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News Archive for: 4/16/2001 Monday's NewsReturn to Accelerate Your Mac!

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Top stories of 4/16/2001:

Reader Tip for OS 9.1 Feezes with Dual G4 CPU Module Swaps:
Several readers that had swapped a single G4 CPU module with a Dual G4 module (Apple OEM) reported that although the system ran fine with OS 9.04, upgrading to OS 9.1 resulted in system freezes at boot and was not usable. A reader sent a tip that he said solved his freezes after updating to OS 9.1 in his Dual G4 upgraded system:

" Mike (and Jamie):
I told you I'd write back if I found a solution to this problem (upgraded G4/450 to dual G4/500 and OS9.1 would not run). I have. The solution is to downgrade "Apple CPU Plugins" from version 2.7 (and up) back to version 2.4.

I believe 2.4 came with my original G4 software (Oct. '99 G4/450 AGP).

I borrowed an G4 install disk from a friend who just received a new G4/733. This was the only disk that I could get to install when booting from the CD. It installed "Apple CPU Plugins" version 3.0 (which also caused freezes on my machine). After I downgraded to version 2.4 everything has become stable and works great.

Now I'm off to try and get OS X to install. I keep getting Kernel Panic errors on bootup...
-Brian"

I've added Brian's tip to the previous article here on Swapping a dual G4 module in a single G4/AGP system.

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Griffin USB iMic Owner Comments:
In reply to an earlier post today from an iVoice owner, a reader sent a positive report on Griffin's iMac USB adapter:

"In regard to the reader who was wondering how the iMic works to substitute hi[s] iVoice, I have been using it with a Cube and it works perfectly under Mac OS 9.1. There is configuration software available and just recently a firmware upgrade. My only problem with the device is that the plastics are extremely cheap and it does not work correctly under OS X. If the iMic is plugged in, Mac OS X only routes audio to it, disabling the HK speakers until iMic is unplugged. I think this is a problem in OS X which does not allow correct selection of audio output as OS 9 does.
Gabriele"

For more info on the iMic and updates for it, see Griffin's iMic page.

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Powerlogix Cache Control for OS X:
Powerlogix sent a press release on their latest beta version of Cache Control for OS X. This is a version of their G3/G4 cache profiler for OS X and CPU upgrades, featuring adjustable cache speeds and options to enable/disable speculative access. If you've had problems with a PB G3 Bluechip upgrade in OS X, try either disabling speculative access or lowering the cache speed. (Both reported previously to help owners that had issues in OS 9, so for those with any OS X problems with a Bluechip upgrade, I'd be curious to see if this helps.)
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Mac SoundBlaster Live Feedback Forum:
Brian Souder of Creative Labs has started a thread in the forums here asking for feedback (good/bad/problem reports, suggestions) on the Mac Soundblaster live. There is a page here also with some initial first impressions and performance tests from early SBlive card owners.
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Disappointed iVoice Owner Comments:
"iVoice problems
I bought the Macally iVoice recently, for a USB mic fix. It's not a very good product. First off, they advertise volume control on the hardware itself. This apparently was removed without notice, as that feature is crossed off the list on the package I actually recieved, and is missing on the unit. This would not be a great problem except software volume and gain controls have no effect on the mic, making the mic pretty much useless for most everything except talking into softly.

Secondly, the input and output jacks do not override the mic, meaning when I plug in an audio source, it records both that input and my computer buzz, mouse clicking, etc. Can't find a way to shut this off. Argh.

Most bothersome however is that this product will not allow my Cube to shut down. When plugged in, if I try to shut down, it immediately powers up again, both in OS X and 9. All that together...I think I am returning this product and trying out the iMic instead, with hopes that it doesn't have these problems, though I am not too confident since I wouldn't think mic technologies would vary so much. We'll see I guess.
Colin"

Previous reader comments on the iVoice were in the February 16th and 19th news pages.

