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3D-Tech News Around The Web / AMD Catalyst 15.200.1065.0
« on: July 28, 2015, 11:52:05 AM »
Download from Microsoft

64 bit
32 bit

Supports Windows 7 - Windows 10, so it should survive the upgrade.
Comes with an Armada of INF files for any (?) AMD GPU.

Note: full OpenGL 4.5 support incl. GLSL 4.50 is scheduled for Catalyst 15.30x

3D-Tech News Around The Web / Microsoft DXGI Debug Device
« on: July 28, 2015, 10:45:41 AM »
DXGI Debug  Device

In my original post on using the debug layer, I mentioned several tricks for getting helpful behavior out of the Direct3D SDK debug layer for your applications. This best practice is demonstrated in my Visual C++ Game templates ...

3D-Tech News Around The Web / Microsoft Windows 10 update blocker
« on: July 28, 2015, 05:11:06 AM »
How to temporarily prevent a Windows or driver update from reinstalling in Windows 10 


In Windows 10, your device is always kept up to date with the latest features and fixes. Updates and drivers are installed automatically, with no need to select which updates are needed or not needed. In rare cases, a specific driver or update might temporarily cause issues with your device, and in this case you will need a way to prevent the problematic driver or update from reinstalling automatically the next time Windows Updates are installed.ResolutionIf a driver or update you are being offered is causing system crashes or instability and Windows was operating correctly prior to that update, you can follow these instructions to prevent the unwanted driver or update from being installed: 

To uninstall the unwanted driver:
  • Launch the Device Manager with a right click on the lower left corner of the desktop and a left click on Device Manager.
  • Located the device driver with the problem driver installed, right click and choose Uninstall.
  • In the uninstall dialog, check the box to Delete the driver software for this device if available.
To uninstall an unwanted Windows Update:
  • Type “View Installed Updates” in the Search box and then click on View Installed Updates – Control Panel from the Search results.
  • To uninstall the unwanted update, select it from the list and then click Uninstall.
To temporarily prevent the driver or update from being reinstalled until a new driver or updated fix is available, a troubleshooter is available that provides a user interface for hiding and showing Windows Updates and drivers for Windows 10. You can obtain and run the "Show or hide updates" troubleshooter by downloading it from the Microsoft Download Center.

 The following file is available for download from the Microsoft Download Center:

DownloadDownload the "Show or hide updates" troubleshooter package now.

The Windows Error Codes document is a companion reference to the protocol specifications.

It  documents the common usage details for those HRESULT values, Win32 error codes, and NTSTATUS 
values that are referenced by specifications in the protocol documentation set.

The information in this specification is applicable to the following Microsoft products or supplemental 
software. References to product versions include released service packs. 

Note: Some of the information in this section is subject to change because it applies to an unreleased, 
preliminary version of the Windows Server operating system, and thus may differ from the final 
version of the server software when released. All behavior notes that pertain to the unreleased, 
preliminary version of the Windows Server operating system contain specific references to Windows 
Server 2016 Technical Preview as an aid to the reader. 

    Windows NT operating system 

    Windows 2000 operating system 

    Windows XP operating system 

    Windows Server 2003 operating system 

    Windows Vista operating system 

    Windows Server 2008 operating system 

    Windows 7 operating system 

    Windows Server 2008 R2 operating system 

    Windows 8 operating system 

    Windows Server 2012 operating system 

    Windows 8.1 operating system 

    Windows Server 2012 R2 operating system 

    Windows 10 operating system 

    Windows Server 2016 Technical Preview operating system

3D-Tech News Around The Web / Intel HD Graphics Driver v4256
« on: July 26, 2015, 02:07:42 PM »
v4256 at MS update - comes with a lotta fancy code names

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; HSW Classic
;; Merlin HSW
%iHSWGT1D%       = iHSWD_w10, PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_0402&SUBSYS_2B16103C
%iHSWGT2D%       = iHSWD_w10, PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_0412&SUBSYS_2B16103C
%iHSWGT15D%        = iHSWD_w10, PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_041E&SUBSYS_2B16103C

