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Top stories of Dec. 26th, 2001:

IOXperts Releases v1.0 of OS X Firewire WebCam Drivers:
(from their press release)
    " CAMBRIDGE, MA, December 26, 2001 - IOXperts, Inc. announced today that it has released v. 1.0 of the first and only FireWire webcam driver for Mac OS X.

    After about six weeks of crisis-free public beta testing, the developers are confident that the driver is extremely stable. "We were happy, obviously, to see so few bug reports," said Dave Koziol, IOXperts' VP of Engineering. "The reception so far has been very positive, and we're especially pleased with some of our latest performance enhancements."

    The company has a few new products in the pipeline, including an "industrial strength" DCam driver that will support the advanced features of high-end digital cameras used in factories and research labs in OS X. They also plan to develop drivers for USB webcams.

    SUPPORTED DEVICES (in alphabetical order)
    ADS 1394 PYRO WebCam
    AME Vcam(tm) IEEE 1394 (FireWire) PC Camera
    Aplux 1394 PC Camera -- models C102T and C104T
    iREZ StealthFire(tm) and KritterDIGITAL(tm)
    LG Electronics LPC-PC20
    Orange Micro iBOT(tm) FireWire Video Camera
    Pinetron Green Eye
    Point Grey Research FireFly(tm) IEEE 1394 Digital Video Camera
    Sun Microsystems 1394 Kit
    Unibrain Fire-i Digital Camera and Fire-i400 Industrial Camera
    Videre Design DCam IEEE 1394 Digital Color Video Camera

    The trial version of the FireWire webcam driver can be downloaded free from Users who want to register the driver and get full functionality will pay USD $19.95.

    The FirewireDirect DV WebCam is now being sold with the IOXperts driver, and as a follow-on to the licensing agreement between IOXperts and FirewireDirect, all existing FirewireDirect DV WebCam owners will get a $5 discount off the release price of the IOXperts FireWire Webcam driver. "

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OS X 10.1.2 Solves Time-Base Problem with Bus Overclocked G4 Sawtooth Systems:
" Dear Mike,
Happy Holidays!. Today, I found that Mac OS X 10.1.2 has fixed the time-base problem of bus-overclocked sawtooth. Although Apple System Profiler has shown fixed 100MHz bus clock, the clock works normally and you can fix it by Open Firmware tweaking. Please update
Best Regards,
Michiro Isobe"
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Tip for Microtech CameraMate USB Cardreader Support in OS X 10.1.2
" Mike,
After reading many different forums I've discovered a temporary work around to getting my USB Microtech cameramate card reader to work in 10.1.2. All you need to do is to replace the IOUSBMassStorageClass.kext extension with the one from 10.1.1. And for your readers who don't have access to 10.1.1 anymore, I've posted the extension on my iDisk public folder @ Just boot into 9 or log in as root and replace this extension found in System/Library/Extensions. As soon as I did this and rebooted my card reader worked again!

On a side note, following the advise of a reader tip, removing the Microtech drivers did NOT allow my card reader to work in 10.1.2. I even tried my cardreader on two separate machines that were running 10.1.2 without the Microtech drivers installed and had no luck that way.
Mike C.
Certified Service Technician

I don't remember that 2nd reader tip (that didn't work) being posted here (must have been from another website).

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Reader Report on Nvidia Extensions Issue (?) with Pioneer DVR-A03:
" Encouraged after reading several reports of success here on xlr8yourmac, I purchased the Pioneer A03 DVD-R retail model online for $400, thinking I could just drop it into my Quicksilver G4/733 purchased last week from the new Apple Store in Arlington, VA.

Drive installed easily enough but froze towards the end of the extensions loading into 9.2.1 if there was no media inserted into the drive. I tried downloading the most recent Authoring Support Update 1.1.5, installed the 9.2.2 update, performed a clean install, zapped PRAM, and installed 5 Toast Titanium, none of which solved the problem.

Booting into OS X worked fine, although it would not burn a data DVD after spending about 20 minutes copying files to a disk image. Back in 9.2, Conflict Catcher isolated the problem to the extension NVidia 2d Acceleration version 2.4, and also implicated the Apple extension NBP Plugin. Disabling both allowed me to finally burn a good data DVD-R, but life without the NVidia 2D Acceleration is not much fun as scrolling in common apps slows to a crawl. Does anyone have any suggestions on how I can make this drive work with 9.2?
Peter Wu"

Odd - I have a DVR-A03 drive in a Digital Audio G4 w/GeForce3 and OS 9.2.2 w/latest nvidia drivers. (But it's a OEM drive, flashed with the PC 1.55 firmware and I can't say that I've burned a DVD-R disk since updating to OS 9.2.2, but did in 9.2.1.)

I have heard some recent problem reports from retail drives with the 1.6x firmware. I wrote Peter asking what version Apple System Profiler reports for his drive.
If any other retail DVR-A03 (actually a DVR-103) owners are running OS 9.2.x with all Nvidia drivers enabled without problems, let me know. (Include your Mac model/OS version/driver version details and drive firmware version in reports).

