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Accelerate Your Mac! News Archive for: 2/13/2001 Tuesday's NewsReturn to Accelerate Your Mac!

Top stories of Feb. 13th, 2001:

Reader Report/Tips on Installing OS X Beta on Unsupported Macs/Clones:
A reader sent an article on installing OS X beta on unsupported Macs and clones.
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2001 G4 and M-Audio Delta Card Incompatibility:
A reader sent a note about an incompatibility with the new G4 systems for those that are looking for audio cards to add I/O capability missing from the 2001 G4 towers:

" Hello,
I'd like to make a note as it hasn't been mentioned on the website yet, that anyone who is considering to purchase a M-Audio delta sound card (including audiophile 24/96), and owns the 2001 G4 (digital audio) should hold off their purchase. Currently the delta series sound cards are not compatible with the 2001 G4s. The extension file will result in a system crash during boot up. M-audio's website [] mentions that they are working on a solution. I chose the sound card rather than any USB options as the sound inputs for my new g4, but the card is just sitting in my computer right now =(
-Colin K"

If anyone has any working solutions (low cost) for adding audio input to a 2001 G4, let me know.

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Tip on Getting Premiere 6.0 at Nearly Half Retail Price:
Note: Only registered owners of Premiere or Premiere LE qualify for upgrades.

" mike.
here is a tip on how to get adobe premiere 6 full version for almost half of the price and also get a firewire web cam included for the same price

#1 get the orange micro ibot firewire pro package it includes premiere LE and it also includes nice headset microphone and a plain talk mic adapter which looks like the one griffin sells for 20 bucks ($149.00)

#2 get the premiere 6.0 upgrade from LE ($188.99)
total is $337.99
this is mac mall price. i got my in my local ny city store for the same price. the full version of premiere 6.0 is $540.00

One even cheaper way is using the $50 or so Western Digital Firewire card which comes with Premiere LE on the CD (at least at this time - their web site is not specific on what Mac capture software is included and this could change at any time).

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CPU Upgrades Owner Ratings Database Updated:
The Rate Your CPU Upgrade database has been updated with 9 new reports (total to date: 5,241). [Entries from after midnight EST will be added the following day.]

  • Newer Tech 167MHz upgrade for PB 540 (rated 7)
    (includes note about importance of having newer tech extension enabled)
  • Newer Tech G3/275 in 7500/100 (rated 10)
  • Newer Tech G3/400 in PowerTower Pro 250 (rated 10)
  • Newer Tech G4/450 in B&W G3 (rated 9)
  • PowerLogix BlueChip G3/500 in PB G3 Wallstreet1 (rated 9)
  • Sonnet G3/266 in 7100/66 (rated 10)
  • Sonnet G3/500 in 9500/132 (rated 9)
  • XLR8 CarrierZIF w/G3/333 ZIF in 7600/132 (rated 10)
  • XLR8 CarrierZIF w/G3/333 (OWC Bundle) in PowerTower Pro 225 (rated 10)

You can find these 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)

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CDRW/CD/DVD/HD Compatibility Database Updates:
The Drive Compatibility searchable database had 18 new entries in the last 24 hours, including CDRWs, DVD ROMs, and hard drives. (Current total 2,875 reports).
Entries from after midnight are added the following day. [BTW - the drive database is not a place to post questions, it's for reports on drives you've used. For guides to drive installs, see the IDE, SCI or Firewire articles here and/or the FAQ. Thanks.]
You can find full owner reports by searching the database by drive/brand/interface/mac models (the latest reports are shown first in searches).
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.
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Video Card/System Benchmark Performance Database Updated:
Updates to the Mac Game/Video Card Performance database included:

  • Quake 3 retail (640x480,800x600,1024x768, 1280x1024) from 2001/G4 533MHz w/Radeon AGP
  • Quake 3 retail (640x480,800x600,1024x768, 1280x1024) from G4/AGP 400MHz w/Radeon AGP
  • Quake 3 Arena OS X Beta (640x480,800x600,1024x768,1280x1024) from 2001/G4 533MHz w/Radeon AGP
    [tests with r_smp at 1 and at 0 for single/dual CPU tests]
  • UT Wicked400 benchmark results (1024x768) from Beige G3/341MHz w/Voodoo3

Total entries in the database to date: 2,443. If you haven't already, enter your results with any of the game titles or benchmarks listed on the entry page (details on how to test are there). If you're curious how a CPU upgrade or new Video card would help game performance, the search page options can help you find similar system/configurations to get an idea before you buy.

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More Reader Game Reviews:
Today's Reader's Rate Their Mac Games database updates included reviews of Deus Ex and Descent 3 OpenGL. Total Reviews (all titles): 728. If you've not already done so - Enter a Game review.
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Software Updates, Apple TILs, Other Net News:
Reported By: Barney Buoy

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