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News stories of June 14th, 2002:

OEM Mac GeForce3 AGP cards In Stock Now
Yesterday I posted a note and reader email about OWC's listing of OEM Mac GeForce3 Graphics cards that were listed as due in 2 days (and then later in the day - 1 day). As of this afternoon (6/14/2002) they are in stock - verified by email just now with their sales manager. (I posted the heads-up on the pre-order yesterday after many readers lamented missing the post here a month or so ago that sold out quickly. One reader also expressed doubts these would actually arrive in stock - so that's another reason I'm mentioning that they are actually in stock now. Like any limited supply of products not in production anymore, they could sell out at any time however.)
The GeForce4Ti article linked below has some comparisons to the GeForce3, GeForce4MX and GeForce2MX, etc. also. Other articles on the Video topics page have past tests of the GF3 as well. The OEM Mac GeForce3 card has an ADC and VGA monitor port (you can use one or the other, but not both at the same time.)

Speaking of Nvidia OEM Mac graphics cards, a reader sent a note that there are also some OEM (cube compatible) Mac Geforce2MX 32MB cards for $149.99 at macresq.
(BTW - As I've noted in the past, I'm running an OEM GeForce3 in my Cube now - but it has a 80mm fan in the bottom of the Cube for added cooling, and Apple never warranted the GF3 for use in a Cube. It could go belly up tomorrow, but so far it's been ok with limited use (several hours at a time, I've not run it 8 hours a day). But I'd not use a GF3 in a Cube without the 80mm fan inside and I can't guarantee that it won't cause a failure down the road.)

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GameRanger 3.0 Preview Release
(from the email press release)
    "Perth, Western Australia- June 14, 2002 - Scott Kevill, president, GameRanger Technologies, today announced the unveiling of GameRanger 3.0 with a preview release of the leading Macintosh online gaming service.

    Version 3.0 has been totally redesigned and rewritten from the ground up, featuring full support for Mac OS X in addition to compatibility with Mac OS 8.6 and 9.

    GameRanger provides hours of entertainment for interactive game players around the world, supporting online multiplayer gameplay for over 90 game titles, with highlights including Age of Empires II, Aliens vs Predator, Giants: Citizen Kabuto, Quake III Team Arena, Risk II, Return to Castle Wolfenstein, Scrabble, Stronghold, and Star Wars Galactic Battlegrounds.

    GameRanger is the first and largest internet multiplayer game matchmaking service for the Macintosh. Introduced over two years ago, the GameRanger community is home to over 80,000 registered members playing more than 90 popular game titles spanning classic, action, strategy and simulation. GameRanger Technologies is located in Perth, Australia.
    GameRanger is available free from http://www.GameRanger.com/"

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2nd PB G3 Pismo G4 CPU Upgrade Announced
Info on Newer Tech and PL Upgrades
Last week I posted a note that the "reborn" Newer Tech was to offer a G4/500 CPU uprade for PowerBook G3 Pismos (aka 2000/Firewire model). As I noted here in the past, the CPU modules of the Pismo have the Apple Uni-N chip on them, which is not sold to 3rd parties - so the upgrades must be based on the original modules (requiring a trade in/card swap). Today I received a press release from Powerlogix noting they also are going to offer a Pismo G4/500 CPU upgrade (see below).

Newer Tech's G4/500 model costs $299.95 and the upgrade is done at Newer Tech. (You're sent a padded/pre-labeled box to ship your Pismo to Newer, who does the complete upgrade and returns it to you). For more info on that upgrade/process - see this OWC page. The same is true of the PowerLogix Pismo upgrade. Although some may not like sending their entire Powerbook, hopefully this will avoid the installation and other issues noted by some owners of past CPU upgrades for Wallstreets and Lombards where heatsink contact/thermal paste amount, etc. were often thought to be the sources of problems especially with the G4 version. (Some cases however were defective modules.) The Rate Your CPU Upgrade database has many previous owner comments/reports.

Here's a clip from Powerlogix's press release on their Pismo G4/500 CPU upgrade:

    " PowerLogix today announced the BlueChip Pismo G4 500 processor upgrade for PowerBook G3 "Pismo" (aka PowerBook FireWire or PowerBook G3 2000) laptops. The upgrade consists of a Motorola PowerPC G4-7410 processor running at 500 MHz.

    The BlueChip Pismo requires that the the original processor card have its G3 processor removed, and replaced with the G4-7410. This is due to the proprietary nature of the Pismo processor card.

    Customers who wish to have their laptop upgraded with the BlueChip Pismo send the laptop to PowerLogix. The original processor card is verified and tested prior to the chip swap, and retested prior to shipment back to the customer. Turnaround time is guaranteed to be five business days or less for domestic customers.

    The actual chip swap is subcontracted to a local Austin firm, located about ten minutes from PowerLogix, who are experts and specialize exclusively in chip rework of this type.

    Customers are provided with complete instructions about the process in a shipping package which is overnighted direct to the customer after order placement.

    The BlueChip Pismo card is warranted for two years, and is fully compatible with all software and hardware, including OS X.

