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ATi Releases Catalyst 10.1 for All Operating Systems!

ATI has released Cataylst 10.1 for all Operating Systems. Here’s links for your operating system as well as highlights from the releases notes 😀

Windows 7 x86 (x64)
Windows Vista x86 (x64)
Windows XP x86 (x64)

Performance Improvements

The following performance gains are noticed with this release of ATI Catalyst 10.1:

  • Left 4 Dead 2; Overall performance improves as much as 3% on ATI Radeon™
    HD 5700 series products and ATI Radeon™ HD 5800 series products

  • Crysis; Performance improves as much as 3% on ATI Radeon™ HD 5700 series
    products and as much as 4% on ATI Radeon™ HD 5800 series products

Resolved Issues for All Windows Operating Systems

This section provides information on resolved issues in this release of the ATI Catalyst™
Software Suite for Windows. These include:

  • Confirmation dialog box will now appear while extending the display through ATI
    Catalyst™ Control Center

  • “Enable Manual Fan Control” check box will now be checked when utilizing external
    tools to apply fan speed

  • [ATI Catalyst™ Control Center] The display order will now reflect changes properly
    when Eyefinity is re-arranged while desktop is rotated to portrait mode

  • Hot unplugging one of the displays in an Eyefinity configuration no longer causes
    rotation modes to disappear from ATI Catalyst™ Control Center


Resolved Issues for the Windows 7 Operating System


This section provides information on resolved issues in this release of the ATI Catalyst™
Software Suite for Windows 7. These include:

  • [ATI Catalyst™ Control Center] Enabling LCD Overdrive will no longer cause
    mouse cursor to magnify when moved overtop of the “Calibration Preview”

  • DisplayPort™ “Lower Setting Applied” and “Link Failure” messages will no longer
    appear after driver installation and reboot with DP displays connected to the mini DP
    port

  • Firefox now works properly and video no longer drop frames when playing Youtube
    clips with Adobe Flash Player 10

  • CrossFire™ logo now appears properly in CFX enabled applications like “3DMark
    Vantage” or “Call of Juarez”

  • [ATI Catalyst™ Control Center] Newly added custom modes will now appear
    properly in desktop area tree view

  • Confirmation dialogue window will now appear when setting up Eyefinity mode
  • 120 Hz is no longer missing from display modes for specific digital displays
  • Specific configurations will no longer cause Ubisoft “Wheelman” to stop responding
    during gameplay

  • Loss of HDMI signal may no longer occurs when viewing Blu-ray content, and rescanning
    for the HDMI signal no longer cause the entire screen to shift and display a
    green border

  • Overscan/underscan issue no longer occurs when setting displays to HDTV modes
  • Performance drop no longer observed during some scenes of Resident Evil 5
    cinematics

  • Blocky grass and trees no longer visible in Unigine “Heaven” in OpenGL mode

Resolved Issues for the Windows Vista Operating System

This section provides information on resolved issues in this release of the ATI Catalyst™
Software Suite for Windows Vista. These include:

  • Changing basic color settings will now reflect properly during playback with Adobe
    Flash Player using Internet Explorer or Firefox

  • The right side of HD progressive playback screen will no longer freeze while
    enabling split screen mode and dynamic contrast

  • Green horizontal line no longer visible at the top of the playback window when
    viewing SD HQV content with desktop resolution set to 25×16
 

New World of Warcraft Cataclysm Info

Here is some information i gleaned from the WorldofWarcraft.com Forums, as stated by Blizzard Community MVP Frejya

1. General Information
a. Miscellaneous

– Level Cap raised to 85
– New Race/Class combinations: Blood Elf (Warrior), Dwarf (Shaman, Mage), Gnome (Priest), Humans (Hunter), Night Elf (Mage), Orc (Mage), Tauren (Paladin, Priest), Troll (Druid), Undead (Hunter)
– Two new races – Goblins and Worgen (see below)
– Path of the Titans and Mastery (see below)
– No new talents (we will be able to spend our 5 new talent points in the existing trees, they just will not be extended)
– No new classes
– Deathwing is the main threat this time around (http://www.wowwiki.com/Deathwing)

b. Mounts
– Flying Mounts: now usable in the newly revamped Old World; Unknown at this time: if in all areas, if at all levels, if there will be an ‘unlocking’ requirement similar to Wrath
– Underwater Mounts are coming!
– Possibility of multi-passenger flying mounts!

