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[H] Enthusiast Archives: September 1999Archive Listing


Thursday September 30, 1999

[H]ardNews 3rd Edition

I did install the 3.34 drivers listed below and they hosed my stuff. I could NOT get them to work properly with my Guillemot Xentor so be warned. Let me know if you get them to work.

[H]ardNews 2nd Edition

Word just in from an International HardOCPer. nVidia 3.34 drivers that are DirectX 7 compliant are at this LINK. Andre Plourde points out they should be compatible with all TNT type chipsets. Warning, you try these at your own risk. But I am installing them now. :)

Wednesday September 29, 1999

[H]ardNews 2nd Edition

We now have our own PUBLIC FORUM. You asked for it, you got it, you bunch of freaks. :P If you do NOT see it on the HardMenu, you might have to clear your cache. Let's see what it is made of eh? I will leave this posted for a few days to make sure everyone figures out the change, and to generally piss everyone else off with redundant information. Cool?

Sunday September 26, 1999

[H]ardNews 2nd Edition

Just got contacted by Jeremy Smith of ABIT. Seems as if at least he is alright. Jeremy has been a great resource to us here at the HardOCP and we are glad he survived the situation. ABIT will most likely be responded to the recent Intel Camino situation soon.

[H]ardNews 1st Edition

We gots lots of stuff here for a Sunday, so you had better be ready to surf a while.

3D Wars has got an Everglide Mousepad review up. I still love mine and can say it has contributed to my weak ass frag count, making it a bit less weak. I have gotten several mails over the last few days about the HardOCP pads. Yes, we are still doing them, but we are having some troubles making them look as good as the prototype and we don't wanna be selling one that sucks eh?

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Dan Kennedy has updated the Windows System Cleanup Guide over at Tweak3D. My idea of this is to reformat C:.

Overclocking Extreme have taken their stab at the ABIT BP6. If you are looking to gear up for Win2K, I think you might want to do it soon and do it cheaply with a Celeron Backbone.

Ken Peter sent us word of a review on the Gigabyte TNT2 card posted by Planet Riva. It seems as though someone in Taiwan is stealing our cooling ideas!! :P Check out the back of the card.

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Even though this is off-topic, our buddy Willy at Hardware One has got the lowdown on the new Adaptec CD Burnin software out.

Hmm, Covert sent us this. On Sale has got the new GeForce listed at less than $208.00. Kinda crazy to see the prices get whored out before the card is even available.

nVnews has got the skinny on the Unreal Tournament Demo. I will give you a quickie FrgMstr reviewage. UT KICKS more ASS than Hulk Hogan and Stone Cold Steve Austin strung out on meth in a fight-to-the-death cage match. Yeah, that's the ticket...

3D Spotlight has got a how to tweak your modem guide up. Even if you have read a thousand before this one, you never know, you might pick up something new.

Lastly, but certainly not leastly, Dandy Andy Drake has got a review of the VIA Apollo Pro 133 mainboard. We have one on the test bench now and it is kicking major ass. Andy's review is a must read.

Saturday September 25, 1999

[H]ardNews 1st Edition

Well if you have not seen by now the 133MHz PIIIs are in the market place. Too bad they don't have a mainboard that officially supports them. We ripped this pic off a Japanese site. They have tons more pics.

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Overclockers in Australia has got a really nice Water Cooled System Rig posted. Those guys did a really pro job on the setup.

Overclockers in US has got a couple of reviews posted. One tackling the the age-old question.....Is OCing gonna shorten my CPU Life? (Which the answer is most likely "yes".) And they also take a look at the STEP THERMODYNAMICS 500 MHz unit.

This in from our buddy Steve in Alaska. He shows off the Northern states ability to solve everyday problems with Hi-Tech solutions. Even if it does involve a milk carton...

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Friday September 24, 1999

[H]ardNews 2nd Edition

Wow. Now this IS SOME NEWS. Intel has pulled back on the Camino. I bet AMD and VIA smell blood in the water. I love it..... ZDNN has the whole story posted.

Now all these new BX chipset boards make total sense eh? These guys KNEW the Camino would not make the cut yet. Rambus and 4X AGP issues are still eating them alive.

Intel delays launch of 820 chip set again

The indefinite postponement could cause some PC makers to reschedule their own product plans.

By John G. Spooner, ZDNN

September 24, 1999 9:40 AM PT

Intel Corp. for the second time has delayed the introduction of its 820 chip set.

The company had scheduled to launch the chip set Monday, but has now delayed it indefinitely. The 820 chip set is significant because it will replace the 440BX chip set used with Pentium II and Pentium III processors. Intel says the 820 will eliminate or reduce many PC system performance bottlenecks, such as memory performance and graphics performance, and increase overall system performance. It will also offer "headroom" for transitions to new operating systems, such as Windows 2000, and newer applications.

In tests of the chip set, Intel (Nasdaq:INTC) experienced memory errors when specific configurations of the chip set were run under heavy strain. Intel decided to delay the introduction while it works to identify the causes of the errors, sources said.

PC makers were informed of the delay Thursday night. They say, however, that Intel did not specifically state the reason for the pull back.

Thursday September 23, 1999

[H]ardNews 2nd Edition

Our budz over at 3dfx just sent us a heads up that Voodoo Extreme has posted a T-Buffer Vs. Non T-Buffer screenshot of NFS. I think that 3dfx is surely taking a step in the right direction with this technology. I also think the general consensus is that GeForce is gonna kick some of that 3dfx ass, but I see 3dfx as being the long-term winner when it comes down to it. Why? I just see 3dfx investing more in the future of gaming instead of the here and now. But who knows? Certainly not I. (was that enuff "i's" for ya? damn editorials....)

