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News stories of April 2nd, 2003:

ATI 9700 Pro available at Apple Store, Comparison Tests Underway Here
The Apple Store now shows the OEM ATI Radeon 9700 Pro as available and shipping as a BTO option on new G4 Towers. (Reader Chris Blanchard said his order today was noted as shipping in 3-5 days - previously it was listed as "coming soon".)
The OEM version (128MB vram w/dual display support) requires a Mirror Drive Door Mac (no aux. power connector on the OEM card, but the retail model will have it for compatibility with previous Mac AGP models).

I've been testing an OEM 9700 Pro here (versus several other Mac graphics cards like the Geforce3, Geforce4 Ti, ATI 8500 and ATI 9000 Pro) in a dual 1GHz MDD system but was using the original (Feb. 2003) 9700 Pro drivers and just received the latest build from today, which have several improvements. I'm re-running all the 9700 Pro tests with the latest drivers for posting a preview here as soon as possible. (Update - On Friday I posted the Radeon 9700 Pro tests article.)
For more info on the Mac Radeon 9700 Pro (retail model to follow), see this ATI 9700 Pro product page.

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Aspyr taking pre-orders for Nascar Racing 2003 Season and SpyHunter
Aspyr's front page today notes they're taking pre-orders for Mac Nascar Racing 2003 Season. Like the previous Nascar version, it's listed as OS X only and requiring a G4 CPU (733MHz or better recommended.)
They're also taking pre-orders for Spyhunter (estimated ship date on their upcoming game status page was April 2003).
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Apple Remote Desktop 1.2 Update
Apple's hotnews page notes a 1.2 update to their Remote Desktop software is available via Auto Software Update with the following changes noted there:

    " Available over Auto Software Update, this update improves reliability and delivers new features, such as:
  • The new Remote Software Install feature lets you simultaneously copy and install software packages to one or more systems and ensure all the computers on your network are running the latest software without leaving your desk.
  • Set Network Startup Disk enables you to set the start-up disk of one or more of the computers on your network to be a Netboot image. Or set the start-up to be a Network Install image. That means with a few clicks you can set up or update an entire lab of computers
  • Auto Update ARD 1.1 Client Software. Simply upgrade your admin system to 1.2 and the software will upgrade your client systems to version 1.2 automatically. "
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OS 10.2.4 Burn Support Plugin for Buslink 52x Aopen Mechanism CDRW
Just a FYI that I've added a reader's info and Aopen plugin file to the FAQ's CDROM/CDR section for owners of Buslink 52x drives that have an Aopen (not Lite-On) mechanism.
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Reader Comments on PowerBook G4 17in
"Hi Mike, Just popped into one mac shop in Melbourne this arvo during my lunch break, and they have one powerbook 17" in as a demo model. :-)
The powerbook 17, well, I'm sure you know. nice.. looks thinner than the pictures suggest. The metal finish has a definately different look to the titanium, doesn't look as clean but may very well keep that appearance longer than the Ti 'clean' does..
The sound quality from this is yum. Not tinny at all, and I remember seeing an image from the inards of one of these machines off a link on your site, and that showed that the pb17" speakers were encased in a black plastic basket of some sort..

The hinge was nice and light, I've tightened up my Ti's hing once and now is firm to open. The pb17" screen is light. I can best describe it as feeling fluid.. the screen feels thinner than the Ti's. Not sure if it is in reality.

They had the pb 17" next to a 20" cinema and also a 23" cinema. The aspect ratio of the pb17" appeared the same as the others, I know its not, but was sure nice..
The track pad is nice, the button feels soft but not flimsy and I didnt notice it pushing in on the lower left and right corners. The pad following the same aspect ratio as the display, a Apple standard and nice touch..

