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Top stories of Jan. 4th, 2002:

160GB Maxtor Drive Fully Supported by Acard ATA/100 Card Update:

There have been news posts and database entries here previously about the >128GB IDE drives not being able to be fully utilized (even with multiple partitions) with either the onboard IDE (ATA/66 at best in current macs) or the ATA/66-ATA/100 PCI IDE Mac controller cards. Acard's ATA/133 firmware update (noted some time back here) for their ATA/100 card was expected to add support (fix the addressing limit) to fully support these drives, but this is the first (Mac) report I've had from a 160GB drive owner noting the full drive size was usable.
" Good news...
I got the Maxtor 160gb drive and ran into the problem posted here in which the drive only formatted to 128gb instead of the full 160gb. I bought the Acard 6280M from Other World Computing and installed it today. Out of the box the card did work without a hitch, but the drive still only formatted to 128gb. I went on to Acard's web site and found a 1.2 driver update (1.0 is the card's current bios version). The update for OS X is two .kext files that need to be replaced in the system (as root of course).

After the update, I ran Disk Utility and the drive now formats at 152.67[GB]!!!
So for anyone who want full compatability for large drives, Acard's 6280M will do the job with the updated drivers.
Brian Dayton"

Since Acard partnered with Maxtor on the ATA/133 card (noted in a press release earlier this year), I expected the larger drives would be supported, but good to get verification on that. I searched Acard's site and here is their page with Mac driver updates. It lists an OS X update for the 6820/6880 cards and 2.10 firmware updates for the 6280/6880 cards. (I asked Brian if he applied a firmware update and the OS X update, or just the OS X update. I also asked if the full drive size was usable in OS 9. (He later replied OS 9 sees the full size now - despite not flashing the card.)

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Predictions of New Mac System Configurations for MWSF:
(removed since all of spy mac's predictions were wrong - no PDA, no new Towers, and wrong on the new iMac models screen size, CPU type, etc. - 15" LCD iMacs with G4/700 to 800mhz CPUs. 14" iBook model announced on the high end. See Apple's web site for the latest info.)
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Quake3 1.31 beta2 Update for OS X:
A reader sent a note that ID's FTP site has a v1.31 beta update to Quake3 for OS X. (Server may be busy so keep trying.)
Note: A forum thread here noted a loss of the demo (and how to get it back) and comments on lower performance than v1.30. I've not tried 1.31b2 yet, but just a FYI....
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DVD Studio Pro 1.2 Update adds support for Firewire DVD-R+DVD RAM drives, More:
Apple has posted a 1.2 update to DVD Studio Pro and notes the following changes:

    " This free update to DVD Studio Pro 1.2 adds support for external Firewire drives that use the Panasonic combination DVD-RAM/DVD-R mechanism, such as the LaCie DVD-RAM/R drive. This updater also improves the output of DLT tapes that are sent for replication, particularly those that use copy protection technologies, such as Macrovision and CSS. "

The form to download the update is at http://www.apple.com/dvdstudiopro/update/.

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Appearance Sounds Utility for OS X:
Although I disable them personally in OS 9 (old tip to prevent popping/noises in OS 9's DVD player), for those that miss Appearance Sounds in OS X, give Unsanity.com's Xounds 1.0 ($7 shareware) a try. They note "Xounds will convert your existing MacOS 8 or 9 soundsets.... although not all event sounds are being played yet in this version of Xounds, we are working on bringing more of them for the future versions of this useful haxie".
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Reader Notes FSAA Options in OS X Update to Red Faction:
[Note: The Red Faction 1.2 update (includes OS X compat.) is now available at this MacGamefiles page.]
" Mike,
I got a hold of the OS X update for Red Faction. Not that big of a deal until I noticed something in the intro screen. It was detecting that I had a Radeon and giving me the option for 2X and 4X FSAA. I took a few quick screen shots. One is 4X and one is FSAA off. I can't really see any difference so I'm not sure if it's really working or not. I can tell you that 4X did seem to slow things down some.
Kevin
PS....The screen shots are attached. "

I examined Kevin's two 800x600 screenshots and didn't see any evidence of FSAA enabled. (Still saw fine jaggies on edges of objects). Perhaps this option is in preparation for a future driver update (the long-awaited driver update with FSAA support ). I suspect the Radeon 8500 will ship with FSAA enabled drivers, but only time will tell. (It's to be shown at Macworld SF next week.) Hopefully there will be a driver update with FSAA for the original Radeon card (reviewed here in Oct. 2000) also.

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Status on BlueChip G4 CPU Upgrades for PB G3 Wallstreet and Lombards:
I wrote Powerlogix to ask what the status was of the Bluechip G4/500 upgrades for Wallstreet and Lombard PowerBooks.

"...the WS [wallstreet] boards are shipping, we sent some to OWC already with more coming in from our assembly house, the LS [lombard] boards are scheduled to be available in the next few days with most of the cards going to the MacWorld show.
Best Regards,
Robert"

I've added "Powerlogix Bluechip G4" as an upgrade model to the Rate Your CPU Upgrade database and welcome reports from Bluechip G4 owners.

