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News stories of Jan. 30th, 2003:

iLife shipping, iMovie3/iPhoto2 Downloads Tomorrow
Several readers in the last 24 hours have noted their iLife orders have shipped. Kade Behm sent a copy of an email from Apple noting that the free downloads of iMovie3 and iPhoto2 will be available tomorrow:

"On Jan. 31, iPhoto 2 and iMovie 3 will join iTunes 3 as free downloads available at www.apple.com. iDVD 3 will also be released, and all four application - bundled under the name iLife - can now be ordered on CD and DVD for $49.00. iLife is also included on new Mac computers.

The new iLife versions feature tighter integration among the four applications. For example, you gain full access to your iTunes and iPhoto libraries in iMovie 3, where you'll also find features like a new easy-to-use special effect named after Ken Burns (the documentary filmmaker who showed us all how much emotional impact can be wrung from the dynamic presentation of still photos with the clever use of pan and scan)."

When iLife arrives, the rumors on iDVD3 requiring an OEM Apple superdrive and a previous iDVD version install will be put to rest thankfully. (I suspect it will work with any superdrive/Pioneer DVR-105/104/103 drive as well as the LG DVD-R drives noted as shipping in some iMac G4s last fall.)

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Sonnet 1.2GHz G4 Upgrades in Stock for AGP Towers and Cube Models
For those wondering when the 1.2GHz G4 CPU upgrades would be available, site sponsor OWC wrote that they have the Sonnet 1.2GHz in stock now at their Sonnet AGP upgrades page. ( $735.99 on the site specials page today, about $64 off list price). Sonnet's upgrade works with 100 or 133MHz bus speeds (auto-detect/setting) and is listed for G4 Sawtooth to 2001 Quicksilver models as well as the Cube (w/Cube install kit).
The more info link on the 1.2GHz model notes that the $29.99 original Cube Installation kit (heatsink and fan) works with the 800MHz and 1.2GHz models. The 1.2GHz G4 must be a 7455A (or rev 3.3) that has a lower core voltage (and more ratios) than the previous rev 2.1 CPUs (mentioned in the Oct. 31st, 2002 news here.) Previously I was told by Sonnet that there would be a revised Cube Installation kit coming with a more robust DC-DC converter board (VRM) for the 1GHz Sonnet model. The info at OWC (and sonnet's original press release on the 1.2GHz model) notes the 1.2GHz can use the $29.99 original Cube installation kit, without needing the VRM (DC-DC board) in the Install kit for the 1GHz model.
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Carmack's Plan File Comments on NV30/GF FX vs ATI R300/9700
Jeff Tickner sent a link to Carmack's latest plan file which has comments/comparisons of the ATI R300 (9700 Pro) and NV30 (Geforce FX) card Doom3 performance.
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ATI Press Release on Mac Radeon 9700 Pro card at BTO
ATI sent a press release regarding the recent addition of the Mac Radeon 9700 Pro card as a BTO option ("coming soon") at the Apple Store - mentioned in Tuesday's news page item here on the new G4 configs/Display changes. (Hopefully it will appear soon as a separate retail product.)
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Apple Price Protection for Recent Purchases (within 10 days)
(Update - a UK reader replied the UK Apple store didn't have this price policy. I verified the quote at the US Apple store before posting it as noted/linked below and the Canadian Apple store also shows the same policy as of today, but it may not apply to other countries.)

" I'm happy to see that Apple has become a bit more aggressive with Power Mac pricing. For those people who may have just bought a Power Mac at the previously inflated prices, you should be aware that Apple has a nice price guarantee. I quote:

    PRICES
    Should Apple reduce its price on any shipped product within 10 calendar days of shipment, you may contact Apple Sales Support at 1-800-676-2775 to request a refund or credit of the difference between the price you were charged and the current selling price. To receive the refund or credit you must contact Apple within 14 business days of shipment.

