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February 2009



AMD Overdrive 2.1.6

28 February 2009


AMD has released Version 2.1.6 of its Overdrive utility for AMD chipset motherboards. It allows users to tune various system performance, stability and cooling parameters.



CCleaner 2.17.853

28 February 2009


A new Version 2.17.853 of the free CCleaner system cleaning utility has been released. This version adds wiping of disk free space, improves Apple Safari cleaning, and has a range of minor interface and engine tweaks.



Winamp 5.55

27 February 2009


The free Winamp media player has been updated to Version 5.55 Build 2504. Changes include a range of fixes and improvements.



RivaTuner 2.24

27 February 2009


Unwinder has released RivaTuner 2.24. The latest version has some bug fixes and adds support for the latest drivers, as well as updating the D3DOverrider utility, and a range of other improvements and bug fixes.



Realtek HD Audio 2.17

27 February 2009


Realtek has released Version 2.17 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

27 February 2009


  • Conquer Online - 5102 Patch
  • Eudemons Online - 1171 Patch
  • Football Manager 2009 - 9.3.0 Patch
  • Project Aftermath - 1.13 Patch
  • Team Fortress 2 - Update via Steam
  • Zero Online - 2837 Patch


  • PerfectDisk 10

    26 February 2009


    Raxco has released Build 100 of the PerfectDisk 10 defragmentation utility.



    Game Patches

    26 February 2009


  • Audiosurf - Update via Steam
  • Il-2 Sturmovik: 1946 - 409b1m Patch
  • Phoenix Dynasty Online - 7324 Patch
  • Scratches: Director's Cut - Patch 1
  • Tank Universal - Update via Steam


  • Flash Player 10.0.22.87

    25 February 2009


    Adobe has released Version 10.0.22.87 of the Flash Player plugin for browsers.



    Game Patches

    25 February 2009


  • Team Fortress 2 - Update via Steam
  • WWII Online: Battleground Europe - 1.29.3 Patch


  • Auzentech X-Fi Drivers

    24 February 2009


    Auzentech has released Version 1.0 audio drivers for the X-Fi Forte and Version 1.1 for the X-Fi Prelude sound cards.



    Windows Updates

    24 February 2009


    Microsoft has released a range of non-critical updates for Windows XP, Vista and Windows 7. You can view them here, or wait for them to show up on Windows Update.



    Game Patches

    24 February 2009


  • 5Street - 0.17 Patch
  • Galactic Command Echo Squad SE - 2.11.07 Patch
  • Universal Combat Collectors' Edition - 1.01.04 Patch
  • Zu Online - 1.9.02 Patch


  • SoundBlaster USB Beta 1.01.0091

    21 February 2009


    Creative has released a Beta 1.01.0091 driver specifically designed for USB-based SoundBlaster audio cards under Windows XP, Vista and Windows 7 Beta.



    ATI Catalyst 9.2

    21 February 2009


    ATI has released the Catalyst 9.2 graphics drivers. This version improves performance in some CPU-limited situations, such as Crysis & Crysis Warhead DX10 mode and World in Conflict. There are also a range of bug fixes. Note that there also appears to be an updated 9.2 Hotfix for ATI HD3000 and HD2000 series AGP-based cards.



    Game Patches

    21 February 2009


  • Atlantica Online - 704 Patch
  • Audiosurf - Update via Steam
  • Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3 - 1.07 Patch
  • Galactic Command Echo Squad SE - 2.11.06 Patch
  • Orange Box Engine - Update via Steam
  • Universal Combat Collectors' Edition - 1.01.03 Patch
  • World War One La Grande Guerre - 1.0.6a Patch


  • GPU-Z 0.3.2

    20 February 2009


    GPU-Z, a free graphics card information utility, has reached Version 0.3.2. The changes include a range of fixes, support for new drivers and chipsets, and a new feature to allow the choice of displaying either the current, lowest, highest or average readings on each sensor.



    Crysis Warhead 1.1 Hotfix

    19 February 2009


    Crytek has released a 1.1 Hotfix patch for Crysis Warhead. This patch contains all the fixes from the previous 1.1 patch, but also contains several new miscellaneous bug fixes, including a fix for resolution changes in Vista. The Crysis Warhead Tweak Guide has been updated but there are no significant changes.



