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News stories of April 16th, 2003:

Apple denies bidding on Universal Music Group
Last week there were Washington Post and LA Times articles on (rumors) of Apple bidding on Vivendi's Universal Music group. Today CNet has a story titled Apple denies it bid for record label that disputes those stories.
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Internal Drive Temperature Tests with MDD G4 dual 1.25GHz
"Hi Mike, AMUG has just finished internal temperature tests on a PowerMac G4 FW800 1.25GHz model. We found that when you buy a FW800 you get a space heater too. The article and graphs are at:
Have a great day!
Mike Bean

While on the subject (they noted recording temperatures on the internal superdrive as well as hard drive) - a reader sent a note that due to the fan in the Superdrives, putting it in the lower bay of the MDD G4 can block airflow from the drive's fan. (The rear sliding shield plate has no cooling holes in that area on the lower slot - but you could modify it to add cooling holes.)

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Feedback on Possible Driver Sources for NEC USB 2.0 Chip in MDD G4 1.25/1.42GHz Macs
(Updated with more reader replies)
Note: Two readers with G4s without the NEC USB 2.0 chip (a Dual 1GHz MDD model and a PB G4 17) both reported major problems after installing the OM USB 2.0 drivers and rebooting. As noted before, only the MDD dual 1.25/1.42GHz are reported to have the NEC USB 2.0 chip, but no feedback on anyone with one of those macs (yet) that has tried any of the USB 2.0 drivers. Here's one of the emails from a MDD dual 1GHz that tried the Orange Micro USB 2.0 drivers (without a USB 2.0 card or chip in the system)

"I just installed the Orange USB 2 drivers on my MDD Dual 1.0 (which doesn't have the NEC USB 2.0 chip) G4 running 10.2.5 (I don't have a USB 2.0 card installed, btw). I download the drivers fresh from Orange's website.
Oh boy! After restarting, it did not like those two .kext files added to my system. Instead of the normal dark gray Apple on a light gray background, I got a dark gray "no" symbol (a circle with a slash through it). And my machine would not startup. It wouldn't even power down.. I had to unplug the power from the back!
I had to reboot from another drive and remove those kernel extensions for my machine to return to normal!
Mr. Anonymous"

I don't know if the same thing would happen with a dual 1.25/1.42GHz MDD model but just posting as a FYI/warning. (And of course Apple doesn't support any USB 2.0 drivers with the MDD G4 systems, so this is all experimentation to anyone that tries them.) Update: A Dual 1.25GHz MDD owner noted the same problem in Thursday's news - so these drivers are not compatible (not sure if there's some ID/edits that would help but just a warning to MDD owners using the standard installs).

In reply to the earlier comments from a Smartdisk USB 2.0 card owner that noted it had an NEC chip (but later said it was a 720100 not the 720101 chip on the MDD 1.25/1.42GHz macs).

"Hello Mike, SmartDisk does have their USB 2.0 drivers available, but it seems it is an older version of Orange Micro's driver--dated April of 2002. People may be better off using OM's newest 3.1 driver--dated several days ago.
But just in case, they can get it from SmartDisk at
Ken L. "

Not sure if this driver would work but if anyone with a 1.25/1.42GHz MDD G4 tries it let me know.
Another reader replied to the earlier comments on OM USB 2.0 drivers:

" Hello Mike,
just fyi, Orange Micro OEMs their driver, so if you buy an USB2 Mac card, it is very likely to have their drivers included. They use the vendor number (and I think item number) as a copy protection - you could easily update to a later version, as they include all licensed cards inside their driver.
Frank "

This reader sent a link to some "generic" USB 2.0 drivers for OS X but no idea what chipsets they would work with. (The USB 2.0/10.2 driver link has "orange" in the filename so it may be the Orange Micro drivers v3.0 - not the later OM v3.1 drivers mentioned earlier today)

There are some more generic USB 2 drivers on this page

(earlier news item from this morning follows)
Two readers replied to the post in yesterday's news regarding the MDD G4 1.25 and 1.42GHz towers having an NEC PD720101 USB 2.0 chip, but no Mac USB 2.0 drivers listed at the linked NEC page.

