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News stories of Feb 14th, 2003:

Passive Graphics card Cooler
If you don't like the fan noise of your graphics card and have room for the large heatsinks, yesterday I saw a review of a passive graphics card cooler. (The heatsinks take up too much space (both sides of the card) to work in Cubes though. See review page 3 for photos.) I don't know of any US sources of the Zalman ZM80A-HP, but the review noted a street price of US$31.
(Update) John O. wrote that http://www.zalmanusa.com/ is their USA site, the link I posted was from the review. Checking their site front page there's a sidebar link to the ZM80A-HP product page. That page has photos and installation notes/requirements.
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Vidi TV Tuner Software for Formac Studio DV/TV (updated w/user comments)
I don't know if this app has been mentioned before, but a reader wrote today with a link to "Vidi" TV Tuner software for Formac Studio DV/TV owners. (Seems to be a free download.) I'm not familiar with Formac's DV/TV, so I'm not sure what this software does that Formac's bundled software for the device doesn't, but there's a download link there to try the software and a list of requirements and features. I don't own the hardware to try this personally, but if anyone does let me know how well it works. Thanks
(Update - here's a reader's comments on Vidi)

"hey Mike,
I tried the vidi program. It is free.
I must say, it's nice to be able to turn the volume up. The formac software has a dimmed control for audio gain, I suspect it will be enabled in future releases?
I'm using a Formac studio dv/tv with the Philips FM1236 M/N FM-Radio turner firmware 1.0.5.

I recorded a few seconds of video and was happy to see that I could still watch as it was recorded! There aren't any options for compression (that I found) for recorded video, so the resulting file was 110+ MB.

Seems like a very nice program, if this guy comes up with a video recorder style add on (like the Formac TVR) then it would be perfect. That and compression I guess.
Oh, the recorded video was wider than the 4:3 ratio in the original display.
I didn't do any comparisons regarding CPU usage. I'm at work, so I shouldn't be playing with it anyway!
If you have any suggested tests, let me know, I'm more than happy to do them.
Rich
PB G4 800 1GB/40MB, external 40gig 7200rpm firewire drive."

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HP Deskjet OS X Drivers v2.1 (Updated Info)
Dan from HP wrote to say the Macupdate and Versiontracker info today on the HP DeskJet Driver X 2.1 update was incorrect. I removed the clip here from MU - Here's his comments:

" Mike, Could you post the actual release text that's on the hp.com website? Both Macupdate and Versiontracker are wrong - they left the old model support statement from the 2.0 driver.
-Dan Richardson
hp Mac Deskjet & All-in-One Support Engineering

Release Date: 2003-02-05 Version: 2.1
Supports the following deskjet printers with USB connectors on the printer, as well as Ethernet AppleTalk network printing for those models that support Network printing:
DeskJet 825, 845, 900-series, cp1160-series, cp1170 series, cp1700-series, 3820-series, 6120-series, and 5550-series.

It is for use with Mac OS X 10.1.5 & OS X 10.2+. The downloadable file includes a driver installer, which also installs the newest deskjet printer utility.
This release improves the following:

  • The installation routine for customers having problems,
  • Some printer performance issues.
  • Problems with spooled jobs not printing.
  • Fixes duplex printing over AppleTalk. "

  • (Some earlier news items below have been updated such as the alternative OS X HP printer driver feedback and the PL 1.2GHz @1.3GHz comments.)

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    Heroes of Might & Magic IV Updater 2.3
    Spotted it at MacUpdate. See the page there for the list of fixes/changes.
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    Some reports on problems with retail Superdrives and 10.2.4 - Cable Select Firmware Bug May be Reason
    Update The problem of Superdrives not being recognized in the lower bay (Slave position if drive set to "Cable Select" as Apple recommends for MDD drives) may be due to a bug in the drive's firmware as far as proper Slave mode configuration/support. (I wondered if this was a problem only when the drive is jumpered to "CS" (Cable Select) mode when it's in the 2nd/lower bay - but a Dual Superdrive owner said manually setting drive to slave didn't help). I still don't know what changes in 10.2.4 could have caused this to surface when readers said their slave Superdrives worked in 10.2.3. See the Monday (Feb. 17th) news update for more info including comments from an Apple programmer. If anyone has a drive that works as Slave (manually set) let me know the drive model no. and firmware version you're using.
    (original news item follows)
    Here's several mails from retail Pioneer superdrive owners regarding 10.2.4 problems. Based on the comments, I suspect the problem is due to drives set to slaves (for MDD macs with drives set to CS mode, that's the lower bay) since so far every MDD owner with a Superdrive noted that master/top bay worked, bottom bay/slave didn't. By the end of the day at least 10 readers w/MDD macs had reported the tip worked. (As noted in the update above - before moving drives try jumpering the drives to Master (Top) and Slave (bottom) setting.) Another tip to try if all else fails and you do not want to move the drive to the master bay is to try the lower bay drive set to master connected to the ATA/66 bus on the MDD models (assuming you are not using that bus for hard drives - however one MDD owner noted the interface didn't support ATAPI drives).

