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News Archive for Friday Dec. 6th, 2002Return to Accelerate Your Mac!

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News stories of Dec. 6th, 2002:

Reader Report on Pixela's PixeDV and CaptyDVD
A reader sent a long email with comments on using Pixela's PixeDV and CaptyDVD (mail dated Thursday morning, but I was late spotting this.) Due to the length, I've posted his comments on a separate page.
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OS X Carbon Sound Manager Update issues with Audiophile 2496 Card
"Hey Mike,
I just installed the Carbon Sound Manager Update (noted in Thursday's news) and when I reboot was unable to produce sound via my M-Audio Audiophile 2496. I was initially hoping this would fix some minor glitches that OS 10.2 re-introduced to the Audiophile. To my dismay, it cut sound entirely. I've already tried using the analog out as well to make sure it didn't break the SPDIF out only. I tried reinstalling the drivers as well with little luck. As of right now, I'm unaware of any way to remove the update. I'll test my other Jag install just to confirm that this indeed is isolated to the Carbon Sound Manager.

In short, be wary of installing this update with any 3rd party audio hardware.
- Greg Gant"

(Greg reviewed the Audiophile 2496 vs SB Live card earlier this year.)
Update - several other Audiophile 2496 owners replied to this post:

" Hi,
Just to confirm - I have had the same experince as Greg Grant with sound out not working anymore. I was running SPDIF to my reciever which worked just fine before the update. I've mailed M-audio about the problem but no answer yet.
Best Regards - Daniel Sandstrom - Sweden "

" Hi Mike,
I am responding to Greg Gant's email to you about his Audiophile 2496 not working after the Carbon Sound Manager Update. In short, my card still works but only when the Sound Output Preferences are set to Multichannel Delta-AP. While the Analog 1/2 Delta-AP doesn't work for me I can't remember if it ever worked since I use the built-in sound for output. I also have no way to test the Digital out on my end.
Brad "

" Hi Mike!
Just a quick note
Regarding the Audiophile 2496 card.

I don't know about sound in, but out functions fine in my QS 10.2.2 with the Carbon Sound update.

Perhaps he's not running the latest driver for the card?
http://www.midiman.net/support/drivers/new/M-AUDIO_OS_X_Delta_1.1.sit
Kind regards
Peter S. "

" Mike,
I also use the Audiophile 2496, and mine seems to be working fine after the sound manager update. I only use the analog IO, however.
Dual 533 DA
OS 9.22/OS X 10.2.2 (mostly osX)
1 gig ram
ACard ata 133
Initio Miles UW scsi
Aurora Fuse--os 9 only :(
Audiophile 2496

Note on audiophile: I purchased the audiophile to make life easier for serial (as in one instrument at a time) Multitrack recording, but found the card so difficult to get working that I've been sort of downtrodden about the whole thing. I've got Deck 2.7 (os 9) and it seems that I must fiddle with the sound control panel in tandem with the Delta control panel for 10 mins or so before I either give up, or it starts arbitrarily working. Then, once it does--sometimes with Monitor Mixer, sometimes with strictly analog in/out--it has a noticeable latency. Not as bad as with USB sound, but bad enough to eventually mess up a song. I havn't wanted to update Deck or even put any money into more computer sound equipment until I find out more about this subject, cause it is really frustrating.

On the other hand, it works like a charm a) for recording vinyl, b) with the Fuse card, and c) for voiceovers in FCP in OSX. The likely problem is some unknown demon that follows me around and randomly messes-up electromagnetic fields whenever I have a compulsion to record an inspiration. Oh wait, that is what computers do naturally!
slightly techno-sardonic,
Ted Calvin "

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Tips for HP Driver Issues in 10.2.2 without Restarting
(from reader emails in reply to the earlier news item below)

" I had this problem and found an easy, temporary solution...
http://www.versiontracker.com/dyn/moreinfo/macosx/17259
(Terraform's DealwithHP Applescript-Mike)
It's a simple freeware script that turns off the HP Driver when you're not printing.
Everything works fine now until HP fixes the problem.
Ron Marinelli...
The MAConsultant
Los Angeles, CA "

Another reader wrote with a similar tip used by many that had the problem (before the above applescript was available at least.)

