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News Archive for: 8/15/2002 Thursday's NewsReturn to Accelerate Your Mac!

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News stories of August 15th, 2002:

Retrospect 5 Client Update fixes bugs, adds OS X 10.2 Compat.
Versiontracker lists a Dantz Retrospect client v5.0.536 that notes Jaguar (10.2) compatibility:

    What's new in this version:
  • Runs under Mac OS X 10.2 (Jaguar).
  • Corrects a bug that caused the Retrospect client to spontaneously turn itself off after approximately 17 minutes.
  • The Defer button in the Backup Server alert window now functions properly under Mac OS X 10.1.x.
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More Comments on ATI 9000 card, Price Cut on Mac 8500 Card
I think some people have a misunderstanding of what the ATI 9000 card was designed to be. As shown in ATI's launch video/presentation (and pricing) linked here back during MWNY in July, the 9000 card is their budget/value card - targeted at the Geforce4MX market. The 9700 model is ATI's high end card - due out soon for the PC, but not until the end of the year for the Mac due to driver development.

The Mac BTO 9000 card is a better value than the GeForce4MX BTO card in my opinion (which now Apple has cut to 32MB of video ram, down from 64MB in the previous Geforce4MX model). The 9000 was never meant by ATI to be their flagship card, however it was made to offer good performance, ADC (mac versions) + VGA ports, dual monitor capability and 64MB of video ram for under $150 (retail list, prices already dropping in PC version) with more advanced features (pixel/vertex shaders) than the Geforce4MX. (Which is based on the Geforce2 technology). I've never seen a retail Mac card with all those features for near that price. (PC graphics cards always have and likely always will be cheaper with a wider selection due to intense competition and huge economies of scale compared to the Mac market.)

While on the subject, a reader noted that ATI has dropped their list price of the Mac 8500 AGP card to $199 (originally $299 list).

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Menu Extra Enabler for OS X 10.2
    " For the gentleman who complained that fruit menu did not work in Jaguar (in yesterday's news), he can be directed here " http://www.unsanity.com/ " and download Menu Extra Enabler.

    Sincerely, Joel Madsen"
    From the unsanity website:

    "The Menu Extra Enabler enables third party Menu Extras (the things on the right side of the menu bar) to run on a future release of Mac OS X. MacOS X 10.2 introduces a block that prevents third party Menu Extras from loading. This haxie brings back all kinds of nice stuff like Cee Pee You or MUMenu into your menubar. And of course, it's completely free. Enjoy!"
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WipeOut 2097 Updated
(from a reader posting)

    " Get it at Virtual Programming's site, http://www.vpltd.com.

    This Carbon update has fixed a problem I had that the ReadMe doesn't even address--with my dual 500 and GeForce 3 card, if starting the game in MOSX with "Millions of colours" selected for Displays, I had seriously whacked out rainbow colour errors (the game looked like Predator's heatvision), now I can start the game without switching the colours down to thousands, which was previously the only fix. Also silently updated, I can start the game in any of the three resolutions--previously, in MOS9 and MOSX, if I used any resolution other than 640x480, the game would crash after hitting the "Play Game" button.

    The game is still fast as all hell... This game is mad fun if you have a LAN/AirPort and a buddy, check it out from Freeverse software (http://www.freeverse.com ) if you didn't blow sixty bucks to get it from the U.K. earlier this year. Virtual Programming is working on a few other gems as well.
    Endymion "

FYI - This game sells for $29.95 at the Apple Store action games section now.

