Archive for December, 2006

Do NOT, DO NOT buy Asus P5B Deluxe!!!

Posted by 26 December, 2006 (104) Comment

Yeah, if you don’t want to curse Asus or yourself later for buying an expensive Board giving you problems which you won’t be able to resolve then DON’T buy Asus P5B Deluxe. Yeah I know, the Hardware Review sites might be calling it a good performer, surely it is, surely it can over clock well too. People reaching a 100% over clock but if you will be using integrated audio on this board then you are out of your luck.

Audio drivers provided by Asus for the said board, for Windows XP and most probably Windows Vista too are known to cause problems. I wonder why on earth no Hardware Review site found out about this. Perhaps they did but “Did not want a bad name for Asus” or perhaps if they published it publicly, they would not get free lunch from Asus anymore? Yeah this can be a reason… Read the rest of this entry

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Apple’s Ad – Have a few laughs!

Posted by 25 December, 2006 (0) Comment

I visited Apple’s Website few days ago, noticed an AD. Apple’s minds are indeed creative and I am looking forward to experience their system & OS but I don’t know why do they always have to hit PC and in particular Microsoft. You cannot directly compare Windows and Apple’s OS [more on that later].

Apple's Ad Original
So, the Ad shows a teenager who think he’s cool and all that, under his picture is written “I’m a Mac.”, to his side their is a poor OLD and mature man as compared to the teenager, under him is written, “I’m a PC.”! I don’t know the idea behind this Ad but to me it looks like Apple are degrading their own Macs. They are calling their Mac as a teenager PC as a mature man. Now, you don’t need to have an extra ordinary brain to figure out that being mature is always good not being a teenager who does not have any experience in matters of this world and ends up being hurt badly. :p Mature takes decisions wisely but a teenager would be like ooh this thing is cool and would spend thousands on the thing he likes. A mature and old man on other hand can control himself in financial matters better than the teenager. So I am so going to choose a PC if this is what Apple’s trying to tell us. It is also sorta degrading for old don’t you think . . . I altered it a little :p. Enj0Y!
Apple Ad Altered
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Vista License Agreement – Loop Hole?

Posted by 23 December, 2006 (0) Comment

Ever since I heard that all versions of Vista will be available on the same DVD provided by Microsoft and that any version can be installed without a Serial Key for 30 days, I have been wondering why they added this option, the 30 days trial specially. Is it possible that Microsoft would offer Buying and Downloading Vista Online option? Just like hundreds of Softwares out there. You download the Demo/Trial/Shareware version, use it, if you like go to their website, pay online for it and receive a Serial Key by e-mail. May be offer it online, a 30 days trial just like they are offering a free 60 days downloadable trial of Office 2007!. I cannot confirm this bit as I am on a dial-up, but as of today it does say “a 60 days downloadable trial”.

I decided to look in this matter more. Checked out Windows Vista’s EULA [End User License Agreement] and I found the following bit in it,

4. MANDATORY ACTIVATION.
Activation associates the use of the software with a specific device. During activation, the software will send information about the software and the device to Microsoft. This information includes the version, language and product key of the software, the Internet protocol address of the device, and information derived from the hardware configuration of the device. For more information, see http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?linkid=69497. By using the software, you consent to the transmission of this information. Before you activate, you have the right to use the version of the software installed during the installation process. Your right to use the software after the time specified in the installation process is limited unless it is activated. This is to prevent its unlicensed use. You will not be able to continue using the software after that time if you do not activate it. If the device is connected to the Internet, the software may automatically connect to Microsoft for activation. You can also activate the software manually by Internet or telephone. If you do so, Internet and telephone service charges may apply. Some changes to your computer components or the software may require you to reactivate the software. The software will remind you to activate it until you do.

Notice the bold part? It says, “You have the right to use the version of the software installed during the installation process. Your right to use the software after the time specified in the installation process is limited unless it is activated”. Now, what about a person who downloads Vista off a torrent, installs Vista Ultimate for 30 days, buys a legal license of it and enters that Serial Key provided to him instead of waiting for the legal disk to arrive and then installing or re-installing from that very disk . . . You can call me a dumb when it comes to this, I am sorry if I sound awkward with this. If someone can clarify then please! :)

I e-mailed Microsoft Support about it and received a reply from them too. To put my question in simple words, “Is it legal of a person to get Vista through Pirated/Illegal means but install it without any Serial Key, getting a 30 days trial instead of using the Serial Key/Crack/Work around provided by Illegal means to active Windows Vista?” I received the following answer which to me is not exactly reply to what I asked them, instead the guy told reason for why Microsoft offers such an option, selecting any version of Vista for a 30 days period. May be it’s the answer, I don’t know.

Thank you for contacting Microsoft Online Customer Service.

