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December 2009



Realtek HD Audio 2.40

31 December 2009


Realtek has released Version 2.40 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 then select 'Software'.



Happy New Year

31 December 2009


The year is almost over, and 2010 will shortly be upon us. I hope you had a successful year, and may the next be even more prosperous and enjoyable for you. For me, 2009 has been relatively good, culminating in the stressful but ultimately satisfying completion of the TGTC for Windows 7. As for TweakGuides in 2010, the site will continue along much the same path. I'm still passionate about writing in one form or another. What exactly I'll write about however is something I'll have to think about carefully.



Sandra 2010

29 December 2009


SiSoftware has released a new 2010 Build 16.26 of the free system information utility Sandra.



VirtualDub 1.9.8

29 December 2009


A new Version 1.9.8 of the free video editing utility VirtualDub has been released, fixing a range of bugs.



Game Patches

29 December 2009


  • ArmA 2 - 1.05 Hotfix Patch
  • Field of Glory - 1.03 Patch
  • Steam Client - Update via Steam


  • Intel Turbo Boost Technology Monitor 1.03

    28 December 2009


    Intel has released Version 1.03 of the Turbo Boost Technology Monitor utility. This utility is a Sidebar Gadget for Core i5 and Core i7 CPUs under Windows Vista and 7, displaying increases in processor frequency through Turbo Boost.



    Merry Christmas

    24 December 2009


    A very Merry Christmas to all TweakGuides readers. I hope you get the opportunity to have a good break, and hopefully also catch up with some gaming and spend some quality time with your PC!



    Intel Chipset Software Installation Utility 9.1.1.1025

    24 December 2009


    Intel has released Version 9.1.1.1025 of the Chipset Software Installation Utility, the main motherboard driver for Intel chipset-based motherboards.



    Game Patches

    24 December 2009


  • East India Company: Designer's Cut - Patch
  • East India Company: Privateer - Patch 1
  • Project of Planets - 1.1.004 Patch


  • CCleaner 2.27.1070

    23 December 2009


    A new Version 2.27.1070 of the free CCleaner system cleaning utility has been released. This version adds support to wipe MFT free space, adds an option to turn off Jump List tasks in Windows 7, and has a range of improvements and fixes.



    Game Patches

    23 December 2009


  • ArmA 2 - 1.05 Patch
  • Madballs in Babo: Invasion - Update via Steam
  • Team Fortress 2 - Update via Steam
  • The Sims 3 - 1.8.25 Patch


  • Intel SSD Toolbox 1.2

    22 December 2009


    Intel has released Version 1.2 of the SSD Toolbox, which includes a range of applications for managing the health and optimal performance of 34nm Intel Solid State Drives. This version fixes problems with unusable system restore points, as well as improving functionality.



    Winamp 5.571

    22 December 2009


    The free Winamp media player has been updated to Version 5.571. This minor revision fixes a range of bugs.



    Game Patches

    22 December 2009


  • Cabal Online - Patch
  • Field of Glory - 1.02 Patch
  • Pro Evolution Soccer 2010 - 1.03 Patch
  • Zombie Driver - Update via Steam


  • CPU-Z 1.53

    21 December 2009


    A new Version 1.53 of the CPU-Z information utility has been released. This update provides support for new chipsets, has a new HTML report, and fixes DirectX 11 detection.



    Game Patches

    20 December 2009


  • Blood Bowl - 1.1.3.2 Patch
  • Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 - 1.07 Patch
  • Dragon Age: Origins - 1.02a Patch


  • Game Patches

    19 December 2009


  • For the Glory - Update via Steam
  • Left 4 Dead - Update via Steam
  • Left 4 Dead 2 - Update via Steam
  • Order of War - Update via Steam
  • Team Fortress 2 - Update via Steam


  • ATI Catalyst 9.12 Hotfix

    18 December 2009


    ATI has released a Catalyst 9.12 Hotfix graphics driver. This hotfix is essentially a beta which is newer than the recent Official 9.12 Catalysts. Specifically it resolves the mouse being enlarged under Windows 7, improves the performance of OpenGL games, provides support for CrossFireX on Eyefinity setups, OpenCL and DisplayPort Audio support, and has several other fixes.