2. New Races
a. Worgen

– Worgen, the new Alliance race, will have their own district in Stormwind. They have a worgen form and a human (cosmetic) form; when in combat the worgen will always shift to the worgen form.
– Worgen will have access to all classes except paladin and shaman.
– Racials: Darkflight: allows the worgen to temporarily increase their movement speed by 70%, and can be used every three minutes; Aberration: reduced duration from the effects of curses and disease; Flayer: bonus to skinning, as well as the ability to skin faster and not use a skinning knife; Viciousness: 1% bonus to damage
– Mount: http://www.wowwiki.com/File:Worgen_mount.jpg (pig/bear looking thing)
– Starting Zone: Gilneas

b. Goblins
– Goblins, the new Horde race, will have a city (not confirmed to be a capital)in the revamped zone of Azshara.
– Goblins will have access to all classes except paladin and druid.
– Racials: rocket belt that allows players to activate one of two rocket abilities every two minutes – enables the player to jump up to 20 yards or shoots rockets at an enemy player within 30 yards; every 30 minutes the goblin can summon a pack hobgoblin, which will act as a personal servant granting bank access. Goblins also gain a bonus to their alchemy skill, and should a player decide to become an alchemist there will be an increased benefit from drinking health and mana potions. Additional passive goblin racials include a permanent 1% increase to attack and casting speed, and because of their knack for mercantile affairs, goblins will always receive the best possible gold discount regardless of reputation.
– Mount: Roadster
– Starting Zone: Lost Isles

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Other points of interest are:

3. Zone Changes/Additions
a. Old World

Leave what you knew of Azeroth behind, ladies and gents, for Deathwing has blasted a path of destruction through everything we once held dear!

– Many classic “Old World” zones have been remade; others have had their quests vastly streamlined (“The terrain is not guaranteed to change in every zone, many zones are likely going to stay the same terrain-wise but the questing will get the clean up.”)

– Thousand Needles gets flooded!

– Southshore has been destroyed by tsunami!

– The Barrens has been split in two; one area for high-level and one area for low-level characters. Portions of the Barrens have grown lush thanks to the work of the druid Naralex. The passage into Mulgore has been reinforced by the tauren, with high walls and a gate.; Camp Taurajo has been burned down by the Alliance. The Alliance are also setting up a base in the Barrens.

– Stonetalon Mountains: Eruptions decimate the landscape, spreading the flames of the Charred Vale even further. The goblins have cut through the mountains, forming a valley that leads into Ashenvale. This valley runs where the tunnel between Ashenvale and Stonetalon was. A mountain has also collapsed in the Charred Vale, allowing access to the sea.

– Darkshore is flooded, Auberdine destroyed. A new Night Elf town will appear to the north. Shatterspear Village, previously a closed zone, becomes an accessible subzone. New quest hubs will be added both north and south.

– Ashenvale: Zoram’gar Outpost is reinforced with black iron, similar to the Horde outposts in Northrend. Zoram Strand, therefore, is now a full-fledged outpost. Astranaar becomes the victim of air assaults launched by the Horde.

– Azshara: now a low-level zone for Horde players, directly linked to Orgrimmar via a path carved through the rear to the Goblin city; from the air it will look like a giant Horde symbol, carved by the Goblins; the goblin city there will also sport a giant cannon emplacement; The zone will be intended for players level 15 and up; expect to see a Goblin version of Mount Rushmore!

– Desolace: Once a barren wasteland, the Cataclysm has caused a rift to form, allowing water to flood in from the coast and bring life back to the region. However, the region is now being invaded by demons, including shivarra. A Night Elven camp will be added. New flight paths and new quest hubs will be added.

