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Top stories of Feb. 21st, 2002:

More OS X 10.1.3 + WaveLan PC Card Driver Success Stories
In a follow-up to an earlier report today on Wavelan (Wireless/Airport) drivers working in OS X 10.1.3:

    " Mike,
    My WallStreet 266 updated with 10.1.3 and a SkyLine Wireless PC card runs like a champ over Airport using the 1.0.0b3 (latest) drivers from the SourceForge WirelessDriver site. Sleeps/wakes properly too (was an issue with earlier driver versions). Haven't used encryption at all, the FAQ indicates it isn't yet available for my SkyLine card.
    Later--Loren "

The earlier report today was updated to note he used the same drivers noted in the FAQ here last fall as working in OS X 10.1.2 - available at

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Reader Comments on PageMaker 7.01 Update Install Problems
    " Mike
    Adobe posted a 7.01 update for PageMaker on Version Tracker. I read through all the comments from their registered users (45 in all). It appears that only 1 person was able to actually install it (it errored on the last 3 items).

    I tried at my office on two computers with no success (extensions off, file sharing off, combinations of the two, etc). I tried at home tonight though and was able to successfully install it without disabling all Extensions (though FileSharing is off at home as I am on a cable internet system).

    I wondered what the difference was with the few extensions I have turned off at home vs. the 26 I have disabled at the office. I examined the two disabled folders and then compared the active Extensions on my office computer (main) that is the most similar. The difference was only one file. I can't say for certain until I get back tomorrow the office, but the one file that was active at work and inactive at home was the Printer Sharing extension (not the USB one, but the regular one that is installed by OS 9).

    This could be coincidence and not related to disabled extensions at all. But since each of the two computers has more than 200 extensions installed, I haven't had the time to compare them and see if something HAS to be in the computer to allow for proper installation. In any case, Adobe needs to figure this problem out quickly.

    By the way, I installed the OS 10.1.3 update on my WallStreet Powerbook upgraded with a BlueChip 500 without incidence. It seems a little faster to respond to opening and closing menus and windows, but I've only had it for a day and not had a lot of chance to dig around in it for a more accurate assessment....
    Cheers. --John G. "

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MacPlay Releases Baldur's Gate II French and German Versions
    " Just a quick Update:
    MacPlay has just released the localized; French and German versions of the award winning Baldur's Gate II Shadows of Amn.

    In France the French version is distributed for MacPlay by Apacabar. In Germany the German version is distributed by Application Systems Heidelberg.

    Consumers can purchase the product from their favorite local retailer.
    Thanks for the continued support.
    Henry Price
    MacPlay "

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Page of DVD ROM Drive Firmware/Utils/Patches
For several years the FAQ's DVD section has linked to the "think different" site which has some DVD utils/patches (like the DVD player 2.x patch, etc.). A reader sent a link to another site that has a long list of utilities - including DVD drive firmare updates (apply at your own risk) and an extension for RPC1 (region free). See for more info. (Read the warnings there also - if something goes wrong during a firmware update your drive could be rendered useless.)
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Wallstreet Owner Reports 10.1.3 Working with Wavelan OS X PCCard Drivers
(Update - Martin later wrote that he was using the drivers. Other readers also wrote using those drivers in 10.1.3 OK. They are one of the drivers linked last year the FAQ's OS X and networking sections. )

    "Just thought I'd let people know that I upgraded to 10.1.3, and the driver continues to work. I have a PB Wallstreet, and a Lucent Wavelan Silver card.
    Martin R"

I searched the wavelan (Orinoco) web site drivers for OS X versions and found none. I asked him for a link to the drivers he's using. The FAQ here has links to two past wavelan card drivers that were reported as working in OS X 10.1.2 last fall.

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G4/450 Owner notes FAXstf X working with internal modem after 10.1.3 Update
    " Mike:
    I purchased Fax stf X from Smith Micro about a month ago as I needed a fax program in OS X. There was a problem with adding the internal modem as a printer in my Dual G4 450 when setting up Fax stf X. I would consistently get a "-108" error. Smith Micro said it was an Apple problem, and Apple couldn't fix the problem with Tech Support.

    After upgrading to 10.1.3, I tried adding the mode as a printer. No problems whatsoever. I can now fax from my G4 running OS X!

    This will now help all of those who need to fax, like myself.
    John N."

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CPU Upgrades Owner Reports Database Updated:
The Rate Your CPU Upgrade database has been updated with 3 new reports. (Total to date: 6,780). [Entries made after midnight last night are posted the next newsday morning.]

  • Powerlogix Bluechip G4/500 in PowerBook G3 Lombard (rated 10)
    (includes comments on thermal paste)
  • Sonnet Harmoni G3/500 in iMac G3/333 (rated 9)
    (noted shut-down freeze that doesn't happen with extensions off)
  • Sonnet Harmoni G3/500 in iMac G3/266 (rated 10)
    (noted firewire port worked with iPod, and OS X noticeably faster)

(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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CDRW/CD/DVD/Hard Drive /Cardreader Compatibility Database Updates
The Drive Compatibility searchable database had 34 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 6,617 reports. (Too many entries to itemize today - searches show the most recent reports first.)

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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Reader Game Reviews Database Updated:
Today's Reader's Rate their Mac Games database updates included another review Total Annihilation. Total Reviews (all titles): 831. 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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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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