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Accelerate Your Mac! News Archive for: 4/9/2001 Monday's NewsReturn to Accelerate Your Mac!

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SETI for OS X Released:
"Mike
Please would you post this item...SETI client for OS X has been released.
http://setiathome.berkeley.edu/macosx.html

I would love to know whether OSX performs better than OS9 at this task...my G4/500 takes about 12-14 hrs under 9.1 (I do not have OSX). Anyone who wants to try it can email me results at jetlife2@mac.com.
Cheers
Gareth Richards"

The problem with benchmarking SETI normally is that no two blocks are identical, but Michiro Isobe posted a note in the forums some time back there's a web site with test blocks and info for benchmarking but I can't find it now. I'd be curious as to the results as well, so anyone that tests this let me know.

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Roxio DirectCD Update Axed, Next Version to be for OS X Only:
I stay so swamped here day and night I could have missed this elsewhere before, but Derrick Yamaura wrote to say that Roxio has a web page with the news that DirectCD won't be updated for OS 9.1 due to problems seen in beta testing. The page notes they are planning on starting development of an OS X only version later this year.
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Nvidia Card Support in G4 Firmware Update?
Two readers have written in the last week to note the 4.1.8 firmware update for G4s included rom support for GeForce2MX cards, saying they no longer needed to flash a PC card with the Mac firmware. Details.
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SoundBlaster Live Owner Comments/Performance Tests:
(Updated) Last week several owners reported their Mac Soundblaster Live cards were arriving. Two readers so far sent comments in email about the card and details on the bundled software. I welcome results of tests in games to see if there is any performance gain or compatibility issues with the card from other owners. One owner noted an issue with Quicktime 5 beta. (Update - One reader from the forums ran performance tests with and without the SBlive). Details.
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More Readers Note DimmFirstAid Worked to Restore Unrecognizied RAM after Firmware Update:
I stopped updating the page here on the issues with unrecognized RAM after the recent 4.17/4.18 firmware updates (too many mails to post or even read them all). However as noted last week, Glenn Anderson's DimmCheck and new DimmFirstAid patcher has worked for many readers to get their RAM recognized again.

If you've not already applied the firmware update, use Glenn's DIMMCheck utility (http://www.mactcp.org.nz/DIMMCheck.sit) to test to see if the ram you have is compatible. He's also posted a dimm first aid patcher (http://www.mactcp.org.nz/DIMMFirstAid.sit ) that readers have said helped restore unrecognized ram after the update. Here's one sample of the latest comments on it:

" Mike,
... I thought I would tell you that I just ran Glenn's "DIMM First Aid" program that he sent me after I sent him the result of DIMMCheck. It worked flawlessly with my missing 256MB module. He's done a great job in helping many of us who lost DIMMs after the firmware upgrade. I'm happy to have my 1GB of RAM back on my Dual 500 G4.
-Jay "

The other option is to see if your ram dealer will replace any 'unrecognized dimms'. (OWC's ram info pages say they guarantee their RAM is compatible for instance and several other vendors have similar policies, but not all.) I'd not flash another mac with this update again, but I didn't have any "lost" ram afterwards in my PB G4 (two Transintl 256MB 222 sodimms) and G4/500 DP (OWC two 512MB 222 dimms).

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Reader Tip on MPe Dual G4 ZIF in Beige G3:
I've only had one report like this so I assume it's rare, but a reader noted he had a failure shortly after booting with a new MPe Dual G4 XLR8 upgrade in his Beige G3. (Replacing the original CPU ZIF didn't work and he noted XLR8 had the system shipped back to them and is going to repair it.) Although it showed no signs of burns/heat, etc., he suspected the bottom of the module may have shorted against the floppy connector pins. (The MPe dual ZIF card requires disconnecting the floppy, and does extend over the floppy connector with very little clearance in the Beige G3 upgraded MPe system I tested, although it didn't have any problems.)
As a precaution, I'd suggest putting a strip or two of electrical tape over the floppy connector before installing the module. Again this may not have been the cause of the failure, but the reader thought it might. Although this may be a rare occurance (and not proven to be floppy pin contact yet), due to the close proximity, applying some electrical tape as insulation over the floppy connector's pins can't hurt.
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Umax Scanner/Digital Camera OS X Support Comments:
A reader sent a copy of an email from Umax tech support regarding OS X support of digital cameras and scanners:

