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Friday, January 30, 2009

Dawn of War II : Beta version for all Steam users

The beta version of the real-time strategy game " Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War II is now available to download those who are having online account in Steam platform.

The beta version is limited to the multiplayer mode with five cards and all factions - Space Marines, Orks, Eldar and Tyranids. The size of the beta version is around 2.2 GB .

The game will be released on February 20, 2009.

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Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Windows Vista Service Pack 2: wait at least late may

In addition to Windows 7, Many Microsoft customers are waiting for the service pack 2 for Windows Vista. Because it is not only the performance improvement, but also some modification in stability. Also some features like Bluetooth 2.1, ability to burn Blue-ray discs natively, improvement in playback of streaming HD videos, wifi performance,DirectX graphics performance etc.

The first beta of SP2 was made available in December of last year. According to rumors, SP2 could arrive as late as May or June 2009.

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Sunday, January 25, 2009

FEAR 2 : Project Origin Demo Released

Fear 2 official demo announed by Interactive yesterday. The size is approximately 1.8 GB. The demo comes with the level " Premonition" from the single-player mode.
Fear 2: Project Origin

The minimum and recommended system requirements are as follows.

Minimum system requirements:

  • Processor: Pentium 4 2.8 Ghz ( 3.2 Ghz for vista ) or Athlon 64 3000+ ( 3200+ for vista )
  • Graphics: DirectX 9 compatible graphics card with 256 MB VRAM and Shader mode 2.0b, Nivdia or ATI x700 onwards.
  • Memory: 1 GB (1.5 GB for vista)
  • Hard disk space: 12 GB
  • Operating system: Windows XP SP2, Vista SP1
  • Sound: DirectX 9 compatible sound card
  • Internet: Broadband

Recommended system requirements

  • Processor: Core 2 Duo 2.2 GHz, Athlon X2 4400 +
  • Graphics: DirectX 9 compatible graphics card with 512 MB and Shader Model 3.0, Nvidia 8600 GTS or ATI HD 2900 XT
  • Memory: 1.5 GB
  • Hard disk space: 12 GB
  • Operating system: Windows XP SP3, Vista SP1
  • Sound: DirectX compatible sound card
  • Internet: Broadband
You can download this demo from here:

  1. Gamershell
  2. Gamer-network
  3. Fileplanet

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AM3 motherboards from Gigabyte and MSI

Gigabyte and MSI announced first motherboards based on the AMD's new "Dragon Platform" with socket AM3 and DDR3 support.

Gigabyte announced GA-MA790FXT-UD5P with AMD 790 FX as northbridge. It supports effective clock rates upto 1,666 Mhz and processors with TDP upto 140 watts.
Officially, AMD has released only DDR3 modules with a maximum clock of 1333 Mhz. It has other features like two PCI x16 slots, two Gigabyte Lan ports, a Power/Reset CMOS button, and a Dual BIOS. It also has 10 USB 2.0 and SATA ports.

MSI announced AM3 platforms 790FX-GD70. It has 4 PCIe x16 slots, four Quad Crossfire support and upto 16 GB DDR- 1333 Mhz facilities including one PCIE x1 slot. It also has 12 USB and eSATA ports, with RAID support, 2 Firewire, SPDIF ( optical and analog ), HD audio and two Gigabit LAN ports. It is has new feature for Overclockers , called " OC-Dal " in which, the FSB clock can be changed. This facility is included in the BIOS. Another handly feature is " M-flash ". It allows the BIOS from a USB stick to flash it.

This 790GX-G65 has onboard graphics in the form of Ati Radeon HD 3300 with HDMI, DVI and D-sub outputs.

Also, the MSI sets the simplified naming conventions for their new motherboards. The product name of new motherboards, the first indication is the Chipsets. The 790FX-GD70 works with AMD 790 FX chipset. The 790GX-G65 with AMD 790GX integrated with "Radeon HD 3300" onboard graphics. The letter "G" indicates the "gaming" segment and "D" for the MSI's "DrMOS" technology of the second generation.

The prices of both companies were not yet announced.

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Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Price of AMD Phenom II decreased

These days , not only graphics card, processors are getting cheaper. Last weekend Intel decreased the price , now its AMD's turn !

So, AMD Phenom X4 II 920 from 182 euros, reduced over 14 %. The high end model AMD Phenom II X4 940 Black Edition which costs around 211 Euro decreased to 14 % of its price.

This price cut came faster than expected.

