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News Archive for Monday, August 16th, 2004Return to Accelerate Your Mac!

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News stories of August 16th, 2004: (Later posted items first)
128MB Mac Radeon 9200 PCI card officially announced
Bruno of ATI sent a note that the 128MB Mac Radeon 9200 PCI card has been officially announced and should be shipping to retailers soon. No price mentioned there but I believe list price is $129. (Sponsor OWC and others have been listing his card/taking pre-orders for some time awaiting its release.)
Driver support includes OS 9.2 and OS X (including panther). The card has DVI-I, VGA and S-Video ports and includes DVI->VGA and S-Video->composite adapters. The card also features "Versavision" display rotation. See the ATI features/specs page for more details.
Note: the next day I posted a page with Mac Radeon 9200 PCI game tests and notes on Hi-Perf. PCI and Versavision settings.

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PowerMac G5 Firewire/USB reports page updated (FW800 PCI card w/10.3.5)
I've updated the page of PowerMac G5 owner feedback on Firewire and USB devices to include a report from a Lacie FW800 PCI card owner running 10.3.5. (Update - when I asked to verify if the fans were totally Off/system power LED pulsing he said no, the fans were running slowly and system power LED still on steady. So the system was -not- in deep sleep mode.) I asked if he could re-test without any devices connected to the card.
I welcome other G5 owner feedback from FW800 card users with 10.3.5, but it appears his report was a false hope of deep sleep support.

(For other G5/PCI card (SCSI, Audio, etc.) compatibility info/reports - see the PCI Compat. section of the PowerMac G5 Tech Docs/Compat. Info page.
For pre-G5 system reports on FW/USB card deep sleep - see this page)

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Reader report on Neuston MC-500 (alternative to EyeHome)
(from a reader mail)

" I've just purchased a Neuston MC-500 and seeing as you don't mention it much I thought I'd give my comments on it - which might be of some help to your readers.
(There's a page of EyeHome owner reports here, although I did mention the Virtuoso MC-500 Digital Media Player in the April 27th news page, like the Roku HD1000 player (mentioned in the May 3rd news) it's just not as popular/well known with Mac users as the EyeHome I guess.)

I bought the Neuston instead of the EyeHome because (in the UK at least) it has several advantages - namely the number of outputs the box provides, and especially component output which the EyeHome doesn't (in the UK). Elgato refused to sell me a US model so Neuston it was.
The software provided is for PC only but Mac software is available to download from their website. There is also a useful forum with quite a few Mac postings.

The Neuston software is Java based and somewhat simple. Load up and leave it running. There a virtually no configuration options, and those I did need had to be done by editing an .xml file within the package.

The device itself discovered my Mac over my main-over-IP network without any configuration what-so-ever. Streaming of MPEG2/MPEG/Divx and Xvid all seems to work fine. Your local Movies folder is read automatically, and it supports symbolic links to anywhere else you choose.

Music support is in the form of automatic reading of your iTunes library. All my play lists were available for browsing. (I asked if it supported ITMS protected AAC files, which the Eyehome doesn't now with the later updates for it)
It doesn't currently play protected ACC files. I've emailed support to ask on an update on this. (I think it's a licensing issue based on comments from ElGato on the same lack of support w/EyeHome)

Photo support initially didn't work as it couldn't find my iPhoto directory - perhaps a problem with my running iPhoto 4.0.3? Anyway, manually editing the configuration xml file on the Mac and getting it to point to my iPhoto directory got it working. I've still not got the slideshow option working yet though.

Internet support gives you the ability to browse some news sites, tune in to internet radio and browse all your bookmarked sites. This seems to work OK although I'd probably only use the internet radio facility to be honest. I've not found a way of adding your own addresses yet.

That's about it. The company seems to be taking Mac support seriously and I urge readers to take a look at the MC-500 instead of the Eyehome. Unless you have an EyeTV I believe it does everything that EyeHome does, but also offers better connectivity and more codec support. It is also cheaper (in the UK).

I hope this information is of some help to your readers. If anyone had any specific questions I'll be happy to try and answer them.
Best regards, Adam. "

As a FYI - the product page for the MC-500 is here. Adam also sent links to Neutson's MC500 Forum and OpenShowCenter.
A reader replied to Adam's comments:

" I found the solution to your reader's dilemma:
"I'd probably only use the internet radio facility to be honest. I've not found a way of adding your own addresses yet."

It comes from the product FAQ:

    "Can I have my own selection of Internet radio stations?
    You can! MC-500 supports Shoutcast MP3 streaming, simply use a software MP3 player such as Winamp 5 to select the station you want to hear. Once you are done, save the selection as a .pls playlist file in the Neuston Media Centre's default audio directory. Now the MC-500 will be able to recognize the playlist file and connect to the radio station you've just selected."

Feel free to pass this along to your reader.
-N "

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Source for Dual Layer DVD+R Discs for $9.99 each
(from a reader mail - most DL discs I've seen are often about $15 each, although I've not scoured the web for better prices lately.)

