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August 2010



Game Patches

31 August 2010


  • Counter-Strike: Source - Update via Steam
  • Steam Client - Update via Steam


  • VLC Media Player 1.1.4

    28 August 2010


    The free VLC Media Player has been updated to Version 1.1.4. This version contains two bug fixes.



    Game Patches

    28 August 2010


  • Combat Arms - 5.0 Patch
  • Global Agenda - Update via Steam
  • Left 4 Dead 2 - Update via Steam
  • Mount & Blade: Warband - 1.130 Patch
  • The Guild II: Renaissance - Update via Steam


  • DivX 8.1.1

    27 August 2010


    The DivX video software has been updated to Version 8.1.1.



    Game Patches

    27 August 2010


  • Arma 2: Operation Arrowhead - 1.54 Patch
  • Counter-Strike: Source / Day of Defeat: Source / Team Fortress 2 - Update via Steam
  • Ship Simulator Extremes - 1.1 Patch


  • ATI Catalyst 10.8

    26 August 2010


    ATI has released the official Catalyst 10.8 graphics driver for the HD 2000 series and above. This WHQL certified driver adds OpenGL ES 2.0 support, enhances the Video Quality default options, has performance enhancements for Eyefinity Quad ATI CrossFireX configurations, adds Antialiasing support for StarCraft 2, provides performance enhancements in Far Cry 2, Left 4 Dead 2 and Stormrise, as well as a range of bug fixes.



    Game Patches

    26 August 2010


  • Close Combat: Cross of Iron - 3.50.01 Patch
  • Din's Curse - 1.006 Patch
  • Fallen Earth - Update via Steam
  • Garry's Mod - Update via Steam
  • Puzzle Dimension - Update via Steam
  • Scourge of War: Gettysburg - 1.1 Patch


  • CCleaner 2.35.1219

    25 August 2010


    A new Version 2.35.1219 of the free CCleaner system cleaning utility has been released. This version improves browser cleaning support, adds cleaning for new applications, and has several other minor improvements and bug fixes.



    Windows Updates

    25 August 2010


    Microsoft has released non-critical updates for Windows which you can get through Windows Update. Alternatively you can view and download them individually from here - click the 'Released' column header once to sort by date.



    Shockwave 11.5.8.612

    25 August 2010


    Adobe has released a new Version 11.5.8.612 of the Shockwave player plugin for browsers.



    Game Patches

    25 August 2010


  • Counter-Strike: Source - Update via Steam
  • Garry's Mod - Update via Steam
  • Shattered Horizon - Update via Steam
  • Starcraft 2: Wings of Liberty - 1.03 Patch
  • Storm over the Pacific - 1.03 Patch
  • Strategic Command WWII Global Conflict - 1.03 Patch
  • Swarm Arena - Update via Steam


  • Windows Update

    24 August 2010


    Microsoft has released a non-critical Update for all versions of Windows which helps protect against DLL preloading vulnerabilities in applications.



    Game Patches

    24 August 2010


  • Command Ops: Battle from the Bulge - 4.1.235 Patch
  • Rhythm Zone - Update via Steam
  • Steam Client - Update via Steam


  • Chrome 5.0.375.127

    21 August 2010


    Google has released Version 5.0.375.127 of the Chrome browser. This version has several security and bug fixes.



    Game Patches

    21 August 2010


  • Left 4 Dead 2 - Update via Steam
  • Shattered Horizon - Update via Steam
  • Sol Survivor - Update via Steam
  • Team Fortress 2 - Update via Steam


  • Adobe Reader 9.3.4

    20 August 2010


    Adobe has released Version 9.3.4 of the Adobe Reader software for viewing PDF documents. This update addresses a critical security vulnerability.



