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News Archive for Thursday, August 19th, 2004Return to Accelerate Your Mac!

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News stories of August 19th, 2004: (Light today as I was out most of the day)
Apple Powerbook G4 AL 15in Battery Recall/Exchange
Spotted the recall this morning at the bottom of the main apple.com page. (Later listed at Apple's hotnews page also.)

15-inch PowerBook G4 Battery Exchange Program
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and other international safety authorities, Apple is voluntarily recalling certain lithium ion rechargeable batteries that were sold worldwide from January 2004 through August 2004 for use with 15-inch PowerBook G4 (Aluminum) notebook computers. These batteries were manufactured by LG Chem, Ltd. of South Korea.
The affected batteries could overheat, posing a fire hazard. Apple received four reports of these batteries overheating. No injuries have been reported. Apple urges you to stop using your battery and to order a replacement battery immediately. If you continue to use your battery, do not leave it unattended and check for signs of overheating.

Apple has initiated an exchange program and will provide eligible customers with a new replacement battery, free of charge. No other PowerBook or iBook batteries are part of this recall.

Identifying your battery
The recalled batteries have the Model Number: A1045 and serial numbers that begin with: HQ404, HQ405, HQ406, HQ407, or HQ408. Batteries with the affected serial numbers contain cells that were manufactured by LG Chem, Ltd. of South Korea during the last week of December 2003 only. The model and serial numbers are located on the label on the bottom of the battery, and can be viewed by removing the battery from the computer."

The linked page/form notes you can exchange up to 3 affected batteries. The sidebar of the exchange/form page has a short FAQ, which links to a more complete frequently asked questions page on the battery recall/exchange program.

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New Higher Capacity Battery for PowerBook G3 Lombard and Pismo
(from site sponsor OWC)

" New NewerTech Hi-Capacity Battery, new prices
The best of the best gets better! :)
Unlike some, NewerTech only builds with the best cells available. Our High-Capacity battery line, which are built in the USA, utilize only the best quality Li-Ion cells available. We don't cut corners and as such you can count on getting the longest run time as well as a long, useful life from any battery with the NewerTech name.

PowerBook G3 Lombard(Bronze Keyboard/1999) & G3 FireWire (AKA Pismo/2000)

  • 5400mAh Li-Ion was $145.99, now $139.95 (12.5% more capacity than Apple's!)
  • 6600mAh Li-Ion was $159.95, now $149.95 (37.5% more capacity than Apple's!)
  • 7200mAh Li-Ion **NEW** $159.95 (50% MORE Capacity than stock Apple's!)

All of our current Powerbook G3 and G4 batteries are available online.
Also - we are almost ready to introduce our 15" PowerBook G4 AL high capacity battery too. :)
Best Regards,
Lawrence R. O'Connor
Other World Computing"

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Firewire/USB PCI card deep sleep reports page updated (NitroAV card tests)
I've updated the page of Firewire/USB/Combo card feedback on deep sleep support with a very long report from a reader that tested a NitroAV FW800/USB 2.0 card and noted lower write speeds than expected with a (internal RAID 0 stripe) Lacie Big Disk Extreme. His opinion of the card differed a lot from the previous report that noted limited success with it using "sleepwatcher". See the page for the full reports.
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More feedback on 10.3.5 Memory Reporting
I've updated the page of 10.3.5 update feedback/tips with more reader reports on memory reporting after the update. I realize that it's not an officially supported system with Panther (XPostfacto required to install it) but a Beige G3 owner with three 256MB dimms reported ASP lists only a single slot listing 768MB (of unknown type and speed). Modern Macs with DDR memory seem less prone to the reporting changes/errors in 10.3.5 in general, except for 3 (so far) notebook owners that reported a 512MB SODIMM was listed as 256MB after the update. (One said about 1 in 10 reboots would show it correctly as 512MB.)
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Freeverse's Wingnuts 1 Free for .Mac subscribers
(clip from their press release)

" Freeverse is happy to announce, in association with .Mac (tm), that it is giving away it's highly acclaimed game "Wingnuts 1: Temporal Navigator" to all .Mac customers.
Additionally, .Mac customers will receive a 25% off coupon for our brand new title Airburst Extreme -- the exciting sequal to AirBurst. "
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AlchemyTV DVR PCI Card reports updated
I've updated the page of Reader Reports on the AlchemyTV/DVR PCI card to include another owner's comments, using the latest 2.1.2 software. (He noted some stability problems in his Dual 2GHz G5 with 512MB of RAM and OS X 10.3.5.
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MUMenu 2.0 Update
Joel Mueller of MacUpdate sent a note that version 2.0 of MUMenu is available:

" MUMenu is a menu item application that dynamically updates itself to display the latest Macintosh software updates posted to the MacUpdate website.
Version 2.0 has been completely rewritten so that it no longer requires the Menu Extra Enabler patch by Unsanity, allows you to add your own custom icons by simply dragging them into the Preferences well, no longer downloads the entire feed of new updates if no new updates have been posted since the last time it checked, and makes the entire user interface more sleek. "
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Story on future Dual-Core G4 CPUs
Only time will tell if it'll happen, but the register today has a story on (Motorola's) Freescale to detail dual-core PowerPC G4 with features like on-chip memory controller (like the AMD 64) and clock speeds that scale beyond 2GHz according to their roadmap. The article also mentions a faster G4 7447A than is currently used in the PowerBook G4s.
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CDRW/CD/DVD/Hard Drive/Cardreader Compatibility Database Update Listing
The Drive Compatibility Database had 3 new reports added this morning. (Entries from the last 24hrs, entries later 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 13,468 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)

    CDRW Drives:
  • IDE Yamaha CDW-F1(E) (44x24x44x) in (Yikes) G4 no AGP (OS X 10.3)
    (native burn support in 10.2.2 and later. FAQ has OS 9 burn support file.
    Illustrated CD drive install guide here covers Yikes G4/PCI)

    DVD-R + DVD RAM Drives:
  • Exp. Bay Matshita UJ-825B in PowerBook G3 2000 (OS X 10.3)
    (no iApps burn support to date, so using Patchburn II for Panther. Systems page, Powerbook section has articles from 2001 on expansion bay combo drive installs/swaps.)

    DVD+R/RW + DVD-R/RW Drives:
  • IDE NEC ND-2510A (2.4x DL, 8x DVD+R/-R, 40x CDR) in G4/AGP (OS X 10.3)
    (no iApps burn support to date, so using Patchburn II for Panther.
    Illustrated CD drive install guide here covers G4 towers up to the Digital Audio Model, Beige G3 MT and B&W G3 Macs)

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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Rate Your CPU Upgrade Reports Database Updated
The Rate Your CPU Upgrade database has been updated with 1 new report this morning (entries from Wednesday, entries today are added the next newsday morning). Total to date: 9,516. Here's a summary of the report added today (search by brand/mac model for full reports - latest reports always shown first):

  • Other World Computing G4/1.2GHz (at 1.4GHz) in (gigabit DP500) Dual G4 (rated 10)

    (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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