The sales rep mentioned that there are three speakers in the 17".. the left, right and one under the keyboard.. I wasnt aware of that.. I know the 12" has that, but he didn't sound certain of its existance on the pb17"... (I had never read that the PB G4 17in had 3 speakers - only 2. There was a disassembly article on the 17in in the March 25th news page (japanese page) but I don't remember any notes on 3 speakers in the 17in model.-Mike)

Holding the powerbook closed in my hand (as I often do with my Ti) felt not too different. It certainly looks large and demands attention, but its cornered iBook style edging doesnt feel intrusive as the lid edge does on my Ti.. The underside of the pb17" is nice. clean, and a bit more sophisticated than the Ti.. I didn't notice any screw holes, but I did forget to look.
After all the playing I realised I had attracted an amount of attention behind me, so I relunctantly let go of it, and went back to work..
Just thought i'd share my excitement. :-)
Regards,
Andrew P."

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Wallstreet, Lombard and Pismo Take-Apart Pages
(from a reader email)

"After receiving 7.000+ hits for my Wallstreet pages, I've added detailed take-apart instructions for Lombards and Pismos with dozens of pictures:
Wallstreet (1998 model): http://homepage.mac.com/sysop/PhotoAlbum3.html
Lombard (1999 model): http://homepage.mac.com/sysop/PhotoAlbum5.html
Pismo (Firewire/2000 model): http://homepage.mac.com/sysop/PhotoAlbum7.html
Which is which? Wallstreets have black keyboards, Lombards come with USB but no firewire and Pismos have USB and firewire.
btw: when I informed you about the Wallstreet pages a while ago, I received 2000 hits within 2 days and all went smoothly ... I think my Mac account can handle this, there's propably no need to host the pages elsewhere.
regards,
Mike"

I've wrote drive install guides, etc. here on the PowerBook G3s but not a total disassembly article. (The FAQ's Powerbook section however links to off-site articles on repairing wallstreet hinges and audio jacks, etc.)

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EyeTV Owner Comments on Quicktime 6.1.1 Update
(Updated w/tip) Two readers with EyeTV and QT 6.1.1 replied to the first reader's comments saying they had no problems after the update, but a third noted he had to unplug and replug the device after the update. (Another reader with a different USB device noted the same tip)

" Hi Mike,
i installed QT 6.1.1 and EyeTV still works. I just had to unplug the usb cable and plug it back in to reset it.
Mike "

Two other EyeTV owners noted no problems:

" EyeTV 1.1.2, QT 6.1.1, pismo, 1gig ram (thanks xlr8yourmac), ibm travelstar 40gig (thanks xlr8yourmac), NO problems to report. thanks for the great site,
daniel"

Another all-ok report:

" Hi- Just a short note. Downloaded the quicktime update 6.1.1 , have no problems with the eyetv app. I can watch and record as usual.
Norman K. "

(first report noting problems follows)

" I was wondering if you have received any email from EyeTv owners having problems with the Quicktime 6.1.1 update? When I finished updating Quicktime EyeTv opens up but I can't watch any live tv only recored video. I'm currently using the latest software version 1.1.2 and OSX 10.2.4. It seems that EyeTv will not recognize my usb port after further investigation. I came to this conclusion when their tech support emailed me a number of suggestions. One was to throw away any com.elgato.eyetv.plist files and restart EyeTv. I did and the setup assistant came up, I checked some options and clicked the next button for more selections. But when I came to the connect EyeTV to your Macintosh page the next button was grayed out as if it didn't recognized the USB port. Am I the first to notify you of this problem? (yes, but replies to this post above noted no problems.-Mike)
Thank you,
Uldarico L "

There's a page here of previous EyeTV Owner reports but QT 6.1.1 was just released recently. If anyone has a suggestion to fix Uldarico's problem, let me know.

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More info on using SprintPCS with PowerBooks
(another follow-up to the recent posts in the news on this subject)

" Further info on Sprint PCS/Powerbooks:

Mike,
Just wanted to clarify, when using your Sprint phone for access via the USB cables, the setup is a little different (dial #777, no username or pass), you should be using an Unlimited Vision plan for PHONES (not the $100 Unlimited PC Card plan). HOWEVER, numerous posts on forums like sprintusers.com or howardforums.com warn against abusing the connection, as PCS Vision for phones does not technically include laptop connectivity. Basically, they don't want their bandwidth sucked up by downloading MP3s or Quake updates. Use discretion. Also, different Sprint phones have varying degrees of success with dialing out. Check those forums out for more info.
-Adam "

