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Accelerate Your Mac! News Archive for: 1/16/2001 Tuesday's NewsReturn to Accelerate Your Mac!

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Top stories of Jan. 16th, 2001:

ATX Power Supply Conversion in 8600/9600:
Reader Dick Moore sent an article w/photos and diagrams on putting a PC ATX Power Supply in an 8600/9600. (Other ATX/Case conversion articles are linked on the Systems page, in the G3 Macs and Older Macs sections.)
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DVI Cinema Display with PC DVI Graphics Cards:
I spotted a PC site with info on using the previous DVI version Cinema Display (reviewed here) with PC graphics cards with DVI interfaces such as the Hercules GeForce DDR line. (This info is for PC users of course, as the PC GeForce cards won't work in a Mac.) The current ADC Cinema displays however won't work with DVI graphics cards - they require the OEM ADC Apple graphics cards/systems which supply 28 Volt power to the monitor - DVI doesn't. See for details. Most PC graphics cards don't support the 1600x1024 wide-screen mode of the Cinema display. Down the page are also some notes on using SGI's Displays (DVI models) with other than the card they ship with the PC version. (Note that the DFP interface SGI LCD displays being blown out now are not compatible with DVI interface graphics cards without the SGI Multilink adapter.)
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Radeon Now in ATI's Trade-Up Program:
A reader sent a note that the Radeon AGP (reviewed here) and PCI models are now part of the ATI Trade-Up program. I went to ATI's site and found their ATI Trade-Up Program page which has links to the USA and Canadian order forms as well as a Mac FAQ with typical questions answered. Cost is $185 plus $10 shipping (US shipping cost) for either the AGP or PCI versions. According to the order form, this offer is good for both ATI cards or other brands of Mac graphics cards.
FYI: Note that currently sells the Radeon AGP for $209.95 [enter 69751 in search box], and after the $30 rebate [PDF file] the price is less than the trade-up program, and you get to keep your old graphics card. The $30 rebate as well as the trade-up program however are valid in the USA and Canada only. The rebate offer was recently extended until March 31, 2001.
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Nubus Mac Owners - How to Use IDE Drives:
Rick Pepper sent an update to his review and install guide on the ACard ARS-2000FW IDE to SCSI Adapter. with comments on successful testing on a Nubus Mac. For very old Mac owners, this is the only way I know to use today's fast/cheap/large IDE hard drives.

" Mike,
I was able to confirm that this adapter works with both NuBus - and a 68k one (Q950) at that, under OS 7.5.5, and with an ATA/33 drive. Using Speedometer the speed to my Hitachi 7200 RPM drive connected narrow to a JackHammer = 10MB was 2.6, the speed to a 5400 RPM 6.4GB Maxtor on the external = 5MB bus was 2.1 - very relative numbers, but I think they allow me to feel good about saying this is a viable solution for anyone just looking for space. I was also able to capture to it with Sound Designer 2 (!) without trouble. - once I re-formatted it down to 4GB. I would speculate that Acard specs ATA/66 and 100 in order to deliver the throughput with Ultra-wide installs. For low end things like 5MB narrow SCSI, this ATA/33 drive appears to work fine.

In fact, this drive had previously been installed in my PowerCurve and connected to a TurboMax, formatted with Drive Setup 1.9.1 (HFS.) It showed up upon bootup - even reported 5GB in disk, 1GB available.
It works!! Storage Power to the NuBus owners!!!

For more details on the adapter including sources, photos and setup/install tips - see Rick's Review.

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Reader Tip on OS 9.1 Install w/Single G4 Converted to Dual G4 CPUs:
(Update - another reader with the dual G4 CPU module swap said he installed 9.1 after booting from a Gigabit Ethernet G4's System CD. He didn't note any immediate problems with OS 9.1.)
Yesterday's news had reports of problems running OS 9.1 on pre-Gigabit G4 Macs that had a dual G4 CPU module swap (see our Illustrated Guide to Dual G4 CPU Module Swap posted last year) The only successful report I've gotten is from a reader that noted he used a Gigabit G4 Software Restore CD (OS 9.04) on the drive first, then updated to OS 9.1.

