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  1. With accusations swirling from Consumer Reports and lame remonstrations from Microsoft, Surface Pro users got another set of undocumented driver updates over the weekend. Microsoft If you own a Surface Pro 2017, you may have seen three or more new, completely undocumented driver updates come down the Automatic Update chute over the weekend. They’re called “Intel driver update for Intel(r) Dynamic Platform and Thermal Framework Generic Participant,” “Power Participant,” “Processor Participant” and, for some, “Manager.” The timing couldn’t be worse, as Microsoft tries to counter the impression, championed by Consumer Reports, that Surface machines can no longer be “Recommended” to laptop buyers. Barb Bowman I first heard about the new drivers on Saturday afternoon — a very odd time to see a new driver. Apparently the three or four new drivers were sent to some Surface Pro machines that aren’t actively blocking Windows Automatic Updates. Surface firmware and driver updates are pushed out via Windows Automatic Update, so WU served as the infection vector again this time. I’m told — but Microsoft hasn’t yet confirmed — that these drivers are, indeed, legitimate, and that the documentation for them will be forthcoming. At some point. We've heard that one before. An anonymous poster on AskWoody pointed me to a two-year-old AnadTech article that describes drivers with the same names being released for Windows 8.1. The “Dynamic Platform and Thermal Framework” drivers throttle (slow down) processors when they get too hot. Apparently Surface Pro 2017 machines are frying their brains, and these drivers can cool them off. At least, maybe they will. With no documentation, we're just connecting some very obscure dots. It’s all sadly reminiscent of the undocumented Surface drivers pushed out on Aug. 1. That undocumented camera driver, you may recall, broke Windows Hello on Surface Pro 4. It took Microsoft three days to push out a new driver that restored Windows Hello. The second camera driver was documented. Imagine that. It’s astounding to me that these drivers slipped out, without notice or description, while Microsoft was readying a report that countered last week’s widely publicized Consumer Reports move to drop its “Recommended” imprimatur from Surface machines. According to Paul Thurrott, who says he has seen an internal memo on the topic, the Microsoft counterattack includes gems from Surface honcho Panos Panay such as these: “It’s important for us to always learn more from our customers and how they view their ownership journey with our products. … Feedback like this [from Consumer Reports] stings, but pushes us to obsess more about our customers.” “We take quality seriously … conducting rigorous reliability testing during development to forecast failure and return rates, which are then continually viewed against [real world data] post-launch. We also regularly review other metrics to understand the experience we are providing to our customers and our findings show our products are in a much healthier place than noted by Consumer Reports.” “[We] have put together a comprehensive set of data that reflects the strength of our quality and our customer sentiment, and will be working with partner organizations, including marketing, retail, and sales, to share that information broadly” Michael Allison, in a tremendous response to Paul’s leaked memo, said in mspoweruser: If one were to take the Redmond line, the Surface line is immensely satisfying to customers, Intel was to blame for the Surface Pro 4 and Book issues, and that the subsequent products were better than the last one ( as if they were expected to get worse), etcetera. Microsoft will be working with marketing and other departments to share this information with consumers (So you can expect to see certain Microsoft news blogs touting the firm’s numbers in the coming weeks), and mount a full-fledged defence of the Surface… As much as I love Surface, the firm is doing the wrong thing here. Now that Surface sales are threatened by Consumer Reports pulling their recommendation, Microsoft is stepping in. When Microsoft’s Surface Pro 3, 4, Book and Pro 2017 users were suffering from battery problems, reliability issues, hibernation issues, hot bagging, all this passion for their customers was nowhere to be seen. Now we’re seeing it again. All this newfound passion for Surface customers didn’t get through to the folks pushing out driver updates. It backfired two weeks ago. Let’s see what happens this time. All the latest on the AskWoody Lounge. Source: Another undocumented Surface Pro update — Dynamic Platform and Thermal Framework (Computerworld - Woody Leonhard)
  2. DUMo Drivers Update Monitor Summary DUMo (Drivers Update Monitor) keeps your PC up-to-date & safe by using the most recent version of required hardware drivers! Features User-friendly driver updater Automatic detection of installed hardware Detects required drivers according to your version of Microsoft Windows More compatibility and less false positive than others Drivers Monitors (according to users feedback ;-) Internationalization support. History/Changelog Home Direct download link Download light version Download portable version
