- MSI 8600GTS GFX
- ASUS P5N32-E SLI Mobo
- MSI 8800GTS-320 GFX
- Guide: Remote Access
- PCstats Weekly Tips
8600GS DirectX10 Videocard Reviewed
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.
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.
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.
Editor-in-Chief - PCSTATS
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
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>>
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>>
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
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
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.
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|WinXP Hotfix KB891781,
dhtmled.ocx and |
No Such Interface Supported
- 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. 188.8.131.5231) 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.184.108.40.20627 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. 220.127.116.1127 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
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
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
Send your comments, suggestions, errors, warnings, and feedback
on this tip here. Any amendments will be posted here.
- By M.Page