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Top stories of Jan. 21st, 2002:

OS X on Legacy Macs Utility Updated for SCSI CDRW Support
The majority of OS X SCSI CDRW reports in the drive database are from post-G3 systems (using El Gato's SCSI CDRW helper and tips posted here last fall). I've seen some successful reports from legacy mac owners (with tips in the comments), but a reader sent a reminder that Ryan Rempel has updated this OS X utility for Legacy Macs to add El Gato's SCSI CDRW driver:

Ryan Rempel has updated his utility for installing OSX on unsupported machines to XPostFacto 2.1 (formerly Unsupported Utility X) to include the El Gato driver. It is available from OWC's OSX section Using it, many SCSI CD-RW drives are now supported for several of the previously unsupported Apple CD-writing utilities (iTunes, Disk Burner and Disk Copy) in OSX. I have a relatively old Yamaha 4260 CD-RW that now works fine in OSX for all the Apple utilities as well as Toast.

Kudos to Ryan, OWC for supporting him and the folks at El Gato for agreeing to let him use their extension in his latest update.
Cheers, Pete."

This update was actually noted (but not linked) in a drive database post here on the 15th, from a 7x00 Mac owner (Gary Elshaw) using a Ricoh SCSI CDRW.

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Umax OS X Firewire Scanner Drivers for PowerLook 1100, Others?
(Update - so far several Astra 6400 owners have written to say the driver below doesn't work with that scanner in OS X. It installed and the 6400 appeared in the list but it's not functional they said. I noted originally from the readme files that there didn't appear to be any 6400 related files in the list below.)
I don't own a Umax scanner but perhaps this may be of use to a reader that does. The unstuffed file shows "MagicScan v5.0.1b" and the is dated Sept 18th, 2001. The profiles/installer package folders are dated late Oct. 2001. Although the PowerLook 1100 and Astra 6400 are both Firewire scanners, the RTF file inside the installer folder says "This is the installer for the Wide range of UMAX Scanner driver...".
Searching Umax's USA site today showed MagicScan 4.5 (dated Jan. 2001) for the 1100 and Vistascan 3.72 (dated Oct. 2000) as the latest version for the Astra 6400, which doesn't sound like it's even OS X compatible. Therefore this download appears to be the latest available. (I did not find MagicScan 5.01 or any later version at VT either.)

This is a working version of MagicScan for OS X. It's in English. It only supports two scanners, the PowerLook 1100 and Astra 6400. The program is a vast improvement over the old MagicScan. Much cleaner interface and very Aqua-like. It comes with driver and profile installers. Maybe some of the hackers out there can get together and try to hack the drivers to support other Umax scanners (the Astra 2200 would be nice).
Damien Sorresso"

The Astra 2200 model has a SCSI and USB interface per an old press release at Umax's USA site and it's not on the products page anymore that I could find. (The only scanner I've personally used with OS X is the one built into the (USB) HP 950 All in One printer/scanner/fax.)
The readme file buried in the Magicscan 5.01beta's profiles package notes:

    " UMAX Scanner profiles Installer Read Me:
    This SoftWare requires a G3 or a G4 with Mac OS X RC (4K78) or higher versions installed.

    1. This is an installer for the ColorSync profiles of wide range of UMAX professional scanners.

    2. The installer copies the following profile files of UMAX professional scanners into the /Library/ColorSync/Profiles/UMAX Scanners folder.

    Power Look 2000RX.ICM
    Power Look 2000TX.ICM
    Power LookRX.ICM
    Power LookTX.ICM
    PowerLook IIRX.ICM
    PowerLook IITX.ICM "

I don't see anything that looks like the 6400 model in that list. If anyone tries this with a Umax scanner and OS X 10.1.2, let me know if it works.
ViewScan is a popular 3rd party scanner utility, but it doesn't support all scanner types/brands. (See the list of scanners supported there and the Mac OS release notes for comments on SCSI scanners in OS X.)

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SmartDisk Comments on Tri-Media OS X Drivers, Update Due Friday
[NOTE: On Jan 22nd, Smartdisk wrote me to say their OS X 10.1 driver was available at]
In reply to an earlier reader report on an OS X driver for the Tri-Media, I received this email from SmartDisk suggesting owners wait for a better driver to be released soon.