  3. Microsoft releases new round of firmware and driver updates for the Surface Book and Surface Pro 4. There’s no documentation and plenty of complaints. Credit: Microsoft We have no way of knowing why Microsoft released the driver updates last Friday or what they’re supposed to accomplish. What we do know is that the last set of patches came just 10 days earlier, on July 11, when Microsoft added support for the new Surface Pro Type Cover and Signature Type Cover. With two dozen major firmware and driver updates pushed onto the Surface Pro 4 since its release in October 2015, and a new Surface Pro 2017 currently on offer, it’s noteworthy that Microsoft is still trying to get the SP4 and SB drivers right. Commenter Bespin on the OnMsft forum has a screenshot of the drivers just installed on his Surface Pro 4: Surface driver update for Surface Management Engine Surface driver update for Surface Pen Pairing Marvell Semiconductor Inc. driver update for Marvell AVASTAR Bluetooth Radio Adapter Surface driver update for Surface UEFI Microsoft driver update for Surface Accessory Device Surface driver update for Surface Embedded Controller Firmware Marvell Semiconductor Inc. driver update for Marvell AVASTAR Wireless-AC Network Controller Intel(R) Corporation driver update for Intel(R) Display Audio Surface driver update for Surface Integration I’ve also seen reports of a new “Intel Corporation driver update for Intel(R) HD Graphics 520.” Of course, until Microsoft graces us with a change list, we’re reduced to speculating about the changes. Judging by the decibel level of complaints, the rollout has been anything but problem-free. On Reddit, I see reports of a new power slider—accessible by hovering your mouse/pen over the power icon in the system tray—that lets you adjust the power mode from “Best battery life” to “Best performance.” Apparently, it’s the same slider available now in the Surface Laptop and Surface Pro 2017, and it seems identical to the one Microsoft has announced for the Fall (North America) Creators Update version 1709, due in September or October. In the same Reddit thread, there are reports of new Wi-Fi problems, and there’s a divergence of opinion as to whether the new Pen driver improves matters. On the Microsoft Answers forum, poster CDLeePatrick says: I updated the latest update Jul 2017 and it bricks my type cover completely. Tried everthing, from reset, volume + and power, everthing including cleaning etc… I also cannot see the device under device manager after the update. I have wipe out my entire computer and do an install again. Not working. Pure waste of time. It isn’t clear if that’s an isolated incident, or the vanguard of a new wave of complaints. You'd think that a billion-dollar business inside Microsoft would deign to publish a changelog of pushed kernel-level patches. Commiseration continues on the AskWoody Lounge. Source: Problems with Surface Pro 4/Surface Book firmware update (Computerworld - Woody Leonhard)
  4. DUMo Drivers Update Monitor Summary DUMo (Drivers Update Monitor) keeps your PC up-to-date & safe by using the most recent version of required hardware drivers! Features User-friendly driver updater Automatic detection of installed hardware Detects required drivers according to your version of Microsoft Windows More compatibility and less false positive than others Drivers Monitors (according to users feedback ;-) Internationalization support. History/Changelog Home Direct download link Download light version Download portable version
  5. DUMo Drivers Update Monitor Summary DUMo (Drivers Update Monitor) keeps your PC up-to-date & safe by using the most recent version of required hardware drivers! Features User-friendly driver updater Automatic detection of installed hardware Detects required drivers according to your version of Microsoft Windows More compatibility and less false positive than others Drivers Monitors (according to users feedback ;-) Internationalization support. History/Changelog Home Direct download link Download light version Download portable version
  6. DUMo Drivers Update Monitor Version : 2.9.0.55 / April 6th 2017 Summary DUMo (Drivers Update Monitor) keeps your PC up-to-date & safe by using the most recent version of required hardware drivers! Features User-friendly driver updater Automatic detection of installed hardware Detects required drivers according to your version of Microsoft Windows More compatibility and less false positive than others Drivers Monitors (according to users feedback ;-) Internationalization support. Changelog ================================ 0004258: [Bug] Crashes when executing self-update (Kyle_Katarn) 0004242: [Bug] ICS shall be set in NO_DEBUG_LOG (compiler conditional compilation) (Kyle_Katarn) History/Changelog Home Direct download link Download light version Download portable version
