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  • Bunch of recent program updates and new drivers

    Finally had time to sit down and check my RSS feeds. There are a lot of updates for our fav. programs, figured I would link some.

    Nvidia ForceWare 270.51
    Link:NVIDIA Driver Downloads
    Nvidia ForceWare software unleashes the full power and features in Nvidia's desktop, gaming, platform, workstation, laptop, multimedia, and mobile products. Delivering a proven record of compatibility, reliability, and greater performance and stability with the widest range of games and applications, ForceWare software ensures the best experience with your Nvidia hardware. This driver supports GeForce 6, 7, 8, 9, 100, 200, 300, 400, and 500-series desktop GPUs as well as ION desktop GPUs.

    • Adds support for GeForce GTX 590.
    • Adds support for GeForce GTX 560 Ti.
    • Adds support for GeForce GTX 550 Ti.
    • Increases performance for GeForce 400 Series and 500 Series in several PC games.
    • 3D Vision performance improvements.
    • Nvidia Surround performance improvements.
    • New Nvidia Update feature keeps your PC up-to-date with the latest Nvidia drivers by notifying you when a new driver is available.
    • 3D Vision Controller driver is now included in ForceWare.
    • 3D Vision window mode now works with Windows Aero enabled.
    • New Nvidia Control Panel option to toggle 3D Vision window mode on or off.
    • Adds support for HDMI 1.4 3D TVs when using 3DTV Play software, including DirectX 9 games, Google Earth, and 3DVisionLive.
    • Adds support for new 3D Vision Desktop LCD monitors and projectors.
    • Adds support for new 3D Vision All In One PCs.
    • Adds 3D Vision Surround support when using 3D Vision monitors with built-in IR emitters.
    • Fixed problem with DLP HDTVs and SLI which caused problems with eye synchronization.
    • New 3D Vision Profiles.
    • Adds support for applications using CUDA 4.0 features such as Unified Virtual Addressing (UVA) and GPUDirect 2.0.
    • Updates HD Audio driver to version
    • Numerous bug fixes.

    Read more:

    AMD Catalyst™ 11.3
    Link:AMD Catalyst™ 11.3 Release Notes

    Process Explorer v14.1
    Link: Process Explorer v14.1

    We've talked about this program a few time here at TG. Everyone should keep this program in mind when benchmarking and problem solving.
    Don't forget there is a guide for newbies: Process Explorer guide for newbies

    Fraps 3.4.1
    Link: 2nd April 2011 - Fraps 3.4.1 Released
    If you haven't updated in a while, here are some of the latest fixes:

    Fraps 3.4.1 - 2nd Apr 2011
    - Fixed crash when starting Fraps for some users
    - Fixed hotkeys not being detected when modifier keys held
    - Fixed keys getting stuck when used by both the game and Fraps

    Fraps 3.4.0 - 29th Mar 2011
    - Added configurable buffer size for loop recording mode
    - Increased video capture performance at high resolutions
    - Fixed slow recording of Minecraft at default window size
    - Fixed benchmark crashing when configured to stop automatically after 1 second

    Fraps 3.3.3 - 15th Mar 2011
    - Fixed mouse not responding in Ragnarok and some applications

    Fraps 3.3.2 - 9th Mar 2011
    - Added detection of mouse buttons (Mouse3, Mouse4 & Mouse5 can be used as hotkeys)
    - Added support for all Ctrl, Shift & Alt combinations for use with Fraps hotkeys

    Fraps 3.3.1 - 1st Mar 2011
    - Fixed Fraps not detecting Agrar Simulator 2011 and some D3D9Ex applications
    - Fixed wrong capture dimensions for Fallout 3/New Vegas & Milkdrop
    - Fixed counter showing over frames in IE9 beta
    - Fixed stereoscopic capture not working in half-size mode for some games
    - Additional minor bug fixes

    Fraps 3.3.0 - 22nd Feb 2011
    - Full support for Windows 7 SP1
    - Added option to only capture external sound input while hotkey pushed (Vista/Win7)
    - Fixed stereoscopic 3D capture not working for D3D9 games
    - Fixed counter not appearing in Dungeons

    3DMark Vantage v1.10 Patch
    Link: 3DMark Vantage
    This is kind of interesting. They have turned the trial version into the basic version where you can adjust some settings.
    * Trial Edition has been removed
    * Basic Edition is now free
    * Added display scaling to improve display compatibility
    * PPU acceleration of the CPU tests is now disabled by default
    * Re-compiled with Visual Studio 2010
    Also see:

    SpeedFan 4.43
    Link:SpeedFan 4.43
    Looks like some good fixes. If you haven't played with it in a while worth a look.

    CCleaner 3.05.1408
    Link:CCleaner 3.05.1408
    TONS of really good updates:
    CCleaner is a freeware system optimization, privacy and cleaning tool. It removes unused files from your system - allowing Windows to run faster and freeing up valuable hard disk space. It also cleans traces of your online activities such as your Internet history. Additionally it contains a fully featured registry cleaner. But the best part is that its fast (normally taking less than a second to run) and contains no spyware or adware.

    • Added support for Internet Explorer 9.
    • Added support for Firefox 4.0.
    • Added Internet Explorer Cached Feeds cleaning.
    • Added Internet Explorer Add-ons Statistics cleaning.
    • Added iTunes cookie management.
    • Added Opera cleaning for saved/opened directories paths.
    • Improved Firefox/Mozilla Saved Password cleaning.
    • Improved Intelligent cookie keeping functionality.
    • Improved Registry cleaning for Obsolete Software.
    • Improved Registry cleaning for Unused File Extensions.
    • Added Registry cleaner for Windows Services.
    • Added cleaning for obsolete Firewall Rules.
    • Added detection of invalid Browser Helper Objects.
    • Added new environment variables for user documents.
    • Added cleaning for Adobe Air, Advanced Searchbar, Steam, Xfire, Skype, AOL Instant Messenger, Camfrog Video Chat, Miranda Instant Messenger, Pidgin, Yahoo Messenger, ooVoo, TeamSpeak, Ventrilo Client, Ventrilo Server, FrostWire, uTorrent, Shareaza, iMesh, BearShare, DC++ and Ares.

    Read more:
    Also see:
    Everyone should be running CCleaner at least weekly to keep a computer as trash free as possible :icon4:

    VLC Media Player 1.1.8
    Link: VLC media player
    If you aren't using VLC full time, you should be.
    Don't forget, you can change skins if you don't like the stock boring gray:


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