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January 2011



Realtek HD Audio 2.57

29 January 2011


Realtek has released Version 2.57 of its HD Audio drivers. If you have problems with the link, click the 'High Definition Audio Codecs' link at the top of the page then select 'Software'.



Game Patches

29 January 2011


  • Left 4 Dead 2 - Update via Steam
  • Magicka - Update via Steam
  • Swarm Arena - Update via Steam


  • iTunes 10.1.2

    28 January 2011


    Apple has released a new Version 10.1.2 of the iTunes software. This version adds support for syncing with the upcoming CDMA iPhone 4, as well as a range of stability and performance improvements.



    Game Patches

    28 January 2011


  • Magicka - Update via Steam
  • Team Fortress 2 / Counter-Strike: Source / Day of Defeat: Source / HL2 Deathmatch - Update via Steam


  • Opera 11.01

    28 January 2011


    The Opera browser has been updated to Version 11.01. This version adds security fixes and stability improvements, along with some mouse gesture tweaking.



    Game Patches

    27 January 2011


  • Magicka - Update via Steam
  • Monday Night Combat - Update via Steam


  • AMD Catalyst 11.1a Hotfix

    27 January 2011


    AMD has released the Catalyst 11.1a Hotfix graphics driver for Windows 7. This driver provides performance improvements for Radeon HD 6900 and HD 6800 series cards, adds new Tessellation controls, and has Catalyst AI Texture Filtering updates.



    AMD Catalyst 11.1

    27 January 2011


    AMD has released the official Catalyst 11.1 graphics driver for the HD 2000 series and above. The changes in this WHQL certified driver include performance improvements in F1 2010 and Left 4 Dead 2, as well as a range of bug fixes.



    Nvidia Forceware 266.66

    26 January 2011


    Nvidia has released the 266.66 WHQL certified driver for Windows XP, Vista and 7. This driver is only for the new GeForce GTX 560 Ti card. The driver package also contains the 9.10.0514 PhysX drivers.



    GPU-Z 0.5.1

    26 January 2011


    GPU-Z, a free graphics card information utility, has reached Version 0.5.1. Changes include support for new chipsets as well as several bug fixes.



    CCleaner 3.03.1366

    26 January 2011


    A new Version 3.03.1366 of the free CCleaner system cleaning utility has been released. This update adds support for K-Meleon, Rockmelt and Chrome Plus, improves Chrome, Safari, Opera, Firefox, Silverlight and Adobe Reader support, as well as other minor improvements and bug fixes.



    Game Patches

    26 January 2011


  • Call of Duty: Black Ops - Update via Steam
  • Magicka - Update via Steam
  • Mark Leung: Revenge of the Bitch - 1.2 Patch
  • Star Ruler - Update via Steam


  • Game Patches

    25 January 2011


  • Monday Night Combat - Update via Steam
  • Team Fortress 2 / Counter-Strike: Source / Day of Defeat: Source / HL2 Deathmatch - Update via Steam
  • Two Worlds II - 1.1.2 Patch


  • VLC Media Player 1.1.6

    24 January 2011


    The free VLC Media Player has been updated to Version 1.1.6. This version adds some minor features, along with a range of bug and security fixes.



    Game Patches

    22 January 2011


  • Combat Arms - 5.5 Patch
  • Rush - Update via Steam


  • Game Patches

    21 January 2011


  • Call of Duty: Black Ops - Update via Steam
  • Tidalis - 1.016 Patch


  • Foxit Reader 4.3

    21 January 2011


    The free Foxit PDF Reader has been updated to Version 4.3.1.0118. This version adds the ability to view PDFs embedded in HTML.



    FRAPS 3.2.7

    20 January 2011


    A new Version 3.2.7 of the FPS measurement, benchmarking and video capture utility FRAPS has been released. This version fixes large pauses between split AVI segments, fixes stuttering when using loop recording, and has other bug fixes.



    Windows Update

    20 January 2011


    Microsoft has released a non-critical Update for Windows 7 which is a prerequisite for installing a Service Pack. This update was originally released on 11 January, but it appears to have been updated. In any case it is a good opportunity to ensure that you install this update if you haven't already, to allow smooth installation of the final release of Windows 7 SP1 when officially available.



    Game Patches

    20 January 2011


  • Age of Conan - 2.1.2 Patch
  • Dominions 3: The Awakening - 3.26 Patch
  • Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit - Patch 2
  • Team Fortress 2 - Update via Steam
  • World Supremacy - 1.06 Patch


  • Nvidia Forceware 266.58

    19 January 2011


    Nvidia has released the 266.58 WHQL certified driver for Windows XP, Vista and 7. This driver is for GeForce 6 and higher desktop cards. It improves performance for the GeForce 400 and 500 series in several games, adds Ambient Occlusion support for StarCraft 2, has a range of 3D Vision, Surround and SLI improvements, and contains bug fixes. The driver package also contains the 9.10.0514 PhysX drivers.



