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Subject: Storage | February 15, 2006 - 02:03 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The TechZone walks you through steps that can rescue a failing hard drive in an article posted today. They also go over the ways that a hard drive can go bad, maybe even helping you to prevent the problem in the first place.
"Hard drives are extremely fragile and can suffer failures in many different ways, leading to a
loss of data. The five most common types of drive failures are: logical errors, mechanical
failure, electronic failure, firmware corruption, and bad sectors, or any combination these.
Subject: Graphics Cards | February 15, 2006 - 12:06 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
With the newer, more powerful X1000 series, and newer drivers, ATI has been able to increase the scope of Avivo. With better transcoding abilites, native High Definition output, better support for dual-DVI, this updated guide from Beyond3D is worth reading. You may even find things you weren't aware you could already do.
In the initial part of the Avivo article we took a look at an overview of many of the technologies
that ATI's video and display engine technology encompasses.
Subject: General Tech | February 15, 2006 - 11:53 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Hopefully the idea of InfoCards in the upcoming Windows Vista replacing passwords won't prove to be as inaccurate as the famous 640K comment, though at least this time, we have Bill Gates on record, whereas the 640K quote may just be hearsay. Read more about the new InfoCards at CNet.
"Now, with Windows Vista, Gates feels he finally has the right weapons to supplant the password as
a means of verifying who is who on computers and over the Internet.
Subject: Systems | February 14, 2006 - 06:26 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
T-break will help you build one of those itty-bitty HTPC's by offering a guide on the best things to put inside it. Assuming you've already found a nice barebones enclosure, follow their advice, and your home theatre system should be impressing people in no time.
"In fact, for non-gamers we would recommend an Intel CPU + chipset combo. While we havent had a
chance to look at any VIIV platform from Intel yet, we're guessing that it would be an ideal
choice for an HTPC.
Subject: General Tech | February 14, 2006 - 04:00 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Elite Bastards has posted the first review of the new Auzentech X-Plosion 7.1 PCI card. It claims to bear the first real DTS Connect logo, and should be able to turn any 2 channel audio into 7.1 surround. According to thier tests, the card uses 2% of the CPU at a constant rate, which would put it well below the Audigy's peak usage.
"The big addition to the X-Plosion along those same lines is support for DTS' equivalent to Dolby
Digital Live, n
Subject: Memory | February 14, 2006 - 03:13 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Overclockers Online put the new OCZ EL DDR PC-4000 Gold GX XTC 2GB through it's paces. Not only do you get the benefit from the already tight timings of 3-4-3-8, these modules are not particularly hot, nor will you need to overcolt them. The overclocking potential is not huge, but the DIMM's give a respectable showing right out of the box.
"The 2GB PC4000 Gold Edition that was developed with gamer's distinctive needs in mind.
Subject: Systems | February 14, 2006 - 02:53 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Motherboards.org has posted a review of Ultra Products X2 PSU, with it's 120mm fan, modular flex force cabling and dual PCIe cables. Even with dual 6800's running through 5 interations of 3DMark05, the power barely flucates.
If you are worried that 550W won't cut it, make sure you read Lee Garbut's review of the BFG 600W PSU, it is a beast.
"What impressed me the most was that even while holding down a high powered SLI set
Subject: General Tech | February 14, 2006 - 01:15 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Burbank, Calif., San Jose, Calif. and Santa Clara, Calif., February 14, 2006 — The Walt Disney Company (NYSE: DIS), Cisco Systems and Intel Corporation, through its leading investment arm Intel Capital, today announced they have invested in MovieBeam, Inc., a newly formed digital entertainment venture. The series A financing round, worth a total of $48.5 million, includes additional investment from tier-one venture capital firms the Mayfield Fund, Norwest Venture Partners and VantagePoint Venture Partners.
Subject: General Tech | February 14, 2006 - 01:15 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
SANTA CLARA, Calif., Feb. 14, 2006 — Intel Corporation today provided extended lifecycle support for the IntelÂ® Core™ Duo processor used by developers of embedded solutions, such as industrial control, test and instrumentation, aerospace, defense and medical imaging systems.
Embedded system designers increasingly wrestle with two challenges: balancing performance with power efficiency and supporting general purpose and special purpose functionality in embedded applications.
Subject: General Tech | February 14, 2006 - 12:30 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If you have a bunch of old PC components around, and you have come to the realization that you really aren't going to be rebuilding that K6-2 system, or find a use for that old Matrox PCI video card, get in touch with FreeGeek, and they will rebuild or properly recycle it. Read more info about them at Designtechnica.
