RivaTuner v2.09 approaching!

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  1. Unwinder

    Unwinder Moderator Staff Member

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    Gentlemen,

    I've almost finished v2.09 development and going to start closed beta testing on this week. So public release of v2.09 is expected within 2 weeks. Changes list includes:


    Version 2.09:

    Minor bugfixes:

    - None.

    What's new:

    - Updated databases for Detonator and ForceWare drivers. Added databases for ForceWare 174.40, 174.51, 174.53, 174.60, 174.70, 174.74, 174.82 and 174.85.
    - Updated PCI DeviceID database for ATI graphics processors. Added PCI DeviceID for RADEON X1650 AGP.
    - Unlocked previously available experimental AMD RV620 graphics processors family support.
    - Added experimental NVIDIA G96 graphics processors family support.
    - Added experimental NVIDIA G100 (aka GT200) graphics processors family support.
    - Added experimental driver-level multi-GPU fan control support for Quad-SLI systems. Thanks to Jacob Freeman @ EVGA for testing driver-level fan control with2x NVIDIA 9800GX2 system.
    - Now RivaTuner is able to detect driver version and display driver files info for drivers using multiple base driver files and active non-primary driver file (e.g. Catalyst 8.3 for Vista).
    - Added experimental clock frequency stress-testing for NVAPI overclocking interfaces. Please take a note that NVAPI's own stress testing is not ideal yet and it is not available for some GPU families (e.g. G80) or may work improperly for others. Due to this reason NVAPI clock frequency stress-testing feature is disabled by default, however power users may enable it using NVAPIClockTest registry entry.
    - Added set of technologies aimed to improve RivaTuner startup and usage safety in conjunction with other hardware monitoring and diagnostics related tools:
    - Added low-level PCI controller access synchronization protocol. The protocol serves for preventing possible PCI controller access collisions when multiple tools are being started and scanning PCI buses simultaneously (e.g. detecting supported hardware during OS startup). Please take a note that to take full effect the protocol must be supported by other tools used simultaneously with RivaTuner, so please ensure that you're using this version of RivaTuner with the latest versions of other monitoring or diagnostics related software products (e.g. Everest).
    - Previously used low-level I2C synchronization protocol is now also applied to driver-level thermal monitoring function calls to prevent possible conflicts between low-level I2C transactions and internal driver-level I2C transactions.Please take a note that to take full effect the protocol must be supported by other tools used simultaneously with RivaTuner, so please ensure that you're using this version of RivaTuner with the latest versions of other monitoring or diagnostics related software products (e.g. Everest).
    - Added hardware scanning synchronization protocol, aimed to optimize startup process and reduce startup time when multiple tools are intensively scanning hardware.
    - Now startup daemon routine displays warning message in case of driver load failure (e.g. when the driver is blocked by antivirus tool).
    - Startup daemon self-deinstallation technology is disabled by default now. The daemon no longer uninstalls itself from Windows startup when it fails to apply any startup settings (e.g. due to driver load blocked by antivirus tool). If needed, the technology can be re-enabled by setting DontUninstallStartupDaemon registry entry to 0.
    - Updated bundled RivaTunerStatisticsServer v2.6.0 utility:
    - Now OSD rendering routines are compatible with WPF based applications.
    - Now the server's manifest file specifies full administrative privileges requirement. If you're using Windows Vista with UAC enabled, it is recommended to create scheduled task launching the server simultaneously with RivaTuner to minimize amount of displayed UAC evaluation dialogs.
    - Changed sever's own OSD rendering behavior, now the server doesn't display 3D API usage information in the OSD when framerate display is not requested by a client application.
    - Updated bundled D3DOverrider v1.6.0 utility:
    - Now the D3DOverrider's manifest file specifies full administrative privileges requirement. If you're using Windows Vista with UAC enabled, it is recommended to create scheduled task launching the utility simultaneously with RivaTuner to minimize amount of displayed UAC evaluation dialogs.
    - Improved launcher module:
    - Added 'Show item in tray menu' option to regular launch item editor. By disabling this option you may prevent some regular launch items from being displayed in RivaTuner's tray menu. This option is helpful if you're intensively use scheduled tasks and define many helper launch items, required only for scheduled tasks.
    - Now you may select 'All files' as file type when browsing for application associated with a launch item and this way start and non-executable file type (e.g. WAV or MIDI) registered in the OS. Please take a note that 'Restore settings after terminating application' option will not affect non-executable file types.
    - Now RivaTuner stores application specific event markers in the event history panel of hardware monitoring window, allowing you to analyze all item launch events and reasons (e.g. item launch due to pressed hotkey, due to scheduled task etc). This feature simplifies debugging complex dynamic hardware control algorithms programmed via scheduler module etc.
    - Improved scheduler module:
    - Now you may specify custom scheduled tasks names in the task editor window to improve scheduled tasks list readability.
    - Added 'Wait for application termination' option for 'Launch application' tasks, allowing you to program sequentional tasks execution if needed.
    - Now you may select 'All files' as file type when browsing for application associated with 'Launch application' task and this way start and non-executable file type (e.g. WAV or MIDI) registered in the OS. Please take a note that 'Wait for application termination' option will not affect non-executable file types.
    - Now RivaTuner stores application specific event markers in the event history panel of hardware monitoring window, allowing you to analyze all shceduled tasks events and reasons (e.g. scheduled task launch due to core temperature change from 50°C to 51°C). This feature simplifies debugging complex dynamic hardware control algorithms programmed via scheduler module etc.
    - Improved hardware monitoring module:
    - Now you may use 'Override group name' option in each data source's properties to define custom on-screen display group for it and override default OSD grouping rule if needed,
    - Now RivaTuner is able to detect PLL shutdown and swicth to bus clock on G8x and newer GPU families to provide dynamic memory clock frequency monitoring onupcoming G96 graphics processors family.
    - Now RivaTuner uses BIOS PLL information tables on G8x and newer GPU families to detect reference clock frequencies for core and memory PLLs if unknown GPU is detected. If needed, reference clocks can be redefined via [CrystalClock] section of RivaTuner.cfg file.
    - Improved low-level diagnostic report module:
    - Now RivaTuner displays PLL table contents containing per-PLL reference clock frequencies for G8x and newer display adapter families in 'NVIDIA VGA BIOS information' diagnostic report category.
    - Unlocked undocumented SSAA and combined MSAA / SSAA antialiasing modes for G8x and newer display adapters.
    - Now you may change external I2C fan controller detection retry counter using ExternalFanControllerDetectRetry registry entry or completely disable external I2C fan controller detection by setting this registry to 0.
    - Minor UI changes and improvements.


