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Mac Pro 3rd party Memory users - Check Apple System Profiler Memory Speed
Just a FYI to any Mac Pro owner running 3rd party FB-Dimms. I just had a Mac Pro owner report the "Mac Pro" 1GB FB-Dimms (standard heatsink type) ordered from a '800' memory dealer were shown as running at 533MHz (not 667MHz) in Apple System Profiler, although his invoice stated they were 667MHz FB-Dimms. He included a photo of the dimm/label that showed they were WinTec PC2-5300 FB-Dimms, which should be 667MHz. The 512MB FB-Dimms he ordered ran at 667MHz he said, but if the two 1GB WinTec FB-Dimms were installed the memory speed was reported as 533MHz.
First report of this kind of thing so far, but I wanted to ask anyone running 3rd party FB-Dimms to check for this. Thanks.
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Apple posts Boot Camp 1.1 Update (Mac Pro, Microphone, iSight Support, more)
Apple has released a Boot Camp 1.1 Beta update today.

" Changes in Boot Camp 1.1 beta
Boot Camp 1.1 beta contains many updates and is intended for all new and previous Boot Camp beta users.

Boot Camp 1.1 beta includes:

  • Support for the latest Intel-based Macintosh computers
  • Easier partitioning using presets for popular sizes
  • Ability to install Windows XP on any internal disk
  • iSight camera support
  • Support for built-in microphones
  • Right-click when pressing the right-hand Apple key on Apple keyboards
  • Improved Apple keyboard support including Delete, PrintScreen, NumLock, and ScrollLock keys

Updating to Boot Camp 1.1 beta
If you previously installed Boot Camp beta, you should update to Boot Camp 1.1 beta. You don't need to partition your hard drive again (unless you want to change its size) or reinstall your Macintosh and Windows software or documents, but it's very important to update the Boot Camp Assistant software, create a new Macintosh Drivers for Windows CD and install the updated software it contains on Windows XP. Complete instructions are provided in the Installation and Setup Guide included with the Boot Camp 1.1 beta software."

If you have a Mac Pro, let me know ßif this helps with the onboard SATA performance in Win XP (i.e. previously was limited to PIO mode, no DMA mode.) I also welcome feedback from other Intel Mac users on improvements.
(Late tonight two Mac Pro owners wrote this didn't fix the PIO SATA mode issue and one Mac Pro user said his external (FW) iSight still wasn't supported in XP, although there were some other improvements. Maybe apple meant the Internal (USB) iSights on MacBooks/iMacs are supported now.)

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'Unexpected Delays' on BTO Mac Pros?
Update - Keith wrote that despite his earlier mail on "unexpected delays" (to the 22nd) on his Mac Pro order, he later got a notice it shipped:

" Looks like "unexpected delay" may just be an automated response from their system whenever they miss a ship date. I just received a shipped notice, a full week ahead of my new estimated ship date. Should be here Friday, and I'll send an update about using non-Apple spec Kingston FB-DIMMs, with and without 3rd party heatsinks.
-Keith C "

BTW - I asked Keith to check ASP on his memory when it arrives. I just had a reader with "Mac Pro" ram ordered from a "1800" memory vendor that said it's running at 533MHz, not 667MHz per ASP. He's going to contact them to see if they sent the wrong memory, although the invoice he said states 667MHz FB-Dimms.

(Earlier info from reader mails today follows)

" I received an "unexpected delay" notice from Apple today. Ordered within the first hour of being available, my Mac Pro was due to ship yesterday. Now its been changed to the 22nd. It appears to be due to the Bluetooth module I added to the default config. Even worse, it looks like people who added Airport Extreme cards now have an even longer delay.

(His order was) Default build, but added Bluetooth and wireless kybd/mouse.
I didn't order with Airport, but noticed long shipping delays if you do add one.
2.66 GHz Quad Xeon
1GB 667 DDR2 FB DIMM ECC-2x512
NVIDIA GeForce 7300 GT 256MB
250GB Serial ATA 3Gb/s drive
16x SuperDrive DL
Bluetooth 2.0+EDR
Apple Kybd & Wrls Mgty Ms
Mac OS X
Country Kit
-Keith C."

