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Accelerate Your Mac! News Archive for: 4/2/2001 Monday's NewsReturn to Accelerate Your Mac!

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Top stories of 4/2/2001:

G4/733 at 867MHz - Overview and Speed Settings of the 7450 CPU Module:
Michiro Isobe sent an illustrated article on An Overview and Speed Settings of MPC7450 CPU module including his test results of a G4/733 running 867MHz.
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Ryan Rempel's OS X L2CacheConfig v3.0 Available:
Ryan Rempel posted in the forum's here he's released an update of his OS X cache config/enabler for older Macs running OS X:

"I've released v. 3.0 of L2CacheConfig. It is available at:
homepage.mac.com/RyanRempel/L2CacheConfig/ReleaseNotes.html.

It works with OS X 10.0 to enable and configure the L2 cache on G3 and G4 upgrade cards. It also can disable speculative processing, and enable Altivec on G4 processors. As far as I know, it ought to work with pretty much any G3 or G4 processor, but there may be cases in which problems arise.

On a personal note, I'd like to thank all the people who have used my OldWorld support instructions to get OS X installed on the 7300 - 9600s (and, for really enterprising users, some of the clones). I have been answering a lot of email this last week, and it has been universally supportive and patient. Even those who suffered significant frustrations in the installation process were very polite, and I appreciated that a lot. So thanks to you all!
Ryan Rempel"

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Westlake Interactive Comments on OS X Games:
Mark Adams of Westlake sent a press release on games for OS X. He comments on working closely with Apple to improve some of the 'rough edges' (gaming wise) in the first retail release of OS X. He also lists the status of current native OS X game development titles and carbonizing previous games.

"For Immediate Release

Westlake Interactive has been receiving many queries from gamers and the press over the past few months about our OS X plans, and we're pleased to announce that we are now officially supporting OS X in our development work.

We have spent several weeks working with the final OS X seeds and release version, testing game and OS technologies to get a better picture of the transition from 8/9 to X, and believe OS X has a strong foundation to build games on. While there are a few rough edges in the game related OS functions in OS X 1.0, we are working closely with Apple to make sure they are smoothed out. Even though some game API's need to be fleshed out in OS X, Westlake is pleased to be able to start developing OS X native versions of current projects, and is fully committed to native support OS X in future games.

Games that have just shipped or are close to shipping (Escape from Monkey Island and Tony Hawk Pro Skater 2), will be carbonized to run natively under OS X over the next month or so and free updates will be released via the web. Other projects that are in final beta test (Tomb Raider Chronicles and Centipede), may have time to get OS X native applications on the shipping CD's, or if scheduling is too tight will have free web updates.

Projects that have been signed but that aren't shipping for more than a month (Alice, unannounced projects) will support OS X natively right out of the box when the ship.

Carbonizing games Westlake has shipped over the past four years, including The Sims, Unreal Tournament, Scrabble, Deus Ex, etc, will be handled on a case by case basis. We are working with our publishers to pick those titles that can be reasonably ported to OS X, and hope to be able to announce some of that work in the near future. Obviously it will not be possible for us to port our entire library of games (31 games shipped as of March 7,2001), but we realize many of the popular games like Unreal Tournament are still selling and have many fans. We are looking forward to working with our publishers to help us Carbonize some of the most popular games, and have already been testing our older products for Classic compatibility in case they can't be made native.

While the transition to OS X will be a bumpy ride for both gamers and developers, we at Westlake are very excited about the future of Mac games and OS X as a gaming platform, and are looking forward to bringing the best games to the Mac for many years to come.

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Mark Adams
President, Westlake Interactive
http://www.westlakeinteractive.com
Shareware development: Maverick Software
http://members.aol.com/mavsftwre.

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NAV/NUM Trial Versions, OS X Accelerator Util, OS X Apple TILs
All this and more are in the updated software updates, TILs, Other net news links today.
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Office 2001 Mac Service Pack 1 Update - Mixed Reports:
Microsoft has a Office 2001 service pack 1 update available but on this Versiontracker page, some noted problems after the update.

