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News stories of June 17th, 2004: (later posted items first)
OEM Radeon 3D/GL Overrides Enabler 1.1 Update adds Radeon Mobility Series and eMac onboard Radeon support)
(from the author's post)

" Radeon Enabler 1.1 has been released.
This new version incorporates major changes to enable support for ATI Radeon Mobility, and eMac Radeon onboard graphics chipsets.

Radeon Enabler (1.1) supports the following graphics chipsets (new support is listed in bold):

  • OEM Radeon 9800 Pro
  • OEM Radeon 9700 Pro
  • OEM Radeon 9600 Pro
  • OEM Radeon 9000 Pro
  • Prototype Retail Radeon 9800 Pro Special Edition (ATY,Elan)
  • OEM Radeon 8500 (was an Xserve option)
  • OEM Radeon 7500
  • eMac Radeon 9200 graphics
  • eMac Radeon 7500 graphics
  • Radeon 9700 Mobility (Powerbook)
  • Radeon 9600 Mobility (Powerbook)
  • Radeon 9200 Mobility (iBook)
  • Radeon 9000 Mobility (Powerbook)
  • Radeon 7500 Mobility (Powerbook/iBook)
  • Radeon Mobility (Powerbook)

Additional enhancements include:

  • Improved support for the OEM Radeon 9000 Pro to work around an issue with dual-monitor support. The OEM 9000 Pro now works correctly when monitors are connected to both graphics connectors.
  • Overall improvement in dual-monitor and multi graphics cards configurations for all chipsets

If you have already used a previous version of Radeon Enabler, you must reinstall the ATI Radeon Displays package before you can use a newer version of Radeon Enabler. Radeon Enabler will only recognize an original, unpatched installation.
For more information and to download Radeon Enabler, visit the Radeon Enabler website at"

Thanks to Bruce for his continuing work on this.
I welcome feedback from users of Radeon Enabler 1.1 (especially Mobility chip users and eMac owners).

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Giga Designs announces G4 1.5GHz Cube CPU Upgrade
Giga Designs has a press release on their new G4 (7457) 1.5GHz CPU upgrade for the G4 Cube. List price is $599. There's also a 1.4GHz version ($499) available. The page has this note on OS support:

    "OS X 10.2.8 or later required for installation. OS 9.2.2 and OS X dual boot configuration compatible. While this upgrade is OS 9 compliant, Giga Designs does not warrant or support 3rd party software operation under OS 9."

(PL's 7457 CPU upgrades included a system firmware patch.) I reviewed Giga Designs' previous 7455A G4/1-1.2GHz Cube upgrade earlier this year.

Update: I wrote John Highhouse of Waypoint (Giga's partner now) for clarification on OS 9 support:

" Hi Mike,
This board will work on OS 9 in a dual boot scenario only. The user must have OS X to update the firmware so that their cube will recognize the 7457 processor. We do have an nvram patch that allows the system to operate on an OS 9 partition on the drive.

We have not tested, nor do we support any application software running in OS 9. This doesn't mean that the 3rd party software won't work in OS 9, it just means that we don't guarantee it to work under OS 9. Basically we are concentrating on OS X and the application software that is supported by this OS.

As with any Giga Designs product, the customer has 30 days to return the board for a refund. This is subject to reseller conditions and policies. We recommend the customer to check the reseller return policies before purchasing any product...
John Highhouse
WayPoint Distribution Inc.
(Since to date I've not seen any 1.5GHz rated G4s, I asked what the chip rating was)
This is a 1.33GHz 7457 processor that we have tested and guaranteed to operate consistently at 1.5GHz. "

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Roxio Jam 6.0.2 Update
VT lists the Jam 6.0.2 update today (dated June 14th on the Roxio updates page). The VT page and Roxio's Jam 6 History page have the list of 6.0.2 changes/bug fixes.
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Mac XIII Game Demo, World of Warcraft Screenshots
There's a Mac Demo version of Feral's mac port of XIII (cell shaded FPS) available now. Requirements listed are 10.2.3 or later, G3/G4 700MHz or better and 32MB vram graphics card with OpenGL support.

While on the subject of games, a reader posted a page of (large format) World of Warcraft screenshots from the beta version.

The Mac UT2004 v3229 update mentioned in last night's news page is now listed at Macupdate and Versiontracker if you didn't already download it from the mirrors page last night.