    " Mike,
    I just installed 10.2.4 on my MDD DP 867 with the stock Combo drive and a Pioneer DVR-105. On reboot the DVR-105 was not available. It did not show up in the Eject menu extra or in Apple System Profiler. Option-Eject did nothing but open/close the Combo drive. Both optical drives were set to cable select with the Combo drive in the top bay (last connector on the cable, master) and the DVR-105 in the lower bay (first connector on the cable, slave). I shut down and reconfigured the jumpers so that the Combo drive would be the slave and the DVR-105 the master. In this configuration the DVR-105 was available to the system, appearing in ASP, the Eject menu extra, and both drives responding to the Eject and Option Eject keys. I tried swaping the drives (Combo as master, DVR-105 as slave) and again the DVR-105 was not available.

    In 10.2.3 both drives worked with the Combo as the master and the DVR-105 as slave but that does not appear to be the case in 10.2.4, at least for me. Why would Apple require that the DVR-105 be the master in 10.2.4 but not in 10.2.3?
    Britney "

    I always thought master was preferred (since the pre-MDD macs had only one bay large enough for CD size drives and the drives were set to master.) Maybe they have a check now for the drive being a master. (CS mode just make the end drive on the cable a master.)

    " Greetings,
    Thank you for all the great information which allowed me to get my Pioneer DVR-105 (CenDyne boxed unit) working with iDVD 3 on my 867 MDD.
    Interestingly, I updated to 10.2.4 tonight, and upon restarting, noticed that the Pioneer was not showing as being installed. The system did not appear to see it all all. I shutdown, unplugged the cable to the CDR drive, and restarted. The Pioneer was working fine again. Swapping the drives around so the Pioneer was in the top bay solved the problem, they are both now seen by the system. Jumpers were set at cable select and still are.
    Hard drives were not affected in the same way, both the original 60 GB and the added WD 160 GB worked fine after the install.
    Thanks, Rob Diaz "

    The CS setting makes the top drive (end of cable drive) a master, which is the normal setting for Apple's systems w/superdrives.

    " Hi Mike,
    Don't know if this is the correct mail to post this report. But obviously, there's a HUGE problem with the OsX 10.2.4 update and the Pioneer DVD-R drives.
    I have a PowerMac MDD Dual 867. It came with the stock combo and I added a Pioneer DVD-R A03 (DVR-103) which worked flawlessly until now.
    After I applied the 10.2.4 update, the drive doesn't show up anymore. A quick check in the "Apple Discussions" indicates that I am not the only one to experience this problem. The other guy reported that he couldn't use his Pioneer DVR-105 after upgrading.
    As I ask in the discussion forum, I wonder if this is just a bug or a limitation to avoid people installing internal hardware other than Apple's own hardware. If that is so, I wonder who is willing to spend more than twice the price of an item that is EXACTLY the same as the one for PC ? (this does not apply to the machines themselves, as they look different, have different motherborads and processors and a different OS). Or maybe it's Apple's latest invention to make sure than more than 75% of their machines are ordered with a DVD-R drive ?
    Best regards.
    Fred "

    I asked Fred if he has the Superdrive in the top bay (master position). He later wrote it was in the lower bay and moving it to the top bay (i.e. master) solved the problem.
    Here's another mail (more coming in all the time it seems on this) with links to the apple forum threads.

