMD's offerings and the huge glut of sub-$200 and even sub-$100 cards available means that their market share is falling there

Source: The Inquirer

Far Cry 2 & XFX Exclusive 9 Series Game Bundle

Subject: General Tech | October 23, 2008 - 08:44 AM |
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Journey deep into a war-torn African state to complete an impossible mission: to find the Jackal. Armed only with a copy of Far Cry 2 and an XFX GeForce 9 Series graphics card, you emerge victorious. Don't you just love a happy ending? We do.

Engineered to generate a mind-blowing gaming experience, XFX GeForce 9 Series graphics cards offer such industry-leading features as PhysX, Cuda, PureVideo and Hybrid Power technology. XFX's 9 Series cards deliver the highest data transfer speeds that generate a more realistic game experience.

Source: XFX

Can I play FarCry 2?

Subject: General Tech | October 22, 2008 - 09:33 AM |
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How much power you will need to play FarCry 2 is a question asked by a lot of gamers, who have not received a good answer until now.  [H]ard|OCP has posted a quick look at the performance of nVIDIA and AMD's top graphics cards to see what you can expect from your system.  The simple answer; if you can play Crysis you can play FarCry2 better.  More specifically at 2560x1600, with all settings at maximum and 16X AF and no anti-aliasing, the sub-$200 HD4850 can average 31fps.&n

Source: [H]ard|OCP

RAID 5 is dead? Oh noes!!!

Subject: General Tech | October 22, 2008 - 09:14 AM |
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If you are some insane masochistic systems admin who loves rebuilding RAID 5 arrays from the ground up every time HDD sizes increase, pay attention; by 2009 you could have a 7 disk RAID5 array built of 2TB drives.  If you connect that 12TB to plain old SATA connections on a discount RAID card and never back-up the drives to any other medium, when one disk on the RAID fails there is a very good chance that a disk read error will travel up the chain of drives and take the whole RAID out.

Source: Slashdot

Is Microsoft on track?

Subject: General Tech | October 21, 2008 - 09:48 AM |
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BlueTrack is the new tracking technology on their
Explorer Mouse and Explorer Mini Mouse; not to be confused with their IntelliMouse Explorer line.  The new way to track movement should be able to handle wood, marble, granite, carpet and other such surfaces that tend to cause problems for mice.  ExtremeTech tested it out on a variety of surfaces, and while it doesn't have the precision of high DPI gaming mice on normal mousing surfaces, it completely shames those gaming mice on the non-standard surfaces. 

Source: Extremetech

Own the galaxy, for free!

Subject: General Tech | October 20, 2008 - 03:25 PM |
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That's right you can own the entire Galaxy9600GT for the cost of a single post.  Just head to this thread and post something out of this world* and you can call yourself the ruler of the Galaxy9600GT

As PC Perspective is absolutely enormous, we can afford to give away three entire galaxies, this being the second contest in the series.  Head over and post or you may find someone else in possession of the galaxy you had your eyes on.

Low profile, high performance

Subject: General Tech | October 20, 2008 - 10:33 AM |
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Thermalright's new T-Rad2 is a really nice step in the right direction for users looking to use 3rd party cooling and have a dual card setup.  It is thin enough that even with a fan attached Crossfire or SLI is still easily possible, whether you choose a pair of 92mm fans or a single 120mm fan.  When Hardware Canucks attached this cooler to an HD4870, the temps dropped by a mere 30C under full load and by a smidgen more when it was overclocked. 

Preventative pound packing procedure

Subject: General Tech | October 20, 2008 - 09:10 AM |
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In a desperate bid to make SanDisk too big to pick up, Toshiba is buying 30% of SanDisk's current equipment.  They hope this will make SanDisk too expensive for Samsung to take over; either willingly or as a hostile bid. 
Toshiba isn't looking to good right now either, they are being pinched by the same price drop in memory, which is probably why they are ensuring SanDisk will purchase at least some of that equipment back from Toshiba.  Read more about their financial

Source: The Inquirer

NEW NVIDIA MOTHERBOARD GPUS PACK BIG PUNCH IN A SMALL PACKAGE

Subject: General Tech | October 20, 2008 - 08:30 AM |
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SANTA CLARA, CA - OCTOBER 20, 2008 - NVIDIA's engineering team was given a challenge: deliver a desktop GPU which integrates full system I/O and discrete-level performance in half the size of previous integrated graphics solutions.

Source: NVIDIA

Intel Demonstrates World's First Working 'Moorestown' Platform

Subject: General Tech | October 20, 2008 - 08:20 AM |
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INTEL DEVELOPER FORUM, Taipei, Taiwan, Oct.