    Realtek HD Audio 2.16

    19 February 2009


    Realtek has released Version 2.16 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

    19 February 2009


  • Conquer Online - 5100 Patch
  • Eudemons Online - 1169 Patch
  • Galactic Command Echo Squad SE - 2.11.05 Patch
  • Massive Assault Network 2 - 2.0.255 Patch
  • Penumbra: Black Plague - 1.0.1 Patch
  • Pro Evolution Soccer 2009 - 1.30 Patch
  • Shadow of Legend 2.5D - 0.9.22.0 Patch
  • Team Fortress 2 - Update via Steam
  • Universal Combat Collectors Edition - 1.01.02 Patch
  • World of Goo - 1.30 Patch
  • Zero Online - 2836 Patch


  • Nvidia Forceware 182.06

    19 February 2009


    Nvidia has released the Official Forceware 182.06 driver for Windows XP and Vista. These WHQL certified drivers are for the GeForce 6, 7, 8, 9 and 200 series, and are designed specifically for use with F.E.A.R. 2: Project Origin. However they also have performance improvements in other games including Fallout 3, Half Life 2, Left 4 Dead and GRID vs. the 181.22 WHQL drivers. The package includes the 9.09.0203 PhysX drivers. Note that this driver appears identical to the earlier 182.05 Beta, with the exception of a single bug fix for the GeForce 9 and 8 series under Windows 32-bit.



    Game Patches

    18 February 2009


  • Orange Box Engine - Update via Steam
  • Saint's Row 2 - Update via Steam


  • SoundBlaster X-Fi Extreme Audio Beta 1.04.0000

    18 February 2009


    Creative has released a Beta 1.04.0000 driver specifically designed to provide support for the X-Fi Xtreme Audio series under Windows 7 Beta.



    Game Patches

    17 February 2009


  • Day of Defeat: Source - Update via Steam
  • Depths of Peril - 1.014 Patch
  • Team Fortress 2 - Update via Steam
  • The Guild 2 - Venice - 3.5 Patch


  • RivaTuner 2.23

    17 February 2009


    Unwinder has released RivaTuner 2.23. The latest version has some bug fixes and adds support for the latest drivers, as well as updating the D3DOverrider utility, improving hardware monitoring, and a range of other improvements.



    Safari 3.2.2

    16 February 2009


    Apple has updated the Safari browser to Version 3.2.2 for Windows. The latest version fixes security exploits and has stability improvements.



    Windows Live

    15 February 2009


    Microsoft has released a range of updated components in the Windows Live suite of products, including new versions of Windows Live Mail and Windows Live Photo Gallery.



    CPU-Z 1.50

    14 February 2009


    A new Version 1.50 of the CPU-Z information utility has been released. This version includes support for new CPUs and chipsets, and has some bug fixes.



    Hardware Confusion 2009

    14 February 2009


    I've finally prepared the Hardware Confusion 2009 article, detailing one man's journey through the PC hardware selection, purchasing and building process. It's lengthy, and a tad self-indulgent at times, but within lies what I hope to be not only some useful information for those who wish to build a Core i7 system, but also a range of interesting facts and issues to consider for virtually anyone thinking about upgrading their system in the near future.



    Game Patches

    14 February 2009


  • 5Street - 0.16 Patch
  • Armed Assault - 1.15 Patch
  • FIFA Manager 2009 - Patch 3
  • Gothic 3 - Forsaken Gods - 1.08.9 Patch
  • Supreme Ruler 2020 - 5.5.8 Patch
  • Supreme Ruler 2020: Global Crisis - 6.5.8 Patch


  • Game Patches

    13 February 2009


  • Garry's Mod - Update via Steam
  • Kivi's Underworld - 1.002 Patch


  • EVGA SLI Enhancement Patch

    13 February 2009


    EVGA has released an SLI Enhancement Patch which updates the SLI profiles in the latest Forceware drivers to include SLI support for Burnout Paradise and Necrovision. EVGA plans to release new SLI updates as games are released.



    Game Patches

    12 February 2009


  • Race 07 - Update via Steam


  • Nvidia Beta Forceware 179.48

    12 February 2009


    Nvidia has released the Beta Forceware 179.48 driver for Windows XP and Vista. These drivers are only for notebook graphics cards, specifically the GeForce Go-7, GeForce 8M and GeForce 9M series. The package also includes the 9.09.0010 PhysX drivers.



