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Top stories of Feb. 19th, 2002:

2nd Report from B&W G3 Owner that 10.1.3 Breaks DVD Player Support
[Update: I've gotten a ton of emails on the 10.1.3 update and DVD player issues - some B&W G3 owners OK, others not. But I've had a few problem reports on the DVD player in 10.1.3 from other mac models - Pismo (Powerbook G3 firewire), even some G4/AGP Macs. See this page for all reports by Mac model.]
I had hoped the first report (below) wasn't common, but here's the 2nd B&W G3 owner that has said OS X 10.1.3 breaks the DVD player support he had in 10.1.2:

    " Hi Mike,
    I just want to let you know that I also experienced a broken DVD app on my B&W G3 after upgrading to 10.1.3 and downloading and reinstalling the DVD update(3.0.1) from Apple's site as you suggested did NOT fix it. I also tried the hack from an older post (booting in OS 9 and removing the installation check file) without success.

    I just upgraded the B&W with an XLR8 G4 ZIF and a Radeon PCI video card, so I hope that isn't part of the problem.

    I'm crossing my fingers wishing one of your readers will come up with a solution.
    Thank you.
    Tommy "

From these reports I suspect Beige G3 owners (running PCI Rage128 or Radeon cards) would also be affected. If anyone finds a work-around, let me know.

(Update)
A B&W G3 owner with Radeon 7000 also noted 10.1.3 broke the DVD player support he had. Two other B&W G3 owners running Rage128 (OEM/original cards I assume) said the update did not affect the DVD player. One noted a G4 CPU upgrade also, so that is not a factor. If anyone with DVD player problems after the update still as the OEM Rage128 card - try that to see if it helps. (It shouldn't matter, unless the CardID/type is being checked now - which I know sounds paranoid...)
I just got a reply from the first reader to report the B&W G3/DVD player issue - he said he's running the OEM Rage128 card. And one G4/450 owner with OEM Rage128 Pro said the update also broke his DVD player. (Strange...) I've only updated the PB G4 and Cube so far - the DVD player still runs after the update on those machines.

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OS X 10.1.3 Released - Listing of Changes/Improvements
I hadn't checked Software Updates today until after a reader sent a note that 10.1.3 broke the DVD player app on his B&W G3. Apple's OS X page notes

    "10.1.3 delivers better application reliability, important security features and additional hardware support

    - Expanded support for QPS, EZQuest, LaCie, Yamaha, Sony and MCE Technologies CD burners

    - Improved iPhoto and Image Capture support for several digital camera models from Canon, Kodak and Sony

    - PowerBook G4 supports DVD Playback on external VGA displays

    - PowerBook video mirroring is on by default when connecting to a new display

    - iTunes includes improvements to the full screen visualizer

    - LDAP and active directory services support login authentication

    - OpenSSH version 3.0.2p1

    - WebDAV supports digest authentication

    - Mail supports SSL encryption"

Here's the reader's email on 10.1.3 breaking his DVD player (v3.01 I assume):

    " Mike,
    Just installed the 10.1.3 update to my b/w G3 and it broke my DVD ap. Uggg.
    Thought I'd let you know in case I'm not the only one.
    - Justin B "

I suggested he try reinstalling the v3.01 OS X DVD player. (Linked in this past OS X DVD player/mods article.)

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Updated Microtech OS X Cardreader Drivers for ZIO!, SnapShot and CameraMate
Tonight's software updates listing from Barney included a note that Microtech has posted a ZiO! CompactFlash driver v1.09 and CameraMate & SnapSHOT/Zio SmartMedia v1.03 drivers at http://www.microtechint.com/downloads/. (One reader noted his Kodak CompactFlash reader worked with the ZIO! 1.09 driver also. I suspect they OEM the reader from Microtech. I've had one report that OS X 10.1.3 broke the new ZIO! drivers, and one report they were OK after the 10.1.3 update.)
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Micromat Drive 10 Update v1.0.4
(from their web page)

    This updater will update Drive 10 to version 1.0.4. You must have version 1.0.1, 1.0.2, 1.0.3 of Drive 10 installed on your machine in order to apply this updater.
    What's New in Version 1.0.4:
  • Progress bar status information.
  • Improvements to Volume Structure routines.
  • Added ability to Rebuild/Repair volumes without System Restart.
  • Now compatible with machines released in Winter 2002.
    [I assume they mean Winter 2001, or early 2002-Mike]

Download the update at this Micromat page.

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OS X iTunes Support File for Sony CRX-175E2 24/10/40 CDRW Drive
    Hi Mike. I added an entry late last night to the CDRW database that lists my new Sony CRX175E2 (24x10x40) IDE drive in a PCI G4 under OS X. This drive is one refresh newer (it looks like) than the CRX175A1. iTunes needed a new hack to write to it and here is the modified file.
    Works perfectly with Toast for X, Retrospect for X (the current public beta), iTunes (now), disc burning from the OS X Finder (even before the iTunes hack), and is bootable! A great upgrade drive for $89 after rebate (Office Depot).
    -- Joseph S."

I've added this info to the FAQ's CDROM/CDR section also for future reference. (Note - this file replaces the existing (original) file. You may want to boot into OS 9 to search/replace the file for OS X to avoid any permissions issues or having to use the terminal, etc.. Of course like all mod files, it's provided 'as-is' - sometimes even with mod files drives do not burn 100% reliably due to other system/software issues.)

