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News stories of April 17th, 2003:

Another Sprint PCS/PowerBook Wireless Net Access Report (Pismo user w/OS 9)
Several times in the last few weeks there's been several news stories here from readers using Sprint/Novatel PCcards/phones for wireless Net access. Buzz McBragg sent a long email with his experience connecting to Sprint's 3G Vision network using OS 9. See this page for details and links to the previous news items.
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PR on the Official Blender 3D GameKit Book/CD
Last year I posted notes/links about Blender 3D, the open source cross-platform 3D application that has a MacOS X version available at Today nostarch press has a press release (pdf file) about their upcoming "Official Blender GameKit" book/CD combo due next month.
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EyeTV 1.2 Update
Spotted the EyeTV 1.2 update at Macupdate, dated yesterday at ElGato's site.

" EyeTV 1.2 now has Italian and Spanish localization. We have also included a bug fix that affected users running OS 10.2.4.
EyeTV now offers editing of your recordings. Delete commercials, or save your favorite clips as QuickTime movies.
EyeTV will now wake or power up your system to record shows. This feature only works with Mac OS 10.2 or later. "

I've added this driver update to the previous page of EyeTV owner reports.

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Virex 7.2.1 Update for .Mac subscribers
Versiontracker today lists the Virex 7.2.1 update for .mac subscribers noting it fixes an issue for those with Virex and Fink installed. You have to login to the apple .mac site to download the update (and as of 11:30 AM Eastern Time it was not listed in the main .mac sidebar of updates - but is listed on the Virex download page there, both English and Japanese 7.2.1 downloads available.)
Note: I updated my previous v7.2 (eUpdate) version and after running 7.2.1 it noted my virus defs were from Nov. 2002, not recognizing the many later def updates applied under the previous version.
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Free War of Infamy TC mod for Mac Ghost Recon
(I don't own Mac Ghost Recon but for those that do here's an email announcement from Jason T.)

"This is to announce the immediate availability of War of Infamy 2.1 for the Macintosh. War of Infamy 2.1 is a total conversion for Ghost Recon. It allows the player to select from British, Canadian, American, or German troops and do battle in World War II era missions.
War of Infamy 2.1 includes dozens of new characters, weapons, sound effects, and vehicles. War of Infamy 2.1 is a freeware expansion and requires a full version of Ghost Recon in order to play.

Other requirements are:
- Mac Ghost Recon updated to version 1.4
- Mac OS X
War of Infamy 2.1: Mac is available for download at: (88MB download)
For more info and screenshots of War of Infamy 2.1, please see the official War of Infamy website at: "

Note: when I tried to download using the top D/L link at the Macupdate page it displayed the file in the browser (IE 5.2.x in OS X) - trying a "save as" instead but I wonder about the file type on the server (if the downloaded file will be usable - don't have the full game here yet) . The 2nd D/L link resulted in error messages about the server being overloaded but will try again later.

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Reader Comments on Interactual Mac DVD player on Harry Potter Chamber of Secrets DVD
"Another tidbit of news...
I bought the Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets DVD today (widescreen) and it has a .dmg file on it that contains a MacOS version of Interactual's DVD Player Software. I have tested it on MacOS X, but not on MacOS 9. It looks quite similar to Apple's DVD Player, with a few features missing and a few added. People are often asking about options for DVD Player software for the Mac. Just thought I would let you know about this one.
Thanks for running a great site!
Chris D."

I wonder if this player relies on Apple DVD support files or if it supports a pre-Rage128 graphics chip (where the Apple player requires a rage128 or later graphics chip/card.) If any reader with an older graphics chip (not supported by the Apple DVD player, like a RagePro or RageII) tries this player let me know if it works with the older graphics chips.
I once had a PC that had that player/addon installed (from the Matrix DVD I think) and from then on it was the default DVD app, and didn't have all the features of WinDVD (it seemed more ad/marketing focused - but not sure what the Mac version is like).

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CaptyDVD DVD Authoring Software Version 1.1.4 Update
"CaptyDVD DVD Authoring software version 1.1.4 has been released by Pixela: this update supports the "RW DW-U1DA (SONY)" Macintosh SuperDrive. The download is on Pixela's site at
- if it's like other downloads on their site, the installer is in Japanese but if you just keep clicking the "okay" button it will install and run in English.
Bob H."