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OS 9 iTunes Tip for SCSI Yamaha CDRW Owners:
Yamaha CRW-6416SX (6x4x16x) used w/PB G3 Lombard (OS 9.2)
Just to let SCSI CDRW users know: iTunes (at least version 2.0.3) and OS 9.2.2 incl. authoring support 1.1.5 will let you use your external SCSI burner for both, audio as well as MP3 CDs just fine. However, when using a Yamaha drive you will have to replace the authoring support files called CD, CD-R and CDB with v1.0.2 (from the original Diskburner install). Leave all other files from v.1.1.5 or else you won't be able to burn MP3 CDs (only supported by 1.1.5). DiskBurner can be installed on OS 9.2 by manually extracting DiskBurner and the DiskBurner Extension from the 9.2.1 updater Tome (using TomeViewer or FileCrusher).
However, Diskburner will not recognize my external Yamaha 6416 SCSI burner.
Andy Wolf "
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Latest Reports on OS X 10.1.2 and CompactFlash/Smartmedia Card Readers:
Here's a summary of the latest Card Reader reports added to the Drive Compatibility Database today. (Unless noted otherwise in the list, all were reported as working in 10.1.2)

    Smartmedia reader Reports
  • USB Microtech Zio!! SmartMedia reader used w/G4 AGP (OS X)
    (Not working in OS X he said, but didn't note OS X version in the comments. As mentioned here last week, OS X 10.1.2 broke support for the last ZIO drivers that worked in 10.1.1.)
  • Simple Technology PCMCIA adapter used w/PB G3 2000 (OS X)

    CompactFlash Reports
  • PQI FC256 PCMCIA adapter used w/PB G4 (OS X)
    (listed under "other" brands)
  • Antec Type ll CompactFlash PCMCIA Adapter used w/PB G3 2000 (OS X)
    (listed under "other" brands)
  • PNY VersaCard FlashMemory PCMCIA Adaptor used w/PowerBook G4 (OS X)
  • Ratoc SMA01U PCMCIA adapter used w/PB G4 (OS X)
    (noted using Ratoc drivers)
  • USB Lexar GS-UFD-20SA-TP used w/B&W G3 (OS X)
    (noted not working with OS X 10.1.2)
  • USB SanDisk Imagemate SDDR-05 used w/Beige G3 (OS X)
    (works only if card inserted before starting OS X)

Search Tip: Omit the Mac Model when searching for cardreader reports since the mac model will usually not matter and leaving that blank on the search page will result in more reports on the search results page. (Note: When entering a report however please include your Mac model. Also please note your specific OS X version number in the comments.)

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CDRW/CD/DVD/Hard Drive Compatibility Database Updates
The Drive Compatibility searchable database had 27 new reports added since Monday. (Card Reader entires listed separately above). 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, CF/Smartmedia readers, etc.) in all interface types (IDE, IDE RAID cards, Firewire, SCSI, adapters). Current total 5,922 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 LG GCC-4120B (12x8x32x + 8x DVD) in Dual G4 (OS X)
    (LG listed under "other" brand)
  • IDE Ricoh MP9200A (20x/10x/40x + 12X DVD) in Beige G3 (OS X and OS 9)
    (included comments on software compat. in both OS versions)

    DVD-R DVD Recoder Reports
  • IDE Pioneer DVR-A03 in G4/AGP (OS 9.2)
    (problems noted - tracked to nvidia extensions conflict. See news item above for details)

    DVD-ROM Drive Reports
  • IDE Toshiba M1212 (6x/32x) in B&W G3 (OS 9.1)
    (noted can't boot from drive - suggested trying past owner tip of selecting drive in startup disc control panel vs using the "C" key.)

    IDE CDRW Reports
  • Sony CRX1611-82U (16/10/40) in Beige G3 (OS X)

    Firewire CDRW Reports
  • Lacie U&I 24/10/40 used w/7300 (OS 9.1)
    (2nd report with a note his problems were solved w/repaired drive)
  • Lacie U&I 24/10/40 used w/iBook 2001 (OS X)
    (noted working w/Discburner, but not iTunes)
  • Lite-On LTR-24102B (24x10x40) in FW case used w/Dual G4 (OS X)
  • Sony CRX175A1 (24x10x40) [IDE drive in FW case] used w/Dual G4 (OS X)
    [no iTunes/DB support]
  • Sony CRX1611-82U (16/10/40) in FW case used w/G4 AGP (OS X)
  • Sony CRX145E 10/4/32 used w/B&W G3 (OS X)
    (Problems noted with all burning software - this may be a B&W g3 specific issue since Apple lists the drive as supported and even Toast did not work in OS X. Perhaps a PCI FW card may help.)

    SCSI CDRW Reports
  • Yamaha CRW-6416SX (6x4x16x) used w/PB G3 Lombard (OS 9.2)
    (comments include tips for iTunes support)

    CDROM Drive Reports
  • SCSI CyberDrive TW240S 24x used w/8500 (OS 8.6)
  • IDE Kenwood TrueX 72x in Beige G3 (OS 9.2)
    (problems noted)

    IDE Hard Drive Reports
  • Seagate Barracuda ATA IV 60GB in Beige G3 (OS 9.2)
    [used Beige G3 MT Internal Hard Drive Upgrade Guide]
  • Western Digital Caviar WD 400 40GB in iMac (OS X)

    Firewire Hard Drive Reports
  • Maxtor DiamondMax Plus 60GB in OWC FW case used w/iBook (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 6 new reports. (total to date: 6,551). [Entries after midnight are posted the next newsday morning.]

  • Maccellerate G3/400 in 8600 (rated 9)
    (listed under "other" brands)
  • Newer Tech G3/500 in Beige G3 (rated 10)
  • Sonnet G3/400 in 7600 (rated 10)
  • Sonnet G3/450 in 7600 (rated 9)
  • 8600/250 OC report
  • G4/400 AGP 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 and Other Net News Links
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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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