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Accelerate Your Mac! News Archive for: 4/10/2002 Wednesday's NewsReturn to Accelerate Your Mac!

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News stories of April 10th, 2002:

Rumored Specs on Next-Generation Nvidia NV30
A reader posted a link to a website that has rumored specs on Nvidia's next generation NV30 graphics card design. That site shows specs of 450Mhz core and 375Mhz DDR ram clocks and more.
(It's almost a old joke now, but there's some bets out there on what will be first - the NV30 release or Mac support for the NV20's FSAA, Pixel Shaders, etc. ;-) Seriously though, I hear there's work on OpenGL revisions in progress to to add pixel shader, etc. support for both the GeForce3/4 ti and ATI Radeon 8500 cards. No idea when this will actually be available on the Mac however.
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More Reader Reports on ATI Driver Update
I've updated the page of reader reports on the ATI driver update posted yesterday. I've organized the page into reports by card type (Radeon AGP, Radeon 7500 AGP, Radeon 8500 AGP, Rage128 series, Radeon 7000 PCI, Radeon PCI, Radeon Mobility, etc.). I'm continually receiving more reports and will update the page as I can.
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OS X Patch Coming for Mac Wipeout 2907
    Hi, I've read this interesting news on the italian Macintosh site http://www.applicando.com
    VirtualProgramming is developing a patch for WipeOut 2097 with full Carbon compatibility for Mac OS X. Furthermore there is a huge speed increase and OpenGL enhancements (trilinear filtering and lens flare).
    The patch, currently in beta, will be available as a free download the next week.
    The direct link for the news is:
    http://www.applicando.com/home/news.php?id=3088.
    Dario"

I don't remember this game personally, but there's a web page listing it for sale at http://www.vpltd.com/pages/wipeoutmac.htm.

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realMYST for the Mac Now Shipping
Macplay sent a press release today that realMYST® for the Mac is now shipping. realMYST lists for $29.99 and is available from MacPlay's website or directly from leading Macintosh retailers including CompUSA, Fry√s Electronics, Micro Center, Apple.com and Amazon.com.
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Quake3 1.31 Beta 5 Update Available
    "mike,
    fyi, i just put this in the gaming forum
    there's a new quake build on id's ftp server. it's labeled "Quake3-Q3F-testfix.sit" and when unstuffed produces an app that's 1.31b5.
    ftp://ftp.idsoftware.com/idstuff/quake3/mac/
    ...i read at q3w that it works as advertised and fixes issues with q3f.
    brett "

From the comments I assume this update fixes the VM interpreter issues with the Quake3 Fortress 2.0 mod when used on the Mac. (Noted in Monday's news page.
(FYI - a reader replied this update did not fix the problems he (and others, including me) have seen with Q3 in 10.1.3 with a GeForce3.)

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Apple Remote Desktop 1.01 Update
Apple has posted a 1.01 update to their Remote Desktop software. See the readme there for a list of changes and known issues.
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Notes on Email Worms, etc. from Infected PCs
For the last 2 weeks I've been getting more than the usual number of infected emails (worms/trojan attachments, etc.). Macs are not affected by these and I have a 'rule' in Outlook Express that moves any email with an .exe, .com, scr, .bat, .pif, etc. attachment to the 'deleted' folder.
As I've noted before some of these worms send themselves out from infected PCs using email addresses spoofed from the infected PC user's address book, etc.. The reason I mention this is today I got an email from someone thinking I sent them a virus/worm (since it showed my xlr8yourmac.com address as the from/sender and had a subject line of "class" - but there's dozens of different subject lines/attachments for various worms on the PC).
As I've noted before - I never send email from xlr8yourmac.com (only from my personal email address) - so any mails you get 'from' that address are just from some infected PC user's system that had that address in their address book. (Of course an infected PC could also have my personal email address.) Bottom line is a) I never send email from this URL and b) I never send attachments in emails.