;; Merlin_1.5 SKL
%iSKLDTGT2%      = iSKLD_w10, PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_1912&SUBSYS_2B5C103C
%iSKLDTGT15%      = iSKLD_w10, PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_1917&SUBSYS_2B5C103C
%iSKLDTGT1%      = iSKLD_w10, PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_1902&SUBSYS_2B5C103C

; HSW Classic
%iHSWGT1D%       = iHSWD_w10, PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_0402&SUBSYS_2B43103C
%iHSWGT2D%       = iHSWD_w10, PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_0412&SUBSYS_2B43103C
%iHSWGT15D%        = iHSWD_w10, PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_041E&SUBSYS_2B43103C

%iHSWGT1D%       = iHSWD_w10, PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_0402&SUBSYS_2B3C103C
%iHSWGT2D%       = iHSWD_w10, PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_0412&SUBSYS_2B3C103C
%iHSWGT15D%        = iHSWD_w10, PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_041E&SUBSYS_2B3C103C

%iHSWGT1D%       = iHSWD_w10, PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_0402&SUBSYS_2B04103C
%iHSWGT2D%       = iHSWD_w10, PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_0412&SUBSYS_2B04103C
%iHSWGT15D%        = iHSWD_w10, PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_041E&SUBSYS_2B04103C

%iHSWGT1D%       = iHSWD_w10, PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_0402&SUBSYS_2AFA103C
%iHSWGT2D%       = iHSWD_w10, PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_0412&SUBSYS_2AFA103C
%iHSWGT15D%        = iHSWD_w10, PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_041E&SUBSYS_2AFA103C

%iHSWGT1D%       = iHSWD_w10, PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_0402&SUBSYS_2B1B103C
%iHSWGT2D%       = iHSWD_w10, PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_0412&SUBSYS_2B1B103C
%iHSWGT15D%        = iHSWD_w10, PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_041E&SUBSYS_2B1B103C

%iHSWGT1D%       = iHSWD_w10, PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_0402&SUBSYS_2B1C103C
%iHSWGT2D%       = iHSWD_w10, PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_0412&SUBSYS_2B1C103C
%iHSWGT15D%        = iHSWD_w10, PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_041E&SUBSYS_2B1C103C

%iHSWGT1D%       = iHSWD_w10, PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_0402&SUBSYS_2B0F103C
%iHSWGT2D%       = iHSWD_w10, PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_0412&SUBSYS_2B0F103C
%iHSWGT15D%        = iHSWD_w10, PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_041E&SUBSYS_2B0F103C

%iHSWGT1D%       = iHSWD_w10, PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_0402&SUBSYS_2B0D103C
%iHSWGT2D%       = iHSWD_w10, PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_0412&SUBSYS_2B0D103C
%iHSWGT15D%        = iHSWD_w10, PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_041E&SUBSYS_2B0D103C

%iHSWGT1D%       = iHSWD_w10, PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_0402&SUBSYS_2B21103C
%iHSWGT2D%       = iHSWD_w10, PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_0412&SUBSYS_2B21103C
%iHSWGT15D%        = iHSWD_w10, PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_041E&SUBSYS_2B21103C

%iHSWGT1D%       = iHSWD_w10, PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_0402&SUBSYS_2B2B103C
%iHSWGT2D%       = iHSWD_w10, PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_0412&SUBSYS_2B2B103C
%iHSWGT15D%        = iHSWD_w10, PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_041E&SUBSYS_2B2B103C

%iHSWGT1D%       = iHSWD_w10, PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_0402&SUBSYS_2B12103C
%iHSWGT2D%       = iHSWD_w10, PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_0412&SUBSYS_2B12103C
%iHSWGT15D%        = iHSWD_w10, PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_041E&SUBSYS_2B12103C