While on the subject of software updates, Neil Max also sent a link to Netscape 4.77.

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Reader Reports on Yamaha 2100 CDRW Firmware 1.0n:
Friday's news has a listing and links to the 1.0n firmware update for Yamaha 2100 (16/10/40) SCSI and Firewire drives. A reader with a SCSI external drive attached to a SCSI card noted an error happened during the update and the drive was not usable, although one reader noted in the database his ext. SCSI flashed fine attached to the same SCSI brand of card. (I wonder if the drive was terminated properly.) Other readers generally noted success. The reader reports include some using the drive in a non-Yamaha Firewire case. Click here for details.
Reader Question - How to Disable Classic File Associations in OS X:
A reader asked if there was any way other than formatting the disk as UFS, to prevent Classic from launching when clicking on documents/files that are associated with classic apps. (Even clicking on PDF files he said launches (classic) Acrobat.) He's wondering if there's some way to prevent this other than a UFS format. A reader sent a tip to allow selecting the associated program for individual files (one at a time):

" Ok - there's no way to associate things permanently if you use a Carbon or Classic app (or at least not w/ any shipping apps)... you can do this for one file by using he "Show Info" command (same as "Get info" in 9.x) and going to the "Application" pane - that will let you choose the app for that file. Omniweb (or any other Cocoa app, I suppose) saves the file "correctly" for OS X, and you can then choose the default application for that file type. You can test this by downloading a PDF in Omniweb - it lets you choose the default app (say, OmniPDF) and then try downloading another file - it will be properly associated.
Hope this helps,
Jason"

If anyone knows how to do this globally , let me know.

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Feedback on XLR8 OS X Cache Enabler:
Friday's news noted XLR8 released their OS X cache enabler. There's a forum thread here with reader comments on using it with several brands of CPU upgrades.
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CPU Upgrades Owner Ratings Database Updated:
The Rate Your CPU Upgrade database has been updated with 4 new reports (total to date: 5,467). [Entries from after midnight EST will be added the following day.]

  • Metabox G4/500 in Beige G3 (rated 10)
  • Powerlogix G3/400 in 7500/100 (rated 9)
  • Sonnet G4/400 in 8600/200 (rated 9)
  • Sonnet G3/300 in 6100/60 AV (rated 10)

You can find these full reports by searching the database selecting the indicated Mac model and upgrade card brand/type. If you've upgraded the CPU on your Mac, please post an entry in the database. Search the database for entries from most every upgradable Mac model *before* you buy. (Searchable by mac model/upgrade brand). For detailed reviews with performance tests and install tips, see the CPU Upgrades page.)

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CDRW/CD/DVD/HD Compatibility Database Updates:
The Drive Compatibility searchable database had 22 new entries added this morning including Combo DVD-CDRWs, DVD-ROM, CDRWs, Removables and Hard Drives (including powerbooks). Current total 3,444 reports. Entries from after midnight are added the following day. [BTW - the drive database is not a place to post questions, it's for reports on drives you've used. For guides to drive installs, see the IDE, SCI or Firewire articles linked above and/or the FAQ. If you post an updated entry - make sure you use the same name, etc. as you did before so I can find your past entry. Thanks.]
You can find full owner reports by searching the database by drive/brand/interface/mac models (the latest reports are shown first in searches).
If you've added a IDE, SCSI, Firewire or USB hard drive, CDRW, tape drive, etc. make sure you add a report to the database.
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More Reader Game Reviews:
Today's Reader's Rate Their Mac Games updates included more reviews of Unreal Tournament. Total Reviews (all titles): 754. To read game reviews use the search page.
If you've not already done so - Enter a Game review.
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Software Updates, Apple TILs, Other Net News:
Reported By: Barney Buoy

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