    "Hey Mike -
    Again, thanks for the great site!!! :)
    I haven't loaded 10.2.4 but the apple boards seem to have reported a few problems with 10.2.4 disabling non apple superdrives...
    This is just a heads up... I have a Cendyne drive and I'm not taking a chance right now... 10.2.3 is working great so far...
    discussions.info.apple.com/WebX?14@189.tpenaodDhse.4@.3bbf44fe/0
    Here is the link to the apple osX board...
    discussions.info.apple.com/WebX?13@189.tpenaodDhse.3@.ef998ef
    Talk to you later!
    Bill"

    Another MDD owner replied to this post today saying master (top) worked but slave (bottom bay) didn't

    "Mike, I also had my superdrive in the bottom slot of my MDD 867, and and after the update to 10.2.4 the system didn't recognize the superdrive. Switching the drives locations solved the problem. Drive is now recognized. Also both drives were are still are set to cable select position. (CS is recommended per Apple for the MDD system, it just makes the drive on the end of the cable (top drive) a Master and 2nd drive a slave automatically.-Mike) Thanks..
    -Jamey K"

    I've not installed 10.2.4 yet on other than the PB G4 here (and today I have to take the wife to the doc, so it will be later this weekend). However I welcome other retail superdrive (DVR-105/104/103) owner comments _IF_ they have seen a problem with 10.2.4 and a retail superdrive drive set to "Master" (or for MDD macs, CS mode with the drive in the top bay/end of cable position). Thanks

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    Reports on better driver support for RagePro ATI chips in older Macs/PowerBooks
    Here's a few mails I've been able to read so far on 10.2.4 feedback regarding better driver support for the ATI graphics chip used in older PowerBooks (Wallstreet2 and Lombard) and Macs (like the early iMac and Beige G3, rev B versions and later). So far I've had many mails from PB G3 lombard owners noting the driver is loading and performance is improved in 10.21.4 without needing tricks noted in the past here (from 10.1.5). One of the latest mails was from a Wallstreet II owner noting better performance as well. (2nd model wallstreet had RageProLT, 1st model had the RageII based RageLT chip.)

    "It works on a Wallstreet II: kextstat reveals
    51    1 0x9fff000  0x19000   0x19000  
    com.apple.driver.ndrv.ATY,RageLTPro.0xa003638 (1.0.0f10)
    

    Switching resolutions and color depth works smoothly, either from the preference panel or from the toolbar icon: a quick fade to blue, followed by a return to the screen at the new setting, with a slight delay for redraw.
    Jim M."

    Here's several PB G3 (1999/Lombard) owner reports.

    " In regard to http://xlr8yourmac.com/OSX/osx_ragepro_driver_tip.html :
    (older article here on ragepro driver tips for OS X 10.1.5)
    Finally, with the release of Mac OS X 10.2.4, it seems that Apple has finally decided that those of us with older hardware should be able to enjoy accelerated video. The ATIRagePro driver loads on my 1999 400MHz G3 (Bronze/Lombard) without any modifications. I can change resolution and color depth without any screen artifacts or loss of video.
    It's about time!
    Mark"

    I'll have to update that page as soon as I can.

    " Mike,
    I have just installed 10.2.4 on my Quicksilver and have taken a look inside the ATIRagePro.kext extension. It would appear that the identifier for the RagePro chip inside the Lombard is already there.

    <string>0x4c491002 0x4c471002 0x47491002 0x47501002 0x4c4e10020x47561002</string>
    4c491002 is the identifier for the Lombard. Now, I don't actually have that laptop with me, but once I get 10.2.4 on there I'll let you know for sure if Apple is actually supporting this. Maybe this means users can change resolution and color depth without having problems.
    I'll keep you posted (if your readers haven't beaten me to it yet.)
    James Denton
    (he later wrote)
    Mike,
    I don't have 10.2.4 installed on my Lombard as of yet, but I have successfully copied the ATIRagePro.kext from 10.2.4 onto my Lombard running 10.2.3. A 'kextstat' reveals the following

    51    0 0x11ed7000 0x1a000    0x19000    com.apple.ATIRagePro (2.1.2)
    

    I can change resolutions to 800x600 and back to 1024x768 without any problems, and can also change from millions to thousands of colors without any problems.
    This is great news for those of us who have had to resort to patching the old extension and having various problems. I'm going to keep the patch on my website for those who are running 10.1.5.
    Kudos to Apple for finally giving Lombard owners the support they needed. "

    Another report from a Lombard owner:

