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MSI's mobo users miffed

A new MSI socket A mobo is suffering some technical teething problems. Reg reader Gerhard Bartsch asked us to check out some issues he had with MSI's K7T266Pro2-RU (sheesh) motherboard. Based on VIA's KT266A chipset, the board now includes support for USB 2.0 and a red PCB.

MSI's socket A chat forum has numerous postings from users, noting problems such as data corruption and driver issues, among others.

LostCircuits.com has a review of the board which offers workarounds of some of the issues. SocketA.com, on the other hand, ran into no problems with its review.



Xbox
Anandtech

finds out more about the hardware which powers the three major gaming consoles on the market. In the first part of the series, the lads take a look at Microsoft's Xbox, comparing some of the gizmos inside with those in Sony's PS2. Part II promises to break open the GameCube.




Drivers & downloads

Intel has a beta 2 version of its 'Application Accelerator' package. It comes with a whole whack of drivers and fixes for Intel-based mobos that use its IO chipsets. Download it from

Electic Tech

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On the matter of drivers, VIAHardware.com has a new VIA AGP driver that does good things for Win XP users, as well as a few other tweaks.



Smart bricks, Gobble2Go, etc.
Technology Review

has an interesting article on wiring a city in order to make it more 'intelligent', discussing the possibility of smart bricks warning us of impending danger, attacks and more.



Geek.com puts two file conversion utilities for the EPOC OS head to head, giving nConvert the nod ahead of 2Convert. If you're dropping Word docs and other things back and forth between your desktop and handheld, then take a peek here.

VR-Zone has posted a roadmap of DDR technology, showing the path all the way through to DDR III, leading to a peak bandwidth of 6.4GB per second.

Evidently wondering what to do with all the bags they've picked up from conference hopping lately, Tom's Hardware Guide decided to find out which ones are best for transporting a frozen turkey. It's Gobble2Go and it's all in the spirit of America's Thanksgiving day.




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