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Accelerate Your Mac! News Archive for: 12/04/2001 Tuesday's NewsReturn to Accelerate Your Mac!

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Top stories of Dec. 4th, 2001:

Final Cut Pro 3 for OS X is Here
Apple now has a page with all the details on Final Cut Pro 3 for OS X. Apple notes version 3 has "professional-grade realtime effects without a realtime card". (Realtime effects require a G4 CPU based Mac.) Upgrades from v2 are $299 at the Apple store.
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Otto Matic Game Demo Available:
There's a demo version of Pangea's Otto Matic available at this Macgamefiles page. (24.8MB, Requires OS 8.6 thru 9.2 or OS 10.1, 96MB RAM or more, a G3/266 of faster CPU, and a Rage 128 or Nvidia GeForce 2 3D accelerator (or better). For more info on the game, see the Pangea OttoMatic page.
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Latest Apple TILs on OS X DVD Player, AppleTalk:

Note that as mentioned here before - the OS X DVD player (and 2.x Players for OS 9 and earlier) require a Rage128 or later graphics chip and do not support any of the hardware DVD decoders.

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Latest Apple TILs on iPod and new Airport Base Station:

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Article Comments on Flat Panel iMac Component Orders:
Cnet has a story titled Flat-panel iMacs on the way? that claims Apple has placed component orders for 100,000 15" flat-panel based iMacs per month, starting in January. Bloomberg also has a related story titled Apple Computer May Unveil Redesigned IMac in Jan., Analyst Says. Of course only time will tell, but Macworld S.F. looks to be a very interesting show. (With rumors of DDR RAM based Towers, perhaps "G5" CPU based and more.)
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Feedback on iDVD2 'No SuperDrive' Patch:
One of Barney's OS X software related links last night included a link to a french page with "iDVD2 No Superdrive patches". (The download includes 3 iDVD2 patches, but no readme file.) Several readers sent comments on using these patches. (It does not allow external burners to be used.) See the feedback page for their reports including two from iBook owners. (That page also includes english text translation of the info about the patches and links to the french site.)
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G4/500 ZIF running 600Mhz with Voltage Boost Mod:
There's still no upgrades available (at retail) faster than 500Mhz, but one of our readers posted a Rate Your CPU Upgrade database report on how he's running 600mhz from a G4/500 ZIF with a voltage boost modification (core voltage tweak to 2.5V) in his B&W G3 system.

    " I was given this ZIF from BDAqua (in the forums). He said it didn't play nice in his fleet of dual Beiges, so he sent it my way (thanks Bruce!). Initially, it was unstable at 550 MHz. So I got out the soldering iron and conductive pen and reconfigured the CPU voltage from the stock setting of 2.1 volts, to 2.3 volts. This made the CPU stable at 550. I tried 600 MHz (cache at 240), but it would freeze upon boot. So I upped the voltage to 2.4, then 2.5 volts. At 2.5 volts I have perfect stability at 600 MHz with the cache at 240 MHz.
    (Tycho)"

Of course this may not be reliable long term, but I asked if he'd send the details for an article here. (There are two past articles on ZIF voltage mods on the G3 related articles page here.)

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BlueChip PB G3 Owner Comments on PL Cache Profiler 1.5
(Updated at 2PM for comments on the 1.4M version for bluechips)

" Hi Mike,
I just downloaded PL's G3/G4 Cache Profiler v1.5 via VTracker. Removed the 1.4b1 extension, installed the 1.5 init, restarted, opened the 1.5 Profiler app. Lo and behold, all it showed was one profile window, no adjustments whatsoever available, contrary to PL's info at:
www.powerlogix.com/support/software.htm.
I have a G3/BlueChip 500. I've gone back to 1.4b1. Maybe 1.5 works fine for G4's. Odd.
Best wishes,
Bob F.
he later wrote:

I did send a message to PL. Bill Jagitsch wrote back, just now.
[Bill's comments removed by request - basically he said that Bob downloaded the profiler for Macs that "don't need adjustment" and told Bob he needed to use 1.4 for Bluechip use.-Mike]

So, Mike, I guess the real problem was in my understanding of versiontracker's as well as PL's descriptions of just what this software is for. The former tells too little, the latter too much--for me anyhow. How was I supposed to know there's a "1.4m" file at PL's Byzantine site? There's a note posted about 1.4 (no "m") now, but there sure wasn't last night. I just downloaded it and lo, there's no "m" there either.
Rgds,
Bob F "

Having the cache speed adjustable is a big plus for Bluechip owners, since some noted (as I had to do with the review loaner) they had to lower the cache speed for stability.

