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Top stories of Dec. 5th, 2001:

OS 9.2.2 Update Released:
It's available via Software Updates (21MB) and this Apple page.

    " The Mac OS 9.2.2 Update improves Classic application compatibility in Mac OS X and delivers updated support for Macintosh systems that are based on the PowerPC G3 or G4 processor."

Should also contain updated graphics card extensions and much more. If you're running a beta of 9.2.2 and it does not show up in Software Updates, get the final update at Apple's Mac OS 9.2.2: Document and Software page. Note that pre-G3 Macs are not supported (same requirements as OS 9.2.1). I'm not sure how well it will work if you used the previous mods to install 9.2 on unsupported macs.

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(OT) Totally Toasted Mac Survives Fire:
(a break from the typical tech news)

    " Hi Mike,
    A Spanish design shop recently had a blaze on its premises. They only had one Mac (the rest were PCs). All the PCs perished but the Mac survived and was bootable. It's not pretty but I think it looks kind of terminator-ish. Here's a link:
    http://www.terra.es/personal2/ximacs/g3.html
    [page text is in Spanish, but see photos]
    Regards
    Steve"

Looking at the photos of the case exterior, it's hard to believe that computer still works. (Click the photos to see a larger version with more detail.)

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iDVD 2.05 Update Available:
Owners of iDVD 2 for OS X can use Software Updates to get the 2.05 update, or download it from this Apple page. According to Apple v2.05 has the following changes:

    " Includes enhancements to the burning process, corrects a situation where some files would mistakenly be identified as iDVD 2 documents and more. "
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Virtual PC v5 Supports both OS 9 and OS X, Dual Processor Support in OS X :
Connectix has released Virtual PC version 5 which they note as supporting dual processors (a first for VPC) in OS X. Here's a few clips from the press release:

    " Virtual PC 5.0 includes Windows XP support, DVD-ROM data support, and Virtual Switch for increased networking capabilities. Connectix has also added "undoable" drives, which give users the option of leaving the original drive image file unchanged and easily backing out of any Windows session. Capping off the powerful package, Connectix is providing Connectix Care, a full suite of support services and tools including online forums, extensive contextual help, and an online knowledge database ...

    Virtual PC 5.0 is currently available in three versions: an upgrade version, a version with Windows 98 pre-installed, and a version with PC-DOS pre-installed. Two other versions, with Windows 2000 and with Windows XP Home pre-installed, will begin shipping in late December and early January respectively. Estimated street prices are $79 for Virtual PC 5.0 Upgrade, $99 for Virtual PC with DOS, and $199 for Virtual PC 5.0 with Windows 98. All three of these products are available from the Connectix online store (www.connectix.com) and will be at Mac resellers worldwide, including Apple retail locations. Users who have purchased Virtual PC 4.0 anytime since November 1, 2001, are eligible for a free upgrade to Virtual PC 5.0. "

See their press release for more details. They have an upgrade now link there also.

I was disappointed in performance of the VPC OS X test drive (it was at least 25% slower than VPC4 running OS 9.x in some tests I ran). Hopefully VPC 5 is a whole new ball game so to speak...
I welcome reader reports, apps tests, etc. comparing VPC version 5. (Include your system, etc. details in reports.)

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More Info on Dual G4 Cube Mods:
I asked the author of the Dual G4/450 Cube article for more info including the issue of the (wire wound) Coil that was moved/laid down, any info on the size of the plates for the heatsink mod, etc. and he wrote:

The inducator/coil was tinmelted (I hope that's the right english word ;-)) [unsoldered-Mike] off and replaced "lying down" and doing that I had to tinmelt a little piece of extra wire - because as you see it is placed beside the CPU module.

Besides that two plates of aluminum was made - app. 20 x 20 mm - each 2 mm thick. A friend of mine - working with cooling/heating for the foodprocessing industry - measured and made the plates for me.

I just attached the alum plates with - a little - thermal adhesive between both heatsink/new aluplates and between CPU/new aluplates.

So there's not that much of cutting-edge developing in this - it's just a small piece of practical work-around - but anyway, I have a speedy Cube running - that pleases me...
Mac salutes from
Flemming"

I've added these comments to the article on Flemmings Dual G4/450 Cube.

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Sam's Club $100 Rebate on WD 100GB Drives:
" Hiya Mike,
It's me again checking in with a good deal to be found at your local Sam's Club. This month (through Christmas) we are running at $100 rebate on the WD 7200rpm 100GB drives. At my Club, the price at register is $219.98 so price after rebate is $120. Not too bad. Supplies are limited, we sold our supply of 20 over the the first weekend of the rebate, but have more on order. You might want to call and check for stock.