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Tip for Retail IDE Pioneer SuperDrive Owners
In the last week I've had two Pioneer DVR-A03 (aka SuperDrive) owners report problems that are apparently due to the drive going into sleep mode. The first was from a G4/AGP owner that noted kernel panics in OS X if a disc was left in the drive for extended periods and then you tried to open the CD's icon. He noted that setting the energy saver disk settings to never allow sleep solved that. (He had a 1.65 firmware drive, if that matters.)
Another owner report (added to the drive compat. database today) with the drive in a Beige G3 running OS 9.2 also noted problems accessing a disc in the drive after a period of idle time. (I suggested he try the tip on setting the Energy Saver to never sleep drives to see if that helped.) Some drives have their own sleep routines in firmware that may ignore the energy saver settings.

I'm not sure how common these problems are (there are many reports on the Pioneer retail drive in the database), but I just wanted to post a note here on the main news page for those that do not read the listings of database updates in the daily news or search the drive reports database. (Searching by drive brand/type without selecting a mac model is one tip to make sure you see all reports on the drive, not just those in a specific mac model.)

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OS X iTunes Modified Support file for Lite-On 32X CDRW
Ben B. sent a copy of this modified device plugin file for OS X that he revised for the Lite-On 32x/10x/40x CDRW drive. (Note - these files replace the existing (original) file. You may want to boot into OS 9 to search/replace the file for OS X to avoid any permissions issues or having to use the terminal, etc.)
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More Comments/Tests on OS X Themes
(Updated at 2PM for more comments - including notes on Dock animation during benchmark tests.)
The latest reader comments, tests and opinions on OS X themes are on this page.
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Spider-Man 1.01 Update Fixes Bugs, adds FSAA Support
Aspyr has a 1.01 Update to Spider-Man for the Mac available at http://www.aspyr.com/mini-sites/spider/downloads.php. Here's a copy of the readme listing the fixes/changes:

    Spider-Man
    Version 1.0.1 Update
    18 February 2002
    Spider-Man 1.0.1 Update addresses several issues in the game. It is recommended for all users. To use this update, you must have previously installed Spider-Man version 1.0.

    New in this version:
    * Fixed a crash and rendering glitch with the Scorpion in the Character Viewer Gallery.

    * The invisibility feature of the Spidey Unlimited costume was not working.

    * Added support for 32-bit color (millions of colors). This improves overall texture dithering for machines that have the horsepower. It is a user option selectable under Options/Display Options.

    * Added support for Full Screen Anti-Aliasing on ATI video cards. It is a user option selectable under Options/Display Options. If your machine does not support this feature, the option will be disabled. ATI's RADEON 8500 Mac Edition graphics board supports Full Screen Anti-Aliasing for Mac OS 9 and Mac OS X. To enable Full Screen Anti-Aliasing support in older RADEON Mac Edition models, including the original RADEON and RADEON 7000, a driver update from ATI's website may be required. Visit www.ati.com for the latest driver updates.

    * The radio tower on top of building at start of the 2nd level was rendered incorrectly.

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CDRW/CD/DVD/Hard Drive /Cardreader Compatibility Database Updates
The Drive Compatibility searchable database had 11 new reports added today. [entries after midnight are added the following newsday.] 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 6,584 reports.

    CompactFlash Reader
  • Firewire Lexar reader used w/G4 AGP (OS X)

    DVD-R DVD Recorder Drive Reports
  • IDE Pioneer DVR-A03 in Beige G3 (OS 9.2)
    (comments on issues like drive sleep)

    Combo DVD+CDRW Drive Reports
  • IDE Philips DVDRW208 (20x10x40 + 12x DVD) in G4/AGP (OS X)
    (no iTunes support)
  • IDE Toshiba SD-R 1102 (8x8x24 + 8x DVD ROM) in G4/AGP (OS 9.2)

    IDE CDRW Drive Reports
  • Sony CRX-1611 16x10x40x in B&W G3 (OS X)

    Firewire CDRW Drive Reports
  • Lacie Pocket CD-RW 16x10x24 used w/PowerBook G3 2000 (OS X)
  • Sony CRX 160 12x/8x/32x (in Lacie FW case) used w/B&W G3 (OS X)

    USB to SCSI Adapted CDRW Drive Reports
  • Yamaha CDR 100 (4x4x) using USB/SCSI adapter used w/iBook 2000 (OS 9.2)

    IDE Hard Drive Reports
  • Seagate 60GB in B&W G3 using IDE PCI Card (OS 9.2)
  • Western Digital WD200BB 20GB in B&W G3 using IDE PCI Card (OS X)

    Firewire Hard Drive Reports
  • LaCie Cobalt 20 GB used w/B&W G3 (OS X)

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 5 new reports. (Total to date: 6,774). [Entries made after midnight last night are posted the next newsday morning.]

  • Other World Computing G4/400 in B&W G3 (rated 10)
  • Other World Computing G4/500 in Beige G3 (rated 10)
  • Dual G4 OC report
  • G4/AGP OC Report (Quicksilver 933 @1Ghz)
  • Beige G3/300 OC report

(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 more reviews of Alice and Quake3 Team Arena. Total Reviews (all titles): 827. 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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