This is the software bundled with the ADS Mac Instant USB/DVD kit and in some later Lacie Firewire DVD recorder drive bundles. (For previous reader feedback/comments see these pages of Pixela software reader reports and a separate page on ADS's Mac Instant USB - DVD Encoder

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Another MDD G4 USB 2.0 Driver report on Orange Micro drivers not compatible
Another report as a follow-up to yesterday's news items on possible USB 2.0 drivers for NEC USB 2.0 chip based MDD G4/1.25-1.42GHz models. A Dual 1.25GHz MDD owner noted the same (major) problem mentioned yesterday by a MDD Dual 1GHz owner (which did not have the NEC chip)

"Hi Mike,
I posted this in the BBS this (yesterday) afternoon :
Trying that new Orange Micro USB 2 driver on my FW 800 dual 1.25 Gz Mac (without an Orange Micro card, but with the "good" NEC controller) did not work. Not work = my Mac would no longer would boot up at all. Lucky for me I had seen this before (playing with a SanDisk USB 2 6-in-1 reader and installing a USB 2 driver that was unneeded in 10.2.5) and had another OS X drive to boot off of internally. That Orange Micro package does NOT leave a nice clean log file to tell you just what it did, but I was able to find the .kext files that had been changed and can now boot again (with USB 1.1 internal ports - sigh).
-- Joseph "

Another related email:

"Hi Mike,
Just FYI for your readers. Yes, loading incorrect kernel extensions can leave your Mac into an unbootable state. Usually, you can fix this by going into single-user mode (Cmd-s during reboot); fsck the disk while your /System/Library/Extensions directory (usually your root--/--partition) is mounted in read-only mode; remounting it as read-write; removing the extensions; then reboot. When you get into single-user mode, it has part of this procedure displayed.

With that in mind, to see if things work, you'd only need to install the EHCI extension. Rebooting in verbose mode (Cmd-v) will probably give a good indication if it has problems. To check if the driver is actually working, run the "ioreg" command within Terminal to see if the device has an associated driver attached.
Ken L. "

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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: 8,304. Here's a summary of the update added today (search by brand/mac model for full reports - latest reports always shown first):

  • Other World Computing G4/550 in B&W G3 (rated 10)
    (OWC G4/550 tests at up to 600MHz included in my PL G3/800 review)
  • Powerlogix G3/800 in B&W G3 (rated 10)
    (full review here comparing it to other G3 and G4 upgrades)
  • Powerlogix G4/500 in B&W G3 (rated 10)
  • Sonnet G4/800 in 7600/120 (rated 9)
    (some issues noted)
  • Apple G4/733 QS module in DA G4/466 AGP (problems noted)

(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 10 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 10,298 reports. (searching by drive type/brand, mac model etc. listed below will show the full reports, most recent first)

    DVD+R/RW + DVD-R/RW Drives:
  • Firewire Sony DRX-500UL used w/G4 AGP (OS X)
    (problems noted)

    Combo DVD+CDR Drives:
  • IDE LG GCC-4480B (48x24x48x + 16x DVD-ROM) in G4/AGP (OS X)
    (FAQ has burn support plugins for this drive)

    IDE CDRW Drives:
  • Lite-On 24x10x40x (didn't note model no.) in Dual G4 DDR (OS X)
  • Matshita cw-7586 (didn't note drive speed) in B&W G3 (OS 9.2)
    (problems noted)
  • Sony CRX-220E1 (52x24x52x) in G4/AGP (OS X)
    (no itunes/iapps burn support in 10.2.5, editing plugin didn't help he said. FAQ has 10.2.3/.4 plugin for this drive but not sure it would work in 10.2.5)
    (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:
  • Hitachi Travelstar 80GN 80GB in PowerBook G4 (OS X)
    (PowerBook G4 15in. LCD illustrated Hard Drive install guide here)
  • Hitachi Deskstar 120GXP 120GB in Dual G4 (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.)
  • Maxtor 120GB in Beige G3 (OS X)
    (Beige G3 MT illustrated HD upgrade guide here)
  • Seagate ST340016A 40GB in iMac (OS X)

    SCSI Hard Drives:
  • IBM UltraStar 73LZX 18GB in B&W G3 (OS X)
    (problems noted)

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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