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News Archive for: 8/27/2001 Monday's NewsReturn to Accelerate Your Mac!

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Top stories of 8/27/2001:

21 inch Flatscreen Trinitron Tube CRT for under $400 delivered in USA:
I've been meaning to post this since last week, but keep forgetting. Although it's not a Mac user's favorite company, Dell's online store currently has 5% off (today) on monitor sales to home users with free ground shipping (limited time offer) in the USA. They have the Nokia 445Pro (trinitron flat 21" CRT based) monitor for $429 - after the 5% off and free shipping (for customers in the Continental USA only) the delivered price is under $400. [Note - the sale price noted above was good the day posted, however they may sell out of these at any time. Check their site for availability. The 5% off on monitors offer ends Wednesday, August 29, 2001 at 11pm CT. The free (Continental USA only) ground shipping offer on orders over $100 (before tax) is just noted as a "limited time" offer.]
The Nokia 445 Pro is now discontinued (they sold their monitor line to ViewSonic) but for that price it seems to be a very good buy. (The CRT tube is a Trinitron FD, .24mm grille pitch, not as sharp as the 21" Sony F series' .22mm, but they sell for over $1000 typically.)
Related Links: Viewsonic's 445Pro product page.
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Request for Info - How to Remove/Disconnect the PowerBook G4 Internal Battery:
I had the firewire ports on my PB G4 suddenly stop working (even firewire target disk mode does not work) I saw a similiar problem with the G4/Cube which was fixed by removing the internal battery for several hours. However I can't find where the internal battery is on the PB G4 (apple lists a part number for it - but no info on where it is or how to remove or disconnect it).

I tried resetting the power mgr, resetting the nvram via open firmware, zapping the pram, etc. - no help. (Same thing on the Cube - only removing the internal battery helped to restore working firewire ports after this happened.) I even tried removing the bottom cover and disconnecting any connectors that looked like they may be from a battery - no help.

it may be the firewire ports are DOA, but if anyone knows where the battery is (internal backup battery) please let me know. Thanks

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ATI New Mobility Radeon 7500 Notebook Graphics Chip said to be World's Fastest:
TechTV covered the new ATI Mobility Radeon 7500 chip on their show this morning, running on an unspecified notebook configuration. The Quake3 timedemo (1024x768 reportedly) score was over 91 FPS. It's claimed to be faster than the GeForce2GO, while using less power. (Could this be the graphics chip in the next PowerBook G4?). The commentary also stressed the power savings features of the chip as well as its advanced performance features they say is unmatched in any current mobile graphics chip.

ATI has a press release today on the Mobility Radeon 7500 as well as a product page with more info. Some highlights are:

  • Only Mobile Chip to Support 128-bit DDR Video RAM (vs. 64-Bit)
  • Up to 32MB Integrated or 64MB w/external DDR Video RAM.
  • Support for Transform/Clipping/Lighting
    (in hardware I assume - hardware transform was missing in the 1st Radeon Mobility chip)
  • POWERPLAY(tm) - ability to change clock and voltage settings depending on the usage scenario, optimizing battery life and performance

If the comments on performance are true, this puts ATI ahead of the GeForce2GO chip in the notebook performance wars, with lower power consumption to boot. Let's hope this chip makes it into future Apple portables.

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PPC Checker Utility Updated to v2.4:
Michiro Isobe sent v2.4 of PPC Checker, the utility that will report the revision and type of G3 or G4 CPU in you Mac.

Version 2.4 Changes:

  • Now Recognizes 7450 rev 2.1
  • Fixed a bug which some 750CXes were recognized 755

PPC Checker will also report if your G3 CPU is a 10x ratio model (a plus for older macs with lower bus speeds).

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More Reports on Installing OS 9.2.1 on Pre-G3 Macs (Updated):
(Article is updated to include links to download utils/patches)
I've added many other "unsupported Mac" owner comments on the install mods/tricks noted on last week's OS 9.2.1 install tricks on pre-G3 Macs page.
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Reader Feedback on CD Slowdown after Waking from Sleep Tip:
Friday's news had a reader's tip and tests of different CD/DVD extensions regarding the issue of slow CD drive performance after waking from sleep. I received a surprising number of replies to that tip, most noting the tip worked.
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Speed Disk Tip Solves OS 9.2.1 Install Problem on G3/233-333MHz iMacs with >8GB Drives:
Several readers replied to the tip (booting from the Norton Utils CD and running SpeedDisk) posted in Friday's news regarding installing OS 9.2.1 on an iMac that has a hard drive larger than 8GB if the OS is not installed on a volume within the first 8GB of the drive. (One iMac owner with a large drive noted he had no problems after the update however, but several iMac owners did report they had the boot into openfirmware issue after the update.)
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Acard ATA/100 IDE PCI Card and OS X Report:
A reader sent an email that verifies Acard's claim their new ATA/100 cards are OS X compatible.

