News Archive for: 7/7/2005 Thursday's News (later posted items first)
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Apple releases DVD Playback Update 4.6.1 for Tiger
Software Update in Tiger shows a DVD Playback Update 4.6.1.

"DVD Playback Update 4.6.1 addresses a disc validation issue some users may encounter when attempting to play a disc for the first time with DVD Player 4.6. This update is recommended for all users of DVD Player 4.6."

It's also available for download at this apple page. (Thanks to Matthew and Steven for the heads-up.) Although from the change info it doesn't sound like it will help, if any Radeon 8500 owners that reported problems w/Tiger and DVD player 4.6 find this update changes anything, let me know. (Feedback from 8500 owners says it didn't help with the green artifacts, etc. although one reader said the previous 10.4.1 update solved it for him. Others 8500 users noted still having the problem in 10.4.1 however.)

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Daystar announces CPU upgrades for iMac G4 flat panel models
Daystar has a press release announcing they're in the last stages of development on a CPU upgrade (up to 1.35 GHz ) for iMac G4 700/800MHz systems called the "MAChSpeed iMFP G4". The PR says "Pricing and final specs are expected to be announced closer to the actual product release date of July 28th."
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IBM 970MP (Dual Core G5) and Low Power 970FX CPUs announced
(From a reader post. As of early this morning I didn't see a USA press release this yet at IBM's USA site.)

" 970MP and low power 970FX are emerged
IBM announced 970MP and low power 970FX at Power Everywhere Forum 2005 in Tokyo. Japanese press release

    970MP
  • dual core
  • 1.4-2.5GHz
  • each core has 1MB L2 cache (2MB total)
  • one core can be swiched off for low power operation

    Low Power 970FX
  • 13W@1.4 GHz, 16W@1.6GHz (Typical?)

Die photo of 970MP
-M. Isobe "

I think there will be a 970MP based PowerMac G5 before the switch to Intel CPUs in 2007 PowerMacs. (Many were expecting a 970MP based PowerMac announcement earlier this year, before the Intel CPU announcement.)

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Reader's article with info/photos on iMac G5 midplane board Capacitor problems
A reader with one of the iMac G5s with bad capacitors on the Midplane board has posted a page with info and photos on the problem (bulging capacitors) at http://www.oliver-kreuzenbeck.de/iMac_problems/iMac.html.
I thought originally there was an Apple page with a guide on replacing the midplane board but checking the apple page on iMac G5 parts you can install yourself today it notes that's no longer a DIY part:

" The Mid-plane assembly for the original iMac G5 includes the main logic board, the G5 processor, modem card, lower fan, input/output ports, AirPort antenna, built-in Bluetooth module and antenna (if the computer has Bluetooth capability). If any of these parts require service, please see an Authorized Service Provider.

The Mid-plane assembly for the iMac G5 (Ambient Light Sensor) includes the main logic board, the G5 processor, modem card, lower fan (in 20-inch iMacs), input/output ports, AirPort antenna, built-in AirPort/Bluetooth module and Bluetooth antenna. If any of these parts require service, please see an Authorized Service Provider.

Note: Previously, the midplane assembly in its entirety was available as a stand-alone DIY (Do It Yourself) part. To reduce replacement part costs to our customers, we have changed this strategy to the model presented above."

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Newer Technology's miniStack hard drive/port replicator for Mac Mini
(Clip from the email PR from site sponsor OWC)

