Brink PC issues, affects virtually all NVIDIA GeForce 400 and 500-series owners - makes the game unplayable
Brink made its debut to the world over a week ago now and with the PSN being down at the time - fail number one occurred, Xbox 360 reviews were a bit hard on the game, fail number two occurred. The PC version seemed to be OK, apart from serious frame rate issues (for me at least), FOV issues (console port) but other than that it seemed to be stable. Well, that's what I thought. 5 or so minutes into the game and it's absolutely abysmal FOV (it really is bad) and I get a CTD.
YAY. It was thrilling. Yet another release of a game from a developer where they promise the PC won't get shunted to the side in favor of console releases. I tried tweaking the config, re-downloading my Steam files, downloading the new NVIDIA beta drivers I posted up yesterday but nothing worked. Tried it again last night after I installed the Beta drivers and CTD. This was really pissing me off. I wake up this morning to find "Frustrated Gamer" has e-mailed me with a forwarded e-mail he sent to Kotaku asking them about this issue.
The latest happenings from around the web - May 18th, 2011
- Samsung Series 9 900X3A-A01CA Laptop @ TheSSDReview
- Acer Aspire One Happy 2 Netbook Pictured @ Techpowerup
- ASRock Z68 Pro3 Motherboard @ Hardware Secrets
- Intel Z68 Chipsatz and the Gigabyte Z68X UD7 @ TweakPC
- ASUS P8P67 PRO @ Techpowerup
- Inexpensive AMD Processor Roundup @ ixbtlabs
- Brink GPU & CPU Performance Test @ Techspot
- Intel Sandy Bridge On Ubuntu 11.04 Is Still Troubling @ Phoronix
Our Download of the Day today is Wireshark 1.6.0 RC1.
Wireshark is the world's foremost network protocol analyzer, and is the de facto standard across many industries and educational institutions.
Deep inspection of hundreds of protocols, with more being added all the time
Live capture and offline analysis
Standard three-pane packet browser
Multi-platform: Runs on Windows, Linux, OS X, Solaris, FreeBSD, NetBSD, and many others
Captured network data can be browsed via a GUI, or via the TTY-mode TShark utility
The most powerful display filters in the industry
Rich VoIP analysis
Read/write many different capture file formats
Capture files compressed with gzip can be decompressed on the fly
Live data can be read from Ethernet, IEEE 802.11, PPP/HDLC, ATM, Bluetooth, USB, Token Ring, Frame Relay, FDDI, and others (depending on your platfrom)
Decryption support for many protocols, including IPsec, ISAKMP, Kerberos, SNMPv3, SSL/TLS, WEP, and WPA/WPA2
Coloring rules can be applied to the packet list for quick, intuitive analysis
Output can be exported to XML, PostScript®, CSV, or plain text
Deal of the Day: 1TB Seagate Barracuda Low Power SATA Hard Drive plus CA Online Backup Bundle for $29.99 plus Shipping after Rebate
Our Deal of the Day today is the Tiger Direct - 1TB Seagate Barracuda Low Power SATA Hard Drive plus CA Online Backup Bundle for $29.99 plus Shipping after Rebate!.
Offer: Nice combo deal from Tiger Direct. Get a 1TB Seagate 5900RPM 32MB buffer SATA 3.0 low power consumption hard drive, plus CA Online backup software with 10GB space for $29.99 after $50 rebate (expiring 5/31/11). Economy shipping comes out to just $4.05 too.
Windows 8 has hit build 8006 and was compiled on May 13 at 6:55PM. The built number passed the magical 8000 mark somewhere between April 29 and May 12. If people remember the Windows 7 beta, with Windows 7 beta being build 7000 and release candidate (RC) being build 7100, RTM had the build number of 7600.
Microsoft might not follow the same build number milestones as Windows 7 did, but we know that beta builds of Windows 8 are having the same success that Windows 7 received. This can only be a good thing and lets hope Windows 8 continues on its success being closed, beta doors.
