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December 2010



Happy New Year

31 December 2010


Here we are at the end of another year, one which I hope has been positive for you. I'd like to wish you and yours a prosperous and enjoyable 2011. My New Year's Resolution for TweakGuides in 2011 is to keep the focus on providing the best information I can on how to have a well-performing and problem-free PC. I've enjoyed this same privilege for many years now, and I'll continue sharing my methods so that hopefully you too can have the same success. All the best, and see you back here in 2011.



Game Patches

31 December 2010


  • Hegemony - Update via Steam


  • Game Patches

    30 December 2010


  • Clones - 1.26 Patch
  • Pacific Fighters - 4.10 Patch
  • Rulers of Nations - 4.21 Patch


  • Game Patches

    29 December 2010


  • Beat Hazard - Update via Steam


  • Game Patches

    28 December 2010


  • Making History II - Update via Steam
  • World Supremacy - 1.05 Patch


  • GPU-Z 0.5.0

    28 December 2010


    GPU-Z, a free graphics card information utility, has reached Version 0.5.0. Changes include support for new chipsets as well as several bug fixes.



    Intel Rapid Storage Technology 10.1.0.1008

    27 December 2010


    Intel has released Version 10.1.0.1008 of the Rapid Storage Technology driver for those using RAID or AHCI on Intel chipset motherboards.



    Game Patches

    27 December 2010


  • Swarm Arena - Update via Steam


  • FRAPS 3.2.6

    27 December 2010


    A new Version 3.2.6 of the FPS measurement, benchmarking and video capture utility FRAPS has been released. This version has several bug fixes.



    Merry Christmas

    24 December 2010


    I want to take this opportunity to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and hope you all get a chance to have a nice break. If you're like me, you may be stuck wondering what game to play over the holidays, given the relatively few good PC games released this year. For something different, I bought the new Back to the Future: The Game. It's a point-and-click 3D adventure game which is faithful to the spirit of the movies, and continues the story shortly after the last movie in the trilogy. It's a nice change of pace from the shooters, and takes me back to the fun days of adventure gaming as a kid in the 80's. I've uploaded a YouTube Video of the initial portion of the story and gameplay.



    CCleaner 3.02.1343

    24 December 2010


    A new Version 3.02.1343 of the free CCleaner system cleaning utility has been released. This version improves IE history cleaning for Windows 7, adds cleaning for CloneCD, Ashampoo Burning Studio 10 and ExamDiff, and has other improvements and bug fixes.



    Game Patches

    24 December 2010


  • Combat Arms - 5.4 Patch
  • King's Bounty: Crossworlds - Update via Steam
  • Mark Leung: Revenge of the Bitch - 1.1 Patch
  • Oddworld: Munch's Oddysee - Update via Steam
  • Pirates, Vikings, and Knights II - Update via Steam
  • Plants vs Zombies GOTY Edition - Update via Steam
  • Star Wars: The Force Unleashed II - 1.1 Patch
  • Two Worlds II - 1.1 Patch


  • Fallout: New Vegas Tweak Guide

    23 December 2010


    Perhaps better late than never, the latest in a series of guides I am writing for Nvidia is the Fallout: New Vegas Tweak Guide, now available over at GeForce.com. Though most of the advanced tweaking is similar to Fallout 3, there are a range of notable differences in the way Fallout: New Vegas' in-game settings affect image quality and performance.



    Game Patches

    23 December 2010


  • AlternativA - Update via Steam
  • Arma 2: Private Military Company - 1.01 Patch
  • Arma 2: Operation Arrowhead - 1.57 Patch
  • Blood Bowl: Legendary Edition - Update via Steam
  • Civilization V - Update via Steam
  • Farming Simulator 2011 - 2.1 Patch
  • King's Bounty: Crossworlds - 1.3.1 Patch
  • Starpoint Gemini - 1.004 Patch
  • Super Meat Boy - Update via Steam
  • Team Fortress 2 - Update via Steam
  • Worms Reloaded - Update via Steam


  • Windows Update

    22 December 2010


    Microsoft has released a non-critical update for Windows 7 designed to 'resolve issues'. Full details of the fixes are not available as the relevant KnowledgeBase Article is not yet up. The update can be downloaded in 32-bit and 64-bit versions, or you can wait for it to become available on Windows Update.



