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News Archive for: 7/15/2002 Monday's NewsReturn to Accelerate Your Mac!

News stories of July 15th, 2002:

Next-Gen ATI Graphics Card Announcements on July 17th?
A reader posted a link to a Digi-Times article titled ATI to launch RV250 and R300 chips on July 17.
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Quicktime 6 Released, Note to QT Pro 5 Users
Apple's main front page notes that Quicktime 6 is now available. (Mac OS X v10.1.3 or later, OS 8.6/9.x, Windows) Get it at http://www.apple.com/quicktime/download/. (Thanks to Jof for the heads-up.)
For current Quicktime Pro Users (who bought the QT Pro 5 key) here's a note on the requirements page:

    Note to QuickTime Pro Users: QuickTime 6 will replace older versions of QuickTime. A QuickTime 6 Pro key is required to unlock Pro functionality in QuickTime 6. If you wish to use a QuickTime 4 or 5 Pro key, you need to run an older version of QuickTime. Prior versions of QuickTime are available in our Technical Support area.

I know the QT5 Pro key worked with the QT6 betas, but apparently not with the official QT6 release version.

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ATI July 2002 OS X and OS 9 Driver Updates Available
ATI has posted a July 2002 driver update for OS X and OS 9. See the Release Notes for more info.
The release notes also mention PCI Radeon performance improvements:

    " Improved RADEON PCI & RADEON 7000 performance
    Recent changes and optimizations will show substantial performance improvements in most applications. These changes apply to both 3D and 2D content (example: Quake 3 improvements in frame rates of up to 30% for RADEON PCI, depending on system and game configuration). "

See the Release Notes for a complete listing of changes and notes on OS 9 OpenGL/QD3D versions, FSAA and Anisotropic Filtering support for Radeon series cards (requires support in the game), etc.

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MacPlay taking Pre-Orders for Soldier of Fortune II
(from the email press release)

" Dallas, TX -July 15, 2002 - MacPlay, a subsidiary of United Developers, announced today that the Macintosh version of Soldier of Fortune II: Double Helix(tm) is available for pre-order on the MacPlay website at www.MacPlay.com.

Developed by Raven Software, Soldier of Fortune II: Double Helix drops players into the ranks of America's shadow soldiers in a gritty and intense battle for survival. Soldier of Fortune II: Double Helix is rated M for MATURE (17 and above) for animated blood, violence and gore. Soldier of Fortune II: Double Helix is scheduled for worldwide release July 31, 2002.

"With a huge single player campaign, frantic multiplayer action, and the introduction of the genre's first random mission generator of single and multiplayer maps, Soldier of Fortune II: Double Helix is poised to be the next big gaming phenomenon," states Brian Raffel, vice president of Raven Software. "PC gamers are getting a little bit of a head start over their Mac peers, but it won╠t be long before both camps are battling it out in lush Columbian jungles and Siberian wastelands."

Soldier of Fortune II: Double Helix is built on an enhanced version of the Quake III Arena(tm) game engine for explosive special effects and fast action gameplay, GHOUL II Technology with ultra-realistic damage modeling anywhere on the body, the TORR Terrain system that allows a full range of player movements including manning entrenched guns and riding in vehicles, and even deadlier AI than the original game.

Pre-order your copy of Soldier of Fortune II: Double Helix for $49.99 at the MacPlay online store at www.MacPlay.com. As a special bonus shipping is FREE (in the Continental US) for all Pre-orders. "

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EyeTV TIVO for Mac
El Gato's main page today shows their new "EyeTV", a personal (TV) video recorder (PVR) for Macs. They're offering $20 off the $199 list price for purchases made during the week or MacWorld NY.
Requirements are listed as:

  • Mac OS X 10.1.5 or greater
  • Built-in USB port
  • 20 MB Disk Space for the application
  • 650 MB Disk Space for each hour of recorded video
  • An internet connection for the program listings guide.

    (Being USB based I wondered about resolutions supported. I could not find that specific info, but here's a clip from the product page.-Mike)

    "EyeTV includes a 124-channel cable-ready TV tuner and MPEG encoder to digitize and send TV signals to you Mac over a standard USB cable (included). EyeTV software then displays the TV show in a resizable window or you can even watch full screen."

See their EyeTV page for more info (they also have a page of screenshots and a FAQ.). The FAQ notes no monthly fees. It's also compatible with the Keyspan remote control.

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iMac G4 Take-Apart for RAM or Drive Upgrades
Stefan Horn sent an article with photos of his iMac G4 Take-Apart for RAM or Drive Upgrades
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2002 iBook Owner Comments on Running Dual Displays
(from a reader email)

"Hi Mike,
when I got my new 700mhz iBook I noticed that under some conditions it can display extra workspace on an external display.
I put up a website where you can find details:
http://www.macparts.de/ibook/
Cheers
Klaus"

Update - See the July 17th News Page for his latest comments.
His page has a photo showing an extended desktop. (Note: the 2nd screen's corrupted video is due to the fact he used a DV camera which is out of sync with the display.) I don't own an iBook (2002 model or otherwise) but if any readers that do figure out a mod to run dual displays let me know.
Since the Radeon Mobility chip in the 2002 iBooks (and the Rage128 Mobility in the 2001 iBooks) supports dual (not just mirrored) displays in Powerbooks, I'm not sure if there's a hardware mod or the ROM that enables this feature.

