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Accelerate Your Mac! News Archive for: 2/13/2002 Wednesday's NewsReturn to Accelerate Your Mac!

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Top stories of Feb. 13th, 2002:

Plextor 40x12x40x CDRW Drive OS X iTunes Support File
Reader Tim Blanco sent his modified iTunes (OS X) device support file for the Plextor 40/12/40 CDRW drive.
(I've added this link/info to the FAQ's CDROM/CDR section.) Tim had recently posted a report in the Drive Compatibility Database on the 40x/12x/40x Plextor IDE CDRW drive used in a Firewire case with his Dual G4 system.
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First Quicksilver Owner Comments on Sonnet ATA/100 Beta Firmware Update
Tuesday's news page had comments from Sonnet that they have a beta firmware update for their ATA/100 PCI controller card to address the issues noted here previously from Quicksilver G4 owners. This is the first reader feedback I've gotten so far on the beta firmware from a Quicksilver owner:

    " Hi Mike,
    I am an owner of the new QS 2002 Power Mac 1GHZ Dual and have had problems with booting from the Sonnet ATA 100 PCI card. I updated the firmware using the beta update and success. it now boots into OX 10 using the card. There is one problem still though the Power Mac won't enter sleep mode from the Apple Menu. If I take the card out it does!

His comment reminds me that I've been meaning to update the FAQ with info on the latest PCI cards and Deep Sleep (PS fan off when sleeping). If you're running an IDE/IDE RAID, SCSI or Graphics card with a G4 let me know if it supports deep sleep mode in OS X and OS 9. (If you have more than one PCI card installed, note all cards installed in the report as well as system/OS details. Also include the firmware version of the card - use Apple System profiler to check the card revision, which is the firmware version. ) Thanks.

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Reports on Using PCI Card and Onboard Ethernet Ports in OS X
Several readers had asked about using PCI network cards and the onboard ethernet port simultaneously in OS X. I've updated the OS X PCI Network Card Compatibility page to include a section on this. (Several readers reported using multiple ports in OS X.) Also included in the update is a report on a Dlink 4-port card.
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OS X User Comments on 'Fast and Furious' Protected Audio CD (MP3s already on CD?)
I don't own this CD, but in a follow-up to yesterday's article here on protected Audio CDs, a reader sent a note about OS X and the 'More Fast and Furious' (protected) CD:

    " Mike,
    I recently purchased the More Fast & Furious CD. It appears that the copy protection consists of corrupting the directory or some other necessary fotmatting so that computers cannot read the audio partition of the disc. There is a separate partition that when mounted on a PC gives access to a player application that seems to play the CD. This is where they screw up.
    When mounted in a Mac, the hidden directory on the partition shows up by using Norton Disk Doctor's Get More Info menu command. The directory has the full CD encoded in MP3 at 160 bit rate. Apparently, this is what the PC player accesses. These CD's should be called copy friendly! They are aleady encoded for you!
    Thanks for the Awesome site,
    Keith "

I don't think some older audio CD players can play MP3 files, so I assume there's also analog tracks on the CD. I'll add this to the protected Audio CD article within the next 24 hours. Note that one link in that article (to TechTV story) noted an NEC DVD ROM drive was able to rip tracks from a protected CD. I have had no problems ripping tracks from the Universal CD "oh Brother, where art thou" using the PB G4 (DVD ROM drive) using iTunes. (I did not realize when I bought it that some said it was a protected CD.)

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Bluechip G4/500 Lombard CPU Upgrade Owner Cooling Tip
" I have the PowerLogix G4 update for the Lombard, and I find that "sleep" works OK on OS X but not OS 9. I actually rarely use sleep, since I'm connected to various peripherals wherever I usually go, and need to shut down to disconnect, so this isn't a rigorous test.

I also found that using more than the recommended "tiny" bit of heat sink paste is advantageous. When I installed the G4 card, I used a very small amount of paste; for the first time ever, the Lombard's fan came on (and it is NOT quiet!). I monitored the temperature with PowerLogix's utility, and recorded temps from 64 C to 72 C. The fan came on at about 68 C. After a few days of this, I decided to try using more heat sink paste. This time I used a larger dab on both sides of the provided copper disk. The difference has been tremendous - no fan (thank goodness!), and temps from 44 C to 52 C. That heat sink paste works wonders in conducting heat away from the CPU!

Remember you do not want a thick layer of the paste - the idea is just just use enough to ensure it's filling in any imperfections in the two mating surfaces - not to form a thick layer of it. (Although the white compounds are not usually conductive, the Silver compounds are slightly conductive/capacitive - and it flows, so don't go overboard as it could flow across chip pins, etc.)
It may also be that just replacing/retightening the heatsink cover helps to provide better contact and cooling. I've not owned a Lombard, but the Wallstreets have a foam thermal conductive pad on the inside of the metal cover that contacts the CPU heatsink. This may compress over time and the metal cover itself may take a set over time. (which can affect the contact pressure.)

There are several Bluechip G4/500 reports in the Rate Your CPU Upgrade database from PowerBook G3 lombard owners. As with the original Bluechip, there's a wide variation in owner results noted there currently.