    ATI Catalyst 9.12

    18 December 2009


    ATI has released the Catalyst 9.12 graphics drivers for the HD2000 series and newer. This version includes support for DirectCompute 10.1 and OpenGL 3.2, contains performance improvements in 3DMark Vantage and STALKER: Call of Pripyat, as well as a range of fixes.



    Chrome 3.0.195.38

    18 December 2009


    Google has released Version 3.0.195.38 of the Chrome browser. This version contains two crash fixes.



    Game Patches

    18 December 2009


  • Football Manager 2010 - 10.2.0 Patch
  • Sims 3: World Adventures - 2.3.33 Patch
  • Steel Panthers: WWII - 4.0 Patch
  • Team Fortress 2 - Update via Steam


  • Winamp 5.57

    17 December 2009


    The free Winamp media player has been updated to Version 5.57. The changes include a large number of fixes and improvements.



    Game Patches

    17 December 2009


  • Blood Bowl - 1.1.3.1 Patch
  • Championship Manager 2010 - December Patch
  • Gary Grigsby's Eagle Day to Bombing of the Reich - 1.02 Patch


  • Games for Windows Live Games on Demand

    16 December 2009


    As part of the recent update for Games for Windows Live covered further below, Microsoft has launched the Games on Demand service, similar to Valve's Steam online content delivery service. As an added bonus, the Tinker puzzle game, previously available only as a Vista Ultimate Extra, is now available to Windows XP, Vista and 7 users for free via Games on Demand.



    Firefox 3.5.6

    16 December 2009


    Mozilla has released Version 3.5.6 of the Firefox browser. This version contains several security and stability fixes.



    Realtek HD Audio 2.39

    16 December 2009


    Realtek has released Version 2.39 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 then select 'Software'.



    Games for Windows Live 3.2

    16 December 2009


    Microsoft has released an Update for the Games for Windows Live client. To obtain the update either log into GFW Live, check Windows Update, or download the redistributable version from the link above.



    Game Patches

    16 December 2009


  • Altitude - Update via Steam
  • Blood Bowl - 1.1.2.2 Patch
  • Wolfenstein - 1.2 Patch
  • World of Warcraft - 3.3.0a Patch


  • WinRAR 3.91

    16 December 2009


    The archival utility WinRAR has been updated to Version 3.91. The changes include several improvements and bug fixes.



    Nvidia Beta Forceware 195.81

    15 December 2009


    Nvidia has released the Beta Forceware 195.81 driver for Windows XP, Vista and 7. These drivers are for GeForce 6, 7, 8, 9, 100, 200 and ION series cards. They are identical to the recent WHQL 195.62 drivers, but include fixes for Adobe Flash 10.1 Beta 2 and 3D Vision detection on CRT and DLP displays, and add new SLI and multi-GPU profiles for Avatar, Operation Flashpoint: Dragon Rising, and Wings of Prey. The package also contains the 9.09.0814 PhysX drivers.



    Game Patches

    13 December 2009


  • Left 4 Dead 2 - Update via Steam
  • Madballs in Babo: Invasion - Update via Steam


  • Game Patches

    12 December 2009


  • Borderlands - 1.10 Patch
  • Nation Red - Update via Steam
  • Operation Barbarossa: The Struggle for Russia - 1.14 Patch


  • Game Patches

    11 December 2009


  • 5Street - 0.36 Patch
  • Iron Grip: Warlord - 1.12 Patch
  • Steam Client - Update via Steam
  • Team Fortress 2 - Update via Steam
  • War in the Pacific: Admiral's Edition - 1.00.95 Patch


  • Game Patches

    10 December 2009


  • Avatar: The Game - 1.01 Patch
  • Gratuitous Space Battles - Update via Steam
  • Left 4 Dead 2 - Update via Steam
  • TrackMania Nations Forever - Patch
  • TrackMania United Forever - Patch


  • Flash Player 10.0.42.34

    9 December 2009


    Adobe has released Version 10.0.42.34 of the Flash Player plugin for browsers.



