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Accelerate Your Mac! News Archive for: 1/09/2002 Wednesday's NewsReturn to Accelerate Your Mac!

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Top stories of Jan. 9th, 2002:

Workaround to Allow iPhoto File Storage on Disk Other than OS X Volume
[Update - see the 2nd reader menthod added below for a simplier way to do this.]

" Mike -
Looking around the web I noticed people are starting to complain that iPhoto has to be installed on the same disk as OS X and even worse can only store Photo Libraries on the same disk as OS X as well. Here is the fix I used since I have a 20GB partition I use for Video and Photos (need a bigger one - I know) and only 2GB for the OS X partition.

You have to use a Unix symbolic Links to do this - OS X shortcuts do not work.

In terminal:
Type CD and press enter
You are now in your home directory

type ln -s /Volumes/your volume name/your directory/Pictures Pictures

type ln -s /Volumes/your volume name/your directory/Sites Sites

Create a folders called Pictures and Sites in the directory above ...

Now all your Gigabytes of pictures will be stored where you want it and not where Apple wants it.
Dan "

(Update) Another reader replied to the tip above with simplier method.

" Hello Mike,
you have on your website today a workaround on how to put the iPhoto Library on another Volume.
But there is a better way:

Write in Terminal
defaults write RootDirectory /path/to/desired/location

For example if the Volume that you want to put it on is named "Data"
defaults write RootDirectory "/Volumes/Data/iPhoto Library"
(you need the quotes if you have a space in the name)
Rainer Ziller "

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Reader Report on Matshita Combo DVD/CDRW Drive in iBook SE:
(from one of today's drive database entries)

IDE Matshita UJDA-710 8x/4x/24x + 8x DVD
iBook running OS 9.2
" I installed a Matsushita UJDA-710 DVD/CD-RW drive for my friend's iBook SE 466MHz. It was a bit more involved than installing the same drive in my Pismo, but not overly difficult.

First, I made sure that the faceplate would fit (his iBook originally came with a Matsushita DVD-ROM). When that was confirmed, we purchased the drive from eBay. Using the standard Apple drivers, everything just works. One other cool thing is that since his iBook is translucent, the drive activity light shines through the faceplate. He's VERY happy with the mod!
Ed Lai"

I asked Ed if he took any photos of the install for posting an article here as a follow-up to the one on installing this drive in a PB G3.

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HP 950 All-in-One Driver for OS X 10.1.x Update Available:
Update: My HP contact wrote to say that there was a file format issue with the original download file that hopefully will be fixed later today. The download file has a .cgi extension - one reader noted renaming it to .dmg does not make the file usable, however I downloaded it at 3PM Eastern time here and renaming the file extension to .dmg did allow it to mount. [I later uninstalled my previous version and installed the update which seems to be working fine, but so far I've only tried the scan function. [Update - I get an error trying to Quit the Scan app from the HP Scan menu. Doing a Control+Q quits ok however.] Test System is DP500 running OS X 10.1.2, with 950 directly connected to the G4. The previous beta worked with all functions (print, scan, even cardreader slots), although there were a few obscure bugs that should be fixed in this version.]
My HP contact also noted they are handing out CDs with the driver update at the Expo also, but they may have run out by now. (earlier post comments follow)

The long-awaited release of an OS X 10.1.x compatible drivers for HP's 950 Printer/Fax/Scanner/card reader All-in-One is available now at this HP Support page. (22MB download, english version. There may be other languages available by searching their support pages.)

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Star Trek Elite Force 1.2 Update (OS X) Available:
" Not sure if it was officially announced but it can be downloaded here:
There are only 10 download slots but once I got it downloaded it is running fine in OS X ....
Dan "

The 1.2 update is 13.8MB.

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OWC Macworld Expo Specials:
" Hi Mike-
Wish you were here at the show. While we're wondering when the other shoe will drop on the faster G4 towers still, we're having a great time and an awesome showing of support from your loyal readers. Countless times we've been asked where the XLR8YourMac readers are meeting at- and it just so happens we have an empty booth right across from our own here at the show and it's a perfect meeting place for the readers. (Yes, there were a LOT of readers there! Tell them to appear at a certain time and I'll take a picture of them!)

