News Bits: ATI Radeon HD 3000, XP coming to HP Mini-Note, Alienware release BIOS fix … again

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ATI Mobility Radeon HD 3000 arrives in notebooks

The first notebooks with the newly-announced ATI Mobility Radeon HD 3000 series graphics cards have arrived in the U.S. Toshiba and Asus are offering the HD 3650 in their P305 and M50Sa notebooks respectively. The HD 3650 has 512MB to 1GB of memory, 120 stream processors, and a 128-bit memory interface. Toshiba is also offering the budget-oriented HD 3470 with 40 stream processors and a 64-bit memory interface in the P305.

AMD is also planning to launch Mobility Radeon HD 3850 and HD 3870 graphics cards and dual-core versions (HD 3850 X2 and HD 3870 X2); the single-core versions will have 320 stream processors and 256-bit memory interfaces (doubled on the dual-core versions).

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XP coming to HP 2133 Mini-Note

HP is planning to offer its new 2133 Mini-Note computer with XP Professional in the middle of May according to LAPTOP magazine. It is currently offered with Windows Vista and SuSE Linux.

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Alienware releases X32 BIOS for m15x, fixes downclocking

Alienware has released a new BIOS for its 15.4-inch m15x gaming notebook that fixes the graphics card-related performance problems many users in our forums have been reporting. The issue solved by the X32 BIOS was related to the graphics card getting too hot and downclocking to reduce temperature, resulting in drastically reduced 3D performance. The new X32 BIOS fixes these problems by making the fans kick in earlier and on a higher speed. An official update from Alienware can be found in our forums here. User impressions of the new BIOS can be read here, and the support page from Alienware can be found here. review of the Alienware m15x
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VIA Isaiah processor outpaces Atom in benchmarks

Eee PC News, a German site, has done some prelimiary benchmarks on VIA’s new Isaiah processor, a competitor to the Intel Atom. While it is too early to judge, the benchmarks show that the Isaiah processor is outperforming the Intel Atom.

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Vista update causes USB problems

Microsoft last week released an update designed to provide performance and reliability improvements to systems running Windows Vista. Unfortunately it created a slew of problems with USB devices; mice and flash drives especially became unresponsive after the update. A bug in the update was confirmed by Microsoft, who did not provide details.

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