    " After installing OS X 10.2.4 Update, I got ready to perform the ATIRagePro.kext hack yet again...
    After restarting on the installation, video seemed smoother than it ever has! On examining the Info.plist in ATIRagePro.kext, I noticed that the Lombard's video signature was already there. It seems Apple has finally made the fixes!
    No more problems changing resolution, etc, etc...
    Hurrah to Apple for continuing to support the old hardware!!
    -Mathew Eis "

    Still another one from a lombard owner:

    "I have been playing around with 10.2.4 on my lombard, and as far as I can tell video acceleration is working without the 'Ragepro Patch', which I de-installed before upgrading to 10.2.4.
    I can play full screen quicktime with no visible stuttering.
    This is great, it finally looks like Apple has done good. I'm guessing that this was done to fix issues with 'Keynote' which was had problems working on the lombard even though the requirements stated that it works with macs with 8 or more megs of ram. I don't know if there is any 3D acceleration as I'm not sure how to check this...Maybe I'll try to play a 3D game or something.
    Phil"

    I assume Beige G3 (rev B and later) and iMac rev B-D owners should also see improvements. (Rev A models of these macs had a RageII graphics chip).

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    Reader Note on 10.2.4 Update for users running Apache
    "Mike,
    You might want to note to readers that apparently 10.2.4 overwrites the httpd.conf file, which will cause problems for anyone who uses Apache with a custom configuration. The httpd.conf file is apparently backed up by the installer in the /etc/httpd directory.
    Peter Bethke"
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    Powerlogix Comments on Reports here of Dual 1.2GHz upgrades running 1.3GHz
    (Updated with additional notes)
    I've had 3 reports in the database here from PL Dual 1.2GHz in the last few days saying the upgrade was running at 1.3GHz, not 1.2GHz. I wrote PL to ask about this and here's the reply from Powerlogix:

    "Duals are set to 1.3 on series 100 and 1.33 on series 133, although we market them as 1.2gig. Singles are set to 1.2gig. We figure anyone spending money on a dual wants maximum performance, and these chips are actually 1.3gig chips according to our Motorola contacts.
    Robert Jagitsch
    Powerlogix
    (The question of CPU marking was asked, here's the reply)
    They are marked 1250. This was for Apple. 7.5:1 at 167 = 1250.
    Obviously in a 100mhz motherboard the choice is to overclock or underclock, as 1250 is impossible to select. So we chose to call it a 1200, benchmark it at 1200, and give the customer a 4% bonus over chip rating."


    While on the subject of PL, I'm still trying to get info on past bluechip G3 owner reports on repairs/warranty work. (Here's Robert's comment on that)

    " Yes, we are getting another batch in, perhaps as soon as today, for replacements.
    I'll have additional info on that for you later today, as well. "
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    Reader Feedback on Montage MM Software for OS X
    In yesterday's news I asked for reader feedback on the $149 Montage MM authoring software for OS X. Here's two reader replies:

    " Mike, I saw it and played with it at Macworld, and mentioned it in my Macworld SF report.
    It's certainly more full featured than iMovie... and not as full featured as FCP Express.

    In my opinion, if you want to learn how to edit video, and you have visions of doing it for the long term, buy FCP Express. You're putting the time in to learn a new interface, which is very valuable.

    If you just want to make movies on your own... home movies, etc... I'd try iMovie first and see how that suits you. It will suit most users fine. If you need more audio tracks, or grow out of iMovie, but are still doing it for fun/hobby, Montage looks great.
    I was pretty impressed with it.. and the price point is good.
    PS "

    Another reader wrote:

    "They call it the "The only consumer-priced alternative to Apple's iMovie software," but in order to export back to tape you have to export a DV Stream from Montage, import that into iMovie and then use iMovie to export to tape. Montage can import video via Firewire but the lack of export to tape makes this a $149 "iMovie helper." It could be that for some people the audio capabilities would make it worthwhile or for those disgusted with iMovie3 this may be a way to just use iMovie as a "Montage helper" to export its projects back to tape.

    The demo version does not allow exports. As I tell people looking at Final Cut Express, I'd wait on this one to see what Avid puts in the free DV NLE for Mac it will release in the middle of this year. If it's as capable as the free version of Pro Tools they have, it should be worth waiting for (and of course "free" is a nice price). I suspect Avid may even make "Avid Free DV" a little more robust than originally planned in order to get back at Apple for using the "Express" name in its light version of Final Cut (Avid's competing product is Xpress DV). Already Avid Free DV will have "two video tracks, four audio tracks, basic trimming and editing functionality, and up to two streams of real-time effects." If they wanted to kill Final Cut Express sales they could add batch capture to that list.