" I just purchased a new ACARD ATA-100+ for use with a Maxtor DiamondMax 80 ATA-100 drive. Everything works great on my setup (Gigabit G4/400, OS X 10.0.4). It showed up on my OS X desktop with no problems. Performance seems fast, but I don't have any benchmark results saved. I'd be happy to run the benchmarks again under OS 9. Just let me know which tool I should be using, and what range of settings you'd like me to check.
adam b. "

I'm adding Adam's comments to the previous page here on OS X and PCI IDE card reports. (Previously reports include VST IDE cards [not working in OS X], and Acard/Sonnet ATA/66 and IDE RAID cards [both working in OS X])

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More CompUSA Firewire/USB Card Reports:
" Hi Mike,
I have to thank you for an excellent site. I couldn't have done my USB/Firewire conversion without you.

I saw the first success report on your firewire page and made a note to myself to run out and get a CompUSA #280284 combo card in June. Sometime in July, I ran out an got one, Plugged it in, but hadn't bothered to upgrade from OS 9 to 9.1. The card was recognized under 9 but crashed the computer at bootup under 9.1. Figuring I had done something wrong, I quickly went back to your site and whoa- a whole page dedicated to CompUSA combo boards!

I managed to plead insanity and got CompUSA to exchange the board . Well the new board didn't crash, but it didn't recognize any devices either. Again checking your site I found that I only had 2 of 3 Firewire extensions mentioned. I ended up grabbing the FireWire Card Bus Enabler using TomeViewer on a Firewire 2.5 installer. I picked this up from the Apple site on 8/23, but my 9.1 disk is up to version 2.8... But now, I've got a Nikon camera on usb and a Sony minidv to import from iMovie.

Thanks again
Carl Miyatake

Beige G3 266Mhz 384Mb
30GB WD hard drive (did it just like your page told me to)
OS 9.1 with Japanese Language Kit

USB Device Extension 1.5
FireWire Support 2.8.1
FireWire Enabler 2.8.1
FireWire Card Bus Enabler 1.0.1"

It's odd the Card Bus Enabler would matter since that's normally for PCCard firewire cards (PCMCIA slot cards such as notebook models). I've added Carl's comments to the CompUSA Combo Card reports page which also includes a few others added over the weekend. (The original Firewire/USB Card Feedback page was getting too long/large to hold any more reports.)

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Removing Banners in Sherlock for OS X:
" Sherlock Nobanners 10.0.4
The files and instructions available at the above url will let you remove banners from Sherlock in Mac OS X versions 10.0.4 and 10.1. All international versions are supported. A package installer is forthcoming. Enjoy!
Andrew Watters"
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CDRW/CD/DVD/Hard Drive Compatibility Database Updates:
The Drive Compatibility searchable database had 20 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 4,544 reports. Here are today's additions:

    IDE CDRW Reports
  • Plextor 16/10/40A in Starmax
  • Sony CRX140E (8/4/32) in G4 no AGP (Yikes G4/PCI)
  • Sony CRX160E 12x8x32x in Beige G3
  • TDK Velocd 16/10/40 in Beige G3

    Firewire CDRW Reports
  • Lacie 24x10x40 (combo FW/USB 2.0 ) w/PB G3 2000
  • Que 12/10/32 w/iBook 2001
  • Que 12/10/32 w/G4 Dual CPU

    SCSI CDRW Reports
  • Yamaha 2100S (16/10/40) w/PB G3 wallstreet2

    IDE DVD ROM Reports:
  • IDE Affreey 10X DVD in Beige G3
    (listed under "other brands")
  • IDE Toshiba SD-M1502 (16x/40x) in B&W G3

    IDE Hard Drive Reports:
  • Maxtor 30GB in 5400
  • IBM 30GB (x2) in Umax S900 w/PCI IDE RAID card
  • IBM 60GB in iMac
  • IBM 75GB in 9600 w/PCI IDE card
  • Western Digital 40GB in G4/AGP
  • Western Digital 80GB in 6400
    (remember WD drives if used alone need to be set to "Single Drive" jumper setting, not "master" which means master with slave drive present)

    SCSI Hard Drive Reports:
  • IBM 9GB in Beige G3
  • Seagate 18GB in 73-75-7600 Mac (didn't note specific model)

    Removable Media Drive Reports
  • USB ZIP 100 w/8500 and FW/USB card

    Firewire to SCSI Adapter
  • Connecting PB G3 2000 to old Quadra via the adapter only

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 11 new reports today (total to date: 6,149). [Entries after midnight eastern time are added the following day. Incomplete entires missing info are not posted.]

  • Metabox G3/260 in 4400 (rated 9)
  • Newer Tech G4/400 in Beige G3 (rated 1)
  • Powerlogix G4/450 in B&W G3 (rated 9)
  • Powerlogix G4/400 in Beige G3 (rated 9)
  • Powerlogix G4/450 in Beige G3 (rated 10)
  • Sonnet G4/500 (Dual -Duet model) in G4/AGP (rated 10)
  • Sonnet G4/400 in B&W G3 (rated 10)
    (noted 1.4.6 installer missing firmware patcher)
  • XLR8 CarrierZIF w/G3/266 ZIF in 7600/200 (rated 8)
  • XLR8 CarrierZIF w/G3/400 ZIF (OWC bundle) in 8500/120 (rated 9)
  • XLR8 CarrierZIF MPe w/G4 400 MPe ZIF in 7300/180 (rated 10)
  • Apple G4/400 PCI (no AGP/yikes model) 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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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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