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News Archive for: 6/18/2001 Monday's NewsReturn to Accelerate Your Mac!

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Top stories of 6/18/2001:

Quake 3 for OS X v1.29 Beta Released:
(Update: There was a F-2 version released later that fixed the slowdown with sound enabled. See Friday's news page for reports and performance tests.)
ID's Quake3Arena page lists a 1.29f Beta version release including one for OS X. Changes are noted as:

    The list of changes in this release is just massive!
    In a nutshell...
  • New pro maps
  • New network code
  • New auto-update system
  • New rail, rocket, plasma, and lightning gun effects
  • New cheating counter measures

    This release will update any previous installation of Quake III Arena

The Q3 page notes that "A Mac "Classic" release is not available at this time, but we will have an official release when this release moves out of a beta state."

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Maxtor Announces 100GB IDE Drive:
It was mentioned in an article last week on Seagate 40GB/platter IDE drives that Maxtor was to announce their own line of higher density drives soon. Today PCworld has a story on the new 80GB and 100GB Maxtor IDE drives. The DiamondMax 100GB drive (536DX model) is said to be available in early July for a suggested list price of $299.95. Maxtor already had a 80GB drive, but the new model will use less platters than the previous one. Both the new drives are 5400 RPM however, although the article hints that there may be 7200 RPM versions later. Maxtor also has a press release today on the new drives.
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Wanted: Cube Owner Comments on Long Term Use:
Last Friday there started to be reports on the web of the Cube being discontinued (these may be nothing but rumors of course). I've gotten several emails from readers considering buying one that asked for reports from Cube owners on long-term use. (If they have seen the power switch problem, or any other problems).
If you've used a Cube for 6 months or more let me know what your experience has been with it. If you're using an ADC Apple monitor please note the display model (15", 22", 17" CRT, etc.) in the system details. [I've gotten many more replies than I expected today and posted them on this page. Thanks to all that took the time to send their experiences.]
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PCI Graphics Card Options Temporarily Unavailable at Apple Store:
A reader sent a note that the option to add additional Graphics cards (PCI) on new G4s at the Apple store is currently shown as "temporarily unavailable". (I verified this today at 9AM on the G4 tower configuration page.) I have no idea if they are just out of stock, or if the Rage128 PCI cards have been discontinued or if there is some replacement card options due soon (maybe Radeons?). It will be interesting to see what develops.

Since the PCI cards can't use the ADC Apple monitors without a DVI/ADC adapter kit (cable+ external power supply - since no ADC power connector is on the motherboard PCI slots and no PCI cards with ADC connectors), I wonder if future G4 motherboards will add a 28V connector to at least one PCI slot to allow running dual ADC LCD monitors (assuming a PCI ADC port Graphics card was available). However that would require an increase in the 28Volt power available from the Power Supply also, at least to be able run two of the Cinema LCD displays. Two of the 15" or 17" LCD displays would be within the 113.12W Max 28V output of the current power supplies based on the P.S. specs I have seen on a G4/500 DP and G4/733. 4.04A@28V Max is listed on the Power Supply case of the ACBel brand supplies.

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Info on Using an Apple ADC LCD Display with PCI Graphics Cards:
Options for current G4 tower owners wanting to run a 2nd ADC LCD display with a PCI Graphics card (or a PCI Mac wanting to use an ADC LCD display) would be to have a DVI output PCI Graphics card (i.e. ATI Radeon PCI retail, or the Voodoo4/5) and the DrBott DVIator DVI to ADC adapter which includes a 28V supply. The DrBott adapter currently sells for $149.95, about 1/2 the price of Gefen's adapter. (The FAQ's Displays/Monitors section has more info and links on these adapters.)
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LiteOn It 12/10/32 CDRW Firmware Tip:
One of today's updates to the Drive Compatibility Database from a LiteOn It 12/10/32 CDRW drive owner noted updating the firmware solved problems he had with the drive in a Beige G3

" Lite-On LTR 12101B 12x10x32 drive. Toast 4.1.2, 4.1.3, "Rev. A" G3
CDRW jumper must be set to Master when it's the only drive on the IDE bus
Burns failed with message "Sense Key=Illegal Request - Sense Code 0x24 - Invalid field in CDB"

Updated the firmware version from 31 to 38 with updater from Lite-On's site (used a Windows machine to flash the firmware). It now burns CD's fine.

Although advertised as 10x CD-RW, the Lite-On CD-RW blanks supplied with the drive are 4x maximum speed. "

I checked LiteOn IT's site and here's the page with the download link that notes the Firewire update (dated Feb 26, 2001) and what it adds/fixes. See (It says :

    "Support CloneCD
    Support OverBurn
    BURN-Proof Technology
    Without Support UDMA "

Not sure if they mean it added support for Burnproof even without UltraDMA mode support or that they have removed UltraDMA support.
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Reader Tip on Photoshop 6 with Sonnet G4/500 Upgrade in Beige G3:
One of today's updates to the CPU upgrade reports database included a tip for Photoshop v6 from a Beige G3 owner with a Sonnet G4/500 upgrade:

" I had no problem installing this card. Old CPU just slipped out and the new one slipped right in. The pins were shorter on the Sonnet card than the original card, but it did not present any problems.

The only problem was with Photoshop 6. I had to enable virtual memory to keep it from quitting immediately with Type 1 errors. I had been running with VM off as I like to use Premiere without having to reboot.

The fix was suggested by Sonnet Tech Support which was speedy and helpful with email response. They are working on an upgrade to their extension which may help with the problem.
Dennis D. "

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CPU Upgrades Owner Ratings Database Updated:
The Rate Your CPU Upgrade database has been updated with 17 new reports today (total to date: 5,833). [Entries after midnight last night are added the following day.]

  • Newer Tech G4/450 in 8600/250 (rated 10)
  • Newer Tech G3/500 in 8500/132 (rated 10)
  • Other World Computing G3/500 in Beige G3 DT (rated 10)
    [noted running OS X fine]
  • Other World Computing G3/400 in Beige G3 DT (rated 10)
  • Powerlogix G3/375 in 8500/132 (rated 10)
  • Powerlogix Bluechip G3/466 in PB G3 Wallstreet2 (rated 10)
  • Sonnet G4/400 in 9600/200 MP (rated 9)
  • Sonnet G4/500 in Beige G3 (rated 10)
    (noted enabling VM was required to prevent PS 6 errors)
  • Sonnet G4/400 in Beige G3 (rated 9)
  • Sonnet G3/500 in 8500/120 (rated 8)
  • Sonnet G3/500 in 7500/100 (rated 10)
  • XLR8 CarrierZIF + OWC G3/500 ZIF bundle in 9600/200 (rated 9)
  • XLR8 G4/500 Mpe ZIF in Beige G3 (rated 7)
  • Beige G3/233 OC report
  • Beige G3/266 OC report
  • Beige G3/333 OC report
  • G4/350 Yikes (no AGP) 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 24 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 4,032 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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