News Archive for: Friday April 6, 2007 (later added items first)
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Transintl Weekend Special on Mac Pro Ram
"This is for XLR8YOURMAC readers only for the weekend. (until April 8th, 2007 Midnight Pacific Time)
Memory for the New 8-core MacPro w/quad-core Intel Xeon Processors. (Also compatible with original Mac Pro w/Dual-Core Xeons of course.)
  • 2GB Kit (1GBX2) $218.00
  • 4GB Kit (1GBX4) $428.00
  • 4GB Kit (2GBX2) $498.00 "
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    $175 Quad Interface 300GB Ext. Drives, $299 1.0TB NAS/Router/FireWall w/RAID 0/1/5 Support
    (from site sponsor OWC)

    "Couple neat deals your readers might be interested in.
    First item a "tweaker/hacker's special"
    Yellow Machine P400 1.0TB w/RAID 0/1/5/JBOD NAS/Router/FireWall Appliance with Linux on a Chip OS. These units have 4 x 250GB Hard Drives inside them which ALL have a HD Manufacturer's warranty good into 2009 or later. The 4 drives alone are worth the $299 we are selling we are offering these "Yellow Machines" for.
    The company that made this product is out of business, OWC offers a 30 Day DOA Warranty - which is VOID if the unit is opened, etc. That said - there is an active support forum for this product: http://www.yellowmachine.com with a dedicated following. We've got about 50 left we're pretty sure these 1.0TB RAID 5 NAS/Network/Router/FireWire Linux machines will go pretty darn quick. (Link removed after they sold out)

    Next is a special on our OWC Mercury Elite-AL Pro 'Quad' FW800/FW400/USB2/eSATA External 300GB Solution for $175.
    The 250GB Model goes for $169.99, The 320GB model goes for $209.99. We are doing the 300GB on normal special for $189.00. but offering it at $175.00 for XLR8YourMac Readers, just $6 more than the 250GB!! That's $14 extra off the special for your readers too.
    All the standard cables, Prosoft Data Backup III, Intech HD Speedtools and 2yr Full OWC Warranty are included + additional 3yr Warranty on the Seagate/Maxtor MaxLine III Enterprise HD Mechanism used inside."

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    G5/X800/Dell 24in user notes on 10.4.9 Display Artifacts
    (Updated - see below for reply)
    I've not seen this personally - so far at least but posting as a fyi with some suggestions.

    " I have been searching all over your sight for some article or post related to the OSX 10.4.9 update and X800XT video card corruption problems I'm having, Video artifacts on a Dell branded 24" Samsung LCD monitor. Since the 10.4.9 update...
    Tried redoing the Combined complete update. Applejack with both lowercase auto and CAPITAL AUTO. I did try wiggling, then Disconnecting and Re-connecting the DVI cable. Works usually for about 5-10 minutes then it returns. (display problem - got another computer to try the display with?) I guess most likely from the symptoms it is probably most likely my Dell Flat Panel no?
    Well anyway just thought I'd ask to see if anybody else is having this same problem.
    Dual 2.5ghz G5 watercooled 1st gen. 4GB ram 2 Maxtor 300s' raided in stripe mode. Thats it... Oh I also did try taking it outside and blowing all of the dust out of it...
    Best Regards,
    Mario (A.K.A. The MacMekanik) "

    I have a Dell 24in LCD (from last year) connected to my Dual 2GHz G5 (2003) recently updated to 10.4.9, also running an ATI X800 XT card. I haven't seen any video/display problems so far but not used it heavily recently. (Back when I first got the 24in Display I created a custom display profile as the default gamma was way too bright - I can't remember for sure if I used apple's util to do that or SuperCal though. But I have not seen this problem.)
    Questions:

    • When you see the artifacts have you taken a screenshot with Grab? (i.e. To see if the corruption/artifacts show up in the screenshot - to see if display memory is corrupted - if not it's a display problem most likely. If another computer is available, try the display with it.)

    • If the screenshot shows the video artifacts/corruption then:
      - Run a check of your profiles using Apple's Colorsync Utility (in Applications/Utilities) - it has a "Profile First Aid" that can verify and repair profiles.

