News Archive for: 1/25/2006 Wednesday's News (later posted items first)
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Chessmaster 9000 1.0.2 update (nonbeta)
Feral sent a note that they've released a Chessmaster 9000 1.0.2 patch (a beta version was available earlier this month.)

"Version 1.0.2
  • Resolved incompatibilities with Mac OS X Tiger, allowing personalities to be loaded.
  • Fixed the calculation of time spent on game analysis.
  • Resolved issues with invalid FSAA settings.
  • Clipped windows and dialogs have been fixed.
  • Chessmaster 9000 will suspend operation when in the background.
  • Added tick-box to toggle less CPU usage when in background
  • If you're running v1.0 you will need to download the 1.0.1 Patch before installing the 1.0.2 update.

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    Follow-up from Intel CPU iMac owner on HD Upgrade/format problems
    The Intel iMac owner that has had problems upgrading the internal drive (WD4000KD) sent a follow-up to the report/notes in yesterday's news:

    " Mike, I tried booting my iMac off the install DVD with the WD drive in SATA-1 mode (per the jumper setting) and the drive mounted. I went to partition the drive and was unable to find the option to change the partition map to GPT. I did find however when I connected my OWC mercury elite RAID that under the partition panel there was a button named options. I clicked that and found that I can indeed format external drives to the GPT scheme. I also found, when in target disk mode I was able to write and read off the internal drive.

    Maybe your readers know something that I'm missing but I find it odd that the internal drive does not have the options button. I will try installing OSX on an external FW drive, then attempt to format the partition map on my internal drive to GPT.
    -John "

    You'd think if it didn't allow changing the format on an internal drive it would be forcing a (correct) default format.
    Update - See Friday's news for , which said a) the WD 4000KD drive still didn't work properly even w/GPT format and b) he had no problems with a Maxtor drive that replaced it. (The reason disk utility did not show the different format options for the internal drive is that it defaults to GPT on the internal drive in Intel Macs and does not allow a change.)

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    G5 owner follow-up on WD Raptor 150GB (problems seen)
    (Follow-up mail from the reader that originally reported on this drive in Monday's news.)

    "Subject: Raptor 150 (Bad News) Follow up...
    Hi Mike,
    Just wanted to report a follow up...
    It worked great the first night when I reported the install to you, it wasn't having any of the symptoms that some of the other WD's people were reporting about. (he's referring to the G5 onboard SATA issues reported with WD4000KD drive, usually the fix was using a PCI SATA card-Mike) I moved a huge chunk of data onto and then back to another drive and it worked only the first couple of times. The next evening spelled disaster...

    It was having the same issues that the others were having only worse, it was corrupting data and it wreaked havoc on some system files. I tried to repair permissions and then ran some other utilities only to have the system lock up again. I checked the jumpers and tried everything that other people posted and then checked WD's website as well with no luck. I finally decided to boot off a Firmtek 1/V4 card and it finally worked. Now I have to re-clone the drive from my original drive and call it a day.

    The only thing that doesn't work is the Apple Hardware Test, it won't boot now, it reports some type of RAM kernel error and refuses to start the test. Oh well, I guess it's a small price to pay for booting the beast off another controller card.
    It seems to be booting just as fast off the Firmtek card as it did with the on-board SATA, takes about 18 seconds. (Normally booting from PCI cards takes a bit longer.)
    Take care, Niko "

    I added this as an update to his post in Monday's news. Previous Raptor models were not reported to have any problems like this and another G5/Raptor 150GB owner replied to this post saying he's not seen any problems so far but didn't mention if he'd repeatedly tried large file copies.

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    Reader Reply to XGrid User Report
    (In reply to a reader's previous comments on XGrid)

    " XGrid comments:
    I thought it would only be fair to point out that XGrid does exactly what it promises to do. His expectations for it to act like an automatic extension of processors was just wrong. That's not what distributed computing is about.
    He confused a super-computer cluster with XGrid distributed computing. It takes incredibly fast connections between machines to make the overhead of passing low level code between machines worthwhile. It has to be distinct, independent chunks of data to be processed for something like XGrid to be valuable. It is more like SETI at Home than a super computer set up.
    -Mark S. "

    I added Mark's comments to the previous post on the archived news page also.

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    M-Audio Delta 1010LT/10.4.4 User Feedback/Tip
    " I have a delta 1010LT and what usually happens to me is that when I end a sound source (i.e. pause iTunes or escape out of a game) I will get a stuttering repeat of the ended sound. What fixes it for me is opening 'audio midi setup' and briefly changing the sample rate, then back to 44.1khz.
    I really hope m-audio hurries up! It's been a while since the os x update!
    (I asked Ryan what driver version he was using as some readers with M-Audio cards (other than Revolution owners) previously said they were using an older driver in Tiger vs. the latest one.-Mike)
    The very latest - 2.0.5 I believe.
    -Ryan "
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    CDRW/DVD/Hard Drive/Storage Compatibility Database Update Listing
    The Drive Compatibility Database had 3 new reports added this morning. (Entries later today are added the next newsday morning.) The database includes reports on CDRWs, Combo DVD-CDRW, DVD-ROM, DVD Burners, Hard Drives and Removables (tape drive, ORB, ZIP, MO drives, NAS, CF/Smartmedia readers, etc.) in all interface types (IDE, IDE RAID cards, SATA, Firewire, SCSI, USB, adapters). Current total - 15,489 reports. (searching by drive type/brand, mac model etc. listed below will show the full reports, most recent first - does not include updates to previous reports) iApps burn support mentioned in reports unless otherwise noted.

      DVD+R/RW + DVD-R/RW Drives:
    • IDE Pioneer DVR-110D in (MDD) Dual G4 DDR (OS X 10.4)
    • IDE Sony DW-U21A (flashed to LITE-ON SOHW-1653S) in G5 tower (OS X 10.4)
      (although Tiger has basic iApps burn support for most drives he noted using Patchburn 4. Another report of iDVD 6 showing Dual Layer/8GB project option with non-apple supported drives.)

      Hard Drives:
    • IDE (SerialATA onboard) Western Digital Raptor 150GB in G5 Tower (OS X 10.4)
      (problems later noted)

    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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    Rate Your CPU Upgrade Reports Database Updated
    The Rate Your CPU Upgrade database has been updated with 2 new reports (entries later today are added the next newsday morning). Total to date: 10,173. Here's a summary of the reports added (search by brand/mac model for full reports - latest reports always shown first):

    • Giga Designs G4 1.8GHz (7447A) in (Sawtooth) G4/AGP (rated 8)
    • Sonnet G4 1.2GHz in G4/AGP (rated 10)

      (Full reviews of G4 and G3 upgrades compared to stock CPUs, including real world apps/game tests, install info, etc. are linked at the CPU upgrades page. OC/CPU module articles are on the Systems page.)

    (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).

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