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Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Four Overclocked GeForce GTX 285 by BFG

BFG Technologies announced Four versions of the overclocked GeForce GTX 285.The overclocked versions are GTX 285 OC, OC +, OC2 and OCX . They are different in terms of GPU, shader and memory clocks.

All four cards are available soon in the market. Price still not available.

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Sunday, January 18, 2009

Helpful keyboard commands in Windows 7

Some operations are harder without a mouse or any other pointing device. Microsoft's upcoming Windows 7 operating system brings many new keyboard shortcuts with which to control without the mouse.

Here are the primary commands which is useful in controlling active programs.

Download: Windows 7

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Friday, January 16, 2009

Windows 7 release candidate in April 2009

Microsoft is preparing for next windows 7 release candidate. Its likely to be released in April 2009. Windows 7 beta released few days before for public download and already suffering with plenty of bugs. I already posted some bugs of windows 7 in my previous posts.(link1, link2)

The retail version (final version) will be available in the Christmas season in the stores for sale. The rollout of the final version will be same as Microsoft Windows vista and provides a OS in a number called "Waves". The first wave (Wave0) includes the languages English, German,Spanish, French and Japanese. Second wave includes (Wave1) Italian, Dutch,Russian,and simplified Chinese.The following figure shows the different wave releases.

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Thursday, January 15, 2009

Slower GeForce 9600 GT ?

According to roumers, Nvidia is planning to introduce low power version of Geforce 9600 GT. The Geforce 9600 GT  "Green edition" is based on Nvidia G94-350-B1 graphics chip in 55 nm ( nanometer) technology.

Comparing the standard Geforce 9600 GT, it is sure that it will give 2 % of less power consumption. The Clock frequency is reduced from 650 Mhz to 600 Mhz. The Memory clock of this GDDR3 card is 900 MHz. It consumes some 20 watts of electrical power during the idle time .

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Intel's quad-core CPUs price decreased

Due to the lunch of AMD Phenom X4 II, the market leader of Intel apparently forced their prices of Quad-core processors.

According to Intel's new price list, Core 2 Quad Q9650 decreased from 525$ to 317$. Its a huge difference of 40 %. Below you can check the remaining list of affected processors

Core 2 Quad price list

AMD is giving good fight to intel .They just released 2 model now. AMD is releasing other models in the first half of 2009. So we can think of more price difference after some time. !!

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Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Advocate's experience of Windows 7

Yesterday, my friend Mr.Girish N.G has installed Windows 7 successfully. He has given the index scores to me, along with the screen shot. The 3D business and gaming performance rating he got is 4.9 !!!. Can you believe it? When compared with other persons score, such a high score initially seems great..but I suspect the same to be a bug. We will wait for the final version .

I think windows 7 gone crazy !! Intel graphics media accelerator is the worst graphics ever seen for gaming and 3d applications. But the thing is, actually the score should be in range of 3.0 to some 3.3 ..but its not..

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Note that Windows Experience Index assesses key system components on a scale of 1.0 to 7.9 but for vista is 1.0 to 5.9. It doesnt matter for Scores of Intel x3100.

Any interested party may contact him, his address is as given here below:

By the by he is an Advocate practicing in Mangalore City of Karnataka State, and gives his valuable advice to various clients including Real Estate Clients.

Address: Advocate, Second floor, Rama Bhavan Complex,

Street : Kodialbail
City : Mangalore
State : Karnataka
Post Code : 575003.
Tel : 09448437484(cell), 0824-2414866 (Residence), 0824-2440218 (Office)
Country : India
E-mail :




C/o Mrs. U.L.R Holla,

Sri Nilaya, First Floor,

Jeppu Bappal Second Cross Road,

Post Kankanady,

Nandigudda, Mangalore-575002.

Tel : 09448437484(cell), 0824-2414866 (Residence), 0824-2440218 (Office)

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Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Windows 7 experience Index Data transfer rate is low

Many people facing  low Hard disk experience index (Data transfer rate) rate , which was higher in Windows vista. It can be solved using easily.

  1. Control Panel -> Hardware & Sound -> Device Manager.
  2. Under Disk Drivers, Choose your hard disk.
  3. Right Click -> Properties
  4. On the  Policies Tab, Uncheck  "Enable writing cache on this Device "
  5. Now again Re-run the experience index assessment from Control panel -> Performance Information and Tools.

This method will work on most cases.

I improved my rating from 2.0 to  4.9 !!!

It is better to Re-enable  cache settings after running the test. You will get better performance with cache enabled. It wont hurt again your  WEI score .

This is what you should do.