  7. It Looks Like Ubuntu 17.04 Might Ship with Mesa 17.0.1 and X.Org Server 1.19.2 Both packages are now ready for testing in the proposed repo In his latest blog post, the developer reveals the fact that the long-anticipated X.Org 1.19 display server is now ready for public testing on a special PPA (Personal Package Archive) for Ubuntu 17.04, along with Mesa 17.0.1, which appears to rest in the proposed repository of the forthcoming distribution at the moment of writing. "I’ve prepared X server 1.19.2 along with the driver rebuilds for zesty on the staging ppa here: https://launchpad.net/~canonical-x/+archive/ubuntu/x-staging, " said Timo Aaltonen, Hardware Enablement, Field Expert Squad Team Lead at Canonical. "It also comes with Mesa 17.0.1 while it’s still stuck in zesty-proposed." A call for testing Of course, this is more of a call for testing than an announcement, so don't get too excited. Of course, it will be a huge achievement for Canonical to ship the Ubuntu 17.04 (Zesty Zapus) release with an up-to-date graphics stack based on X.Org Server 1.19 and Mesa 17.0, which translates to a major performance gain for your gaming experience. Therefore, if you want to see Mesa 17 and X.Org Server 1.19 in Ubuntu 17.04 (Zesty Zapus), we recommend that you set up a special partition and test drive the two technologies from the staging PPA linked above. Make sure that you report any issues you might encounter with your graphics cards, especially AMD Radeon and Intel users. According to Timo Aaltonen, Canonical's plan is to bring both X.Org Server 1.19.2 and Mesa 17.0.1 to the main repos of Ubuntu 17.04 next week, if everything goes well and there won't be any blockers, so fingers crossed for a better gaming experience on Ubuntu. Meanwhile, the Linux 4.10.1 kernel has landed in the Zesty Zapus repos. Source
  8. DUMo Drivers Update Monitor Version : 2.8.3.52 Summary DUMo (Drivers Update Monitor) keeps your PC up-to-date & safe by using the most recent version of required hardware drivers! Features User-friendly driver updater Automatic detection of installed hardware Detects required drivers according to your version of Microsoft Windows More compatibility and less false positive than others Drivers Monitors (according to users feedback ;-) Internationalization support. History/Changelog Home Direct download link Download light version Download portable version
  9. Canonical: 2017 Will See a Mir 1.0 Release, Plans to Implement Vulkan Support 2016 was a good year for Mir, says the company behind Ubuntu As most of you are aware, Canonical develops its own display server for Ubuntu, called Mir, which, in some ways, is similar to the X.Org Server and Wayland technologies. While Ubuntu on the desktop still uses X.Org Server's components, Mir is currently heavily tested for the Unity 8 user interface that Canonical plans on implementing by default for future releases of Ubuntu Linux, for desktops. However, until now, Mir has only been successfully deployed on mobile devices, powering the Ubuntu Touch mobile operating system used in various official and unofficial Ubuntu Phone and Tablets. According to Alan Griffiths, Software Engineer at Canonical, 2016 was a great year for Mir, and in 2017 the company plans on releasing the 1.0 milestone of the display server, which should implement the long-anticipated Vulkan support. "2017 will see a cleanup of our "toolkit" API and better support for "platform" plugin modules," said Griffiths. "We will then be working on upstreaming our Mesa patch. That will allow us to release our (currently experimental) Vulkan support." Canonical is working on reducing latency for Mir Canonical worked very hard in 2016 to improve its Mir display server by enabling a client-side toolkit, application, or library to work on Mir, as well as to upstream Mir support into GTK+ 3, Qt, SDL2, and Kodi. They also managed to create Mir Abstraction Layer and released MirAL 1.0, but for 2017 the company plans on enabling Mir on new platforms, upstream their Mesa patch, and enable Mir on a new graphics API, such as Vulkan. Canonical is now working on reducing latency for Mir, and hops that 2017 will be the year when Mir becomes mature enough to be used on desktops, powering the next-generation Unity 8 display server. At the moment, the company did not reveal the exact date when Mir 1.0 will see the light of day, so we can only guess that it could launch sometime around the release of Ubuntu 17.04 (Zesty Zapus), in mid-April, when they'll prepare for Ubuntu 17.10. Source
  10. Valve Finally Makes Steam Work Out-of-the-Box with Open-Source Graphics Drivers Also introduces idle detection and updates the Vulkan loader The new Steam Client Beta update brings quite a lot of changes (see them all in the changelog attached at the end of the story), but we're very interested in the Linux ones, which appears to let Steam work out-of-the-box with open-source graphics drivers on various modern GNU/Linux distributions, while implementing a new setting for older ones to improve the interaction between Steam's runtime and system's host libraries. "Improved interactions between the Steam runtime and host distribution libraries, which should let Steam work out of the box with open-source graphics drivers on modern distributions. If using an older distribution or running into problems, use