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  • Blog Post: x64 Compatibility

    The theme for this week is compatibility, brought to you by the letters W and O, and the number 64. In the PlanetAMD64 forums and on their Wiki , we've been thrashing out some terms for games that run or don't run under Windows x64 editions. My favourites so far are: x64 (native or enhanced...
  • Blog Post: New Nvidia Drivers for x64 (W00t)

    Nvidia released new drivers for x64 (and x86 ) today. The dodgy feeds worked! Smug? Yeah, a little.
  • Blog Post: I Make Things Happen*.

    I am a genius (and humble to boot). Quickie: The latest twist on the RSS Feeds Du Jour is that EvenBalance just released a new version of PunkBuster for Joint Operations (caught during the morning catchup via Newsgator ). Haven't had a chance to try it yet, but hopefully this one will support X64...
  • Blog Post: B-Day (no, not bidet) for Battlefield 2

    Well, Battlefield 2 is in my hot little hands right now. I had to get the CD version (3 CDs) because I don't believe in preordering (it violates rule #1 of impulse buying, which is that if the goods aren't miraculously present on the store shelf, I don't pick them up and purchase them). Now I just...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft.com Operations on x64

    The Microsoft.Com Operations blog just posted about their experiences moving from x86 to x64 , most notably the increase in performance they achieved by doing this. The numbers are compelling: To give you a quick comparison: X86 ASP req/sec 7.85, Response time 244ms X86 ISAPI req/sec 110...
  • Blog Post: PAE and VMM... For Parky

    Well Parky, you asked , so I'm going to try to answer! The way I think about PAE is that it kinda works a bit like a stonking great in-memory pagefile might. It doesn't change the game for 32-bit applications, but it does give the OS more headroom to manage them. Without PAE, any memory over 4GB...
  • Blog Post: Aussie MSN Maps: I'm Ashamed I Never Knew

    I've never really been interested in maps, as such. They're in the "nice to have when driving" category for me, 98% of the time. On the subject, I've been a user of Whereis for many years, not knowing that there was an alternative for Australia. I knew about MapPoint as an API, but knowing of an API...
  • Blog Post: Creative's x64 Driver Matrix

    While surfing around for Zen Micro information, I ran across Creative's Secret x64 plans for world domination, linked from their X64 FAQ page. And also interesting - a public Sharepoint site with their beta stuff on it: http://preview.creativelabs.com/ - very cool, I wish more manufacturers did something...
  • Blog Post: x64: It's Lonely Out Here (But I Feel Powerful)

    No TV. Latest casualty: DVICO FusionHD DVB-T card. No XP64 drivers now (and not for a while , at least). So I'm taking it out and lending it to a friend indefinitely. I built a (32 bit) Media Center PC the other week, so it's not a total loss, I can still watch recorded shows... There seems to be...
  • Blog Post: Doom 3: Resurrection of Evil under x64

    This doesn't work, as the MSI is coded to only allow "pure" Windows 2000 or XP installations. Faux XP-From-Windows-Server doesn't seem to cut it :) As I was researching the problem, I noticed that PlanetAMD64 have set up a new Wiki , so I thought it'd be a good idea to use it to pull some x64 gaming...
  • Blog Post: Test Signing X64 Drivers

    Well, I did learn a lot today! You may be familiar with the restrictions that Windows Vista X64 places on unsigned kernel-mode drivers (I was only vaguely familiar with it). This is new - XP64 (which I upgraded from) would warn but allow installation, from memory - WV64, the driver won't load. ...
  • Blog Post: Games on X64 Update

    Here's how it is: [ Update : The 64-bit Far Cry patches are now available from the link below - a 400MB game patch, *plus* a 400MB content pack for 64-bit systems. Got Bandwidth?] I was going to post about my agonizing decision to install a 32 bit OS on another drive at home, but while going back...
  • Blog Post: x64 Gaming

    Since my upgrade to XP x64, I've been looking for patches so that my favourite titles can benefit from the extra-spicy new registers, and other cunning tricks. So far, I've found I have one game that can actually do x64 - Chronicles of Riddick. Which I'll be reinstalling tonight. There were rumours...
  • Blog Post: Netmon 3, Now With Added Blogging!*

