Windows Updates

24 August 2019


Microsoft has issued a new Article which specifies that installing the 26 July Update for Windows 10 version 1903 (KB4505903) on a system with an internal speaker can result in connection and/or audio quality problems when using a Bluetooth speaker.



Driver Security Vulnerabilities List

23 August 2019


As reported last week, Eclypsium, a firm specialising in mitigating driver and firmware security issues, has discovered serious security vulnerabilities in more than 40 drivers, from at least 20 vendors. The list of drivers and firmware is now publicly available on Eclypsium's GitHub in the Known Files.xlsx file.



AMD Radeon Software Adrenalin Edition 19.8.1 WHQL

23 August 2019


AMD has released a WHQL version of the Adrenalin Edition 19.8.1 driver for the HD 7700, HD 8500 series and above on Windows 7 and 10. This driver is exactly the same as the previously released 19.8.1 driver, but is now WHQL certified.



Steam Security Vulnerability

23 August 2019


Yet another potentially serious Security Vulnerability has been revealed, this time in Valve's Steam game platform for Windows. A dispute between Valve and a security researcher has seen him publish details of it on his site. The result is that an issue that has been identified as a possible vector for exploits in Steam since 2015 is now more widely known. Valve has not responded yet.


Update: Valve has released an Update for the Steam Beta Client that addresses this security issue. The security researcher who identified it has said he will test it when the mainstream client is updated.



VLC Media Player 3.0.8

21 August 2019


The free VLC Media Player has been updated to Version 3.0.8. This update improves network buffering, contains a range of fixes for audio and video playback issues, and addresses several security vulnerabilities, including those identified in July which received a great deal of publicity.


Update: I've written an Editorial on the Site Updates & Editorials page which takes a look at the VLC Security Debacle.



Nvidia GeForce 436.02 WHQL

21 August 2019


Nvidia has released the 436.02 WHQL certified graphics driver. This driver is for GeForce 600 and higher graphics cards under Windows 7, 8 and 10. It is the recommended driver for Apex Legends, Battlefield V, Forza Horizon 4, Strange Brigade, and World War Z. It also adds beta support for GPU Integer Scaling, Ultra-Low Latency Mode, the new Freestyle Sharpen Filter, as well as new G-Sync compatible monitors.


Update: Nvidia has temporarily pulled the drivers, citing an issue with forced installation of GeForce Experience.


Update 2: If you can't wait for them to become available on GeForce.com, the updated drivers can now be downloaded directly from the Nvidia driver page.



CCleaner 5.61

21 August 2019


A new Version 5.61.7392 of the free CCleaner system cleaning utility has been released. This update adds cleaning for Windows 10 clipboard history, as well as improved translations and stability improvements.



AMD Chipset Driver 1.8.19

20 August 2019


AMD has released Version 1.8.19.0915 of its drivers for use on AMD chipset-based motherboards. The main change in this driver is an updated Ryzen Power Plan version 5.0.0.0.



AMD Storage Driver 9.2.0

20 August 2019


AMD has released Version 9.2.0.127 of its storage driver for optimizing RAID configurations on AMD chipsets. The package has been updated, however the version number is the same as the previous release, and a changelog is not provided.



Intel Wireless Drivers 21.30

19 August 2019


Intel has released new drivers for its wireless adapters, which are included in a range of products. The latest drivers include Wi-Fi Drivers Version 21.30.3 and Bluetooth Drivers Version 21.30.0.



Windows Updates

19 August 2019


Microsoft has acknowledged in the Known Issues section of the Windows updates released last week that they may result in an "Invalid Procedure Call" error with any programs reliant on VB6, VBA and VBScript. These updates are now being quietly re-released by Microsoft. Check for Updates in Windows Update, or download them manually from the Microsoft Update Catalog by searching for the relevant KB number then looking for the one dated 16 or 17 August or newer.



Site Update

17 August 2019


Yes, another site update! This time, it's to announce a change to the site: Site Updates are moving off the front page. See the new Site Updates & Editorials page for more details, as well as the results of all of the website layout shenanigans, and more. *Updated 18 August.



Site Update

15 August 2019


A question I was asked this morning made me think: given the site is now ostensibly tracker free, can we do away with the external links to the free open-source Google font library that I (and most other websites) use? Even though they're not really able to be used as a tracker, I suppose the only way to be sure is to get rid of them. So here's what I've done as an experiment - I've changed the CSS style sheet to use the built-in font style, size, and weight that I consider most closely matches Google's Open Sans font previously used here. That is, Segoe UI for Windows systems, Helvetica Neue for Apple systems/devices, and Noto Sans for Google/Android devices, and failing that, Helvetica for all other systems. To properly see this change, press CTRL+F5 on desktop browsers, and clear your cache/history on mobile devices then reload the site. For easy reference, here's a direct screenshot comparison of what the front page looks like using the previous Google Fonts vs. the new System Fonts in Firefox on my Windows PC. To my eyes, the body text is pretty close, but the headings are thicker than I'd like. I tried various changes in line weight and font size, and this was the best I could get. Note that for now, the site pages still link to Google fonts but don't use them; I'll remove those links from all pages if we go final with this change. In short, the benefits of using system fonts are the site won't be intimately linked to potentially exploitable/trackable external sources, and pages will also load even faster; the negatives are that some people will prefer the look of the Google fonts, and the fact that they give the site the same look across all systems/devices. What do you think?


Update: Only a few responses, and the vote seems mixed. I personally favor dropping all links to Google just to be safe, and using built-in fonts. May not be the prettiest thing you see on the web but I think it does the job of getting information across in a clean layout. If you have strong feelings either way, or see any issues on your device/PC, let me know, otherwise I'll make the change permanent in the next 24 hours.


Update 2: Thanks for the response, your feedback is really helping guys! I'm still fiddling, trying to tidy up a lot of flaws due to (my) messy, badly coded HTML and CSS. I think I've fixed the more noticeable margin, alignment, and random white space issues. Now, what do you think of this change to the header and main menu: alternative front page 1 I believe it should look better for narrow-screen mobile devices. A more noticeable change is shown on alternative front page 2, which provides maximum text space on the page by removing the UPDATES heading and shifting the EuroVPS logo to the header.



Firefox 68.0.2

15 August 2019


Mozilla has released Version 68.0.2 of the Firefox browser. This update provides security and bug fixes.



Intel Rapid Storage Technology 17.5

14 August 2019


Intel has released Version 17.5.2.1024 of the Rapid Storage Technology driver for optimal RAID and AHCI drive performance on Intel chipset-based motherboards.




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