Awards for Asus' Athlon64 K8V-Deluxe
The Novarg (aka MyDoom) virus
is "successfully" littering millions of email boxes with little ticking time
bombs of virus-ladden fun. According to the BBC, it is one of the
most successful in recent months, and currently accounts for 10% of all e-mail
traffic on the internet. To get infected, you have to double click on the
infected attachment. If you don't open it, you're fine. Just delete the
email. To make sure you aren't infected with this annoying little virus, run the Novarg removal tool from Symantec, which you can download here. If you're running WinME/XP you must first turn System Restore off, otherwise the virus will not be removed! For full instructions,
please see Symantec's notes.
With the public service announcement
over, let's turn our attention to a new column in the PCstats Newsletter
we're trying out. Say hello to "A Reader Writes...", a
response to your questions by PCstats' guru of guidance, Mike. I hope you'll
take a moment to read over the column, and don't forget to also check out
PCstats Industry Insights (this week: AMD
), and of course the Weekly Tech Tips!
This week, PCstats covers the very impressive Asus K8V-Deluxe Athlon64
motherboard which earned top marks in all categories. Also on the chopping block is the brand new ATI IGP9100-based
Gigabyte 8TRS300M motherboard. In related news, Gigabyte
have just released a neat USB WiFi/hard drive storage key that allows
anyone with a notebook, or PC sporting a USB slot to have
an 802.11b wireless connection. Check out the full
review to see what we thought of the Wireless Storage USB adaptor.
I'd also like to thank everyone who participated in the recent PCstats Newsletter Quiz for 1 of 10 complete MSI Computer Wireless 802.11g Networking Bundles! Nearly ten thousand people entered, so congratulations are definitely due to the Winners: Greg C., Brian B., Lindsay S., Mike M., Jeff H., Kenneth S., Nathanial E., Anthony M., Kenneth I., and Robert S.
Asus is easily the most common brand
available our local computer shops big and small. That kind mass
market approach has gone along way towards also making Asus one of the
most respected component manufacturers out there. The fully-equipped Asus K8V-DLX/WiFiB is based on
VIA's popular K8T800 chipset, meaning it supports the Socket 754 AMD
Athlon64 processor. The three DIMM slots
can absorb up to 3GB of unbuffered ECC or non-ECC DDR memory paced as fast
as PC3200 speeds. Standard features of the board include an additional
Serial ATA/Serial ATA RAID controller, a third IDE channel, 5.1 audio,
3Com Gigabit LAN, IEEE 1394a and a proprietary 802.11b wireless LAN
adapter that we'll get to in a moment. Thrown in for good measure is interVideo's WinDVD software suite,
and a bundle of headers and other cables that are sure to come in very
A Reader Writes...
was reading your article in PCStats about remote access
( Remote Access to
Computers ) and I wanted to be able to remotely
connect to my computer, but I have a small problem. I have a
router for my home network which uses an Internet firewall;
how do I get around that?
A: If you are using a home router that has a firewall (hardware or software designed to prevent non-approved data from entering), it may also stop you from using remote access software, or any other software that needs to pass data to your computer from the Internet. The reason for this is that by default, firewalls are set to block out any data that they have not been explicitly told to allow.
The solution is to find out the port that the remote access software uses to pass data in and out of the computer, then to open up that port for use. Ports are the entry-point for data coming into and out of your computer. Firewalls block most incoming ports. To allow a particular application to pass through your firewall, you must find the port the program uses and configure your firewall to unblock that port. For example, if you were planning to host a website on your computer, you would need to open port 80 (the port that is used when viewing web-pages) on your firewall in order to allow viewers from the Internet to access your website. If you did not, all requests from the Internet would be blocked by your firewall. Check your program's documentation for information on the port it uses.
Most firewalls, for example the one that comes built into Windows XP, allow you to open ports by creating a service (also known as a virtual server) which tells the firewall which port to open. When configuring a firewall on an Internet sharing device like a home router, you will also need the IP address of the computer that the data should be sent to once it is allowed into the network. Certain software firewalls like Zone Lab's Zonealarm do not allow the user to configure ports, but instead allow or deny traffic based on the applications installed in your computer. For
more information, check out the Beginner's firewall
article. To submit your question, send us an email.
Now here's a new idea! For the GN-WLBZ201
Gigabyte has combined two of the most popular USB accessories; memory keys
and wireless network adaptors into a single product. On one hand this
makes a lot of sense. After all,
it's not like the components of either the NIC or the memory key
themselves take up much space, and it saves you the hassle both of
paying for them separately and of plugging them in separately. Certainly a boon for
mobile users. Removing the lid reveals
the USB 1.1 connector and one more useful feature. The GN-WLBZ201's USB
plug is capable of moving 180 degrees vertically and swiveling 90
degrees to either side. This gives much needed flexibility both in plugging
in the device, since it is much bigger than a standard USB memory key,
and in using the GN-WLBZ201 as an antenna to obtain better
Following in the footsteps of nVIDIA, ATi are
focusing on providing core logic that system integrators can use in white
box PCs for the masses, and if successful, garner a slice of the lucrative
Pentium 4 chipset market share.
of the using the Radeon 9100 IGP chipset is that
it includes a Radeon 9200 class VPU within. Gigabyte have been producing ATi based videocards for the last few
years so it was a natural step for them to adopt
the new ATi Radeon 9100 IGP for the Gigabyte GA-8TRS300M motherboard.Continue
||All about Air Pressure|
One thing I've noticed when talking to novice computer enthusiasts are that they often use too many case fans in an attempt to keep case temperatures down. While their hearts are in the right place, most run into the common problem of having too much 'positive air pressure.'
What I mean is, if there are more fans blowing air into a case than exhausting from it the air pressure just builds up. What we need is the airflow entering into the case to be matched by the air exhausting from the case so air currents don't stall.
If the air has no where to exit, it can't very well cool your $500 videocard any better now can it? What I recommend is that enthusiasts focus on creating a situation where your case has negative air pressure (more exhaust fans than intake fans simply) inside a case.
This has the tendency to pull fresh
cool air into the case, and ensure some guaranteed air flow in
and around the exhaust fans. In most cases, a system with
negative air pressure should run cooler than one with
When AMD released its Athlon 64 3400+, I was under the impression that I knew AMD's roadmap for the rest of the year. Socket 940 was on the way out; Socket 754 would be a relatively secure investment for the purpose of upgradeability. Yipes.
Since then, I've had the chance to review the roadmaps AMD doesn't make public, which tell an entirely different tale. Beginning with Socket 940, expect the Athlon 64 FX-53 to be the final enthusiast chip on that interface. However, Opteron will continue the lineage, leaving your upgrade path wide open.
At some point in the first quarter of 2004, we're expecting to see the first Socket 939 processors. Incidentally, that'll be an Athlon 64 FX-53 as well, which AMD expects will take it through the end of the third quarter. The same 939-pin socket will also support standard Athlon 64 chips, like the 3700+, set to debut between the end of the first quarter and beginning of the second.
Then, in the third quarter, we'll see the first 32-bit Socket 754 processors rated at 2800+. It remains to be seen how high those will scale. Socket 940 will be useful in workstations and servers, while the 754-pin Athlon 64 will suit mainstream users. Bear in mind, though, that Socket 939 promises to be AMD's sweet spot for the AMD64 initiative.
. M. Page
. C. Sun
. C. Angelini
A Reader Writes...
. M. Dowler