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News Archive for: 4/12/2001Return to Accelerate Your Mac!


Top stories of 4/12/2001:

Lightwave 6.5 Preview/Beta for OS X:
I'm several hundred emails behind in the last day or so, but digging through the backlog several readers noted there's a preview version of Lightwave 6.5 for OS X. If you have a licensed version of Lightwave 6/6.5 installed and have OS X (retail), there's an OS X beta/preview version at The page notes the installer must be run in OS 9 and requires the OS X retail version.
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Impressive 3 Speaker Sound for $50:
I'm no audio expert, but I have to admit I am impressed with the overall sound of the Labtec Pulse 424 Speakers which retail for $49.99. (I bought mine at Staples here in VA.) I had read a good review of them in Maximum PC recently and was very surprised at the audio quality (especially the subwoofer) for such a cheap set of speakers. The Pulse 424 includes an 8" subwoofer (wood enclosure) with separate adjustable subwoofer volume control and two small plastic satellite speakers. There's a headphone jack on the satellite speaker also, which is handy. I didn't expect a $50 speaker set to sound this good. If you'd like to add a cheap set of speakers for your Mac give these a look. I'd love to have a set of the $250 Klipsch Promedia 4.1's, but for $50, the Pulse 424's are a great value in my opinion.
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Reader Reports Fix for PPP/Internal Modem Issues in OS X
As reported here several times in the past (and noted in the forums here), many OS X users (esp. w/Dual processor macs) have reported PPP/internal modem problems and kernel panics. A reader reported using a modified serial driver seems to have solved this problem on his system. See the details page for his full report. (Updated to include comments from the author of the modified serial driver.)
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Add Your Own Logo in Virtual PC's System Properties Dialog:
Sort of off-topic, but may be of interest to some readers. If you have Virtual PC and would like your own Logo to appear in the "System Properties" dialog box, here's how. (I put the AccelerateYourMac! logo there in this example.) Details
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Reader Comments on Beige G3 w/DVD OS X Audio Fix:
A reader commented on the patch noted in yesterday's news:

"After reading through the article written James Chalfant ( I realized that all the fix is was a simple replacement of a file in an invisible directory. First I used Apple's Sherlock while 9.1 to find exactly where the rc file was at (exact path: HD/Private/etc/rc). I used Norton Disk Doctor's Get Info For function to make the "private" folder temporarily visible. After locating the rc file, I renamed rc.old. Next, I went to the Apple iTools homepage and mounted james-chalfant public folder. From that I retrieved the replacement rc file & placed it in the proper directory path. I went back to Norton and made the "Private" folder invisible again. I then used the Startup Disk control panel to select my Mac OS X system folder and restarted. Sound works beautifully now. I did try the long way but was denied access in the TERMINAL app in Mac OS X. Even after I used the root account.
Also, I have tried the save as option of the rc file from the web browser but that did not work out too well. After consulting File Buddy's compare two files function, I discovered that the web browser has added a resource fork to the rc text file. That did cause OS X to boot into a terminal screen: no desk top just white command lines on a black screen. That's why I went with James' copy from his iTools "public" folder.
Thank you James and thank YOU for posting the fix. :)

My set up: Power Macintosh G3 300/DVD/AV 224 MB RAM 6GB/30GB"

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Reader Reports using PC GeForce2MX PCI card in B&W G3:
There's a post in the forums here that a B&W G3 owner was able to get a PC Geforce2MX PCI card to work in a B&W G3. (Assuming he flashed the card, see links there for more info.) There's threads in the Video cards forum on trying to use AGP and PCI GeForce2MX (PC versions) in Macs for those that missed past reports and articles here.
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Warranty Repairs - Does Your Credit Card Extend Warranties?
Reader Steve Weisel sent a reminder on something I know I always forget - that many credit card companies may extend the warranty of products bought with the card. His PowerBook Firewire warranty recently expired before he remembered to report a problem with the AC adapter and screen. Luckily he noted that his CC company had the extended warranty program:

"I called Visa, and they're sending me a claim form. They pay 100% of repair for an extra year over mfr. warranty....

If in doubt, check with your credit card company on their warranty policies (if they provide this service). Just a FYI as I know I had forgotten about this benefit of many cards, which in some cases could save you a bundle.

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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: 5,529). [Entries from after midnight EST will be added the following day.]

  • Newer Tech G3/240 in 7100/66 (rated 3)
  • PowerLogix BlueChip G3/466 in PB G3 wallstreet1 (rated 10)
  • XLR8 CarrierZIF (MAChCarrier) G3/466 in 9500/132 (rated 10)
  • XLR8 G4/450 in Beige G3 (rated 9)
  • iMac G3/333 OC report
  • Beige G3/266 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 11 new entries added this morning including DVD-R (Pioneer DVR-103), CDROMs, DVD-ROMs, Combo DVD-CDRW, CDRW, Hard Drives and Removables. Current total 3,524 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 Baldur's Gate, Diablo II and Deus Ex. Total Reviews (all titles): 762. To read game reviews use the search page.
If you've not already done so - Enter a Game review.
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