As of about 11AM Eastern time today, the (US) Apple store shows "ships within 24hrs" on the -standard Mac Pro- configuration.
Adding the Bluetooth (only) option changed estimated shipping to "3-5 business days".
Adding the Airport (only) option changed it to "2-4 weeks"
Adding Radeon X1900 XT option (only) changed it to "3-5 weeks".
A reader from German wrote:

" Hi Mike, yesterday i received an email from Apple, that my BTO Mac Pro estimated shipping has changed. Ordered within the first hour after the WWDC-Keynote, my Mac Pro was due ship on 08/15/06. The new shipping date is on 08/21/06 (or later)!

I have ordered:
Mac Pro, 2.66 GHz Quad Xeon, 1GB, nVidia GeForce 7300 GT, 160GB, 16x SuperDrive, *Bluetooth 2.0+EDR,* Apple Keyboard & Migthy Mouse (*both Bluetooth*), Mac OS X (German)
Frank K. from Germany "

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Mac Pro owner notes PowerMac G5 Bluetooth Module works
(updated with more info)

" Mike, Sure enough the Bluetooth module from a Mac G5 revision 1 works!
(he later wrote)
The one I am using is a G5 rev A, the first ones out. It uses a BT 1.1 and the rev B uses 1.1 as well. The 2005 G5 uses the same BT+EDR 2.0 used in the Mac Pro. I am going to my local supplier and order one of those modules.
- William R. "

I asked if he had taken any photos of the install. (There's a Mac Pro service manual floating around the net I hear...)
Another reader said he also swapped in a BT module from his PowerMac G5:

" Hi Mike,
- I can confirm that the bluetooth module from my G5 (Dual 1.8Ghz, rev 1) works in the Mac Pro.
- I'm still waiting for the Crucial FB-DIMMs, but the Apple OEM-ed models installed are from Micron (so Nanya has no exclusive contract with Apple I guess). (Apple usually sources memory from more than one mfr, in the past using Samsung, Hynix, Micron, etc. With the Mac Pro they spec a special/non-standard heatsink however.-Mike)
- The internal superdrive is the DVR-111D, some people mention Sony drives.
Kind regards,
Dieter (from Belgium)"

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CPU Director for 10.4.7 in testing
Just a FYI to those that have asked when Powerlogix's CPU Director will be updated for 10.4.7 compatibility. An updated version is in testing now. (Note: as of 9/6/2006 it's still not released. And 10.4.8 is in beta test.)
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Apple Alum Cinema Display reports page updated
I've updated the previous page of Alum Cinema Display Owner Comments with a Mac Pro owner notes on returning a 23in display for the "pink" issue mentioned by some owners in the past. (He said the replacement was fine.)
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Drive Compatibility Database Updated
The Drive Compatibility Database had 9 new reports added this morning. Current total - 15,822 reports. (searching by drive type/brand, mac model etc. listed below will show the full reports, most recent first) iApps burn support mentioned in reports unless otherwise noted.

    DVD+R/+RW + DVD-R/RW Drives:
  • IDE Liteon SHW-160P6S in B&W G3 (OS X 10.4.x)
  • IDE Pioneer DVR-710 (retail boxed DVR-111D) in G5 Tower (OS X 10.4.x)

    CDRW Drives:
  • SCSI Sanyo CRD-BP4IT (16x10x40x) used with PowerBook G3 Wallstreet2 (OS X 10.3.x)
    (Using Patchburn 3 for OS X 10.3.x iApps burn support.)

    Hard Drives: (MacBook Pro owners warned the top case bends very easily. OWC has a page of Installation Quicktime Videos for many macs including the MacBook Pro 15in, Mac Mini (Intel), MacBook, etc. and iFixit.com also has general take-apart guides for many models of Mac notebooks.)
  • IDE (Serial ATA onboard) Hitachi (7200 rpm) 100GB in Mac Mini Intel CPU (OS X 10.4.x)
  • IDE (Serial ATA onboard) Hitachi (5400rpm) 160GB in MacBook Pro (OS X 10.4.x)
  • IDE (Serial ATA onboard) Hitachi HTS721010G9SA00 (7200rpm) 100GB in MacBook Pro (OS X 10.4.x)
  • IDE (Serial ATA onboard) Hitachi 7K500 500GB in iMac Intel CPU (OS X 10.4.x)
  • IDE (Serial ATA onboard) Seagate ST9120821AS (Momentus 5400.2) 120GB in MacBook Pro (OS X 10.4.x)
  • IDE (Serial ATA onboard) Seagate ST910021AS (7200rpm) 100GB in MacBook Pro (OS X 10.4.x)

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