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News Archive for: 7/13/2001 Friday's NewsReturn to Accelerate Your Mac!

Top stories of 7/13/2001:

Hard Drive Buying Advice - Some Practical Considerations:
I've gotten a lot of mails recently asking about hard drive upgrades or purchases. (Firewire, IDE internal, portable or AC powered cases, build your own vs buying a completed drive, how to upgrade a drive in a desktop or powerbook, what model/revision machine they have, etc.). I know most regular readers already know what I'm about to discuss and/or have read the articles/guides here already, but there are many computer owners that are less experienced or new to this site (or have never checked the topics page links and FAQ). Most of them own IDE based Macs, so that's what I'll focus on. For those readers, here's some practical advice and things to consider. I'll use some concrete examples to help you decide what's the best path and value and include some links to more info and guides. Details.
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Reader Notes Bryce 5 Upgrade Password Problem and Solution:
A reader noted a password problem with the Bryce 5 upgrade:

" Mike:
I got my upgrade for Bryce 5 today. I currently have Bryce 4 and have been a long term Bryce user.

The install program asks for the Bryce 5 password and then displays a box asking for the previous password since this is an upgrade installation. The install program would not recognize my Bryce 4 password. I called tech support and got to a human voice which told me I was the 4th caller in the past 10 minutes with this problem.

They are issuing a "fix" by recording our previous serial number and the Bryce 5 serial number, then giving you a number that works. The support tech was very nice and said they are more than aware of the problem. The new number works and the installation and program appear to run fine. However, you may want to alert your readers that calling Corel tech support is an experience in itself.

I will be experimenting with the lightning feature this weekend across several platforms.
Wayne R.
(he later wrote)

Mike:
Probably good news and a further explanation.
Included in the Bryce 5 shrink wrap is a single sheet entitled Bryce 5 Upgrade. The statement is roughly as follows:

"If you are upgrading from Bryce 4, .... enter your Bryce 4 serial number to confirm your eligibility. If you are upgrading from Bryce versions 1, 2, or 3D, please contact the Corel Customer Service Center nearest you to obtain a serial number." (There is an asterisk footnote which says Proof of Purchase required.)

So the good news for you is for $149+ shipping you have Bryce 5. This also explains my problem as to why my Bryce 4 serial number wouldn't work. I have been upgrading since Bryce 1 or at least 2. My Bryce 4 serial number actually starts out as BF10...... which must mean version 1. The serial number they issued me that does work starts out as BF40..... So my Bryce 4 serial number didn't work since the Bryce 5 installer thought I was upgrading from Bryce 1, which meant, if you read the instructions, the I needed to call Customer Support.

My earlier note may not be exactly correct. It would be nice of Corel, however, to tell us that if we didn't buy an original Bryce 4 we would need to call for a special serial number.

I hope you can find the extra $165 to get ver. 5 and pay for shipping. I just got to work and will be installing the Bryce Lightning client on my OS X Server and several NT boxes. We have a GIS lab on our 100 Megabit Ethernet backbone with 20+ 1 GigHz NT boxes. I have this dream of 20 some NT boxes doing you know what on Sundays. :>) I'll keep you posted.

By the way, I am not an expert on Bryce; still a novice compared to the stuff on the WEB. Bryce runs under MAC OS X but it is still plainly evident on my 450MP that it runs faster under OS 9.1. I did a render under OS X 10.0.4 with the CPU monitor working. I guess the program is using both CPUs but only one at a time. The program appeared to be oscillating between CPUs, but never once were both CPUs going flat out at the same time. The render with anti-alias did take over 2 minutes so I thought I had given the program a sufficient challenge.
Wayne R. "

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Reader Comments on New Replacement PB G3 AC Adapter:
A reader sent a note he's actually received his replacement AC adapter:

" Have received my replacement power adapter today for my PB G3 Wallstreet 13" 250. Works fine (I'm using it now, without the battery in). It's made in Thailand by Delta Electronics and is not nearly as hot as the old one. It looks like the current round see through style with the roll up cord. It was shipped to me from Markham, (Ontario, Canada). I live in the Niagara peninsula in Ontario.
thom "
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Porting Games to Mac OS X Article including Coding Examples:
A reader sent a link to an article on Porting Games to MacOS X at gamasutra.com. Included are some code examples for Mouse control, OpenGL setup and Audio. The PowerPC Specifics page includes some coding tips on improving performance for older Macs with lower memory bandwidth.
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Case Build Guide for Portable Firewire Drive w/Oxford 911 Bridge:
As promised in yesterday's news comments on the Transintl portable Firewire case kit w/Oxford 911 bridge, I've posted a page with photos and step-by-step instructions on how to assemble a notebook drive in the case. (The case kit came with no instructions.) The article is also linked on the Firewire articles page for future reference. [Update - I've posted a page with OS 9.1 and OS X performance tests of this case with a 48GB Travelstar drive vs an AC powered Oxford 911 case w/60GB 75GXP drive.]
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More Nvidia 2.1.1 Driver Update Feedback + How to Flash an Older ROM Versions:
I've updated the Nvidia 2.1.1 Driver Update Feedback page with the latest reader comments. One reader sent a tip (and Applescript) on how to reverse flash an older ROM version for those that are seeing problems with the latest firmware version. (I'm behind in email and have not had time to add all the latest mails received in the last 12 hours on the driver update/issues yet.)
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Reader Tip on Rune Co-Op Mod/Game Errors:
Yesterday's news had posts on problems unstuffing the Rune Co-Op mod and a tip on using MacZip, which did uncompress the file, but the reader noted "Names" errors in the game after the install. Tom Koons sent a note with another tip:

" OK here it is. Download the PC version and change the .zip to .rmod
Then you will need the UMOD installer from Unreal Tournament. Drop the Coop.rmod file you just downloaded onto the UMOD installer and it does everything for you and it works! I donĂt know what is wrong with the Mac version but even after using MacZip, it still kept getting a bunch of bad name errors. It looks like the rune.ini file is made for a PC and doesnĂt work at all on the Mac. If you make the changes to your original rune.ini file, you then get as far as seeing the servers but once you select one it again gets a bad name error.

But running PC .rmod version with the Unreal UMOD installer made it all work just fine. There are only 3 servers running when I tried and one of them had the Halls of Vahala (spelling?) and Mac users can't play on those servers yet :(
Thanks
Thomas Koons
The 6400 Zone - http://homepage.mac.com/zone6400 "

The Co-Op mod as noted in past news pages here is available at fileplanet and at the "Official Maps" section of the Runegame downloads page.

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Apple Email on PB G3 AC Adapter Recall/Exchange:
As noted last Friday, Apple is recalling the M4402 PB G3 AC Adapters that shipped on 1998 to early 2000 Powerbook G3s. Last night I received an email regarding the shipment of my Wallstreet's adapter.

" Dear Mike,
Thank you for your order regarding the PowerBook G3 AC Adapter exchange program submitted July 6, 2001. We have received your request and we will be shipping orders in the order received as soon as possible. We've recorded your serial number and shipping address as follows:
(snipped)
Shipping time may vary due to replacement adapter availability. Once you receive the replacement adapter, please return the old adapter to Apple with the pre-paid shipping label and packaging provided.
Sincerely,
AppleCare "

Another reader that signed up on the 8th also noted he's received this email. (A reader from Canada later today noted he had already gotten his new AC adapter - see comments above.)

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Shareware Preferences Manager Can Detect Corrupted Prefs Files:
One of Barney's software updates last night included Prefs Overload which can detect corrupted preferences files as well as help manage them. It's $15 shareware. A reader sent a note he had to uncheck "use real icons" to avoid crashes in the current version:
    " Mike-
    It worked very well once I unchecked the "Use Real Icons" option in its Appearance prefs. Before that, it crashed every time while scanning for damaged prefs in this Wallstreet2/9.1.
    Bob F "
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Another Wireless/WEP Security Flaw Noted:
Cnet has an article from yesterday that comments on another flaw (the 3rd) discovered with current WEP wireless network security protocol. They noted that those running only 64-bit key encryption are (of course) more vulnerable than those running 128-bit encryption capable network hardware. (Airport specs show 40-bit encryption [noted in this Apple FAQ] which I'm told is equivalent to 64bit specs cited on some PC cards (my Airport base works with WEP set on Wavelan Silver PCcards which use "64-bit" WEP). Some Wavelan (gold cards) and bases have 128-bit encryption. )
    "40-bit and 64-bit WEP are equivalent. People just call 40-bit WEP 64-bit to make it sound better; there's a static 24-bit initialization vector in the protocol that lets them claim 64-bit
    Julian Koh "

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CPU Upgrades Owner Ratings Database Updated:
The Rate Your CPU Upgrade database has been updated with 3 new reports today (total to date: 5,917). [Entries after midnight eastern time are added the following day.]

  • Powerlogix Bluechip G3/466 in PB G3 Wallstreet2 (rated 3)
  • Powerlogix G3/220 in Powerbase (rated 10)
  • XLR8 CarrierZIF w/OWC G3 333 ZIF in PowerTower Pro 225 (rated 10)

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 Compatibility Database Updates:
The Drive Compatibility searchable database had 11 new entries added this morning. The database has reports on Combo DVD-CDRW, CDROMs, DVD-ROM, DVD-RAM, CDRW, Hard Drives and Removables (tape drive, ORB, ZIP, MO drives, etc.) in all interface types (IDE, IDE RAID cards, Firewire, SCSI, adapters). Current total 4,200 reports. [BTW - the drive database is not a place to post questions, it's for reports on drives you've used. For guides to drive installs, see the IDE, SCI or Firewire articles linked above and/or the FAQ. 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.]
You can find full owner reports by searching the database by drive/brand/interface/mac models (the latest reports are shown first in searches).
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.
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