I understand from your message that you wish know why a customer is provided the right to use Vista software during installation period. I realize the importance of your concern.

Please be informed that, this facility is given to the customer, in order to provide a hands on feel and make them familiar with the new helpful features before they decide to purchase the full version.

The goal of Product Activation is to reduce a form of piracy known as “casual copying” or “softlifting.” Casual copying is a form of piracy characterized by the sharing of software between people in a way that infringes on the software`s end user license agreement (EULA).

Abul, if you come across any information on the sales of Microsoft Products which you believe is a pirated one, I recommend you to contact the piracy Hotline, which you can reach at 1-800-785-3448 or write to:
[email protected]

If you would like to get more information about piracy, we do have a piracy support website that provides information about this serious issue. You can visit this web site at:

http://www.microsoft.com/piracy/ReportingUs.mspx

I hope the above information is helpful.

Thank you for using Microsoft products and services.

Any one wants to clarify? I have contacted a few who have a lot knowledge of EULA’s than me. Looking forward to their answer.

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Windows Vista Computer Requirements

Posted by 20 December, 2006 (1) Comment

Microsoft has updated their Windows Vista – Get Ready website with Official Computer/System Requirements for Windows Vista. It’s not simple as it was with the previous versions of Windows from Microsoft because of the fact that Vista comes in different flavors & in order to enjoy Windows Vista fully, you really have to use the Aero 3D effects in Vista for which you will require a capable graphics card.

A new PC that carries the Windows Vista Capable PC logo can run Windows Vista. All editions of Windows Vista will deliver core experiences such as innovations in organizing and finding information, security, and reliability. All Windows Vista Capable PCs will run these core experiences at a minimum. Some features available in the premium editions of Windows Vista—like the new Windows Aero user experience—may require advanced or additional hardware.

A Windows Vista Capable PC includes at least:

* A modern processor (at least 800MHz).
* 512 MB of system memory.
* A graphics processor that is DirectX 9 capable.

I have tested Windows Vista Ultimate on two systems. A desktop system with latest Intel Core 2 DUO processor and a laptop, 3 years old almost running a Desktop Intel Pentium 4 processor. Both have 512 MB of RAM, though there is difference between the performance of them. What I am wondering here is. It says, “A modern processor” then it says, “at least 800Mhz”. Now what I am wondering is that the “Modern processors” don’t start from 800 Mhz but in Ghz!!!

As I said, I have tested Vista on two systems mentioned above, which ofcourse are more than what is require for the system to be called Vista Capable PC BUT there was a huge difference in performance with both the systems. The Desktop with Intel Core 2 DUO processor and 512 MB RAM was far more faster than compared to the 2.8 Ghz Pentium 4 processor! How much of a difference? I can work without any slow down in Vista on the Desktop system but I could not use Windows Vista for more than a few minutes on the laptop because it was all hogged down!!! So I am wondering what they really mean . . .

Windows Vista Premium Ready PCs
To get an even better Windows Vista experience, including the Windows Aero user experience, ask for a Windows Vista Capable PC that is designated Premium Ready, or choose a PC that meets or exceeds the Premium Ready requirements described below. Features available in specific premium editions of Windows Vista, such as the ability to watch and record live TV, may require additional hardware.

A Windows Vista Premium Ready PC includes at least:

* 1 GHz 32-bit (x86) or 64-bit (x64) processor.
* 1 GB of system memory.
* Support for DirectX 9 graphics with a WDDM driver, 128 MB of graphics memory (minimum)2, Pixel Shader 2.0 and 32 bits per pixel.
* 40 GB of hard drive capacity with 15 GB free space.
* DVD-ROM Drive3.
* Audio output capability.
* Internet access capability.

As far as Aero is concerned. I already mentioned the Desktop system I have. Intel Core 2 DUO with 512 MB of RAM and NVidia 6200 Turbo Cache Graphics Card. The card supports Aero completely and with 512 MB of RAM, Vista works like a charm on the said system. 1 GB of RAM will be ofcourse sweet.

I have yet to see the performance of Windows Vista after installing my usual day to day softwares like NOD32 etc. so keep watching. I will tell in detail about it in coming days. How well Vista performs with 512MB of RAM. It will not be fair for every kind of RAM though. 512MB of DDR will work better than 512MB of PC333 RAM but slower than 512MB of DDR2… I am also looking ahead to test something on Windows Vista, if it will get effected by a very common virus for Windows XP, I have to face this virus alot. NOD32 finds it ofcourse. I want to see if Windows Vista can stop it with its default settings and no Anti-virus installed.

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Bad News Microsoft – Vista arrives

Posted by 16 December, 2006 (4) Comment

Bad news for Microsoft . . .

