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News stories of Dec. 8th, 2003:
Powerbook G4 15in (AL) Disassembly Guide
John Wolf sent photos and comments of his PB G4 15in (Aluminum) Disassembly guide. (Doesn't go into removing the drives or logic board.)
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Mac Halo to ship Dec. 11th
Several readers sent a note that Mac Halo is shipping on Dec. 11th. There's tons of reviews of the PC version online such as Gamespot's Halo review and Gamespy's Halo review.
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Apple Kbase Docs on PB G4 15in Screen Spots, Poor Airport Performance/Startup Issue
Apple recently posted Powerbook G4 15in (AL/FW800 model) related kbase docs on Faint White Spots in Display and Troubleshooting Poor AirPort Extreme Performance or Issues Starting Up.
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Software Updates: Nicecast 1.0, Vidi 0.4.3d2, iTrip Station Finder 2.0
Rogue Ameoba sent word their internet radio/broadcast software Nicecast 1.0 is available now for an introductory price of $30 ($40 after December 31st, 2003). There's a time limited demo available.

Vidi 0.4.3d2:

"I know you've covered Vidi before. You might want to let your readers know of the new version released last week:
Vidi 0.4.3d2 adds support for generic DV devices, for Formac Studio DV devices and for Formac Studio DV/TV and StudioTVR devices with new firmware. This version also improves compatibility with Mac OS X v10.3. For download and more information see
Regards,-- Mitz Pettel "

Griffin Technology announced iTrip Station Finder 2.0 for Mac and PC which "now includes frequencies for 15 additional countries, interactive map navigation, and user submission of new frequencies." It's available at their iTrip software downloads page

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PB G3 Wallstreet graphics driver tip for 10.3/Panther
(Updated 3PM for additional comments/tip.) From a reader email on Saturday.

" Mike:
A few days ago it was suggested to remove the ATIRageProGA.plugin file to solve the video problems on Wallstreet PowerBooks running Panther installed via XPostFacto. (That was part of a WS owner report here noting that suggestion was in the XPF 3.0 docs - see Wednesday's news page for the full report.)
I have a 292 MHz Wallstreet 1 and this works, but it really slows down the video performance. I especially noticed it in Classic when I run the irreplaceable and free MORE 3.1 outliner.

To really fix the problem, I replaced the following two files with the ones from 10.2.8:

This solves the video problem and it cut my scrolling speed in MORE from 12 seconds to 7 seconds for a section of an outline.

Make sure you also chown the files to root:wheel and remove the Extensions.mkext and Extensions.kextcache files when modifying the /System/Library/Extensions folder or your changes won't be noticed by the system.
BTW, my own tweaked compile of the sourceforge wireless driver works great in Panther and the PC Card eject suggestion yesterday (Friday's news page) solved the only other problem!
- Randall "

I've added the above to the Dec. 3rd news page report from the WS owner.
The FAQ's video cards section has other Panther tips for older graphics card/older graphics chip issues. (Nvram patch and another case of replacing an older driver.)
Update - another reader wrote:

"Hi Mike, I just noticed the report about using the RagePro Extension from 10.2.8 in Panther on a Wallstreet. My recommendation goes further: I was getting video panics in 10.2.8 after using the hack there. When I read more reports from people running Panther with the 10.2.8 kext also getting video panics, I decided to try the driver from 10.2.5 instead (10.2.6 didn't upgrade the driver). I am happily running Panther on my Wallstreet II (WS II has RageProLT, WS1 (such as the 233noL2/250/292mhz models) has a RageII based RageLT chip) and haven't seen a single video panic, and no crashes for a week.

There's an older page here on OS X RagePro Driver Loading Tip/Mods posted originally in the 10.1.5 days and later updated for 10.2.8.

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Another tip for Revolution 7.1 owners with Kernel Panics
Friday's News page had a Tip for Rev. 7.1 audio card kernel panics when using the keyboard volume keys. Another reader sent a different tip:

" Hey again Mike. I just thought I'd write in with a possible solution for those still having kernel panic issues with the Revolution 1.2.8 drivers, like me. In my case, turning on the simulated surround sound feature was causing problems. The card ran fine when I was just doing straight stereo output. (FYI - Friday's news page also had a reader tip for owners getting only 2 channels of audio) However, kernel panics occur upon switching to simulated surround sound. And even after turning it off, they still persist.

I found that I had to delete the following directories and reboot my machine to get the drivers running stably again.

~/Library/Application Support/M-Audio

This seems to have done the trick. --Damien S. "

Another reader replied to this post:

" Hello Mike, I read the tip you posted this morning from Damien S.
This statement is 100% correct. At least from my point of view. If SRS (simulated surround sound) is turned off the panics will not occur. The only difference is that the 1.2.7 drivers will not pick up the SRS preferences when the machine is booted due to Apple changing "userLoggedIn" upon startup in 10.3.1. See, now if user login is turned on, and/or if the user log's out and back in again, the SRS preferences will be passed to the revolution card enabling the user SRS function and therefore causing kernel panics.