– Azeroth will change for all players, regardless of whether the expansion is purchased

..

c. Hunters
– No more mana! Focus will be used instead, similar in function to energy. Rate of regen will be approx. 6 per second, increased with abilities, etc.; Maximum of 100 Focus

i. Warlocks
– Soul Shard system revamp! Will be a resource rather than an inventory item. The Shard Bar will appear below the character portrait with a max of 3 shards
– A new spell, Soul Burn, will be the only warlock ability to cost a soul shard (so far), and will empower most of your other spells to behave differently.
– Soul shards will regenerate quickly upon leaving combat, and you may also be able to use drain soul as a “soul shard evocation.”

4. Professions
a. Archaeology

– New Secondary Profession: Archaeology – lets you collect and use artifacts unearthed from the ancient races
– Each archaeologist uses the profession to uncover clues hidden in the world around them, such as troll relics or map fragments, and decipher their meaning, enabling the clever archaeologist to manipulate pieces of the past, learning the location of a treasure cache or valuable artifact. Such artifacts are highly sought after by the Archaeology Society, and they pay in gold and items for their return. Those who have mastered archaeology can find Titan artifacts, earning special currency used to unlock character paths and allowing the player to further customize their character. See Also: Path of the Titans
– Interacting with an artifact you find is similar to other gathering professions. It has been specifically stated that you will be able to track both Artifacts and your regular “tracking” for gathering professions.
– Recovered artifacts will be placed in a Journal, not in bags
– Rewards from Archaeology will be something “like”: a skeletal T-Rex non-combat pet or the ability to teleport to a dungeon you’ve been to before

b. Reforging
– allows Tailor to modify cloth gear, Leatherworkers to modify leather, etc.; Specifically, they can reduce a single statistic on applicable items and convert the lost points into another stat not already on the item; this service can also be provided to other players if you see fit

..

8. Item Stat Changes – i.e. Integration
– Want to be more streamlined:
– MP5: This will be removed from items and replaced with Spirit. All healers will be given a meditation-like ability.
– Spell Power: Spell Power is being removed from items as well. Intellect will be improved so it provides mana and Spell Power.
– Attack Power: removing Attack Power from items. Agility will provide the necessary Attack Power for leather and mail wearers. Strength will provide the appropriate amount of Attack Power for plate wearers.
– Defense: The Defense statistic is also being removed from items. Tanks will receive the necessary anti-crit from talents, like Survival of the Fittest.
– Armor Penetration: It is being replaced with Mastery (see Mastery Section)
– Haste: Will increase the rate at which you gain energy, runes, and focus. Retribution paladins and Enhancement shaman will have a talent that allows them to take advantage of this benefit.
– Stamina: Players will notice more Stamina on gear as Defense, Spell Power, Attack Power and Armor Penetration are removed.

..

d. Other
– Old PvP ranks are back
– New Arena maps will be added

..

11. Guild Information
a. Guild Experience

– Players can earn guild experience through leveling, reputation ranks, boss kills, Battleground and Arena wins, and profession ranks. The top twenty earners from the guild per day will contribute to the guild experience total.
– With every acquired level, guilds will receive talent points that they can then spend towards their guild talent tree, which affects all guild members in the guild.
– Additionally, guild experience is converted into guild currency that can be used to purchase a wide variety of rewards, such as guild profession plans and reagents, vanity items, and talent respecs.
– Some Talents in the works include: “Penny Pincher” – reduced repair costs; Mass Resurrection; “Everybody’s Friend” – removes reagent cost for raid-wide buffs; “Cash Flow” – increases gold drop rate from creatures/players that give experience/honor; “Raid Summon” – summon the entire raid instantly

b. Guild Professions
– Guilds that use guild currency to purchase profession plans will be able to share any purchased plan with the rest of the guild via a vendor and skill trainer. Guilds are also able to create guild heirlooms; these items bind to the guild so that anyone in the guild will be able to acquire them. Just like the normal heirloom items, guild heirloom items will also scale with level and will support all armor and weapons.
– Guild members will also be able to take advantage of being able to create guild-specific versions of items that require fewer or different reagents. The new reagents are purchased from guild vendors via guild currency, and there will be support for all professions.
– Heirloom items for the guild are expected to encompass every slot.