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Sources for Internal Firewire + USB Hub Mod for G4 Tower
I've updated the Internal Firewire + USB Hub Mod article to include links to info and sources of the internal hub. (Both the 4 FW port/4 USB port model used in the article and a lower cost 2 FW port, 4 USB port model.) See the bottom of the page for the update.
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Lower Pricing on Portable Firewire Hard Drives
Site sponsor OWC sent a note about lower pricing on their portable Firewire drives:

    " Many of these prices are more than 10% less than they were prior to the drop:

    OWCMOFW20GB x - 20GB OWC Mercury On-The-Go Oxford911 FireWire 2.5" 4200RPM Portable Storage Solution with cables. New, 1yr Warranty. $199.97
    OWCMOFW30GB x - 30GB OWC Mercury On-The-Go Oxford911 FireWire 2.5" 4200RPM Portable Storage Solution with cables. New, 1yr Warranty. $249.97
    OWCMOFW40GB x - 40GB OWC Mercury On-The-Go Oxford911 FireWire 2.5" 4200RPM Portable Storage Solution with cables. New, 1yr Warranty. $299.97
    OWCMOFW48GB x - 48GB OWC Mercury On-The-Go Oxford911 FireWire 2.5" 5400RPM Portable Storage Solution with cables. New, 1yr Warranty. $419.97
    OWCMOFW60GB x - 60GB OWC Mercury On-The-Go Oxford911 FireWire 2.5" 5400RPM Portable Storage Solution with cables. New, 1yr Warranty. $629.97

    Also, the Mercury Elite 40GB is now $195 and the Mercury Elite 120GB is $359.00 on your specials page.
    Hope all is ok and sorry for the loss in the family
    Best Regards, Larry O'Connor
    Other World Computing, Inc.
    div. of New Concepts Development Corp."

Although not noted on the current product pages, I asked Larry if the Carrying case is still included (it was on the first portable OWC cases as noted in this reader review photos and DV use comments from last year. I don't know if that early model case used the faster Oxford911 bridge however, as the current cases do) and he said it was. Although not needed for onboard Firewire port Macs, the drives also come with an AC Adapter for users of PCMCIA card Firewire interfaces (such as PB G3 Wallstreet and Lombard models, or PC notebooks which do not have powered firewire ports.)

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SMC 10/100 PCI Network Card OS X Driver Tip
I've updated the page of OS X compatible 10/100 Network PCI cards to include updated reports from SMC card owners that said using the RealTek drivers (linked on the page) works with the card. (I don't own one but they must be RealTek chip based.)
(Note: several readers have replied to the question about running the PCI NIC and the onboard ethernet port in OS X. I've updated the article to include a section with these reports also.)
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CDRW/CD/DVD/Hard Drive /Cardreader Compatibility Database Updates
The Drive Compatibility searchable database had 10 new reports added today. 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 6,525 reports.

    DVD-ROM Drive Reports
  • SCSI Toshiba 1401 10x/40x in 95/9600 (OS 9.1)

    Firewire CDRW Drive Reports
  • Plextor PX-W4012A 40x12x40x in FW case used w/Dual G4 (OS X)
    (required modified itunes support files)
  • TDK VeloCD 32x10x40 in ADS Pyro FW case used w/Dual G4 (OS X)
  • Teac cd-w524E 24x10x40 (CdCyclone Revo) used w/PowerBook G4 (OS X)
    (noted no iTunes/DB support)

    SCSI CDRW Drive Reports
  • Yamaha CRW4416S 4x4x16x in Beige G3 (OS X)
    (using El Gato drivers)

    IDE Hard Drive Reports
  • IBM 120GXP 40GB in G4 Cube (OS 9.2)
  • Maxtor 42GB [?] in G4 AGP using IDE PCI Card (OS X)
    (used our install guide)

    Firewire Hard Drive Reports
  • Clubmac (Quantum Fireball) 60GB used w/B&W G3 (OS X)
  • Western Digital (ACOMdATA case) 80GB used w/G4 AGP (OS 9.2)
    (problems noted)

    Removable Media Drive Reports
  • SCSI Syquest SyJet 1.5GB in B&W G3 (OS 9.2)

You can find full owner reports 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.]

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CPU Upgrades Owner Reports Database Updated:
The Rate Your CPU Upgrade database has been updated with 4 new reports this morning. (total to date: 6,758). [Entries made after midnight last night are posted the next newsday morning.]

  • Powerlogix BlueChip G3/466 in PowerBook G3 Wallstreet2 (rated 10)
  • Powerlogix BlueChip G4/500 in PowerBook G3 Lombard (rated 2)
  • Powerlogix BlueChip G4/500 in PowerBook G3 Lombard (rated 9)
  • Powerlogix G3/350 in 8600/350 (rated 10)

(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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Reader Game Reviews Database Updated:
Today's Reader's Rate their Mac Games database updates included a review of Myst III Exile. Total Reviews (all titles): 818. To read game reviews use the search page.
If you've not already done so - Enter a Game review. (If your game title is not in the long listing, select "other game" and note the title in the comments)
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Software Updates and Other Net News Links

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News pages from 1, 2 and 3 years ago:
(Sometimes these old pages are a bit embarrassing - and in many cases the offsite links may not work and comments there were accurate only on the date posted regarding upgrade availability, etc.)

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