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OS 9 iTunes Support file for LG 8160B (16/10/40) IDE CDRW drive:
Reader Phil Anderson sent an OS 9 modified support file for the LG 8160B (16/10/40 ) IDE CDRW drive. I've updated the FAQ's CDROM/CDR section to include this version along with the previously posted OS X support file. (I do not own this drive and have not tested these files - the are provided as-is with no warranty of any kind.)
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Faster Toshiba Combo DVD/CDRW and Portable CDRW Drives:
" You may have seen this already, but if not, here's an upgrade to watch for: SD-R1202 and SR-C8102.

"Toshiba will begin shipping the SD-R1202 desktop combination drive [16x10x40x + 12x DVD] in mid-November and the SR-C8102 slim-line CD-R/RW drive [16x10x24x] in mid-December."
www.toshiba.com/taecdpd/news/press42.shtml
Don "

I don't know if these drives are shipping yet, but if anyone buys one post a drive database report. Hopefully the R1202 Combo drive will be as Mac compatible as the R1102 (8x8 + 8x DVD) model, which worked plug and play in my G4 tower in OS 9 and OS X. (Others noted it worked well also in drive database reports.)

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Conflict Catcher 9 Update:
Casaday and Greene sent a press release on Conflict Catcher 9

    Casady & Greene releases Conflict Catcher 9, a major upgrade to their #1 Startup Manager!

    Conflict Catcher 9 sports a new look, new name and new features requested by loyal users.
    Powerful new Conflict Catcher 9 now features:
    *Faster, easier and simpler Conflict testing
    *Logging of intermittent problems
    *Enhanced USB and FireWire reporting
    *Many more group links such as AOL and MS Office
    *More Reference Library file definitions as well as quick hot links to all your startup files

    Registered users of Conflict Catcher 8 may upgrade for only $29.95. As an added bonus, a full version of InfoGenie 2 is included free (a $49.95 value)! To upgrade, please visit: http://www.conflictcatcher.com/upgrade.html The upgrade is available as an electronic download (the physical product will be shipping soon).

    Conflict Catcher 9 has a suggested retail price of $79.95. Free with the purchase is a full version of InfoGenie 2 (a $49.95 value)"

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CDRW/CD/DVD/Hard Drive Compatibility Database Updates
The Drive Compatibility searchable database had 15 new reports added today. 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 6,047 reports! [Entries from today are added the following newsday morning.]
(Note - ** Please include your CD/CDRW Drive Speed in the entry **. And please do not post questions in the database, use email for that and check the database and articles here for answers/tips/guides first. Incomplete entries, those with no comments, name, contact info, etc. are deleted.)

    Combo DVD-CDRW Drive Reports
  • IDE Toshiba SD-R1102 (8x8x32x + 8x DVD) in Dual G4 (OS X)

    IDE CDRW Drive Reports
  • Buslink RW2440 (Lite-On LTR-24102B 24x10x40) in Dual G4 (OS X)
    [Filed under "Lite-On" brand]
  • Lite-On 24102B-02 (24x10x40x) in 85/8600 w/IDE PCI Card (OS 9.1)
  • Samsung SW-224 24x-10x-40x in Dual G4 (OS 9)
  • Yamaha 2200EZ (20x10x40x) in G4/AGP (OS 9.2)
    (noted boot problems with SDAP extension. )

    Firewire CDRW Drive Reports
  • Que 8x8x32x (Teac mechanism) used w/Powerbook G4 (OS 9.1)
    (no itunes/db support he said)

    Firewire Hard Drive Reports
  • IBM 20GB in OWC portable FW case used w/iBook 2001 (OS 9.2)
  • IBM 6GB in OWC portable FW case used w/PowerTower (OS 9.1)

    IDE Hard Drive Reports
  • IBM 60GB in G4/AGP 2001 (OS X)
  • IBM Travelstar 30GN 20GB in Powerbook 3400 (OS 9.1)
  • IBM Travelstar 20GN 20GB in PB G3 wallstreet1 (OS 9.1)
    (Includes comments on long term drive noise. For install info, see illustrated guide to PB G3 Wallstreet HD upgrades.)
  • Maxtor D740X-6L 40GB in Beige G3 (OS X)
  • Seagate Barracuda IV 80GB in G4 Cube (OS X)
  • Western Digital 100GB in B&W G3 w/IDE PCI Card (OS 9.2)
    (noted problems with WD drive and Sonnet ATA/100 card)

    Removable Media Drive Reports
  • SCSI Syquest SyJet 1.5 GB w/Dual G4 (OS X)

You can find full owner reports 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.]

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CPU Upgrades Owner Reports Database Updated:
The Rate Your CPU Upgrade database has been updated with 2 new reports. (total to date: 6,584). [Entries after midnight are posted the next newsday morning.]

  • Powerlogix G4/450 in 8600 (rated 9)
  • Sonnet G3/500 in PowerBook G3 wallstreet2 (no rating given)
    (updated entry with comments on replacement card)

(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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Software Updates, Apple TILs and Other Net News Links

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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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