STEAM_RUNTIME_PREFER_HOST_LIBRARIES=0 to revert to previous behavior," reads the release notes. Vulkan loader updated to enable Xlib support, idle detection added Additionally, Valve implemented idle detection for Linux platforms, automatically switching the friend status in the built-in chat to Away/Snooze when you're not at pressing any buttons on your PC, improves keyboard and mice support for Vulkan apps when using the Overlay, as well as the Vulkan loader to enable Xlib support. It also looks like the close-to-tray behavior is now unified with other platforms besides Steam OS. Users can now use the "STEAM_FRAME_FORCE_CLOSE=0" setting to force the Steam Client to close to tray on GNU/Linux distributions that don't offer a proper system tray area. Other than that, the new Steam Client Beta update addresses some DRI3-related crashes with open-source graphics drivers by shipping with an updated libxcb library, and adds a bunch of Steam Controller improvements. All these goodies and much more are coming soon to the Steam Client when a new stable build will be released. Again, you can view all the improvements in the changelog attached below, and if you can't wait until the new stable version arrives, you can switch right now to the Beta channel in the General section of the Setting dialog, but please try to keep in mind that this is a pre-release build. Steam Client Beta Changelog: Source
  11. (Poster's note... reported to be breaking systems (read comments), so beware) I’ve seen a long line of complaints about Windows Update’s patches called “INTEL – System” followed by a date and time. My original beef was with “INTEL – System – 8/19/2016 12:00:00 AM – 10.1.2.80.” As I described in my InfoWorld post last week, Günter Born tore apart that patch and concluded that they installed “null” (do-nothing) drivers as placeholders for different motherboard components. He also warns against installing the patches – which are coming down the Automatic Update chute. Since then, there have been many reports of another INTEL – System driver, this one “INTEL – System – 10/3/2016 12:00:00 AM – 10.1.1.38” and a wide variety of driver updates have appeared, documented here. Poster jmwoods here made some more experiments, looking inside those patches, and another “INTEL – System” patch, dated 3/13/2016. Here’s what he reports: Set up a test environment, installed the 2 new Intel driver updates, and ran DISM to get the list of all drivers for the online OS… dism /online /get-drivers /all /format:table > “%userprofile%\Desktop\drivers.txt” The output will be created in the file “drivers.txt” on your desktop. The Intel driver INF files affected…by date – 3/13/16 – iccwdt.inf – version 11.0.0.1010 8/19/2016 – haswellsystem.inf – version 10.1.2.80 lynxpointsystem.inf – version 10.1.2.80 10/3/2016 – haswellsystem.inf – version 10.1.1.38 lynxpointsystem.inf – version 10.1.1.38 (appears to be a rollback) He also speculates: Could have something to do with this big list of bugs for 4th Gen Haswell chipsets… http://www.intel.com/content/dam/www/public/us/en/documents/specification-updates/4th-gen-core-family-desktop-specification-update.pdf See the Errata section. ch100 has speculated that the patches might be related to the Bluetooth problems with the KB 3172605 patch – the key July speed-up patch. http://www.infoworld.com/article/3136677/microsoft-windows/how-to-speed-up-windows-7-update-scans-forever.html He also speculates that: It may also mean that those somehow newer drivers can facilitate a better upgrade experience from lower versions of Windows to Windows 10 by having dual compatibility. Just speculation, I don’t know about anything documented in that sense. So my question is… does anybody know what’s going on? It took Microsoft more than a year to fix the driver/firmware bugs in the Surface Pro 4 and Surface Book, and that debacle is widely attributed to bugs in the 2015-vintage Skylake chipset. Are we seeing something similar for the older (2013) Haswell chipsets? If so, it doesn’t inspire confidence in the recently announced Kaby Lake chips, which will be at the center of a new round of Windows PCs that are just appearing on the market. Source: What’s going on with the “INTEL – System” patches? (AskWoody)
  12. DUMo Drivers Update Monitor Version : 2.8.2.51 / December 27th 2016 Summary DUMo (Drivers Update Monitor) keeps your PC up-to-date & safe by using the most recent version of required hardware drivers! Features User-friendly driver updater Automatic detection of installed hardware Detects required drivers according to your version of Microsoft Windows More compatibility and less false positive than others Drivers Monitors (according to users feedback ;-) Internationalization support. History/Changelog Home Direct download link Download light version Download portable version
  13. Might be a memory blank, however some help will be appreciated please. I updated sound drivers, they are mobo related. I have my headphones plugged in and I get sound via the speakers too. Had this before and forgot how to correct problem. Can anyone help me sort out sound NOT to come out of speakers when head phone jack is being used.
