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nVidia Geforce 8600GS DirectX10 Videocard Reviewed

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nVidia introduced us to the Geforce 8600 family this week, a good mainstream line of videocards with full Direct X10 and Shader Model 4 support. Clocked faster than a Geforce 8800GTX, but relying on a different architecture, you'll have to see how MSI's factory-overclocked videocard actually stacks up to the rest in PCSTATS' breaking review of the MSI NX8600GTS, catch it right here.

The second half of PCSTATS' look into resolving Hotfix KB891781 errors, and "no such interface supported" prompts in Homesite is posted in the side column at right. The issue relates to dhtmled.ocx, and applies to both WinXP SP2 and Vista Business, so it's a worthy read if you create websites with Homesite or similarly affected applications. The full article is also posted here.

On the review front, PCSTATS tests out MSI's pre-overclocked Geforce 8600GTS videocard this week, with its fancy low noise heatsink it definitely stands out from the field of reference card clones. Also on the agenda is the Asus P5N32-E SLI motherboard, based on the nForce 650i chipset and the Asus Striker motherboard layout, you'll want to read this review. At the higher end of the videocard spectrum is the MSI NX8800GTS-320 videocard. MSI have factory overclocked it to Geforce 8800GTX levels, so you can bet the frame rates will be flying! Last but not least is a Guide to Remote Access to Computers.

Thanks for Reading,
Max Page
Editor-in-Chief - PCSTATS

MSI NX8600GTS-T2D256E-OC GeForce 8600GTS Videocard Review
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nVIDIA is on an absolute roll, and there are no challengers in sight! As its name indicates, MSI's NX8600GTS-T2D256E-OC videocard is based on the new nVIDIA GeForce 8600GTS core. The card packs in a modest 256MB of GDDR3 memory. High Definition is the next big gaming challenge, and so it's not surprising that we have dual DVI (dual link) outputs along with component HDTV output via dongle. The NX8600GTS-T2D256E-OC installs into a PCI Express x16 slot, supports nVidia SLI if you have two of them, and is fully DirectX 10 and OpenGL 2.0 compatible. What really makes the MSI NX8600GTS-T2D256E-OC special is that MSI factory overclock the card to 700 MHz core, 2100 MHz memory. A stock GeForce 8600GTS videocard hums along at 675 MHz and 2000 MHz respectively. To top things off, the NX8600GTS-T2D256E-OC has sweet custom dual slot cooler that apparently keeps the GeForce 8600GTS ~15 degrees Celsius cooler than the reference design! Continue Here>>

Asus P5N32-E SLI Plus nForce 650i Motherboard Review
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ASUS' P5N32-E SLI Plus motherboard is based on the same PCB design as the super nice Striker Extreme, you just don't have all the little extra lights and things catering to the case mod crowd. ASUS' P5N32-E SLI Plus motherboard packs in a tone of Serial ATA II ports thanks to the nVidia nForce 570i MCP Southbridge, yes Asus reuses an older MCP but that's ok because it's still packed full of features. Expansion options include a single PCI Express x1 slot, two PCI slots and three PCI Express x16 slots, and one dedicated audio slot for the bundled sound card. Continue Here>>

MSI NX8800GTS-T2D320E-HD-OC 320MB Geforce 8800GTS Videocard Review
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Games like Rainbow Six: Las Vegas and the upcoming Ghost Recon: Advanced Warfighter 2 title are pushing modern videocards to the limits. The MSI NX8800GTS-T2D320E-HD-OC is one such graphics solution, and in typical MSI fashion the company promises that its version will be faster than the vanilla GeForce 8800GTS. On top of this, MSI bundle in a full copy Company of Heros, one of the best real time strategy games to come out in the last couple months. MSI pre-overclock the NX8800GTS-T2D320E-HD-OC pretty heavily from the factory. The stock speed of a vanilla GeForce 8800GTS 320MB videocard is 500MHz core, 1600MHz memory. Out of the box this MSI NX8800GTS-T2D320E-HD-OC spins its wheels at 575MHz core and 1700MHz memory.Continue Here>>

Beginners Guides: Remote Access to Computers
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Learn to control you PC from a 1000 miles away
There are any number of reasons why setting up your computer for remote access is a good idea, and PCSTATS is going to show you how to do it. This article will cover using the remote access features included in Windows XP, as well as VNC (Virtual Network Computing) and other third party software to allow you to control and access your computer over the Internet from anywhere in the world. The ability to access files and information on your computer over the Internet is useful for work and play, as well as being just plain impressive in a geeky kind of way. Several technologies are available to enable this kind of access. They range from from the shared file system built into most versions of Windows up to the proprietary systems developed for such software packages as PCanywhere by Symantec. Continue Here>>

PCstats Weekly Tech Tips: Two for One Vista Tips
By Colin S.