    Microsoft Security Updates

    11 February 2009


    Microsoft has released its monthly set of Windows security updates which you can get through Windows Update, or if not there by viewing and downloading them individually from here.



    Realtek HD Audio 2.15

    11 February 2009


    Realtek has released Version 2.15 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

    11 February 2009


  • Audiosurf - Update via Steam
  • Need for Speed Undercover - 1.0.1.17 Patch
  • World of Warcraft - 3.0.9 Patch


  • Nvidia Beta Forceware 182.05

    11 February 2009


    Nvidia has released the Beta Forceware 182.05 driver for Windows XP and Vista. These drivers are for the GeForce 6, 7, 8, 9 and 200 series, and are designed specifically for use with F.E.A.R. 2: Project Origin. However they also have performance improvements in other games including Fallout 3, Half Life 2, Left 4 Dead and GRID vs. the 181.22 WHQL drivers. The package includes the 9.09.0203 PhysX drivers which are also available separately below.



    Nvidia PhysX 9.09.0203

    11 February 2009


    Nvidia has released the 9.09.0203 PhysX drivers for both Ageia PhysX hardware and Nvidia PhysX-capable GPUs.



    Game Patches

    10 February 2009


  • Conquer Online - 5098 Patch
  • Eudemons Online - 1167 Patch
  • Mayhem Intergalactic - Update via Steam


  • Game Patches

    9 February 2009


  • Gears of War - Patch 3


  • Site Update

    8 February 2009


    A quick update to confirm that the Hardware Confusion 2009 article I mentioned previously will go up in a few days' time. Problems with getting a replacement graphics card for my new system are the cause of the delay in finalizing the article.



    Windows Updates

    7 February 2009


    Microsoft has released an update for Windows XP to resolve 0x0000008e Stop errors after installing a recent security update. It's available for 32-bit and 64-bit versions of XP.



    ATI Catalyst Hotfix

    7 February 2009


    ATI has released a Hotfix driver which resolves problems for HD3000 and HD2000 series cards using the AGP interface under Windows XP and Vista.



    AutoRuns 9.39

    7 February 2009


    Microsoft has released AutoRuns 9.39, updating this free startup software identification utility. This version fixes some minor bugs and adds a new Windows 7 location.



    Process Explorer 11.33

    7 February 2009


    Microsoft has released Version 11.33 of the free Process Explorer utility which is a more detailed version of Task Manager. The changes include a bug fix.



    Game Patches

    7 February 2009


  • Call of Duty: World at War -1.2 Patch
  • Strategic Command WWII Pacific Theater - 1.01 Patch
  • WWII General Commander - Operation: Watch on the Rhine - 1.1 Patch


  • Chrome 1.0.154.48

    6 February 2009


    Google has released a final Version 1.0.154.48 of the Chrome browser.



    Game Patches

    5 February 2009


  • Audiosurf - Update via Steam
  • Eudemons Online - 1165 Patch
  • Strategic Command 2: Patton Drives East - 1.02 Patch
  • Strategic Command 2: Weapons and Warfare - 1.06 Patch


  • Firefox 3.0.6

    4 February 2009


    Mozilla has released an update for the Firefox browser, bringing it up to Version 3.0.6. This update has stability and security fixes, improves the way scripted commands work with plugins, fixes some display issues, and removes the client ID from crash reports.



    Windows 7

    4 February 2009


    Microsoft has revealed the different editions in which Windows 7 will ship. These are: Windows 7 Starter; Windows 7 Home Premium; Windows 7 Professional; Windows 7 Enterprise; and Windows 7 Ultimate. The Starter package is a stripped down version only recommended for things like netbooks, the Home Premium and Professional packages will be the mainstream consumer products, while Enterprise and Ultimate are the same, with the former a business product and the latter for consumers.



    Game Patches

    4 February 2009


  • Burnout Paradise: The Ultimate Box - 1.0.0.1 Patch
  • Hinterland - Update via Steam
  • Steam Client - Update via Steam
  • Stronghold Crusader Extreme - 1.2.1 Patch


  • Game Patches

    3 February 2009


  • Steam Community - Update via Steam
  • Team Fortress 2 - Update via Steam


  • Java Runtime Environment 6.12

    3 February 2009


    Sun has released an Update 12 to the Java Runtime Environment 6.



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