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News stories of Dec. 5th, 2003: (later posts first)
OWC posts tests of PL 7457 based Dual G4 1.2GHz
"PL Dual G4 1.2GHz 7457 tested
Hi Mike,
Fully updated our testing, everything except the new Giga Duals are in there, including a early production PL 1.2 Dual 7457.
Other World Computing "

Powerlogix told me today these upgrades are shipping now, but not sure in what quantity. If any reader actually gets one - please run some before/after tests (see my full reviews for examples) and post a report in the db here. Thanks.

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PR on Unreal Tournament 2004/Mac, UT2004 screenshots/Movies
Not exactly news I guess as I think it's been noted before there was going to be a Mac version of UT2004. I still don't see any info/PR at Macsoft's website, but Macworld UK earlier today posted a page mentioning they're doing a port of UT2004 for the Mac. (and other PC sites) have pages of UT2004 screenshots and their UT2004 page has downloads of movies in WMP9 and Divx format.
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OS X Security Update 2003-12-05 (Fix Safari Cookie Theft issue)
Apple has released a Security Update (2003-12-05) today to address the previously reported issue of a cookie theft vulnerability in Safari. The update appears in Software Update here in both 10.3.1 and 10.2.8. (Note: apple now has download versions of the 10.3.1 security update and 10.2.8 security update.) Here's the clip from the SU window:

" Security Update 2003-12-05 updates Safari to prevent unauthorized access to a user's cookies. "

After applying the update in both 10.2.8 and 10.3.1 on the G5, I checked the versions of Safari - 10.2.8 still shows Safari 1.0.1 (v85.6), 10.3.1 still shows Safari 1.1.1 (v100.1). So it appears the Safari version numbers were not revised with the update. (As mentioned in the Nov. 20th news page here, the previous Panther Security Update 2003-11-19 included a Safari 1.1.1 Update, even though it wasn't mentioned in the changes.)

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Yet Another 9800 Pro Cooler Option (Copper HS/24dB fan)
(Updated - see below this post for a reader comment on the fan noise of this cooler - it's not quiet.)

In reply to the earlier post on alternative Fan/Heatsinks for the 9800 Pro, a reader (thanks James) sent another one to consider - the Iceberq4 CCB-A4C w/Copper heatsink and (he said) a 24dB(A) rated fan that sells for $15.95 (plus shipping). That page doesn't note the fan noise spec but James mentioned 24dB(A) so I assume it's from the package/docs with the fan. By comparison the quietest 9800 Pro cooler fan (the $69 Verax G03, nickel plated heatsink) is rated (per their PDF specs doc) at 11-14dB(A). The Verax G03 fan is listed as 3700 RPM, the Iceberq4 CCB-A4C page lists 6000 RPM.

Update - a reader that installed this Iceberg4 cooler wrote:

" Hi Mike,
I bought one of these for my Radeon 9800 OEM in my Dual G5 and it was a disappointment, it runs at a constant 6000rpm and is just as noisy as the supplied ATI fan. It is a different sort of noise, higher pitched, but just as annoying. I do not recommend it.

Although I wasn't thrilled about the nickel plated sandblasted mating finish, I install the Verax G03 on my OEM 9800 Pro and it's so quiet you literally can't tell it's running.

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Another 9800 Pro Fan/Heatsink Option ($28)
(Updated w/reader comments on the cooler)

" Mike-
Someone on the Apple boards noted this fan for the Radeon 9X00. ( - fan/HS and ram chip heatsinks) Looks to take up about the same space as the Verax (lose 1 slot), but we can't be sure how silent it is or how well it cools.
Only $28 bucks though. Worth a look.
Frank "

A reader replied to this post:

" To let the readers know, it is not quiet. I have one on my GeForce3 in my PC. but that is a good price (paid 25 for mine just the hsf no ramsinks). Thanks for the site, visit it everyday
Mike C. "

I was hoping it would be quieter than the dentist drill noise coming from my (and some other reader's) 9800 Pro. (The BTO/OEM model fan sample I have is louder than the retail card model which has the same HS/fan on it, so there's some variation possible in fan noise.) Although expensive ($69 US plus shipping), the Verax G03 is very quiet.

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Reader Tip for Loss of Sound Channels w/Revolution 7.1 Drivers
Although most wrote about kernel panics with the later Rev 7.1 drivers in OS X, a reader today sent a tip for the anyone having only 2 channel audio:

" Hello Mike, I have read (here) that some are having trouble with the 1.2.7 Revolution drivers outputting more than two channels. I spent a couple of hours troubleshooting with Alan from M-Audio last Monday night. I am also going to help him beta test a new set of drivers as soon as he gets the bugs out of them.
Please tell those (that had the problem) if they disable "auto-login" the drivers will work as they should. Also if they log out and back in again they once again should work. I do not know if they will get kernel panics once they do this but I did.
The reason that their card is not picking up all channels is due to the log-in thing. Apple changed this in 10.3.1.
The kernel panic thing is a whole different issue. (see earlier news item today on this)
Sincerely, Jerry "
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Reader Tip for Kernel Panics with M-Audio 1.2.8 Revolution 7.1 Driver
(from a reader mail - some but not all readers had Kernel Panics with the now-pulled 1.2.8 driver.)

"Hi Mike. I had previously posted a problem (kernel panics) experienced when changing system volume via the Apple keyboard's volume control buttons and using the M-Audio Revolution 7.1 PCI board in my dual G4 1.25 Ghz machine (FW800).
I just wanted to let you know that I think I isolated the problem!
Turning off "play user interface sound effects" and "play feedback when volume keys are pressed" in the sound control panel seems to solve this problem.
My system has been stable ever since I did this. Hope this helps others. Please advise M-Audio and Apple on this one (probably Apple's fault!). Definitely a bug!