    Availability: The BlueChip Pismo will be available for ordering June 17 on the PowerLogix website.

    Pricing: Retail price on the BlueChip Pismo 500 is $329. Price includes Fedex overnight shipping both ways. A special introductory price of $299 for the Blue Chip Pismo upgrade will be in effect through July, 2002. "

There are special categories in the Rate Your CPU Upgrade database for each of these upgrades so that readers can easily search for actual owner reports/comments, etc. on both of them. (No reports there yet on either of these models of course.)

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GeForce4 Titanium Cards Now Listed at USA Apple Store
Dewey wrote that the Mac GeForce4 Titanium card is now listed at the USA Apple Store (accessories/display section) for $399. As with the OEM GeForce3 card, Apple lists a 4xAGP slot Mac as required. (The GF3 did run in my 2xAGP Gigabit G4/500 here, noted in last spring's article, but I've not tried a GF4 Ti in an older AGP system personally. The May 30th, 2001 news page here had discussions/comments on AGP slot power budget specs of the 2xAGP and 4xAGP systems per the apple manuals.)
One word did catch my eye in the system requirements on the Apple accessories 'learn more' page - "minimum" 4X AGP. I wonder if that's a slip or just to avoid having to change the description in the future if an 8x AGP appears.

    "System Requirements:
    Requires a Power Macintosh G4 with minimum 4x Accelerated Graphics Port (4x AGP). "

The GF4 Ti cards had already appeared recently at some non-USA Apple store sites. As a FYI - although I didn't have any problems with drivers (swapped out a GF4MX card from the system) - some readers did. The GF4 Ti card uses the GeForce3 drivers in OS X, and Apple has a Nvidia 3.0 driver update for OS 9 in case you need those drivers. There's no separate OS X nvidia driver installer - but search using sherlock to see if you have the Geforce3 drivers in OS X. Normally I'd expect them to be installed.
(For photos, comments and performance tests of the card - see my previous Mac GeForce4 Ti article.)

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Apple acquires Chalice and RAYZ from Silicon Grail
I missed this yesterday, but Cnet has a story on Apple buys video effects technology noting that Apple has "quietly purchased technologies from digital effects company Silicon Grail, extending its recent push into the high-end motion picture production market."
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CDRW/CD/DVD/Hard Drive/Cardreader Compatibility Database Updates
The Drive Compatibility searchable database had 13 new reports added today. 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 7648 reports. Here's a summary listing of today's new reports. (Does not include updates to previous entries)

    DVD-R DVD Recorder Drive Reports:
  • Pioneer DVR-104 in G4/AGP (OS X)

    Combo DVD+CDR Drive Reports:
  • IDE Toshiba SD-R1202 (16x10x40x+12x DVD ROM) in G4/AGP (OS X)
    [no itunes or discburner support]
    (FYI illustrated CD drive install guide here covers 8600/9600/Beige G3/B&W G3/G4s thru Digital audio)

    IDE CDRW Drive Reports:
  • Sony CRX185E3 32x10x40x in Beige G3 (OS 9.1)
    (hangs at boot - suggested trying slave setting)
  • Sony CRX1851A1 32x10x40x in G4/AGP (OS 9.1)
    (hangs at boot)

    Firewire CDRW Drive Reports:
  • Que (Samsung SW-208B mechanism) 8x4x32x used w/iMac slot loading (OS X) [not recognized by OS X, even w/Toast]
  • Que 32x10x40x (mitsumi mech.) used w/PowerBook G4 (OS X)
    (no itunes support)
  • Teac CD-W540E - 40x12x48x (in OWC FW Case) used w/Dual G4 (OS X)

    SCSI CDRW Drive Reports:
  • Matshita CW-7503 used w/73-75-7600 (OS 9.1)
    (didn't note drive speed or specific mac model)

    IDE Hard Drive Reports:
  • IBM Travelstar 30GB in PowerBook G3 wallstreet2 (OS 9.1)
    (FYI - Wallstreet PB illustrated HD install guide here)
  • IBM Travelstar 40GN 40GB in PowerBook G3 Lombard (OS 9.1)
    (FYI - Pismo illustrated HD install guide here, case is similar to Lombard)
  • Western Digital 120GB (8MB cache) in G4 Cube (OS X)

    Firewire Hard Drive Reports:
  • IBM Travelstar 20GB in FW/USB case used w/G4 Cube (OS X Server)
  • Que M3 80GB used w/B&W G3 (OS X)
    (major problems noted)

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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CPU Upgrades Owner Reports Database Updated:
The Rate Your CPU Upgrade database has been updated with 1 new report. (Total to date: 7,162). [Entries made today are posted the next newsday morning. Incomplete entries, those with no comments, missing info, etc. are deleted]
Here are the new entries (does not include update/added comments to previous reports):

  • Apple OEM G3/450 in B&W G3 (rated 8)

(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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Reader Game Reviews Database Updated:
The Rate Your Mac Games database updates today included another review of Star Trek Elite Force. Total Reviews (all titles): 868. 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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