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News of April 10th, 2003:

Reminder on OS X updates Overwriting Modified Device Plugin Files
I had forgotten to mention (again) that like most OS X updates, if you're using a modified device-plugin file (for an unsupported CDRW or combo drive for instance), the 10.2.5 update will likely overwrite the modified file you're using. If your writer is not supported after the update, you can download the edited device-plugin file again from the FAQ's CDROM/CDR section here. (That's assuming that 10.2.5 has not changed the device-plugin file format to where previous 10.2.x versions won't work -if they have changed the file format, you'll have to edit the file again using Hexedit, etc..)
One reader said his LG GCC-4320B combo drive was natively supported with 10.2.5, where previously it needed the modified plugin file here.
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Kbase Docs with Download of OS X 10.2.5 Updaters
Jof sent a link to the 10.2.5 Updater download at Derrick Yamura and Cory Ginsburg sent a link to the 10.2-10.2.5 Combo Updater at
Several readers wrote with a reminder on something I had forgotten - you can use an option in Software Updates to download the update rather than install it.

"There is a nice (and not very well-known) feature of the Software Update program that will allow you to download an update package without actually installing it. Look under the "Update" menu for the item "Download Checked Items to Desktop." When the package finishes downloading, it will then appear on the desktop, and you can then run it or not.
Another nifty feature is that you can place all your packages on the desktop and then run the updater, and it should then sort out which ones it needs to run, and perhaps even what order is optimal. YMMV.
Jonathan Jacobs"

My PB batteries are running low (power still out here) so I'll have to wait and get this 38.2MB updater when they fix the power lines...

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OS X 10.2.5 Update Available via Software Update
Several readers wrote to say the 10.2.5 update mentioned earlier today on CD is now available via Software Update. (I've been offline for a couple of hours due to a power outage - a tree fell knocking out power lines.)
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Apple store lists 10.2.5 Update CD
Several readers have sent word that the Apple store sidebar link for Apple Software lists an OS X 10.2.5 Update CD. (direct links included session IDs that time out.) Here's a clip from that page:

"Mac OS X v10.2.5 Update CD $19.95
The 10.2.5 Update delivers enhanced functionality and improved reliability for the following applications, utilities, services, and technologies: Address Book, AirPort, AppleScript, Bluetooth, Classic compatibility, Disk Copy, Disk Utility, Finder, Help Viewer, iChat, Image Capture, IP Firewall, Kerberos, Mail, OpenGL, Print Center, Rendezvous, and Sherlock.

The update includes improvements to AFP, Web services, dial up connections over PPP, and Windows file services, as well as audio, disc recording, graphics, and printing improvements and USB, FireWire and SCSI device compatibility enhancements.
The update also provides updated security services and includes the latest Security Updates.
For detailed information on this Update, please visit this website:
Requirements: Mac OS X v10.2 Update 10.2.5 will install on Mac OS X v10.2 through v10.2.4
Note: The Mac OS X v10.2.5 Software Update is also available as a free download via the Software Update preference."

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Cnet reviews the PowerBook G4 17in
Cnet has a review of the PowerBook G4 17 inch including a few tests comparing the PB G4 15.2in and PB G4 12in. In two of their three apps performance tests the PB G4 15.2in was a bit faster than the 17in model. (Note: the systems were tested with the standard ram configurations - The 17in and 15in PB G4 both have 512MB standard, 256MB of ram is standard for the PB G4 12in and iMac G4 17in and they commented on ram affecting performance in tests. The lack of L3 cache in the PB G4 12in and iMac also affect performance.)
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OWC cuts prices, expands capacity of Firewire/USB 2.0 Drives
Site sponsor OWC has a press release today on price cuts up to 11% on their Firewire/USB 2.0 (USB 1.1 compatible) hard drives with capacities up to 250GB.
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xcdroast Disc Burning Software for X11
In reply to yesterday's news comments on Firestarter FX and Missing Media Burner/CDRDAO, a reader sent a note about another disc burning software called xcdroast that runs under X11 (Apple's X Window for OS X):