I have one friend (a PC convert) who has installed one of these drives in his 867MHz G4 and is have a great time editing music and video on it.
thanks for a great site and keep up the great work.
---John Keahey "

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Mods for Unsupported Epson Printers in OS X:
I thought I had posted a note about this site a week or so ago but maybe not (overloaded here night and day). A reader sent an email as a reminder with his experience:

" Aloha Mike,
I emailed this last week, don't know if you got it.
My friend just sent me this link to me.
http://www.xdck.com/ss2500.html

I had thought about using hexedit since my Epson 670 was never going to be supported, I just did not know what to hack. This site gives the solution. My 670 now works with no problems using the 740 OSX driver. As the site states, you need to find a similar printer that has supported drivers for your unsupported printer. Hope this works for others. I have attached a pic of the printer is OSX printer utility as well.
Rick-aka Mauian"

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Reader Comments on Iomega Firewire PeerLess Drive Performance:
" Hey Mike,
I recently got a chance to review a Peerless Drive. I was less than impressed. First off, I didnít buy it, my friend let me take it for a spin. The $399.95 price tag was a little much for me to handle for a 20 GB Hard Drive with Dock. I plugged in the power cord, then plugged in the dock to my TiBook 400 (512 MB RAM, 20 GB IBM Hard Drive). I then went to the Apple System Profiler (running Mac OS X 10.1.2 Build 5P28) and it was recognized as ìIomega Peerless Driveî (Just the dock alone on the Firewire Bus). I then inserted a 20 GB Peerless Media Drive and it mounted without a hitch as a blank 18.6 GB Disk.

I then transferred over 10 GB of Data from my Hard Drive to the Peerless, and with no other programs open, it had a peak of 11 Mbps with a sustained transfer of 10.3 Mbps. I then inserted a DVD-ROM and watched it in a smaller window and saw the transfer rate go down dramatically with a Peak transfer rate of 3.5 Mbps and a sustained transfer rate around 2.9 Mbps.

During the transfer, the giant half sphere on the front that boasts the driveís name blinks neon blue to show disk activity. As far as I could tell there is no way to turn this off and it is VERY VERY annoying. When you drag the Peerless drive to the trash it ejects itself out of the Peerless dock, just as one would expect it to.

Overall, a pretty cheaply made product, you can see the system board inside the dock through the ports and other openings and it comes in three pieces which come apart very easily. The dock itself was pretty light and it was pretty hard to keep it from falling over from the weight of the firewire cable coming out of the back of it, also keeping with Tradition, Iomega has shipped the smallest firewire cable it could possibly ship with this drive. Overall, very dissatisfied.
Keep up the good site,
iDriveX "

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CDRW/CD/DVD/Hard Drive Compatibility Database Updates
The Drive Compatibility searchable database had 16 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 5,691 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 BusLink 48X CD/16X DVD in G4/AGP (OS X)
    (listed under "other brands")
  • IDE Pioneer DVD-116 (16x) in G4/AGP (OS 9.1)
  • IDE Toshiba SD-M1612 16x/48x in B&W G3 (OS 9.2)

    CDROM Drive Reports
  • IDE "EPO" 52x CR-852E in G4/AGP 2001 (OS X)
    (listed under "other brands")

    IDE CDRW Drive Reports
  • Sanyo CRD-BP1500 24x10x40 in B&W G3 (OS 9.1)
  • Sony CRX-160E-A1 12X8X32 in B&W G3 (OS X)
  • Sony CRX175A (24x10x40x) in G4/AGP (OS X server)
  • Sony CRX1611 (24/10/40) in Beige G3 (OS 9.2)
  • Teac CD-W524E (24/10/40) in G4/AGP (OS X)

    Firewire CDRW Drive Reports
  • Yamaha CRW2100FXZ 16/10/40 used w/B&W G3 (OS 9.1)
  • Sony CRX175A (24x10x40x) swapped in Sony CRX145 FW case (didn't work according to PB G4 owner report)

    SCSI CDRW Drive Reports
  • Yamaha 2100S (16x10x40x) in Umax (OS X)
    (using El Gato SCSI CDRW helper driver)

    Firewire Hard Drive Reports
  • Fujitsu MK4018SAP 40GB (in Granite FW case) used w/Dual G4 (OS 9.2)

    IDE Hard Drive Reports
  • Maxtor 5400RPM 40GB in iMac Slot Loading (OS 9.2)
  • Western Digital WD800BB 80GB in Beige G3 w/IDE PCI Card (OS 9.2)

    SCSI Hard Drive Reports
  • Seagate ST318417N 18GB in 7500 (OS 9.1)

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 4 new reports this morning. (total to date: 6,477). [Entries after midnight are posted the next newsday morning.]

  • Sonnet Dual G4/500 in G4/AGP (rated 10)
  • Sonnet G3/500 in Beige G3 (rated 8)
  • XLR8 G4/450 in Umax S900 (rated 1)
  • XLR8 CarrierZIF MPe w/G4 450 in 9600/350 (rated 9)

(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 and Other Net News Links

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