" Hi Mike,
Just to let everyone know what's going on - YEData seems to have posted an earlier beta of our driver for OSX 10.1 without noting it as such. The final driver was just delivered to QA for final testing last Friday and will almost certainly be posted on our website by the end of the week.

While the driver YEData is distributing may work, SmartDisk will not be providing support for it and anyone who uses it does so at their own risk. I would recommend that anyone who doesn't need their reader immediately should definitely wait till the final release on Friday.
Sean Kerwin
Quality Assurance Engineer
SmartDisk Corporation"

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OS X Driver Tip for SmartDisk Tri-Media USB Reader:
[Update: On Jan 22nd, Smartdisk wrote me to say their OS X 10.1 driver was available at their website. (]
(See the later post from VST/Smartdisk about the driver noted below being a beta and a final release driver due soon. One Tri-media drive owner also noted problems with the driver listed below.)
(from a drive database post this weekend)

USB SmartDisk Tri-Media reader (reads SmartMedia, Compact Flash and Floppy disks
"MacOS X 10.1.2
The recent message from Pedro Maldonado about finding a driver for his Compact Flash Reader prompted me to do some sleuthing on my own. I have a SmartDisk Tri-Media reader (reads SmartMedia, Compact Flash and Floppy disks). It's worked great for me under OS 9 and there was a driver posted on for it for MacOS X 10.0 back in August 2001. The driver promptly broke under 10.1 and no update has been released. Examining the device under OS9 using the Apple System Profiler gave the vendor as Y-E Data Inc. Doing a search with Google found the Y-E Data company site ( ;-) and a MacOS 10.1 driver at:
I downloaded it and it works (at least for the SmartMedia and the Floppy disk parts) and iPhoto recongizes it too! What's really odd about the whole thing is that I recently sent a e-mail to SmartDisk tech support inquiring about the status of a 10.1 driver. The response is that one is under development and to watch their website. Yet the YEData website indicates the driver software is licensed from SmartDisk! (The driver pkg file is dated 10/2/01). It's like the SmartDisk Engineers aren't really talking with Support staff.
Rob Briber"
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Latest CDRW drive install report in original Apple iBook:
In the last year or so there have been several reports of using the Matshita CDRW notebook drives in an iBook (or even an iMac 233-333mhz model) in the drive database here. For those that missed those, here's the latest one from one of this weekend's entries from an early iBook owner:

Drive: IDE Matshita UJDA330 8x4x24
System: Apple iBook (not 2001 model) running OS X
" I've always wanted to burn CDs on my Rev A iBook. Unfortunately, the Rev A lacks firewire ports and USB burners are both costly and slow. Recently it came to my attention that the Matsushita UJDA330 could be installed internally, allowing the convenience of both fast burning speeds and lack of extra boxes to lug around.

After purchasing the drive on eBay, I laid out my tools and went to work. Installing the UJDA330 into the iBook was easier than anticipated. I'd previously installed a 12GB hard drive to replace the tiny 3GB stock drive some time ago so was prepared to totally disassemble the machine, but was pleasantly surprised to discover that only the keyboard and upper case need to be removed completely; this will expose the CD-ROM sufficiently to allow removal. Once removed, a metal sheath surrounding the old drive needs to be removed and transferred to the UJDA330 along with the data ribbon cable. Both are adhered to the drive and will require some prying to remove - I was able to remove the sheath without damaging the old drive severely (just some minor dents on the drive casing that were easily bent back with pliers).

The hardest task of the whole operation is attaching the existing CD tray beauty plate to the UJMA330 as the mount points are completely different. Creative fabrication is necessary to accomplish this; I spent some time with a Dremel tool and carved the plate down enough to get it to fit. I also created some new mount points using bits of excess plastic and some aluminum obtained from a 3.5" floppy disk shutter. The end result is a tray that can't be ejected manually (no working eject button) but can be easily opened using the F12 key under MacOS X 10.1.2 (my OS of choice on the iBook).

The drive is a joy to use. It's significantly quieter than the old CD-ROM drive (which vibrated and clanked quite a lot). In System Profiler, the drive is identified as "CDRW (Apple disc burning: Supported)" and seems to work perfectly using native Apple CD burning tools. I tested the drive first by burning a data CD from the Mac OS X desktop (inserted disc, dragged a few folders to it and burned the result). Then I tried erasing a CD-RW using Disk Utility (both Quick and Full Erase tested) and finally tested Toast 5.1.1 using both CD-R and CD-RW media. No problems noted whatsoever in any test.
Pete Plank "

I wrote Pete to ask if the drive was bootable and he later replied that he was able to boot from an OS 9 and OS X 10.1 CD using command-option-shift-delete, but not from just using the C key. The most recent iBook owner report on this drive (before Pete's) said the drive was bootable.