;; Bulldozer
%iSKLDTGT2%      = iSKLD_w10, PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_1912&SUBSYS_2B3E103C
%iSKLDTGT15%      = iSKLD_w10, PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_1917&SUBSYS_2B3E103C
%iSKLDTGT1%      = iSKLD_w10, PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_1902&SUBSYS_2B3E103C

;; Crane U/G
%iSKLDTGT2%      = iSKLD_w10, PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_1912&SUBSYS_2B45103C
%iSKLDTGT15%      = iSKLD_w10, PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_1917&SUBSYS_2B45103C
%iSKLDTGT1%      = iSKLD_w10, PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_1902&SUBSYS_2B45103C

;; Superion
%iSKLDTGT2%      = iSKLD_w10, PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_1912&SUBSYS_2B4C103C
%iSKLDTGT15%      = iSKLD_w10, PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_1917&SUBSYS_2B4C103C
%iSKLDTGT1%      = iSKLD_w10, PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_1902&SUBSYS_2B4C103C

; Camry AIO
%iSKLDTGT2%      = iSKLD_w10, PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_1912&SUBSYS_2B3D103C
%iSKLDTGT15%      = iSKLD_w10, PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_1917&SUBSYS_2B3D103C
%iSKLDTGT1%      = iSKLD_w10, PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_1902&SUBSYS_2B3D103C

; HSW Classic for Shave
%iHSWGT1D%       = iHSWD_w10, PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_0402&SUBSYS_2B5B103C
%iHSWGT2D%       = iHSWD_w10, PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_0412&SUBSYS_2B5B103C
%iHSWGT15D%        = iHSWD_w10, PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_041E&SUBSYS_2B5B103C
; HSW ULT for Prius
%iHSWGT1UT%        = iHSWM_w10, PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_0A06&SUBSYS_2B38103C
%iHSWGT2UT%        = iHSWM_w10, PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_0A16&SUBSYS_2B38103C
%iHSWGT3UT%        = iHSWM_w10, PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_0A26&SUBSYS_2B38103C

; BDW HW for Prius
%iBDWULTGT1%    = iBDWM_w10, PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_1606&SUBSYS_2B38103C
%iBDWULTGT2%    = iBDWM_w10, PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_1616&SUBSYS_2B38103C
%iBDWULTGT3%    = iBDWM_w10, PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_1626&SUBSYS_2B38103C
%iBDWULXGT2%    = iBDWM_w10, PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_161E&SUBSYS_2B38103C

;Skittles 1.0 HSW UMA and I+A
%iHSWGT2UT%        = iHSWM_w10, PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_0A16&SUBSYS_80BD103C
%iHSWGT2UT%        = iHSWM_w10, PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_0A16&SUBSYS_80BE103C

;Skittles 1.0 BDW UMA and I+A
%iBDWULTGT1%    = iBDWM_w10, PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_1606&SUBSYS_80BB103C
%iBDWULTGT1%    = iBDWM_w10, PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_1606&SUBSYS_80BC103C
%iBDWULTGT2%    = iBDWM_w10, PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_1616&SUBSYS_80BB103C
%iBDWULTGT2%    = iBDWM_w10, PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_1616&SUBSYS_80BC103C

;Skittles 1.1 SKL UMA and I+A

%iSKLULTGT2%     = iSKLD_w10, PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_1916&SUBSYS_8131103C
%iSKLULTGT2%     = iSKLD_w10, PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_1916&SUBSYS_8132103C

;Haribo1.1 HSW_UMA
%iHSWGT1UT%        = iHSWM_w10, PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_0A06&SUBSYS_80C3103C
%iHSWGT2UT%        = iHSWM_w10, PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_0A16&SUBSYS_80C3103C
%iHSWGT3UT%        = iHSWM_w10, PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_0A26&SUBSYS_80C3103C
%iHSWGT3UT28W%  = iHSWM_w10, PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_0A2E&SUBSYS_80C3103C
;Haribo1.1 HSW_AMD EXO
%iHSWGT1UT%        = iHSWM_w10, PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_0A06&SUBSYS_80C4103C
%iHSWGT2UT%        = iHSWM_w10, PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_0A16&SUBSYS_80C4103C
%iHSWGT3UT%        = iHSWM_w10, PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_0A26&SUBSYS_80C4103C
%iHSWGT3UT28W%  = iHSWM_w10, PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_0A2E&SUBSYS_80C4103C

