read first : Drivers + Other Applications

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  1. Carbine

    Carbine Watercooling Monster

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    UPDATED: 15/12/2006

    Didn't know where to put this so i thought it would be best here even if its software for hardware.

    I have noticed there has been a few threads whereby new members or beginners ask silly questions such as 'Where can i get these drivers?' , 'Where can i get that?' and rather than flaming like i have seen some members do, i thought it would be nice to settle it by supplying links to get drivers/benchmarking utilities etc.

    (Please add more links if you know where other applications/drivers can be found)

    Starting with the most obvious:



    Graphics Drivers

    ATI Drivers

    nVidia Drivers

    Various Motherboard Chipset and Video Card Driver @ Guru3d



    Benchmarking:

    Various Benchmarking Software

    3D Mark 2001 SE

    3D Mark 2003

    3D Mark 2005

    3d Mark 2006

    PC Mark 2004

    PC Mark 2005

    Aquamark 3

    Everest



    Monitoring temps:

    Speedfan

    MBM5 aka Motherboard Monitor 5

    Core Temp

    DTemp (HDD Monitoring)

    Intel Thermal Analysis Tool (TAT)



    Overclocking:

    Prime 95

    Super Pi

    Memtest 86

    Sisoft Sandra

    Coolbits 2.0 for nVidia Cards

    Orthos Beta by Johnny Lee

    Rivatuner



    CPU Information:

    CPU-Z



    Added another found by other members:

    Omega Drivers

    AMD Dual Core Driver Updates

    Windows XP AMD Dual Core Driver (Main One)

    Creative Support

    File Hippo


    Internet Security and Firewalls

    Lavasoft Adaware

    Nod32

    Kaspersky

    Avast

    Spybot: Search and Destroy

    AVG

    Zone Alarms

    Windows Defender

    Black Ice

    Norton Antivirus

    Peer Guardian

    Google Pop-Up Blocker

    Internet Eraser

    Spywareblaster

    CWShredder

    Ghost Firewall

    SoftPerfect Personal Firewall

    Chameleon Clock


    Mainboard drivers:

    Abit

    Asus

    DFI

    Sapphire

    Gigabyte

    MSI

    Asrock

    Soyo

    Tyan

    Aopen

    VIA



    Clean-Up

    Easy Cleaner

    CC Cleaner

    Auslogics Disk Defrag



    Back-Up

    MozBackup

    Fin-Mail Backup

    Backup e-mail

    E-mail Saver XE

    IncrediMail (e-mail client)

    Genie Games Backup (Gamers Choice)



    General Utilities

    Windows Updates Downloader

    Auto Patcher XP

    AI Roboform

    Roboform To Go

    Goodsync File Synchronizer

    Directory Opus

    Macdrive 6

    Rock XP

    Multimedia

    Windows Media Player 11 Beta

    Quicktime 7

    Real Alternative

    Real Player

    VLC

    DivX

    Cyberlink Power DVD 7

    iTunes 7

    Winamp 5



    Edit: not going to bother with drivers for peripherals... it'll take me years to complete :(

    Edit 2: For more detailed information regarding some of the links above.. scroll through these pages
     
  2. Bootup05

    Bootup05 Bootup05

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    Great Idea Carbine :D
     
  3. jacobzcoool

    jacobzcoool Chav Hunter

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    Good idea! *Requests sticky*
     
  4. Carbine

    Carbine Watercooling Monster

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    I think it will be best to minimize the amount of posts for linking sites as i don't think members would want to trawl through pages and pages to find the links they are after.

    So what i thought was, as i'm the thread starter, PM me the links and i'll edit the post and add them there... therefore improves efficiency and space. Mods welcome to help out? :)
     
  5. BloomerzUK

    BloomerzUK I'm back!

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    This should be stickified ;)

    I've seen this on on forums, I believe it's a nessesity.
     
  6. Carbine

    Carbine Watercooling Monster

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    I was also thinking about duplicating this one and adding it to Overclocking and Cooling as there are drivers for those... plus if the mods could edit the title to say 'Please Read First'
     
  7. brumster

    brumster Midland Muppet

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    Stuckified. I like to keep stuck threads clean and tidy so you'll all need to accept that some posts that prove irrelevant may get deleted without warning :)
     
  8. latency

    latency Existentialist

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    (suggestion, you edit the frst post with software links so people don't have to read the entire thread to find them)
     
  9. Carbine

    Carbine Watercooling Monster

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    yeah i forgot about that.. i'll do that when i can think of more links :rolleyes:
     
  10. re-enter

    re-enter Registered User

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    Great Thread may want to add Peer Guardian there too. :)

    (PS: it's a sort or privacy thing, stop people looking at your activity's, and also save's a bit on bandwidth probally)

    http://phoenixlabs.org/pg2/

    And maybe this Pop-up blocker with Google Search:

    http://toolbar.google.com/

    Also this can come in handy:

    http://www.privacyeraser.com/free-internet-eraser.htm

    (Delete all your internet cache, history etc and save a bit of disk space.)

