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News stories of April 29th, 2004: (later posted items first)
Notes on Graphics Card requirements for Apple Motion and After Effects 6.5
Just a FYI for on Apple's Motion requirements regarding graphics cards. The Motion Specs page has a list of supported models.

    " One of the following graphics cards:
  • NVIDIA GeForce FX 5200 Ultra
  • NVIDIA GeForce FX Go5200
  • ATI Mobility Radeon 9600
  • ATI Radeon 9600 Pro
  • ATI Radeon 9700 Pro
  • ATI Mobility Radeon 9700
  • ATI Radeon 9800 Pro

Reportedly the reason cards like the ATI 9000, 8500 and older models are not supported is that Motion depends on ARB_fragment_program for pixel shader effects. (The older cards don't support that .) Apparently an Nvida FX series or later is required (no support for even the Geforce4Ti).

While on the subject, the question of After Effects (v6.5 I assume) support also came up. I went to Adobe's website and here's their page of AE 6.5 supported OpenGL cards. Feature support varies but the ATI 7000/8500/9000/9600/9700/9800, Nvidia GF3/GF4MX/GF4Ti/FX5200 are listed as supported - but some features like shadows require a 9600-9800 or GF4Ti or FX5200.

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Starcraft 1.11/Starcraft Brood War 1.11 updates
Missed these last night but Versiontracker yesterday listed Starcraft 1.11 and Starcraft Brood War 1.11 updaters. See the linked pages for a list of changes/fixes.
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OWC Liteon LTR-52327S (52x32x52x)/Discs/Software Bundle Kit
(email from sponsor OWC)

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The LTR-52327S has native burn support in 10.2.8 and later. (The FAQ's CDR section has an OS 9 iTunes burn support file for the drive also.)

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New eMac owner reports 1GB Dimms are supported
Monday's news page had links to revised Apple Developer docs for the new iBooks, PowerBooks and eMacs. As I mentioned that day, I was surprised that the eMac developer doc memory section listed 512MB dimms as the largest supported. (Since later iMacs and iBooks/PBs support 1GHz modules, I expected the new eMacs to also.) A reader with a new eMac wrote that he's seen no problems with two 1GB dimms however:

" Hi Mike, We installed two TransIntl PC2700 DIMMs into a 1.25GHz/SuperDrive eMac for a customer, and they work fine -- the machine reports having 2GB of RAM. Love your site, keep up the great work!
Adam G.
Crywolf Service "
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Apple KBase docs on iTunes 4.5, iPod updaters, QT 6.5/iLife and PB G4
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Report on Lacie Firewire case bridge firmware update solving DVD+RW problems
(I don't have this case/drive model to test but posting this as a FYI in case anyone else sees a similar problem. My OWC Oxford911 FW cased Plextor PX-708A burns ok with either format.)

" Hi Mike, I have a litte info for you, maybe other mac-user's have the same trouble.
I have upgraded my old external LaCie FW-400 DVD-RAM (internal Hitachi GF-2000) with a LG GSA-4081 DVD-RAM/+-RW, firmware A101 in the old LaCie-Case.

DVD-R recording with YuBurner (installed Patchburn II) under 10.3.3 are working fine. But with DVD+RW (TDK, SONY and HP) i was unable to format or write to this kind of media. (Also with Toast 6.03).
(Stop after 1 second of writing Lead-in, or get "ILLEAGAL REQUEST, SENSE CODE 0x26, INVALID FIELD IN PARAMETER LIST")

After some time i found thas LaCie has on her WebSite ( http://www.lacie.com/support/drivers/, called 922_updater_Mac.sit) a FW-Bridge update primary for FW800 and the old OS-X issue, but also for FW400.)
Well, I downloaded and applied it and now DVD+RW is also working fine with firmware 1.23 on the Oxford-911 bridge.

After applying the update to the Bridge it works, still there is no difference at output from system profiler before/after the update.
Best Regards,
Jorg H., Germany "

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Ars commentary on the first year of iTunes Music Store
The latest edition of Mac.ars covers their take on one year of iTunes Music Store.
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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 (entries from Wednesday, entries today are added the next newsday morning). Total to date: 9,336. Here's a summary of the report added today (search by brand/mac model for full reports - latest reports always shown first):

  • Powerlogix G3/1GHz in B&W G3 (rated 10)
  • Sonnet G4/1GHz in B&W G3 (rated 1)

    (My reviews of G4 and G3 upgrades w/apps/game tests, install info, etc. are linked on the CPU upgrades page. OC/CPU module articles are on the Systems page.)

(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 Database had 13 new reports added (reader entries from Wednesday, entries later today are added the next newsday morning. Entries with no comments are not posted). The database includes reports on Combo DVD-CDRW, CDROMs, DVD-ROM, DVD-RAM, DVD-R, 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, USB, adapters). Current total 12,960 reports. (searching by drive type/brand, mac model etc. listed below will show the full reports, most recent first)

    DVD+RW Drives:
  • Firewire cased NEC ND-1100A used w/8500 (OS 9.1)

    DVD+R/RW + DVD-R/RW Drives:
  • Firewire cased NEC ND-2500A used w/PowerBook G3 lombard (OS 9.2)
    (no iapps burn support - problems burning with toast also noted but no version mentioned. For 10.3.x users, try Patchburn II for Panther burn support or the Lacie profile linked on that page.)
  • IDE Matshita UJ-825 in PowerBook G4 (OS X 10.3)
    (using Patchburn II for Panther burn support)
  • IDE Pioneer DVR-107D in G5 Tower (OS X 10.3)
  • IDE Pioneer DVR-107D in Dual G4 DDR (OS X 10.3)
  • IDE Pioneer DVR-107D in G5 Tower (OS X 10.3)
    (10.3.3 added native burn support)
  • IDE Pioneer DVR-107D in B&W G3 (OS X)
    (no native burn support in OS X before 10.3.3, I've used patchburn 1.1 under 10.2.8 to add burn support.)
    (Illustrated CD drive install guide here covers G4 towers up to the Digital Audio Model, Beige G3 MT and B&W G3 Macs)

    Hard Drives:
  • IDE Hitachi Travelstar 7K60 (7200rpm) 60GB in iBook 2001 (OS X)
    (I tested this drive vs other notebook drives last year.)
  • IDE Maxtor 80GB in Beige G3 (OS 8.1)
    (Beige G3 MT illustrated HD upgrade guide here)
  • IDE Seagate ST3120026A-RK 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.)
  • IDE Western Digital WD1200JB 120 GB in iMac slot-loding (OS X 10.3)
  • IDE (serial ATA) Western Digital Raptor 36GB in G5 Tower (OS X 10.3)

    Multi-Format Card Reader
  • USB Hotreader 7in1 card reader used w/G4 AGP (OS X 10.3)
    (listed under "other" brands)

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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