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News Archive for: 8/16/2001 Thursday's NewsReturn to Accelerate Your Mac!

Top stories of 8/16/2001:

WarBirds III 081501 Update:
I'm behind the curve due to personal matters here but there was a 081501 update to Warbirds III that fixes a several bugs and adds mouse control like in Warbirds II.

    Code changes in WarBirds III version 08.15.01

  • Ack toughness bug fixed.
  • Ack weenies getting most of the kills fixed.
  • Ground Vehicle/buff crash fixed.
  • Changing gun positions now doesn't reset external view parameters.
  • URL to squad page corrected.
  • Arena selection dropdown menu changed to a list box.
  • Otto will now not move the main gun barrel when guns are on safe.
  • WarBirds III now has mouse control like in WarBirds 2.xx.
    Note: You need to go into the input mapper and map this to a key if you are installing the Updater patch. The key will be automatically mapped to Alt + M if you are installing the full version to a clean directory.

Get it using the update link at the main Warbirds III site. (Remember if you own an Nvidia card you need to change the memory allocation of the game to 300MB.)

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No WideScreen Mode Support of Sony FW900 w/GeForce2MX (1049 rom)?
Although a previous reader with a Sony W900 (earlier non-flat tube model) noted it did support widescreen modes (see this page w/resolution listings), a reader with the FW900 (flat screen) model and a new GeForce2MX card with the same firmware version noted otherwise:

" Hello Mike,
I have the "resolution problem" with the Sony FW900 and the Geforce card from the new Quicksilver G4/733 and G4/867 (german MacOS9.2). The firmware of the card is the 1049 noticed from Danny, Card revision 161 and D1-2.2 Nvidia driver.

I test the VGA Cable with and without the Sony adapter and a R-G-B-HD-HV cable. The resolution still be a 4 x 3 format. The 1600 x 1024 or the 1920 x 1080 resolution aren't possible, SwitchRes can't help...

Did you have a confirmation from a reader for the resolution issue of the GF2MX and FW900?
Thank you very much!
Best regards from Germany!
Yann Borg"

This is the only FW900 report I've had with the new MX card firmware. If utilities like Griffin's Superres (free, similar to shareware Switchres) or ForceDDC don't help, I don't know what to suggest. I asked to make sure he had "All" resolutions selected in the Monitors Control Panel.

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Dual G4/800 Photos of CPU/Heatsink, iMovie2 Performance Tests:
An owner of a Dual G4/800 sent some photos of the motherboard and (huge) CPU/heatsink as well as some test results using the iMovie2 export test I use in my reviews. See this page for details and photos.
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Reader Reports OS 9.2.1 Installed on New G4:
Although OS 9.2 is commonly known to be installed on all the new G4s (one reader noted OS 9.2 on a new iBook), a reader noted his new G4 tower had OS 9.2.1:

" I don't know if anyone's mentioned this to you, but I just got a silver G4 (8/15) and it came with and booted into Mac OS 9.2.1, a newer version than I'd seen anywhere else (even the Glendale Apple store). The Mac OS Rom file is version 8.4, and Carbon is at 1.4.
I've included a screen shot, if you're interested.
wayne"
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Creative's Next Generation Sound Card:
On the 14th Creative Labs announced their next generation Audio card called Audigy. Here's a clip from their PR and some links to more info at their site.
    "Journey into the new and exciting world of the Audigy(tm) processor. Packed with 4x more power than any existing audio processor, the Audigy processor enables EAX ADVANCED HD(tm) to deliver a host of innovative, high-definition audio effects with next-generation interactive 3D audio for gaming and sophisticated effects for music.

    The Audigy processor is the first DSP to be released that is capable of delivering 4x more effects processing power than any current audio processor and EAX ADVANCED HD(tm).

  • EAX ADVANCED HD(tm) offers dramatically increased 3D audio performance and functionality for games, along with superior audio fidelity and powerful music enhancement technologies, for an unsurpassed digital entertainment experience.

  • The high performance sound engine is optimized for complex digital audio signal mixing and processing for next-generation interactive 3D audio for gaming and sophisticated effects for music.

  • Includes the power to process more complex audio algorithms, rendering higher fidelity effects and reverbs. "

    Related Links:
  • Audigy Press Release
  • Audigy Product page
  • Advanced EAX
  • Audigy Music Technologies
  • Audigy Game Libary
  • Multi-Environment Gaming

I emailed a Creative contact asking if there was any Mac version of this card planned, but have not seen a reply yet. (I've not been able to get email sent to my cable modem email account for two days, which might be a factor.)

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Anyone Installed OS X on iMac w/Newer Tech G4 CPU Upgrade?
A reader asked about experiences from any iMac owners that installed the Newer Tech G4/433 upgrade. Newer Tech claimed it was OS X compatible last year, but I've had no reports that I remember from owners of the G4 Newer Tech iMac upgrade running the retail version of OS X. (I reviewed the iMac G4/433 upgrade last summer (before OS X was released).

One iMac owner with a mezzanine slot card noted that a firmware update for the iMac (required for OS 9.1?) disabled the mezzanine slot, but I've not had time to personally verify that (to see if OS 9.1 installs with my existing iMac rev A's firmware version.)