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Interview with Sonnet VP on Future Products
German site sent a note they have an Interview with Sonnet's VP of Sales/Marketing that includes some comments on future CPU upgrades for the G5. (I've read that any CPU swaps in the G5 require a CPU/thermal recalibration, at least with the original models.)
They included a link to Google's translate page for non-German readers, but the google translator didn't totally translate the page (the last few questions still in german and not very readable overall.) - although still a bit rough, Babelfish does a better job than Google on that page.
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Transintl's Swift200 3-Drive Internal G5 Kit
I'm late posting this but Transintl recently issued a PR newswire press release on their Swift 200 internal 3 drive bracket/SATA controller(s) kit for G5 Towers. (I've asked them to correct some typos on that page info - such as RAID 1 is mirror mode and RAID 0 is stripe (fastest) mode.)
The Swift200 allows running internal RAID arrays with up to 5 drives if using both the standard 2 internal bay drives, although most will leave one of the standard internal drives as a non-RAID boot disc. (With Hitachi's 400GB drives, you have have up to 2TB of internal disk storage.) See the linked page for kit pricing and drive pricing.
Performance with 4 Hitachi 250GB drives was very good - 200MB/sec+ (start/outer area) to appx 115MB/sec (end/inner area) of a 4 Drive RAID 0 array. The only downside I've seen in testing is that it makes the G5's fans spin up faster. (The G5 fans will spin up regardless when stressing the CPU but even running a single app (even a Browser often times) from the boot drive/onboard SATA causes the G5 fans to spin up faster here. ) I also tried removing one of the drives in the center - which still didn't change the behavior of the fans. A reader said a Blackmagic card owner noted the same thing happened with his G5 which was due to a bad fan sensor, but I've not determined that is a factor in my G5 system.
The Swift200 drives seem to run cooler than the stock drive bay installed drives however, and the actual G5 CPU temperatures don't really seem to be significantly affected by the presence of the Swift200. (The G5 temp sensors monitor adjacent area temperature, not the actual CPU temperatures, but reporting utils didn't show any significant temperature rise from the Swift200 and the drives never got nearly as hot as the upper bay drives.)
If any owners of the Swift200 that are using it for pro video work can comment on G5 fan behavior - let me know.
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Intego launches ChatBarrier X3
Intego sent an email press release on the launch of ChatBarrier X3, a program that works with Apple's iChat instant messaging software to provide two-way, real-time encryption of text chats. However visiting their site this morning (no links/product page link in their PR email) I didn't see any product page for it there. (I wrote them about this so hopefully they'll have something there by the time you read this.)
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Apple Knowledge Base docs on OS X versions w/Macs, OS X Printing/Fax issues, Mail, Address Book, iPod Issues
(from apple's mail list)

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Rate Your CPU Upgrade Reports Database Updated
The Rate Your CPU Upgrade database has been updated with 2 new reports this morning (entries from Wednesday, entries today are added the next newsday morning). Total to date: 9,421. Here's a summary of the report(s) added today (search by brand/mac model for full reports - latest reports always shown first):

  • Sonnet G3/400 in 7600/200 (rated 10)
  • Sonnet G4/1GHz in (AIO) Beige G3 (rated 3)

    (My reviews of G4 and G3 upgrades w/apps/game tests, install info, etc. are linked on 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). For detailed reviews with performance tests and install tips, see the CPU Upgrades page.)

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CDRW/CD/DVD/Hard Drive/Cardreader Compatibility Database Update Listing
The Drive Compatibility Database had 5 new reports added this morning. (Reader entries from Wednesday, entries today are added the next newsday morning. Entries with no comments are not posted). The database includes reports on Combo DVD-CDRW, CDROMs, DVD-ROM, DVD-RAM, DVD-R, 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, USB, adapters). Current total 13,191 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)

    DVD-R Drives:
  • IDE Pioneer DVR-105 in Dual G4 DDR (OS X 10.3)
    (comments on drive failure/problems)

    DVD+R/RW + DVD-R/RW Drives:
  • IDE Pioneer DVR-107D in Dual G4 DDR (OS X 10.3)
    (Illustrated CD drive install guide here covers G4 towers up to the Digital Audio Model, Beige G3 MT and B&W G3 Macs)

    Hard Drives:
  • IDE Hitachi Travelstar E7K60 40GB in PowerBook G4 (OS X 10.3)
    (Reader FYI - PowerBook G4 Ti 15in. LCD illustrated Hard Drive install guide here
    Alum. PB G4 15in take-apart guide here.
    Powerbook G4 12in LCD illustrated Hard Drive install guide here)
  • IDE (SATA) Hitachi 7K250 250GB in Dual G4 using IDE SerialATA PCI Card (OS X 10.3)
    (Illustrated guide to adding a 2nd HD here in B&W G3 rev2 and G4 towers up to the QuickSilver models.
    IDE articles page RAID section has an illustrated guide for adding 2 more drives in the side bays.)
  • IDE Western Digital WD2500JBRTL 250GB in Dual G4 (OS X 10.3)
    (2002 quicksilver with native big drive support)

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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