" Hi Mike.
I'd just like to say that I have swapped in a dual 500 board on a machine that originally had a single 400 mhz processor. I had no problems updating to OS 9.1.

(he later wrote)
My G4 was an earlier (non gigabit) model 400mhz. My 9.04 install was from a gigabit ethernet G4 (installed OS by using the MacOS image from the Software Restore CD- another way to get a system install if the system installer wont start on your mac model).
Jay "

I don't know if that would help others, but if any other readers have swapped in a dual G4 CPU in a single G4 (pre-Gigabit Ethernet) system can test this please let me know.

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iTunes Extension Works as Hybrid CD/DVD/CDRW Reader:
A reader replied to a post inyesterday's news on another reader's hacked hybrid extension to note that the same functionality is in the iTunes CD/DVD extension:

" Mike,...
I have been using the iTunes Apple CD/DVD Driver on my G4-450 Dual Processor with a Yamaha 8424EZ with the same result. Not having to use the "Toast" Driver is that result.

For those that have CDRW drives that the iTunes extension doesn't work with, it might be worth trying the reader's version however.

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Oni Full Version Review:
Gamecenter has posted a review of Oni (PC version of course). The gaming area of the forums here have had several threads on impressions of Oni based on the Mac demo version.
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Mac Drive Compatibility Database Updates:
The Drive Compatibility searchable database had 14 new entries added (current total 2,518). 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.)

    CDROM Drives:
  • IDE Teac CD-540E 40x in G4/AGP
    (includes tips and audio test results)

    CDRW Drives:
  • IDE Sony CRX160E/A1 (12x/8x/32x) in G4/AGP
    (includes step-by-step iTunes/Disc Burn install tips)
  • SCSI APS 4416CDRW in PowerCenter/Pro
    (iTunes burns OK he said, running OS 9.1)
  • SCSI Plextor PX 4220 w/G4 AGP
    (notes not iTunes burn compatible)
  • SCSI Plextor PX-W1210S w/6100
  • USB Que 4x4x8x w/Beige G3

    Hard Drives:
  • IDE Maxtor 30GB in B&W G3 (rev 1) w/PCI IDE card
  • IDE Maxtor 40GB in Beige G3
    (used my 1998 Beige G3 MT HD Upgrade guide)
  • IDE Maxtor 20GB in iMac
    (not sure he realized you have to run drive setup to format the drive - I noted this page as a guide)
  • IDE Maxtor 30GB in iMac
    (includes install tips)
  • IDE Seagate 8.6G in Performa 5200CD
    (owner also submitted 3 other reports on small/obsolete drives)

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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CPU Upgrade Reader Reports Database Updated:
The Rate Your CPU Upgrade database has been updated with 5 new reports (total to date: 5,087). [Entries from after midnight will be added the following day.]

  • Metabox G4/450 2MB cache in 9600/200 MP (rated 10)
  • Newer Tech G4/450 in B&W G3 (rated 8)
    (update after 6 months at 550MHz)
  • Powerlogix G3/500 in PowerCenter Pro 180 (rated 9)
  • XLR8 CarrierZIF w/G3 400 ZIF in Umax J700 (rated 10)

  • G4/PCI 400MHz (Yikes) OC report

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

  • Falcon 4 (800x600) results from 400MHz G4/AGP w/Voodoo5 PCI (32bit/4xFSAA mode)
  • Throughput 1.4 results from 500MHz G4/AGP w/Rage128 Pro
    (two entries - one with OS 9.04 and one with OS 9.1 - Copybits on OS 9.1 was 192MB/sec, on OS 9.04 it was 95MB/sec. OS 9.1 more than doubled performance in that test !? )

Total entries in the database to date: 2,328. 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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Rate Your Mac Games (Reader Reviews Database) Updated:
Today's Reader's Rate Their Mac Games database updates included a review of Alpha Centauri. Total reviews including all titles is 703. Since each review entry also notes system details like CPU type/speed, RAM and Video card type, these reviews are also good to see how well games play on various Mac models and video cards (important to know before you buy). If you've not already done so enter a game review.
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Software Updates, Apple TILs, Other Net News:
Reported By: Barney Buoy

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