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News Archive for: 4/11/2001 Wednesday's NewsReturn to Accelerate Your Mac!


Top stories of 4/11/2001:

Lotus Notes Client for Mac Reaffirmed, Public Beta Available:
See this story for details on the next version of Notes for Mac and a link to the first public beta code-named "Rnext,". Public beta 1 includes better memory management and integration with Mac OS features such as keychain support.

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Metabox CPU Upgrades Sale - G4 ZIFs to L2 Cache Slot Models:
(Update - OWC wrote to say the G4/500 ZIFs sold out within a few hours - supplies are limited on all models.) Site sponsor Other World Computing wrote they have special sale pricing on the entire line of Metabox CPU upgrades. For pricing see the links below.

The Rate Your CPU Upgrade database has owner reports on Metabox upgrades you can search for by your Mac model.

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Virtual PC 4.02 Updater Released - Listing of Changes/Fixes:
Included in Barney Buoy's Software Updates/TILs/Other Net news listing is a Connectix Virtual PC 4.02 update (direct download link). Here's a clip from the readme file on what's changed:


    + Various fixes for running Java applications and compilations. Specifically includes fixes for Sun, MATLab and Netscape Java implementation.
    + Improved folder sharing. Fixes the "too many files open" error when working with files in a shared folder.
    + Fix for Sonnet G4 cards for PCI (PowerSurge) machines.
    + Fix for Sonnet G3 cards for NuBus machines. NOTE: Requires version 1.4.6 of the Sonnet software.
    + Implemented various improvements to printing including HP printer support and fixes for printing issues under Mac OS 9.1.
    + Improved compatibility with Norton Antivirus when installing Windows applications and software.
    + Resolved problem with IDE controller disappearing in Windows 2000.
    + Fixed flashing of Start menu when in 16-bit color mode in Windows 2000.
    + Added video BIOS support for Titanium video resolutions of 1152x768 and 896x600.
    NOTE: Requires version 00006 of the Virtual PC Additions.
    + Fixed mouse bug in Windows NT that caused the mouse to behave erratically.
    + Resolved a crash that occurred when formatting a floppy disk under Linux.
    + Change to allow booting of a Red Hat Linux 7.0 CD.
    + Fixed CD Table of Contents problem for Enhanced CD*s.
    + Fixed video problem that occurred when drawing shapes in Microsoft PowerPoint 97.
    + Fixed rounding bug in Microsoft Excel for numbers larger than 250,100 when run in Windows 98.
    + Fixes for IEEE math when run on Windows 98 and Windows 95. + Incorporated additional miscellaneous fixes and improvements to the Virtual PC application.

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More info on PC GeForce2MX AGP cards in Firmware Updated G4 Towers:
For the latest info on using PC AGP GeForce2MX cards in G4 systems that have the 4.1.8 firmware update (reported previously by readers here as having Nvidia rom support), see this thread in our forums. There's info there on OS X issues and more reader reports.
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Local Mac Dealer has 12 G4/733's with SuperDrives (DVD-R ):
(Note: stock can vary at any time of course - this info was accurate on the day it was posted.) If you're looking for a G4/733 with Superdrive in stock, Richmond Virginia dealer Capitol Mac has some in stock. (They also ship out of state I believe). They're great people to deal with and run a Mac only, well stocked store (I was impressed last time I was there).

" Hey Mike,
Just wanted to drop a line to let you all know that Capitol Mac has a small reserve (over 10 units) of the 733/DVD+R G4 system. These systems are in high demand, and are constrained THROUGH the end of the next quarter as Apple cannot get enough Superdrives to produce the units. None are in distribution and they are not available through Apple Direct at this time.
If you know of anybody looking for one of these speed demons, let 'em know Capitol Mac's got 'em!
Scott Grenz General Manager
Capitol Mac

They had 12 systems as of 11 AM on 4/11/2001.

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More Reader Comments on SETI for OS X:
I've updated the page on SETI for OS X feedback with more reader comments, and some tips on setting task priorities in OS X.
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CPU Upgrades Owner Ratings Database Updated:
The Rate Your CPU Upgrade database has been updated with 6 new reports (total to date: 5,523). [Entries from after midnight EST will be added the following day.]

  • PowerLogix BlueChip PB G3/466 in PB G3 wallstreet2 (rated 10)
  • PowerLogix BlueChip PB G3/466 in PB G3 wallstreet1 (rated 9)
  • PowerLogix G3/233 in 9500/132 (rated 10)
  • PowerLogix G3/233 in PowerCenter 150 (rated 10)
  • Sonnet G3/375 in 7500/100 (rated 10)
  • Extreme Systems 32MHz 030 upgrade to LC II (rated 10)
    (listed under "other brands" and "other mac models" categories)

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 12 new entries added this morning including CDROMs, DVD-ROMs, Combo DVD-CDRW, CDRW, and Hard Drives. Current total 3,513 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 a review of Tranquility (listed under "other game" titles) and another review of Deus Ex. Total Reviews (all titles): 759. 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:

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