    Process Monitor 2.94

    19 January 2011


    Microsoft has updated the free Process Monitor system monitoring utility to Version 2.94. This version adds names for additional file system control codes, error values, and adds a copy-to-clipboard entry to the item context-menu.



    Game Patches

    18 January 2011


  • Decisive Campaigns: The Blitzkrieg from Warsaw to Paris - 1.04d Patch
  • Star Ruler - Update via Steam


  • Windows 7 SP1

    16 January 2011


    As rumors and leaked copies of the soon-to-be-released Windows 7 Service Pack 1 (SP1) circulate the Internet, trusted journalist Paul Thurrott has posted this Quick Look at SP1. In short, Windows 7 SP1 brings nothing substantially new or exciting. I strongly recommend avoiding the temptation to install a leaked version of SP1, it's risky and you have little to gain from doing so. Wait for the official release which shouldn't be too long.



    Game Patches

    15 January 2011


  • Arx Fatalis - Update via Steam
  • Left 4 Dead 2 - Update via Steam
  • Rush - Update via Steam


  • Chrome 8.0.552.237

    14 January 2011


    Google has released Version 8.0.552.237 of the Chrome browser. This version contains a range of security and bug fixes.



    Game Patches

    14 January 2011


  • Blue Toad Murder Files - Update via Steam
  • Distant Worlds: Return of the Shakturi - 1.501 Patch
  • Majesty 2: The Fantasy Kingdom Sim - 1.5.355 Patch
  • The Polynomial - Update via Steam


  • Game Patches

    13 January 2011


  • Gary Grigsby's War in the East: The German-Soviet War 1941-1945 - 1.02 Patch


  • Game Patches

    12 January 2011


  • Starcraft II - 1.20 Patch


  • Microsoft Security Updates

    12 January 2011


    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

    11 January 2011


  • Farming Simulator 2011 - Update via Steam
  • Steam Client - Update via Steam
  • Team Fortress 2 - Update via Steam


  • Game Patches

    8 January 2011


  • Team Fortress 2 / Counter-Strike: Source / Day of Defeat: Source / HL2 Deathmatch - Update via Steam


  • Game Patches

    7 January 2011


  • Rush - Update via Steam
  • Ship Sim Extremes - Update via Steam
  • Swarm Arena - Update via Steam


  • Intel Chipset Software Installation Utility 9.2.0.1021

    6 January 2011


    Intel has released Version 9.2.0.1021 of the Chipset Software Installation Utility, the main motherboard driver for Intel chipset-based motherboards.



    Game Patches

    6 January 2011


  • Zombie Driver - 1.2.6 Patch


  • Realtek HD Audio 2.56

    5 January 2011


    Realtek has released Version 2.56 of its HD Audio drivers. If you have problems with the link, click the 'High Definition Audio Codecs' link at the top of the page then select 'Software'.



    Nvidia Beta Forceware 266.35

    4 January 2011


    Nvidia has released the Beta 266.35 graphics driver for Windows XP, Vista and 7. This driver is for GeForce 6 and higher desktop cards. It improves performance for the GeForce 400 and 500 series in several games, adds Ambient Occlusion support for StarCraft 2, has a range of 3D Vision, Surround and SLI improvements, and contains bug fixes. The driver package also contains the 9.10.0514 PhysX drivers.



    Game Patches

    4 January 2011


  • Team Fortress 2 - Update via Steam


  • Steam Hardware Survey

    4 January 2011


    The Steam Hardware Survey provides an interesting snapshot of the types of hardware, and now software, which is commonly installed in PC gaming systems. The December 2010 Results are now available.



    Site Update

    2 January 2011


    Having recently finished Fallout: New Vegas after almost 100 hours of satisfying gameplay, and while dabbling in some Battlefield: Bad Company 2 multiplayer and waiting for the next episode of Back to the Future: The Game, I decided to try something different again. I bought the new Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit after reading a range of reviews. It's a fun arcade-type racing game with sufficient gameplay variety and a decent multiplayer component, combined with great visuals. To give you a taste, I've uploaded a YouTube Video of some basic gameplay at maximum graphics.



    Sandra 2011

    1 January 2011


    SiSoftware has released a new 2011 Build 17.30 of the free system information utility Sandra.



    Game Patches

    1 January 2011


  • Arcadia - Update via Steam
  • Left 4 Dead 2 - Update via Steam


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