I'm glad the fix works.
With the XMB/chat room it depends how you exit it,if you are exiting the chat room fully each time,[circle button twice then PS logo button], like you would when sending a message you are going to get that semi freeze.
If you just press the PS logo button it keeps chat open and doesn't close it down fully,press it again to enter chat,it still takes a while to close,but nowhere as long as if fully exiting, so you just have to get know how long it is and allow for that while you see the race loading in the background,I think everybody has missed the start of a race because of this.
As for the ZONE mode when it goes subsonic,I agree it can be distracting [usually when I turn into a pinball!] and this is after they toned it down from the pre launch game due to it failing the epilepsy test,they added some lemmings to the screen at zone 75 in the last 1.40 patch and new colour schemes after that.
Some [who play zone a LOT] say it has gotten easier since the last patch,something about craft handling at the higher zones,I wouldn't know as I play HD through a projector in cockpit view and zone just does my head in.
[BRing around Sebenco forward at Phantom speed can be vomit inducing]
Unfortunately you can't change the change of colour schemes.in zone.
You could always turn the colour right down on your screen so that it is in B+W or close to it while going for this trophy,it makes it more like the zone mode on PURE & PULSE,quite a few turn their music off as well as they find it distracting.
As for any news,well here are a heap of screen shots that the guys at SL put up at flicker.http://www.flickr.com/photos/3689538...7619497443944/
And here is a look at the game in action from some French reporters at E3
[Truly lousy players,where do they get these people from]http://dailymotion.virgilio.it/video...d-f_videogames
They had the game content locked at E3 and each reporter only had 5 minutes,I think this is because they are still tinkering with it and the SL guys have sure been online a LOT in the last week,there might be more to this release than we know,they have been posting some cryptic stuff hinting at that,probable release is in the next 2-3 weeks.
Plus you have a official announcement of PULSE for the PS2 at the Italian official Playstation forum.http://it.playstation.com/games-medi...t%C2%AE-Pulse/
I wouldn't be holding my breath for a outside of EU release of this one guys,reports coming in that this title will not be stocked in stores,online purchase only. WTF.
It never ceases to amaze me how SCEE can shoot themselves in the foot.