Now, with the 1.2.8 drivers, this log-in problem was fixed. So the preferences set by the user to enable SRS were passed to the revolution card no matter what. That is why using the 1.2.8 drivers caused me kernel panics so often after I updated drivers from 1.2.7 to 1.2.8. In 1.2.7 I would only get panics when I forced the card to work.
This kernel panic problem is way over my head, but I still am devoting all the time I can give to help correct this issue. Hopefully new drivers will be out soon. I do know that Alan at M-Audio is hard at work on this one. But in the meantime the stereo output of this card is still great. -Jerry "

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TechTool Pro 4 Reports page updated (incl. more problem reports)
I've updated the page of TechTool Pro 4 feedback with the latest reader reports (including some problems noted such as quits running tests from CD, and a report that the "Wipe" function didn't seem to do anything from a RAID user.)
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 in reports - thanks.)
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Rate Your CPU Upgrade Reports Database Updated
The Rate Your CPU Upgrade database has been updated with 13 new reports this morning (reader entries Yesterday; entries today are added the next newsday morning). Total to date: 8,949. Here's a summary of the update added today (search by brand/mac model for full reports - latest reports always shown first):

  • Apple (Gigabit) G4/400 AGP OC report
  • Daystar 604e/233 MHz in 7600/132 (rated 10)
  • Giga Designs G4/1.25GHz (at 1.33GHz) in (Quicksilver) G4/AGP (rated 9)
  • Giga Designs G4/1.25GHz (at 1.3GHz) in (sawtooth) G4/AGP (rated 10)
  • Other World Computing G4/1GHz in (sawtooth) G4/AGP (rated 10)
  • Other World Computing G4/1.2GHz in (sawtooth) G4/AGP (rated 10)
  • Powerlogix G4 Dual 1.2GHz (7457s) in (homebrew) G4/AGP (rated 10)
  • Powerlogix G4 Dual 1.2GHz (7457s) in (gigabit enet) G4/AGP (rated 10)
    (noted no OS 9 boot support. PL had told me last week they had a nvram patch for that though)
  • Powerlogix G3/900 in B&W G3 (rated 1)
  • Sonnet G4/1.4GHz in (Digital Audio) G4/AGP (rated 9)
  • Sonnet G4/1.2GHz in G4 Cube (rated 9)
  • Sonnet G4/500 in Beige G3 (rated 9)
  • Sonnet G4/800 in Power Tower Pro (rated 10)
    (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 15 new reports added (reader entries from Friday-Sunday midnight ET; entries 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 11,889 reports. (searching by drive type/brand, mac model etc. listed below will show the full reports, most recent first)

    CDRW Drives:
  • SCSI Yamaha CRWF1S (44x24x40x) in (MDD) Dual G4 DDR (OS X 10.3)
  • IDE Liteon LTR-52327S (52x32x52) in Beige G3 (OS X 10.3)
  • IDE Liteon LTR-52327S (52x32x52) in G4/AGP (OS 9.2)
    (using modified LiteonCDR file from the FAQ for burn support)
  • IDE Yamaha CRW2100E (16x10x40x) in B&W G3 (OS X 10.3)
    (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:
  • IDE LG GCC-4480B (48x24x48x + 16x DVD-ROM) in Dual G4 (OS X 10.3)
  • Exp. bay Sony CRX-830E (24x24x24x + 8x DVD-ROM) in Powerbook G3 2000 (OS X) (used Patchburn for 10.2.6 burn support.)

    DVD+R/RW + DVD-R/RW Drives:
  • IDE EMPREX/BTC in B&W G3 (OS X 10.3)
    (no native burn support, listed under "other" brands)
  • IDE "Microadvantage 4DVDRW-B13" in G4/AGP (OS X)
    (no native burn support, listed under "other" brands)
  • Firewire (IDE drive in FW case) Pioneer DVR-106 used w/iMac slot loading (OS 9.2)
  • IDE Pioneer DVR-106 in iMac G4 (OS X 10.3)
    (iMac G4 take-apart here)

    DVD-R + DVD-RAM Drives:
  • IDE Matshita UJ-815B in Powerbook G3 lombard (OS X)
    (requires MCE or modified device plugin for burn support)

    DVD-R Drives:
  • Exp. Bay Toshiba SD-R6112 in Powerbook G3 2000 (OS X)
    (using modified toshiba burn support plugin)

    Hard Drives:
  • IDE Maxtor DiamondMax Plus 120GB in Beige G3 (OS X)
    (Beige G3 MT illustrated HD upgrade guide here)
  • IDE Seagate ST380011A 80GB in iMac slot-loading (OS X 10.3)
  • IDE Western Digital WD2000JB 200GB in Dual G4 using IDE PCI card (OS X)
    (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.)

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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(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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