  14. DriverMax Pro - 1 Year[365 Days] Promo by DriverMax Overview: DriverMax is a tool that changes the way you update your computer drivers. Remember how hard it was to search by yourself all the drivers you needed? DriverMax changed that. You no longer have to do this by yourself, DriverMax has got you covered. It scans your computer and identifies missing or outdated/faulty drivers, downloads them and installs them for you. More Info: Product Homepage FAQ: https://www.drivermax.com/faq/index.htm Links: Offer - 1: http://drivermax.de/magazin-registration/ Note: Limited Period Offer. Page in German. Translated Page here. Current Status: Open. Offer - 2: http://drivermax.de/magazin-registration-aktion/ Note: Limited Period Offer. Page in German. Translated Page here. Current Status: Open. Terms: No free technical Support No Updates. Steps: Please enter your First name, Last Name and Email address. Click "I'm not a robot" and complete captcha. Click on "Absenden"/"Send". You will then receive an Email with the serial number. This Email should arrive within five minutes. Install the application. Enter the registration code you receive by E-Mail, at the end of the Installation in the appropriate window and confirm the input with "OK". Afterwards, you will need to set up a new user account, to activate your account. Downloads: https://www.drivermax.com/soft/dmx/drivermax.exe - [Size: 5.7 MB] More Advent Kalender Giveaways:
  15. win 7-8.1 x86 http://us.download.nvidia.com/Windows/376.19/376.19-desktop-win8-win7-32bit-international-whql.exe x64 http://us.download.nvidia.com/Windows/376.19/376.19-desktop-win8-win7-64bit-international-whql.exe win 10 x86 http://us.download.nvidia.com/Windows/376.19/376.19-desktop-win10-32bit-international-whql.exe x64 http://us.download.nvidia.com/Windows/376.19/376.19-desktop-win10-64bit-international-whql.exe
  16. Gamers are accusing NVIDIA’s new drivers of spying on you, collecting more data with new telemetry services. But NVIDIA isn’t spying on you—or, at least, NVIDIA isn’t gathering more data than it already was, and most of that data is required for it to work properly. Those New Telemetry Processes Do Nothing (at the Moment) This whole subject started to take on a life of its own when people noticed the latest NVIDIA drivers add an “NVIDIA telemetry monitor”, or NvTmMon.exe, entry to the Task Scheduler. MajorGeeks even recommended disabling these tasks with the Microsoft Autoruns software. While many websites uncritically recommended disabling these processes, Gamers Nexus monitored these processes and found that “they appear to be inactive at this time and do not transact data, as far as we can tell.” In other words, those telemetry-named processes do nothing. Disabling them accomplishes nothing. It’s possible that NVIDIA is working on moving telemetry-related functions from the main GeForce Experience program to these processes, but that hasn’t happened yet. A future driver update that makes these processes functional will also probably re-enable them in the Task Scheduler. There’s no point in disabling them right now “just in case”. People Are Reading the Wrong Privacy Policy People on Reddit found the Privacy Policy on NVIDIA’s website and summarized it as such: “NVIDIA may collect your name, address, email, phone number, IP address, and non traditional identifiers and share this information with business partners, resellers, affiliates, service providers, consulting partners, and others. This information is combined with typical browsing and cookie data and used by NVIDIA itself or advertising networks.” That sounds bad. But that’s actually a summary of the privacy policy for your use of NVIDIA’s website. As Gamers Nexus wrote, there’s a separate policy that covers GeForce Experience and NVIDIA’s software. NVIDIA issued an official statement that said: “NVIDIA does not share any personally identifiable information collected by GeForce Experience outside the company. NVIDIA may share aggregate-level data with select partners, but does not share user-level data… Aggregate data refers to information about a group of users rather than an individual. For example, there are now 80 million users of GeForce Experience.” GeForce Experience Needs to Collect Data to Function The GeForce Experience application, by its very nature, needs to collect some data from you. Here’s what the GeForce Experience application, included with NVIDIA’s drivers, does: It checks for new drivers and downloads them for you. To do this, it has to check which operating system you’re using, which NVIDIA hardware you have installed, and which driver version you currently have installed. It scans your system for installed games and suggests optimal settings. To do this, it needs to know which games you have installed, how they’re currently configured, and what hardware you have in your PC. It also reports back basic information about how you use the application. For example, NVIDIA can probably tell how many people use the GeForce Experience application to optimize games, how many people use the gameplay-recording feature, and so on. NVIDIA says it hasn’t started collecting any new data recently, writing in a statement: “The nature of the information collected has remained consistent since the introduction of GeForce Experience 1.0. The change with GeForce Experience 3.0 is that this error reporting and data collection is now being done in real-time.” You Can Monitor the Data GeForce Experience Sends If you’d like to see every bit of data GeForce Experience sends, you can do so with Wireshark. Gamers Nexus monitored the data NVIDIA’s applications