Topic: August 23rd; news update. Progress made on Graphics Drivers.

Dear Gentlebeings,

July ended with DriverPack Sound A and B updates, which were considered routine jobs.
They were not anounced in a NEWS article.

August started with an unanounced server move.
Bâshrat the Sneaky had not been notified.
Users could not download the DriverPacks.
That was Bad news.
This was reason enough to write a News article..

The "locator" issue was fixed, and the server is faster.
That's good news.

More Good news.
Progress was made on Graphics A.
http://forum.driverpacks.net/viewtopic. … 42&p=1
The current TEST pack looks really promising.
CHECK IT OUT.

The story behind that.
Nvidia released a new unified Graphics driver.
Team members were working on this, and we asked volunteers for testing.
The Nvidia mobility driver is also updated and some volunteers have already posted data we need to further improve the mobility drivers.
The good news here is that the unified driver will make the new release significantly smaller.
Do you want to help us?
Visit the Graphics Forum, and help us test these new Nvidia drivers.

While work was done on ATI's Catalyst Graphics driver, it got a few updates.
Back to the drawing board, right?
Mr Smartepants returned from his trip, and got the help he needs when RuudBoek also returned from his.
That's good news.
Do you want to help them?
Visit the Graphics Forum, and help us test the new Catalyst drivers.

Graphics A; Make sure you test Testpack 4
(it looks like a release candidate, but could get updated, so watch the first post in that topic..)
http://forum.driverpacks.net/viewtopic. … 42&p=1

There is also an Intel Graphics driver update, and therefore we need people to test Graphics B.
The newest driver seems to not work on older hardware with same ID, and there is a lot of overlap in HWIDs in the intel graphics drivers... We'll really need volunteers to find out which intel mix works best, because some of these intel drivers cannot stay in.

On August 21st, Mass storage and Sound A DriverPack updates got released.
JakeLD came aboard, he has looked at quite a few DriverPacks already..
He is good news.
LAN DriverPack was updated and released on the 23rd.
Chipset DriverPack was updated and released on the 24th
http://driverpacks.net/DriverPacks/overview.php

The last bit news is this.
We have finally made a start on gathering Hardware info from the INF files in the DriverPacks.
We'll need still better, workable, fast and reliable methods to sort out the duplicate lines in a single driver.
But, we made a start, and that's not bad news.

That's it.
You need us?
We need you.

Last edited by Jaak (2007-08-25 05:37:00)

The answer was 42?
Kind regards, Jaak.

Re: August 23rd; news update. Progress made on Graphics Drivers.

BTW, I'm still not back from my 'vacation'. smile  I was able to fix our hotels DSL/wireless setup so they gave me a dedicated line to the router. big_smile

I'll be back home next week.

Re: August 23rd; news update. Progress made on Graphics Drivers.

tee hee.. spoilsport. I never get so many weeks off.

The answer was 42?
Kind regards, Jaak.

Re: August 23rd; news update. Progress made on Graphics Drivers.

Heh tongue If that ain't a dedicated geek ^^

Founder of DriverPacks.net — wimleers.com

Re: August 23rd; news update. Progress made on Graphics Drivers.

I WAS thinking about a prize contest about the last bit news I mentioned.

We have made a start on gathering Hardware info from the INF files in the DriverPacks.
We do need better, fast and reliable methods to sort out the duplicate lines in a single driver.

I can upload a few raw gems which Jeff, Ruud and I consider to be worthy of further exploration, and maybe the people here make a motherload of useful data for real datamining out of it.
Get the raw nuggets, make them reliable, make them work for us.

I do not know what Bâshrat the Sneaky was doing for the driver database, but my viewpoint on this is really simple.
It is NOT going to be easy to get all data out of the drivers.

It is apparently not going to be easy to get correct, NON duplicated data about supported hardware out of a SINGLE INF.
We've made a start, and the files that deviate from "standard" INF writing get spotted.
We cannot blindly trust a script.
(commented out HWIDS, for instance, could appear as "supported" device.. dang.)

One of the gems I could upload can probably tell us what is in a non-slipstreamed install, and puts it in a searchable file.. We'd need some methods for real datamining. Easy methods. Not something that takes ten hours of work each time a fly dropped a dump on a TFT in tokyo.

Last edited by Jaak (2007-09-11 20:40:08)

The answer was 42?
Kind regards, Jaak.

Re: August 23rd; news update. Progress made on Graphics Drivers.

This is something that will be supported by the driver database: query the database for a specific driver HWID and get all matching drivers.

Founder of DriverPacks.net — wimleers.com

Re: August 23rd; news update. Progress made on Graphics Drivers.

TOP post edited

On August 21st, Mass storage and Sound A DriverPack updates got released.
LAN DriverPack was updated and released on the 23rd.
Chipset DriverPack was updated and released on the 24th
http://driverpacks.net/DriverPacks/overview.php

The answer was 42?
Kind regards, Jaak.

Re: August 23rd; news update. Progress made on Graphics Drivers.

history repeats itself..
packs are unavailable.

The answer was 42?
Kind regards, Jaak.

Re: August 23rd; news update. Progress made on Graphics Drivers.

I can confirm the error on website ...

Re: August 23rd; news update. Progress made on Graphics Drivers.

Jesus Saves, right?

The fix Bâshrat the Sneaky had done on august was in a file that (thank goodness) got saved a few times during august.

The answer was 42?
Kind regards, Jaak.