There's some fine print, so check the Apple website and/or call Apple and see if you're eligible. The price drops this time were not chump change.
Phil Lefebvre"

For someone that recently bought a 23in HD Cinema for instance - this could be a BIG plus since they recently cut the list price by $1500. I went to the Apple store to find this quote and clicked on the "Sales and Refunds" link - the info Phil quotes is from the "prices" section of that page. (Like anything, this may change over time but I verified that as of today that quote is there on the US apple store.)

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Reader Report on Apple Airport Extreme Base Station
(from a reader email)

"Hi Mike:
After being held up in customs for several days, I finally got my Airport Extreme (the one without modem/antenna port) yesterday! I had been using SBC DSL service for about 1 month. I was using a direct Ethernet connection between the DSL modem and either a 1GHz or 667 TiPB (both with Airport cards running OS 10.2.3) so I was excited to FINALLY get wireless. I tried to do get wireless before with a Netgear MR-814 router without luck, bad router per Netgear Tech Supp so I was advised to return it to the store. I was going to get the Linksys WAP but instead ordered the Airport Extreme 5-6 days after it was formally annouced at MacWorld SF.

FYI - SBC's DSL modem is a SpeedStream 5360. First, I made sure everything was working with my DSL (the DSL to PB connection worked perfectly as always). Then I installed the Airport Extreme software (v 3.0) from the CD. Then, I moved the ethernet cable from the 1 GHz TiPB to the WAN port on the Airport Extreme and ran the Ariport setup utility. No problems there, it took only a few minutes, my TiPB immediately recognized the Airport wirelessly. However, to my chargin, I could not connect to internet!! I powered everything down, restarted the TiPB, turned on the DSL, then the Airport and nothing...... According to Internet Connect, I had a strong signal from the Airport, but it seems that the Airport did had problems talking to the DSL. All the settings were correct, the PB was set to DCHP, the Airport was set to PPPoE. I was not looking forward to calling Apple TS, but then I remembered I printed out the following post below on Apple's support group by CL Huddleston when I was doing some research before deciding on the Airport.
(Apple discussions forum link)
Note that he did not mention which Airport Base station he has, I assume its the one that came out before the Extreme, but his DSL modem is the same model as mine. I gave it a try and bingo! Internet Connect status bar shows that the Airport and DSL finally "found" each other, but IE still could not lauch my home page! So I rechecked my settings again in the Network, everything seemed OK, but I did one thing which seemed trivial at the time, but everyting started working fine after that. I selected "built-in ethernet", then the "PPPoE" tab and unchecked the box that said "connect with PPPoE". I was able to use with Entourage, Software Update, Quicktime Update, Symantec's LiveUpdate, and IE, no problems whatsoever. It was getting late so I did not try to powering everything down to "deconstruct" what how I got everything working.

Speed: I could not tell any difference between a direct DSL to TiPB connection and DSL/Airport Extreme/TiPB via Airport card. I set up the 667 TiPB and in a few minutes I was sharing the DSL with two PBs! Subjectively, there was no deterioration how quickly certain web pages loaded (CNN, Apple, on-line stores) , with 2 PBs running IE simultaneously. WEP was enabled.

Range: I live in a 2-story 4 bedroom house. The Airport Exterme is upstairs in the study. I took the 667 TiPB to the next bedroom and still got a 4 (four bars) on the Airport signal indicator on the menu bar. Then, I went down stairs and depending on where I am I get either a 2-3 on the menu bar. I can live with that.

USB Printer sharing: This was one of the main reasons I bought this. The manual really had no instructions on how to do it. So, I hooked up my Canon i850 to the USB port on the Airport Extreme, then on my TiPB under the Print Center, I chose "Add Printer" and made sure IP Printing was selected. Using Rendevouz (spelling?), I immediately "found", the i850. I selected it as the default printer and I was up and printing. I set up the second PB and in less than 5 minutes I have USB/ IP print sharing! No noticable problems printing from either PBs thus far. This is really a very nice and elegant solution from Apple.

