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Gateway might want us to refer to its new EC Series laptops as ultraportables, but we're calling this one like we see it... it's almost a netbook, but not quite. Regardless, the just announced EC14D boasts and 11.6-inch display and, oddly enough, an integrated DVD drive. Weighing in at just around...

January 8th 2010 at 2:47am 0 Comments
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German website Cynamite is reporting that Microsoft has released a dashboard update to developers that will quiet the loud Xbox 360 DVD drive. This update will supposedly prevent the DVD drive from spinning at full RPM unnecessarily and will manage the drive's spin speed much better. In general, the...

February 22nd 2007 at 12:15pm 0 Comments
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Our friends at Xbox-Scene have discovered that a new "super quiet" DVD drive is sneaking its way into Xbox 360 consoles. The BenQ drive (model VAD6038) is reportedly much quieter than previous drives and it even seems to load information faster. The drive was apparently incorporated into the Xbox 36...

February 6th 2007 at 1:30pm 0 Comments
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Microsoft has responded to rampant (in certain circles) DVD firmware hacking with a new version of the Hitachi-LG GDR-3120L Xbox 360 DVD drive (0078FK), currently found in post-August '06 manufactured consoles bound for the UK and Australia, and probably everywhere else in the near future. Xbox-Scen...

October 6th 2006 at 3:00pm 0 Comments
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Microsoft has issued an official response to that firmware hack saying pretty much exactly what you would expect them to say.I noticed one of the commenters at GamerScoreBlog complimenting MS on their security efforts (however compromised) and blasting Sony for not showing the same zeal in his opini...

March 22nd 2006 at 11:15am 0 Comments
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Legendary (at least in the XboxHacker.net forums) hacker TheSpecialist reports progress regarding the Xbox 360's DVD firmware:Word on the street is that some smart people of this board combined their forces, formed an underground team and are very, VERY close to getting the first 360 backup booting....

March 16th 2006 at 12:00am 0 Comments