Since everybody seems to be meeting here, we've got a special "thank you" for the readers;
If you mention XLR8YourMac at the booth and purchase any G3 or G4 accelerator card available for delivery at the show, we'll take $10 off that card!

Check out the show specials at
Jamie Dresser

If you're at the Expo stop by their booth #2433/2435.

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XLR8 Lowers Prices on CarrierZIF, CarrierZIF MPe and CarrierZIF SSE Cards:
XLR8 sent a press release they've lowered prices on the CarrierZIF line of CPU upgrade cards.

    " Macworld Expo, San Francisco, January 9th, 2002: XLR8, the leading manufacturer of Macintosh multiprocessor upgrades and expansion products, has lowered their pricing on the MACh Speed and MACh Carrier families of G3 and G4 upgrades for the Power Macintosh computers. All XLR8 upgrade cards include XLR8Ăs MACh Speed Control software and offer the industries best compatibility with advanced Mac OS 9 and OS X features such as QuickTime, and Velocity Engine (Altivec ).

    The price of the Carrier ZIF family of processor upgrades has also been lowered. The ZIF processor adapter cards allow for owners of 73xx, 75xx, 85xx, 86xx, 95xx, 96xx and Macintosh clones to upgrade to the fastest Motorola G4 7400 ZIF processors available. Reductions are as follows:

    Carrier ZIF the original award winning design   previous SRP $109.00, New SRP $79.00
    Carrier MPe ( for Mach Velocity upgrades )   previous SRP $119.00, New SRP $99.00
    Carrier SSE ( for 6 PCI slot machines )   previous SRP $139.00, New SRP $119.00

    śThe significant price reductions that XLR8 is offering itĂs customers are for G3 and G4 upgrades. This combined with our exclusive TradeIn/TradeUp program makes upgrading an older Macintosh a smart choice when compared to the high cost of a new system. When you can now upgrade from a PowerPC 604 or G3 to G4 performance for as little as $299, it just makes sense compared to buying another system”, stated Jack Kolk President of XLR8, Inc.

    XLR8 products are available at MacWorld in the Other World Computing booth number 2433. For additional information and a complete listing of XLR8 products visit or contact your nearest Apple experts. "

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CDRW/CD/DVD/Hard Drive Compatibility Database Updates
The Drive Compatibility searchable database had 11 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 6,087 reports. [Entries from after midnight 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/CDR Drive Reports
  • IDE Matshita UJDA-710 8x/4x/24x + 8x DVD in iBook (OS 9.2)

    DVD-RAM Drive Reports
  • IDE Matshita LF-D211A in Dual G4 (OS X)

    IDE CDRW Drive Reports
  • Lite-On LTR-24402B 24x10x40x in G4/AGP (OS X)
  • Lite-On LTR-24102B 24x10x40 in Beige G3 (OS 8.6)
  • Sony CRX1611 (MMC3): 16x10x40 in G4 no AGP [yikes] (OS X)

    Firewire CDRW Drive Reports
  • Plextor (Madlogic case) 12/10/32A used w/G4 AGP (OS X)

    Firewire Hard Drive Reports
  • Lacie Pocket Drive 20GB used w/PowerBook G3 2000 (OS X)

    IDEHard Drive Reports
  • IBM Travelstar 48GB in PowerBook G3 2000 (OS X)
    (used Illustrated HD upgrade guide)
  • Maxtor D740X-6L 40GB in 7300 w/IDE PCI Card (OS 9.1)
    (problems noted with Acard ATA/100+ card/drive in his 7300 )
  • Maxtor Diamondmax+ 60GB in Beige G3 (OS X)
    (used CDrom cable tip first noted in my 1998 Beige G3 Illustrated HD upgrade guide)
  • Western Digital Protege 40GB in 54/64/6500 (OS 8.1)
    (didn't note specific mac model)

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 3 new reports today. (total to date: 6,607). [Entries after midnight are posted the next newsday morning.]

  • Apple G4/533 (Digital Audio module - modified) in G4/AGP (Gigabit Enet)
  • Powerlogix G4/450 in Beige G3 (rated 7)
  • G4 Cube OC report

(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 and Other Net News Links

    Misc. Hardware Related:
  • 32x10x40x U&I CD-RW [32x speed model added] (lacie)
  • Kona [Uncompressed video cards/quicktime drivers] (blackmagic design)
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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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