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News Stories from April 8th, 2002:

GroBoto - 3D Modeling for Kids

A reader posted a note about a cool 3D app at http://www.groboto.com/. Their more info page says:

    GroBoto is an intuitive 3D art tool, providing an environment where learning occurs naturally through the playful pursuit of cool images.

    GroBotos tools provide easy, real-time access to the three dimensional world. They allow for the natural flow of curiosity, leading to a deeper understanding of Spacial Concepts, Mathematics, Algorithmic Art, Animation, Artificial Life, Chaos, and Complexity.

    Freeform drawing in GroBoto can be enjoyed by children as young as four or five. Analogs to drawing, painting, and familiar toys like blocks and Legos provide a handle to the GroBoto world.

    Older kids soon develop an interest in the next level of GroBoto tools that provide a natural, relational means of navigating and building in three dimensional space. "Touching" any object in the GroBoto scene with the cursor places the new object in a nearby 3D location. Animation, simulation, algorithmic sculpture, and game design offer excitement and challenge without limits. "

GroBoto requires a "PowerMac with G3 or G4 processor, OS 7.61 or later (8.0 or later above [preferred I assume], compatible with OS X in Classic mode), 14 MB RAM (27 MB Recommended), 18 MB HD space (25 MB Recommended), 800x600 pixel, 256-color display (1024x768, 16-bit recommended)".
There's a 30 day trial version and related files at their downloads page. They also have a Gallery page with user created samples.

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Apple Leads the Industry in DVD Burning

That's the title of an Apple press release today noting they have shipped nearly half a million SuperDrive(tm)-equipped Macs and over 2 million DVD-R discs to date.
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Reader Comments on Low-Cost 'DragonBurn' CD Burning Software
A reader post in the forums a few days ago mentioned a new Mac CD burning software called DragonBurn. One reader replied with comments on using it:

    " The program works as advertised. Initially I kept making coasters until I discovered that I had virtual memory on. After I turned it off no more coasters. The program interface is simple and straight forward, kinda reminds of the old CD Master. For the money [$19.99] it's hard to beat. If they make an OS X version I'll buy it.
    ... I am able to burn audio cds at the full speed (12x) of my Sony burner mounted in an external firewire case.
    Ray "

Their website notes it requires OS 9.04 or later and that an OS X version is in development. I did not see a list of supported drives there however but there's a trial version available for download. As of today the price is $19.99 (US) - $10 off the normal $29.99 list price according to their online store.

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Quake3 Fortress 2.0 Notes on Mac Compatibility
This weekend I noticed that Fileplanet listed a 2.0 release of the Quake3 Fortress mod. For more info on the mod and download links, see the http://www.q3f.com/ website which also has a FAQ and support forums. Their FAQ links to another Mac specific FAQ that notes due to VM interpreter issues, Mac users running Q3F v2 won't be able to connect to "pure" servers (which means most public servers).
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Two Radeon 7000 Owners report 8500 Drivers Fixed Dual Monitor Problems
In the last week since posting the download link to the 8500 1.0 drivers, I've had two Radeon 7000 (PCI) card owners note that installing these drivers in OS 9 (which have extensions for other ATI card models) solved problems they had running 2 displays with the 7000 card. Here's comments from owners of the 7000 card in both Umax S900' and 9500s:

    " Concerning Mac Radeon 7000 Graphics Card and dual output with DVI to VGA converter:

    Just installed the new Radeon 8500 Installer over the 7000 one and guess what? I now have the two VGA outputs on the 7000 working with a Sony 19" and an Applevision 750AV!
    I seriously hope this will help all 7000 owners!
    Thanks for your great usefull website, Patrick S.
    [I asked what Mac model he had-Mike]

    Tried the driver and the card on both a Umax S900 and an Apple 9500 with XLR8 G4 450 CPU. In the PCI Slots were the Radeon 7000 together with a miroMotion DC30 +, an Adaptec 2940U2W and an AudioMedia III from Digidesign. "

After the above report a 2nd S900 owner wrote about dual monitor problems - so I suggested the drive the 8500 drivers. He wrote that fixed the problem:

    "Hi Mike,
    Whatever it was, it worked. I have removed R-7000 driver and installed R-8500 driver and the UMAX S-900 runs both monitors of the same card. It does help to power up the second monitor (DVI-1 socket) after total boot up on primary monitor only. Anyway IT WORKS. Thank you so much!!!
    I am not sure I had to change the card driver but now - "if it is not broken don't mend it". Thanks again, I am ethernaly grateful.
    Manty"

The 8500 1.0 drivers were linked in the April 2nd news page. [A 7000 owner said the ROM xtender file alone didn't help.]
I've added these reports to the Radeon 7000 owner feedback page.