They are supposed to release it officially for general public in January 2007, the RTM version, final version of Windows Vista first leaked on Internet around 1-10th November 06, now even more bad. Vista is available in DVDs in the pirated markets, at least in Pakistan for 100 Rupees only, Vista Ultimate will cost 399$ I think and people are getting the version in less than 2$ here!!!

Guess they could not stop it. I wonder why can’t they stop the LEAKING of their products even before their official release. BAD employee? FIRE ‘em!

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Asus P5B Deluxe BIOS

Posted by 9 December, 2006 (17) Comment

Last Updated: September 01, 2008

Going to Asus’s downloads website and then finding the appropriate download is a slow and somewhat painful process so I have setup direct download links to all BIOS versions of Asus P5B Deluxe. The list is now arranged as the latest BIOS version on top and so on; you don’t have to scroll down anymore to get the latest BIOS version.

I am just linking to the BIOS versions available on Asus’s servers. I will not be responsible for any damage or loss that might be caused due to the BIOS upgrade procedure. If you have not done BIOS upgrade before then I suggest you consult someone who can do it properly & here’s a warning from Asus; consider it from my side too.

Please leave a comment if you like the effort =)

Please note, BIOS update is only recommended when experiencing technical difficulties with your system, And is not recommended to be performed regularly.

Moreover, due to the nature of BIOS update, there is certain level of dangers involved. BIOS update must be performed with extreme caution . During BIOS update process, your system must be maintained without interference or power loss to prevent unexpected damage.

In case of BIOS update failure, please follow instructions in your User’s Manual for guidelines on BIOS recovery via CrashFree BIOS. In the event that BIOS recovery is not recoverable via CrashFree BIOS, please contact your place of purchase for further assistance on BIOS recovery.

BIOS Releases for Asus P5B Deluxe

  • P5B Deluxe BIOS version 1236 BETA – 838.47 KB [Latest]
    Release Date: August 05, 2008
    Changes:
    1) Support new CPUs

