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News stories of June 20th, 2002:

Tip for Mac Return To Castle Wolfenstein v1.32 to Connect to PC 1.33 Servers
(from a reader's post in the forums)

[Update: According to later reports - You only need the mp_bin.pk3 file not all 3 files.]

apparently, this hack lets you see and connect to v1.33 pc servers:
the gist:
1. backup mp_bin.pk3, mp_pak3.pk3, and mp_pack4.pk3 from /wolf/main

2. download these paks:

3. put the downloaded paks in /wolf/main.

you should now be able to connect to 1.33 servers. you will no longer be able to connect to 1.32 servers. to go back, just replace the backed up paks into wolf/main.
brett. "

I've not tried this personally but posting it as a FYI.
See last Thursday's news page for notes on using the PC Game of the Year Map Pack update with the Mac.

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Authoring Support Update 1.1.9 For OS 9
After a reader sent an email that CarbonLib 1.6 was released, checking Software Updates in OS 9 showed there's an Authoring Support Update 1.1.9 available today. (I had wondered if there would ever be any more updates like this for OS 9 since Apple noted at WWDC that they are focused on OS X only now.)
Note: Remember if you are using any modified iTunes (drive) support files - make sure you have a backup as the update usually overwrites existing files (and may not add support for your drive). The FAQ's CDROM/CDR section has files for many unsupported drives. If this update adds support for your drive that was missing - let me know your drive model/mechanism. (Still no support for my Lite-On 40x12x48x in OS 9.)
I used Software Updates and have not seen a list of what's changed and Apple's iTunes drive compatibility list has not been updated for any new additions as of 5:30 PM Eastern time today (it still mentions Authoring Support 1.1.5).
Steven DeGrace sent a direct download link to the English/North American updater. (Thanks Steven)
(Note - for Beige G3 or older Macs without USB ports onboard where the installer won't run, a past tip has been to use the TomeViewer utility to manually extract the files.)
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CarbonLib 1.6 Update
Available via Software Updates or download it from this VersionTracker page. (Thanks to Eli Block for the heads-up and to George Fowler for the direct download link.)
No information on what's changed/fixed in this version, but I tend to keep older versions of this extension as a backup just in case. If you find out that this update fixes or breaks anything let me know.
(Just in case, several older versions of CarbonLib (except v 1.5) are available here.)
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Mac OS X Slow Startup Tip:
A reader posted a link to an Apple Kbase article titled
Mac OS X: Slow Startup, Pauses at "Initializing network"
or "Configuring network time"

    "Mac OS X may start up slowly if you have an IP configuration that includes valid IP and router address, but does not include a valid domain name system (DNS) server address. The computer may appear to encounter full or partial Internet connection failure. You may also need to adjust port priority. "

See the Apple doc for more details and solution. (Thanks to Vlad for the URL)

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Reader Comments on Overclocking Lite-On 32x CDRW to 48x
(In reply to the earlier news post below on Lite-On CDRW overclocking.)

    "Hi Mike,
    I Overclocked my lite-One 32125W to 48125W (with a PC) Now it's work fine in a Firewire case. 2mn 45 to Burn 700 Mb CD-R with Describes (Toast does not support more than 40x)
    Best regards
    PS: Only 32125W can be flashed not 32125S. "

See the earlier news item for links to a forum thread with more info.

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OT: FTC Charges Rambus With Anticompetitive Acts
Remember last year when several memory companies caved in and agreed to pay Rambus royalties even on SDRAM? Well it looks like the FTC is investigating their practices as reported in several articles on the web in the last day or so. See this article at PCworld titled FTC Charges Rambus With Anticompetitive Acts.
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Overclocking Lite-On CDRW Drives
Yesterday's news had reader comments on a firmware update for the 40x Lite-On drive that changes the recording mode from Z-CLV to P-CAV. Jamie replied to that post with a link to a forum thread with discussions on overclocking Lite-On CDRW drives by flashing them with faster model Firmware. (For instance flashing the 40x model with the 48x model firmware, using a separate flash utility.)
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Medal of Honor Allied Assault Note for Graphics Cards w/32MB or Less VRAM
Yesterday's news had more MOHAA game owner reports (some noting problems). Here's the latest reader comments/tip:

    " Hi there,
    I had the random crashing issue (preceded by a huge FPS drop), while running the game on a PB G4/800/Radeon 7500 with 32Mb.

    I read the "readme" which warned against having the texture quality set to high on any machine with 32Mb or less of VRAM. I turned the texture quality to the medium setting, and no more problem!
    System is MacOSX 10.1.4, 512Mb RAM/40Gb HDD.
    Danny Gasperini "

I don't know if those reporting problems had the texture quality set to high (or what the default is), but posting this as a FYI. (I don't own the game yet .)

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Flashing Firewire CDRWs in Firewire Cases w/PCs
A reader replied to the Lite-on 40x drive firmware update post yesterday with a reminder that you can flash the drive on a PC while in the Firewire case.

    "I have a 32X Lite-On (LTR-32123S) in a firewire case from OWC. I have a firewire card in my PC and have flashed the firmware several times using firewire. Just thought you might not know that it is not absolutely necessary to put the drive on the IDE bus to flash it -- much easier than opening the PC and the firewire case,etc...
    Tom Brice "

The PC here has a Creative Labs Audigy sound card, but it's Firewire port is flaky at times (running Win98SE) - erroring out when copying large numbers of files to FW drives for instance. But the flash update of the 40x Lite-On drive via Firewire worked without any errors.
BTW - One reader asked if Virtual PC could be used to flash drives in Firewire cases. VPC 5.03 does not see my Lite-On 40x drive and unless the drive is detected (as the correct model, etc.) the flasher won't run.