sent over the wire and found about what you’d expect. It sends: Your GPU’s specification, vendor, clock speed, and overclock information. Your monitor information and display resolution. Driver settings for some specific games, such as whether you’ve disabled G-Sync or chosen a type of antialiasing for a game in the NVIDIA Control Panel. The resolution and quality settings you’ve chosen for some specific games. A list of games and applications installed, so NVIDIA can see how many people have Origin, Steam, Counter-Strike: GO, Overwatch, and other games installed. How much RAM you have. Information about your CPU, motherboard, and BIOS version. This is the type of data we’d expect to see, given what GeForce Experience does. NVIDIA can use much of this data to suggest optimal settings for your hardware. Data about which games you have installed and how you’ve configured them can help NVIDIA know which games to focus development resources on, and point it in the right direction when automatically choosing graphics settings. These are good things, and what GeForce Expeirence has always been designed to do anyway. To Disable Telemetry, You’d Have to Break GeForce Experience You’re free to disable those telemetry services, but that won’t do anything for the time being. To truly stop NVIDIA’s software from phoning home, you’d have to break GeForce Experience by blocking its connections at the firewall level. But if you do this, GeForce Experience won’t automatically check for and provide you with graphics driver updates anymore. The game-optimization features would stop working. Other Internet-connected features would also break. In fact, if you block connections from GeForce Experience and it can’t connect to NVIDIA’s servers, it just kicks you back top a sign-in screen saying “We are unable to log you in at this time. Try again later.” This is a bad idea. Those graphics driver updates are important! The Mandatory Account Still Stings We’ve looked into it and found NVIDIA’s telemetry is really nothing to worry about. GeForce Experience collects as much data as it always does, and the data it collects makes sense for what it has to do. The new telemetry processes don’t seem to actually do anything. But NVIDIA has gamers on edge with its recent decisions. GeForce Experience version 3.0 requires you sign in with an account to use it—even just to get driver updates—which makes many gamers unhappy. However, you can just create an NVIDIA account for this purpose. You don’t have to link a Google or Facebook account. While we wish NVIDIA would offer more options, let’s keep our complaints tethered to the real world. Many of the claims going around online about NVIDIA’s new telemetry services just aren’t true. Article source
  17. It's been brought to our attention that nVIDIA now has telemetry included with its drivers. It also continues the bloat with nVIDIA Wireless Controller and ShadowPlay services, something many don't need. First, let's go over what these are. Telemetry is essentially considered spying by many as it is a way to send data back and forth. It's nowhere near that simple, but we'd like to know what it's doing in our video drivers when it's never been needed before. nVIDIA Wireless Controller requires you have, you guessed it, a nVIDIA Wireless Controller. ShadowPlay is a way to capture and record gameplay. The easiest way to check for, and disable these is to download Microsoft Autoruns. Autoruns is portable, so no installation is needed. Download it and unzip Autoruns.zip into its own folder and double click Autoruns.exe or Autoruns64.exe. Type nvidia in the filter box. You will find Telemetry in the Task Scheduler section and the nVIDIA Wireless Controller, and ShadowPlay services further down under the registry entries. Uncheck what you don't want, close and reboot. If you get an error, close the program and right click on Autoruns.exe or Autoruns64.exe and "Run as Administrator." Here is an image showing you how to get it done: Article source
  18. DUMo Drivers Update Monitor Version : 2.8.0.49 / November 6th 2016 Summary DUMo (Drivers Update Monitor) keeps your PC up-to-date & safe by using the most recent version of required hardware drivers! Features User-friendly driver updater Automatic detection of installed hardware Detects required drivers according to your version of Microsoft Windows More compatibility and less false positive than others Drivers Monitors (according to users feedback ;-) Internationalization support. History/Changelog Home Direct download link Download light version Download portable version
  19. DUMo Drivers Update Monitor Version : 2.7.3.48 / October 26th 2016 Summary DUMo (Drivers Update Monitor) keeps your PC up-to-date & safe by using the most recent version of required hardware drivers! Features User-friendly driver updater Automatic detection of installed hardware Detects required drivers according to your version of Microsoft Windows More compatibility and less false positive than others Drivers Monitors (according to users feedback ;-) Internationalization support. Changelog ================================ - 0004106: [Bug] Autocheck erroneous functioning (Kyle_Katarn) - resolved. - 0004093: [Refactoring] Updated German translation (Kyle_Katarn) - resolved. - 0004089: [Refactoring] Some items not available for translation (Kyle_Katarn) - resolved. - 0004088: [Refactoring] Updated japanese translation (Kyle_Katarn) - resolved. History/Changelog Home Direct download link Download light version Download portable version
