A New Beginning : 2012

Well this is the first post for 2012 I believe, let’s begin with several updates that I delayed for some time.

Sherry 1.3.2 Updates 

I believe that all of the current Sherry drivers users much ask when is the 1.3.2 update is going to be release. Well for starters, in this release, Embedded version of the 945 family (GME and GSE) will be prioritize first in the development phase, which means that both of the chipsets will be develop as rapid as my 2 arms can be. The reason is quite simple, while other are already enjoying 1.3.1 (945 and 965), the Embedded version of the 945 are still using 1.1E for performance, that said, it is only fair that the 1.3.2 release will prioritize Embedded versions first.

Also as part of the development plan, 1.3.2 will be Windows 8 ready (when it comes), and this is what makes the update much more time consuming, again 1.3.2 update is still under 1.3.x project name,  so don’t expect for major update all the way. The updates will included several performance tweaks and stabilization codes to make the driver as stable as possible for Windows 7 and Windows 8 later on, while maintaining speed as it should. Again do not expect massive boost for this update, this is not a 1.4.x project yet.

New Logo Rebranding and Blog Design

As you all can see here and in the official Facebook fan page, the overall design has several changes. One of them are logo rebranding, which will be also use as default icon for the next driver release. This is for overall user friendly theme as well as provide the Sherry project a little bit of unique identity for itself. I have been working on it since 2009, and for almost 2 1/2 years later, I think it’s time for a new face for it.

“S” in the logo represent Sherry and as we all know it, Sherry project have been introduced for almost a year. That very same logo will be used as default icon for next release. The blog design are still from WordPress free collection, and I have to give this credit to Automattic for this creative blog design, this will provide a fresh feel for this blog , less clutter for easy reading and again that unique identity to it.

Any Plans?

Several plans that I would like to achieve in one or two months timeline is to collect enough donations for acquiring custom domain name for this blog.  Further details will be provide later on. Any donations are welcome for this effort as again it will complete the identity of this project.

I also plan of expanding the Sherry project to multiple devices, slowly that is, as I can’t handle multiple demands at once. Currently Sherry drivers supports up to 10 drivers for both 32bit and 64bit, and each of those drivers consume me for almost 2 months of my time to develop (based on 1.3.x project last year). I can however port the project to multiple devices such as Intel HD and 4 series, but please don’t expect to high of me as I am human with needs and responsibilities too.

I am also collecting funds for several devices to tests and develop on, currently I only have a 945GM laptop to test my drivers on, and yes that’s what make the drivers for 945 release so fast and without much bug in it.

So for those who can, please donate to at least allow this blog to have it’s very own domain name to keep it active as long as it should. I also welcome monthly donors (for fund raising and device funds) and / or yearly donors for domain name renewal. Please contact me for details. Note that the fundings will also be use on maintaining forum.9xxssf.info under DanielPK supervision.

I am also looking for someone who is good in art/photoshop to design a new banner for the blog, submit your artwork for evaluation with links to twitter or facebook, or email me at ayieakim@gmail.com. Do note that the banner must be appropriate with the theme here in this blog, and doesn’t have much contrast with the background. To be honest I have to expense to give for your artwork, but you’ll have my gratitude 🙂

Well, that’s all for now, see you on the next post, have fun and take care 😀

It’s Been A While

Hi there, I know it’s been a while since I last update, like I mentioned in my Facebook page, I’ve been away because of several issues such as health problems and work issue. Hey I have to make money for my college diploma course, right?

Here’s a certain point that I would like to confirm and what will happen for next year.

Sherry Driver updates will continue next year

Due to project migration, the project will be continue next year after all the project database have been move to my new workstation, I can’t afford to upgrade my laptop hard disk drive so I decided to move it to my desktop.

Do note that GMA3100 will also be supported on the upcoming patch. Although there are some who might be feeling angry about this, so I have tested that the current Sherry 1.3.1 does support GMA3100, so I will gladly release an inf patch for Sherry 1.3.1 only to enable GMA3100 support, no any other improvements.

Several fixes are also have been planned, with this said, after the upcoming 1.3.2 patch, the project will be pause for some time, giving time and space for a new driver, which combines all Intel IGP supported till now. Although Intel HD and 4 series are not confirm and don’t get your hopes high for those chipsets.

