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News stories of July 7th, 2004: (later posted items first)
Linksys BEFSR41/BEFSR11/BEFSRU31 Firmware v1.46
I don't currently use a Linksys router, but many readers do so I wanted to mention that VT lists Linksys BEFSR41(ver 1 & 2)/BEFSR11/BEFSRU31 Firmware v1.46 today that is said to fix the DHCP renewal problem. According to reports there, some said this did fix the problem, but one unlucky BEFRS41 owner reported a disconnect/interruption during the update and now can't communicate with it. (The June 16th news page had a Tip for Linksys BEFSR41 v2 Router problems with the previous 1.45.11 firmware.)
(A reader replied to this posting saying it did solve DHCP renew problem he had with the previous firmware.)
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Opera 7.5.2 Update includes Security Fixes
The Opera 7.52 update's release notes mentions several security fixes, including the frame injection vulnerability that affected previous versions as well as many other browsers (including current versions of Safari, but not Camino, Mozilla 1.7 or Firefox 0.9).
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Powerlogix G4 Firmware patcher/restorer for B&W G3
I wanted to say thanks to Steve S. and Eric K. for replying to the request in yesterday's review of G3 1.1GHz vs G4/550-1GHz ZIF CPU upgrades to send the PL B&W G3 firmware patcher/restorer which was apparently removed from Powerlogix's site earlier this year. I've written PL for permission to mirror it here, since several owners of Sonnet's G4/700-1GHz ZIFs had systems that already had the firmware patched for a previous G4 CPU upgrade and could not apply the (required) Sonnet patch for their 745x G4 upgrade. (Posting this to prevent more copies being sent.)
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Review of ViewSonic's 9 Million Pixel LCD Display
A reader sent a note that there's a review of Viewsonic's 22.2in LCD display with more than twice the pixels of the 30in Apple Display. The review mentions the pixel density means that it's not really useable for text though. (£4,600+ list per the review page, although web searches today show prices as "low" as $5,771.84.) Viewsonic's VP2290b Display page notes it supports both 3840x2400 and 1920x1200 modes/resolutions (although if 1920x1200 mode scales to full screen I wonder if it's like most LCDs, where running less than native resolution makes the image less sharp.)
The Viewsonic page has links to Compatible video cards which surprisingly lists even the Mac ATI 8500 card as "able to display 3840x2400" (?). (The display comes with a dual DVI cable but notes only one is used in their mac 8500 setup guide. The 8500 has one DVI and one VGA (analog) port). Like most current ATI cards I've seen, ATI lists on the 8500 specs page that 1600x1200 is the max for digital DVI mode.:

    Digital Flat Panel Maximum resolution
    1600 x 1200 60Hz

Even the list of Analog resolutions for the 8500 tops out at 2048x1536. (Update - an owner of this display wrote that it does work at very low refresh rates with some older Mac cards, despite the specs. However he said none of the cards compatible with the G5 can run this display, although some in his older macs can. Tomorrow's news page will have his comments on this display, which reportedly is made by IBM.)

Of course the cost of this display (and the Apple 30in - $3299 + $599 for the 6800 card, which only runs in a G5) is out of the price range for most of us, but the review was still an interesting read on the highest resolution commercially available LCD display I've seen to date.

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Apple updates G5 Developer Docs, Customer Installable Parts Guides
A reader posted a note that Apple has updated the PowerMac G5 Developer docs for the "June 2004" models.
Although many of the guides are similar, Apple has posted a separate page for G5 (June 2004) model Customer Installable Parts Instructions. Their CIP Instructions page for the original G5 towers is here. (I've updated our huge page of G5 Tech Info/Docs and PCI Compat.Info and the FAQ's G5 section item on this to include these updates.)
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OEM Radeon Enabler 1.1.1 adds 9800XT/9600XT and OEM Radeon AGP Support
The author of (OEM) Radeon Enabler sent a note last night that he's released a v1.1.1 update. (Radeon Enabler adds ATI 4.2.x Displays "3D/GL Overrides" support for Radeon/Radeon Mobility OEM models, where normally only retail Radeon cards are supported.)

" Radeon Enabler 1.1.1 has been released.
This version adds support for the following graphics chipsets:

  • OEM Radeon 9800 XT
  • OEM Radeon 9600 XT
  • OEM Radeon AGP (7200)

Additional enhancements include:

  • Improved detection of missing or corrupted localization resources
  • Enhanced the support file generation to include more detailed information from the System Profiler

    This version does not add any additional functionality for previously supported cards. (See the website for the full listing, including Radeon Mobility chips) If you have already used Radeon Enabler successfully for your chipset, there is no need to update to this latest version.

    If you have already used a previous version of Radeon Enabler, you must reinstall the ATI Radeon Displays package before you can use a newer version of Radeon Enabler. Radeon Enabler will only recognize an original, unpatched installation.

    For more information and to download Radeon Enabler, visit the Radeon Enabler website at ."

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    iPod Mini Intl. Availability set for July 24th
    Apple's news page has a press release on Apple iPod mini International Availability Set for July 24.
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    DeathBall UT2004 Mod
    (from a reader post)

    " For those who haven't tried it yet - its the most fun you'll ever have. Its just like football/soccer. Definitely give this one a whirl. Head on over to: Deathball for the mod download.

    I've not tried this mod personally, but they have a page about the game with some screenshots and info on play. Here's a clip:

    "DeathBall turns UT2004 into a mix of Football/Soccer, Rugby, Handball and War. It's a pure sports game, and at that a First Person Sports Game. It's based on UT2004, but it has nothing to do with a shooter."
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    Updated Apple Knowledge Base docs
    (from apple's mail list)

    For other G5 tech docs, see our PowerMac G5 Tech Info/Compatibility/Tips page.

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    Rate Your CPU Upgrade Reports Database Updated
    The Rate Your CPU Upgrade database has been updated with 4 new reports this morning (entries from Tuesday, entries later today are added the next newsday morning). Total to date: 9,451. Here's a summary of the report(s) added today (search by brand/mac model for full reports - latest reports always shown first):

    • Daystar G4/433MHz in PowerBook G3 Lombard (rated 10)
    • Giga Designs Dual G4 1GHz in (DA) G4/AGP (rated 10)
    • Sonnet G4 1.2GHz in Dual (450) G4 (rated 7)
    • Sonnet G3/266 in 8100/80AV (rated 10)

      (My reviews of G4 and G3 upgrades w/apps/game tests, install info, etc. are linked on 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). 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 Database had 3 new reports added this morning. (Reader entries from Tuesday, entries today are added the next newsday morning. Entries with no comments, missing info etc. are not posted). The database includes reports on Combo DVD-CDRW, CDROMs, DVD-ROM, DVD-RAM, DVD-R, 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, USB, adapters). Current total 13,269 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)

    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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    Reader Game Reviews Database Updated
    The Rate Your Mac Games database update this morning included another review of No One Lives Forever 2 ($14.99 at compusa he said). Looking for more reviews from owners of new Mac games. Total Reviews (all titles): 1165. To read game reviews use the search page.
    If you've not already done so - Enter a Game review. Please include as much detail as possible in your review comments. (If your game title is not in the long listing, select "other game" and note the title in the comments)
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