    Stay tuned!
     
    Last edited: Apr 14, 2008
  2. allesclar

    allesclar Ancient Guru

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    good man, it is an awesome piece of software you have created!!
     
  3. chuuey

    chuuey Master Guru

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    cheers~
     
  4. fgw

    fgw Member Guru

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    i'm a bit surprised, you found the time to come up with 2.09 that quick! thought you are busy with some other stuff...

    using hw monitoring a lot and also using it together with everest to display everest info in hw monitor. i'm curious to see what you improved there!

    what i would like to see is the ability to change graph colors at predefined thresholds. may be its possible to implement this some time.

    i guess this could be done in older versions but i may be wrong. started using rt since release of 2.07 when i switched to 8800 sort of cards.

    anyway, like rt very much! great and very handy program!
     

  5. Brama

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    A lot of new features!
    Many compliment, as usual. :)
     
  6. James01

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    Nice! Keep up the good work. :)

    An artifact scanner is the only thing on my wishlist now, but doesn't look like that'll be happening. :(
     
  7. roguesn1per

    roguesn1per Ancient Guru

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    " Added experimental NVIDIA G100 (aka GT200) graphics processors family support."

    How did u manage that :p??

    Im guessing you just guessed what the Hardware id is??
     
  8. Unwinder

    Unwinder Moderator Staff Member

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    Nope, I've got a BIOS and hardware registers dump from the real engineering sample. These things allow me to attach this info to RT's internal hardware emulator and work with it as with real chip (with some simplifications of course) and test hardware detection stuff like pipeline config, clocks, memory configuration etc.
     
  9. wollyka

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    Good stuff in there as always :)
    Thx Unwinder
    Question: I don't know if it is the thread to ask it here but i didn't want to open a new thread about it, in Serverstatistic 2.5, the OSD doesn't show in Vista if the program or game is running in XP SP2 compatibility mode.. Does anyone know why is that? thx
     
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  10. roguesn1per

    roguesn1per Ancient Guru

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    Wow i didnt realise you were that involved with nvidia.

    Do they support you alot?
     

  11. Unwinder

    Unwinder Moderator Staff Member

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    No, that came not from NV and they don't support me.
     
  12. roguesn1per

    roguesn1per Ancient Guru

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    oh dam :( lol got my hopes up.

    I suppose NDA doesnt let you tell us anything about it?

    btw

    - Added experimental clock frequency stress-testing for NVAPI overclocking interfaces. Please take a note that NVAPI's own stress testing is not ideal yet and it is not available for some GPU families (e.g. G80) or may work improperly for others. Due to this reason NVAPI clock frequency stress-testing feature is disabled by default, however power users may enable it using NVAPIClockTest registry entry.

    That sounds very intersting, Hope it works out in later version for all cards, is this the same as the "test" button I used to have in XP with my 6600gt?
     
  13. redrumy3

    redrumy3 Master Guru

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    dont forget about 174.93 too :D
     
  14. Deliverator

    Deliverator Guest

    Was it awesome to have two 9800 GX2s in your machine? ;)
     
  15. Unwinder

    Unwinder Moderator Staff Member

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    I don't have two 9800GXs and even don't have one. I'm still SLI hater and Quad SLI fan control has been added blindly.
     

  16. Rectifier

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    Awesome.

    Pretty soon we won't need to buy an operating system anymore, and have RT take over ;-)

    No, in all seriousness, great work!
     
  17. Pyr0

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    awesome news, thanks Unwinder :)
    hope this fixes the 9800GTX fan control probs too :)
     
  18. Unwinder

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    No, it won't. The problems are located inside the ForceWare and all other fan control tools besides RT (e.g. ExpertTool or nTune itself) are affected so the fix must be done from that side.
     
  19. Pyr0

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    ah, thanks for the explanation Unwinder :)
    i'll still be looking forward to the new version ;)
     
  20. ricardonuno1980

    ricardonuno1980 Banned

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    the new version may not have 174.55. lolol
    geforce driver 174.55 for cuda ready for vista!!!!!!
    http://forums.nvidia.com/index.php?showtopic=64974 ;)


    warning: but this driver may have opengl problems for games and for apps except the samples and others in cuda.
     

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