    Well, anyway it's good to finally see some alternatives in the low-priced end of the Mac video editing market. Pixela, the company that makes the DVD authoring software included with USB Instant DVD for Mac, says they will soon start selling CaptyDVD/VCD online as a standalone product. Based on what it sells for in Japan, I expect it will be around $150. A new freeware product allows you to use MPEG2 movies from BitVice and other encoders with CaptyDVD. It's called BitVice Helper (but again works with any m2v files) and it encodes an AIFF or WAV file to MPEG and multiplexes it with the m2v video file. The resulting program stream can also be used in standalone hard drive-based MPEG players. BV Helper also a a box you can check to "make DVD." That creates a video ts folder that can be burned to DVD with Toast and create a DVD (no menu, just the movie) that plays like any other DVD. BV Helper was created by Ross, who did MissingMPEGTools and some other very handy MPEG utilities for Mac.
    regards....
    Bob Hudson,
    Consultant to Innobits,
    makers of the BitVice
    MPEG2 encoder for Mac

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    Feedback on open-source HP OS X Printer Driver
    (Updated with more reader reports)
    A reader replied he didn't have any luck with the alternative HP printer drivers for OS X noted in yesterday's news. (These drivers were news to me and apparently many others, but my primary printers are Epson's and I don't keep up with every printer driver for OS X.)

    Mike
    I tried these and installed them according to the instructions but could not get it work at all (my printer is supported perfectly according to the instructions. my guess is you have to do some configuring in the terminal - but it finally got over my head (i was lost) and i reinstalled the HP regular drivers. (HP photosmart 1215)
    Frank F.

    Several other readers replied to this post - here's a few of the later samples

    "I installed the drivers, no hitches. Drivers were included and listed for my HP PSC 2210 and they worked fine on the computer via USB and showed up automatically via Rendezvous over the network. Howerver, I did notice that the printing quality (at least for black + white) was not as good as from the HP drivers (latest release). The text looked half-bold... less sharp. I printed the same PDF twice, first with open-source, then the regular HP drivers and the difference was clear, but not overwhelming. I'll be sticking to the HP issued drivers, myself.
    Mac OS 10.2.3 at time of testing, but the CUPS is third-party, so this shouldn't affect that aspect of it.
    Will G."

    " I tried the open source HP drivers yesterday and they seem to work OK. The "Foomatic + hpijs" drivers are selected and configured via the same process as the Gimp Print drivers. However, where the Gimp Print package recommends ESP Ghostscript for optimal performance the HP open source package lists it as a requirement. The Gimp Print driver offers more options and controls for graphics, but both work fine for printing text. I actually have a Samsung ML-1250 printer, but since Samsung did not release a 10.1 compatible driver until November 27, 2002 I have been using the Gimp Print HP LJ 6 series PCL driver.
    Regards,
    Ronald P.
    Sawtooth 500, 512 MB, 10.2.3
    Printing still works fine after the 10.2.4 update "

    " Mike, Just wanted to write in with my experience with HPIJS Drivers with my HP Photosmart 7350. I found this driver back when 10.2.2 didn't play nice with the HP Communication App. The driver worked very well, was simple, and did provide more connectivity options (IP Printing, etc, that is not included with HP's driver). There was one glaring exception though. The 7350 has a built in 4x6 photo tray for borderless 4x6 prints. The HPIJS did NOT support the extra tray and consequently did not support the borderless prints.
    At the time, it was a decent trade off to actually be able to print without having HP Communications eat the system alive. Since 10.2.3 came out, the HP drivers work fine (will be trying 10.2.4 this weekend).
    What I would suggest is this. Unless you are having major problems with the HP drivers, stick with the HP drivers. If you are having problems, or want to try an unsupported HP Inkjet printer, then the HPIJS will most likely work. Check out the supported printer list here:
    http://www.linuxprinting.org/macosx/hpijs/SupportedPrinters.html.
    There are some pretty old printers on that list, so if you have a printer in the basement and don't mind buying a USB --> Parallel adapter ($30), you can have a pretty cheap printer.
    For Reference my config is:
    Digital Audio 533MHz G4, upgraded to 933MHz 7450 G4
    USB HP Photosmart 7350
    Eric P. "

