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Top stories of Dec. 21st, 2001:

PowerBook G4 550/667 Firmware Update:
Owners of PowerBook G4/550 and 667MHz models will see a new firmware update (4.2.9) if you run Software Updates (in OS 9). If you'd rather download the file separately, see this Apple page which notes the following changes:

    "About the PowerBook Firmware Update 4.2.9

    The PowerBook Firmware Update 4.2.9 will only run on 550MHz or 667MHz PowerBook G4 computers running Mac OS 9.1 or later from a local drive. If you are using Mac OS X you must boot from a local Mac OS 9.1 writeable partition (not a CD, or network disk) prior to following the update instructions.

    Firmware Update 4.2.9 includes improvements to Firewire target disk mode when running Mac OS X, and improves starting up on systems with 1gigabyte (GB) RAM and enables Netbooting over gigabit Ethernet.

    Before you install PowerBook Firmware Update 4.2.9, read the instructions below. You may want to print them for reference. "

See the linked page for the installation instructions. Remember firmware updates are not reversable so if you're not having problems now you may want to wait for reader reports on any issues seen. (If there are any - but in the past with some firmware updates there have been some.)

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Dantz Retrospect Driver Update:
A reader with a new G4 tower with Lite-On CDRW drive noted it's still not supported, but said there's a Retrospect 4.3 (backup software) driver update available at this page.
For a list of devices supported, see Dantz's Device compatibility list.
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Myth III Demo Released (Link w/mirrors):
Sandy posted a note in the forum the Mac demo of Myth III is out a Several mirrors are listed there.
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Report of OS X 10.1.2 Supporting Toshiba R1002 4x4 Combo Drive:
[Note - I've had two reports from R1002 owners saying 10.1.2 worked with the drive (see below) - but one 1002 owner noted it did not, saying the Toshiba support file with the update had no R1002 model support. I have no idea why two owners would note it working and one not. (One reader that said 10.1.2 enabled support for the R1002 was emphatic that he had not done any support file mods previously. I asked if he used the "Combo" 10.1.2 (34MB) update or the 24MB update.)
Dixon Chan sent his toshiba device plugin file that has the R1002 listed. I suspect the R1002 owners had modified the files from past info here. ]

The R1102 (8x8 + 8x DVD) drive has been supported by OS X (and OS 9) for some time but the older R1002 model (4x4) wasn't. However a reader noted in a drive database report that OS X 10.1.2 adds support for the drive:

Toshiba R1002 (4x CDR, 4x CDRW + 4x DVD ROM) in G4/AGP system.
" just a follow up to a previous post for the Tohsiba R1002.

OS 10.1.2 finally supports my drive for desktop burning....I downloaded the new update last night and as a habit with every OS upgrade (10.1 and 10.1.1), i pop in a blank CD-R....This time it recognized, prompted me for format and loaded up on the desktop.....I used a CD-RW as a test burn and it burned it fine.....

Didn't have time to play with it more so don't know if my "hacked" support drivers are still "hacked" but will check soon...what ever Apple did with OS 10.1.2...BRAVO!!!!
Dixon Chan"

Here's the 2nd R1002 owner report on 10.1.2:

" Hello Mike
I have just installed the update10.1.2 for mac os x and I am happy to see that now the TOSHIBA Combo Drive SD-R 1002 is supported by Disc Burner

I just burned 2 discs a cd and a cdrw Everything worked great
Sorry for my english
Franz Kasser "

As a FYI, an owner of the TDK VeloCD 12/10/32 drive also noted support after the update.

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Compactflash, Smartmedia and Sony MemoryStick Options added to Drive Compat. Database:
I've added drive type options for CompactFlash, Smartmedia, Multimedia card, Sony MemoryStick and "Multi-Format Card Reader" to the Drive Compatibility Database. (There were many reports added over the weekend under these categories.) I've added Simple Technology, SanDisk, Kodak, Lexar, eFilm, SIIG, PNY, and Microtech but there's too many "brands" of readers to list all of them, so if you post an entry use the "other" brand option if you have another model. (note the brand in the comments, etc. as well as your OS X version, any drivers installed, etc.)
At least this will allow readers to search for reports on Compactflash/Smartmedia, etc. compatibility with OS X for instance. (Omitting the "brand" to see all reports by the drive type, and selecting OS X as the MacOS version.)
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512MB RAM Wallstreet PB G3 Owner w/Sonnet G3/500 Notes Reducing Cache Speed Helped Stability:
(from one of today's Rate Your CPU Upgrade database reports)

" Hi Mike,
...Got my long-awaited 500 MHz-Card from Sonnet a week ago for my Wallstreet 300. I'm so well equipped, that I did not want to head a new one, so I am looking for this update since quite some time.