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More Reader Reports on Nvidia 3.0 Driver Update for OS 9.2
I've updated the Nvidia 3.0 Drivers Feedback page for more reader reports on the driver update. The latest updates include comments from a 2MX owner on improved image quality in 4x4 Evo and Driver, and updates to past reports on problems with the SGI LCD display/Multi-link adapter.
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XPostFacto OS X on Legacy Macs Utility Updated for Orig. PB G3, PB 3400/2400 Support and More
Ryan Rempel updated his XPostFacto utility yesterday to v2.2b1, which includes the following changes/improvements:

  • Beta-level support for the original Powerbook G3, the 3400 and (possibly) the 2400.
  • Fixes for the "kernel panic if nothing connected to onboard video" problem. (The ATI driver update will still be needed for some ATI cards, however).
  • Will permit installation onto drives connected to the UltraTek IDE card (with the OWC/FirmTek upgrade applied).
  • Fixes a problem installing Darwin 1.4.1.
  • Fixes a problem with Mac OS 9.2.x.

For more info and download links see OWC's XPostFacto Home page.
(Note: one reader with a PB 2400 and OS X on an external SCSI drive noted kernel panics - not sure if this is due to OS X being on the external drive.)

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Humor: Crashed computer boots local man into jail
Domingo Alvear sent a link to a story about a frustrated gateway owner that ended up in jail after smashing a computer in the store. (In frustration after many trips for repairs, etc. )
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CDRW/CD/DVD/Hard Drive /Cardreader Compatibility Database Updates
The Drive Compatibility searchable database had 13 new reports added today. The database includes reports on Combo DVD-CDRW, CDROMs, DVD-ROM, DVD-RAM, DVD-R, CDRW, Hard Drives and Removables (tape drive, ORB, ZIP, MO drives, CF/Smartmedia readers, etc.) in all interface types (IDE, IDE RAID cards, Firewire, SCSI, adapters). Current total 7,056 reports. Here's a summary listing of today's new reports. (Does not include updates to previous entries)

    Combo DVD+CDRW Drive Reports:
  • IDE Matshita CW-8121 (8x8x24x + 8x DVD ROM) in PowerBook G4 (OS X)
    (Apple combo drive upgrade)

    DVD-RAM Drive Reports:
  • Firewire Matshita LF-D11A [IDE drive in FW case] used w/9600 (OS X)

    DVD-ROM Drive Reports:
  • IDE Toshiba SD-M1612 (16x/48x) in Beige G3 (OS X)

    IDE CDRW Drive Reports:
  • LG 8320B 32x10x40 in G4 no AGP [yikes] (OS 9.1)
    (problems noted, not bootable, etc.)
  • Lite-On 16x10x40x in Umax using IDE PCI Card (OS 9.1)
    (didn't note specific Umax model)
  • Sony CRX175A2-C1 (24x10x40x) in B&W G3 (OS X)
    (problems noted in OS X)
  • Sony CRX-175A1 (16x10x40x) in G4/AGP (OS 9)
    (Used CD Drive install guide here)

    Firewire CDRW Drive Reports:
  • "Fireblaster" 16x10x40x used w/G4 Cube (OS X)
    (listed under "other" brands)
  • Que Fire 24x10x40x (Artec RW-241040) used w/G4 no AGP [yikes] (OS 9.2)
    (no itunes or discburner support)
  • Que 24x10x40x used w/G4 no AGP [yikes] (OS 9.2)
    (no itunes or discburner support)
  • Que 12x10x32 used w/B&W G3 (OS X)
    (problems noted with itunes/DB)
  • Teac CD-W516EB 16x10x40 (in FW case) used w/G4 AGP (OS X)
  • Yamaha Lightspeed 2200 FXZ used w/G4 no AGP [yikes] (OS 9.2)
    [Noted working with Retrospect in OS 9 after driver update]

You can find full owner reports (latest shown first) by searching the database by drive/brand/interface/mac models (the latest reports are shown first in searches).
For guides to installing CD/CDRW/DVD drives or Hard drives in many mac models, see the IDE Articles page. The Firewire articles page also has guides on case kits, installing drives, etc.
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. [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.]

(Entries today will be added the following newsday. Incomplete entries are deleted. Do not post questions in the database, it's for drive reports not questions on what drive to buy - for that try searching the database for reports from owners of your mac model on the drive type/brand/interface, etc. you're interested in.)

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CPU Upgrades Owner Reports Database Updated:
The Rate Your CPU Upgrade database has been updated with 7 new reports. (Total to date: 6,955). [Entries made today are posted the next newsday morning. Incomplete entries, those with not comments, missing info, etc. are deleted]

  • Apple G4/733 module in G4/AGP 350 [Sawtooth] (rated 8)
  • Other World Computing G4/450 in Beige G3 (rated 10)
  • Other World Computing G4/500 in B&W G3 (rated 8)
  • Sonnet G4/400 in 7300 (rated 10)
  • Sonnet G3/333 in PowerBook 1400 (rated 10)
  • XLR8 G4/500 in B&W G3 (rated 10)
  • B&W G3/350 OC report

(Warning - Overclocking may not be reliable and could lead to hardware failure or corrupted data.) You can find the 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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News pages from 1, 2 and 3 years ago:
(Sometimes these old pages are a bit embarrassing - and in many cases the offsite links may not work and comments there were accurate only on the date posted regarding upgrade availability, etc.)

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