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Accelerate Your Mac! News Archive for: 6/12/2001 Tuesday's NewsReturn to Accelerate Your Mac!

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Mandrake Linux 8.0 PPC Beta:
There's a PPC Beta version of Mandrake Linux available for download at the Mandrake web site. See their features page for more info. They also have a related discussion forum for the PPC version. (FYI - The downloads are two ISO CD images - over 600MB each.)
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Symantec Updates for AntiVirus 7, Personal Firewall and Norton Utilities 6:
A reader sent a note that Symantec has an OS X updates page listing NAV 7.02 and Personal Firewall 1.02 updates for OS X. (As users already know, OS X includes a firewall already and there are several GUI utils for it.)
After getting this mail I ran Liveupdate on my Systemworks install (OS 9) and it also downloaded a Norton Utils 6.0.2 update and new AV defs. Literally every component was updated (Speeddisk included).
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Compatibility Notes on Rune Co-Op Patch:
I'm told that the Rune Co-Op Patch noted earlier today will not work until the Mac version of Rune is updated to v1.07. A reader sent comments from Mark Adams about this:

" The Mac 1.07 patch is basically finished, but can't be released yet. There are some issues with Gathering and Rune 1.07/HOV that have to be resolved before 1.07 can be relesed on the Mac. Until then I believe Coop will not work on the Mac, sorry."
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Guide to MiniDisc Recording with iTunes:
Reader Ken Tidwell sent a link to his page on MiniDisc recording with iTunes that includes a how-to (including tips on printing labels), links to equipment and other related resources.
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Seagate's Budget Priced 40GB per Platter Hard Drives:
PCworld has an article on Seagate's new 40GB per platter drives, but notes they're only shipping a 2 platter drive currently (80GB - est. street price of $234), even though a 4 platter (160GB) drive is possible. The reasons why no 160GB model was planned is because they think the market for a 160GB "budget" drive would be small (per Seagate's comments). The article also said that Maxtor is expected to announce a 40GB/platter drive soon, indicating their current 20GB/platter drive is only using one side of the platter.
Although it's certainly not a "budget" drive, I think Seagate is shipping a SCSI 180GB drive. It's listed at $1999 (SRP) on their SCSI drive products page.
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Another 48GB Travelstar Drive Owner Notes Quiet Operation:
Yesterday's news had a reader report from the Drive Database here that noted good performance and literally silent operation from the new 48GB Travelstar drive (w/fluid bearings/sound absorbing housing). Another 48GB Travelstar owner copied me on an email to Transintl regarding the drive:

" Hello TransIntl,
I called, stopped by, and purchased the new 48GB IBM TravelStar this last Saturday (6/9/01). Thank you for answering the call (I happened to be up from San Diego). When I picked-up the drive I said I'd let you know how it works and how quiet it is.

You can safely tell your potential customers that this is the damm quietest drive I have EVER seen (and not heard). I have it in my PowerBook G4--replacing the noisy stock 30GB drive. There is the usual mild clicks of the head actuator, but that is difficult to avoid since the head must accelerate back and forth so quickly. The spindle though is dead quiet. As long as it lasts, and there is no reason to believe this drive to be any less reliable than other IBM TravelStars, I would say this is the best 2-1/ 2" drive on the market--period.
A bit pricey, but worth it to me this time around.

The 48GB drive sells for $549.

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Reader Comments on Apple DVD Player v2.7:
A reader sent comments on the latest Apple DVD Player v2.7 noted in last night's news update:
"I finished downloading version 2.7 about an hour ago and put the player through the paces. Since there haven't been any mention of changes in this version since previous versions, I thought I'd let you know the changes I've noticed so far (from the 2.4 version, the last generally released version I believe.)

G4 AGP 400Mhz Sawtooth
Radeon AGP
OS 9.0.4
256 MB RAM

The requirements on the Apple page listed 9.1 as the minimun OS needed, but it runs fine on 9.0.4.

One of the first things I noticed was an improvement in the stability of the DVD software playing certain DVDs. The Matrix introductory sequence was absent of screen artifacts that I noticed with 2.4. 2.7 was able to run my Starcraft cinimatic DVD that would crash 2.4 at the main menu and chapter changes (although it still freezes when accessing certain trailers on the disc.) Some DVDs showed no improvement (the X-Files: FTF DVD still freezes after a certain point.)

