Hey! That's no virus

Subject: General Tech | November 11, 2008 - 02:47 PM |
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If you are running AVG anti-virus software on one or more of your PCs, do not believe it when it identifies user32.dll as a virus.  You really, really want to keep that file.  Seeing "Illegal system DLL relocation" will really spoil your day.  Slashdot has a lot of conversation about this, as does the AVG forums, and a fix should be quickly forthcoming.  In the meantime, if you have allowed it to and your system is no longer functioning, you can

Source: Slashdot

They're here!

Subject: Processors | November 11, 2008 - 02:25 PM |
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You can get a little closer to owning an Intel Core i7 processor; some online retailers are selling the three models as a pre-order, according to CNET.  The preorder may ensure that there is stock, but sadly you will still have to wait the six days until the official launch before you can actually lay your hands on it and get it into a system.  It still may be a great idea if you want to be the first kid on your block to have one, we really don't know how much stock will be ava

How hot are these new chips

Subject: Processors | November 10, 2008 - 06:38 PM |
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[H]ard|OCP has been spending a lot of time with the new Core i7 processors, testing and retesting as new BIOS, motherboards, RAM and overclocking tweaks have surfaced.  One of the biggest hurdles has been cooling these new CPUs, all the previous experience with Core2 no longer applies.  There is a video and chart that shows just what to expect with a Core i7 965 and stock cooling ... it's not pretty.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Having them do the work does come at a premium

Subject: Graphics Cards | November 10, 2008 - 02:46 PM |
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Galaxy really figured out how to push the GTX260, their overclocked version sees an increase from 576MHz to 656MHz in the GPU, the stream processors are bumped from 1.242GHz to 1.405GHzand the memory picks up over 10%, hitting 2.26GHz.  Read on to see if [H]ard|OCP recommends buying the OC version, or the basic model and doing the overclocking yourself.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Finding the perfect mate

Subject: General Tech | November 10, 2008 - 01:39 PM |
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Once these Nehalem chips can finally be purchased, finding the perfect RAM to go with it may be more difficult than with previous chips.  You need to make sure the voltage is low enough that the Core i7 CPU can handle it, as well as ensuring you can get the most out of your triple channel DDR3.  TECHGAGE, seeing as how they have an Intel Core i7 Extreme 965 already, were nice enough to test out five different memory configurations.  See what differences they saw here.

Source: TECHGAGE

Back up that nostalgia

Subject: General Tech | November 10, 2008 - 12:13 PM |
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When Douglas Adams' Starship Titanic first came out, the requirement of 160 MB available hard disk space was incredibly huge.  Windows 2K or 98SE plus Unreal and a few other programs didn't leave 160MB free on a HDD that was under 1GB total storage.  Fast forward to a more recent machine, and a fully updated, modded and map packed Unreal Tournament 3 installation broke the 10GB mark.  Hard drives have changed a lot in a short amount of time, and

NVIDIA BREAKS VISUAL COMPUTING BARRIERS WITH FIRST 4GB GRAPHICS CARD

Subject: Graphics Cards | November 10, 2008 - 11:51 AM |
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SANTA CLARA, CA - November 10, 2008 - Professionals searching for oil, diagnosing illness or styling the next high-performance luxury vehicle all have one thing in common, the need for advanced visual computing solutions. NVIDIA Corporation, the world leader in visual computing technologies, today unveiled the most powerful professional graphics card in graphics history - the NVIDIA Quadro FX 5800.

"The size and complexity of data is growing at an exponential rate.

Source: NVIDIA

Now that's Vista Ready

Subject: General Tech | November 10, 2008 - 11:43 AM |
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nVIDIA's new Quadro card, the FX 5800, will sport 4GB of RAM though we don't know exactly how fast the RAM will be.  Chances are very good that the specs will be very close to the GTX280, as nVIDIA does tend to reuse the same boards and processors, as proven by the Quadro soft mods that exist.  The 4GB of RAM will probably be unique, they may try it in a gaming card, but the amount of people trying to game on a 60" monitor is probably rather small.  Engadg

Source: engadget

Keeping the 'U' in Forum

Subject: General Tech | November 7, 2008 - 06:09 PM |
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The current unpleasant economic conditions across the globe right now are cutting into a lot of peoples spending money.  Enthusiasts shouldn't be too badly off, we are all used to our hardware investments dropping significantly in value over a very short amount of time, stock market investors on the other hand are not as used to it.  Since any money you invest may well lose money and provide very little fun, you should seriously consider investing in more parts for your PC, as you will have a lot more fun while their value plummets.  To help out, you should always check the

Sounds like Christmas is coming

Subject: General Tech | November 7, 2008 - 03:47 PM |
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Hoping for a new stereo system this year?  Maybe to go with a nice HTPC setup, or perhaps just to replace an ageing current system?  Drop by Digital Trends as they walk you through a long list of systems that are available.  There are also suggestions for the audiophile that has it all.  You will also be happy to know there is not a single Monster cryo-magically massaged
uber cable on the list.