;Haribo1.1 BDW-U_UMA
%iBDWULTGT1%    = iBDWM_w10, PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_1606&SUBSYS_80C1103C
%iBDWULTGT2%    = iBDWM_w10, PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_1616&SUBSYS_80C1103C
;Haribo1.1 BDW-U_AMD EXO
%iBDWULTGT1%    = iBDWM_w10, PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_1606&SUBSYS_80C2103C
%iBDWULTGT2%    = iBDWM_w10, PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_1616&SUBSYS_80C2103C

;Haribo1.1 SKL-U-GT2_UMA
%iSKLULTGT2%     = iSKLD_w10, PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_1916&SUBSYS_8135103C
;Haribo1.1 SKL-U-GT2_AMD EXO
%iSKLULTGT2%     = iSKLD_w10, PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_1916&SUBSYS_8136103C

; Dora5u

%iHSWGT1D%       = iHSWD_w10, PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_0402&SUBSYS_2B34103C
%iHSWGT2D%       = iHSWD_w10, PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_0412&SUBSYS_2B34103C
%iHSWGT15D%        = iHSWD_w10, PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_041E&SUBSYS_2B34103C

; Dhoni

%iHSWGT1D%       = iHSWD_w10, PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_0402&SUBSYS_2B1E103C
%iHSWGT2D%       = iHSWD_w10, PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_0412&SUBSYS_2B1E103C
%iHSWGT15D%        = iHSWD_w10, PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_041E&SUBSYS_2B1E103C

; Bachchan

%iHSWGT1D%       = iHSWD_w10, PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_0402&SUBSYS_2B2A103C
%iHSWGT2D%       = iHSWD_w10, PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_0412&SUBSYS_2B2A103C
%iHSWGT15D%        = iHSWD_w10, PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_041E&SUBSYS_2B2A103C

; Dora6J

%iHSWGT1D%       = iHSWD_w10, PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_0402&SUBSYS_2B39103C
%iHSWGT2D%       = iHSWD_w10, PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_0412&SUBSYS_2B39103C
%iHSWGT15D%        = iHSWD_w10, PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_041E&SUBSYS_2B39103C

; Dhoni6j

%iHSWGT1D%       = iHSWD_w10, PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_0402&SUBSYS_2B30103C
%iHSWGT2D%       = iHSWD_w10, PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_0412&SUBSYS_2B30103C
%iHSWGT15D%        = iHSWD_w10, PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_041E&SUBSYS_2B30103C

; Memphis

%iHSWGT1D%       = iHSWD_w10, PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_0402&SUBSYS_2AF7103C
%iHSWGT2D%       = iHSWD_w10, PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_0412&SUBSYS_2AF7103C
%iHSWGT15D%        = iHSWD_w10, PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_041E&SUBSYS_2AF7103C

; Memphis2

%iHSWGT1D%       = iHSWD_w10, PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_0402&SUBSYS_2B2C103C
%iHSWGT2D%       = iHSWD_w10, PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_0412&SUBSYS_2B2C103C
%iHSWGT15D%        = iHSWD_w10, PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_041E&SUBSYS_2B2C103C

; Kaili2

%iHSWGT1D%       = iHSWD_w10, PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_0402&SUBSYS_2B36103C
%iHSWGT2D%       = iHSWD_w10, PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_0412&SUBSYS_2B36103C
%iHSWGT15D%        = iHSWD_w10, PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_041E&SUBSYS_2B36103C