Robocopy in Windows Vista

There's a new feature in Microsoft Windows Vista that gaining a lot of attention from the computer geeks, it's called "Robocopy". Despite its highly unusual name the tool is very useful and you can access it through Vista's command line. Click the Windows button then type "cmd" and press the "Enter" key, that will open up the command line.

From there you would use "robocopy" to copy and move files back and forth on the various hard drives installed onto your PC. Why through the command line you may ask? Well, "robocopy" is more versatile and powerful than Windows Explorer or Xcopy. Here are a few of the switches you can use...

/purge - deletes files and directories that are no longer in use
/mov - Mass moving of files to a new directory
/s - copies entire directories including the sub directory tree

You would use it like this on the command line "Robocopy *.* c:\specialsavespot /s".

Those are just some of the powerful switches that "Robocopy" supports, for a list of them all type "/?". Just be careful though when you're using Robocopy because you can damage your system (for instance if you move the Windows directory) if you're not careful with this copy utility.

Prompting the Installation Process

Microsoft Windows Vista has a pretty cool feature which allows you to open up a command prompt during the installation process. The command line is accessible once you reach the section where you have to enter the activation key, from here press "SHIFT + F10". This is useful as it allows you to perform advanced disk management or something as simple as browsing the HDD you're about to install on. After you're done simply type "EXIT" and press the "Enter" key.

If you're not familiar with the Windows Command line options check this site out (http://www.commandwindows.com/vista-commands.htm), it lists all the Windows Vista commands that can be used in the command prompt.

Let PCSTATS know what you think about this Tech Tip, and be sure to stop by PCSTATS Forums and post your comments or questions.

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WinXP Hotfix KB891781, dhtmled.ocx and
No Such Interface Supported Errors...
- Part 2 -

The Fix for the Hotfix...

In WindowsXP SP2 systems the root of the problem was that hotfix KB891781 installed an updated dhtmled.ocx (ver. 6.1.0.9231) file in the 'C:\Program Files\Common Files\microsoft shared\Triedit' directory that didn't work. The fix for WindowsXP SP2 ( and Vista Business) systems is to replace that file with an earlier version, the v.6.1.0.9227 dhtmled.ocx file that existed pre-KB891791 patch. You can determine a file version by right clicking on the application file > Properties > Version or Details. After replacing the non-functioning dhtmled.ocx with the earlier version, the command "regsvr32.exe /u" is used to unload it, then "regsvr32.exe " to re-register it along with one other file back into the registry.

The steps outlined below can apply to either WindowsXP Professional SP2 or Windows Vista Business. First backup your PCs original "dhtmled.ocx" file by renaming it to "dhtmled.ocx_old". For your convenience, ver. 6.1.0.9227 of dhtmled.ocx can be downloaded here, save it to C:\Program Files\Common Files\microsoft shared\Triedit. Go to Start > Run > type "cmd" >at the prompt type "cd C:\Program Files\Common Files\microsoft shared\Triedit" (without the quotes).

Next, enter each of the following commands in sequence, hitting "enter" after each line and click 'okay' in the window that pops up to say command successfully completed:

regsvr32.exe /u dhtmled.ocx
regsvr32.exe dhtmled.ocx
regsvr32.exe /u triedit.dll
regsvr32.exe triedit.dll

Restart Homesite 4.5.x (or your affected application) and test the Design mode with an html file - open it, do some changes, switch back to 'Edit' and if everything works the "No Such Interface Supported" error is a thing of the past! Again, we've found this fix to work in both WindowsXP Professional SP2 and Windows Vista Business.

The Vista Specific Solution

In researching this Tech Tip, PCSTATS also came across this Vista specific downloadable patch from Microsoft for "DHTML Editing Control for Applications". It essentially does what we've just described, installing the two files noted above to 'C:\Program Files\Common Files\microsoft shared\DhtmlEd' and registering them with the system... in one swift click. Alas.

Send your comments, suggestions, errors, warnings, and feedback on this tip here. Any amendments will be posted here.
- By M.Page

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Weekly Tips. Colin S.
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