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Scitech SNAP eCS 3.1.7 is available to Software Subscription customers (http://www.ecomstation.com/subscription/)

August 07, 2006 by Chuck McKinnis

Changes in 3.1.7 (build 504)
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. Updated the driver for the Intel i845G and i865G chipsets so that they do not require the VESA BIOS to be functioning properly; native clock programming is now done for both CRT and DFP displays. Additional video modes are now available, including 2048x1536 (if supported by the monitor). Video overlays are also available in more modes, and a number of video overlay bugs were fixed. Additional system memory can be allocated for use with the video driver, using the "gaoption agpmem" option; note that this does not always work well on at least some i845G systems. Limiting the size of the video memory using "gaoption vidmem" no longer causes the driver to crash. The i915G, i915GM, i945G, and i945GM chipsets have also been recertified.

. Updated the driver for the Radeon 9200 through X800 desktop chipsets, fixing a few video overlay bugs. Larger video overlays (HD 1080p) can now be displayed. Unaccelerated 24bpp modes have been removed.

. The VBE driver now forces VBE 2.0 on ATI ATOM BIOS cards, as they do not support VBE 3.0 properly. In addition, it now always uses the BytesPerScanLine value from the BIOS, which resolves the problem of some modes being scrambled.

. Turning on rotation (or flipped) no longer causes an immediate crash, and it is roughly as functional as it was in the past. However, it is still incomplete and unsupported on the OS/2 desktop!

. The Warp 3 version of Screen page 1 has been updated to look more like it does under Warp 4. The extra pages that don't have Warp 3 versions (Zoom and MultiHead) are no longer displayed on that OS.

A full list of changes is available here: http://www.scitechsoft.com/snap2_changes.txt

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