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#1254| source: xbitlabs by maximum3d on Mon Feb 03 2003 
AMD Opteron Initial Core-Clocks and Marking
X-Bit labs have posted some additional information about the launch of AMD Opteron processors that will take place on the 22nd of April this year. It was told that AMD will first make available the CPUs with 1.40, 1.60 and 1.80GHz core-clock speed, while the 2.0GHz model will come later and there is no precise information when exactly it will be unveiled.
#1253| source: ahead by maximum3d on Mon Feb 03 2003 
Nero 5.5.10.7b (bugfixed)
is a flexible, reliable, and easy-to-use application designed to write both data and CD audio to CD-R and CD-RW discs. It supports ISO 9660 images as well as ISO mode 1 and XA mode 2, and allows for on-the-fly disc recording in addition to overburning.
#1252| source: iexbeta by maximum3d on Mon Feb 03 2003 
WMP 9 Build 2991
This new build of Windows Media Player 9 comes in Windows Server 2003 build 3757, no visual changes in it nor any new additions.
#1251| source: tech-critic by maximum3d on Mon Feb 03 2003 
Windows 2000 Service Pack 4?
Still Waiting for Windows 2000 Serice Pack 4? Just reinstalled Windows 2000 yet dont want to download all those updates? Well Have we got a treat for you! We (Tech-Critic) and olcay247 (Project Manager on Tech-Critic and Editior on Winfuture.de) got together and talked for a few hours and thought what should we do next, Our Windows XP update pack went so well. Over a 10000 downloads on it that we thought a Windows 2000 (Pre-Service Pack) one would be nice. We really did not want all the other Operating System users to feel "left out" because of not using Windows XP. This Update Pack Includes most if not all the Pre-Service Pack Updates that have been released by Microsoft.
#1250| source: firingsquad by maximum3d on Mon Feb 03 2003 
Building a High-End Workstation
Your custom-built gaming system is probably an equally impressive system for your non-gaming tasks, and so if you ever needed to build an office PC for someone else, your experiences will serve you well.
#1249| source: c|net by maximum3d on Mon Feb 03 2003 
Microsoft pulls Java from Windows
In compliance with a court order, the software titan releases an updated version of Windows XP Service Pack 1 without its own version of Java. You can download this updated SP1a from here. http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/pro/downloads/servicepacks/sp1/default.asp
#1248| source: webdog by maximum3d on Sat Feb 01 2003 
Carmack reviews Geforce FX
id Software's John Carmack made lengthy .plan file update, this time discussing NVIDIA's GeForce FX (NV30) vs ATI's Radeon among several other technical things related to DOOM 3. Here is a slice:

At the moment, the NV30 is slightly faster on most scenes in Doom than the R300, but I can still find some scenes where the R300 pulls a little bit ahead. The issue is complicated because of the different ways the cards can choose to run the game.

The R300 can run Doom in three different modes: ARB (minimum extensions, no specular highlights, no vertex programs), R200 (full featured, almost always single pass interaction rendering), ARB2 (floating point fragment shaders, minor quality improvements, always single pass).

The NV30 can run DOOM in five different modes: ARB, NV10 (full featured, five rendering passes, no vertex programs), NV20 (full featured, two or three rendering passes), NV30 ( full featured, single pass), and ARB2.

The R200 path has a slight speed advantage over the ARB2 path on the R300, but only by a small margin, so it defaults to using the ARB2 path for the quality improvements. The NV30 runs the ARB2 path MUCH slower than the NV30 path. Half the speed at the moment. This is unfortunate, because when you do an exact, apples-to-apples comparison using exactly the same API, the R300 looks twice as fast, but when you use the vendor-specific paths, the NV30 wins.
#1247| source: c|net by maximum3d on Sat Feb 01 2003 
Win2k Patch: Stop 0x0E3 Error
This update addresses the "Stop 0x0E3 Error Occurs When Redirector Thread Tries to Release a Lock" issue in Windows 2000, and is discussed in Microsoft Knowledge Base (KB) Article 810038. Download now to resolve the Stop 0x0E3 error on Windows 2000.
#1246| source: smh.com by maximum3d on Sat Feb 01 2003 
DVD rot eats into movie collections
If you think your prized collection of DVD movies will last a lifetime, think again - some are already starting to rot while others are falling apart. Unofficial estimates put the number of affected discs at between one and 10 per cent. Rohan Byrnes, 34-year-old science fiction fanatic who owns 350 DVDs, has spent a lot of time looking at rot. He works as a failure analysis engineer, with access to an optical microscope. Mr Byrnes has studied five cases of DVD rot - four in his own collection - and suspects the microscopic corrosion spots on the aluminium layer inside the disc could be caused by a "chemical attack", possibly related to the glue used.
#1245| source: Reuters by maximum3d on Sat Feb 01 2003 
Sledgehammer on April 22, Opteron in September
AMD said on Friday it was again delaying the release of its next-generation Athlon microprocessor for desktop and mobile personal computers, but is on track with its Opteron version for servers. The 64-bit PC microprocessor, code-named "Clawhammer," will be released in September, and not in the first quarter or early second quarter of this year as the company had said last September. The company cited a difficulty in using new chip design technology but downplayed the significance of the delay. The 64-bit Opteron processor for servers and workstations, code-named "Sledgehammer," will be released on April 22, AMD said.

 
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