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Note on PowerBook G4 Reset Button:
Although I have not had the problem, a reader replied to the note on battery disconnects on the PB G4 owner comments page with a report that he had intermitted problems that were related to the reset button:

" I had a problem with by PB G4 turning off when the computer was moved or the display lid moved. I almost sent my unit away to apple, but I found the reset button was jammed behind the case. The reset switch was very close to closing. A little movement of the lid or the case caused a reset. After a reset, the date/time is at midnight 1904. After the reset buttom is ever pushed, be sure the shaft protrudes through the case freely and is not stuck behind the case."
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Reader Reports Driver Solution for SCSI DVD-ROM Drive:
One of today's additions to the Drive Compatibility Database included this one from a 8600 owner with a SCSI Toshiba DVD ROM drive. The downside is that there appears to be no retail source for Radialogic StorageMaster anymore:

" FINALLY, it's done!
After months of trials, finally I REALLY CAN WATCH ANY, I REPEAT ANY DVD VIDEO ON MY POWERMAC 8600 (320 Mb Ram Interleaved, 80 Gb HD U2W, Ati Radeon 32 Mb, Zip, Floppy, CD 24x, Firewire card, Usb card, 20" Apple RGB Applevision).

Before today, I tried LOT of solutions (Apple DVD player cracked, CD/DVD Speedtools, and so on. Finally, I've tried RADIALOGIC software STORAGEMASTER 1.8.1: a simple INIT, and it WOOOOOOOOOORKKKKKSS!!!

I've a Toshiba SD-M 1201 DVD-Rom drive, and I really thought that it was IMPOSSIBLE to see DVD without an hardware card. Instead, using Apple DVD Player 2.2 (cracked version) and radialogic software, I can see EVERY [one] of my 40 DVDs, in full screen, with no compromise!

Using CD/DVD Speedtools, instead (version 5.6) I could see only 2 (TWO) DVD-video of mine; so, W Radialogic!!!!

Bottom Line: if you want to see DVD Video, buy a Toshiba DVD, buy Radialogic Storagemaster, and you're done!
Alessio Ferraro "

Some time back http://www.radialogic.com/ noted they've closed. Parent company Prosoft Engineering may still have supply it to OEM's however, but I don't know any retail source of StorageMaster. (I thought it may have been bought out by another company perhaps and tried searching versiontracker with no results.) I've emailed Alessio to ask where he obtained the drivers.

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Listing of Modified/Custom Macs:
Last Friday's news had a few links to custom painted Mac cases. Several readers replied to that post with links to a page with a large list of really customized Macs. Check out Applefritter's Mac Hacks page.
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Lower Prices on Sonnet Nubus Fortissimo Bus Doubled CPU Upgrades:
Site sponsor Other World Computing sent a note about lowered prices on the Sonnet "Fortissimo" (bus doubled) CPU upgrades for Nubus Macs. See their product pages for more info on the G3/400 and G3/500 CPU upgrades for 61-71-8100 Macs.
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OS X 10.0.1 (4L13) Update Reports on Older Macs:
There's a forum thread with older Mac (pre-Beige G3) owner reports on the OS X update. Some older Macs were using G4 CPU upgrades also (at least one Newer Tech G4 owner report). The OS X General Discussions forum has reports from G3 and later systems.

Note - if you applied any of the "unofficial" updates (4L5, 4L7, etc.) see the Friday's news page for how to get the official 10.0.1 update.

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MuchoThumbs Carbon Beta 2 Available:
" This is to announce that MuchoThumbs Pro 2.0 is available now in its version Beta 2.
This version is almost mature and does provided 90% of the functionalities of the classic version.
This version is already downloadable from our website at www.muchosoft.com/thumbs.htm or from this direct [download] link.
Do not hesitate to send us your feedback at support@muchosoft.com
Sincerely
The MuchoSoft team "
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CPU Upgrades Owner Ratings Database Updated:
The Rate Your CPU Upgrade database has been updated with 8 new reports (total to date: 5,537). [Entries from after midnight EST will be added the following day.]

  • MetaBox G3/333 in 7500/100 (rated 10)
  • PowerLogix BlueChip G3/466 in PB G3 wallstreet1 (rated 7)
  • Sonnet G3/500 in Beige G3 (rated 10)
  • Sonnet G3/300 in Performa 6360 (rated 9)
  • B&W G3/300 OC reports (2)
  • PB G3/250 OC report
  • PB G3/400 (firewire) cache 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 21 new entries added this morning including Combo DVD-CDRW, CDROMs, DVD-ROMs, CDRW, Hard Drives. Current total 3,554 reports. [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 Star Trek Elite Force. Total Reviews (all titles): 763. 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:
(Much lighter today than usual)

    Apple TIL Updates:
    (none today)

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