" I saw the article on the NEC PD720101 chip for the USB2.0 on the new MDD Macs. I recently purchased a SmartDisk USB2.0/Firewire card and they included a USB2.0 driver for the NEC chip on the card. I installed the driver on 10.2.5 and all three USB locations work but I don't have a USB2.0 device to test it out with. I went to SmartDisk's website but they don't offer a download. It seems the only way to get this is off the CD. I'm not sure about the legality of posting this but if it helps someone out in the mean time all the better.
Donald H.
(I asked Don if he could check the NEC chip part number on the card)
I checked the card and the chip is an NEC D720100AGM. (the MDD photo showed a PD720101) I just did a quick look over the datasheets for both the 100A and the 101. The difference looks to be the voltage and system clock but I don't have a lot of time to get into the specifics right now. There is a significant difference in pin counts among the two chips which might cause a problem. Here is the link to the 100A.
Donald H. "

Another reader wrote regarding drivers for OrangeMicro's USB 2.0 card as a possible candidate:

"Mike, I read the posting you had about the new G4s having the NEC USB 2.0 Chipset on them but needing drivers to enable USB 2.0 support. The OrangeMicro EHCI drivers ( support at least one of the NEC chipsets. I have an IOGear GUF220 that has a NEC chipset for the USB 2.0 portion but there is a sticker covering it so I can't get the part number off the chip. It is most likely the PD720100 version though, and not the PD720101 that is on the Apple Motherboards. However, OrangeMicro did just update the EHCI drivers to 3.1, which might have added support for the PD720101 chip. It would be really interesting to see if someone who has one of the new motherboards installed the OrangeMicro drivers to see if the USB 2.0 support would be enabled. An IORegistryExplorer (part of the Developer Toolkit from Apple) dump of the chip might help in identifying how the chip is identified and if the OrangeMicro drivers will (or could be modified to) work.
Thanks -Chris D."

If any MDD G4 1.25/1.42GHz owner tries these drivers with a USB 2.0 device let me know if the work (for USB 2.0 rates - USB 1.1 is a 12Mbit/1.5MB sec max interface, USB 2.0 is 480Mbit/60MB/sec max interface) - although both are theoretical max rates which you won't see in real world use, however if USB 2.0 is enabled the rates with a USB 2.0 device should be much higher than USB 1.1.

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Source for iPod Replacement Battery and Installation Guide
" Dear Mike,
Just to let you know that at last a replacement ipod battery has become available. Check out this link (specific sale item at for less) Or .
Cheers - Rick S. "

Price listed at the for Less page is $49 plus shipping (US and Canadian orders only) and they link to an installation page. The same vendor also has the battery listed at

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Wired article on Doom III
Jason sent a note that Wired has a 3 page article on Doom III titled Prepare to meet thy Doom.
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G4/500 CPU upgrade for iMac slot-loading models
A reader sent a note that there's now a G4 500 CPU upgrade for slotted iMacs (Requires sending your logic board in for rework.) I've added a "Technowarehouse G4 Upgrade for slotted iMacs" option to the Rate your CPU Upgrade database so that any readers that buy this upgrade can post a report on their experience (before/after performance, any issues seen, etc.).
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Rate Your CPU Upgrade Reports Database Updated
The Rate Your CPU Upgrade database has been updated with 2 new reports this morning (reader entries from yesterday; entries today are added the next newsday morning). Total to date: 8,299. Here's a summary of the update added today (search by brand/mac model for full reports - latest reports always shown first):

  • Powerlogix G4 Dual 1.2GHz in QS G4/867 AGP (rated 3 - temp issues noted)
  • Apple iMac slot loading 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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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 10,288 reports. (searching by drive type/brand, mac model etc. listed below will show the full reports, most recent first)

    DVD-ROM Drives:
  • IDE Sony DDU1621 in B&W G3 (OS 9.2)
    (problems noted - hangs at boot)

    DVD+R/RW + DVD-R/RW Drives:
  • Firewire (IDE drive in FW case) Sony DRU-500AX used w/iMac slot loading (OS X) (noted burn support plugin in FAQ here worked for 10.2.4 but not 10.2.5)

    Combo DVD+CDR Drives:
  • Expansion bay Matshita UJDA730 (didn't note speeds) in PowerBook G3 2000 (OS X) (using modified burn support plugin)
  • IDE Samsung SM-332B (32x10x32x +12x DVD-ROM) in B&W G3 (OS X)
    (modified burn support plugin in FAQ for 10.2.x)
    (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.)

    IDE Hard Drives:
  • Seagate ST380011A 80GB in iMac slot loading (OS X)
    (includes comments on partition issues noted by another owner of this drive)
  • Seagate Barracuda V 120GB 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.)

    Firewire Hard Drives:
  • Western Digital 120GB in FW case used w/B&W G3 (OS X)
    (problems noted - may be due to onboard FW ports in rev 1 B&W G3)

    Removable Media Drives:
  • IDE Iomega ZIP100 in Beige G3 (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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