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Wednesday Afternoon (1 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 23-April-2008  17:03:45 (GMT +10) - by Rational

I decided to post some news to confuse you all.

Windows XP SP3 is now RTM. There is a big discussion thread on the forums. Today we are happy to announce that Windows XP Service Pack 3 (SP3) has released to manufacturing (RTM). Windows XP SP3 bits are now working their way through our manufacturing channels to be available to OEM and Enterprise customers. We are also in the final stages of preparing for release to the web (i.e. you!) on April 29th, via Windows Update and the Microsoft Download Center. Online documentation for Windows XP SP3, such as Microsoft Knowledge Base articles and the Microsoft TechNet Windows XP TechCenter, will be updated then.

HardwareSecrets have posted an article about steps you should take if your computer doesn't turn on. There is a thread with more troubleshooting info in our Troubleshooting Forum. In this step-by-step tutorial we will teach you what you should do if your computer doesnít turn on in order to identify and solve the problem.

PCStats have posted a guide to installing RAID, we also have some guide in our Storage Forum as stickies. With the right number of identical hard drives, motherboards that support RAID can choose from RAID 0, RAID 1, and sometimes even RAID 0+1 for improved performance, data redundancy and backups. In this PCSTATS Beginners Guide, we will explore how the different implementations of RAID technology function, and how you can make your own RAID setup using a hardware RAID controller.

XBitLabs have considered the Wolfdale E7200 as an ideal processor for budget conscious enthusiasts. Dual-core Wolfdale processors get cheaper. No, we are not talking about the next price reduction. The thing is that Intel is simply launching a new inexpensive Core 2 Duo E7200 processor, which belongs to the progressive 45nm processor family, even though it has somewhat limited functionality. Will it become a new bestseller? Letís find out now!

TweakTown have taken a look at the AMD Phenom X3 triple core processor. HotHardware have also taken a look at it. While the X4 is the more costly option (though in todayís world the cost of a $250 processor isnít really that expensive), AMD is going to start shipping a cheaper option based on the same K10 architecture, and yes it keeps the Phenom branding, itís a direct descendant of the X4, but with a few modifications.

An 'eco friendly' Australian search engine has been shut out by Google, thanks Asher. A new Australian green search engine seeking to capitalise on web surfers' eco-guilt has been barred by Google from using its search technology and advertising platform. Ecocho.com.au, launched just a week ago, promises to buy carbon offset credits that will result in two trees being planted for every 1000 searches made through the site.

Microsoft's "Vista Capable" lawsuit is moving forward. The case revolves around customers' complaints that PCs they bought had been advertised as "Windows Vista capable," but turned out to be capable of running only the Home Basic version of Vista, which lacks some graphics features. Computers actually needed to be "Vista Premium Ready" to run the more-complete versions of Vista.

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