A few Notes from me.

I am sorry for my absence for these past months, I do admit that it is my fault, but having to work from 6pm after class till 1am in the morning is pretty much tiresome, and don’t forget having to go to college at 9am sharp. All and all, I won’t ask anything for this project, except for some generous donations, which is optional. This project is intended to help users with Intel chipsets, and I can’t say if I am doing it for profit or not, but I can say that I love what I do.

Having said that, when some people bombarded me with questions like “When is the actual release date?” or nuked me with heavy exclamation such as “Angelictears is a LIAR, stop saying Shit on your release to us!”. It saddens me, as I never have been promise an actual release date, I’m a one man developer, not some corporate companies having hundreds of developers working on one single project.

In intel, hundreds of developers get paid 3 thousand $ or more just to work with hundreds more developer on a single project, let say a driver for intel GMA 950 or 945 chipsets.

I make way better driver then them single handed and I get nothing, so I think people should stop complaining and focusing on helping me on improving the project by donations or at least by emailing me the log file. Any help would be appreciated to keep this project alive. I hate to stop this project just for some haters, but I can manage.

That’s all for now for the updates. Will try to write back later if can, comments are welcome :D

Updates : 26 Sept 2011

Time for some quick updates, and first of all, I do am sorry for the in-activeness, soo much to do, soo little time.

We begin by naming those who contribute to the project, those who have contribute keeping me motivated to keep this project alive. Without further a do, here’s the honorable awards list :

  • Mohammad Ali – Friend from Malaysia 😀
  • FrozenLord – All hail FrozenLord 😀
  • Andrew Boland – Greetings to U.K 😀
  • Carl-Gunnar Hörberg  – Greetings to the Swedens 😀
  • Austin Mellies – Unsung Hero 😀
  • Lin Shaun – Greetings from  neighboring country 😀
I am grateful, and overwhelming thank for those who have contributed to the project, it means a lot to me. It is nice to know that all the effort and time spent on perfecting the project are appreciated.  Again thank you very much 😀
Secondly, The 1.3.2 update are in testing phase, a close beta testing to be specific, for the 3150 and other non standard update. Again I do want the project complete as soon as I can, and currently working hard to acquire devices with GMA3150 and 945GME (embedded version) hardware to further ease the process of  testing and bug fixing. Until then, I will have to rely on testers that I can trust (there’s a case once where someone post the pre-alpha version of V1.3, before it was named Sherry 1.3, and release it under his/her name taking the credit).
Also, the 1.3.2 will have new features other then what I post last week. Again more tweak on some little, but game changing features and bugs. 1.3.2 update will aim to be much more reliable then previous version, BSOD fix and some installation fix. The installer will have a much more better face lift, and will be much more flexible with improved all-in-one driver pack. Overall, the 1.3.2 update will make the driver much more friendly, and much more easier for users to provide any bugs to me by log file automation.
Until then, see you guys/ and girls later 😀

Quick Update week: GMA3100 is coming with 1.3.2 Update pack!

GMA3100 is coming to the family, finally. After several test and careful development, GMA3100 is finally here, plus it will be joining the 1.3.2 update pack directly.

The Sherry 1.3.2 update will also, hopefully, fix several bugs and performance issue. Since the last update (1.3.1), severe bugs and issue are reported to be fix. Hopefully 1.3.2 will try to further improve stability and improve on performance.

Sherry 1.3.2 key factors :

  • Complete core code revamp, a lot of time consumed, but it is worth
  • Power saving features now increase battery life time by 15% more (compared to Sherry 1.3)
  • Hopefully to increase webGL performance on all chipsets variant
  • Major update in Dynamic Memory Handler (try to max out maximum VRAM available for the device)
  • Optimize for Core Solo Processor, the driver will adjust the processor required in single CPU system.
  • Again fix several other system that have validation error
Other notes will be list on the release day.
Other than that, as single update package will also be release for GAM3150 users, although it will be release a little late than the standard package above. Still, the Sherry 1.3.2 for GMA3150 will include all the update from 1.3.1 and further stability fix and validation error fix for some system. Looking forward for the release 😀
That’s all for this week updates, keep up the support, show some love by liking our facebook page or donating to the project, links on the side bar rightside.  Thanks! 😀