If you figure that a Linksys USB print server cost around $80, then buy a WAP for another $100, you have already approached the $187 (with edu discount) I paid for the Airport Extreme. All in all, I am very happy with the purchase. The only caveat is that the Extreme may have trouble working with some DSL modems as in the SpeedStream 5360. Fortunately for me, the someone already found a workaround for this problem. Keep up the good work! Great site
FT"

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First Feedback on Revised Radeon 7000 Flash ROM Updater
(From reader emails in the last 24 hours on the revised 208 flasher for Radeon 7000 PCI cards noted in yesterday's news page).
The first report on the revised flasher was from a read that said he had a problem rebooting to OS X after applying the update:

" Mike
Well I held off installing the initial ATI ROM update until the reported bugs were fixed (first 208 flasher failures - determinted to be due to Kensington drivers) but in the end I still had major problems. After installing the ROM update the computer would not restart into OSX. I flashed the PRAM and this reset the computer to boot into OS 9 (9 and X on separate partitions). Ran Apple's disk first aid on the OSX partition and it reported a "Invalid PEOF, 7539, 274" which it could not repair. So I ran Norton Disk Doctor and it reported and repaired a ton of errors in the Directories. Never have I seen so many errors. Norton had been run less then a month ago (very few errors) and the computer had been as stable as a rock. I can not remember the computer crashing once since 10.1. Upon fixing everything the computer still will not boot into OS X 10.2.3. So now I guess I am going to have to reinstall Jag. What a pain. This could be a some sort of coincidence but I do not think it is. Any ideas? I have also sent this to ATI.

Beige G3 upgraded to OWC G4 466, OS X 10.2.3, Powerlogix cache utility, 768megs, 80gig 4 partitions, PCI ATI Radeon 7000, PCI USB Card, PCI Firewire Card
(he later wrote)
Just a quick update. Before I reinstalled OS 10.2 I ran the repair disk permissions from the OS 10.2 CD and every permission it repaired had something to do with ATI. There must have been 20 plus repairs. But the computer still would not restart into OS X. So I performed a clean install of OS 10.2 and a few hours later everything is back to normal.
Thanks,
Martin S "

I forwarded the above mail to Bruno at ATI who replied:

    "I think it's a coincidence. We only temporarily install a small flash executable to the root folder and then launch it. If nothing crashes during install then there's no reason for a failure at startup. "

This reader wrote regarding older Apple AV monitor support:

"Mike -
First, thanks for a great site, it's an invaluable asset to the Mac community.
Second, one of my systems has a problem with the ATI Radeon 7000 v208 ROM flash update. When I flashed the Radeon in my B&W Rev. 2 running a XLR8 G4/500, I lost the sound and geometry controls for the AppleVision 850AV monitor attached to it. (I think I remember older reports on this in the past, perhaps with other Radeon models.-Mike)
After the flash, the Monitors control panel reported the monitor as an 850 display (no "AV") and only offered controls for color, resolution, brightness and contrast, but no sound or geometry. As you know, the AV controls for these older monitors are via the ADB connection. Maybe ATI sees no reason to support ADB anymore. When I flashed the Radeon back to the original ROM version, the controls came back.

I had the same results with the first v208 release, and I was hoping the update to fix the reported flashing problems might fix my problem, but no changes were made to the ROM info, as ATI says in the "Read Me" file with the second v208 release.
I really like the sound the monitor puts out, and I guess to adjust it onscreen, I'll have to stick with the v119 ROM.
Thanks - Steve McKay"

I forwarded these mails to my ATI contact.

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AysMon Version 2.0 Released (network monitoring utility)
(from their email press release)

" Version 2.0 of AysMon has been released. The primary change in this release is to support upcoming software updates from Apple and so may be needed by developers using preview releases. Version 2.0 also works on current Apple releases.