NVIDIA CEO Jen-Hsun Huang says Android tablets will overtake iPad in 30 months, time for a new tattoo?
I've decided, with the power vested in me, that today be renamed "NVIDIA Day". On with the news, NVIDIA co-founder and CEO Jen-Hsun Huang has stated that Android-based tablets (and more specifically, Honeycomb-based tablets) will overtake Apple's iPad in 30 months. The tattoo-clad Huang was quoted at the Reuters Technology Summit saying:
The Android phone took only two and a half years to achieve the momentum that we're talking about. I would expect the same thing on Honeycomb tablets. As a result of so many different parties working together, the first versions tend to be a bit clumsy to roll out. However, as is the nature of these organic industries with very, very large players, you have continuous improvement at a very rapid pace. Everyone recognized the shortcomings of Honeycomb 3.0, jumped in working on Honeycomb 3.1, and if you haven't had a chance to play with it -- it's just delightful.
NVIDIA has unleashed a new beta driver to compliment the release of its GeForce GTX 560 today, although there are performance gains for both 400 and 500-series GeForce cards, NVIDIA only display the benefits for two specific GPUs, the GTX 560 and GTX 580. NVIDIA mentions a 12-percent gain in gaming performance for dual-core processers during certain CPU-limited situations. Game-related single-GPU bug fixes are included, these include issues that caused blurriness in Resident Evil 5 as well as the flickering in Empire: Total War and Battlefield: Bad Company 2.
NVIDIA also has solved glitches in Homefront, World in Conflict: Soviet Assault, Lost Planet: Extreme Condition and Crysis when running them in SLI.The 275-based drivers include some significant changes over their 270 cousin, such as silent automatic SLI, multi-GPU and anti-aliasing profile updates.
If you'd like to get your beta on, move your mouse this way and click here.
NVIDIA has launched their new midrange GPU, the GeForce GTX560 today and for under $200 it's quite the powerhouse. Considering most games are pushed out at 30fps or above at 1080p resolutions, it'll be quite popular. Given that the latest Steam results show that a majority of green-clad fans are running 9800-series NVIDIA hardware, it could well be time for a great value replacement!
Below we have a bunch of reviews, feel free to check them out - a little birdie told me that the first one is the best, but I'm totally not biased or anything...
The latest happenings from around the web - May 17th, 2011
- Lenovo ThinkPad X1 @ Techspot
- Samsung NC110-A01 Review @ Techreviewsource
- Lenovo IdeaPad U260 Notebook @ tbreak
- ALenovo T420: The Ultimate Business Machine @ InsideHW
- Fusion-Notebook Samsung RV515 - impressions @ Planet3DNow
- MSI Z68A-GD80 (B3) Motherboard @ Hardware Secrets
- ASUS P8P67 WS Revolution Motherboard @ Overclockers.com
- Asrock Z68 Extreme4 (Intel Z68) Motherboard @ Techspot
Our Download of the Day today is Spybot Search & Destroy 2.0 Beta 1.
Spybot - Search & Destroy detects and removes spyware, a relatively new kind of threat not yet covered by common anti-virus applications. Spyware silently tracks your surfing behaviour to create a marketing profile for you that is transmitted without your knowledge to the compilers and sold to advertising companies.
If you see new toolbars in your Internet Explorer that you haven't intentionally installed, if your browser crashes inexplicably, or if your home page has been "hijacked" (or changed without your knowledge), your computer is most probably infected with spyware.
Even if you don't see the symptoms, your computer may be infected, because more and more spyware is emerging. Spybot-S&D is free, so there's no harm giving it a try to see if something has invaded your computer.
Spybot-S&D can also clean usage tracks, an interesting function if you share your computer with other users and don't want them to see what you have been working on. And for professional users, Spybot-S&D allows you to fix some registry inconsistencies and extended reports.