; HSW Classic
%iHSWGT1D%       = iHSWD_w10, PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_0402&SUBSYS_2B36103C
%iHSWGT1M%        = iHSWM_w10, PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_0406&SUBSYS_2B36103C
%iHSWGT2D%       = iHSWD_w10, PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_0412&SUBSYS_2B36103C
%iHSWGT2M%        = iHSWM_w10, PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_0416&SUBSYS_2B36103C
%iHSWGT15D%        = iHSWD_w10, PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_041E&SUBSYS_2B36103C
%iHSWGT1D%       = iHSWD_w10, PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_0402&SUBSYS_2B2C103C
%iHSWGT1M%        = iHSWM_w10, PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_0406&SUBSYS_2B2C103C
%iHSWGT2D%       = iHSWD_w10, PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_0412&SUBSYS_2B2C103C
%iHSWGT2M%        = iHSWM_w10, PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_0416&SUBSYS_2B2C103C
%iHSWGT15D%        = iHSWD_w10, PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_041E&SUBSYS_2B2C103C

%iBDWULTGT1%    = iBDWM_w10, PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_1606&SUBSYS_2B36103C
%iBDWULXGT1%    = iBDWM_w10, PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_160E&SUBSYS_2B36103C
%iBDWULTGT2%    = iBDWM_w10, PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_1616&SUBSYS_2B36103C
%iBDWULTGT3%    = iBDWM_w10, PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_1626&SUBSYS_2B36103C
%iBDWULXGT2%    = iBDWM_w10, PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_161E&SUBSYS_2B36103C
%iBDWHALOGT2%      = iBDWM_w10, PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_1612&SUBSYS_2B36103C
%iBDWGT2SRVR%      = iBDWM_w10, PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_161A&SUBSYS_2B36103C
%iBDWHALOGT3%       = iBDWM_w10, PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_1622&SUBSYS_2B36103C
%iBDWGT3SRVR%      = iBDWM_w10, PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_162A&SUBSYS_2B36103C
%iBDWULTGT328W%  = iBDWM_w10, PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_162B&SUBSYS_2B36103C
%iSKLULTGT1%     = iSKLD_w10, PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_1906&SUBSYS_2B47103C
%iSKLULTGT15%    = iSKLD_w10, PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_1913&SUBSYS_2B47103C
%iSKLULTGT2%     = iSKLD_w10, PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_1916&SUBSYS_2B47103C
%iSKLULXGT1%     = iSKLD_w10, PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_190E&SUBSYS_2B47103C
%iSKLULXGT2%     = iSKLD_w10, PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_191E&SUBSYS_2B47103C
%iSKLDTGT2%      = iSKLD_w10, PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_1912&SUBSYS_2B47103C
%iSKLDTGT15%      = iSKLD_w10, PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_1917&SUBSYS_2B47103C
%iSKLDTGT1%      = iSKLD_w10, PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_1902&SUBSYS_2B47103C
%iSKLHaloGT2%    = iSKLD_w10, PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_191B&SUBSYS_2B47103C

%iSKLULTGT1%     = iSKLD_w10, PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_1906&SUBSYS_2B4B103C
%iSKLULTGT15%    = iSKLD_w10, PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_1913&SUBSYS_2B4B103C
%iSKLULTGT2%     = iSKLD_w10, PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_1916&SUBSYS_2B4B103C
%iSKLULXGT1%     = iSKLD_w10, PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_190E&SUBSYS_2B4B103C
%iSKLULXGT2%     = iSKLD_w10, PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_191E&SUBSYS_2B4B103C
%iSKLDTGT2%      = iSKLD_w10, PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_1912&SUBSYS_2B4B103C
%iSKLDTGT15%      = iSKLD_w10, PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_1917&SUBSYS_2B4B103C
%iSKLDTGT1%      = iSKLD_w10, PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_1902&SUBSYS_2B4B103C
%iSKLHaloGT2%    = iSKLD_w10, PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_191B&SUBSYS_2B4B103C

3D-Tech News Around The Web / Vulkan - Industry forged
« on: July 26, 2015, 04:54:38 AM »
So this is the new logo for the Vulkan API

Looks like the "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" have breeded with some kangaroos  ::)

3D-Tech News Around The Web / Microsoft Visual Studio 2015 RTM
« on: July 25, 2015, 01:03:31 PM »
Visual Studio 2015 RTM   

Visual Studio 2015 RTM is now available for download, including the updated Community edition. The VS 2015 RTM Redistribution packages are also available (x86, x64), as well as the Remote Debugging Tools (x86, x64, ARM). For more information, see the Visual C++ Team blog, Brian Harry's blog, Somasegar’s blog, and the Visual Studio Team blog.

