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Accelerate Your Mac! News Archive for: 1/30/2002 Wednesday's NewsReturn to Accelerate Your Mac!

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Top stories of Jan. 30th, 2002:

Multi-Processor RC5 Benchmark Summary - Incl. Dual G4 1GHz Mac
(from a reader's email today)

    " Hi Mike,
    Somebody listed a G4/1000 DP on the RC5 multi-processor speeds website. I've compiled a summary of some of the fastest chips and converted it into an attached html table. Of course, the G4 wins handily. Your readers might find this interesting/inspiring.
    -=s=-"

Here's the table Steve sent:

RC5 Processor Comparison
Processor MHz CPU's Key Rate
PowerPC G4 1000 2 21,129,654
DEC Alpha 21264 725 8 11,536,680
AMD Athlon Thunderbird 1533 2 10,807,034
Intel Pentium 3 1333 2 7,559,280
Intel Xeon 1000 2 5,835,597
Intel Pentium 4 1800 2 4,870,420
Sun UltraSparc III 750 2 2,977,968
Sun UltraSparc II 450 2 1,458,333

Yesterday's main site news page also noted a dual 1GHz G4 owner benchmark results with RC5 (and other tests like Cinebench, Quake3, etc.).

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Q&A with ATI on New Mac Graphics Cards, Driver Updates for Older Cards
A few weeks ago I sent a long series of questions to ATI about their new graphics cards for Macs. (Including the new Radeon 8500 AGP 64MB DDR retail graphics card), as well as a few questions about driver updates for previous Mac ATI graphics cards like the original Radeon and VR128. Today I received the answers - see this article for the Q&A.
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Reminder on SCSI ORB Drive Tip for OS X
(From a drive database entry here)

" I was having problems mounting my Orb SCSI drive when I updated my G4 400 to OS X. I'm using an Adaptec 2930U SCSI card that Apple installed when I ordered the machine. The drive worked fine with 9.22 but would not mount in OS X or in Classic mode. I e-mailed Castlewood and they suggested that I look on this web site. I saw several suggestions about using the terminal program to uninstall the Adaptec driver. I was unable to uninstall using the suggested scripts. I downloaded the latest driver from Adaptec at

www.adaptec.com/worldwide/support/suppbyproduct.html
?cat=/Technology/Macintosh&fromPage=driverindex

They list all of the available drivers for SCSII cards. I downloaded version 1.02 of the driver for the Adaptec 2930 for OS X. Included in the upgrade was an uninstall script. It uninstalled the driver, I rebooted the machine and the ORB mounted right up. I just wish someone else had noticed it earlier, it would have saved me about an hour and a half of time.
Barry V."

This is similar to a previous database report from Nov 29th, 2001. I've also added this to the FAQ's SCSI drive and OS X sections.

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Wireless Network PCMCIA Card Sale
    " Lucent Wavelan PCMCIA 802.11 Wireless card. $58.99, works with any Apple or PC with a compatible PCMCIA slot. Works with Apple Airport Software in Macs, Drivers available for download for the PC. Now in stock. And our price is about $30 less than I could find anywhere else for the same card.
    Units are new, unused, 90 Day OWC Warranty.

    We also got in what is likely our last batch of Apple Airport cards and they are available for $59.95.
    Both cards are on your [xlr8yourmac] specials page.
    Best Regards,
    Larry O'Connor
    Other World Computing, Inc."

(Prices and availability may change over time - I'm not sure how many of these cards they have.)
For readers that missed it last fall, the FAQ's OS X section has a link to OS X drivers for Wavelan PCMCIA cards.

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CDRW/CD/DVD/Hard Drive /Cardreader Compatibility Database Updates
The Drive Compatibility searchable database had 16 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 6,384 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.)

    DVD-RAM Drive Reports
  • IDE Matshita PD-2 LF-D110 (OEM) in G4/AGP (OS X)

    DVD ROM Drive Reports
  • Firewire Lite-On LTD-163 (16x) [IDE drive in Pyro FW case] used w/G4 AGP (OS 9.1)

    IDE CDRW Drive Reports
  • Sony CRX 140e 8x/4x/32x in B&W G3 (OS X)
    (noted firmware update helped)
  • Sony CRX175A1 24x/10x/40x in Beige G3 (OS 9.2)
    (interface unstable errors noted)
    (for MT systems, there's a CD drive install guide here.)

    Firewire CDRW Drive Reports
  • Lite-On LTR-24102B 24x10x40x in FW case used w/G4 AGP (OS X)
  • Lite-On LTR-24102B 24x10x40x in ADS Pyro case used w/Dual G4 (OS X)
    (older Pyro case, noted firmware update helped. Info/links in yesterday's news on this issue also.)
  • LTR-24102B 24x10x40 in OWC FW case used w/G4 Cube (OS X)
    (burns won't complete he said)
  • Teac CD-W524E 24/10/40x in NewMotions FW case used w/G4 AGP (OS 9.2)

    SCSI CDRW Drive Reports
  • Yamaha CRW6416S 6x/4x/16x in Beige G3 (OS X)
    (using El Gato's drivers)

    Firewire to SCSI Adapter Drive Reports
  • Ricoh MP7060SE 6x4x24 (SCSI) using FW/SCSI adapter w/PowerBook G4 (OS X)

    IDE Hard Drive Reports
  • IBM 30GB Travelstar in PB G3 lombard (OS 9.2)
  • Seagate Barracuda ATA IV 60GB in Beige G3 (OS 9.2)
    (problems noted -perhaps jumper/cable related)

    Firewire Hard Drive Reports
  • IBM 40GB in FW case used w/Beige G3 (OS 9.1)
  • Maxtor 160GB in FW Case used w/iMac slot loading (OS X)
    (note - ATA/133 interface required to use full 160GB drive as noted here previously - only 128GB will be usable otherwise. Comments noted that FWdepot said an Oxford911 firmware update was to be released soon to address this.)

    SCSI Hard Drive Reports
  • Seagate barracuda 36es 18GB in 95/9600 (OS 9)
    (didn't note specific mac model or any comments on the drive)

    Removable Media Drive Reports
  • SCSI Orb 2.2GB used w/G4 AGP (OS X)
    (see tips in today's news and the FAQ)

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 6 new reports this morning. (total to date: 6,697). [Entries made after midnight last night are posted the next newsday morning.]

  • Other World Computing G3/466 in Beige G3 (rated 7)
  • Powerlogix Bluechip G3/466 in PowerBook G3 wallstreet2 (rated 10)
  • Sonnet G3/300 in 9600/233 (rated 9)
  • Sonnet Duet G4/500 (dual) in G4 Cube (rated 8)
  • Sonnet G3/500 in Beige G3 (rated 7)
  • Beige G3/233 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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Reader Game Reviews Database Updated:
Today's Reader's Rate their Mac Games database updates included another review of Star Trek Elite Force. Total Reviews (all titles): 812. To read game reviews use the search page.
If you've not already done so - Enter a Game review. (If your game title is not in the long listing, select "other game" and note the title in the comments)
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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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