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Free Online Proofing Product
(clip from their email press release)

" FREE Online Proofing Product for Mac and PC Clients: within Next 30 Days cyan eProof PDF Available for Free
Limassol, Cyprus, April 2nd, 2003
During a 1-month marketing campaign, cyan offers its cyan eProof PDF online proofing solution designed for Mac and PC clients free of charge with a nonrestrictive unlimited time use license. In order to qualify for this offer, users must register within 30 DAYS from the date of this release at http://www.cyansoftware.com/forwardlink.php?fsrc=1145. Everybody who downloads the installer within these time limits can use cyan eProof PDF for an unlimited time for free. cyan is engineering this unique marketing campaign with a view to establishing online proofing as the mainstream proofing solution.
It is expected that users who obtained eProof PDF for free will see further benefits from purchasing the enhanced proofing features of eProof RapidImageView(tm) and therefore upgrade their free eProof PDF server. eProof RapidImageView(tm) based on the unique RapidImageView(tm) streaming technology offers an unparalleled suite of remote pre-press tools for cross-platform and multi-location collaborative proofing and approvals. With a standard web browser on either Macintosh or PC, users can easily view, annotate, and mark up proofs as well as correct the original text in a formatted text editor.. "
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Rate Your CPU Upgrade Reports Database Updated
The Rate Your CPU Upgrade database has been updated with 5 new reports this morning (reader entries from yesterday; entries today are added the next newsday morning). Total to date: 8,257. Here's a summary of the updates added today (search by brand/mac model for full reports - latest reports shown first):

  • Giga Designs G4/800 (2MB L3) in G4 AGP (rated 10)
  • Giga Designs G4/800 (2MB L3) in G4/450 AGP (rated 9)
  • Other World Computing G4/450 in Beige G3 (rated 10)
  • Powerlogix G4 1GHz Dual in Dual G4 500 (rated 1)
  • Sonnet G4/500 in B&W G3 (rated 8)

(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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CDRW/CD/DVD/Hard Drive/Cardreader Compatibility Database Update Listing
The Drive Compatibility searchable database had 11 new reports added (reader entries from from yesterday; entries today are added the next newsday morning). 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 10,193 reports. (searching by drive type/brand, etc. will show the full reports, most recent first)

    DVD-ROM Drives:
  • Lite-0n LTD-163 16x in 85/8600 using IDE PCI card (OS X)

    DVD-R DVD Recorder Drives:
  • IDE Pioneer DVR-105 in G4/AGP (OS X)
    (burn problems noted)
  • IDE Pioneer DVR-105 in G4/AGP (OS X)
    (problems noted)
  • Firewire (IDE drive in FW case) Pioneer DVR-105 used w/G4 AGP (OS 9.2) (FAQ here has OS 9 burn support file for this drive)

    IDE CDRW Drives:
  • BTC BCE 5224IM (52x24x52x) in Beige G3 (OS 9.1)
    (listed under "other" brands)
  • Buslink 52x24x52 (AOpen) in B&W G3 (OS 9.2)
    (no itunes burn support, listed under "other" brands)
  • Lite-On LTR-32123S (32x12x40) in 95/9600 using IDE PCI card (OS X)
    (modified 10.2.x burn support plugin in FAQ here)
    (FYI - Illustrated CD drive install guide here covers G4 towers up to the Digital Audio Model, Beige G3 MT, B&W G3 and 8600/9600 Macs.)

    Firewire CDRW Drives:
  • TDK VeloCD 241040FE (24x10x40) used w/G4 no AGP (OS X)

    IDE Hard Drives:
  • Hitachi (was IBM) Deskstar 180GXP 120GB in G4 AGP (OS X)
    (Illustrated guide to adding a 2nd HD here in B&W G3 rev2 and G4 towers up to the QuickSilver models.
    IDE articles page RAID section has an illustrated guide for adding 2 more drives in the side bays.)
  • Seagate Barracuda ST340014A in 85/8600 using IDE PCI card (OS X)
  • Western Digital WD800JBRTL 80GB in G4 no 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.)
(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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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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