The C++11 language and standard library tables in the Dual-use Coding Techniques for Games article has been updated for VS 2015 RTM, and you can find much more information about these changes for VS 2015 on the Visual C++ Team blog. Be sure to read the MSDN page Breaking Changes in Visual C++ as well. There are also a number of new warnings in place including format specifier checking that previously required the use of /analyze.

Visual C++: Note that with VS 2015 RTM, the C++ toolset is not included in the Typical installation. You must select it through the Custom selection. See the Visual C++ Team blog.

Windows 10 DirectX Development: Be sure to read this post on how to enable the DirectX debug device for Windows 10. Installing VS 2015 RTM (or VS 2013 Update 5) on Windows 10 will automatically enable the Graphics Tools Windows optional feature.

Windows XP: When building using the "v140_xp" Platform Toolset for Windows XP target support, remember this uses the Windows 7.1A SDK. The older SDK will generate some warnings in system headers with the new toolset that have to be externally suppressed. See VS 2012 Update 1 for some additional implications for DirectX development.

Windows 8.1 SDK: VS 2015 RTM includes the Windows 8.1 SDK Spring Update 2015 with DirectXMath 3.07. You can also download the standalone Windows 8.1 SDK Spring 2015 update.

Windows 10 SDK: Universal Windows apps (UWA) developers should stick with using VS 2015 RC until the final Visual Studio Tools and Windows 10 SDK packages are released next week.

VS Content Pipeline: The built-in mesh content exporter in VS 2015 makes use of Autodesk FBX 2015.1--VS 2012 and 2013 used 2013.1.

Download manually from Microsoft

32 bit desktop

32 bit mobile
32 bit mobile alternate
32 bit mobile alternate 2

64 bit mobile

64 bit desktop "nv_desktop_ref4wu"
64 bit desktop "nv_dispiwu"

DriverVer   = 07/22/2015,  /  r352_00-234

These packages contain only kernel drivers for Windows 10 (nvlddmkm2.sys)
, i.e. trying to modify this driver for older Windows versions will return error code 43

3D-Tech News Around The Web / Intel HD Graphics Driver v4252
« on: July 24, 2015, 05:42:38 AM »
 DriverVer=07/10/2015,  at MS update
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3D-Tech News Around The Web / CPUID HWMonitor 1.28
« on: July 23, 2015, 07:28:42 PM »
VERSIONS HISTORY HWMonitor 1.28 July 23th, 2015
  • Intel Broadwell and Intel Skylake CPUs.
  • Added indivudual CPU load.
  • Added NVIDIA TDP percentage
setup • english32 and 64-bit version

zip • english 32 or 64-bit version   

3D-Tech News Around The Web / Notepad++ 6.8 released
« on: July 23, 2015, 07:15:15 AM »
Notepad++ 6.8 released

"Source Code Pro" is used as default font from this version. The font will be applied only if it's your first installation. In the case you upgrade to v6.8 from an old version, you should set the font "Source Code Pro" as your default font via Styles configurator; otherwise close Notepad++, delete styles.xml (you will lose your old settings) then relaunch it. Of course you can always restore the old default font "Courier New" via Styler configurator.
Settings on Cloud feature is modified in this release: its UI is changed from the choices among dropbox, one drive and google drive to a text field of local cloud path to be filled. there are 2 advantages for this change:
  • Settings on cloud implementation won't depends on non official interfaces of 3 clouds, which causes the regression each time these interfaces changes.
  • users can read/write on whichever cloud to synchronize their Notepad++ settings.
Notepad++ Download height=56

ShaderSandbox – Generate images using GLSL shaders!