If you're a PC user make sure your anti-virus software is up-to-date (there's updates to Norton AV almost every day now for the last month) and that you have the latest updates to PC Internet Explorer and Outlook email clients - use windowsupdate.com frequently to check for security updates, etc.. (Some current worms also spread via IRC, AOL IM, etc..) If you're running some older versions of IE and Outlook (w/o updates/patches) just previewing an infected mail like the older nimda worm can cause it to spread from your system:

    (from Symantec's nimda info)
    The worm uses the Unicode Web Traversal exploit. A patch for computers running Windows NT 4.0 Service Packs 5 and 6a or Windows 2000 Gold or Service Pack 1 and information regarding this exploit can be found at
    www.microsoft.com/technet/security/bulletin/ms00-078.asp.
    When the worm arrives by email, the worm uses a MIME exploit allowing the virus to be executed just by reading or previewing the file. Information and a patch for this exploit can be found at
    www.microsoft.com/technet/security/bulletin/MS01-020.asp"

There were later updates to IE and Outlook to fix this security hole. I don't know if any later worms can be spread this way but just a FYI as it seems there are still a lot of people out there with no AV software and running older copies of windows IE/Outlook. For more info on the latest threats and cleaning tools/info - see Symantec virus/worm notes at http://www.sarc.com.
There's also been another repeat of trojans attached to emails claiming to be from Microsoft as a security update. (I've gotten about two dozen of those in the last 2 weeks also.) Use windowsupdate.com to get any Windows related security updates - there's been several in the last month for XP and other OS versions.

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CDRW/CD/DVD/Hard Drive /Cardreader Compatibility Database Updates
The Drive Compatibility searchable database had 14 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 7,080 reports. Here's a summary listing of today's new reports. (Does not include updates to previous entries)

    IDE CDRW Drive Reports:
  • LG GCE-8320B 32x10x40x in B&W G3 (OS 9.1)
    (problems noted)
  • Matshita UJDA330 (8Xx4x32x) in iMac (OS 9.2)
    (not bootable)
  • Samsung SW-224B 24x10x40x in Beige G3 (OS X)
    (some problems noted )
  • Sony CRX1611 (16x10x40x) in Dual G3 (OS X)
  • Sony CRX155E (12x8x32x) in B&W G3 (OS 9.1)

    Firewire CDRW Drive Reports:
  • Plextor 40x12x40A (in FW case) used w/G4 AGP (OS X)
    (see FAQ's CDROM/CDR section here for iTunes OS X modified support file)

    USB CDRW Drive Reports:
  • APS 4x4 used w/Powerbook G3 2000 (OS X)
    (noted iTunes/DB support - didn't note actual drive mechanism)

    IDE Hard Drive Reports:
  • IBM Travelstar 40GB in PowerBook 3400 (OS 9.1)
  • Maxtor DiamondMax Plus D740X 40GB in Beige G3 (OS X)
    (See Beige G3 MT HD Upgrade guide here)
  • Seagate Barracuda IV 60GB in B&W G3 using IDE PCI Card (OS 9.2)
    (problems noted)
  • Western Digital WD1200JB 120GB in G4/AGP (OS X)


    Firewire Hard Drive Reports:
  • Maxtor 3000XT 160GB used w/B&W G3 (OS X)

    SCSI Hard Drive Reports:
  • IBM DCHS-09F 9.1GB in 7200 (OS 9.1)

    Removeable Media Drive Reports:
  • Firewire to SCSI Adapted Fujitsu DynaMO 640MB in G4/AGP (OS X)

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 3 new reports. (Total to date: 6,960). [Entries made today are posted the next newsday morning. Incomplete entries, those with not comments, missing info, etc. are deleted]

  • Other World Computing 500 in B&W G3 (rated 9)
  • Powerlogix G3/375 in 7300/200 (rated 9)
  • Sonnet G3/450 in PowerCenter Pro 210 (rated 10)

(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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