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12/05/2001 Version 4.01 of the program has been released

New in the version 4.01:
- Added detection of LPT/PnP devices (printers, scanners)
- Added detection of Intel Celeron (Tualatin) processor
- Added detection of new processors feature - Hyper-Threading Technology
- Added reading of SPD information on south bridges VIA VT8233C and VT8235
- Added Phoenix BIOS for SANYO and Phoenix for NEC support
- Added new key of the command line /nSPD - disabling SPD test
- The program didn't run on some configurations under Windows (message Don't run 'astra.prg') - fixed
- Added 114 vendors of PCI devices and 113 models to the program's database
- Added detection of 11 monitor models
- Added detection of 7 PnP devices
09/24/2001 Version 4.00 of the program has been released
New in the version 4.00:
- Added SPD memory module detection (size, type, vendor, speed parameters, manufacturing date and others)
- Added detection of ISA/PnP devices and used resources
- Added detection of CD-drives' read/write speeds and extended features
- Added detection of Intel Xeon, Intel Pentium III (Tualatin), Intel Pentium III-M, Intel i376, AMD Athlon 4, AMD Athlon MP, AMD Duron (Morgan), AMD Duron Mobile and VIA C3 processors
- Added detection of Intel i387SL co-processor
- Added detection of expected (not-overclocked) frequency of Intel Pentium Pro and higher processors
- Added new Pentium III-M and Xeon BrandID values
- Added detection of AMD SSE features
- Added SystemSoft BIOS support, SystemSoft BIOS for CTX support, TVS BIOS support, SurePath BIOS for Matsushita support, Award BIOS for Acer support, Phoenix BIOS for ZEOS support, Phoenix for Matsushita support, Phoenix for Tulip support, Phoenix for Toshiba support, Phoenix for Gateway support and Phoenix for Asustek support
- Added detection of EGA/VGA video adapters and their video memory size
- Added identification of the Windows builds
- Added detection of resources used by LPT and COM ports
- Added monitor type detection (color/monochrome) and input signal type (analogue/digital)
- Added Total Memory to the System Summary section
- Added detection of the Windows directory
- Added context help in English and Russian
- Added the window for saving a report where you can name your report and write any comments
- Added saving of a brief report (including saving in command line mode - /RS key)
- Added saving a RJS report in the program's interactive mode
- New version of the library 'x86 CPU/FPU Detection Library'. TMi0SDGL Revision 2 Version 2.06. Copyright(c) 1996-98 by B-coolWare is used for detecting processors without CPUID support and frequency of 486 processors and lower
- Fixed bug when program was not responding on computers with EGA/VGA video adapters
- Added 2 vendors of motherboards with Award BIOS and 6 vendors of motherboards with AMI BIOS
- Added 3 vendors and 183 of PCI devices to the program's database
- Added detection of 15 monitor vendors and 1029 new models
- The program has become DEMO
- The program is renamed to ASTRA - Advanced Sysinfo Tool and Reporting Assistant

09/24/2001 The web-site has changed its design and hosting

04/09/2001 Version 3.41 of the program has been released
New in the version 3.41:
- Added detection of system PnP nodes and used resources
- Added detection of clock multiplier and external bus frequency of AMD K6-2 processors and higher, Duron, Athlon, Intel Pentium 4
- Added support of ATA/ATAPI-6 standard, including detection of Automatic Acoustic Management support, its current and recommended value, S.M.A.R.T. Self-test, S.M.A.R.T. Error Logging, 48-bit Address and others
- For some monitors added detection of internal monitor parameters: vendor name, model, serial number and horizontal and vertical frequency rates
- Detects Toshiba BIOS, IBM SurePath BIOS, Microid Research BIOS, Phoenix NoteBIOS, Phoenix BIOS for HP, Phoenix for Fujitsu Siemens, Phoenix for Siemens Nixdorf, Phoenix for TI, Phoenix for Twinhead, Phoenix for Fujitsu and Phoenix for Sharp
- Detects Asustek motherboards
- The program's data file is zipped
- Optimized ATAPI device detection
- Optimized monitor detection (no more program shut downs under Windows)
- In the Summary section added information on ATAPI devices, different from CD-ROM, and names of network cards models
- In the Video section added information whether video card supports AGP bus or not, and video card speed
- Fixed HDD detection on external UDMA/RAID controllers under Windows
- Fixed program shut downs in a command line mode on some AMD processors
- Optimized detection of Intel processors with CPUID 0681 clock multiplier
- Fixed false detection of PCI bus on some old Brand Name computers
- Added 4 new command line keys:
/RJ - creating a JoyStock format report
/M - saving DDC dump
/nVESA - disabling VESA test
/nPNP - disabling PnP test
- Added 2 vendors of motherboard with Award BIOS
- Added 3 vendors of PCI devices and 119 models
- Added 11 monitor vendors and 64 new models

01/28/2001 Version 3.40 of the program has been released
New in the version 3.40:
- Due to the use of the external Win32 module there are no restrictions if the program is started in a DOS window under Windows 9x/Me. Now the program:
- Detects IDE devices in a DOS window under Windows
- Detects processor clock multiplier under Windows
- Fixed program's shut down while detecting processor frequency rate under some Windows versions
- Fixed memory size detection under Windows Me
- Detects network computer name

- Added detection of AMD Sledgehammer and Transmeta Crusoe processors
- Detects Compaq BIOS, IBM BIOS, Phoenix for Dell, Phoenix for IBM and Phoenix BIOS for Intel
- Detects ATA/ATAPI devices installed on external UDMA/RAID controllers
- Optimized disk detection under BIOS
- Fixed running on Cyrix 6x86 processors
- Optimized detection of Centaur processors cache
- In the Summary section displays information on all HDD and CD-ROM (earlier the program could detect only master HDD)
- Program won't work in a DOS window under OS/2
- Added new key '/P' of the command line - saving results of the CPUID instruction performance to a file
- Default file report name is your network computer name
- Program will ask you to send me your file report if it is started on computers with a configuration that can be interesting for me
- Added 1 vendor of motherboards with Award and AMI BIOS
- Added 1 vendor and 67 PCI devices
- Added 2 monitor vendors and 87 new models

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