  20. AMD has updated its Radeon Software Crimson Edition driver to version 16.10.1. As we have become accustomed to, the latest driver brings support for a couple of hot new games titles. This time around it's Gears of War 4 and Mafia III. Another driver improvement for gamers applies to those using CrossFire configurations to play Shadow Warrior 2 (DX11). There's some significant wrinkles ironed out with AMD Radeon Software Crimson Edition 16.10.1 as follows; Paragon, Battlefield 1, and Deus Ex: Mankind Divided all get CrossFire flicker/stutter cures, there should no longer be random or sudden FPS drops while playing The Crew, Radeon WattMan power limit adjustments should now always reliably be set, and Radeon RX 400 cards will now be able to adjust Pixel Format options. AMD is still working on several issues including; Raptr overlay problems, freezing in The Division (CrossFire), crashing in Rise of the Tomb Raider (DX 12), WattMan (CrossFire) issues, and H.264 P2P content streaming corruption. DirectX 12 multi-GPU Frame Pacing All GCN-enabled GPUs and AMD A8 APUs or higher with GCN now have multi-GPU frame pacing support to DirectX 12. In essence Frame Pacing provides more consistent, smooth gameplay. "In multi-GPU (mGPU) configurations, GPUs render alternating frames and push each frame to your screen. Each render can be created at various speeds causing differences in frame time," AMD explains. "With frame pacing enabled, frames are distributed evenly, i.e. with less variance between frames, creating liquid smooth gameplay". AMD says that its recently implemented DX 12 Frame Pacing can have a positive impact on a number of games/apps currently available including Total War – Warhammer, Rise of the Tomb Raider, and the 3DMark Time Spy benchmark. I've reproduced the ROTR Frame Pacing comparison graph example below but AMD has published more on its blog for you to look over. Article source
  21. How to Get the Latest Windows 10 Drivers for Your Computer Hardware After installing Windows 10 from scratch, and sometimes after updating from a previous version of Windows, you may need to locate and install the latest Windows 10 drivers for your computer's hardware. Because Windows 10 is Microsoft's newest operating system, manufacturers are determining what models of their hardware could work in Windows 10 and then (hopefully) regularly releasing Windows 10 compatible drivers. Never Updated a Windows 10 Driver Before? See How to Update Drivers in Windows 10 for a full tutorial. A free driver updater software tool is another option you might want to consider, especially if you're new to this. Important: Two different versions of many drivers are available, both a 32-bit and 64-bit version. Make sure you install the correct one based on which version of Windows 10 you have installed! Acer (Notebooks, Tablets, Desktops) Any Windows 10 drivers by Acer, for your Acer computer, are available via the Acer Download Drivers & Manuals page. Just search for your Acer PC model and then select Windows 10 from the Operating System drop-down box. If your Acer computer model does not have any Windows 10 drivers available, especially if it is listed on the Acer Windows 10 Upgrade page, don't worry - it just means that the drivers Microsoft includes with Windows 10 probably work just fine. Most Acer tablets, notebooks, and desktops that worked well with Windows 8 and Windows 7 will work just fine with Windows 10. If you do have issues, check Acer's Download Drivers & Manuals page regularly for new drivers. The Acer Windows 10 FAQ page answers a lot of other basic questions about Windows 10 and your Acer computer. More » AMD Radeon Driver (Video) The latest AMD Radeon Windows 10 driver is the AMD Catalyst 16.30.2311 Suite (Released 2016-07-28). These drivers are also called the AMD Catalyst Drivers and they include everything you need for your AMD/ATI video card to work in Windows 10. Most AMD/ATI Radeon HD GPUs are supported in Windows 10 with these drivers, including those in the R9, R7, and R5 series, plus others. This includes both desktop and mobile GPUs. AMD has also answered a number of basic questions about AMD video card compatibility with Windows 10 in their Windows 10 Driver & AMD Graphics Product Compatibility page. More » ASUS Drivers (Motherboards) Windows 10 drivers for ASUS motherboards can be downloaded via ASUS Support. Click Download, enter your motherboard model number, and then filter by your operating system - Windows 10 in this case. ASUS did a fantastic job of making it easy to find out how compatible your motherboard is with Windows 10 with their Ready for Windows 10 page. Just sort by Intel or AMD and then locate your motherboard model number. Windows 10 might be supported with a beta or WHQL driver and may or may not need a BIOS upgrade. Everything you need to know is right there. More » BIOSTAR Drivers (Motherboards & Graphics) BIOSTAR doesn't keep a list of Windows 10 compatible motherboards or graphics cards, but you can find any Windows 10 drivers they do provide via BIOSTAR Support. Expect most motherboards that work fine in Windows 8 to work equally fine in Windows 10, especially if you're using Microsoft's default drivers. I do, however, expect more and more BIOSTAR-developed Windows 10 drivers to make it into their support area as time goes on. More » Canon (Printers & Scanners) Canon provides Windows 10 drivers for a number of their printer, scanner, and mutli-function devices via Canon Support. Just locate your product using the wizard on the screen and then filter by Operating System for Windows 10. 