" Mike, Just thought that some of your readers might want a good price on dual layer dvd media by verbatim. Sony sells them for $9.99 each at this web page with free ground shipping:
(Sony website long URL)
The web page is virtually not findable even using sony's search engine.
Shawn "

These are 2.4x max rated I assume (not spec'd there), although the Pioneer DVR-108 is said to be able to write at 4x on some 2.4x rated DL media. (And remember many DL drives like the Sony 700 model burn DL discs that won't be mountable in Mac OS - although the Pioneer DVR-108 burns DL media with a standard "DVD-ROM" booktype, many other drives do not.)

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More Feedback on Toast 6.0.7 Dual Layer burning w/DVR-108
Shawn also wrote with a tip on burning discs if you're seeing buffer underruns using an optical drive as a source (he also notes no problems mounting the DVR-108 burned disc in even a 5 year old player. The DVR-108 sets the DL burned disc to "DVD-ROM" type for better compatibility, unlike some other brands of DL burners)

" I have been very interested in the dual layer burning since I bought my DVR-108. The first two I tried to straight out copy a movie from an external firewire with a DVR-106 drive to the internal DVR-108 in my dual 2.0 G5.
The first two attempts using toast 6.0.7 created coasters with buffer underun errors. Not to happy with that as the discs Verbatim dvd+r dl cost about 9.00 a piece.
So I thought about it for a while not wanting to create another coaster. I remembered back in the bad old days with the first cd-r burners without buffer underrun protection and how toast use to have problems with those types of errors back then. To solve the issue back then I always burned a copy to a toast image file and the burned it from the hard drive. So I decided to try it with the dual layer dvd.
I selected 2x burn speed as the verbatim discs say 2.4x max for dual layer burns.
Then I took the same movie that failed to burn previously and created a toast image.
I then burned the movie from the image file and SUCCESS!!!!!
No buffer underrun errors and the disc mounts and plays on my G5 and my 5-year old sony dvp-s500p dvd player and a newer toshiba sd-k600 dvd player.
I will attempt it again tommorrow but I have to get some more discs first. I sure hope that they come down.
Shawn F."

If you've used a DL drive with Toast 6.0.7 for burning DL discs, let me know your experience. (Include system/OS/Drive, etc. details in reports. Thanks)

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Review of Apple Remote Desktop 2
Erik wrote he's posted a review of Apple Remote Desktop 2 at IT-Enquirer.
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Apple Knowledge Base Doc Updates
(from apple's mail list)

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Rate Your CPU Upgrade Reports Database Updated
The Rate Your CPU Upgrade database has been updated with 6 new reports this morning (entries from Friday-Sunday, entries today are added the next newsday morning). Total to date: 9,510. Here's a summary of the report added today (search by brand/mac model for full reports - latest reports always shown first):

  • Apple PowerBook G4/867 OC report (at 1.2GHz w/voltage boost)
  • Apple B&W G3/400 OC report (at 450MHz)
  • Apple (gigabit ethernet G4/AGP system) G4/400 OC report (at 500MHz)
  • Giga Designs Dual G4/1.4GHz (1.25GHz rated CPUs) in (sawtooth) G4/AGP (rated 5) (Noted will not run when case closed - I think a reader also said that that some component on the dual CPU upgrade was contacting part of the optical drive bay (metal) when the case was closed.)
  • Sonnet Crescendo/WS G4/500 in Powerbook G3 wallstreet1 (rated 10)
  • Sonnet G4/800 in 9600/300 (rated 8)
    (includes notes on cache enabler software and 10.3.5)

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

(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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CDRW/CD/DVD/Hard Drive/Cardreader Compatibility Database Update Listing
The Drive Compatibility Database had 7 new reports added this morning. (Entries from Friday-Sunday, entries today are added the next newsday morning.). The database includes reports on Combo DVD-CDRW, CDROMs, DVD-ROM, DVD-RAM, DVD-R, 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, USB, adapters). Current total 13,458 reports. (searching by drive type/brand, mac model etc. listed below will show the full reports, most recent first - does not include updates to previous reports)

    DVD-ROM Drives:
  • IDE Artec 16x/48x in G4/AGP (OS X 10.3)
    (listed under "other" brands
    Illustrated CD drive install guide here covers G4 towers up to the Digital Audio Model)

    DVD+R/RW + DVD-R/RW Drives:
  • USB (cased) Liteon SOHW-832S used w/G5 Tower (OS X 10.3)
    (no native burn support, so used Patchburn II for Panther )
  • Firewire (cased) NEC ND 3500 used w/G4 Cube (OS X 10.3)
    (also no native burn support, so using Patchburn II for Panther )
  • IDE NEC ND-2500A in G4/AGP (OS X 10.3)
    (no native burn support, you can use patchburn II or the Lacie profile for 10.3.x and this drive also linked on the Patchburn II for Panther page here.
    Illustrated CD drive install guide here covers Beige G3, B&W G3 and G4 Towers)

    Hard Drives:
  • IDE ExcelStor J680 80GB in B&W G3 (OS X 10.4)
    (listed under "other" brands
    Illustrated guide to adding a 2nd HD here in B&W G3 rev2 and G4 towers up to the QuickSilver models.
    IDE articles page RAID section has an illustrated guide for adding 2 more drives in the side bays.)
  • IDE (Serial ATA onboard) Hitachi 7K250 160GB in G5 Tower (OS X 10.3)
  • IDE Western Digital 10GB in iMac slot-loading (OS X 10.3)

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.)
(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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