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News stories of Feb. 25th, 2003:

Soldier of Fortune II 1.0.3 Update
I don't own the game but saw the huge (35+MB) update listed at Macupdate.

    Version 1.0.3 adds the following:
  • Added rebuilt mp_col2 to fix known map hole.
  • Added new Kamchatka map mp_kam5
  • Added new Shop map mp_shop2 Other
  • Added new shell art to update to GOLD Edition
  • Fixed disappearing weapon issue on certain maps
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Apple releases iDisk Utility for Windows XP
Brett O'Malley sent a note that Apple has released an iDisk Utility for Windows XP. It was noted on the main mac.com page tonight. The download page is at http://www.mac.com/1/idiskutility_download.html which notes:

" iDisk Utility for Windows requires Windows XP. Some functionality of iDisk Utility for Windows requires a .Mac membership. If you aren't a .Mac member yet, you can learn more about .Mac benefits or sign up for a free trial today at http://www.mac.com."

See the download page for installation info.

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USB Wireless Adapter Drivers for OS X
(from a reader email - in the past I could find no USB to Wireless drivers for OS X - the Skyline and macwireless drivers were only listed for OS 9, not X.)

" Mike,
I thought you might want to update your USB Networking information.
I have hacked (and describe it) the Belkin F5D6050 drivers to work with my (Netgear) MA101 USB 802.11b adapter. It should work with other hardware as well. (may depend on chipset used)
If you want to, please feel free to reference http://www.mcquitty.net/Thomas/projects/USBWirelessOSX.html for further info.
Thomas"

I didn't realize that Belkin even had Mac drivers and their Mac products page does not list the USB/Wireless adapter as of today. But I've updated the FAQ's Networking section item on Airport/Wireless options for older Macs (w/o airport card slot) for this info.
Although they don't list it on their Mac products page, the F5D6050 drivers page includes both OS X 10.1 and 10.2 drivers. (And today they had refurbished USB/wireless (F5D6050) adapters for $37.99 with the same warranty as a new product, which lists for $79.99.)

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Latest article on Sony DVD Recorder drives in new iMacs
Originally the "superdrive" (DVD recorder) drives Apple shipped were all Pioneer DVR series (DVR-105, 104 or 103, from latest to oldest models) but last fall there were reports from some iMac G4 owners that their DVD recorder drive was an Hitachi/LG model. (See this Oct. 30th, 2002 news page.) Recently some new iMac G4 owners have noted their drive is a Sony. The brand of drive used can vary by production run, and I'm not sure how common the Sony drives are. Tim Smith sent a link to a Cnet news story on the Sony drives in some iMacs, noting that the "+" (+R/+RW) support of the drive has been disabled. (As you know, the Pioneer DVR series support DVD-R/-RW, not DVD+R/+RW but Sony has some models that support both +R/+RW and -R/-RW DVD recordable media - there's a few reports on the DRU-500A in the drive database here.)
The article mentions only DVD-R is supported (of course CDR/CDRW is also), but X's Disk Copy has a menu that allows erasing DVD-RW media and I think some readers have noted iDVD3 worked with DVD-RW media (in their Pioneer drives). In fact, I noted back on Oct. 2001 that 10.1.0 had some DVD-RW support. (Toast5 does also of course.)
If any new iMac owner that shipped with the Sony drive has tested using DVD-RW discs, let me know.
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Radeon 8500 owner notes OS 9 boot freeze with latest drivers
Update: A contact at ATI called to say that there's no change in the actual drivers, only the OS X installer was changed to fix a bug where later drivers present in 10.2.3 or later could be overwritten with older ones (this happened in the past to some readers - the fix was to reinstall the 10.2.3 or later update via a download version).
Also the reader that reported the OS 9 boot hang after running the 8500 driver installer in 10.2.4 said running Diskwarrior on the drive solved the problem.