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More Comments on Dell Accessories Warranties
Yesterday's news had a report from a reader about hard drive warranties on Dell "system upgrade" drives (60GB travelstar in his case) not being honored by IBM. (He later wrote he tried all the reader tips posted yesterday - calling IBM drive support, Dell phone support, reformatting the drive etc.) to no avail.

    " Thanks Mike for posting and getting back to me.
    I was trying to get caught up with my work after loosing most of yesterday with this problem.
    OWC came through with the 32BG Travelstar this morning and I'm fully restored now. I was working off a FW external as of late yesterday.

    I had to swap back the 60GH to try the re-format which I did this afternoon. I could not initialize or reformat with Drive Setup or FWB HDT 4.5.2 quick or Low Level. Nothing, just gave a failure and drive may need replacement message. So I'm back with the 32GB and I'm happy for now.

    American Express wants me to get a repair estimate to make a claim with them-- I'm not sure where to get that, IBM gave me some outfit but they haven't called me back.

    As to getting anything out of IBM, the reader who wrote with a number is the same number I called twice. They were very apologetic and I kept feeling like they were going to come through and back up the warranty but they never did. They just kept saying how sorry they were that they couldn't help--
    Dell without a system number was not sympathetic at all. Not rude, they were just going to give me the 90 day warranty and that was it.
    I just posted to the drive database as well. Again, thank you for a very valuable site.
    Paul L. "

Another reader wrote regarding buying a Dell refurbished Display from Tiger Direct:

    " Hi Mike,
    This is about my Dell warranty issue experience.
    I purchased a refurbished Dell 15-inch LCD monitor from TigerDirect at $299. At this price I did not hesitate a bit even though it was a refurbished because of DellĒs famous good customer service. According to TigerDirect, it was supposed to come with 90-day warranty. After 5 days I received the monitor. I connected it to my existing PC, and the screen was very fuzzy. No matter how I tried, the monitor would not perform properly. I called TigerDirect. At first they told me to call Dell, because they were just authorized to sell. I called Dell. From the beginning of the phone call, I could not get through to the right customer representative, because I did not have a service code from a Dell PC. Luckily I was able to speak to a customer rep. Guess what happen. He told me to call TigerDirect. He said Dell could not honor the warranty for products, which were not purchased directly or without a Dell PC! He also said that their database system was based on Dell PC service code, not serial number. Therefore, he could not find any information based on the serial number. I called TigerDirect again. A customer rep. was ready to send me back to Dell. I asked him to issue me a RMA as a Not-satisfied-product.Ē After a week I got the credit with 15% less for restocking fee though it was not my fault.

    Here is the lesson. If you are thinking about purchasing peripherals at Dell without purchasing a Dell PC or purchasing Dell peripherals at a Dell authorized reseller, DON'T! Your products will not get covered under warranty.
    Thank you for your helpful site.
    Ki. "

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CDRW/CD/DVD/Hard Drive/Cardreader Compatibility Database Updates
The Drive Compatibility searchable database had 14 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 7690 reports. Here's a summary listing of today's new reports. (Does not include updates to previous entries)

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

    IDE CDRW Drive Reports:
  • LG GCE-8320B (32x10x40) in 9500 using IDE PCI card (OS X)
  • LG GCE-8320B (32x10x40) in B&W G3 using IDE PCI card (OS X)
  • Panasonic 24x10x40x in G4/AGP (OS 9.1)
  • Sony CRX175A-A1 24x10x40x in B&W G3 (OS X)
    (problems noted)
    (FYI illustrated CD drive install guide here covers 8600/9600/Beige G3/B&W G3/G4s thru Digital audio)

    Firewire CDRW Drive Reports:
  • Lacie 40x12x48 used w/Dual G4 (OS X)
    (no itunes support )

    SCSI CDRW Drive Reports:
  • Ricoh RO-1420c w/G4 AGP (OS X)
    (problems noted, not recognized by Toast, etc.)

    IDE Hard Drive Reports:
  • IBM Travelstar 60GB in PowerBook G4 (OS 9.2)
    (noted drive failure)
    (PowerBook G4 illustrated HD install guide here)
  • IBM 120GXP 80GB in iMac (OS 9.2)
  • Seagate Barracuda IV 40GB in Dual G4 (OS X)
  • Seagate ST-380021A (Barracuda IV) 80GB in iMac (OS X server)
    (Illustrated guide to adding a 2nd HD here)
  • Western Digital 60GB in iMac (OS 9.1)

    Firewire Hard Drive Reports:
  • Maxtor D740X-6L 80GB (in Pyro case) used w/G4 AGP (OS X)
    (problems noted, comments on FCP/OSX/Firewire drive use)
  • VST (Desktop) 60GB used w/G4 AGP (OS 9.2)

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 3 new reports. (Total to date: 7,181). [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 604e/166 in 7600/132 (rated 10)
  • Sonnet G3/450 in Umax S900 (rated 9)
  • XLR8 G4/500 in Beige G3/266 (rated 9)

(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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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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