    Core 2 Quad Q9400 (rev.R0,2.66GHz,1333FSB,L2:12MB,4 cores)
    Core 2 Quad Q9550 (rev.E0,2.83GHz,1333FSB,L2:12MB,4 cores)
    Core 2 Quad Q9650 (rev.E0, 3.00GHz,1333FSB,L2:12MB, 4 cores)
  • P5B Deluxe BIOS version 1232 BETA – 835.26 KB
    Release Date: April 18, 2008
    Changes:
    1) Support new CPUs
  • P5B Deluxe BIOS version 1226 BETA – 828.27 KB
    Release Date: November 30, 2007
    Changes:
    1) Fix CPU ratio will not reset after load BIOS default
    2) Enable support for N/2 Ratio option
  • P5B Deluxe BIOS version 1223 BETA – 825.7 KB
    Release Date: November 13, 2007
    Changes:
    1) Fix FSB speed issue after adjusting CPU ratio
  • P5B Deluxe BIOS version 1221 BETA – 825.9 KB
    Release Date: November 05, 2007
    Changes:
    1) Support new CPUs
  • P5B Deluxe BIOS version 1219 BETA – 825.9 KB
    Release Date: October 31, 2007
    Changes:
    1) Support new CPUs
    2) Finetune CPU Voltage Low Limit
    3) Finetune Q”Fan control code for chassis Q”Fan
  • P5B Deluxe BIOS version 1216 BETA – 816.19 KB
    Release Date: August 16, 2007
    Changes:
    1) Finetune CPU temperature detection algorithm
  • P5B Deluxe BIOS version 1215 BETA – 816.17 KB
    Release Date: July 13, 2007
    Changes:
    1) Enhance memory compatibility under FSB1333 mode
  • P5B Deluxe BIOS version 1212 BETA – 816 KB
    Release Date: July 09, 2007
    Changes:
    1) Add new CPU uCode to support new processors
    2) Revise SLP 2.0 rule
    3) Enable support for SATA hot plug function under AHCI mode
    4) Fix after downgrade CPU ratio, the Conroe L frequency not correct under ASUSCPU
  • P5B Deluxe BIOS version 1101 – 809 KB
    Release Date: April 04, 2007
    Changes:
    1) Add new uCode to support new CPU.
    2) Fix system won”t complete POST with GV-MVP/RZ2(TV tuner) connected and power on before motherboard.
  • P5B Deluxe Release BIOS version 1004 – 804 KB
    Changes:
    1) Enhance memory compatibility
    2) Support CONROE E0 CPU (FSB 1333) – Yey!!!
    **Please update AsusUpdate to V7.09.02 or later prior making this update – I guess for those who like to use Asus Update software**
    **This BIOS does not support roll back to older BIOS – I don’t quite get this one**
  • P5B Deluxe Release BIOS version 0910 – 803.68 KB
    Changes:
    1) Update Jmicron option ROM to 1.06.59
    2) Fix AC Power loss function not correct
    3) Support x4 DIMM
    4) Moidfy Write to Precharge Delay default from 10 to 11
    5) Enable support for EIST under VISTA
    6) Finetune Q-Fan rule
    7) Support SLP 2.0
    8) Fix BBS device string not correct under AHCI mode
    9) Enable Disable USB capability
    10) Support ASUS WIFI-TV card
    11) Revise CPU temperature calculation algorithm for PECI
  • P5B Deluxe Release BIOS version 0804 – 798.12 KB
    Changes:
    1) Support conroe L processor
    2) Update JMicron option rom 1.06.22
    3) Modify CPU fan low limit speed from 800 RPM to 600 RPM
    4) Implement ASUS CGI performance with ATI 1950 graphic cards
  • P5B Deluxe Release BIOS version 0711 – 791.8 KB
    Changes:
    1) Fix DRAM frequency incorrectly display problem under auto, standard and AI N.O.S mode
    2) Add check ATI CrossFire VGA card routine
    3) Add ASUS Cross Graphics Impeller (ASUS C.G.I) feature
    4) Reduce system full reset of times
    5) Patch some VGA card can’t found when NB Vcore value has been set too high
    6) Fix DDR frequency 889 unstable by SPD
    7) Enable support for NVIDIA 7950GX2 cards under recovery mode
    8) Fix CPU frequency not correct when use ES CPU and lock free fuction enable
    9) Fix memory display message not correct under multi-language
    10) Add new CPU Ucode to support Kentsfield B3 stepping CPU
    11) Fix chassis fan 2 speed not correct when fan speed too low
    12) Fix ATI CrossFire can’t work when using with 800FSB Prescott CPU
    13) Enhance Chassis Q-Fan sensitivity
    14) Improve memory compatibility
    ** Please perform CMOS clear after update to this BIOS.
  • P5B Deluxe Beta BIOS version 0706 – 791.4 KB
    Changes:
    1) Enhance CrossFire performance
    2) Enable NVIDIA 7950GX2 display under crashfree mode
    3) Fix CPU frequency not correct when use ES CPU and lock free fuction enable
    4) Fix memory display message not correct under multi-language
    5) Add Kentsfield B3 uCode
  • P5B Deluxe Beta BIOS version 0701 – 787.89 KB
    Changes:
    1) Fixed chassis fan2 may not detect fan speed under ProbII if low spin fan is used
  • P5B Deluxe Release BIOS version 0614 – 787.78 KB
    Changes:
    1) Support DDR2 double side x16 module
    2) Enable support for CPU ratio adjustment on Kentsfield B0 stepping CPU
    3) Enable conroe/kentsfield ratio overclocking higher above default value
    4) Fix CPU Fan profile mode not correct after system shotdown
    5) Enhance memory compatibility for DDR533 and DDR667 modules.
    6) Revise S3 fuction not stable when CPU FSB over 300MHz.
    7) Enable support for OCZ2G8002GK-6400
    8) Fix PCIEX1 will disappear after update beta bios from 0405 to 0507
    9) Fix some lock cpu will show “modify ratio “item in bios(ex:660-SL7Z3 3.6GHT PSC800 2M/EM64T 002)
    10) Fix some lock cpu frequency not correct when lock free fuction enable(ex:660-SL7Z3 3.6GHT PSC800 2M/EM64T 002)
    11) Fix kentsfield L2 cache not correct issue (in bios setup)
    12) Fix SATA configuration select disable and compatible mode, and BIOS still show SATA5 and SATA6
    13) Update ICH8 Raid option ROM from V6.0.0.1022 to V6.1.0.1002
    14) Update Marvell 8001 and 8056 Lan option rom from 5.16.3.3 to 5.17.1.3
  • P5B Deluxe Release BIOS version 0507 – 785.13 KB
    Changes:
    1) Support Conroe CPU ratio adjustment
    2) Fixed some DDR 800 frequency will show DDR 533
    3) Enhance performance when using NVDIA 7950GX2 VGA card
    4) Fix fail to read files from some ODDs
    5) Fix “Hit ‘DEL’ message display” item function fail
    6) Support Max FSB from 500 MHz to 650 MHz
  • P5B Deluxe Beta BIOS version 0502 – 783.62 KB
    Changes:
    1) Allow FSB setting up to 650MHz
  • P5B Deluxe Release BIOS version 0405 – 789.18 KB
    Changes:
    1) Added auto calculate DDR frequency rule to display DRAM frequency
    2) Supports FSB533 CPU over 3.4GHz frequency under AIBooster
    3) Supports max FSB from 400MHz to 500MHz
    4) Fix AIGear may sometimes show fan speed too low sometimes under normal mode
    5) Revise EIST module
  • P5B Deluxe Release BIOS version 0302 – 787.56 KB
    Changes:
    Initial Release
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