(Note)Book of the Dead V2.0

Subject: Mobile | November 7, 2008 - 01:57 PM |
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If you have seen Evil Dead and various other horror movies, the paint job on the Smoothbook DR will bring back fond memories, as it is a bang on reproduction of the Necronomicon. 
Don't think that the beauty of this machine is only skin deep, there is a Q9500, 4Gb of DDR2-800 and two 8800M GPUs inside, as well as an SSD and a Blu-Ray drive.  Check it out at TweakTown.

Source: TweakTown

Corsair voted "Best Power Supply Manufacturer 2008"

Subject: Cases and Cooling | November 7, 2008 - 12:08 PM |
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Fremont, CA, November 7, 2008 - Corsair, a worldwide leader in high-performance computer and flash memory products, today announced that it has been voted "Best Power Supply Manufacturer" by the readers of Custom PC Magazine for the second year running.

Corsair was chosen above all other brands by Custom PC's audience of true technology enthusiasts and overclockers in the magazine's annual awards survey.

No goop for you

Subject: Cases and Cooling | November 7, 2008 - 12:04 PM |
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Now that the heatsink retention clips have changed from the style which required you to push down and in quite strongly to attach the heatsink, or if it goes badly then to drive the screwdriver or knife through the motherboard and tracings, the least favourite part for many is the application of thermal paste.  Trying to get it spread thinly and evenly on the core and then trying not to smear it when placing the heatsink on can be frustrating.  Gelid has a solution, their new Silent Spirit CPU Cooler
comes with thermal paste already on the heatsink. 

Source: techPowerUp!

It's about time

Subject: General Tech | November 7, 2008 - 11:48 AM |
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After all the ridiculousness that Creative has been displaying, they are finally showing some sense.  With the troubles that Vista caused their X-Fi driver team, which inconvenienced a lot of users, they totally dropped the ball on the Linux drivers.  It has been just over a year since the initial release and there has not been a properly working driver in all of that time.  Finally Creative has open sourced the driver, which means no one will be sued for making it work properly, unlike a certain Windows driver. 

Source: Phoronix

So, about that second HD 4850 X2

Subject: Graphics Cards | November 6, 2008 - 05:24 PM |
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If you are pondering picking up a pair of the new HD4850X2's as opposed to a single HD4780X2, you may want to visit Tweaktown.  They tested a pair in Crossfire and the results were not exactly encouraging.  There were some games which saw an improvement, but more saw the performance unchanged or even slightly degraded.  There is a good chance that updated drivers and game patches will at least ensure the experience is the same, but you may prefer to go with a m

Source: TweakTown

Voyeuristic overclocking

Subject: Processors | November 6, 2008 - 02:35 PM |
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Since the closest you can get to an i7 system is to read a review until Intel finally releases it in the not too distant future, you just can't overclock them yet.  That hasn't stopped reviewers from pushing these chips as hard as they can manage.  To get an idea what you can expect when you can finally buy one for yourself, drop by bit-tech and see how they made out.

Source: bit-tech

NVIDIA's 3D Glasses technology ready, monitors not so much

Subject: Graphics Cards | November 6, 2008 - 02:08 PM |
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We have been talking about NVIDIA's 3D technology for a while now as it has been on display in one form or another for over a year.  At the NVISION08 conference this year we got our hands on a near final version of the active glasses technology as well as Mitsubishi TVs and Viewsonic monitors that ran at the required 120 Hz rate.  According to Digitimes the glasses are just about ready, the drivers are as well but the lack of any low cost and widely available displays is holding up the process a bit.&nbsp

Source: Digitimes

Windows 7 to ditch Hybrid CrossFire and SLI?

Subject: Graphics Cards | November 6, 2008 - 02:00 PM |
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Did you like the idea of having both an integrated and discrete graphics solution your notebook with the ability to switch between them depending on your need for battery life or performance?  Yeah, me too.  Tough though - someone at Microsoft apparently has a stick up their ass and doesn't approve of the technology.  According to Engadget, Microsoft's Windows 7 will not offer native support for the technology and in fact dismisses all of it as "unstab

Source: engadget

Windows 7 will add performance for solid state drives

Subject: Storage | November 6, 2008 - 01:53 PM |
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At the WinHEC conference going on right now Microsoft is beginning to shed details on the features and improvements coming with Windows 7 sometime in late 2009.  Dailytech is reporting that Microsoft has been putting a new emphasis on the world of hardware for the OS by including a new "Device Stage" section of the OS that will allow users to easily access manuals, features and information about any piece of hardware attached to their system. 

NVIDIA and VIA put partnership on hold

Subject: Graphics Cards | November 6, 2008 - 01:24 PM |
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Back in June during this year's Computex show we reported on a brewing relationship between NVIDIA and VIA that partnered two companies together with a common enemy: Intel.  The idea at the time was to pair NVIDIA's mid-range GPUs with VIA's Nano processor, at the time the best low power processor option on the market, to create a cheap yet enticing low cost gaming platform.  However, once Intel's Atom processor came onto the scene and started gobbling up the marketshare VIA was attempting to get, the partnership quickly fell off the

Source: Digitimes