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Monday, January 12, 2009

Google Chrome For Mac in Few months !!

Google said that they will release Mac OS X and Linux by the first half of the year. Google has high hopes on its browser, particularly the performance.

Currently there are three channels : stable , beta and developer preview.


  • Autocomplete
  • Full page zoom 
  • Browser profiles
  • Ability to import bookmarks from Google bookmarks site.
  • Autoscroll
  • Faster Safe Browsing

I hope Chrome eventually becomes the number 2 browser after Firefox.

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Sunday, January 11, 2009

Windows 7 Beta finally available

After the initial problems, Microsoft has now finally made a second start to a beta version of Windows 7. The new Operating System comes in a 32-bit and 64-bit versions and in different languages.

The version which is released is 7000.0.081212-1400 . The download requires a Microsoft Passport account and is free of charge from Microsoft

Windows 7 beta 1 64-bit license key


Windows 7 Beta 1 32-bit license keys:


You can download windows 7 beta 1 from here.


Direct links: x86 (32bit) and x64 (64 bit)  ( Available till January 24th, 2009 )

Dont forget to download the very important hotfix or you may loss your mp3 files !!! Get it now. 32 bit and 64 bit

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Saturday, January 10, 2009

AMD: A good start to the Phenom-II processors

On Thursday, AMD officially launched the Dragon platform into the race.
The most important innovation is the 45 nm II Phenom X4 Processors upto
3. GHz. They previously code named as Deneb. Thanks to the 45 nm
technology and support for DDR3.

The PC manufactures such as HP, Dell XPS are planning to offer AMD Phenom X4
II in the first quarter of 2009. The XPS starts with AMD Phenom X4 II 940 ( 999$ onwards...).

Currently AMD is supporting AM2+ socket with support of DDR2, they have the future idea of AM3 socket with support for DDR3 1333. According to roumers,they are going to release on next year 2010 .

So finally AMD started battle with Intel !!!.

  • AMD Phenom II X4 940 Black Edition , 3 Ghz - 275 $
  • AMD Phenom II X4 920 (2.8GHz) , 2.8 Ghz - 235 $

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Friday, January 9, 2009

AMD Presents ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4000

Recently Nvidia lunched GTX 295 and Geforce 285 to the public, Ati was somewhat restrained. It is now over ! AMD, the product of Advanced Micro Devices officially demonstrated ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4000 series today in japan.

This card is similar to Radeon HD 4800, Radeon HD 4600, Radeon HD 4500 as well as Radeon HD 4300. As there is no much difference between the mobility and desktop cards, only low power mechanism is adapted in mobility cards. Even the number of shader units, etc etc are still same, only the clock rates are changed. The Mobility Radeon HD 4000 modules meet all the MXM standard.

The Radeon HD-4500-series builds on the same GPU, but taktet higher. Mobility Radeon HD 4530 (8-12 Watt) taktet die GPU mit 500 MHz and memory at 700 MHz. The Mobility Radeon HD 4530 (8-12 watts) and GPU at 500 MHz and memory at 700 MHz.

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Thursday, January 8, 2009

GeForce GTX 280 falls below 300 euros

Before the debut of Nvidias new Single GPU card GeForce GTX 285 , the price of the previous top model GeForce GTX 280 with 1024 MB VRAM first time decreased below 300 Euro in the market to 299.90 Euros.

It has the clock rates of 602/1296/1107 ( core, shader, VRAM) . In addition, it has two DVI outputs and a TV out.

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Windows 7 beta to be released on January 9, 2009

Steve Ballmer, The Microsoft CEO, has announced that windows 7 beta debut on January 9th Friday. Windows 7 will be available worldwide for everyone to download with a genuine working product key ( product key for MSDN and TechNet subscribers only ).

It is confirmed that that build 7000 will be beta version of windows 7. It is already leaked to bittorrent sites (x86 or x64 ) at the time of Christmas.

According to their blog, ( Windows 7 team blog ) windows 7 will be available for download via windows 7 page on their site ( Windows 7 ). This version of windows is going to expire on August 1st, 2009. But the Leaked version expires on July 1st, 2009. So it is not 100% sure than build 7000 is the beta version !!!

If you are a MSDN of Technet Subscribers, you can get the genuine product key of windows 7 beta . The
Visit MSDN Subscriber Download page or Technet Subscriber Download Page.

The Minimum System configuration:

  • Computer with 1 Ghz Processor
  • 32 bit or 64 Bit
  • 1 GB of System Memory
  • At least DirectX 10 Graphics card ( or else DirectX 9 ) with 128 MB Graphics Memory.
  • 40 GB of HDD

This version is not supported for Dynamic Updgrades.

