News Archive for: Monday, Feb. 6th, 2006 (later posted items first)
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Price Cuts on Mercury Firewire Hard Drives/Case Kits
(from site sponsor OWC)

" The OWC Neptune FireWire 400 line of solutions, with the latest Oxford 911+ Chipset, is great for Audio/Video, Music, Backup(Dantz/EMC Backup Certified), or general storage. These solutions are also fully bootable on any system with FireWire boot support. All models include: EMC/Dantz Retrospect Backup Software (Mac/PC), Intech HD Speedtools, FireWire Cable, Pretested/preformatted with 1yr OWC Warranty:
Price drops to existing models:
80GB 7200RPM w/2MB Data Buffer was $104.99, now $99.95
160GB 7200RPM w/8MB Data Buffer was $139.99, now $129.99
200GB 7200RPM w/8MB Data Buffer was $164.99, now $149.99
250GB 7200RPM w/8MB Data Buffer was $179.99, now $169.99
320GB 7200RPM w/8MB Data Buffer was $219.99, now $199.99
400GB 7200RPM w/8MB Data Buffer was $299.99, now $289.99

Neptune solutions listing online here:
http://eshop.macsales.com/shop/firewire/owc-neptune-drives
Also available - OWC Neptune Enclosure Kits to add your own 3.5" ATA Drive to - Now $47.99, cables included.
Best Regards,
Lawrence R. O'Connor
Other World Computing"

They also have a press release on Price cuts on 2.5-inch Portable Hard Drives up to 160GB, including Firewire 800 models.

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First Intel Core Duo iMac reports on UT2004 Univ. Binary Framerates
(reader replies to the previous news post on Mac UT2004 3369.2 update/universal binary.)

" "Hi Mike, These are the scores from my new (Intel) iMac:
  • iMac Intel Core Duo 2GHz
  • 20 inch Display (1680x1050 native resolution)
  • 2GB RAM
  • ATI X1600 (256MB VRAM)

=============================================
Flyby
=============================================

=> Settings:
UT Build: 3369.2
Resolution: 1680x1050
Sound: Disabled
Max settings

=> DM-Asbestos:
Min: 51.86
Avg: 106.67
Max: 431.1
Score: 79.39

=> DM-Anatalus:
Min: 40.44
Avg: 68.40
Max: 200.53
Score: 67.37

=============================================
Botmatch
=============================================

=> Settings:
UT Build: 3369.2
Resolution: 1680x1050
12 bots, Max settings

=> DM-Asbestos:
Min: 29.37
Avg: 70.83
Max: 145.97
Score: 68.42

=> DM-Anatalus:
Min: 15.43
Avg: 42.3
Max: 98.13
Score: 42.28

=============================================

And yes, it actually feels quite fast, too. :)
There's a picture attached showing the cpu usage when running Flyby DM-Asbestos. xlr8yourmac rules!
Best Regards, Andreas l."

" Here are the benchmarks for UT2004 (Universal Binary) Asbestos Flyby running at 1600x1050 with settings set to Maximum. (numbers rounded to 2 decimal places)

  • Avg FPS = 107.74
  • Min FPS = 49.95
  • Max FPS = 368.11
  • Score = 79.46

Here are the botmatch results (again DM-Asbestos 1680 X 1050 Maximum settings)

  • Avg FPS = 60.91
  • Min FPS = 19.69
  • Max FPS = 127.13
  • Score = 60.22

This was on a 20" 2GHz Intel Dual Core iMac with 1GB of RAM and stock 128MB graphics card.
Thanks, Charlie "

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Mac Media Center Apps Reviewed
" I just posted a round-up of the 4 mac-media-center apps currently available w/ some detailed examination of their various interfaces and current capabilities. njoi
http://www.macmediacenter.blogspot.com
Adam A.
arc design "
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DVRFlash (Mac OS X Pioneer drive firmware updater) now Universal Binary
(clip from LasVega's email this weekend)

" DVRFlash is a Universal Binary!
It has now been tested! DVRFlash is fully compatible with the new Intel Macs
-Las Vegas "
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Mac Case Conversions
(from recent reader mails. For various other Mac case conversions, see the Systems page)

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Apple Knowledge Base Doc Updates (Pro Apps, iDVD, iPod/iTunes, OS X)
(from Apple's weekly list)

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CDRW/DVD/Hard Drive/Storage Compatibility Database Update Listing
The Drive Compatibility Database had 9 new reports added this morning. (Entries later today are added the next newsday morning.) The database includes reports on CDRWs, Combo DVD-CDRW, DVD-ROM, DVD Burners, Hard Drives and Removables (tape drive, ORB, ZIP, MO drives, NAS, CF/Smartmedia readers, etc.) in all interface types (IDE, IDE RAID cards, SATA, Firewire, SCSI, USB, adapters). Current total - 15,540 reports. (searching by drive type/brand, mac model etc. listed below will show the full reports, most recent first - does not include updates to previous reports) iApps burn support mentioned in reports unless otherwise noted.

    DVD+R/RW + DVD-R/RW Drives:
  • IDE LG GSA-4167B in B&W G3 (OS 9.2)
    (Illustrated CD drive install guide here covers B&W G3.)
  • IDE Liteon SLW831S in PowerBook G4 (OS X 10.4)
    (used Cable mods to force master mode)
  • USB (cased) Pioneer DVR-110D used w/iMac G5 (OS X 10.4)
  • IDE Pioneer DVR-109 in Dual G4 (OS X 10.4)
    (Illustrated CD drive install guide here covers G4 towers up to the digital audio model and Beige/B&W G3 towers.)

    Hard Drives:
  • Firewire (PCI Express card) connected Lacie d2 Extreme 250GB used w/G5 Tower (OS X 10.4)
    (noted SIIG FW card slower than onboard FW)
  • IDE Seagate ST3300622AS 300GB in G5 Tower (OS X 10.4)
  • IDE Seagate ST960812A 60GB in iBook 2001 (OS X 10.4)
    (FAQ's iBook section has links to drive upgrade guides)
  • IDE Seagate ST9100824A 100GB in PowerBook G4 (OS X 10.4)
    (FAQ's Powerbook section has links to drive upgrade/take apart guides)
  • SCSI Quantum Atlas II 4.5GB in 7200 (OS 9.1)
    (mentioned problems getting drive to mount at startup - I think that's jumper setting related but can't remember the jumper function/name related to that. I think I mentioned this many years ago when I used a Quantum atlas SCSI drive back then. I think it may have been a jumper needed on "Delay Spin" position or similar name.)

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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