A reader with ATI 9000 Pro replied to this post mentioning he had problems with Kaleidoscope 2.3 in OS 9.2.2:

" Hi, Mike, I had the same problem-'finder quit' and shortly thereafter frozen desktop in OS 9 with a new Radeon 9000 pro I was auditioning. I went as far as reinstalling 9.2.2 . With the help of Conflict Catcher 9's color labeling of my previous extensions;
I traced it to the latest version of Kaleidoscope 2.3. Maybe it relates to your readers install problem(?).
Regards.
frank "

I know Kaleidoscope is a cool utility, but as a general rule I've always avoided add-ons like that to minimize the possibility of compatibility issues. I prefer to run 'lean' so to speak, conserving cpu cycles/resources, as well as reducing the likelihood of problems now or in the future from driver/OS updates.

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ATI (AGP and PCI) Drivers updated for 10.2.4 (Installer Change/Bug fix only)
*Update* - an ATI contact called to say that there is no driver change - the Feb 24th update was to the OS X installer only to fix a bug where the installer would overwrite some later files present in 10.2.3/10.2.4. (original news item from a reader email)

"Mike, I noticed that ATI has changed their RADEON 700 Driver. The driver looks essentially the same but, ATI says that they updated it on February the 24th. (it now shows support for OS X 10.2.4) Thought you might like to know. Here's the link
Corey A."

On a hunch I searched for ATI Mac AGP card drivers there and see the same Feb. 24th update note (and 10.2.4 noted) for the 8500 Radeon Mac edition drivers page. The driver page linked there as of Noon EST today still calls it the "Oct. 2002" driver update - but notes 10.2.4. (I've not read the full release notes yet and this may be an installer change to support 10.2.4, but I'll try to find out what if any driver changes are present.) See the release notes linked on the download for more details but as of this morning it has not been updated to list OS X 10.2.4. (These drivers typically work with other Radeon/Rage128 series cards in the past, although some features are only supported on retail models (OEM cards do not have video out, etc.)

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OS X 10.2 Burn Support files for Plextor PX-320A Combo Drive, Samsung SM316 Combo Drive, Samsung SW232B/SW248F and LG 8520 CDRW
(Playing catchup on some recent mails related to OS X Jaguar modified burn support files for various unsupported drives)
Phil sent an OS X 10.2.x Modified Plextor device-plugin file edited for burn support for the Plextor PX-320A (20x10x40x + 12x DVD-ROM) drive.
Jordan T. sent a Modified Samsung device-plugin file edited for the SW-248F (48x24x48x) CDRW drive. NOTE - if your SW-248 drive is reported by Apple System Profiler as a "248B" (16x CDRW rating vs 24x for the "F" model), use this Samsung device-plugin file instead, from Anthony Tambourino.
George G. sent a Modified Samsung SW-232B (32x10x40x) device-plugin and LG device plugin edited for the GCE-8520 (52x24x52x) drive..
(I've added this to the listings of other drive plugins in the FAQ's CDROM/CDR section for future reference.)
NOTE: The modified file replaces the original one of the same name already on your hard drive. (Use sherlock to search for the device-plugin file of the same name as the download file - it's a very long path in OS X.) You can't replace the existing file under OS X due to permissions unless you use the terminal to enable root user, or do a get-info on the file to change permissions temporarily, or just reboot into OS 9 and replace the file.
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More Raves on Bluetooth control utility (Clicker) for Sony Ericsson Bluetooth phones
Yesterday's news had download links, reader comments and a demo movie on the "Clicker" (Controller utility) for Sony Ericsson bluetooth phones. Another reader sent raves on it:

"Mike,
As usual, thanks for an incredibly useful site.
This SonyEricsson Clicker software is truly revolutionary. I know Dimitri T. already sent you a video, but I wanted to remark on my experience with this. With a SonyEricsson T68i, you get a color screen, backlighted, wireless, non-line of sight, remote for any modern Mac!