    Game Patches

    22 December 2010


  • Emergency 2012 - Update via Steam
  • Pro Evolution Soccer - 1.03 Patch
  • Team Fortress 2 / Counter-Strike: Source / Day of Defeat: Source / HL2 Deathmatch - Update via Steam


  • 3DMark 11 1.01

    21 December 2010


    Futuremark has released a 1.01 Patch for the 3DMark 11 benchmark. The patch contains a range of fixes, adds automatic update notification, and updates the SystemInfo component.



    Game Patches

    21 December 2010


  • Star Ruler - Update via Steam
  • The Polynomial - Update via Steam


  • Game Patches

    19 December 2010


  • Garry's Mod - Update via Steam


  • Game Patches

    18 December 2010


  • Football Manager 2011 - 11.2.1 Patch
  • Gary Grigsby's War in the East - 1.01 Patch
  • Left 4 Dead 2 - Update via Steam
  • Patrician IV - Update via Steam
  • Rush - Update via Steam
  • Star Ruler - Update via Steam
  • Team Fortress 2 / Counter-Strike: Source / Day of Defeat: Source / HL2 Deathmatch - Update via Steam
  • War in the Pacific Admiralís Edition - 1.01.06i Patch


  • AMD Catalyst 10.12a Hotfix

    17 December 2010


    AMD has released the Catalyst 10.12a Hotfix graphics driver for Windows 7. This driver provides support for Radeon HD 6900 series cards and support for 5x1 AMD Eyefinity display configurations.



    Microsoft Security Essentials 2.0.657.0

    17 December 2010


    Microsoft has released a new Version 2.0.657.0 of its free Microsoft Security Essentials (MSE) anti-malware package for Windows XP, Vista and 7. You can update via the link above, or by waiting for the update to become available via Windows Update, or through MSE's built-in updater (Help>Upgrade Microsoft Security Essentials).


    Update: In terms of my recommendations for configuring the new real-time protection options in MSE, for novice to medium-level users, all real-time protection options should be left enabled. Advanced users can make trade-offs between security and performance. The 'scan all downloads' option relates to files downloaded via browser and email, and can be enabled without a major performance impact. The new choices under the 'monitor file and program activity on your computer' appear to allow: either the scanning of files copied to or created on your drive (incoming files), or existing files being read or copied from the drive (outgoing files), or both (all files). In my opinion this option is best left unticked for maximum drive performance, but if left enabled, I recommend setting it to 'monitor only incoming files' to prevent constant scanning of existing files. The 'Enable behavior monitoring' option controls heuristics, which along with the new 'Enable Network Inspection System' option are both designed to catch any malware or vulnerabilities before Microsoft issues an official security patch or MSE definition update. These options have the potential to cause software conflicts, so I personally disable them to ensure optimal stability and performance. Ultimately your choices should be based on a range of factors including: how risky your browsing and file downloading activities are, your level of knowledge, who else uses your machine, which version of Windows you are using (XP is the least secure), and your other Windows security-related settings such as UAC.



    Game Patches

    17 December 2010


  • Arcania: Gothic 4 - 1.1.0 Patch
  • Combat Mission: Shock Force - 1.31 Patch
  • Flight Control HD - Update via Steam
  • Grotesque Tactics - 1.1.5.0 Patch
  • Project of Planets - 1.019 Patch


  • Opera 11.00

    16 December 2010


    The Opera browser has been updated to Version 11.00. This version adds several new features including Bookmarks bar, extensions, updated rendering engine, Search predictions, Tab stacking, and Visual mouse gestures. There are also a range of other improvements and fixes.



    Windows Live Plugins

    16 December 2010


    Microsoft has launched a Windows Live Plug-ins site, with a range of plug-ins to enhance Windows Live Photo Gallery, Movie Maker and Writer. You can also submit new plug-ins here.



    Silverlight 4.0.51204.0

    16 December 2010


    Microsoft has released an update to the Silverlight multimedia plugin, bringing it up to Version 4.0.51204.0. This update fixes two issues.



    iTunes 10.1.1

    16 December 2010


    Apple has released a new Version 10.1.1 of the iTunes software. This version contains several bug fixes.