      - Any 3rd party display-related addons/haxies, etc. that may have problems with 10.4.9?

      - Check for corrupted prefs/config files (there's some prefs scanners available but also try creating a new user acct and logging in as that user)

      - If possible, Boot from another drive (or disc) and see if the problem repeats

      - Has the card been overclocked? (if so revert to stock clocks)

      - Check X800 Fan/heatsink (fan running, retaining pins tight, etc.)

      - Reset NVRAM

    If anyone else has seen this problem, let me know the details.
    Update - Jamie of OWC wrote he's seen a similar problem in the past using ATIcellerator:

    " I had the same kind of problem with an old version of a ATIccelerator (ATIcellerator II dynamic overclocking utility) installed. Removed it, no more artifacts. And it was not because I was overclocking the card even, it was set to stock.
    Worth a shot.
    Sincerely, Jamie D "

    Not sure Mario's using it but as mentioned, if the problem is verified as present in a screenshot (not monitor hardware related), then removing any 3rd party graphics related addons is always a good troubleshooting step.
    BTW - A reader with a 9800 Pro wrote that his similar problem in the past turned out to be a fan failure. And I had a reader with an iMac G5 say he also has seen display corruption (visible in screenshots) after the 10.4.9 update and is not using ATIcellerator or any other graphics addons, although was using the Display spanning nvram patch with a 2nd display attached. He sent a couple long mails with several images showing examples of it that I'll post on a separate page later. He said he's going to try some troubleshooting tips and report back.

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    Blu-Ray Internal drive for Notebooks/Minis/iMacs
    Fastmac today announced a slot-loading Blu-Ray (1x) drive for notebooks, Minis and iMac G5s/iMac intel-CPU models with dual layer support. The PR says it will ship within 10 days, starting at $799.95. You need Toast 8 also for Mac Blu-Ray burning but everyone's hoping that BR support will be included in future updates to the OS and iApps.
    The faster desktop 2x Blu-Ray drives are less, but still expensive at $549.99. Having an internal Blu-Ray drive in a PB/Macbook (or Mini/iMac) would be nice, but I think I'll wait until the price drops a bit and then use a desktop Blu-Ray drive in a Firewire case, to be able to use it with more than one Mac.
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    Mac Drive Compatibility Database Updated
    The Drive Compatibility Database had 30 reports added yesterday. (I spent most of yesterday afternoon adding these fom a backlog of mails over the last couple months - sorry for the delay.) Current total - 16,066. (searching by drive type/brand, mac model etc. listed below will show the full reports, most recent first) iApps burn support mentioned in optical drive/burner reports unless otherwise noted.

      Blu-Ray Drives:
    • IDE Sony BWU-100A in Mac Pro (OS X 10.4.x)

      DVD+R/RW + DVD-R/RW Drives:
    • IDE LG GSAH22L in Mac Pro Tower (OS X 10.4.x)
    • IDE LG GSA-H42L in G5 Tower (OS X 10.4.x)
      (problems noted with drive after waking from sleep if a disc left in the drive)
    • IDE Lite-on LH-20A1H LS 20/20 in Mac Pro Tower (OS X 10.4.x)
    • IDE Lite-on LH-20A1H in Mac Pro Tower (10.4.x)
      (Problems noted)
    • IDE Lite-on SHW-160P6S04C in (MDD) Dual G4 DDR (OS X 10.4.x)
      (included comments on drive sleep/wake issues)
    • IDE Pioneer DVR-112D in Mac Pro Tower (OS X 10.4.x)
    • IDE Pioneer DVR-109AB in Mac Pro Tower (OS X 10.4.x)
    • IDE Pioneer DVR-112D in Mac Pro Tower (OS X 10.4.x)
    • IDE Pioneer DVR-112D in iMac G4 (OS X 10.4.x)
      (iMac G4 15in take-apart article here)
    • IDE Pioneer DVR-112DBK in G5 Tower (OS X 10.4.x)
    • Firewire (cased) Lite-on LH-20A1H used w/iMac G5 (10.4.x)
      (problems noted with 2 samples. Same user that reported problems in a Mac Pro.)
    • Firewire (cased) Lite-on LH-20A1H used w/iMac Intel CPU (10.4.x)
      (noted all ok. Not sure if the differing reports could be due to firmware versions?)
    • Firewire (cased) EZQuest Monsoon used w/iMac (G3) (OS X 10.4.x and OS 9.2)
      (Some problems noted. Case also has USB ports, but FW is faster and the only way to go with a USB 1.1 port mac like this.)
    • IDE Memorex MRX-510L in (QS) G4/AGP (OS X 10.4.x)
      (listed under "other" Brand. Unknown mechanism.)