    Game Patches

    20 August 2010


  • Booster Trooper - Update via Steam
  • Global Agenda - Update via Steam
  • Steam Client - Update via Steam


  • GPU-Z 0.4.5

    20 August 2010


    GPU-Z, a free graphics card information utility, has reached Version 0.4.5. Changes include support for new chipsets, the ability to automatically launch GPU-Z upon Windows startup, as well as a range of bug fixes.



    VLC Media Player 1.1.3

    20 August 2010


    The free VLC Media Player has been updated to Version 1.1.3. This version contains a range of bug fixes.



    Game Patches

    19 August 2010


  • Global Agenda - Update via Steam


  • Windows Live Essentials 2011 Beta

    18 August 2010


    Microsoft has released a new Beta of the next version of the Windows Live Essentials suite of applications. Details of the changes in this beta are provided here.



    Game Patches

    18 August 2010


  • Counter-Strike: Source / Team Fortress 2 / Day of Defeat: Source - Update via Steam
  • Garry's Mod - Update via Steam
  • Gratuitous Space Battles - Update via Steam
  • Portal / Half Life 2 / HL2: Episode 1 / HL2: Episode 2 - Update via Steam


  • Word 2003 Update

    14 August 2010


    Microsoft has released an Update for Word 2003 which contains stability and performance improvements.



    Game Patches

    14 August 2010


  • Left 4 Dead 2 - Update via Steam


  • QuickTime 7.6.7

    13 August 2010


    Apple has released a new Version 7.6.7 of the QuickTime media player. This version has security fixes.



    Game Patches

    13 August 2010


  • Global Agenda - Update via Steam
  • Storm over the Pacific - 1.03 Patch


  • Opera 10.61

    12 August 2010


    The Opera browser has been updated to Version 10.61. This version renames 'Fraud Protection' to 'Fraud and Malware Protection', and has a range of stability, bug and security fixes.



    Game Patches

    12 August 2010


  • Field of Glory - 1.3.3 Patch
  • Killing Floor - Update via Steam


  • Chrome 5.0.375.126

    12 August 2010


    Google has released Version 5.0.375.126 of the Chrome browser. The only change is an updated Flash plugin.



    Nvidia PhysX 9.10.0513

    11 August 2010


    Nvidia has released the 9.10.0513 PhysX drivers for Nvidia PhysX-capable GPUs. Note that this version is newer than the 9.10.0512 PhysX drivers included in the Mafia 2 Demo.



    Mafia 2 Demo

    11 August 2010


    Further to my earlier post on the recently-released Mafia 2 Demo, it appears that the PhysX requirements aren't quite as steep as first thought. Reinstalling Mafia 2's PhysX driver and also configuring your PhysX settings in the Nvidia Control Panel as detailed in threads like this one will result in PhysX correctly running on the GPU rather than the CPU on systems with an Nvidia card. In my case, this was sufficient to make the game playable at maximum settings and with Maximum PhysX (i.e. around 30FPS average) on a GTX 285. I've uploaded a new HD YouTube Video at maximum settings including PhysX set to Maximum. The main impact of PhysX is that explosions, shattered glass and smoke contain more particles/fragments, and clothing moves around more realistically. PhysX is not vital to enjoying the game, however it is the only true PC-exclusive aspect of Mafia 2, giving people with appropriate hardware the option to have enhanced visuals and physics.


    Update: You can also use this PhysX tweak to remove cloth-based effects on NPCs, further improving performance.



    Flash Player 10.1.82.76

    11 August 2010


    Adobe has released Version 10.1.82.76 of the Flash Player plugin for browsers.



    Game Patches

    11 August 2010


  • Moonbase Alpha - Update via Steam
  • Solium Infernum - 1.06a Patch
  • Wings of Power B-17 - 1.1 Update


  • Microsoft Security Updates

    11 August 2010


    Microsoft has released its monthly set of Windows security updates which you can get through Windows Update. Alternatively you can view and download them individually from here - click the 'Released' column header once to sort by date.