" Thank you for your email,
Support for UMAX scanners and digital cameras on Mac OS X:

We are sorry; UMAX will not provide support or have software that will support Mac OS X for at least 90 days from the date of Apple's official release date. At the time of this writing, Apple's official release of Mac OS X is set for March 24th, 2001. After June 24th, UMAX will make a determination at that time as to which product models will be supported on Mac OS X and when such software support will be released.
Regards,
Brian H.
UMAX Technical Support
E-mails are not kept, please attach original message with all replies.
Web Address: http://www.umax.com
Support email: support@umax.com"

I'm also waiting for support for my Epson Photo 870 and have no idea when there will be drivers from Epson. (Some Epson printers are supported, but not this one.)

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OpenSSH for OS X Made Easy:
(See a readers comments below also regarding risks of installing OS X software like this. Stepwise also has an article titled Beware of Installers bearing packages (Part II) that is worth reading.)

"This may be helpful for people who want ssh but don't feel like figuring out how to compile it for OS X.

OpenSSH 2.5.2 can be easy to install! You can download the package here.

All you need to do in double click on it and reboot and you're in business.

See description below.
"Ulrich Bauer
Version: 2.5.2
Release Date: April 27,2000
License: Freeware
Home Page: http://www.macintum.de/osx

The OpenSSH suite includes the ssh program which replaces rlogin and telnet, scp which replaces rcp, and sftp which replaces ftp. Also included is sshd which is the server side of the package, and the other basic utilities like ssh-add, ssh-agent, ssh-keygen and sftp-server. OpenSSH supports SSH protocol versions 1.3, 1.5, and 2.0.

Precompiled package for use with the Apple Installer. (Needs restart after installing)"
Brennan Pang"

A reader sent a reminder about potential risks from installing software from unofficial sources:

" Just a comment. I think Mac users are going to have to start thinking a lot more about security than they have in the past. I cannot imaging downloading a version of SSH from a source I was not completely familiar with. A quick look at the Unix crack site reveals a number of potential risks involving SSH trojans. I'd recommend your readers only download from the SSH site or the Open SSH site. They are going to have to learn to compile whether they like it or not.
Regards,
steve h.

This is why I have avoided installing many addons or the "leaked" later builds for OS X. I used to jokingly liken "open source" to "open sores" - be careful what you apply to it if you don't know where it's been so to speak. Not everyone has malicious intent and this is no reflection on the author noted above.

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CPU Upgrades Owner Ratings Database Updated:
The Rate Your CPU Upgrade database has been updated with 17 new reports (total to date: 5,517). [Entries from after midnight EST will be added the following day.]

  • MetaBox G3/300 in 7500/100 (rated 6)
  • MetaBox G3/300 in 4400 (rated 8)
  • Newer Tech 603/180 in PowerBook 1400 (rated 8)
  • Newer Tech G3/266 in 7300/180 (rated 10)
  • PowerLogix G3/400 in Powerbase 240 (rated 9)
  • Powerlogix G3/350 in 7300 (rated 10)
  • Sonnet G4/500 in B&W G3 (rated 10) [2 diff. reports]
  • Sonnet G3/500 in Beige G3 (rated 10) 2 diff. reports]
  • Sonnet G4/500 in Beige G3 (rated 10)
  • Sonnet G3/266 in 6100/66 (rated 8)
  • Sonnet G3/400 in 6500/225 (rated 10)
  • XLR8 CarrierZIF w/G3 400 ZIF in 8500/120 (rated 10)
  • OEM Apple G3/300 ZIF in Beige G3/266 (rated 9)
  • B&W G3/450 OC report
  • Beight G3/233 OC report

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 17 new entries added this morning including DVD-ROMs, Combo DVD-CDRW, CDRW, and Hard Drives. Current total 3,489 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 another review of Deus Ex. Total Reviews (all titles): 757. To read game reviews use the search page.
If you've not already done so - Enter a Game review.
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