News Archive for: Friday Dec. 7, 2007
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Request for feedback from Mac users w/PCI SATA card connected SATA DVD Burners
Got another mail today asking about this so I'm posting a request for specific feedback from Mac owners using PCI SATA cards with SATA DVD Burners (or other Optical drives) that are working without any problems. (And reports on specific card/drives that are -not compatible- are also useful as a FYI - use the 2nd email link below for problem reports.)
Earlier posts on this subject already noted the lack of Optical drive support with some SATA cards (including Firmtek models and the Sonnet E4i card, whichever 'rebranded' card that is..) and previous "OK" reports didn't note a brand/model of card. (A reader last month said he was using a Silicon Image SiI 3124 chip-based card (non bootable IIRC) OK and a July 2007 drive database entry from a G4 tower owner mentioned he was using a Pioneer SATA DVD burner with a PCI SATA card OK but didn't mention the controller card brand/model. I wrote to ask for that info but no reply yet.)

If you're using a SATA DVD burner (or other optical drive) with an SATA PCI/PCI-e controller OK, let me know the details including card brand/model, drive details and mac model/OS used. Thanks. (If you've had problems with a PCI SATA card/SATA burner, use this email link and include the same details.)
PCI SATA card/SATA burners is a rare combo I think. External solution options typically use PATA drives but one reader said he used a PATA/SATA adapter in his FW400 case with a Samsung SATA Blu-Ray drive. It worked he said except for the fact it would not verify CD burns, although it did DVD burns.

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More rumors on new Macbooks (this one flash based)
"Mike, I didn't check to see if you had seen this. On the road...
Report Apple Plans Flash-Based MacBook Pro; NAND Flash Memory Stocks Rally Posted by Eric Savitz
CNBC is apparently reporting that Apple (AAPL) plans to announce a flash-memory based MacBook Pro laptop. (This according to; I did not hear the report, so I do not have any details.) The idea of Apple offering a computer with a flash-based solid state drive instead of a hard drive has the Street buzzing about what it might mean for the NAND memory chip companies. Ergo, SanDisk (SNDK) is up $1.33 or 3.5% at $39.28; Micron (MU) is up 26 cents or 2.9% at $9.21.
Original Link to barron's blog posting.
-William R."

There's been other rumors of mobile penyrn-based MacBooks - only time will tell what Apple shows at MWSF in mid-January. (Although it never pays to buy a new system this soon before an Expo, the show dates are beyond the return period for any system purchases made for Xmas...)

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ATI Displays and OS X Leopard (revisited)
From a reader mail this morning. (FYI - from Oct. 31st news page: Tip for anyone with Display/Sleep problems in 10.5 w/ATI Radeon cards and Nov. 1st news page post on ATI Displays utility versions and OS X Leopard. Both posts are linked in the FAQ and the 10.5 feedback/tips page here.) I wrote an ATI contact again today to ask about any progress on an updated ATI Displays public release.

" Hi Mike, Since USB 2.0 PCI card support acted funky under Leopard on my MDD G4, I decided to move to my DP 2.0 PowerMac G5 and made it my primary Mac. The G5 has an ATI Radeon X800 XT Mac Edition card (PN 102-A35800) in it. I'm positively thinking the card I have is one of the first batches from ATI. Remember the Xbox 360 development kit? I got one of them from my friend at Microsoft. The hardware itself should be fine, no overheating (video artifacts) or noisy fan.

Long story short, I did an erase and install over the last weekend, then used the Migration Assistant after the first reboot via an onboard FireWire 800 connection between my MDD G4 and G5. The transfer went fine. Both of my Mac have an aftermarket ATI Radeon cards in them, so there shouldn't be any ATI driver conflict, right?
Now, I ran into another problem, which was putting the G5 to sleep mode Since I no longer had any USB 2.0 PCI add-on, I can't 'blame' it on that. Video, USB, hard disks power were all being cut out when I put the G5 to sleep mode, but the fans were still spinning. I had to do a force shutdown. (check startup/login items for addons) Performed a cold boot, I went to the console log and didn't notice any problem. Leopard did generated a crash report and asked me if I wanted to send it to Apple or not.

Later, I opened up Activity Monitor and showed 'my process'. It came across my mind that ATI Displays login item might be the cause, I force quit ATI Displays and the sleep problem went away. Second, I removed it as a login item, but it would be back once I woke up my G5 again. Since the ATI extensions are already in the system, wouldn't be safe to remove the ATI Displays (module) and system preference item all together? It's annoying that I have to remind myself to force quit ATI Display before putting it into sleep mode. Not to mention, I did not recall any ATI-related sleep issue on my MDD G4 (w/Radeon 9600 Pro Mac+PC edition). Meanwhile, I'm curious about the non-downloadable v4.5.9 release. Clearly, v4.5.7 is not that Leopard friendly .
Regards, Kenneth "

As I mentioned back in the Nov. 1st news item on ATI Displays and Leopard, I have v4.5.5 installed on my G5/X800/10.5 (now 10.5.1) system - I never updated to 4.5.7 (or 4.5.9). I have seen no sleep or other problems personally w/4.5.5. (I did an upgrade install over a cloned 10.4.10 drive originally. ) v4.5.5 here ran OK in 10.5 (opened, all panels show, etc.) but I still have not tried tweaking any settings. (And not even opened it since the 10.5.1 install - I rarely used it and spend most of my day in work on other systems.)
When I hear back on the status of any updates I'll post a note here.

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Mac Drive Upgrades/Compatibility Database Updated
The Mac Drive/Storage Upgrades Database had 6 more reports added today. Current total - 16,313. (Searching by drive type/brand, mac model etc. listed below will show the full reports, most recent first) iApps burn support mentioned in optical drive/burner reports unless otherwise noted.

    DVD+R/RW + DVD-R/RW Drives:
  • IDE ASUS DRW-1814BL in G5 Tower (OS X 10.5.1)
    (drive also supports Lightscribe)

    Hard Drives:
  • IDE SerialATA Hitachi HDS721075KLA330 750GB in G5 Tower (OS X 10.5.1)
  • IDE SerialATA onboard Seagate ST3500320NS (Barracuda ES.2) 500GB in G5 Tower (OS X 10.5.x)
    (includes terminal disk benchmark results)
  • IDE SerialATA onboard Toshiba MK1637GSX 160GB in MacBook (OS X 10.4.9)
  • IDE Western Digital WD2500BEVE Scorpio 250GB in (AL 17in) PowerBook G4 (OS X 10.5) (also noted having a bootable 10.4.9 partition)
  • IDE SerialATA onboard Western Digital WD7500AAKS 750GB in G5 Tower (OS X 10.4.11)

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). The database includes reports on DVD +/-R, CDRWs, Combo DVD-CDRW, DVD-ROM, Hard Drives and Removables (tape drive, ORB, ZIP, MO drives, NAS, CF/Smartmedia readers, etc.) in all interface types (IDE, IDE RAID cards, SATA, Firewire, SCSI, USB, adapters).
If you've added a IDE, SATA, Firewire, USB, or SCSI, hard drive, Optical drive/burner, NAS (including Airport Extreme base connected USB drive), tape drive, etc., send me the details (drive info/mac model/OS used, etc. - *Please take a minute to test for booting from CD with Optical drives*. Thanks.)

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