Western Digital debuts its first perpendicular drive

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Western Digital has jumped on the 'perpendicular recording' bandwagon amid pressure from other manufacturers who have already done so.  Seagate, Toshiba and Hitachi have all previously released Perpendicular Magnetic Recording (PMR) HDD's to the masses and  storage junkies alike.

The reason behind Western Digital's late entry has been because PMR technology is available only to manufacturers who produce their own platters. Manufacturers without their own platter development capacities, such as Western Digital, typically rely on third party suppliers, and the apparent delay as a result.

The new 2.5" WD Scorpio offers 160GB of storage capacity and matches Seagate's Momentus drive, but nowhere near Toshiba's 200GB 2.5" version.
According to WD the 5400 RPM Scorpio will be cheaper than the competitors current pricing schedule at $180. Drives will be available from 40GB through to the 160GB model.

Interested in WD's new perpendicular drives? You can find more info on them here

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12-09-2006, 19:56:39

downloaded gta1 last night but having some trouble with it.

when i play it it goes to slow and its basicly unplayable, if i turn off framerate limiter the game goes way to fast.

anyone else encountered this problem with gta1 ?
any ideas how to solve it ?


is there any way to lower the refresh rate to 30hz ?

with the framelimiter off the frames goes up to the refresh rate used in windows.

12-09-2006, 20:09:15

As in Grand Theft Auto 1? Isn't that a top-down game? You shouldnt be having any gfx issues??

12-09-2006, 20:31:40

yup its a topdown game.
the problem is the game speed is controlled by the framerate.
with the framerate limiter on i get 6-15fps which is to low to make it playable.
if i turn off the framerate it jumps up to 60 or 75fps which makes the game run twice as fast as it should.

13-09-2006, 10:15:09

hmm i dont see how more fps would make it run faster?

13-09-2006, 19:22:14

it shouldnt but it does.
i googled around on the problem last night and seems im not alone, however some people have solved it by reducing audio acceleration to basic through dxdiag but didnt work for me.

are there any good programs to record a movie except fraps ?
for some reason frames dropped to 10 when i recorded a movie, even with the resolution down to 320x200x16.

02-10-2006, 20:55:50

Hey Raven, I think I found the answer to your problem on this one...


Check that out.

05-10-2006, 08:00:36

the thought was good but unfortunalty it did not work.
the game did run slower but the framrate dropped to 1-2fps.

will kickstart my old amd32 and se if i can get it running there.

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