c. New Guild Features
– Guilds will receive a special guild news-feed that will show them updates on happenings within the guild such as achievements, boss kills, etc. Guilds will also have access to profession info for their members and more. In addition to these features, guilds will also be able to acquire a percentage of gold looted on boss kills that will go directly to the guild bank. Additionally, guilds will be able to invite other guilds to events.
– Guild Tax System – will be available so that a certain portion of the gold looted by every member will go into the Guild Bank

d. Other
– New Guild Achievements
– New Looking for Guild interface similar in ease-of-use and utility to the Looking for Group interface

12. Miscellaneous
– There will most likely be an in-game event leading up to the release of Cataclysm
– “Battle.net will gain new features in the expansion, including an XBox-Livesque ability to see what your friends are playing and which servers they’re on, in addition to sending messages to them.”
– Dog Model finally spotted: a Mastiff in Gilneas, the starting zone of the Worgen
– System Requirements: yet to be determined – expect tweaks to the graphics at the very least
– Old World Achievement: There will be a number of current Achievements that will be removed come the reshape of Azeroth. For those of us that have achieved them, they will be moved under “Feats of Strength” and all points accumulated for them will be kept.
– Current heirloom items are not expected to be updated to support 80-85 and will remain for the 1-80 crowd.

 

ATI releases Catalyst 9.10 for Windows 7/Vista/XP

ATI has released the Catalyst Control Center v9.10. I’ve yet to install but I’ll provide some screenshots this time. For now, Here’s the usual highlights from the releases notes 😀

Windows 7 x86 (x64)
Windows Vista x86 (x64)
Windows XP x86 (x64)

Resolved Issues for All Windows Operating Systems

This section provides information on resolved issues in this release of the ATI Catalyst™
Software Suite for Windows. These include:

  • The video preview in Avivo™ Video – Basic Quality page in Catalyst Control Center
    no longer flickers while playing SD/HD Blu-ray titles

  • Underscan/Overscan settings for TV can now be applied from the Catalyst Control
    Center – TV Properties Adjustments page

  • The display mode page will now refresh properly when selecting another display
    from drop down menu in Catalyst Control Center with two displays connected in
    extended mode

  • “Component Video Properties” is no longer incorrectly listed under the “Quick
    Settings” tab under Catalyst Control Center – Basic view in extended mode

  • Changes to the Avivo™ Video Presets page in Catalyst Control Center can now be
    applied and will not revert back to the default settings

  • The “Use Application Settings” checkbox in Avivo™ Video Presets page can now be
    unchecked in Catalyst Control Center

  • Changes to the “All Settings” and “Basic Quality” pages in Catalyst Control Center –
    Avivo™ Video will now be retained after reboot

  • Switching profile settings in Avivo™ Video – Basic Quality page now functions
    properly in Catalyst Control Center

Resolved Issues for the Windows 7 Operating System

This section provides information on resolved issues in this release of the ATI Catalyst™
Software Suite for Windows 7. These include:

  • EA Sports startup logo screen for “Tiger Woods PGA Tour 08” will no longer
    disappear or turn black

  • Ghostbusters video game no longer flickers between desktop and game play when
    anti-aliasing is set to 8X and game resolution set to 2560×1600

Resolved Issues for the Windows Vista Operating System

This section provides information on resolved issues in this release of the ATI Catalyst™
Software Suite for Windows Vista. These include:

  • Enabling Screen Space Ambient Occlusion option in “Riddick 2 Dark Athena” no
    longer causes the game to fail under Multi-GPU configurations

  • Severe flickering no longer observed while running 3D games/samples on specific
    HDMI displays with Tripod and Quad CrossFire enabled configurations

  • Desktop flashing no longer observed after driver installation and reboot with systems
    configured with Radeon ASIC in the primary PCIe slot and Firestream ASIC in the
    secondary PCIe slot

  • “Combat Mission Shock Force” no longer fails after a duration of game play
  • Intermittent flashing no longer visible in Windows with ViewSonic VE150m
    displays

Resolved Issues for the Windows XP Operating System

This section provides information on resolved issues in this release of the ATI Catalyst™
Software Suite for Windows XP. These include:

  • Catalyst Control Center: The DTV (HDMI) Pixel Format settings will now be
    restored when a HDMI display is hotplugged back after a DVI display is hotplugged
    and unplugged during the interval to the same port