Wednesday September 22, 1999

[H]ardNews 4th Edition

ABIT Earthquake Announcement

Taipei, Taiwan, R.O.C. September 22, 1999-We at ABIT Computer Corporation would like to offer our condolences and express our sadness at the devastation that was brought upon Taiwan after Tuesday's at 1:47 a.m. earthquake.

We would also like to take this opportunity to reassure our customers all over the world that ABIT did not sustain any damage to our headquarters in Xi Zhi nor our factory in Tao Yuan. There will be some delays in shipments from the island as there has been a severe power shortage island wide. Currently Tai Power is having to ration power giving local residential areas first priority, leaving our factory and headquarters presently without electricity. We should be up and running again within 1 to 2 days.

Additionally there will be the Moon Festival holiday this Friday as well as another national holiday on the following Tuesday, creating a period of reduced activity for ABIT until next week. We want to assure our customers and personnel worldwide that normal production and operations will be resumed by next week.

ABIT is deeply saddened by the tragedy that has befallen the victims of the quake and would like to again express our best wishes and condolences for those affected. We would also like to thank our friends and customers around the world for their support and want all of our associates to know that we will be trying to do our best to keep up our production, service and support.

Thank You,

R.T. Wang

General Manager

For those who would like to make contributions to the quake relief effort please contact the following organizations:

Central Bank of the R.O.C.

Tzu Chi Association

Red Cross Association

[H]ardNews 3rd Edition

You a fan of BIG TOBACCO like me? I love to smoke, dip, chew, and huff whatever I can...... I even sometimes just roll my own to make everyone think I am about to burn a fatty in the corner of the restaurant. But I digress, Gadfly just hooked us up with a 1-800 number that takes you straight to the heart of BIG TOBACCO. Pretty funny stuff even if you do love your lungs. 1.800.578.7453 Don't worry, no charge and they don't verify your age. (shhhh) And yes you are correct, this has not a damn thing to do with OCing, but there are perks when you get to run the place.

And enter the damn contest too, don't be a loser.

[H]ardNews 2nd Edition

More Quake news from Taiwain....

By Mark Carroll

EE Times

(09/22/99, 4:06 p.m. EDT)

Update: Taiwan fabs negotiating resumption of power supply

Mark Carroll

HSINCHU, Taiwan Chip makers in Taiwan are currently negotiating with the Taiwan government to determine when their production facilities will have power to go back on line following the devastating earthquake that struck the island early Tuesday. According to Peter Chang, vice president of operations for UMC Group, "At present, the government of the Republic of China has decided that restoring electricity to the general public is the first priority. Therefore, at this time, it is not exactly clear when electrical power will be restored to our facilities and normal production can resume."

Electrical power hasn't been restored on Taiwan because two nuclear power plants in the north of the island have yet to go back on line. "The government has told us that they will be back on line by Thursday afternoon," said Ron Norris of Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (TSMC). "Even that added electricity won't be enough to supply both the home and industrial needs of the island though. We are negotiating with the government to see if we can get a larger allotment of power."

There is more on the EE site.

[H]ardNews 1st Edition

It looks as if the deathtoll in Taiwan will rise above the 2000 mark as the search & rescue continues. Not to sound morbid but this is certainly going to effect the hardware market more than first thought by analysts. We wish the best for all of our friends there that we are cut off from.

The guys over at AOpen are up to it again. This time the heatsink is gold in color but not 24K plated. I often wear my AX6BC Pro Gold around my neck while chillin in the hood and pretend I am Flavor Flav. (I know what time it is.)

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For all you SMP freaks out there, our bud Micah has opened up the new 2CPU.Com site. They are leading off with a Preview of Windows2K. I am hoping for good things out of this OS..

Just when we thought ours was the biggest, someone always comes along with the big meat. Strange that it is always the Japanese.. Thanks to Chester Chen for the heads up!

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You know those whacked out guys over at the Register right? (We actually love their site we just don't want them to know that) They have posted a little ditty about Intel over clocking their own CPUs. Sound like bunk? Most of us have known this for a long time. :) This also reminded me of the time Intel PAID the youth in LA. to overclock his computer as well. Funny stuff....thanks to Bryan Chow for the mail.

Unlimited Hardware has a review of the "Big Mofo Rex", I swear I did not make that up. I am not a big 3dfx Cool fan (pun intended) but this is worth a look. It would be a very easy do-it-yourself project.

3D Rage has a look at the Alpha Cooler. I still really like this unit. Make sure to shop price as they are all pretty much the same. Just make sure you get the good fans.

Those damn guys at Tweak3D will just not stop. They have now gone and updated the V3 Tweak Section. I think they are just trying to suck up to their readers with new info. You can rest assured you will not find that kind of blatant solicitation around here.

HPPC Guide takes a look at a mini-ATX board with built on sound, ATA66, and video. Getting smaller all the time. Kinda like a swimming in a very cold pool.

3D Wars takes a look at the Home Network kits on the market. Worth a look if you are planning on some LAN action around the casa.

Just when you thought it could not get any STOOPIDER. Brian at Geek News sends me this.........yep, a server built inside a pizza box. I figure Pizza Hut will be filing charges soon for these boys stealing clean pizza boxes. You know damn well there was not a greasy pizza rolling around in there.