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News stories of Dec. 18th, 2002:

More Tests/Info/Articles/Movies on G4 MDD Noise/Noise Reduction Mods
(from a reader email tonight)

" Mike, your site has been helpful to so many people. Thank you. I know you have run many articles about fan modifications your readers have made to their G4's to quiet them down, most notably the widely circulated Martin Kaufmann article at
I just wanted to make you aware that after about 200 posts to Apple's own "G4 Usage" forum (here) at from owners fed up with the noise and wanting official remedies from Apple, a group of Owners formed at email-list and now a website to organize Owners from all over the world to share info on what Apple is saying, and what resolutions people have been getting. We are tracking Owner's Apple Case #s, and we are writing a letter to the Senior VP of AppleCare, along with Steve Jobs. We are also mounting a publicity campaign via videos -- not parodies of the Switch campaign, but videos that explain the frustrations of professionals in music production, video, medical research, etc, that find the G4 just too noisy to work with.

On the tech side, four things:
(1) A list member has started to so spectral frequency analysis of various G4 MDD's, in stores and in homes, using AMADEUS software. He has managed to pinpoint which G4 interior components are responsible for which frequency sounds. He is looking for a larger sample base to further corroborate. See:

(2) We are also now working with, parent company of Germany's Papst Fan company, to find a replacement fan for the very noisey Delta 120mm CPU fan. As you know, several users in Europe have found their G4's become so quiet they only hear their hard drives spinning after installing the Papst fan. But thus far, they have not been able to obtain one that meets the air moving specs of the Delta. But now, working with the parent company of Papst, we are locating the appropriate fan and will be running tests.

(3) The Thermaltake Volcano 5 PS fans can be purchased online from Fry's:

(4) As an alternate to DynaMat
for acoustic dampening foam, others are using: Akasa's PAX Mate

WEBSITE: (building out daily)

G4 NOISE VIDEOS, so far: (best example)

I hope you can spread the word on these "small steps of progress"
Thanks, Richard "

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Virtual PC 6 Upgrade (originally) noted OS X 10.2.3 Recommended, up to 25% Performance Increase
(Note - when this was first posted - appx 11:45AM Eastern Time on Dec 18th, 2002 - 10.2.3 was mentioned on the VPC6 page exactly as I noted below (verbatim from the page at that time - I went there to get the links/info.) However later in the day the page was changed to remove "10.2.3" which was replaced with "a future release of OS X".)
From a reader email early this morning:

" Mike, just noticed on the Virtual PC 6 upgrade page that it states how it can be as much as 25% faster than VPC5 but that is if you have OS X version 10.2.3. I do not have 10.2.3. Do you know anything about this or is it just a typo?
(I'd guess that 10.2.3 will be released within the next week based on rumors going around-Mike)

this is what the instructions say when you buy VPC6 upgrade:

For optimal performance in Virtual PC, Connectix recommends:

  • An L3 cache on your system.
  • Upgrading to Mac OS X version 10.2.3 or later if you are using Mac OS X currently. (Version 10.2.3 is required for increased speed.)
  • Video card(s) that support Quartz Extreme (if you are using Mac OS 10.2.3 or later). For example, nVidia GeForce or ATI Radeon video cards. "
  • The Virtual PC 6 page ($99 upgrade for VPC5 owners) notes the following improvements (below quote is from original page - later revised to replace "10.2.3" with "a future release of OS X"):

    " New Features for Maximized Integration

  • Speed improvement - up to 25% faster on Mac OS X*
  • Mac OS X Dock integration
  • Enhanced back-up support in Mac OS X
  • Improved USB printing support for increased compatibility
  • Video support for Apple's monitors, including the 23" Cinema Display
  • Self-contained configurations; makes installation on several machines a snap.

    * According to Connectix test, optimal performance requires Mac OS X - version 10.2.3 (Jaguar), L3 cache, NVIDIA Ge Force or ATI Radeon video card. "

  • They also have a "special upgrade" (low cost) upgrade offer for recent purchasers of VPC 5. See the linked page there for more details if you bought VPC 5 from Nov. 1st, 2002 to date. (US link noted valid for 11/2/02 to 3/31/03 purchases of VPC 5 with a $4.95 download version update or $9.95 S&H charge for physical package shipment to US/Canada for those that qualify.)

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    Yet Another OS X Compatible Bluetooth USB Adapter
    Yesterday's news had another report on an OS X compatible Bluetooth adapters (4th brand/model so far). A reader replied to that post with another compatible adapter:

    " Hi Mike,
    I wanted to add that the Windigo
    ( USB Bluetooth Adapter works perfectly in OS X and with my Sony Ericsson T68i. It was $27 on Ebay, but shipping was expensive, $10. Still cheaper than other options.

    There are a lot of Bluetooth adaptors on Ebay, and despite none saying they work with OS X, I bet most, if not all, will work.
    My .02.
    Happy Holidays!

    Aditya Agarwal replied that any Bluetooth 1.1 compatible adapter should work (he noted this bluetooth chipset listing) - but if in doubt, I'd choose one of those that has been reported to work with the OS X driver. The FAQ's Networking section here notes the following models based on reader feedback, although there may be many more that will work:

    • MSI PC2PC
    • Belkin Bluetooth USB Adapter (F8T001)
    • Mitsumi (WIF-0402C model)
    • TDK (more expensive but longer range according to past news page report)

    I've added Tom's report to the FAQ's Networking section item on Bluetooth OS X compatible adapters.