I did not know about known problems and so I just did it in and it worked. Fine so far. After a few hours I had the first crash for absolutly no reason. In the next days it happend again, more an more. After not finding out where the problem could lay, I went to your site and read a lot about it. It it made clear that I have far to much RAM (512 MB). [Officially only 192MB is supported with the upgrade-Mike] But I took your advice and installed the Cache Profiler and changed the Backside Cache Speed from 250 to 200, as I read at your site.

And now the machine is fast and it is running without troubles so far, even with all of my RAM. Thanks a lot.
By Sebastian "

Reducing cache speed (and sometimes disabling speculative access) did for some Bluechip PB G3 owners in the past, the same thing I had to do for the Bluechip review loaner used in January 2001. It may not solve everyone's problems, but is one thing to try for those that have trouble with a PB CPU upgrade.

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More Reports on OS X 10.1.2 Update Breaking Some USB Device Support:
(I'm very behind on email and have not read even 1/10th of the OS X 10.1.2 emails yet so more reports will be added later.)
Some initial reader reports on OS X 10.1.2 note it has broken support for devices that worked under 10.1.1. (Just a FYI to readers that might own the same devices)

I've had two readers write that their ZIO! USB cardreaders that were working in 10.1.1 with the Microtech drivers released earlier this week are not working after the OS X 10.1.2 update. (I've added a note on this to the OS X and USB cardreader reports page.)

A Kodak CF reader owner also noted 10.1.2 doesn't work with it:

" Hey Mike,
I just installed Mac OS X 10.1.2, my Kodak CF reader now doesn't work. Using Console, OS X displays the following message, when the reader is plugged in: "Dec 21 17:12:04 localhost kextd[41]: error (16) loading module: com.scmmicro.driver.USBATCF.
James Aceret "

Another Kodak CF reader user noted that the 1.08 driver worked in OS X 10.1.1, but not in 10.1.2. (Reinstalling the driver did not help he said. He posted a drive database entry also.)

A reader reported his Epson 740 printer also had problems after the update:

" I just installed the update and now my Epson SC740 printer won't work - and it was working fine just before the update. The print center is stuck on "opening printer connection" and nothing happnes - no time out, no error message, nothing.
Cheers, Marco"

*Update* - Two Beige G3 owners with USB PCI cards wrote to say they have no problems printing to Epson 740 printers in OS X 10.1.2. Perhaps Marco's problem is a USB interface issue and not a printer driver problem.

(reports from last night's news page follow)

" Mike,
I just downloaded the 10.1.2 update. Leave it to Apple to ruin a good thing for me, after installing the update my Microtech USB cameramate no longer functions. I tried re-installing the driver with no luck. Microtech's website says that their drivers are for 10.1 and higher but obviously Apple has made some significant change to their IO kit that disables the driver. Hope this gets fixed soon, I was beginning to enjoy not having to boot into 9 to grab my digital pictures.
Mike C.
Certified Service Technician
macUpgrades "

[Update: another reader replied to this post:]

" Mike,
... Picked up a Microtech USB CameraMate / SnapSHOT Intelligent Cable today. I have OS 10.1.2 installed and did not install any drivers for the CamerMate as per instructions on the package. Mounted my CF immediately and Image Capture did it's thing. No problems here!
Happy Holidays,
Scott Blasl "

I don't own any Microtech readers but wonder if the ZIO! drivers for 10.1.1 noted earlier this week still work [or are needed at all from the above comment]. (Yesterday's news had a list of non-ZIO readers that the drivers worked with.)

" My digital camera (Toshiba PDR-M70) that was working flawlessly with Image Capture in 10.1.1 doesn't work anymore in 10.1.2! It freezes my camera and I have to remove the battery to make it work again. This update only brought problems for me...
Alain Dumas "

Another Toshiba camera owner wrote he had no problems with 10.1.2 and a PDR-M4:

"Mike -
I have a Toshiba PDR-M4 digital camera and was concerned after reading the comment about the PDR-M70. I just snapped some pictures and plugged my camera in via USB and it works fine with 10.1.2 - not sure what is up with the PDR-M70 .....
Dan Hines"

I've had another Toshiba PDR-M70 owner write tonight that 10.1.2 doesn't work with it, so there must be something specific to that camera since two owners have reported a problem after the 10.1.2 update with the M70.

If you find the update causes any problems or fixes/adds support for a device you have, let me know the details.
[My PNY Versacard PCCard Compactflash reader now works, but a reader said his PNY combo CF/Smartmedia reader was still not supported.]