The Sony Ericsson Clicker remotely controls iTunes, iDVD, PowerPoint, and Keynote from any of four different Bluetooth-enabled SonyEricsson phones. Although it is beta software, in my tests, it was flawless and all phone/computer interactions were instantaneous. It can be downloaded from:
http://homepage.mac.com/jonassalling/Shareware/index.html
(same link noted in yesterday's news page)

The install was 148KB and it took me all of 1 minute to install in my [Home Directory]/Library/PreferencePanes - you may have to create your own PreferencePanes folder if it does not already exist.

This software will install new menus under /Connect/Accesories on your T68i so you can wirelessly control your Mac (via Bluetooth: you are not using the cellular network). This is too cool!
By the way, Mike, a SonyEricsson T68i can be had for free from Amazon.com, after rebates, with a T-Mobile subscription.
My Keyspan USB remote is definitively going into retirement! Regards,
Francisco M."

(See the 'miss a day' link for direct news item links to yesterday's news items on this utility.)

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Rate Your CPU Upgrade Reports Database Updated
The Rate Your CPU Upgrade database has been updated with 4 new reports this morning (reader entries from yesterday; entries today are added the next newsday morning). Total to date: 8,108. Here's a summary of the updates added today :

  • Giga Designs G4 1GHz in G4/450 AGP (rated 8)
  • Powerlogix G4 1.2GHz dual in G4/733 AGP (rated 10)
  • Sonnet G4 1.2GHz in G4/400 AGP (rated 10)
  • Sonnet G3/450 in 8600/250 (rated 8)

(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 16 new reports added (reader entries from yesterday; entries 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 9,911 reports.

    Combo DVD+CDR Drives:
  • IDE LG GCC-4480B (48x24x48x +16x DVD-ROM) in G4/AGP (OS X)
    (using burn support plugin in the FAQ here)
  • IDE Philips RWDV3210K/00 (32x10x40x +12x DVD-ROM) in G4/AGP (OS X)
    (using modified device plugin for burn support)
  • IDE Plextor PX-320A (40x20x10x + 12x DVD-ROM) in G4/AGP (OS X)
    (FAQ has jaguar burn support plugin)

    DVD-R DVD Recorder Drives:
  • IDE Pioneer DVR-105 in G4/AGP (OS X)
  • IDE Pioneer DVR-104 in eMac (OS X)

    DVD-R + DVD RAM Drives:
  • IDE Panasonic LF-D311 in 95/9600 (OS 9.1)
    (problems noted with DVD-RAM discs)

    IDE CDRW Drives:
  • Lite-On LTR-52246S (52x24x52x) in Dual G4 DDR (OS X)
  • Samsung SW-248B (48x16x48x) in 9600 using IDE PCI Card (OS X)
    (using modified device plugin file)
  • Samsung SW-232B (32x10x40x) in G4/AGP (OS X)
    (using burn support plugin from FAQ here)
  • Verbatim (48x16x48x) in G4/AGP (OS 9.2)
    (listed under "other brands", no iapps burn support, unknown mechanism)
    (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-32123S (32x12x40) in FW Case used w/Dual G4 (OS X)
    (using modified burn support plugin in FAQ)

    IDE Hard Drives:
  • Maxtor 200GB in Dual G4 DDR using IDE PCI card RAID (OS X)
  • Maxtor 80GB in B&W G3 (OS 9.2)
  • Quantum Fireball LCT 8GB and 13GB in 8600 using IDE PCI Card (OS 9.1)
  • Seagate ST3120023A 120GB in G4/AGP (OS X)
  • Western Digital WD1600JBRTL 160GB using IDE PCI Card (OS 9.2)
    (Illustrated guide to adding a 2nd HD here in B&W G3 rev2 and G4 towers up to the QuickSilver models.
    IDE articles page RAID section has an illustrated guide for adding 2 more drives in the side bays.)

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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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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