VirtualRPC to be laptop friendlierBy Chris Williams. Published: 31st Dec 2003, 11:27:55 | Permalink | Printable
Power management feature, VVRAM and bug fixesVirtualAcorn have announced this week that, with the help of RISCOS Ltd., they have developed a power management feature primarily for users of VirtualRiscPC with laptops. Copies of VirtualRiscPC shipped from tomorrow and onwards will include the new power management abilities and a free upgrade for existing users will be available shortly online via the VirtualAcorn website.
According to VirtualAcorn, the new power management feature "will reduce noise, since the machine's fan(s) will not be running continuously, and will significantly extend battery life when running RISC OS."
Also announced is a freely available VVRAM feature that enables VRPC users to use RISC OS with 8MB of video RAM, effectively allowing desktop resolutions of up to 1600 x 1200 in 16 million colours. This 'Virtual Video RAM' 'technology' was first seen in AdvantageSix's A6 Windows PC and VirtualAcorn's Aaron Timbrell took the opportunity to thank AdvantageSix for their "assistance and support" in presumably sharing the video tweak. VirtualAcorn warn that users will need at least a 2GHz PC to benefit from the upgrade. The VVRAM upgrade is available now online to existing users and will be included in copies of VRPC shipping from tomorrow.
Finally, a bug fix update is also available online to existing VRPC users, which addresses faults discovered by end users, including one error relating to the presence of high speed CD/DVD drives. New copies shipped from tomorrow will also include this update. You may recall the hiccup earlier in the year with VirtualAcorn's networking upgrade and we've noticed the networking upgrade has returned online, available to RISC OS 4 users while a Select compatible version remains in the works.
VirtualAcorn will also be charging UK VAT on top of their prices from tomorrow.
VirtualAcorn website - pricings, details, etc.
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