    Nvidia Forceware 259.31

    11 August 2010


    Nvidia has released the official Forceware 259.31 driver for Windows XP, Vista and 7. These drivers are a special release intended primarily for developers, providing support for OpenGL 4.1 and GLSL 4.10. Note that the new features of OpenGL 4.1 and GLSL 4.10 require a GeForce GTX 400 series or Quadro 4000, 5000, 6000, or 7000 series card in order to function.



    Mafia 2 Demo

    10 August 2010


    2K Games has released a Free Demo for Mafia 2, weighing in at 1.1GB, and only available via Steam. This is one of the most anticipated games of 2010, certainly one I've been looking forward to for many years. The full version of the game will be available on 24 August 2010 and will also require Steam to play.


    Update: Mafia 2 appears to be a great 1950s GTA IV-style game. I've uploaded an HD YouTube Video showing some exploration of the game world and its features at maximum graphics settings, however PhysX is Off. In Mafia 2, PhysX only affects the realism of clothing movement and particle effects, such as smoke, explosions and shattered glass. However it requires a second GPU to act as a dedicated PhysX card to maintain good performance even on high-end systems.



    Game Patches

    10 August 2010


  • Booster Trooper - Update via Steam
  • Commander: Conquest of the Americas - Update via Steam
  • Din's Curse - 1.004 Patch
  • Europa Universalis: Rome - Update via Steam
  • Fallen Earth - Update via Steam
  • Hearts of Iron III: Semper Fi - Update via Steam
  • Nation Red - Update via Steam


  • ATI Catalyst OpenCL 10.7

    7 August 2010


    ATI has released a new Catalyst 10.7 graphics driver specifically designed to provide OpenCL 1.1 support for the HD 4000 series and above, as well as selected FirePro and Embedded GPUs.



    Game Patches

    7 August 2010


  • Disciples III: Renaissance - 1.06.2 Patch
  • Garry's Mod - Update via Steam
  • Hearts of Iron 3: Semper Fi - 2.03b Patch
  • Left 4 Dead 2 - Update via Steam
  • Pro Cycling Manager 2010 - 1.0.3.0 Patch
  • Rhythm Zone - Update via Steam
  • Starcraft II: Wings of Liberty - 1.02 Patch


  • Game Patches

    6 August 2010


  • Alien Swarm - Update via Steam
  • Counter-Strike: Source - Update via Steam
  • Trine - 1.08 Patch


  • Internet Explorer 9 Preview 4

    5 August 2010


    Microsoft has released a new Internet Explorer 9 Preview 4, which is the fourth and final alpha build of IE9 designed primarily for developer feedback purposes. The first beta build of IE9 is due in September.



    Game Patches

    5 August 2010


  • Borderlands - Update via Steam
  • Close Combat - Last Stand Arnhem - 5.60.01 Patch
  • Disciples III - Update via Steam
  • Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War II - Update via Steam


  • Realtek HD Audio 2.51

    4 August 2010


    Realtek has released Version 2.51 of its HD Audio drivers. Note if you have problems with the link, click the 'High Definition Audio Codecs' link at the top of the page and select 'Software'.



    Game Patches

    4 August 2010


  • Garry's Mod - Update via Steam
  • Puzzle Dimension - Update via Steam
  • Railworks - Update via Steam


  • Foxit Reader 4.1

    3 August 2010


    The free Foxit PDF Reader has been updated to Version 4.1.0.0726. This version optimizes the reading engine, prompts users to set the default PDF reader when installed, and contains a range of bug fixes.



    Game Patches

    3 August 2010


  • Counter-Strike: Source - Update via Steam


  • Windows Update

    3 August 2010


    Microsoft has released a Security Update addressing a critical security vulnerability in all versions of Windows. The update is available from the link above or via Windows Update.



    Game Patches

    1 August 2010


  • Starcraft II: Wings of Liberty - 1.01 Patch
  • The Guild 2: Renaissance - 4.1 Patch
  • The Settlers 7: Paths to a Kingdom - 1.08 Patch


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