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Accelerate Your Mac! News Archive for: 2/28/2001 Wednesday's NewsReturn to Accelerate Your Mac!

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Mac Quake3 Update Released:
Although it does not include Altivec enhancements, there's a Quake 3 update from Graeme Devine at homepage.mac.com/graemedevine/FileSharing.html (or use this direct download link)

For more info see this plan file update which includes comments about the sound code, Altivec, OS X, etc.

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PowerBook G4 DVD Drive Grommet Tip for CD Eject Problems:
Although I have not seen any DVD/CD eject problems, another reader wrote he has and noted how he solved it:

" Hi Mike,
I just received my PB Ti 400 on Feb 27th. I also have the DVD eject problem. The fix is to open the bottom cover, then locate the 2 rubber grommets on the left hand side of the drive (looking down, with the PB sitting upside down, drive toward you). Pry the drive up slightly to access the grommets, then spin them 180 degrees such that the fat side of each one nests in the plastic well on the inside of the case. Replace the cover and that should be it.
I read about this before, and sure enough it works. It's a 15 minute procedure. I still have a problem with the dust cover for the DVD, which makes for a tight squeeze through the opening. Most of the time I have to "help" the CD into the mechanism.
Mark"

I'm adding his notes to the PowerBook G4 Owner Comments page.

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iDVD Comments (verification on 1 Hour Limit to DVD recording)
Although it is noted in Apple's iDVD Fact Sheet, several readers asked for verfication that iDVD was limited to 1 hour of recording. I asked a new G4/733 owner if he could verify this using the bundled iDVD. He replied that it was true and included a screenshot from iDVD. (Note - Several readers later wrote the limit is due to the fixed rate encoding of iDVD.)

iDVD screenshot

" Mike as you can see in the attached picture, iDVD is limited to 1 hour. It would not let me create anything over that. I am still waiting for DVD Studio Pro to arrive. From what I understand DVD Studio Pro includes a Quicktime MPEG 2 extension that will let you export from Quicktime or Final Cut Pro. DVD Studio Pro supposedly will only deal with MPEG 2 format.

I don't want to waste a DVD-R disc on just one hour of video quite yet. I do have some family video stuff I can convert over from VHS that should make about an hour. I won't be able to do that till later tonight.
Aloha, Rick"


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G4/733MHz Review Updated:
Jeremy Hansen sent results of Steam memory bandwidth benchmarks and some photos of the system/motherboard which I've added to the G4/733 performance page. (I've asked a G4/533 owner to send Stream results for comparison.)
Other G4/733 owners also promised to send reports including using iDVD and tests with Radeon vs GeForce2MX cards.
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Comments and Suggestions (VM, Cache) on G4 667/733 System Performance:
" Hi Mike,
I read your readers report on the 733mhz G4 machine. While we haven't received our 733 yet we have gotten one of the 667 machines and have gotten similarly off results, so much so that they do not make sense.

I asked an Apple Engineer friend here in Sunnyvale and he says more than likely it is OS9.1 that is the culprit. It is not optimized for the new chips which have both level 2 and level 3 cache and that in many cases the prefetches that the OS does I.E. {disk cache) can cause lots of cache misses and so forth.

Rumor has it that Apple will release an update to patch this about the time that OSX is released. In the mean time he said you actually might get better results with Virtual Memory turned on and the disk cache set to the lowest setting.

Also he says that you should Zap PRAM before adding or removing the Geforce card or you will get odd behavior.
George "

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Disc Burner 1.01 Info, Tips and Drive Support List:
Disc Burn 1.01 was released yesterday (it took me 10 tries to finally complete the download last night). See the linked page which has a copy of the readme file noting drives supported, tips and notes on specific drives.
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Disc Burner 1.01 - Firewire Yamaha 16/10/40 and SCSI 4416 Owner Comments:
A reader sent a comment on the new version compatibility with a 16/10/40 drive:

" Mike,
Just a quick heads up. Disc Burner 1.0.1 is available both on the Apple site and via Software Update. External ADS Pyro firewire/Yamaha 16x CDRW is BOOTABLE, lots of other drives listed as supported as well. Works well with iTunes update..
Also just made a drive database entry. Keep up the great site!!!
Thanks--Loren"

An owner of a SCSI Yamaha 4416S drive reported a lack of support. (Several other 4416S owners also wrote in reply to this post noting the same thing.)

" Hi Mike
I have been successfully using Itunes 1.1 with my Sawtooth G4 (400) and my scsi Yamaha 4x4x16. I also have been able to use toast 4.1.2 succesfully.

When I saw a Disc Burner update that would allow me to also burn CD's I immediately installed it. Unfortunately Disc Burner 1.01 does not seem to work at all. Itunes 1.1 still works and Toast 4.1.2 still works, but a blank disk is not recognized by Disc Burner and when I directly try to run the disk burner application I just get the message "Please insert blank media" even when a CD is already inserted.
Has anyone else mentioned this?
Barry Rubin "

If any 4416S owners have a tip for Barry let me know. If you enter a Drive Compatibility Database entry, it's good to note if you've tested iTunes/Disc Burner with the drive and if it's bootable.

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Reader Comments on OS X Availability Listed by UK Dealer (3-4 days?)
A reader from the UK noted a dealer is showing (in error I'm sure) that OS X is available in "3 to 4 days". I placed my order with Apple back when the discount to OS X Beta owners was offered and have received no emails that it is shipping yet. And of course the official release date is March 24th.

" Just thought you might be interested -
http://www.dabs.com/mac/mac.asp lists OS X for sale with a lead of 3-4 days ...
www.dabs.com/products/prod-info.asp?stockcode=121-603-0560 is the product link, priced at 93 delivered (within the UK) or $134
George Marsh "

For the official info on OS X, see http://www.apple.com/macosx/.

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CPU Upgrades Owner Ratings Database Updated:
The Rate Your CPU Upgrade database has been updated with 8 new reports (total to date: 5,314). [Entries from after midnight EST will be added the following day.]

  • Daystar 40MHz (68040) in Mac SE (rated 7)
    [listed under "other models" mac category]
  • Newer Tech G3/400 in Starmax 4000 (rated 9)
  • Sonnet G3/500 in 5500 (rated 10)
  • Sonnet G3/400 in PowerBook 1400c/133 (rated 7)
  • XLR8 G4/450 in Beige G3/233 (rated 10)
  • XLR8 CarrierZIF w/G3 300 ZIF in 7600 (rated 9)
  • XLR8 CarrierZIF w/G3 400 ZIF in PowerTower Pro 225 (rated 9)

  • Apple B&W G3/400 OC report

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). For detailed reviews with performance tests and install tips, see the CPU Upgrades page.)

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CDRW/CD/DVD/HD Compatibility Database Updates:
The Drive Compatibility searchable database had 19 new entries added this morning including CDRWs, Combo DVD-CDRWs, DVD ROM and Hard Drives. (Current total 3,069 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:

  • Quake3 Retail (640x480, 1024x768, 1280x1024) results from Beige G3/266 w/Radeon PCI card
  • Unreal Tournament (Cityintro) (640x480,800x600,1024x768) from B&W G3/450 w/Radeon PCI card
  • CineBench 2000 results from Dual G4/533 w/Radeon AGP card
  • CineBench 2000 results from G4/400 AGP w/Radeon AGP card
  • Throughput 1.5 results from B&W G3/450 w/Radeon PCI card

Total entries in the database to date: 2,512. 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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Software Updates, Apple TILs, Other Net News:
Reported By: Barney Buoy

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