    "I installed HPIJS on my Dad's G4 Tibook for his HP2000C. No luck. Every page was at most one line of very large (2-3 inch) text. No response on HP's HPIJS forum. Gave up and installed Gimp Print. That works great, but is too slow. Similar results for using Samba printer sharing with both HPIJS and Gimp. So, now for anything of any size he prints to PDF, Samba's it over to his old PC, and prints from there.
    Wes"

    " Hi Mike, I used this exact method to help with my friend's HP PSC750 printer/scanner/fax combo. Since HP had dropped the ball on the drivers, I had brought the "hydra" to my place and spent about a month (pre-x-mas) with it to find a working solution. I had used the same drivers under Linux to make it work as a printer on the 1st try.
    Just about 3 weeks ago, I noticed the OS X variant and made a go off it. A1 success on my box (10.2.3 X Server) and A1 when installed at my friends' (10.2.3).
    Just follow the instruction to the letter. The CUPS printing system is solid.
    Cheers,
    Stephane
    PS I have not yet seen it working with 10.2.4 and would presume either re-install of the drivers to fit into CUPS or a new set if Apple changed things a lot. "
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    Rate Your CPU Upgrade Reports Database Updated
    The Rate Your CPU Upgrade database has been updated with 7 new reports this morning (from reader entries yesterday to 9AM EST today; entries made later today are posted the next newsday morning). Total to date: 8,053. Here's a summary of the updates added today :

    • MetaBox G3/233 in 8500/180 (rated 10)
    • Other World Computing G4/550 in B&W G3 (rated 8)
    • Powerlogix G4 1GHz Dual in G4/AGP (rated 10)
    • Powerlogix G4 1.2GHz Dual in G4/500 AGP (rated 1)
      (another report of 1.3GHz speeds - but this reader had problems)
    • Powerlogix G4 1.2GHz Dual in G4/733 AGP (rated 9)
      (3rd report of 1.3GHz speeds from the 1.2GHz dual..)
    • Sonnet G4 1.2GHz in G4/533 AGP (rated 9)
    • Sonnet G4 1GHz in G4/450 AGP (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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    CDRW/CD/DVD/Hard Drive/Cardreader Compatibility Database Update Listing
    The Drive Compatibility searchable database had 12 new reports added (reader entries from yesterday until 9AM EST today; entries later today are added the next newsday morning). (*Entries missing info, having no useful info, etc. are deleted. I'm just tired of emailing over and over for missing info, sorry. Also Search for answers, don't post questions there.*) 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 9,820 reports.

      DVD-ROM Drives:
    • IDE Matshita SR-8185 (6x DVD/24xCD) in iMac slot loading (OS X)

      DVD-R DVD Recorder Drives:
    • IDE Pioneer DVR-105 in Dual G4 DDR (OS X)
    • IDE Pioneer DVR-105 in G4/AGP (OS X)
    • IDE Pioneer DVR-105 in G4/AGP (OS X)
    • IDE Pioneer DVR-105 in G4 no AGP (Yikes) (OS X)
    • IDE Pioneer DVR-105 in G4/AGP (OS X)
      (problems noted)

      Expansion Bay CDRW Drives:
    • Sony CRX-700e (8x4x32) in PowerBook G3 lombard (OS 9.2)

      IDE CDRW Drives:
    • Lite-On LTR-52246S (52x24x52) in Dual G4 DDR (OS X)
      (FYI - Illustrated CD drive install guide here covers G4 towers up to the Digital Audio Model, Beige G3 MT, B&W G3 and 8600/9600 Macs.)

      Firewire CDRW Drives:
    • Lite-On LTR-52246S (52x24x52x) in FW Case used w/Powerbook G4 (OS X)

      USB Hard Drives:
    • IBM 20GB (IDE drive in USB case) used w/iBook 2001 (OS 9.2)
      (problems noted)

      Firewire Hard Drives:
    • Maxtor 80GB used w/G4 no AGP (yikes) (OS X)
      (problems noted w/10.2 - 10.2.4)

      IDE Hard Drives:
    • Seagate ST3120024A 120GB in iMac slot loading (OS X)

    You can find full owner reports (latest shown first) 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.)
    (Incomplete entries are deleted. Do not post questions in the database, it's for drive reports not questions on what drive to buy - for that try searching the database for reports from owners of your mac model on the drive type/brand/interface, etc. you're interested in.)

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