  • System no longer reboots or displays a black screen while executing ATI Stream
    applications with a particular combination of ASICs set as primary and secondary

  • “Force maximum performance clocks” option is now available for the second ASIC
    in the Catalyst Control Center system tray when two R700 ASICs are connected

  • Corruption no longer observed during Blu-ray DVD H.264/VC-1 content playback
  • Different Presets/Basic Color options can now be selected under Avivo™ Video in
    Catalyst Control Center Advanced View
 

A glance at the Sapphire ATi Radeon HD5850

For some time now, Sapphire has been my GPU Rebrander of choice. So I’ll take this opportunity to plug the upcoming specs and some pics of the newly released SAPPHIRE HD5850 1GB GDDR5 PCIE





Specifications
Core Clock: 725 MHz
Memory Clock: Effective 4000 MHz

I/O Output: Dual DL-DVI-I+DP+HDMI, Triple Display Support
40 nm Process Technology
Microsoft DirectXÂŽ 11 Support

Sapphire Radeon HD 5850 System Requirements

  • PCI ExpressÂŽ based PC is required with one X16 lane graphics slot available on the motherboard
  • 500 Watt or greater power supply with 2x 75W 6-pin PCI ExpressÂŽ power connector recommended (600 Watt and four 6-pin connectors for ATI CrossFireX™ Technology in dual mode)”
    Certified power supplies are recommended. Refer to http://ati.amd.com/certifiedPSU for a list of Certified products

  • Minimum 1GB of system memory
  • Installation software requires CD-ROM drive
  • DVD playback requires DVD drive
  • Blu-ray™ / HD DVD playback requires Blu-ray / HD DVD drive
  • For an ATI CrossFireX™ system, a second ATI Radeon™ HD 5850 graphics card, an ATI CrossFireX Ready motherboard and one ATI CrossFireX Bridge Interconnect cable per graphics card (optional) are required
  • To support 3 displays, one of the monitors has to support DisplayPort.
 

Overscan Options in Catalyst 9.9 on Windows 7

I had enough trouble finding this option that i felt it worthy of a blog post.

I’m not immediately sure how the Catalyst Control Center differs between Windows 7 and Windows XP, but I was able to find the Overscan/Underscan options a bit easier in XP.

To access the Overscan option of your current display do the following:

  • Right click on the Desktop and open CCC
  • If your not already in Advanced Mode, Switch to this.
  • Click dropdown menu Graphics in the top right
  • Select Desktops and Displays
  • Right Click your currently activated display under ‘Please Select a Display’
  • Select Configure
  • Click on the Scaling Options tab 😀

From this menu you’ll probably find more of your favorite CCC options that you’ve been missing. For reference these instructions come from a Windows 7 machine with a Sapphire ATi Radeon 4850 running Catalyst Control Center 9.9

 

ATI Releases Catalyst 9.9!

ATI has released Cataylst 9.9 for all Operating Systems. Here’s links for your operating system as well as highlights from the releases notes 😀

Windows 7 x86 (x64)
Windows Vista x86 (x64)
Windows XP x86 (x64)

Resolved Issues for All Windows Operating Systems

This section provides information on resolved issues in this release of the ATI Catalyst™
Software Suite for Windows. These include:

  • Catalyst Control Center – Basic now responds properly after exiting Quick Adjust
    Video Settings

  • Edge enhancement and de-noise sliders in Catalyst Control Center no longer lags or
    appears out of sync with mouse movement

  • Launching Hotkeys Manager in Catalyst Control Center no longer causes an
    unhandled exception error

  • The “Desktop Rotation” page in Catalyst Control Center no longer shows additional
    information for the second display when the secondary adapter is connected

  • HDMI is now detected properly as DTV (HDMI) instead of DTV (DVI) when the
    HDMI display is hotplugged for the first time

  • Catalyst Control Center no longer displays error message when specific HDMI
    displays are hot unplugged and hotplugged back

Resolved Issues for the Windows 7 Operating System

This section provides information on resolved issues in this release of the ATI Catalyst™
Software Suite for Windows 7. These include:

  • Intermittent failures no longer occur with MediaShow Espresso once a transcoding
    process has been completed

Resolved Issues for the Windows Vista Operating System

This section provides information on resolved issues in this release of the ATI Catalyst™
Software Suite for Windows Vista. These include:

  • Running OpenGL applications in windowed mode on extended desktop no longer
    causes the secondary display to go blank for some ASICs

  • Task switching between the desktop and a game in progress no longer has a visible
    delay (7-10 seconds)

  • Enabling Screen Space Ambient Occlusion option in “Riddick 2 Dark Athena” no
    longer causes the game to fail under Multi-GPU configurations

  • Catalyst Control Center no longer shows both HDMI displays as DVI when they are
    connected via HDMI port and to DVI port via HDMI-DVI dongle

  • Windows Aero Glass Effects now works properly during HD Blu-ray playback

Resolved Issues for the Windows XP Operating System

This section provides information on resolved issues in this release of the ATI Catalyst™
Software Suite for Windows XP. These include:

  • Resuming video playback after S1 sleep no longer causes HDMI audio to disappear
  • Changes to AVIVO Basic color settings are now retained after Catalyst Control
    Center is re-opened

  • AVIVO Basic color setting changes can now be applied during HD DVD playback
    on specific ASICs on XP Media Center Edition
 

Blizzard announces 3rd Expansion for World of Warcraft, Cataclysm

Source: WorldofWarcraft.com

An ancient evil lies dormant within Deepholm, the domain of earth in the Elemental Plane.

Hidden away in a secluded sanctuary, the corrupted Dragon Aspect Deathwing has waited, recovering from the wounds of his last battle against Azeroth and biding his time until he can reforge the world in molten fire.

Soon, Deathwing the Destroyer will return to Azeroth, and his eruption from Deepholm will sunder the world, leaving a festering wound across the continents. As the Horde and Alliance race to the epicenter of the cataclysm, the kingdoms of Azeroth will witness seismic shifts in power, the kindling of a war of the elements, and the emergence of unlikely heroes who will rise up to protect their scarred and broken world from utter devastation.

This expansion will have the following features:

  • Two new playable races [Worgen for the Alliance! and Goblins for the Horde!]
  • Increased level cap to 85
  • Classic zones rebuilt to include support for Flying Mounts
  • New high level zones and raids
  • New race and class variations [pictured below]
  • Guild Leveling and Achievement system…
  • New Secondary Profession Archaeology

Here is a chart released by Blizzard showing the new race/class combos.

Will update this post later as more details emerge. For now here’s some screenshots 😀




 

Cogeco increases speed for High Speed customers.

Cogeco Website

Got this in my e-mail, and sure enough the speedtest reports i can upload at 100kb/sec now with ~1.4MB/sec down.

From the e-mail:

Dear Client,

The Internet is changing fast. Every day there are new and exciting things to see and do online.
To help you make the most of your online experience, we have great news to share about your current High Speed Internet service.

How fast is fast?

• Your download speed increased from 10 Mbps to 14 Mbps

• Your upload speed increased from 640 Kbps to 1 Mbps

Cogeco has increased the speed of your
High Speed Internet Standard package
at no additional cost.

Your download speed is now 40% faster. So now you can enjoy more of what the Internet has to offer – faster than ever before. Everyone is trying to get more for their money these days and we’re happy to make your dollars go a little further – or faster.

Of course it doesnt help that my monthly limit is only 60gb/month, but its progress.

 

Windows 7 has hit RTM Gold status at build 7600.16385.090713-1255

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Filesize: 2,501,894,144 byte
SHA1: 5395DC4B38F7BDB1E005FF414DEEDFDB16DBF610
MD5: D0B8B407E8A3D4B75EE9C10147266B89
CRC: C1C20F76

Filename: 7600.16385.090713-1255_x64fre_client_en-us_Retail_Ultimate-GRMCULXFRER_EN_DVD.iso
Filesize: 3,224,686,592 byte
SHA1: 326327CC2FF9F05379F5058C41BE6BC5E004BAA7
MD5: F43D22E4FB07BF617D573ACD8785C028
CRC: 1F1257CA