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Aliens vs Predator 1.02 and Sin Gold Beta Updates:
(from a forum post this weekend)

" Just thought I'd post here for any that might have missed it. They are available on VersionTracker. The AvP patch finally lets me get better than 800x600 res on my Radeon in X, and the SiN patch allows OS X play.

I didn't see the 1.02 AvP patch at Macplay's downloads page as of Sunday, but it is available at this VT page and this MacGamefiles page. The Sin Gold 1.1.3b2 update is available at this VT page and this Macgamefiles page.

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Quicktime 'Zoomify' Update Available
" Hi Mike
Just tried the Quicktime Updater in OS X 10.1.2 ... and using the "3rd party" section, and then "custom" I found that there was something called "Zoomify" along with the two that have been there for some time.
Dunno what/who/why ... but it installed fine.
Still no luck with the "Quicktime Updater" install though ... still not installed and appears un-installable.
Mark Hattam"

I checked and saw this update also - in OS 9.2.2 as well as OS X 10.1.2. Both OS 9 and OS X versions installed fine. However I (and others) still can't get the OS X Quicktime update listed as available to install.

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CDRW/CD/DVD/Hard Drive Compatibility Database Updates
The Drive Compatibility searchable database had 47 new reports added since Friday. 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 6,275 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.)

    Multi-Format Card Readers
  • USB Lexar GS UFD 20SA TP used w/G4 AGP (OS X)
    (Noted using drivers from noted in last week's news)
  • USB Lexar GS-UFD-20SA-TP used w/PB G3 2000 (OS X)
    (also using drivers from
  • USB Lexar SM/CF reader GS-UFD-20SA-TP used w/Dual G4 (OS X)
    (also using drivers from
  • SmartDisk Tri-Media reader (reads SmartMedia, Compact Flash and Floppy disks) used w/Dual G4 (OS X)

    CompactFlash Readers
  • USB Viking RFLREAD/U used w/B&W G3 (OS X)
    (listed under "other" brands - using drivers from

    SmartMedia Readers
  • USB Lexar GS - UFD - 20SA - TP used w/G4 AGP (OS X)
    (used drivers from
  • USB Sandisk SDDR-55 used w/iMac (OS X)
    (problems noted, not sure Jan 9th drivers at sandisk work with 10.1.2)

    DVD-R Recoder Drive Reports
  • IDE Pioneer DVR-A03 in Dual G4 (OS 9.2)
  • Firewire Pioneer DVR-A03 (IDE drive in FW case) used w/PB G4 (OS X)

    CD-ROM Drive Reports
  • Plextor 40x (ext.) used w/B&W G3 (OS 9.2)
    (noted using Intech's driver)

    DVD ROM Drive Reports
  • IDE Hitachi GD-7500 12x in B&W G3 (OS 9.2)
  • IDE Lite-On LDT-163 (16X) in G4 AGP (OS 9.1)
    (used install guide here)

    IDE CDRW Drive Reports
  • Lite-On LTR24102B 24x10x40 in B&W G3 (OS 9.2)
    (used CDROM install guide here.)
  • Matshita UJDA330 8x4x24 in iBook (OS X)
    (includes comments on installing the drive)
  • Mitsumi CR 4809TE (no speed noted) in G4/AGP (OS 9.1)
  • Plextor 16x10x40 in G4/AGP (OS 9.1)
    (includes comments on rom versions)
  • Que QPCDRW241040I (24x/10x/40x) in B&W G3 (OS X)
    (no support noted, even with Toast 5.1.1?. See this FAQ tip)
  • Que QPCDRW241040I (24x/10x/40x) in B&W G3 (OS 9.2)
  • Sony 160E 12X8X32 in Beige G3 (OS X)