" I'd like to offer one more interim solution to the HP driver issue, that is far faster and easier than the restart method mentioned (in the reader's complaint mail below) on your site.
Simply launch the Process Viewer from the utilities folder - mine is now down in the dock - and use it to quit the "HP Communications" process. If you need to print, rerun the HP Director application - which is now also down in my dock - then print your job. After printing, I kill it again via the Process Viewer.
Hope this help other readers until Apple and / or HP get their act together.
Mark H. "
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Mac Warcraft III Demo available
"Hi Everybody,
I just wanted to drop you a line to let you know that the Mac-compatible version of our 100-MB Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos demo is now available for download at http://www.blizzard.com/war3/demo.
The demo requires Mac OS 9.0 or higher or OS X 10.1.3 or higher and includes such features as three new single-player missions and a new multiplayer map playable over Battle.net. Additional information is available on the demo page.
Best wishes,
Gil Shif
Asst. PR Manager
Blizzard Entertainment"

Note: there was reportedly a problem with the original Mac demo and it was pulled to be reposted later.

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HP on Driver Issues w/10.2.2
Back when 10.2.2 was first released there were reports here on the issue of slowdowns/high CPU usage, etc. with HP's drivers. (not everyone blamed HP drivers, but it was one of the more common threads.) Here's the latest reader email on the subject:

" I don't know if you saw this or not but HP has confirmed incompatibility with OSX 10.2.2 and a number of their products. You mentioned readers having serious system slowdowns a month or two ago with the USB bus and possibly HP drivers being the problem. This has been confirmed by HP. No solution yet, but they say they are working with apple on the problem.
I for one hope a solution is available soon...I'm getting sick of restarting my machine every morning just to get back some performance.
(Note: see the above reader tips for alternatives that don't require restarting-Mike)
Look here for the HP announcement: (Link didn't work for me tonight-Mike) Incase the link doesn't work I've clipped the text below.. Scott

HP All-in-One, PSC, Scanjet, Photosmart Products - Current Driver Software for HP Photosmart, Scanjet, PSC and Officejet All-in-One Devices is Incompatible with Mac OS X v10.2.2

ISSUE: When the driver for any of these products is installed on Mac OS X v.10.2.2, overall system performance will continually degrade over time. Under certain conditions, a "kernel panic" may result, forcing a restart.
Affected products include: Photosmart printers, Scanjet scanners, as well as PSC and Officejet All-in-One devices. HP Deskjet printers are not affected by this issue.

SOLUTION: Apple and HP have identified the causes of the incompatibility and are working closely together on a solution at this time.

SUMMARY: When using Mac OS X v.10.2.2, only uninstalling the HP driver will return system performance to previous levels. There are currently no workarounds available for Mac OS X v.10.2.2 users. Restarting the computer or reinstalling the driver will not fix the issue.
Using HP Photosmart, Scanjet scanner, PSC and Officejet All-in-One products with earlier versions of Mac OS X (for example, Mac OS X v.10.2.1) will not produce this behavior. "

As a follow-up, one reader noted despite the comments to the contrary - he saw the same issue with a HP Deskjet printer:

" HP claims that the HP Deskjet series drivers do not slow down OS X is completely bogus. I can tell you through my experience that these drivers do indeed slow my system. If I stop the HP Communications Manager and only use it when I need it, then and only then, does the problem go away.
Joel "

Note: A HP contact wrote to dispute the above comment, saying the Deskjet printers did not use the HP Communications process, which is the (reportedly) root cause of the problems in 10.2.2. See Monday's (Dec. 9th, 2002) news page for his full comments/info.