    Game Patches

    16 December 2010


  • Call of Duty: Black Ops - Update via Steam
  • Civilization V - Update via Steam
  • Clones - Update via Steam
  • Garry's Mod - Update via Steam
  • Nimbus - Update via Steam
  • Zen Bound 2 - Update via Steam


  • Game Patches

    15 December 2010


  • FIFA Manager 2011 - Update 2
  • Galcon Fusion - Update via Steam
  • Killing Floor - Update via Steam
  • Lead & Gold: Gangs of the Wild West - Update via Steam
  • Serious Sam HD: The Second Encounter - Update via Steam


  • Microsoft Security Updates

    15 December 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.



    Chrome 8.0.552.224

    14 December 2010


    Google has released Version 8.0.552.224 of the Chrome browser. This version contains a range of security and bug fixes.



    Game Patches

    14 December 2010


  • Fallout: New Vegas - Update via Steam
  • Guardians of Graxia - Update via Steam
  • Team Fortress 2 - Update via Steam
  • Team Fortress 2 - Update via Steam
  • Zombie Driver - 1.2.5 Patch


  • AMD Catalyst 10.12

    14 December 2010


    AMD has released the official Catalyst 10.12 graphics driver for the HD 2000 series and above. The changes in this WHQL certified driver are not clear as the release notes link is broken. A new Catalyst Control Center user interface is available for these drivers, and is part of the 10.12 Preview driver release.


    Update: The release notes are now available here. The changes include support for DivX on 6800 series cards, OpenGL 4.1 support, AMD Stream 2.3 SDK, as well as a range of bug fixes.



    Game Patches

    13 December 2010


  • Divinity 2: Flames of Vengeance - 1.4.2 Patch
  • PT Boats: Knights of the Sea - 1.4 Patch


  • Game Patches

    11 December 2010


  • Booster Trooper - Update via Steam
  • Global Agenda - Update via Steam
  • Puzzle Dimension - Update via Steam
  • Super Meat Boy - Update via Steam
  • Super Meat Boy - Update via Steam
  • Team Fortress 2 - Update via Steam


  • Firefox 3.6.13

    10 December 2010


    Mozilla has released Version 3.6.13 of the Firefox browser. This version contains several security and stability fixes.



    Game Patches

    10 December 2010


  • Nation Red - Update via Steam
  • Rush - Update via Steam
  • Super Meat Boy - Update via Steam
  • Supreme Commander 2 - Update via Steam
  • Team Fortress 2 - Update via Steam
  • Toki Tori - Update via Steam


  • Call of Duty: Black Ops Tweak Guide

    9 December 2010


    The latest in a series of guides I am writing for Nvidia is the Call of Duty: Black Ops Tweak Guide, now available over at GeForce.com. The good news is that COD:BO is more tweakable than Battlefield: Bad Company 2, so this guide has several more advanced tweaks for you to try compared to the previous guide. Two more guides which have already been completed will also be available soon.



    Game Patches

    9 December 2010


  • Mount & Blade: Warband - Update via Steam
  • Super Meat Boy - Update via Steam
  • World of Warcraft - 4.0.3.13287 Patch
  • Zombie Driver - Update via Steam


  • QuickTime 7.6.9

    9 December 2010


    Apple has released a new Version 7.6.9 of the QuickTime media player. This version has security fixes.



    Nvidia Forceware 263.09

    8 December 2010


    Nvidia has re-released the Official Forceware 263.09 WHQL certified driver for Windows XP, Vista and 7. This driver is only for the new GTX 570 and GTX 580 cards. In all other respects it is identical to the previously released 263.09 driver. The driver package also contains the 9.10.0514 PhysX drivers.



    3DMark 11

    8 December 2010


    Futuremark has released the latest version of the graphics benchmarking program 3DMark 11. This benchmark runs only under DirectX 11 on Windows Vista or 7, and requires a DirectX 11-capable graphics card. The free Basic Edition runs all the tests but is limited to 1280x720 'performance' mode and has no scope for user customization; these require the purchase of the Advanced Edition.


    Update: For those without a DX 11 GPU or Windows Vista/7, I've uploaded a YouTube Video showing a full run through the Basic Edition. My detailed 3DMark 11 results at stock clocks, High Quality mode in Nvidia CP can be seen here.