"Another burning app that allows you overburning and cue/bin writing is xcdroast. It is less accesible since it runs in the X11 environment. But it has more features than the MMB or Firestarter.
Stephan T"
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More comments on Sprint PCMCIA/Novatel C201 card w/PowerBooks and Mac OS X
"After reading the news item of a Novatel Sprint PCMCIA card working on a PowerBook G4 (from last week's news pages) I decided to test it for my self. My company just recently became a sprint dealer and thus we are allowed demo phones. I purchased a Sprint Connection Card actually a Novatel C201 on ebay for $100.00 and activated it today. You do have to activate the card on a PC before you can use it on the Mac. But once you activate it all you have to do is plug it in. The username is you email address given to you buy sprint and your password is your last four digits of your social security number. There is a Sprint Vision modem driver in OS X.
Checking the bandwidth at "" I get 230K. The must employ compression in the modem. This is a great way to get wireless internet. Sprint sells a $99.00 per month all you can eat plan.
Ron P."
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OS 9.x Burn Support File for Buslink 52x Aopen Mechanism CDRW Drive
Dave Mason sent an OS 9.x AopenCDR file (edited/renamed LiteonCDR) he said worked to add iTunes burn support for a Buslink 52x24x52x drive with Aopen mechanism. (Note some Buslink 52x drives may be Liteon models - denoted readers say by a "LTR" S/N on the box.) The AOPENCDR file is put in the OS 9 System folder/Extensions/Authoring Support/ Folder. Note for this plugin to work, the drive must be flashed to the Aopen Firmware that's mentioned in the previous notes on burn support for this drive so that the drive is reported as an Aopen model. (Firmware update flasher requires a PC.)
I've updated the previous FAQ item with 10.2/Jaguar burn support plugin for this drive to include Dave's OS 9 files.) As always, these files are provided "as-is", and may not work flawlessly with all systems/configurations.
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Prototype small LCD Display includes Scanner
PCworld has a story on a prototype Toshiba/Matsushita display panel that includes a scanner that was shown in Tokyo at the Electronic Display Expo. Resolution of the prototype was noted as 320 pixels by 240 pixels (QVGA) and the scanner's resolution as 960 pixels by 240 pixels (monochrome for the scanner images, although a color version is planned they said).
While on the subject of displays, they also have an article titled Benefits of Future Displays Debated questioning if OLED displays will really offer brighter pictures and power savings.
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Rate Your CPU Upgrade Reports Database Updated
The Rate Your CPU Upgrade database has been updated with 4 new reports this morning (reader entries from yesterday; entries today are added the next newsday morning). Total to date: 8,283. Here's a summary of the update added today (search by brand/mac model for full reports - latest reports always shown first):

  • Newer Tech G3/266 in 7100 (rated 10)
  • Powerlogix G4/1.25GHz in G4 Cube (rated 1)
    (noted VRM board failure)
  • Sonnet G4/1.25GHz in G4/400 AGP (rated 10)
  • B&W G3/300 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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CDRW/CD/DVD/Hard Drive/Cardreader Compatibility Database Update Listing
The Drive Compatibility searchable database had 8 new reports added (reader entries 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 10,247 reports. (searching by drive type/brand, mac model etc. listed below will show the full reports, most recent first)

    DVD-ROM Drives:
  • IDE LG DRD-8160B (16X/48X) in Beige G3 (OS 9.2)
  • IDE LG DRD-8080B (8x/40x) in B&W G3 (OS X)
    (noted not bootable from CD)
    (FYI - Illustrated CD/DVD drive install guide here covers G4 towers up to the Digital Audio Model, Beige G3 MT, B&W G3 and 8600/9600 Macs.)

    DVD-R DVD Recorder Drives:
  • IDE Pioneer DVR-105 in G4 AGP (OS X)
    (some problems noted)
  • IDE Pioneer DVR-105 in Dual G4 DDR (OS X)
    (using OS 9 burn support file from FAQ, some problems noted)

    DVD+RW Drives:
  • HP dvd300i in Beige G3 (OS X)
    (no itunes/db support)

    IDE Hard Drives:
  • Western Digital WD600BBRTL 60GB in iMac slot-loading (OS 9.2)
    (incl. notes on drive sleep issues and tip.)
  • Western Digital WD600BBRTL 60GB in B&W G3 (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 V ST3120024A in FW Case used w/iMac slot loading (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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