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Tips for Installing DVD Studio Pro Update on Older Macs
Two readers sent reminders about the workaround for the system ID check:

" Hello Mike,
the new DVD SP Update (1.5.2) has the same problem trying to install it on a "yikes" without AGP-graphics card: there ist still a "Yikes-check" inside.
Patching was the same procedure as with the 1.5.1-Update: just change a "0" to a "1" in the "InstallationCheck"-file (.pkg > Contents > Resources).
After patching and installing DVD SP works with no problems on my B&W with xlr8 G4/500-card...
Greetings from Hannover (Germany)
Heiko "

Another mail on the subject:

" Hi,
the same "trick" that worked for the previous update (1.5.1) for those on a B&W G3 (upgraded via a G4 ZIF) works here as well.
James
I quote (from Heiko's past posting, with a bit more info than above):

" Hi Mike,
I've had the same problem with the updater on my B with Xlr8 G4/500 ZIF-upgrade, but I found a workaround:
You need BBEdit (lite) (free version):
"Open Hidden" > "Show: Any files": open the
DVDStudioProUpdater.pkg > Contents > Recources > InstallationCheck
You only have to change a "0" to a "1" and save the file, then it works...
See the screenshot for details...
Heiko"

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Apple DVD Studio Pro Updater X 1.5.2
Spotted it at Macupdate.com this morning. Here's a clip on the update from Apple's update download page:

This free DVD Studio Pro update addresses issues with setting dual layer break points on DVD-9 projects and flagging of Dolby Digital 5.1 streams.

System requirements:

  • DVD Studio Pro 1.5.X
  • Mac OS X v10.1.3 or later
  • Macintosh with a PowerPC G4 processor and an Apple-supplied AGP graphics card
  • 256MB RAM, 512MB recommended
  • For writing to disc: Apple SuperDrive, DVD-R recorder, DVD-RAM, or DLT tape drive

For Mac OS 9, the latest version of DVD Studio Pro is 1.5.1. Please visit DVD Studio Pro Support to get the latest updates for DVD Studio Pro for Mac OS 9.

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Rumors on ATI's R400 Next-Gen Graphics Card
I almost hesitate posting this since the Mac Radeon 9000 Pro card still hasn't shipped yet to retail (soon I hear) and the Mac 9700 card won't be available until sometime in January I'd guess - but Gregory sent a link to a story on the ATI R400 card rumored to be released (for PCs) in Summer 2003 and a R350 model rumored in spring 2003 (shortly after the Nvidia Geforce FX cards will be readily available at retail).
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Rate Your CPU Upgrade Reports Database Updated
The Rate Your CPU Upgrade database has been updated today with 5 new reports today. Total to date: 7,802 (Entries made today are posted the next newsday morning.)
Here's a summary of the updates added today :

  • Other World Computing G3/533 in Beige G3 (rated 2)
  • Powerlogix iMac G4/500 in iMac rev A (reated 10)
  • Powerlogix G4 1GHz Dual in G4/500 AGP (rated 10)
  • Sonnet G4/800 in 7600 (rated 10)
  • Sonnet G4/800 in 9500 (rated 10)

(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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CDRW/CD/DVD/Hard Drive/Cardreader Compatibility Database Update Listing
The Drive Compatibility searchable database had 5 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, CF/Smartmedia readers, etc.) in all interface types (IDE, IDE RAID cards, Firewire, SCSI, adapters). Current total 9,196 reports.

    Multi-Format Card Reader:
  • USB Viking Components Intelliflash 6-in-1 Flash Memory Reader used w/B&W G3 (OS X) (listed under "other" brands)

    IDE CDRW Drive Reports:
  • CenDyne CDIC 00118 (48x12x48x) in Dual G4 (OS X)
    (listed under "other" brands, mechanism was unsupported aopen type)
  • Lite-On LTR-48125W (48x12x48x) in Beige G3 AIO (OS X)
    (some problems noted)
    (FYI - Illustrated CD drive install guide here covers G4 towers up to the Digital Audio Model, Beige G3 MT, B&W G3 and 8600/9600 Macs.)

    IDE Hard Drive Reports:
  • Maxtor Diamondmax plus 40 GB in Beige G3 (OS 9.1)
    (Beige G3 MT illustrated HD upgrade guide here)

    SCSI Hard Drive Reports:
  • IBM DNES-309170 9GB (8.5 formatted) in 8500 (OS 8.6)

You can find full owner reports (latest shown first) 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.]
(Entries today will be added the following newsday. Incomplete entries are deleted. Do not post questions in the database, it's for drive reports not questions on what drive to buy - for that try searching the database for reports from owners of your mac model on the drive type/brand/interface, etc. you're interested in.)

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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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