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(Updated) TechTV will not be Broadcasting MWNY Expo Keynote
The latest info says TechTV will not be broadcasting the MWNY Keynote. Here's the latest info I have received as of July 16th (copy of mass email forwarded to me by Anthony Soroka). I wrote Cindy to verify the July 16th mail (below) was the final word and she said "Fraid so Mike. I sent a mass email to a bunch of you." The (bad news) noted in the mass mail follows:

    " From: Tech TV Audience Feedback
    Sent: Tuesday, July 16, 2002 12:21 PM
    Subject: Macworld Coverage
    Mac Enthusiasts;
    I, like you, have been wondering why there was nothing on our site about the MacWorld schedule. I've been bugging those in house every day, and getting told we plan to carry it, and are making arrangements.
    I got the final word today.
    I'm very sorry to tell you we are not carrying Steve Jobs Keynote from Mac World in New York on Wednesday. Apple will not allow us to air it live or in it's entirety. I was not given reasons, just told that. We will be doing stories on it during Tech Live. I know that's not much, but right now it is all we have to offer.
    We had assumed we'd be covering it as in the past, and I was told to let you know we planned to. We DID try very hard to get this coverage for our Mac Enthusiasts.
    I didn't want you all hunting around looking for the coverage, so am sending emails again to let you know.
    Cindy Wakeman/WUGNET
    for TechTV Audience Feedback
    feedback@techtv.com
    http://www.techtv.com"
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Newer Tech G4 CPU Upgrades for PB Wallstreet/Lombard, Beige/B&W G3
Newer Technology sent email press releases on announcements of G4/500 CPU upgrades for PowerBook G3 Wallstreet (1998) and Lombard (1999) models priced at $350. (Sightly higher than their Pismo/PB G3 2000 Firewire G4/500 upgrade which sells for $299.xx). For the original G3/233MHz Wallstreet PowerBooks that did not ship with L2 cache on the CPU module, they offer the option to add 1MB of Level 2 cache at extra cost (not specified in the press release).
They also announced G4 500MHz and 533MHz upgrades for PowerMac G3 Beige and B&W G3 series Macs starting at $299.
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OS X iTunes Plugin File for Lite-On 48x12x48x CDRW Drive
Don Barron sent a copy of his modified Lite-On device plugin that enables OS X iTunes support for the Lite-On 48125W 48x12x48x CDRW drive. (He posted a drive database report on it used in a Firewire case with his Dual G4 system.) I've also added it to the FAQ's CDROM/CDR section for future reference.
NOTE: As with all modified files - these are provided "as-is" with no warranty or support. These files replace the existing files of the same name (use Sherlock to find the locations of the original files - and to avoid permissions issues in OS X you may want to boot into OS 9 to replace the OS X file.)
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CPU Upgrades Owner Reports Database Updated:
The Rate Your CPU Upgrade database has been updated with 5 new reports. (Total to date: 7,257). [Entries made today are posted the next newsday morning. Incomplete entries, those with no comments, missing info, etc. are deleted]
Here's a summary of the update (does not include update/added comments to previous reports):

  • Newer Tech G4/400 in Beige G3 (rated 3)
  • Sonnet G3/450 in 7300 (rated 1)
  • Sonnet G3/500 in 9600 (rated 10)
  • XLR8 CarrierZIF card MPe w/G4 450 ZIF in Umax S900 (rated 9)
  • iBook SE 366 OC report (@450MHz with 100MHz bus mod)

(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 Updates
The Drive Compatibility searchable database had 13 new reports over the weekend. 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 7,889 reports. Here's a summary listing of today's new reports. (Does not include updates to previous entries)

    Tape Drive Reports:
  • Firewire Onstream Echo FW30 used w/iBook 2001 (OS X)

    DVD-R DVD Recorder Drive Reports:
  • IDE Pioneer DVR-A03 in G4/AGP (OS 9.1)
    (problems noted - perhaps defective drive)

    Combo DVD+CDR Drive Reports:
  • IDE LG GCC-4120B (32x12x8 + 8x DVD ROM) in G4 no AGP [Yikes] (OS X)

    IDE CDRW Drive Reports:
  • Plextor PlexWriter PX-W2410A (24x10x40x) in 7600 using IDE PCI Card (OS 8.6)
  • Plextor PlexWriter PX-W2410A (24x10x40x) in B&W G3 (OS 8.6)
    (FYI illustrated CD drive install guide here covers 8600/9600/Beige G3 MT/B&W G3/G4s thru Digital audio)

    Firewire CDRW Drive Reports:
  • Lacie U&I 40x12x48 used w/iBook 2001 (OS 9.2)
  • Lite-On 48125W 48x12x48x (in FW Case) used w/Dual G4 (OS X)
    (modified OS X iTunes plugin file added to the FAQ)
  • Philips jackrabbit 12x8x32 used w/Beige G3 (OS X)

    SCSI CDRW Drive Reports:
  • Acom Data CDE121032SE 12x10x32x used w/6400 (OS 8.6)
    (problems noted - filed under "other" brands)

    IDE Hard Drive Reports:
  • IBM Travelstar 40GNX 20GB in PowerBook G3 2000 (OS X)
    (FYI illustrated HD install guide here for PB G3 2000 - aka Pismo)
  • Maxtor (5400 rpm) 60GB in iMac slot-loading (OS X)
  • Western Digital W800JB (8MB cache) 80GB in G4/AGP (OS X)
    (FYI - Illustrated guide to adding a 2nd HD here)
  • Seagate Barracuda IV 60GB in iMac slot-loading (OS X)

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.]

(Entries today will be added the following newsday. 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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Reader Game Reviews Database Updated:
The Rate Your Mac Games database updates today included another review of Undying and Warcraft III. Total Reviews (all titles): 925. 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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