"Newer Technology's New miniStack Adds Capacity and Ports Without Adding Bulk
Designed with the Mac mini in mind, miniStack provides high-performance, bootable FireWire/USB2 data storage and integrates multi-port FireWire and USB2 hubs. This elegant solution matches Apple's mini and addresses that which Mac mini-owners most often request “ more hard drive space, faster storage performance and more FireWire and USB ports. The miniStack offers all that and more in one sleek solution.
Immediately available for $99.95 without drive, and from $139.99 with up to a 400GB drive and Dantz Retrospect Backup software, the miniStack gives users the opportunity to enhance their Mac mini without expanding its waistline. Although designed for the Mac mini, NewerTechĂs miniStack is compatible with any Mac or PC with an available FireWire or USB Port.
Each miniStack features a smart power switch so the drive turns on with your mini; a thermal probe that automatically regulates and varies fan speed according to the temperature of the hard drive; and an integrated 2-Port FireWire and 3-Port USB 2.0/1.1 hub. The dimensions of the miniStack are 6.5 inches x 6.5 inches x 1.5 inches.
More information and the full line may be viewed at www.macsales.com/miniStack. "
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Reader report on Wavecom RF-Link Sr. Video Transmitter
(from a reader mail in reply to a recent reader post on the "Slingbox", which has no current mac drivers/support although they mentioned Mac support is planned in the future.)

" hi mike,
this may not be what the "Slingbox" reader is looking for, regarding a discussion, but it is my current video/computer/tv solution.

a number of years ago there was a sale on something called a "Wavecom RF-Link Sr.", which consisted of a video transmitter and receiver one could attach to any tv output/input. i am on satellite.
originally these devices (iirc) sold for around $250.00US, they were the older models that were prone to interference from microwave ovens, and were reduced to (iirc) $35.00US. i bought a pile (-; and (fwiw) their newer models are not prone to this interference.

the computer room video receiver is plugged into a planar display that serves as a Mac Mini DVI monitor, a S-VIDEO FCP monitor for the dual G4, and is switch selectable from the front of the monitor (for tv/etc.).

;-) as usual, i experiment and have put the video signal (tv) on the G4's Cinema Display by running the video receiver into one of a number of external devices and using the firewire with iMovie or FCP. some of these devices are:

  • Sony digital video cassette recorder (GV-D800) used with FCP
  • Sony digital/analog converter (DVMC-DA2) link analog decks with FCP digital video cameras having firewire.

i have not tried to access television display from a remote location using computers only, which appears to be one of the selling qualities of the Slingbox.
(otoh) the Slingbox sells for $250 US and if the reader only needs tv, while at home, a video transmitter/receiver may be a better deal and approach.
best2u, curtis
p.s. the reader may be interested in one of my pages:
www.h323.org - U.S. mirror for OPEN _H.323 http://www.openh323.org/. openh323 is open for suggestions and help (-; "

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SubRosaSoft Announces 4th Generation FileSalvage
SubRosaSoft sent a press release on their latest version of FileSalvage data recovery software for Mac OS X which now includes a free trial, file preview and improved data recovery speed. FileSalvage requires Mac OS X 10.2.8 or above and has a MSRP of $89.95 plus shipping for the CD version or $79.95 for download only ("complimentary upgrade" for v2.0/3.0 users they said.) See http://DataRecoveryMacOSX.com for more info.
(While on the subject, there's a previous page here with Reader reports on Prosoft Data Rescue file recovery utility which generally got high marks.)
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Sonnet announces Sidekick, the double-jointed USB 2.0 adapter
Sonnet has a press release today on their SideKick Flexible USB 2.0 Adapter to be available later this month with a MSRP of $12.95 (US).
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K-Mart to sell iPods soon?
A reader sent a note that "Kmart in Watertown CT just recieved all model iPods & Accessories; they're not out yet but by the weekend they will be for sale".
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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. (Entries 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 - 14,872 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-109 in Beige G3 (OS X)
    (problems noted/errors reported w/Toast. Tested OK in a PC. Suspects incompatibility with the onboard IDE interface. Illustrated CD drive install guide here covers Beige G3 MT, B&W G3 and G4 towers up to the Digital Audio Model)
  • IDE Pioneer DVR-109 in G5 Tower (OS X 10.4)

    Hard Drives:
  • IDE Hitachi IC25N040ATCS05 40GB in iBook 2001 (OS X 10.3)

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 1 new report this morning (entries later today are added the next newsday morning). Total to date: 9,988. Here's a summary of the report added (search by brand/mac model for full reports - latest reports always shown first):

  • Other World Computing G4 1.4GHz in (Quicksilver) G4/AGP (rated 9)

    (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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