Update: The beta is available in English, German, Japanese, Arabic and Hindi (Hindi only 32 bits). Another important piece of information: can be installed the beta on a clean system, or as an upgrade of Windows Vista Service Pack 1.

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Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Details on the new HDMI version

The next version of HDMI ( High Definition Multimedia Interface ) has some interesting features which are not expected before. For example the bandwidth of the digital connection is increased ( 10.2Gbps )and  rear channel implemented. Also, it has new connector.

It is newly defined as mini-HDMI connector  which has 19 pins. Manufacturers must use the new HDMI versions in the future.

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Monday, January 5, 2009

The First Look at Nvidias GT212

Image source: [Hardware-infos]

ELSA revealed that GT212 will be the next flashchip card for nvidia. This card is coming in GT200(b) ( Eg:GTX260/280 etc ) series.

In this card, the number of stream processors increased to 384 and number of TMUs also increases to 96. GT212 is very likely to adopt the third-generation rendering structure.

In general , the stream processors of GT212 increase by 60% and TMU just increases by 20%.
The memory bandwidth is increased to 512 Bit, with GDDR5, and data rate of 4.5 Ghz !

Read More here : expreview

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Sunday, January 4, 2009

Sony Ericsson C510 (Kate)

Sony Ericsson C510 images got revealed in DailyMobile. This C510 is the middle-level phone will make its entry in the CyberShot series.
It is going to be a Low end Cybershot handset when it is released in February 2009. It has some dedicated shortcut keys for the easier use !


  • 160 MB in-built memory
  • 2.2” QVGA display
  • 3.2 MP AF camera and LED
  • Face detection, Photo fix
  • Face detection
  • Smile shutter
  • Auto rotation when viewing
  • Cyber-shot™ UI 2.0
  • 3.2 MP AF camera
  • Active lens cover
  • QVGA video
  • Picture light
  • Dedicated shutter key
  • Illuminated imaging shortcut keys
  • Direct blog short cut key
  • Illumination by different theme/mode
  • Blue illuminated imaging short cuts

( More images - Link )

The kate phone is expected to get released in February . The Price not yet fixed.

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Saturday, January 3, 2009

MSI brings Hybrid "wind" with HDD and SSD

MSI has worked with the Wind U115 hybrid with a new Intel atom processor with 1.6 GHz , which is available both on HDD as well as on SSD's.

When the "Eco" Mode is active in this laptop, the hard disk can be temporarily stopped and the SSD will turn on. When it deactivates, it will turn into normal HDD. SSD requires less energy and gives amazing transfer speed. For example, if Eco Mode is turned on, the battery life will be appx 12 hours whereas when it is running in normal HDD , it may be about 2 Hours !!. ( 6 Cell Battery).
It comes along with 10-inch (1024x600) LED widescreen display

Other Specifications are,

* Intel Z530 Atom Processor ,1.6 Ghz
* Windows XP Home Edition
* 1GB of RAM
* Bluetooth
* three USB ports
* Wi-Fi ( 802.11n support)
* 1.3 megapixel or 2.0 megapixel webcam
* 3 Cell or 6 Cell Battery
* 120GB HDD and 8GB SSD (Upgrade: 160GB HDD and 16GB SSD.)
* Weight: 2.2 pounds

Price is not yet Fixed.

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Friday, January 2, 2009

Windows 7 Beta 1 ( Build 7000) Damages mp3 Files

According to a Microsoft Employee, Located at Neowin Forums, said that whenever the Windows Media Player or Windows Explorer edits the metadata of mp3 files, it corrupts the beginning of the file (a file with a header larger than 16KB only ). or it happens when
WMP (Windows Media Player) automatically set metadata using online services.
Therefore it is advisable to backup your music collection before using prereleased version of windows 7. Its clearly a big issue.

Microsoft is now aware and working on the solution.

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Thursday, January 1, 2009

Intel Launched Low Cost Quad-Core Processor Q9000 for Notebook

Intel Lunched new low cost quad core processor Q9000 to its new chip lineup. This processor is now used by Acer Aspire 8930G-7665 laptop. This laptop is mainly for gaming experience with 2.53 GHz Q9000, Nvidia GeForce 9700M GT, costs around 1800$.

The price of Q9000 mobile quad processor is 348 Dollars.(CNET). It has 6 MB of cache.

For more information about Q9000 visit , [LINK]

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