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News stories of August 29th, 2002:

Lower Prices/Increased L3 Cache on Powerlogix G4 AGP/Cube Upgrades

    "We have the FIRST of the new PowerLogix G4 CUBE Upgrades NOW IN STOCK and the PRICE HAS BEEN REDUCED too and the L2 Cache is now 2MB!

    PowerForce Series 100 G4/1GHZ 2MB - $695.99 for CUBE or AGP G4 BOTH IN STOCK!

    PowerForce Series 100 G4/800MHz 2MB - $447.95
    Will have backorders eliminated and new orders shipping by 9/5.

    That is about a $100 drop on the 1GHz models, about a $150 drop on the 800MHz models! ALL existing orders placed with us that have shipped on 8/29 or later are being adjusted to the new lower price automatically and of course we now are accepting the new orders. Other World is the VERY FIRST to get stock on the Cube 1GHz and the only vendor with available stock.

    With this PowerLogix price drop and cache increase, they are now in line with Sonnet's offerings - even though Sonnet does not yet have their AGP upgrade line shipping as of yet. PowerLogix AGP 1GHz upgrades have been shipping since the end of July.
    Yes - I am rather excited about the new pricing and cache upgrade! :)
    Best Regards,
    Larry O'Connor
    Other World Computing, Inc."

These upgrades are listed on the site specials page. (I recently reviewed the Powerlogix 1GHz/1MB cache version in a G4/450 Cube.)

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Logitech Updated Control Center/Drivers for OS X 10.2 (w/report)
    "Today Logitech released the newest incarnation of it's Logitech Control Centre (LCC), version 1.02, which adds support for Mac OS X 10.2.x (Jaguar) as well as continued support for Mac OS X 10.1.x, etc.
    Download URL
    FAQ URL

    Seems to work perfectly on here, a new dual 867 PowerMac with the Logitech Cordless Freedom Optical keyboard & mouse set.
    Regards,
    Joe Beharriell
    Fallen Networks"

I've added this info to the previous page of reports on Wireless Keyboards and OS X

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Grackle Probe OS X Utility for Beige G3/B&W G3 Macs
(from a reader email)

    "Hi Mike,
    I've been toying around with releasing this for a while. Now it looks like it might be useful for the masses. I just put together a rough release of Grackle Probe 1.1. All this MacOS X 10.2 kernel extension is meant to do is turn on a PCI bus feature of the MPC 106 (Grackle) chip to enable PCI Store Gathering. I'll probably improve the packaging on this if people find it to be useful. For the current version, users need to be familiar with using Terminal.app.

    Grackle Probe could futher accelerate Grackle based Macs that are using the Quartz Extreme PCI hack that's been mentioned recently. Grackle Probe could accelerate Grackle based Macs that have high-performance PCI cards, without needing to use the Quartz Extreme PCI hack or any undesirable side effects that QE has. It is not known what the compatibility or the side effects of enabling PCI Store Gathering is. It's been working fine on my Mac... Beige G3, rev 1, G3/542MHz, 83MHz system bus, Radeon PCI 32MB, Adaptec 2940UW SCSI card, and a Belkin PCI/FireWire card for over a week now.

    What benchmarking have I done? Not much. I was hoping others might find Grackle Probe as another useful variable to throw into the pool of testing for maximizing Quartz Extreme PCI performance. I haven't seen any SCSI problems or video problems yet, except for the Internet Explorer cursor block-redraw bug that ATI knows about.

    Homepage:
    www.stg.com/employees/sbytnar/projects/grackleprobe/index.html

    Download:
    www.stg.com/employees/sbytnar/projects/grackleprobe/GrackleProbe.1.1.sit
    Enjoy,
    --Steven Bytnar "

Since the Blue and White G3 also uses the MPC106/XPC106 memory/PCI controller, I assume this utility would also be compatible with that Mac. (The iMac 233-333Mhz, and PowerBook G3 wallstreet and Lombard also use the same chip.)

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Pismo Owner Notes Lower Battery Run-Time in Jaguar?
(Update - I've gotten a dozen or so mails on battery life in 10.2, some noting much worse, others better. I'll try to have page with all the reports posted in tomorrow's news.)

A friend call to ask if I had any Pismo (PowerBook G3 2000/Firewire) owners report shorter battery life running Jaguar/10.2. (He said he's noticed a 25% or so shorter battery run-time since the upgrade.) He's an experienced user so I assume he had similar Energy Saver settings, etc. (although Jag's Energy Saver is a bit different - the drive sleep setting defaults to sleep the drive whenever possible, vs. a slider in previous versions).
(Update - I've posted a page with reader reports on 10.2 battery life.)