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More Sources of Low-Noise Fans:
The Systems page G4 Macs area and the recent articles listing at the bottom of this page have links to noise reduction mod articles (several on the Quicksilver models). After the Dual G4 Cube article and note yesterday about the ability to mount an 80mm fan in the cube, a reader sent a comment about sources of low-noise fans (some of the past articles also list sources).

" RE: Adding a fan to the cube
Being the owner of an Old Power Computing PowerCenter I have been taking steps to make it more silent. If something was bad about the old PowerComputing machines was that they were not very silent. Doing some research on fans I found a very silent one from Zalman http://zalman.co.kr.

The 80 mm fan comes with a resistor making it possible to run at lower rpms and even more silent (20 dB, according to Zalman). The result was almost stunning, I went from being disturbed by the fans to be concerned about the silent IBM drive that was almost impossible to hear over the fans before. Such a fan at the lower rpm setting should be ideal for a Cube user.
Thought it might be of interest.
Cheers!/ Magnus N‚smark"

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Age of Empires II v1.03 Update:
Just a week ago or so there was a 1.01 update, but yesterday a 1.03 update was released. Version 1.03 is reported to fix multiplayer synchronization issues and random crashes that usually occurred late in the game. Although Boldgames' Age of Empires II support page still only lists 1.01 as of 1PM today, this VT page lists a download for v1.03.
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CDRW/CD/DVD/Hard Drive Compatibility Database Updates
The Drive Compatibility searchable database had 9 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, etc.) in all interface types (IDE, IDE RAID cards, Firewire, SCSI, adapters). Current total 5,675 reports. [Entries after Midnight are added the following newsday morning.]
(Note - ** Please include your CD/CDRW Drive Speed in the entry **. And Please do not post questions in the database, use email for that and check the database and articles here for answers/tips/guides first. Incomplete entries, those with no comments, etc. are deleted.)

    DVD ROM Drive Reports
  • IDE Toshiba SD-M1612 16X/48X in G4/AGP (OS 9.2)

    IDE CDRW Drive Reports
  • Lite-On LTR-24102B (24/10/40) in B&W G3 (OS X)

    Firewire CDRW Drive Reports
  • Que QPS 525 8X used w/Apple iBook 2001 (OS 9.1)
  • Sony CRX75L-A2 (8x4x24) Ultra-Slim Portable used w/PowerBook G4 (OS 9.2)
  • Sony CRX75L-A2 (8x4x24) Ultra-Slim Portable used w/PowerBook G4 (OS X)

    SCSI CDRW Drive Reports
  • Yamaha CRW2100S-VK (16/10/40) in Beige G3 (OS 9.2)
  • Yamaha CRW2100S (16/10/40) in 6400 (OS 8.6)

    Removable Media Drive Reports
  • SCSI Fujitsu DynaMO640SCSI (M2513A) in 8600 (OS X)
  • Firewire Fujitsu DynaMO 1300FE 1.3GB used w/G4 AGP (OS X)

You can find full owner reports 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.]

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CPU Upgrades Owner Reports Database Updated:
The Rate Your CPU Upgrade database has been updated with 5 new reports this morning. (total to date: 6,473). [Entries after midnight are posted the next newsday morning.]

  • Newer Tech G4 450 in B&W G3 (rated 10)
  • Sonnet G3/333 in PB 1400cs/117 (rated 10)
  • XLR8 G4/500 in B&W G3 (rated 10)
    (noted 2.5v core mods have it running at 600/240)
  • PB G3 2000 OC report
  • B&W G3/300 OC report

(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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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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Software Updates, Apple TILs and Other Net News Links

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