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More » Dell Drivers (Printers) Many Dell printer drivers for Windows 10 are available via Dell's Drivers & Downloads page and more will be added as they're developed by Dell. Dell also keeps an updated Microsoft Windows 10 Compatibility with Dell Printers page that should be very helpful if you already know your Dell printer model number. Printers are listed as either having Windows 10 Web Package Availability (i.e. you can download Dell-made drivers via Drivers & Downloads), Windows 10 Drivers in CD (i.e. Windows 10 drivers for this printer were included in the installation disc that came with the printer), or Windows 10 Drivers in OS or Windows Update (i.e. Microsoft included the best drivers for this printer in Windows 10 or they'll be downloaded via Windows Update when you connect the printer). Most Dell color and black-and-white, laser and inkjet printers are supported in Windows 10 via one of those methods. More » Gateway Drivers (Notebooks & Desktops) Windows 10 drivers for Gateway PCs can be had via Gateway's Drivers & Downloads page on their website. A complete list of computers that Gateway will support on Windows 10 can be found on their Windows 10 Upgrade page. Some LT, NE, and NV series Gateway notebooks are listed, as are some DX, SX, and ZX series desktop computers. More » HP Drivers (Laptops, Tablets, & Desktops) HP provides Windows 10 drivers for many of their tablet, laptop, and desktop computers via their HP Software & Driver Downloads page. There isn't an easy-to-reference list of HP computers that work well with Windows 10, like with some other computer makers, but HP does provide some help. Head to the Upgrade Your HP Computer to Windows 10 page and enter your computer's product number in the field provided and then tap or click Find my product. Tip: Don't know where you HP product number is? Check the sticker on the back of your desktop or under your tablet or laptop. If your sticker is worn out, execute CTRL+ALT+S on HP desktop PCs, or FN+ESC on HP notebooks and it'll pop up on screen. More » Recently Released Windows 10 Drivers 2016-07-28: AMD/ATI Radeon Catalyst v16.30.2311 Released 2016-02-04: Intel Chipset v10.1.1.14 Released 2015-07-29: NVIDIA GeForce v353.62 Released 2015-06-25: Realtek HD Audio R2.79 Released Can't Find a Windows 10 Driver? Try using a Windows 8 driver instead. This doesn't always work but often will, considering how similar Windows 8 and Windows 10 are. Source
  22. Open Source AMDGPU Driver Now Detects All Linux Kernel Supported AMD Radeon GPUs xf86-video-amdgpu 1.1.1 is now available for download According to the release notes, xf86-video-amdgpu 1.1.1 is the latest stable version of the driver, and the biggest new feature is that it's now capable of detecting all the AMD Radeon graphics cards that are supported upstream in the AMDGPU kernel driver. Additionally, it now offers support for X.Org Server version 1.9 to 1.18. "I'm pleased to announce the 1.1.1 release of xf86-video-amdgpu, the X.Org driver for AMD Radeon GPUs supported by the AMDGPU kernel driver. This release supports X.Org Server versions 1.9-1.18," says Michel Dänzer in the release announcement. "This is a stable point release containing only fixes and other minor changes." It also looks like over 20 issues reported by users since the previous maintenance release were addressed in xf86-video-amdgpu 1.1.1, and for that we recommend that you take a look at the full changelog attached at the end of article if you're curious to know what exactly has been changed. In related news, Michel Dänzer also announced the release of the xf86-video-ati 7.7.1 X.Org video driver for ATI/AMD Radeon graphics cards that are supported by the radeon Linux kernel driver. There are eighteen changes implemented in this new stable version, which now offers support for X.Org Server versions 1.9 to 1.18. Changelog: Source
  23. Linus Torvalds Announces Linux Kernel 4.8 RC4 with Skylake Power Management Fix Linux 4.8-rc4 is now ready for public testing The development of Linux kernel 4.8 continues today with the Release Candidate 4 (RC4) snapshot, and, according to Linus Torvalds, things are looking quite normal at this stage, but it also looks like this is the smalles RC until now. The biggest new feature being a fix for an Intel Skylake power management bug. However, there are also the usual updated drivers, arch improvements, and some KVM changes. "Everything looks normal, and it's been a bit quieter than rc3 too, so hopefully we're well into the "it's calming down" phase. Although with the usual timing-related fluctuation (different maintainers stagger their pulls differently), it's hard to tell a trend yet.," says Linus Torvalds in today's announcement. "Regardless, it all looks pretty small." Final Linux kernel 4.8 release to land at the end of September Now that we're able to take the fourth Release Candidate build of the Linux 4.8 kernel for a test drive on our PCs, its development cycle will continue, and next week we shall get our hands on the RC5 milestone. After that, there should be only two RCs left, RC6 and RC7, until the final Linux kernel 4.8 release hits the streets, which should happen at the end of September. Until then, we invite you to download the Linux kernel 4.8 Release Candidate 4 sources right now directly from kernel.org and report any bugs you might encounter. We should also warn you not to replace your stable kernel with this one, nor install it on a production-ready operating system. This is a pre-release build intended for testing purposes only. Source Related Alternate Source for "The Many Exciting Features To The Linux 4.8 Kernel" - Linux 4.8 feature overview
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