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Top stories of Jan 4th, 2001:

Audio Column on Faster Drive Controllers/Moving Projects from PC to Mac:
Mark Fassett sent Issue 64 of our Mac Audio column covering his search for a faster drive controller. Also included are tips on transferring Cubase VST projects from PC to Mac and more.
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7200/90 Owner Report on Sonnet PCI CPU Upgrade Card:
One of today's Rate Your CPU Upgrade database entries contained the first report I've seen on the Sonnet PCI CPU card upgrade for 7200 class machines (which have no CPU card slot). Click Here for Details.
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Iomega 12/10/32 CDRW - How To Flash Plextor Firmware:
A forum post here noted a link to a (PC) site with info on how to change the drive name (firmware signiture) and flash the drive with the latest Plextor 1.07 firmware. A reader who bought the drive during a limited time $99.xx sale also sent a report on this tip as well as comments on DAE performance in several applications. Click Here for Details.
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Outpost Filling Backorders on PB Bluechip G3/500 Upgrade:
Bob Friede reported that Outpost.com has shipped his long backordered BlueChip G3/500 PowerBook upgrade by Powerlogix. Their web page today still shows "taking pre-orders" on the G3/500, but they list the $100 cheaper G3/466 version ($549.95) as in stock with free overnight delivery (USA). (Search for "Blue Chip" to find the product pages.) The Rate Your CPU Upgrade database here has several owner reports on this upgrade from PB G3 Wallstreet owners.
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Aurora $1000 Off Promo on Uncompressed Video Igniter Card/Upgrade:
Aurora Video Systems announces $1000 off all Igniter Uncompressed Products, through February 28, 2001. This discount covers all Igniter Uncompressed bundles and Uncompressed Upgrade options. For more information about the promotion and the bundle prices, see the full press release.
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Charismac to show Discribe 4.0 at MWSF:
Charismac has a press release noting they will be demonstrating version 4.0 of their Discribe CDRW software at Macworld San Francisco next week (booth #4127). Version 4.0 is said to have a new interface, drag and drop MP3 support and include version 2.0 of their AudioScribe utility for transferring audio from Vinyl, Tape, or voice. If you're at the show, stop by their booth for a free evaluation CD.
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Reader Driver Tip for OS 9 and Twin Turbo Graphics Card:
A reader sent a tip that may help Twin Turbo owners running OS 9 with a G4 system:

" The latest (and final) IXMicro Twin Turbo 128 driver 4.0.6 is unstable and buggy under Mac OS 9.0.4 on a Dual 500 G4 tower system. Use custom install option on the mac OS 9.0.4 install CD to install the Apple 9600 accelerated video driver instead.
Douglas Godfrey "

As noted in the Video cards section of the FAQ, IXMicro (RIP) graphics card drivers are available at the "Tech Center" tab at OWC's site specials page.

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Mac Drive Compatibility Database Updates:
The Drive Compatibility searchable database had 25 new entries added (current total 2,377). Entries from after midnight are added the following day. Note: I've added "Firewire to SCSI Adapter" as an interface type. I welcome reports on drives used with adapters. (Please note the adapter brand/model and if the drive was bootable in your comments.)

    DVD ROM Drives:
  • IDE Hitachi GD-7000 in PowerTower Pro w/PCI IDE card
    (notes patched DVD player didn't work for movies however)
  • IDE Toshiba SM1402 (12x40x) in Beige G3

    CDRW Drives:
  • USB Iomega zipcd650 w/iBook
  • IDE Acer 8432A in Beige G3 DT
    (notes worked well but returning it due to DT bezel fit problems)
  • IDE Creative RW8438E in Beige G3
    (listed under "other brands")
  • IDE Teac CD-W54E (didn't note speeds) in B&W G3
  • IDE Yamaha CRW4260tx in Beige G3
    (includes comments on modifying the Bezel to fit)
  • Firewire Que 12/10/32 w/PB G3 Lombard (w/Newer FW2GO card)
  • Firewire Que 8x4x32x w/G4 AGP
  • Firewire Sony crx145e/XI w/B&W G3
  • SCSI Panasonic CW-7502 (Ext.) w/PB G3 Lombard
  • SCSI Ricoh MP7060S (Ext.) w/Beige G3
  • SCSI Yamaha 8424s in G4/AGP (using 29160n card)
  • SCSI Yamaha 4416S (Ext) with 61-8100

    Hard Drives:
  • IDE IBM Travelstar 20GB in PB G3 Lombard
    (install similar to the PB firewire - see this guide)
  • IDE IBM Travelstar 20GB in PB G3 Firewire
  • IDE IBM Travelstar 20GB in PB G3 Wallstreet2
    (see this illustrated install guide)
  • IDE IBM 75GXP 60GB in Beige G3
    (notes using FWB drivers vs Apple to fix restart issue)
  • IDE IBM 75GXP 45GB in iMac
  • IDE IBM 75GXP 45GB in G4/AGP
  • IDE IBM 75GXP 30GB in B&W G3 (rev 1) w/PCI IDE card
  • IDE Fujitsu 20GB in iBook
  • IDE Maxtor 40GB in Beige G3
  • IDE Quantum 20GB in iMac
  • IDE Quantum 10GB in 9500 w/PCI IDE card
    (noted no A/V issues with the VST IDE card)

You can find these full reports by searching the database with the drive/brand/mac models listed above selected (the latest reports are shown first in searches).
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.

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Rate Your CPU Upgrade Database Updates:
The Rate Your CPU Upgrade database has been updated with 12 new reports (total to date: 5,022). [Entries from after midnight will be added the following day.]

  • Newer Tech G3/466 in PowerBook Wallstreet 1 (rated 10)
    (reviewed here in my PB G3/250 Wallstreet w/install guide)
  • Newer Tech G3/500 in 8600/300 (rated 3)
    (ram related issues noted)
  • Newer Tech G3/220 in 6116CD (rated 9)
  • OWC G3/400 (rated 10)
  • PowerLogix BlueChip G3/500 in PB G3 wallstreet2 (rated 10)
  • PowerLogix Zforce G3/266 ZIF in 7500/100 (rated 10)
  • Sonnet G3/250 in 8100/80 AV (rated 10)
  • Sonnet G3/400 in 7200 (rated 7)
  • Sonnet G3/300 in Starmax 3000/240 (rated 9)
  • Sonnet G3/250 in 6100/66 (rated 10)
  • Sonnet G3/300 in 7100/66 (rated 7)
  • XLR8 G3/400 ZIF in Beige G3 (rated 9)

You can find these 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)

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Video Card Game/Benchmark Performance Database Updated:
Updates to the Mac Game/Video Card Performance database included:

  • Quake3 retail (640x480) results from iMac G3/333 using iMac Game Wizard
    (assuming he replaced CPU module, since only iMac 233's had the mezzanine slot required for the game wizard card)

Total entries in the database to date: 2,310. If you haven't already, enter your results with any of the game titles or benchmarks listed on the entry page (details on how to test are there). If you're curious how a CPU upgrade or new Video card would help game performance, the search page options can help you find similar system/configurations to get an idea before you buy.
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Software Updates, Apple TILs, Other Net News:
Reported By: Barney Buoy

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