    Firewire CDRW Drive Reports
  • Lacie 16x/10x/40x firewire/USB (Teac W516EB) used w/Beige G3 (OS 9.1)
  • Que 12x10x32x used w/B&W G3 (OS X)
    (problems noted, no mechanism brand listed so not sure it's a drive or a B&W G3 FW issue)
  • Que SW-208B 8x4x32 (Samsung) used w/B&W G3 (OS X)
    (noted problems with onboard Firewire, PCI Firewire card worked)
  • Que QPS-2410SL [IDE drive in FW case] used w/G4 Cube (OS X)
    (odd problems noted)
  • Que QPCDRW241040FEM (24x10x40x) in B&W G3 (OS 9.1)
  • Sony CRX1600L/A2 12x8x32x used w/iMac slot loading (OS 9.1)
  • Sony 1600L-A2 8 12x8x32x used w/Dual G4 (OS X)
  • Sony CRX175L-A2 24x10x40 used w/Dual G4 (OS X)
    (no itunes/DB support)
  • Teac CD-W524E 24x10x40x used w/73-7600 (OS 9.1)
    (didn't note specific mac model)
  • Yamaha CRW2100FXZ 16x10x40x used w/B&W G3 (OS 9.2)
  • Yamaha CRW2100FXZ 16x/10x/40x used w/G4 AGP (OS X)

    SCSI CDRW Drive Reports
  • Lacie CDBP-161040S (16x10x40x) w/B&W G3 (OS 9.2)
  • Lacie 12x10x32x (no mechanism brand noted) in Dual G4 (OS X)
    (using El Gato drivers but even toast had problems finishing burns he said)
  • Teac CD-R55S 4x/12x used w/B&W G3 (OS 9.2)
  • Yamaha 8424 8x4x24x in Dual G4 (OS X)
    (using El Gato drivers)
  • Yamaha CRW4416S (4x4x16) in 6400 (OS 9.1)
  • Yamaha 4416S 4x4x16x in Dual G4 OS X
    (using El Gato drivers, but problems noted)

    IDE Hard Drive Reports
  • Fujitsu MHN2200AT 20GB in PowerBook G3 wallstreet2 (OS 9.2)
    (used WS illustrated HD upgrade guide )
  • IBM Travelstar 30GN 20GB in PB G3 lombard (OS 9.2)
    (case is similar to one used in the PowerBook G3 2000 HD upgrade guide)
  • IBM Travelstar 60GB in PowerBook G4 (OS X)
  • IBM Travelstar 60GB in PowerBook G4 (OS 9.2)
    (see PB G4 HD upgrade guide.)
  • IBM 60GXP 40GB in B&W G3 (OS 9.2)
    (see Illustrated install guide here)
  • Maxtor D740X 80GB in B&W G3 (OS 9.2)
  • Seagate ST380021A 80GB using IDE to SCSI adapter in 8600 (OS 9.1)
    (see SCSI articles page controllers section for adapter reviews)
  • Western Digital 120GB in G4 Cube (OS X)

    Firewire Hard Drive Reports
  • BUSLink Firewire HD Mac Q Series 60GB used w/7600 (OS 9.1)
    (listed under "other" brands)
  • Firewire Depot Cutie w/IBM 40GB (portable) used w/iBook 2001 (OS X)
  • IBM 60GXP 60GB in FW case used w/PowerBook G4 (OS 9.1)
  • IBM Travelstar 12GB in OWC case used w/G4 AGP (OS 9.2)
    (other systems also noted as used, OS 8.6 w/PB G3 wallstreet didn't mount the drive - I suspect needing 3rd party disk support extensions.)

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 11 new reports since Friday. (total to date: 6,659). [Entries made today are posted the next newsday morning.]

  • Allmac G4/500 in Beige G3 (rated 6)
    (listed under "other" brands)
  • Apple G4/350 ZIF in Beige G3 (rated 10)
  • Newer Tech G3/250 in 7500 (rated 10)
  • Other World Computing G4/500 in B&W G3 (rated 10)
  • Powerlogix Bluechip G3/466 in 7500 (rated 10)
  • Sonnet G3/400 in PowerWave (rated 9)
  • Sonnet G3/500 in PowerBook G3 wallstreet1 (rated 7)
  • Sonnet G3/300 in 9500 (rated 9)
  • XLR8 CarrierZIF w/G3/450 ZIF in 8600/250 (rated 10)
  • iBook 2001 G3/500 OC report
  • G4/AGP 2001 (G4/867) 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, 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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