    Realtek HD Audio 2.38

    9 December 2009


    Realtek has released Version 2.38 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 then select 'Software'.



    Game Patches

    9 December 2009


  • Blueberry Garden - Update via Steam
  • King Arthur The Role Playing Wargame - Update via Steam
  • World of Warcraft - 3.3.0 Patch


  • Microsoft Security Updates

    9 December 2009


    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.



    Game Patches

    8 December 2009


  • Dragon Age: Origins - 1.02 Patch
  • FIFA Manager 10 - 2.0.0.4 Patch
  • History Great Battles Medieval - 1.01 Patch
  • SunAge - 1.09.6 Patch
  • Team Fortress 2 - Update via Steam
  • Venetica - 1.02 Patch
  • Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos - 1.24c Patch
  • Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne - 1.24c Patch
  • World Basketball Manager 2009 - 1.9.6 Patch


  • Sandra 2010

    7 December 2009


    SiSoftware has released a new 2010 Build 16.11 of the free system information utility Sandra.



    Google Personalization & Dictionary

    6 December 2009


    Google has made their Personalized Search service available to all users, including those not signed in to a Google account. This feature can alter the search results which appear when you use Google based on your previous search activity, however if you wish to turn it off, see the instructions here. Google has also created a Dictionary page which provides definitions in various languages drawn from a range of sources.



    Game Patches

    6 December 2009


  • Left 4 Dead 2 - Update via Steam


  • Google DNS Service

    4 December 2009


    Google has launched a free Public DNS service. Using this DNS service may provide improved browsing performance and security. Full instructions on how to switch to this DNS service on your machine are provided here.



    Game Patches

    4 December 2009


  • Shattered Horizon - Update via Steam


  • Game Patches

    3 December 2009


  • Bounty Bay Online - 0.11 Patch
  • Empire in Arms - 1.07.01 Patch
  • Machinarium - Patch 2
  • Need for Speed: Shift - 1.02 Patch
  • Runaway: A Twist of Fate - 1.05 Patch
  • The Lord of the Rings: Siege of Mirkwood - Patch


  • AutoRuns 9.57

    3 December 2009


    Microsoft has released AutoRuns 9.57, updating this free startup software identification utility. This version now reports more group policy script entries.



    Microsoft Security Update Black Screen Issues

    3 December 2009


    As suspected, reports earlier this week claiming that recent Microsoft security patches cause systems to boot up to a black screen have been proven as false. Microsoft confirms that any such issues have nothing to do with their patches, and that these black screen issues are not widespread among Windows users. The security company Prevx which identified this problem earlier has now issued an apology to Microsoft. I'm making a special point of highlighting these facts, because several readers asked me why I did not post about this issue earlier. The simple answer is that I do not post unsubstantiated and/or sensationalist stories on this site.



    Dirt 2 Demo

    2 December 2009


    A Demo has been released for the racing game Dirt 2. The PC version runs in either DirectX 9 or DirectX 11 mode, and a comparison between the two can be found here. In practice, the difference between DX9 and DX11 is similar to that between DX9 and DX10; quite subtle. I've prepared an HD enabled YouTube video to demonstrate gameplay from the demo.



    Game Patches

    2 December 2009


  • Field of Glory - 1.01 Patch
  • King Arthur The Role Playing Wargame - Update via Steam
  • Left 4 Dead 2 - Update via Steam
  • Madballs in Babo: Invasion - Update via Steam
  • Majesty 2: The Fantasy Kingdom Sim - 1.1.88 Patch


  • GPU-Z 0.3.8

    2 December 2009


    GPU-Z, a free graphics card information utility, has reached Version 0.3.8. The changes include added sensors to monitor GPU load percentages on Nvidia cards, the ability to stay in front of all open windows, and a range of fixes and improvements.



    SpeedFan 4.40

    1 December 2009


    Almico has released Version 4.40 of SpeedFan, a free utility for changing system fan speeds, measuring temperatures and voltages and adjusting clock speeds.



    Game Patches

    1 December 2009


  • Europa Universalis 3: In Nomine - 3.2 Patch
  • Football Manager - 10.1.1 Patch
  • Serious Sam HD: The First Encounter - Update via Steam


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