    Though it might technically be possible, it's probably quite difficult ("quite" in the "very" sense) to blog from Netmon. Doesn't stop us rolling out the most significant new version in, oh, years, and the Netmon team have started a blog with tips and things for the new version. It's a ground-up...
  • Blog Post: ISA Server Firewall Client for Windows Vista

    Over here . Works with all ISA Server versions to date, and with Windows Vista client, importantly! x64 and x86 versions included. Safe when taken as directed. via Josh and KB article 929556 .
  • Blog Post: Ctrl+C In A Message Box Does What!?

    OK, so now searching for this reveals it as a widely-known and somewhat ancient tip , but I didn't know until this week. I can't remember where I saw it. I can't tell you how many hours this might have saved me over the years, because I DIDN'T KNOW ABOUT IT YEARS AGO . Sigh. Ever faced with a dialog...
  • Blog Post: .Net 2.0 Beta 2 Install - It's not over 'til it's over

    I just installed the .Net Framework 2.0 Beta 2 runtime on my home x64 box, so that I could again run my happy little .Net utilities with 64 bit power. I've really, really been missing PasteOff - notice the lack of pics recently? Anyway, after the wizard had registered everything and presented its...
  • Blog Post: 64 Bit: It's When, Not If

    Harold raised the question, Clive riffed on it , and now I'm going back to the original question with this: At the moment, is it even possible to buy a performance chip that isn't 64-bit capable? Any AMD Athlon64 or Opteron is AMD64-capable; Intel Xeons have been for a while, and EM64T is moving...
  • Blog Post: No Scanner and Camera Wizard? (And a little on Remote Assistance under x64)

    I despise digital cameras. My girlfriend constantly asks me to charge mine, although I have no intention of ever using it. It breaks down like this: Fun photo-taking duties: her. Charging and general maintenance - including downloading, storing, publishing and otherwise doing things with photos...
  • Blog Post: MSN Toolbar and Windows Desktop Search, Final Release

    It's all over the blogosphere already, so on the off-chance you haven't seen it yet, I'll link to the best wrap-up I've seen so far: Dare's . To skip the commentary and jump right in: http://toolbar.msn.com/ , and if you're into PDFs (and others), the IFilter Addins are at http://addins.msn.com/ ...
  • Blog Post: x64-friendly Smartcard Reader

    I've had a Gemplus 430 USB card reader since we started using Smart Cards for RAS, all those years ago. Since the upgrade to X64 at home, I've been essentially VPNless. No X64 drivers. But finally, as if by magic, I came across (and successfully bartered for) a 433. I know X64 drivers exist for...
  • Blog Post: The Unending Quest For Drivers

    I'm still manually going round-robin on a bunch of sites offering drivers for X64 systems that don't have RSS feeds ( or DVD Decoder stores for that matter , are you listening Nvidia? Nope, it's still due in exactly 30 days), and I'm thinking there has to be a better way. I've been toying with the...
  • Blog Post: My x64 Upgrade Experience

    I hit a couple of niggles during the upgrade, which wasn't really an upgrade as such (it was a fresh install). I went from a not-really-mildly-broken-by-my-last-set-of-upgrading-shenanigans Windows XP SP2 installation to an XPx64 installation, on an AMD Athlon64-powered Asus A8N-SLI (an Nforce 4-based...
  • Blog Post: DebugDiag 1.1 Released!

    IIS Troubleshooters rejoice! If you've ever had an application on an IIS server do one of the following, this tool is for you: - hang (or respond slowly) - crash (W3WP.exe terminated unexpectedly) - chew memory in the lead-up to a crash or need a restart on a regular basis (memory climbs, until it falls...
  • Blog Post: Anand Looks at the Athlon64 X2

    I cannot *wait* to get my hands on an Athlon64 X2 . Multicore is my bag, baby. The Gaming performance page is here , keep in mind that the vast majority of games are currently single-threaded, and won't benefit directly from having two CPUs. While there's no direct Gaming Performance With Outlook...