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Lower Pricing on G3 and G4 ZIF CPU Upgrades:
" While supplies last! New MercuryZA ZIF Pricing:

OWC Mercury G4/400MHZ - $215.97
OWC Mercury G4/500MHZ - $299.97
OWC Mercury G3/500MHz - $199.99
OWC Mercury G3/333MHZ - $59.99

New with 2yr Warranty, 2nd day Air delivery from $4, overnight from $5.
Best Regards,
Larry O'Connor
Other World Computing, Inc."

I recently reviewed the OWC G4/500 vs G4/400 vs G3/500 in my B&W G3/350. The review includes apps/games tests and an install page with tips/guides, etc. (Comparisons also included using the original G3/350 CPU.) There's also reports from readers on these upgrades in the Rate Your CPU Upgrade database.

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Free RagTime Solo Business Publishing Suite (for Non-Comml use) 'Coming Soon'
(* NOTE * They currently do not have the Mac version download available yet. ... I asked that they NOT send press releases on Vaporware again.)
Bill Gram-Reefer of sent a press release noting a free download (for private, non-commercial use) of their Ragtime Solo integrated business publishing software which they describe as:
    " RagTime is an award-winning, full-featured business publishing suite for Microsoft Windows and Mac OS. RagTime combines word processing, spreadsheet, pictures, drawing and charting in an intuitive and easy-to-use layout environment. RagTime is the tool of choice for creators of catalogs, price lists, business reports, surveys, overviews and sales documents. Changing elements in text, tables and charts is easy with RagTime's "live documents," where changes to a financial plan in a spreadsheet document will also be automatically updated in related charts, text references, tables and other elements. And, RagTime allows for easy importing of existing documents and the exchange of data with other popular software. "

For more info on RagTime Solo see

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CDRW/CD/DVD/Hard Drive Compatibility Database Updates
The Drive Compatibility searchable database had 14 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 5,859 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.)

    Combo DVD-CDRW Drive Reports
  • IDE Toshiba R1002 (4x4 CDR/CDRW + 4x DVD ROM) in G4/AGP (OS X)
    (noted 10.1.2 update added support for the drive)

    IDE CDRW Reports
  • Que RW-241040 24x10x40x in G4/AGP (OS X)
    (problems noted)
  • TDK Velocd 12/10/32A in Beige G3 (OS X)
    (noted that the drive is recognized after the OS X 10.1.2 update)

    Firewire CDRW Reports
  • Lacie 16x10x40 used w/B&W G3 (OS 9.2)
  • Que 24/10/40 used w/PowerBook G4 (OS X)
  • Que 24/10/40 used w/iMac slot loading (OS X)
  • Que 24/10/40 used w/iMac slot loading (OS 9.1)
    (noted Teac mechanism, required mods for iTunes/DB support)
  • Teac 24x10x40 W524E used w/iBook 2001 (OS X)
  • Sony CRX1650L-A2 (16x10x40 ) used w/iMac slot loading (OS 9.2)
  • Yamaha CRW2100FXZ 16x-10x-40x used w/B&W G3 (OS 9.2)

    SCSI CDRW Reports
  • Matshita CD-R CW-7503 (8x/20x) w/G4 AGP (OS X)
    (using El Gato SCSI helper drivers)

    IDE Hard Drive Reports
  • Maxtor D740X 40GB in iMac slot loading (OS 9.2)
  • IBM Travelstar 20GB in PB G3 wallstreet 2 (OS 9.1)
    (noted repeated drive failures, did not note the sleep sensor issue mentioned in the Wallstreet HD upgrade guide)

    Removable Drive Reports
  • ZIP 100/250 in G4/AGP 2001 (OS 9.2)

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 11 new reports this morning. (total to date: 6,537). [Entries after midnight are posted the next newsday morning.]

  • Newer Tech G3/466 in iMac (rated 10)
  • Other World Computing G3/500 in Beige G3 (rated 10)
    (assuming G3, did not note if it was their G4 or G3 model)
  • Other World Computing G3/500 in Beige G3 (rated 10)
  • Powerlogix G3/400 in PowerCenter Pro 210 (rated 10)
  • PowerLogix BlueChip PB G3/466 in PowerBook G3 wallstreet2 (rated 2)
    (problems noted)
  • Powerlogix G3/350 in PowerCurve LP 120 (rated 8)
  • Powerlogix G3/375 in 8600/200 (rated 10)
  • Sonnet G3/500 in PowerBook G3 wallstreet2 (rated 8)
    (running 512MB ram - noted reducing cache speed helped stability)
  • Sonnet G3/500 in PowerBook G3 wallstreet2 (rated 1)
    (problems noted)
  • XLR8 G3/466 in Beige G3 (rated 10)
  • Beige G3/266 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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Software Updates, Apple TILs and Other Net News Links
(Includes a Kodak CompactFlash cardreader driver update for OS X - but a reader said the driver worked with 10.1.1 but not 10.1.2)

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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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