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 Sunday, 21-June-2009  21:43:53 (GMT +10) - by Agg

I had an interesting time last night installing Windows 7 on a Sun Fire X4150 I picked up in the forums a couple of months ago. There's no CD/DVDROM in the machine so I ended up following this guide to install it from a USB stick. Worked fine, much to my amazement. I've got a SAS RAID card on order but in the meantime the only 2.5" SATA device I have is the Silicon Power 64GB SSD, so it's running off that. Just doing some general testing given it seems inevitable we'll end up hosting back in Sydney within a couple of months. Windows 7 is a bit of a revelation given I haven't even really used Vista much, having stuck with XP on my main PC. Still, with 8 cores and 32GB RAM it's quite a handy machine to play around on. :)

Samsung put me in my place though, with 32GB on one stick of DDR3. The announcement doesn't quote a top speed, but it says the module runs at a voltage setting of just 1.35V - 10% lower than the 1.5V default for DDR3 memory. 10% is apparently enough for Samsung to play the "green" card, touting the module as "eco-sensitive."

Here's a cool VR Gun Mod. Some features include low-cost, dual-axis miniature rate gyroscope that is fully self-contained for easy integration into human input devices such as the PC VR Gamegun. A unique electromagnetic transducer design and a single etched beam structure utilize the Coriolis effect to sense rotation in two axes simultaneously. Or in English, you move the gun around and it moves the mouse in-game.

Techgage have an article about the experience of Computex. Not so much the particulars from this year, but more about what it's like to attend a show like that. Our goal is to give more to you than just show coverage, and let you experience the trip along with us.

HotHardware spoke to Intel recently. To launch the section and follow up on our original Intel Core i7 975 Extreme Edition coverage, we've enlisted the help of Intel and have a blog post available featuring a discussion regarding Intel's latest flagship desktop CPU, Computex, Westmere and a few more upcoming products.

It seems OCZ's Vertex EX SSDs can benefit from a firmware upgrade, like Intel's did recently. Since we updated the Vertex EX to firmware 1.20 we'll walk you through the process and show you how it restores performance with wiper.exe 0525.

Apparently Steve Jobs had a liver transplant recently, thanks IntelInside. The newspaper said the transplant took place about two months ago, and Jobs has been recovering well and was expected to return to work on schedule later this month.

Good Game is on again on Monday night, covering Ghostbusters, Bionic Commando and Trials 2 Second Edition. Plus we'll look at some games that were canned and then leaked onto the net, and examine the rise of the casual gaming space. You can download any ep of Good Game at www.abc.net.au/goodgame - or catch us Monday nights at 8:30pm on ABC2, or late Friday nights on ABC1, right before rage.



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