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WSJ Mentions 5 License version of OS X 10.2 for $199
At the bottom of this Wallstreet Journal 17" iMac review there's a comment that Apple will sell a "Family" version of Jaguar (10.2) with 5 licenses for $199. (Of course I suspect many will just buy one standard copy and install it on several machines...)
I checked the Apple store and could find no such offer however (at least not as of Noon Eastern Time today). Perhaps if you call to order...
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G4 1GHz DDR Tests
To all those that doubted the fact the new DDR Memory G4s didn't have a DDR frontside bus (noted in the news page earlier this week), rob art's tests comparing it to the previous dual 1GHz model showed it even to slightly trailing the previous model in several tests. I can only guess that the Quicksilver Dual GHz 2MB of L3 cache per CPU offset the slightly higher bus speed of the new Dual 1GHz which has only 1MB of L3 per CPU. Also its not clear if the Quicksilver was running 10.2 or 10.1.x. of if that would matter for the tests run (I wonder if Jag has more processes running for instance.)
Regardless, it seems clear the SDR system bus is throttling CPU performance. Two CPUs sharing a system bus with 1/2 the DDR memory bus bandwidth, but there's really nothing Apple can do (DDR CPU wise) right now. As I said earlier this week, the DDR memory bus may be a benefit for devices that do DMA transfers (not involving the CPU) however.
I was actually surprised at how many people have been very negative on the new G4 Macs. I guess I didn't have high expectations (knowing the current state of production G4 CPUs), but I was surprised to see the low end model with dual 867MHz CPUs for the same price as the previous single 800.

[FYI - I've updated the CPU, Drive Compatibility and Game Review databases - listing of new reports are below]

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PPCchecker Updated to v2.61 - Now Recognizes 7455s, 750FX and 7410 v1.4 CPUs
I've updated the PPC Checker page for the latest 2.61 version sent by author Michiro Isobe today. (Note - v2.6 was posted at 2AM or so - v2.61 fixes a bug in 2.6 as noted below)

    Changes in v2.61:
  • Fixed a bug in v2.6 that didn't recognize all LoneStar G3 (750L) processors

    Changes in v2.6:
  • Recognize 7455 (Apollo 6) and 750FX (sahara)
  • Recognize 7410 stepping 1.4
  • Jaguar (OS X 10.2) does not return correct revision number. So, I have updated PPC Checker not to launch in Classic environment.
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EyeTV Owner Reports Page Updated
I've updated the EyeTV owner comments page again with another owner report on the TIVO-like device. (Most recent reports are listed first, along with links/notes to software updates.)
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CDRW/CD/DVD/Hard Drive/Cardreader Compatibility Database Updates
The Drive Compatibility searchable database had 7 new reports added today. 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 8,144. reports. Here's a summary listing of today's new reports. (Does not include updates to previous entries)

    DVD-R DVD Recorder Drive Reports:
  • IDE Pioneer (didn't note model) in B&W G3 (OS 9.2)

    Combo DVD-CDR Drive Reports
  • IDE Toshiba SD-R2102 8x8x24x8 in iBook (OS X)

    IDE CDRW Drive Reports:
  • Lite-On LTR40125x (BusLink RW4048 retail box) in G4/AGP (OS X)
    (FYI - Illustrated CD drive install guide here covers G4 towers up to the Digital Audio Model, Beige G3 MT, B&W G3 and 8600/9600 Macs)

    Firewire CDRW Drive Reports:
  • Lite-On LTR-40125S 40x12x48 (in FW case) used w/Dual G4 (OS X)

    IDE Hard Drive Reports:
  • Fujitsu MPG3204AT (5400 rpm) in iMac slot loading (OS X)
  • IBM 60GXP 40GB in G4 Cube (OS 9.2)
  • Seagate ST340180A 40GB in iMac (OS 9.2)

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.]
(Entries today will be added the following newsday. 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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CPU Upgrades Owner Reports Database Updated:
The Rate Your CPU Upgrade database has been updated today with 2 new reports. (Total to date: 7,349). [Entries made today are posted the next newsday morning. Incomplete entries, those with no comments, missing info, etc. are deleted]
Here's a summary of the update (does not include updates/added comments to previous reports):

  • Powerlogix G4/550 in B&W G3 (rated 9)
  • G4/400 AGP OC report (@500)

(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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Reader Game Reviews Database Updated:
The Rate Your Mac Games database updates today included a review of Star Wars Galactic Battlegrounds. Total Reviews (all titles): 953. 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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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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