"Free Geek, a nonprofit company in Portland, Oregon takes unwanted computers and gizmos, rebuilds
them and gives them away or breaks them down for proper recyclying."
Here is some more
Subject: Editorial | February 13, 2006 - 09:39 PM | Ryan Shrout
Well I did! I recently was forced to manually edit some large Apache log files, one at nearly 2 GB and one around 750 MB in size. I had to do a global find/replace on a date string, so after downloading the zipped files and opening them both up on my new Athlon X2 4800+ system, this is what I was greeted with:
Yep, that's two WordPad applications s
Subject: Cases and Cooling | February 13, 2006 - 05:47 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Hardware Zone has posted a review of one of the most mobile external HDD enclosures to date from ExBoot. It's under 100 grams, less than 6 inches long, and holds 80 Gb. Since it uses USB2, it's no slacker when it comes to transfer speeds, and with the bundled software, one touch backups become quite possible.
"The Exboot EXB-0121 is one of the smallest portable HDD enclosures around, making it a perfect
portable solution with data recovery for frequent travelers."
Here are some mo
Subject: Processors | February 13, 2006 - 04:12 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
X-bit Labs has found what might be the best value CPU to setup a dual core s939 system. The Opteron 165 has come from being better for server systems to a good choice for home gaming, especially if you are looking for a great overclock. The large L2 cache helps in most applications, though it will really shine when the game is able to take advantage of the dual core.
"AMD has been offering Opteron processors for Socket 939 systems for quite a while now.
Subject: Displays | February 13, 2006 - 01:57 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Just becuse a game refuses to accept a proper widescreen resolution, doesn't mean you can't play them that way. Widescreen Gamer has put together a guide on getting games to play in wide screen, whether they like it or not. No word on a fix for the HDCP support, a problem highlighted by the first link below (thanks PaternityTest!).
"Now that quality has gone up, and prices have gone down, more and more gamers are buying their
first LCD displays these days.
Subject: Graphics Cards | February 13, 2006 - 01:13 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
TweakTown has found a Master x1900, and they immediately slapped it into a system with a X1900XTX, and set them up in Crossfire. This resulted in fairly impressive benchamrks, and also gives you a rare look into setting up a Crossfire system.
"With the launch of the Radeon X1900XT and X1900XTX last month, CrossFire cards of this new Radeon
series have already popped up at a few places but aren't in full swing as most people would like.
Subject: Memory | February 13, 2006 - 12:50 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Fremont, CA (February 13, 2006) — CorsairÂ® Memory, Inc., a worldwide leader in high performance memory and watercooling products for enthusiasts and overclockers, today launched ValueSelect™ 667MHz DDR2 SO-DIMM memory to support the latest IntelÂ® mobile technology.
Subject: General Tech | February 13, 2006 - 12:00 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Kids these days get the best toys. Take this working transformer that goes from functional model car to walking robot and back that MAKE: Blog has linked to. Probably not too long before that is the basis for the next perfect holiday gift for your kids.
"This little robot car from Nakamura-san at Himeji Soft Works in Japan drives around then it
transforms into a real robot and walks around."
Here is some more Tech News from around the web:
Subject: Cases and Cooling | February 10, 2006 - 06:32 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
According to PC Apex, Arctic Silver 3 may have been displaced as the king of thermal compounds by CoolerMaster's NanoFusion. While 1 or 2 degrees may not seem like an amazing improvement, it might let you push your CPU just that little but harder.
"We have a new, quick review up on an outstanding thermal transfer paste from Cooler Master named
Subject: Motherboards | February 10, 2006 - 05:45 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Silent PC Review has posted a review of the ASUS A8N32-SLI Deluxe that strays a little from the norm, but is perfect for this unique heatpipe using mobo. By focussing on heat and power, the review covers more than just performance, but helps to explain the 8 phase power the motherboard uses, and reveals a quirk about how it deals with SLI.
"Arguably the most full-featured single CPU desktop motherboard ever produced, this high
performance A64-939 board is also cooled with heatpipes and features a complex chi
Subject: General Tech | February 10, 2006 - 04:03 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Evoluent VerticalMouse 2 reviewed at Extremetech is exactly what it sounds like. A mouse that sits on it's side, so that while you use it, your hand is in the "handshake" position. Find out how well it worked, and if it will help with that Carpal Tunnel Syndrome you managed to get after the 7 day LAN party.
"Unfortunately, Evoluent's VerticalMouse 2, which we review today, doesn't win any crazy and kooky