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PowerBook G3/500 owner report on Jaguar Performance/Features
Steve Weisel sent a long report on his first impressions of OS X 10.2/Jaguar on his PowerBook G3/500 (Pismo). He didn't mention battery life but I've written to ask if he's seeing lower run-time after the 10.2 upgrade.
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Reader Comments on iSub Support in Jaguar
(from a reader email)

    "Don't know if it qualifies as news, but after installing 10.2 on my 800 mhz iMac, my music played without any bass from the iSub, checking the sound preferences reviled that there was slider for adjusting the iSub (it was set to 0)...
    Works perfectly now!, no more "out of sinc" baselines
    nice, very nice
    Bas"
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Article on G4 DDR Power Supply Fan Replacement for Lower Noise
Reader Martin Kaufmann sent an article w/photos of how he Replaced the Power Supply Fans for noise reduction in a G4 DDR (Mirrored Drive Doors).
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ATI announces Radeon 9000 Mobility Graphics Chip for Notebooks
I'd heard that a mobile version of the ATI Radeon 9000 chip was coming and now it's official. See this ATI press release which says the chip will be shipping in September and has already been selected by Compaq for use in a new 2800T notebook. They also have a Radeon 9000 Mobility product page with specs and features.
I hope the 9000 Mobility (64MB/128bit DDR ram version) is used in a future PowerBook. (Apple seems to keep the iBook graphics chip one series behind the PB for market positioning/cost reasons I assume, but if the PB gets the 9000, maybe the iBook would get the 7500 Radeon Mobility.)
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OS X 10.2 support file for Samsung SW-232B CDRW Drive
(from a reader email)
    " Mike. Attached is the modified plug-in I made for Samsung SW-232B CD-R/RW drive that works under Mac OS X 10.2 Jaguar. I installed Jaguar last night, hacked the plug-in, and now Apple System Profiler reports the drive as fully supported. Tested a few burns w/ good results w/ Disc Burner.
    Best regards,
    Fang-Pin Chang "

I wrote to ask him if iTunes3 burning is supported with the file. Download his modified Plugin file here (I've also updated the FAQ's CDROM/CDR section item on the Samsung 32x drive with this info for future reference.)
NOTE: As with all modified files - these are provided "as-is" with no warranty or support. (If you're not comfortable using the Terminal in OS X, to avoid permissions issues in OS X you may want to boot into OS 9 to replace the OS X file.)

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CDRW/CD/DVD/Hard Drive/Cardreader Compatibility Database Updates
The Drive Compatibility searchable database had 14 new reports added this morning. 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 8,277 reports. Here's a summary listing of today's new reports. (Does not include updates to previous entries)

    CompactFlash Reader Reports
  • Firewire Lexar RW011 Rev B used w/G4 no AGP (yikes) (OS X)
    (noted working with 10.2/Jaguar)
  • USB SIIG JU CF1012 used w/G4 no AGP (yikes) (OS X)
    (noted working with 10.2/Jaguar)

    Multi-Format Card Reader Reports:
  • USB SmartDisk multiformat reader used w/G4 AGP (OS X)
    (didn't note OS X version)

    USB CDRW Drive Reports:
  • CR-4802TE speed 4x4x24 used w/iBook (OS 9.2)
    (using IDE drive in Formac USB case, not OS X compat.)

    IDE CDRW Drive Reports:
  • Verbatim 40x12x48 in B&W G3 (OS X)
    (problems noted - listed under "other" brands)
  • Yamaha 20x10x40x in B&W G3 (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)

    SCSI CDRW Drive Reports:
  • Plextor PX-W1210S (12x10x32x) used w/Dual G4 (OS X)
    (noted 10.2 upgrade broke support)
  • Yamaha CRW6416S (6x4x16x) in B&W G3 (OS X)
    (noted firmware update solved problems w/OS X 10.1.5)

    Removable Media Drive Reports:
  • Expansion Bay Apple Floppy Module for PowerBook G3 2000 (OS X)
    (noted not recognized in OS X - listed under "other" brands)

    IDE Hard Drive Reports:
  • IBM 75GXP 75GB in B&W G3 (OS X)
    (Reader FYI - Illustrated guide to adding a 2nd HD to B&W G3 rev 2 and G4 towers up to the 2002 Quicksilver model)
  • IBM Deskstar 48GB (?) in Beige G3 using IDE PCI card (OS X)
  • Seagate ST380021A 80GB in 8500 using IDE PCI card (OS X)
  • Toshiba MK6021GAS 60GB in PowerBook G3 2000 (OS 9.1)
    (Reader FYI - PB G3 2000/Pismo illustrated HD install guide here)

    SCSI Hard Drive Reports:
  • Quantum Atlas V 18GB in 9600 (OS 8.6)
    (includes notes on ATTO SCSI card firmware)

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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Rate Your CPU Upgrade Reports Database Updated
The Rate Your CPU Upgrade database has been updated today with 7 new reports. Total to date: 7,394. (Entries made today are posted the next newsday morning.)
Here's a summary of the updates:

  • Metabox G4/500 in Beige G3 (rated 9)
  • Newer Tech G3/400 in 7200/120 with 7300 motherboard (rated 10)
  • Other World Computing G4/550 in B&W G3 (rated 9)
  • Powerlogix Bluechip G4/500 in (rated 9)
    (Very detailed review- I wish all reports were this complete)
  • Sonnet G3/500 in 7500 (rated 10)
  • Vimage G3/240 in Starmax 3000 (rated 8)
  • B&W G3/300 OC report (@450)

(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 another review of WarCraft III. Total Reviews (all titles): 960. 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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