    And Hijack This! & CWShredder are good at getting rid of serious spyware problem's.

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    Then again this is starting to go software rather then hardware as stuff like Real & Quicktime alternative & some codec's could go up too. :)

    Anyway great thread!!
     
  11. Carbine

    Carbine Watercooling Monster

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    edited.. and thats not a problem.. just all hardware/software applications :)
     
  12. re-enter

    re-enter Registered User

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    Great! :)

    Just thought i'd repost this here too.

    And although there is no proper *free* version of Spyware-Doctor this will keep it clean aslong as it was clean when you put it on, but as this is a trial it doesn't include the feature to delete file's already infected, unless you would like to pay the little fee of apparently £18 for all it's feature's.

    (TIP for Antivirus heading bit is to rename it "Internet Security" :) )

    Cheers.
     
  13. Carbine

    Carbine Watercooling Monster

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    test................

    Edit: moved to right section but un-stickied.. please correct guys :)
     
  14. phil2715

    phil2715 Registered + Sale

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    For those with A64 or Core 2 Duo processors, Core Temp is a good CPU temp monitoring program. And before anyone goes crazy when their shiny new E6300 hits 70C, it's measuring the internal temp of the processor which is NOT the same as the temperature reported in BIOS or by MBM etc, you can expect it to be approx 15C higher.

    http://www.thecoolest.zerobrains.com/Hidden_Stuff/CoreTemp.zip

    Also, my vote would go for SP2004 for stress testing an overclocked PC instead of Prime95. It's basically just a GUI for Prime95 which allows you to easily set processor affinities for multi-core / processor systems.

    http://sp2004.fre3.com/sp2004exe_20060405.cab

    Finally, DTemp is a useful tiny program for monitoring HDD temps (as an alternative to Speedfan), which can be cool (bad pun...) when you're soak testing a quiet / hot PC.

    http://private.peterlink.ru/tochinov/DTemp/DTemp.zip

    Other than that, cracking list / idea!

    EDIT: Just realised you've already got SP2004 down as Orthos Beta??
     
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    Koolpc Not From Earth

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  18. Fireblade

    Fireblade Mental Modder[ator]!!

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    Here's a few t' whet yer appetite!

    Email Backup Software:

    Here's a couple of email backup programs which you should find useful...

    MozBackup (FREE!)

    Fin-Mail Backup (= the one I use. Works for the majority of email clients. 30 day trial. Costs £22.00 / £25.85)

    Works with IncrediMail (see below)

    +

    Backup E-mail (Trial period unknown? Costs £13.95. Only for Outlook/Outlook Express!)

    +

    Email Saver Xe (Quote: "Sale of this product has been discontinued" - so I assume it's now FREE!?)

     
  19. Fireblade

    Fireblade Mental Modder[ator]!!

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    Continued...

    Speaking of emails... some of you might like my personal email client of choice - IncrediMail (30 day trial? Costs £29.95)...

    It offers a raft of special features, including (but not limited to]:


    And finally.. a backup program for all you gamers... Genie Games Backup

    And best of all? It's completely FREE :cool:

    There are also a veritable host of cracking [FREE] plug-ins for it as well! There are plug-ins for many popular utilites... plus 7 pages of games plug-ins!
     
  20. Fireblade

    Fireblade Mental Modder[ator]!!

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    There's more...

    General Utilities:

    Windows Updates Downloader (FREE!)

    +/or AutoPatcher XP (FREE!)

    Very handy after you've just reformatted/re-installed XP/SP2 :cool:


    AI RoboForm

    An excellent award-winning, automated, password manager and web form filler. Supported in both IE + Firefox.
    The FREE version of RoboForm has certain limitations, the most significant of them being that you can have 10 Passcards or less.
    Pro costs £19.99 - but get a 2nd licence for just £9.99!
    +
    RoboForm2Go (Portable version for pendrives! 30 day trial. Costs £19.95)
    +
    GoodSync File Synchronizer (Synchronizes passcards or any files between computer and a USB key or between two computers. Costs £19.95)


    Auslogics Disk Defrag

    OK... it might not be up there with Diskeeper, Raxco PerfectDisk, or O&O Defrag... but what do you expect for FREE :D


    This next one was originally released on the Amiga platform [aaah... sweet memories!] many, many years ago, and was the file manager of choice for most of us back then...

    Directory Opus (Fully functional 60 days trial!! Costs AUS85 / £34.22 @ current exchange rates)