I forwarded Jim's mail to the M-Audio lead programmer. If it doesn't happen when using onboard Audio, I'd guess it's related to the M-Audio card driver. As noted yesterday they are reportedly working on an updated driver to be released soon.

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OWC notes Giga Design Dual G4s in Stock, Macally iShock2 gamepads and mice for under $10
(email from site sponsor OWC)

" The first shipment of Dual Gigas has arrived leaving a few units of this line in stock for additional orders:
Ample stock on the full line is expected by sometime next week.

iShock2 GamePad Only $9.50!!! Brand new, just in a damaged box - product complete without issues. (Quantity limited and may sell out at any time.)
iOptiNet Jr. Optical 3 Button w/Scroll Mice - Only $9.99! Same deal - major savings just because of an imperfect box!
We have about 55 of the iShock2s and 78 of the Optical Mice. I'd not be surprised if these disappeared pretty quick.
Best Regards,
Lawrence R. O'Connor
Other World Computing "

(Reader FYI - Yesterday Macupdate listed a driver update for iShock/iShock II/Airstick that notes: "Version 1.0.1 fixed iShockXManager compatibility issue with Panther that is upgraded from Jaguar.")

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Tip for PB G3/Wallstreet PCCard Eject problem in 10.3
Wednesday's news page had a report on installing 10.3 on a PowerBook G3 wallstreet using XPostFacto 3.0. A reader replied to the comments on the PCcard/PCMCIA eject issue in that report with a tip:

" Hi Mike, I saw your report on the Wallstreet with Panther, and thought your readers might like to know that the PC card ejection kext was not included in the Panther release, but the source is still in the tree. I recompiled it on my Wallstreet in Panther and put it on my web site for those who don't want to mess with that. It is at:

You need to go to the terminal and do the following after putting it in the folder /System/Library/Extensions/ to complete the installation:

    sudo chown -R root /System/Library/Extensions/ApplePMUPCCardEject.kext
    sudo kextload /System/Library/Extensions/ApplePMUPCCardEject.kext

Your site has been my favorite! Keep up the good work.
Rob "

Thanks. I added Rob's tip to the archived page with the Wallstreet/XPF report.

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TechTool Pro 4 Reports page updated
I've updated the TechTool Pro 4 feedback page to include the latest reader reports. (Including one complaining about very long drive optimization times.)
If you've used TechTool Pro 4, I welcome your comments. (Include mac model used/OS version and if you've tested booting from the TTPro 4 CD on the latest mac models in reports. Remember it can take a long long time to boot from the TTPro 4 CD, even on a fast Mac - up to 10 minutes Micromat says.)
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Rate Your CPU Upgrade Reports Database Updated
The Rate Your CPU Upgrade database has been updated with 2 new reports this morning (reader entries Yesterday; entries today are added the next newsday morning). Total to date: 8,936. Here's a summary of the update added today (search by brand/mac model for full reports - latest reports always shown first):

  • Apple B&W G3/350 OC report (at 400MHz)
  • Sonnet G4 1GHz in Beige G3 (rated 1)
    (My reviews of G4 and G3 upgrades w/apps/game tests, install info, etc. are linked here. OC/CPU module articles are on the Systems page.)

(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 Database had 11 new reports added (reader entries from Yesterday until 9AM ET today; entries later today are added the next newsday 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 11,874 reports. (searching by drive type/brand, mac model etc. listed below will show the full reports, most recent first)

    CDRW Drives:
  • IDE Sony CRX-195E1 (40x12x48x) in G4/AGP (OS X 10.3)
    (no native burn support)
  • IDE Sony CRX-185A1 (32X10X40x) in B&W G3 (OS X)
    (problems noted)
    (Illustrated CD drive install guide here covers G4 towers up to the Digital Audio Model, Beige G3 MT and B&W G3 Macs)

    Combo DVD+CDR Drives:
  • Exp. bay Matshita UJDA 740 (24x10x24x + 8x DVD-ROM) in Powerbook G3 2000 (OS X 10.3) (no native burn support)

    Hard Drives:
  • Firewire Maxtor OneTouch 250GB used w/Powerbook G4 (OS X)
  • IDE Hitachi Travelstar 4k80 40GB in iBook 2000 (OS X 10.3)
    (FAQ's iBook section has links to off-site ibook HD install guides)
  • IDE Maxtor DiamondMax 80GB in 6500 (OS 9.1)
  • IDE Maxtor DiamondMax Plus 160GB in (Yikes) G4 no AGP (OS X 10.3) (limited to 128GB due to no 48bit addr support)
    (Illustrated guide to adding a 2nd HD here in B&W G3 rev2 and G4 towers up to the QuickSilver models.
    IDE articles page RAID section has an illustrated guide for adding 2 more drives in the side bays.)
  • IDE Toshiba MK4025GAS 40GB in Powerbook G3 wallstreet2 (OS X)
    (illustrated HD install guide here)
  • IDE (SerialATA) Western Digital WD360GD (raptor) 36GB in Apple G5 Tower (OS X 10.3)
  • IDE Western Digital (8MB cache) 120GB in B&W G3 (OS X 10.3)
  • SCSI Quantum Atlas 10K-II 18GB in Single G4 DDR (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.)
(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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Recent Reviews and Articles:
Listing/links to recent articles and reviews you may have missed.
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News pages from 1, 2 and 3 years ago
(These older pages in some cases have off-site links that may no longer work. Remember comments were accurate only on the date posted regarding producs/availability/pricing, etc.)

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