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    Add a 2nd SCSI Connector to $49 OEM ATTO UL2D SCSI Card
    (from a reader email last night)

    " Hello,
    just wanted to share with your readers that the OEM UL2D SCSI card from OWComputing that is selling for just $40 works great as a Dual Channel RAID card with two 10k rpm SCSI drives. (Note card is $49.97 now - when first posted here last month they were $29.xx, so daily readers got an even better deal, although $50 is still cheap.
    Also remember ATTO posted a driver/kernel update for OS X recently - see downloads page if you missed the past news item on it.-Mike

    The OEM card has only one internal SCSI receptacle, but you can order one from Molex. Both channels are active, but I guess the missing receptacle was to reduce the price? In any case, the drives work great, the card is inexpensive, and I have included two XBench files for comparison. (here's a screenshot of the RAID and IDE 60GB IDE drive xbench scores for comparison.-Mike) The desolder and solder was straightforward. I even got the receptacles free from Molex as samples!

    Thanks for your site. The RAID info was very helpful. I am using the Jaguar built-in RAID setup, though I'm sure I can be using something faster.
    (I asked Mike for the Molex P/N, even though it may be on the existing one-Mike)
    1.27mm (.050") Pitch SCSI+ Unshielded Receptacle, Right Angle (P/N) 71061-0003

    I have verified that it is the identical part as the original receptacle on the ATTO card itself. So there is no possibility of a problem there. The Molex website did not give prices, but it did give redirections to resellers. If you fill out the sample request form, and they approve, you can probably get it for free like I did. "

    The existing holes in the card are probably filled with solder, but all you need is a soldering iron, some solder wick (or a 'solder sucker' tool) and of course solder (available from Radio Shack, etc.). Just make sure not to bridge any pins during the soldering.

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    Reader notes slowdown in OS X Mozilla 1.2.1 with RealPlayer Plugin
    (Updated - see 2nd reader report below, noting the same thing)
    From a reader email - I do not have this software installed personally.

    " I just traced a very trouble-some Mozilla 1.2.1 OS X bug to the new Real Player 9.0 (OS X). Not the "Real Player" App., but the real player internet plug-in. It causes Mozilla (all versions in OS X) to open about 20 times slower than normal (15 sec to 1 min), normally opens in about 4 sec.
    I'm using a Dual 867 g4. Running Mac OS 10.2.2
    Mike F. "

    Another reader replied to this post saying he's also seen the slow opening:

    " Same thing here. It's so slow that I gave up using Mozilla (thinking it had hung). Chimera 0.6 doesn't have the problem.
    John C."
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    OS X 10.2.x/iTunes3 Support File for Teac W548E (48x16x48x) CDRW Drive
    Remco Muntz sent a modified Teac OS X 10.2.2 plugin file edited for the Teac W548E (48x16x48x) CDRW Drive. The Teac plugin file he sent replaces the one already installed by OS X (use Sherlock to search for the plugin filename location - very long path in OS X). OS X 10.1.x plugin files do not work with 10.2.x, so I assume the 10.2.x plugin files won't work if you're running 10.1.x.
    Note: Like all 'unofficial' mod. files - they are provided as-is with no warranty or guarantee. (You can't replace the existing file under OS X due to permissions unless you use the terminal to enable root user, or do a get-info on the file to change permissions temporarily, or just reboot into OS 9 and replace the file.)
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    Rate Your CPU Upgrade Reports Database Updated
    The Rate Your CPU Upgrade database has been updated today with 4 new reports. Total to date: 7,835. (Entries made later today are posted the next newsday morning.)
    Here's a summary of the updates added today :

    • PowerLogix G4 500 in B&W G3 (rated 10)
    • Sonnet G4 1GHz in G4/533 AGP (rated 5)
    • Sonnet G4 800 in 8500/180 (rated 10)
    • Sonnet G4 800 in 7500/100 (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 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, CF/Smartmedia readers, etc.) in all interface types (IDE, IDE RAID cards, Firewire, SCSI, adapters). Current total 9,294 reports.

      CD-ROM Drive Reports:
    • SCSI Matshita CR-8005 in Power120 (OS 7.5.5)

      DVD-ROM Drive Reports:
    • IDE LG GDR-8161B (16x/48x) in Dual G4 (OS X)
      (bootable from OS X CD, but not OS 9)
    • IDE Toshiba SD-M1712 (16x/48x) in G4/AGP (OS X)

      Combo DVD+CDR Drive Reports:
    • IDE Toshiba SD-R2212 (16x10x24x +8x DVD ROM) in iBook 2002 (radeon 7500 mobility) (OS X) (This is the standard OEM combo drive shipped with it - comments noted slow burning.)

      IDE CDRW Drive Reports:
    • Plextor PX-W4824A (48x24x48x) in Dual G4 DDR (OS X)
      (required edited plextor plugin file for iTunes/burn support)
    • Sony CRX215E1 (48x24x48x) in G4/AGP (OS X)
      (required modified Sony plugin for itunes burn support)
      (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.)

      SCSI CDRW Drive Reports:
    • Sony CRX145s 10x/4x/32x in 8500 (OS 9.2)

      IDE Hard Drive Reports:
    • Western Digital WD1200JB (8MB cache) 120GB in G4/AGP using IDE RAID card (OS 9.2)
      (noted boot problems from striped RAID set.)
      (Illustrated guide to adding a 2nd HD here in B&W G3 rev2 and G4 towers up to the QuickSilver models. IDE articles page has IDE RAID article w/guide to installing 2 drives/card also.)

      Firewire Hard Drive Reports:
    • Maxtor Diamond Max Plus 9 120GB in FW case used w/PowerBook G4 (OS X)

    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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