I'd welcome any reports from iMac owners with the G4/433 Newer Tech upgrade if they've installed OS X. Email me with details if you've done this on your G4 upgraded iMac. (The G4 upgrades were not made in large volumes and they are almost impossible to find now.)

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Comments on Issues with Different Versions of CompUSA Combo Firewire/USB Card:
There was some previous comments on two different versions of the CompUSA (store brand) Firewire/USB card in the past here. A reader sent a note about problems seen with one version:

" Mike,
I bought a CompUSA combo Firewire/USB card about 2 months ago, based on a favorable report on your site. That card has worked beautifully in my home machine (a 9600), so I bought another one about 2 weeks ago for an 8600. I just got around to installing it tonight, and noticed right away that it didn't look like the first card. For one thing, the first one had a power connector, and the new one does not.

Unfortunately, the new one also does not work. The 8600 crashed like mad with the card installed. I then tried it in a 7500, and got even worse results, with text under drive icons disappearing and other ugly video artifacts. The bad symptoms went away as soon as I pulled the card.

There's no indication on the packaging that CompUSA is using a different card. But the new one seems to be a real dog, at least in a Mac. And of course it's now too late to return it.

[she later wrote]
The one that works comes in a box that shows a card with a 4-pin power connector at the top of the card. This morning I took a look at the box for card that does not work, and indeed the picture on the box is different: it shows a card with NO power connector. I wish I'd noticed sooner.

Anyone still looking for a CompUSA card should check the picture on the box.
The bad one is SKU#280284. This may be the same as the other, can't remember.

Just wanted to pass this along, as a heads-up to anyone else who's tempted to buy one. Unless they get lucky and get the card with the power connector, it probably isn't going to work.
Kathryn J."

I asked Kathryn for more info on the chips on the card of the version that worked and didn't. (To add to the Firewire/USB Combo Card Feedback page.)

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CDRW/CD/DVD/Hard Drive Compatibility Database Updates:
The Drive Compatibility searchable database had 10 new reports added this morning. The database has reports on Combo DVD-CDRW, CDROMs, DVD-ROM, DVD-RAM, CDRW, Hard Drives and Removables (tape drive, ORB, ZIP, MO drives, etc.) in all interface types (IDE, IDE RAID cards, Firewire, SCSI, adapters). Current total 4,455 reports.

    Firewire CDRW Reports:
  • EZQuest 12/10/32 (Apple Dual G4/AGP)
  • Sony CRX1600L-A2 12X/8X/32 (Beige G3 system owner)
  • Yamaha CRW8824IX-VK 8x8x24x (Apple BW G3)

    IDE CDRW Reports:
  • HP CD-Writer plus in PowerCenter Pro w/IDE PCI Card
  • HP 9710i (16/10/40) in Beige G3
  • Plextor PX-W1610TA (16/10/40) in Beige G3
    [Noted fit problems in a Beige G3 DT case]

    DVD-ROM Drive Reports:
  • SCSI Pioneer 303S in 8600

    IDE Hard Drive Reports:
  • IBM 60GB (60GXP) in Beige G3
  • IBM 13GB in PowerBook G3 wallstreet 1
  • Seagate 30GB in 6100 using IDE to SCSI adapter

You can find full owner reports by searching the database by drive/brand/interface/mac models (the latest reports are shown first in searches).
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.]

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CPU Upgrades Owner Ratings Database Updated:

The Rate Your CPU Upgrade database has been updated with 12 new reports today (total to date: 6,088). [Entries after midnight eastern time are added the following day. Incomplete entires missing info are not posted.]

  • Metabox 350mhz in Umax S900 (rated 10) [didn't note G3 or G4]
  • Newer Tech iMac G4/433 in iMac (rated 9)
  • Newer Tech G4/400 in Beige G3 (rated 9)
  • Other World Computing G3/450 in Beige G3 (rated 9)
  • Other World Computing G3/333 in Beige G3 (rated 10)
  • Powerlogix Bluechip G3/466 in PB G3 Wallstreet2 (rated 1)
  • Powerlogix Bluechip G3/466 in PB G3 Wallstreet2 (rated 10)
  • Sonnet G4/400 in 7500/100 (rated 9)
  • Sonnet G4/400 in 7600/132 (rated 9)
  • XLR8 G4/400 (MPe) in Beige G3 (rated 8)
  • XLR8 CarrierZIF MPe G4/450 in 8500/180 (rated 8)
  • B&W G3/350 OC report (@400mhz)

(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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More Reader Game Reviews:
Today's Reader's Rate their Mac Games database updates included a review of Heroes of Might and Magic III. Total Reviews (all titles): 789. To read game reviews use the search page.
If you've not already done so - Enter a Game review. (If your game title is not in the long listing, select "other game" and note the title in the comments)
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Blast from the Past - News pages from 1, 2 and 3 years ago:
I've had several readers ask that I restore a news item that I used to call "Blast from the Past" where links to past news pages from a year, two years, etc. ago here are included in the daily news. (Sometimes these old pages are a bit embarrassing - and in many cases the offsite links may not work, and comments there were accurate on the date posted regarding upgrade availability, etc.)

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Software Updates, Apple TILs, Other Net News

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