The audio-sync issue with VM is still present sad to say. I was hoping with the time put into polishing the software it would've been fixed.

Running the Matrix, I didn't notice any improvements to the visual quality or make note of any new menu features.

I welcome other comments on the update.

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Rune Co-Op Patch Available for Mac:
[Update: I'm told that this Co-Op Patch will not work until the Mac version of Rune is updated to v1.07. (See the later news post above for details.)]
Fileplanet lists a patch for Co-Op play for the Mac version of Rune. (The downside is you have to register with GameSpy to download files at Fileplanet now.)
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WWII Total Conversion Beta for Quake3:
I don't know if it works with Mac Quake3, but Fileplanet lists a World War II total conversion called Annihilation for Quake3 (team based play) . There's a ZIP file version as well as the .exe version (windows executable file). The download is appx. 79MB (ouch). You'll need a GameSpy ID to download the file there.
If any Mac owners try this mod let me know if it works.
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Reader Request: USB Audio on Wallstreet?
" i bought a macally cardbus to usb adapter for my wallstreet 266 with the intention of using one of the new usb audio interfaces (m-audio's audiosport quatro) with emagic's logic audio platinum. the audiosport isn't shipping yet so i got griffin technology's imic to tool around with. no luck. i did preliminary testing with the sound control panel in os 9.1 and couldn't get the sound manager to register a signal using the "expansion bay" option. for my test, i used an old realistic pzm mic. i also plugged the mic directly into the built in jack on the back of my powerbook and it worked fine there under "external mic." so now i'm feeling a little dim because i just read in griffin's faq that apple doesn't "officially" support usb audio on macs that didn't ship with usb!
i'm aware of usb bandwidth issues and other limitations but wonder if there isn't some kind of workaround for my situation? apple doesn't officially support alot of things and someone usually figures a way to make it work.
any help is greatly appreciated.
thanks, james p.
p.s. i know about the vxpocket but can't afford to commit 600 bucks to an interface that won't be compatible with non powerbooks."

If anyone has any suggestions/tips for James let me know.

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Reader with Pioneer SCSI DVD ROM Driver Asks for Beta Testers:
A reader sent a note he's looking for beta testers for a driver for Pioneer DVD ROM SCSI Drives:

" Hi Mike,
After long searches, I think I have the right (and new) way to patch the Apple driver to get FULL support for Pioneer SCSI DVD-ROM drives. At this time, I have a DVD-303S and it works now as a "Apple" DVD drive : DVD, CD, CDi, VCD, CD-R, CD-RW and multisessions CDs are fully recognized...

I am looking for people with other SCSI Pioneer DVD models (304 and 305) to try with them an adapted patche, so if you could be kind enough to relay my message on your site I will be pleased...
Best regards.

Jean-Luc said to use this email address to contact him.

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$54.95 XLR8 USB Video Capture includes QT 5 Pro Key:
Site sponsor OWC sent a note they've cut the price on the XLR8 Interview 2.0 USB Video capture device and said the bundle includes a Quicktime 5 Pro key.

" Hi Mike,
We've knocked off $5 for the XLR8YourMac readers exclusively on the XLR8 Interview video capture device. Normally on our site, it's $59.95, but now for the readers it's $54.95.
Please note this includes a QuickTime 5.0 (yes, 5.0!) key also - a $29.95 value in itself!
It's listed on the XLR8YourMac specials page, of course.
Other World Computing"

I assume the key would also work with QT 4. (It may be a QT 4/5 Pro key.)

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CPU Upgrades Owner Ratings Database Updated:
The Rate Your CPU Upgrade database has been updated with 6 new reports today (total to date: 5,792). [Entries after midnight last night are added the following day.]

  • Other World Computing G3/450 ZIF in Beige G3 DT (rated 9)
  • Other World Computing G3/500 ZIF in B&W G3 (rated 10)
  • Powerlogix G3/350 in PowerCenter 132 (rated 9)
  • XLR8 G4 (MAChCarrier) G4/450 in 8600/200 (rated 10)
  • B&W G3/350 OC report
  • Beige G3/233 OC report

You can find these 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 8 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 3,983 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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