      Hard Drives:
    • ExpressCard SATA adapter connected (ext. cased) Western Digital Caviar RAID edition 320GB (multiple drives) used w/MacBook Pro (OS X 10.4.x)
    • Firewire (cased) Seagate ST3500630A 500GB used w/iMac Intel CPU (10.4.x)
      (Noted his MacPower case's PS only sources 2A, not enough for the 2.8A spec on the 7200.10 and .9 drive series.)
    • IDE PCI SerialATA card connected (in ext. case) Maxtor 500GB's used w/G5 Tower (OS X 10.4.x)
      (using 4-Port (external ports) NitroAV SATAStar Series PCI card, said he had to change drive jumper to SATA I mode. I asked for the model number of the Maxtor drive and details on specific OWC Al 2-drive case used.)
    • IDE Hitachi HTS541010G9AT00 100GB in PowerBook G4 (OS X 10.4.x)
    • IDE Seagate Momentus 160GB in PowerBook G4 (OS X 10.3.x)
    • IDE Seagate Momentus 5400.3 80GB in Mac Mini (OS X 10.4.x)
    • IDE Seagate Momentus 80GB in PowerBook G4 (OS X 9.2)
    • IDE Seagate ST980815A-R 80GB in iBook 2001 (dual-usb) (OS X 10.4.x)
    • IDE Toshiba MK1234GAX 120GB in PowerBook G4 (OS X 10.4.x)
    • IDE (SerialATA onboard) Western Digital WD3200AAKS 320GB in G5 Tower (10.4.x)
    • IDE (SerialATA onboard) Western Digital Scorpio WD1600BEVS 160GB in MacBook Pro (10.4.x)
    • IDE (SerialATA onboard) Western Digital WD5000KS 500GB in Mac Pro Tower (OS X 10.4.x)
      (includes benchmarks)
    • IDE (SerialATA onboard) Western Digital WD5000AAKS 500GB in Mac Pro Tower (OS X 10.4.x) (includes benchmarks - later/faster WD5000 model)
    • Firewire Lacie 'Porche' 250GB used w/G5 Tower (OS X 10.4.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). The database includes reports on DVD +/-R, CDRWs, Combo DVD-CDRW, DVD-ROM, Hard Drives and Removables (tape drive, ORB, ZIP, MO drives, NAS, CF/Smartmedia readers, etc.) in all interface types (IDE, IDE RAID cards, SATA, Firewire, SCSI, USB, adapters).
    If you've added a IDE, SATA, Firewire, USB, or SCSI, hard drive, Optical drive/burner, NAS, tape drive, etc., send me the details (drive info/mac model/OS used, etc.) for adding to the database. (*Please take a minute to test for booting from CD with Optical drives*.)

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    Rate Your Mac CPU Upgrade Reports Database Updated
    The Rate Your CPU Upgrade database has been updated with 1 new report today. Total to date: 10,304. Here's a summary of the latest addition (search database by upgrade brand, mac model, etc. for a complete list/comments of all user reports on matching criteria - latest reports first).

    • Daystar G4/1.83GHz in (AL 1.25GHz) PowerBook G4 (rated 10)

      (Full reviews of G4 and G3 upgrades compared to stock CPUs, including real world apps/game tests, install info, etc. are linked at the G4 upgrade reviews and G3 upgrade reviews pages. OC/CPU module articles are on the Systems page.)

    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, send a review with your experience (performance/stability/installation, etc.), Mac Model/Upgrade brand info and overall rating (1= worst to 10=best). Search the database for entries from most every upgradable Mac model *before* you buy. (Searchable by mac model/upgrade brand).

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    Other News/Misc. Software Updates/Updated Apple Support Docs
    (Updated 11PM)

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