    Game Patches

    8 December 2010


  • Bullet Candy - Update via Steam
  • Pound of Ground - Update via Steam
  • Super Laser Racer - Update via Steam
  • Team Fortress 2 - Update via Steam
  • The Settlers 7 - Update via Steam


  • Winamp 5.601

    8 December 2010


    The free Winamp media player has been updated to Version 5.601. Changes include a range of fixes.



    Game Patches

    7 December 2010


  • Arcadia - Update via Steam
  • Doc Clock: The Toasted Sandwich of Time - Update via Steam
  • Poker Night at the Inventory - Update via Steam
  • Rush - Update via Steam
  • Soul of the Ultimate Nation - 1.004 Patch
  • Super Meat Boy - Update via Steam


  • Game Patches

    5 December 2010


  • Divinity 2: Flames of Vengeance - Hotfix
  • Divinity 2: The Dragon Knight Saga - 1.4.2 Patch
  • Nail'd - Patch 1


  • GPU-Z 0.4.9

    4 December 2010


    GPU-Z, a free graphics card information utility, has reached Version 0.4.9. Changes include support for new chipsets as well as a range of bug fixes.



    FRAPS 3.2.5

    4 December 2010


    A new Version 3.2.5 of the FPS measurement, benchmarking and video capture utility FRAPS has been released. This version fixes two bugs affecting half-size mode and key duplication.



    Realtek HD Audio 2.55

    4 December 2010


    Realtek has released Version 2.55 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'.



    Winamp 5.60

    4 December 2010


    The free Winamp media player has been updated to Version 5.60 Build 3085. Changes include two bug fixes.



    WinZip 15

    4 December 2010


    The archival utility WinZip has been upgraded to Version 15 Build 9334.



    Game Patches

    4 December 2010


  • Global Agenda - Update via Steam
  • Left 4 Dead 2 - Update via Steam
  • Left 4 Dead 2 - Update via Steam
  • PT Boats: Knights of the Sea - 1.3 Patch
  • Super Meat Boy - Update via Steam
  • Team Fortress 2 - Update via Steam
  • The Sims 3: Late Night - 6.1.11 Patch


  • Sandra 2011

    4 December 2010


    SiSoftware has released a new 2011 Build 17.25 of the free system information utility Sandra.



    Game Patches

    3 December 2010


  • Super Meat Boy - Update via Steam
  • Team Fortress 2 - Update via Steam
  • The Sims 3 - 1.18.9 Patch
  • The Sims 3: Ambitions - 4.6.6 Patch
  • The Sims 3: Fast Lane Stuff - 5.4.4 Patch
  • The Sims 3: High End Loft Stuff - 3.9.6 Patch
  • The Sims 3: World Adventures - 2.13.6 Patch


  • Chrome 8.0.552.215

    3 December 2010


    Google has released Version 8.0.552.215 of the Chrome browser. This version adds a built-in PDF viewer secured by sandbox, as well as a range of security and bug fixes.



    Windows Live Update

    3 December 2010


    Microsoft has released a Quick Fix Engineering (QFE) update for the Windows Live suite of applications, containing a range of bug fixes. To apply this update you must rerun the latest Live Installer, or wait for it to become available via Windows Update.



    Game Patches

    2 December 2010


  • Alpha Protocol - 1.10 Patch
  • Anno 1404 - 1.3 Patch
  • Anno 1404: Venice - 2.1 Patch
  • ProtoGalaxy - Update via Steam
  • Super Meat Boy - Update via Steam


  • DirectX Update

    1 December 2010


    Microsoft has released the DirectX November Update for all versions of Windows.



    Game Patches

    1 December 2010


  • ArmA 2: British Armed Forces - Update via Steam
  • ArmA 2: Operation Arrowhead - 1.56 Patch
  • Battlefield: Bad Company 2 - 602574 Patch
  • CrimeCraft: Bleedout - Update via Steam
  • Gratuitous Space Battles - Update via Steam
  • Puzzle Agent - Update via Steam
  • World Supremacy - 1.01 Patch


  • Winamp 5.60

    1 December 2010


    The free Winamp media player has been updated to Version 5.60. Changes include Android Wi-Fi support, direct mouse wheel support, along with a range of fixes and improvements.



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