I just made a small program that can be useful to someone during LD. It’s similar to, but offline, with more settings & modern OpenGL and without animation.
It’s intended to be used to draw things that are hard/impossible to do in a graphic editor, like complex gradients, fractal perlin noise, custom filters, etc.

3D-Tech News Around The Web / EVGA Precision X 16 v5.3.6
« on: July 22, 2015, 05:20:06 PM »
Version 5.3.6  Release: 7/21/2015
  • Now enabling the OSD ON setting on new PrecisionX installs will automatically enable OSD for GPU Clock, Memory Clock, Memory Usage, GPU Temperature and Framerate.
  • Fix issue with changing OSD color if more than one graphics card.
  • Add RGB LED support for GeForce GTX 980 Ti K|NGP|N edition.

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32 bit mobile
64 bit mobile
64 bit nv_desktop_ref4wu
64 bit nv_dispiwu
32 bit mobile alternate
64 bit mobile alternate

Fujitsu version supports limited number of GPUs, but without vendor ID restriction

DriverVer   = 07/13/2015,  /  r352_00-220

These packages contain only kernel drivers for Windows 10 (nvlddmkm2.sys)

 Award-winning PowerVR GR6500 ray tracing GPU tapes out   

For those who haven’t kept track of our ray tracing solution, the PowerVR GR6500 GPU is the culmination of eight years of effort from a global team of designers. The technology was originally conceived at Caustic Graphics, a startup with a vision for interactive ray tracing, going against twenty years of industry momentum.

 PowerVR GR6500 GPU - PowerVR Wizard GPUs height=409

3D-Tech News Around The Web / (WebGL) Kessler syndrome
« on: July 21, 2015, 07:04:35 AM »
Real-time space debris tracking with collision alerts

Quote from: Wikipedia
The Kessler syndrome (also called the Kessler effect,[1][2] collisional cascading or ablation cascade), proposed by the NASA scientist Donald J. Kessler in 1978, is a scenario in which the density of objects in low Earth orbit (LEO) is high enough that collisions between objects could cause a cascade—each collision generating space debris that increases the likelihood of further collisions.[3] One implication is that the distribution of debris in orbit could render space exploration, and even the use of satellites, unfeasible for many generations

3D-Tech News Around The Web / General Electric GRA113D Graphics Board
« on: July 20, 2015, 05:39:01 PM »
For both video and graphics generation and general purpose computing (GPGPU), the GRA113 3U VPX graphics board brings NVIDIA®’s 'Maxwell™' graphics processing power to the rugged military and aerospace market.

With 640 processing cores, single- and double-precision floating point units, improved shared memory architecture and cache hierarchy, together with faster atomic operations, the GRA113’s GM107 GPU is capable of CUDA Compute Capability v5.0.

If you ever wondered about weird named GPUs in the GeForce driver's installer file, this is one of those.

3D-Tech News Around The Web / (WebGL) Heat Snakes
« on: July 20, 2015, 07:46:26 AM »
An interactive generative visualization demo.

Use Chrome, fails to render properly with Firefox.

This article is part of an occasional series about what developers can do when they collaborate. AMD is a real believer in open source projects. Our developers actively contribute to and maintain a variety of open source projects, from highly optimized math libraries to… well, let’s talk about LibreOffice.

In case you haven’t heard about LibreOffice, it is an open source project that provides end users with a powerful suite of office productivity software: spreadsheet, word processor, and presentation software. You can learn all about LibreOffice here.

AMD engineers contribute to this project, for good reason. Think about what happens behind a spreadsheet calculation. There can be a huge amount of math. Writing software to take advantage of a Graphics Processing Unit (GPU) for general purpose computing is non-trivial. We know how to do it. AMD engineers wrote OpenCL™ kernels, and contributed them to the open source code base.
The goal was to accelerate the math behind spreadsheets in LibreOffice.

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