AysMon is a no-cost utility for monitoring network related system resources such as open server ports, bandwidth, and disk utilization. System administrators and other expert users benefit from at-a-glance continuous monitoring of network services of the host system. End-users will find AysMon an effective way to monitor throughput on their DSL, Cable, PPP, or other network connections as well as providing a friendly display of disk space usage and key open network ports. The latter is important since you may have a network service running that unintentionally opens your system to attack by hackers. AysMon enables to see at a glance if unintended services are running on their machine without having to learn anything about a command line interface or the Unix underpinnings of Mac OS X. "

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Rate Your CPU Upgrade Reports Database Updated
The Rate Your CPU Upgrade database has been updated with 5 new reports this morning (from reader entries yesterday). Total to date: 7,973. (Entries made later today are posted the next newsday morning.) Here's a summary of the updates added today :

  • Giga Designs G4/1GHz in G4/400 AGP (rated 10)
  • Giga Designs G4/1GHz in G4/500 AGP (rated 9)
  • PowerLogix G4 1GHz Dual in G4/500 AGP (rated 9)
  • Sonnet G4/1GHz in G4/400 AGP (rated 10)
  • Apple iMac G3/350 OC report (@400MHz)

(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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CDRW/CD/DVD/Hard Drive/Cardreader Compatibility Database Update Listing
The Drive Compatibility searchable database had 13 new reports added (reader entries from yesterday; entries later today are added the next newsday morning). (*Entries missing info, having no useful info, etc. are deleted. I'm just tired of emailing over and over for missing info, etc, sorry. Also Search for answers, don't post questions there.*) 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 9,712 reports.

    DVD+R/+RW Drives:
  • Firewire (IDE drive in FW case) Sony DRU120A used w/Dual G4 DDR (OS X)

    DVD-R DVD Recorder Drives:
  • IDE Pioneer DVR-105 in Beige G3 (OS X)
    (3rd report in 2 days of data CD read problems in OS X only)
  • IDE Pioneer DVR-105 in Dual G4 (OS X)
  • IDE Pioneer DVR-105 in G4/AGP (OS X)
    (drive sleep problems noted)

    Combo DVD+CDR Drives:
  • IDE LG GCC-4480B (48x24x48x + 16x DVD-ROM) in Dual G4 (OS X)
    (using burn support files from FAQ here)
  • IDE Toshiba SD-R1102 (8x8x32x +8x DVD-ROM) in Beige G3 (OS 9.1)

    IDE CDRW Drives:
  • Cendyne 48x12x48 (4816P) in Beige G3 (OS 9.2)
    (listed under "other" brands, boot problems noted)
    (FYI - Illustrated CD drive install guide here covers G4 towers up to the Digital Audio Model, Beige G3 MT, B&W G3 and 8600/9600 Macs.)

    SCSI CDRW Drives:
  • Ricoh MP6200S (2x2x6) in 95/9600 (OS 9.1)

    Firewire CDRW Drives:
  • Lite-On LTR-52246 (52x24x52x) in FW case used w/Dual G4 (OS 9.1)
    (problems noted w/early ADS pyro case and this drive)

    IDE Hard Drives:
  • IBM 180GB in iMac G4 (OS X)
    (used Systems page, iMac section article on iMac G4 HD/CD upgrades)
  • IBM Travelstar 40GNX 40GB in PowerBook G3 2000 (pismo) (OS X)
    (illustrated HD install guide here)
  • IBM Travelstar 40GNX 40GB in PowerBook G3 Wallstreet2 (OS X)
    (illustrated HD install guide here)
  • Seagate Barracuda lV 40GB in iMac slot loading (OS 9.1)

You can find full owner reports (latest shown first) 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.)
(Incomplete entries are deleted. Do not post questions in the database, it's for drive reports not questions on what drive to buy - for that try searching the database for reports from owners of your mac model on the drive type/brand/interface, etc. you're interested in.)

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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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