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News stories of June 22nd, 2004: (later posted items first)
Another report of Pioneer Superdrive Lens Cleaning Fixing Problems
Several months ago a Pioneer DVR-106 owner reported taking the drive apart and manually cleaning the lens fixed disc reading and burn problems, where lens cleaning discs didn't help. Several other readers since then have reported (in the drive db) on problems mounting/reading discs, etc. that in some cases were solved by cleaning the lens. (For those that took the effort to do this manually, but if the drive has a laser failure, that won't help of course.) Here's the latest report (from another DVR-106 owner, although the problem can happen to any optical drive)

" Just wanted to let you know that I successfully brought my Pioneer DVR-106 drive back to life! :-)
Mine was burning CDs & DVDs just fine, but wouldn't mount any DVDs it burned recently. It would mount DVDs from a while ago. At first I thought it was limited to UDF formatted discs. I even put the drive into a PC and it did the same thing there. I then updated the firmware to the current 1.08. Still didn't help.
Today, I opened up the drive, and carefully cleaned the lens with photographic lens cleaner and lint-free wipes. It's working 100% perfectly again, reading and writing.
-Jimmy "

The previous report included some comments on disassembling the drive. Although the enviroment (amount of dust, smoke, etc.) is a factor, the fact that many later macs have cases that require the front tray edge/bezel be removed (which has a dust seal) may also be a contributing factor. (Although knock on wood, several drives I have so far have not needed any cleaning yet.)

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Review of Lacie (Firewire cased NEC ND-2510) Dual Layer DVD Burner
Erik sent a note he's posted a review of Lacie's Dual Layer DVD burner that uses the NEC ND-2510 drive. He noted the drive came bundled with Toast Lite 6.0.6 which has dual layer support. (Roxio promised an update for Toast 6 (full version) to support dual layer burning this month, but the update has not been publicly released yet.) No iDVD support (to date) for DVD+R discs, even single layer, so for iDVD use you'd want to use DVD-R discs. (iDVD won't normally burn to external/Firewire cased drives, even natively OS supported ones, but some owners noted using the tip/trick for iDVD to burn to external drives mentioned here earlier this year, now in the FAQ's DVD section. )

The ND-2510 drive typically sells for much less than the dual layer Sony DRU-700 model. Several readers have reported on these drives in the database here - most using Patchburn II for Panther burn support. (Lacie's previous burn support profile for other drive mechanisms and 10.3.x also listed there - maybe they will update it for the ND-2510 drive.)
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Another MDD G4 Overclocking Guide
Although it's been covered before (here and elsewhere) a reader sent a link to an appletalk (AU) forums thread with a guide to overclocking the MDD G4 tower. He also mentioned a previous thread on cooling mods. The Systems page G4 macs section has past articles on MDD cooling mods (here and here), Water Cooling mod, Copper heastink swap, case conversions, PCI slot cooler, CPU module speed settings info and more.
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Apple DVCProHD Components 1.1 Update
Apple has a DVCProHD Components 1.1 update for users of Panasonic AJ-HD1200A VTR and Final Cut Pro HD (v4.5):

"About DVCProHD Components 1.1
All users of Panasonic AJ-HD1200A VTRs should install the latest revision of the DVCPROHD components (1.1). This updater only updates QuickTime components used by Final Cut Pro HD. It does not update the Final Cut Pro HD (version 4.5) application.

Before You Install
Make sure you do the following before you install the software:
- Install or upgrade to Final Cut Pro HD (version 4.5) if it is not already installed on your computer.
- Upgrade to Mac OS X v10.3.4 or later and QuickTime 6.5 or later.
- Quit Final Cut Pro HD.

After You Install
-Restart your computer.
-Open Final Cut Pro HD."

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Dr.Bott shipping PocketDock Combo and PocketDock Line Out
Dr.Bott sent a press release on PocketDock Combo and PocketDock Line Out models:

" PocketDock Combo offers USB and FireWire ports in a package hardly larger than the original PocketDock. It accepts industry-standard USB cables and 6-pin FireWire cables, allowing the user to connect to Macintosh and Windows systems at will using one convenient adapter.

Also announced today, the new PocketDock Line Out offers the same 6-pin FireWire connector as the original PocketDock, but adds an industry-standard 3.5 mm (1/8") stereo jack for high-quality audio output. The stereo jack connects directly to the iPod's line level circuitry, bypassing the iPod's headphone amplifier for optimal sound quality when connecting to an external amplifier or stereo system."

The PocketDock Combo sells for $22.95. The PocketDock Line Out Pack, which includes two 6 ft. ultra light and ultra-compact white audio cables, sells for $29.95.

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Updated Apple Knowledge Base Docs
(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 Monday, entries today are added the next newsday morning). Total to date: 9,426. Here's a summary of the report(s) added today (search by brand/mac model for full reports - latest reports always shown first):

  • Sonnet G4/1GHz in (Sawtooth) G4/AGP (rated 7)
  • Apple Dual G4 DDR (MDD 1GHz) OC report

    (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 4 new reports added this morning. (Reader entries from Monday, entries today are added the next newsday morning. Entries with no comments, missing info etc. 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 13,210 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/RW + DVD-R/RW Drives:
  • Firewire Freecom FX-5o external used w/iMac G4 (OS X 10.3)
    (listed under 'other' brands, unknown drive mechanism - no native burn support)
  • Firewire (cased) NEC ND-2510A (dual layer burner) used w/PowerBook G4 (OS X 10.3)
    (using Toast 6 for burning and iDVD ext. drive trick in FAQ's DVD section here. Roxio promised a Toast 6 update for dual layer support this month.)
  • IDE NEC ND-2510A (dual layer burner) in w/G4 AGP (OS X 10.3)
    (using Patchburn II for Panther burn support.)
    (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:
  • SCSI Quantum Atlas III 36GB in Dual G4 DDR (OS X 10.3)
    (entry from the 20th, added today after getting corrected mac model info via email)

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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Reader Game Reviews Database Updated
The Rate Your Mac Games database update this morning included more reviews of Call of Duty, Unreal Tournament 2004 and a review of a real oldie - Redneck Rampage. (Looking for more reviews from owners of new games like Call of Duty, etc..) Total Reviews (all titles): 1151. To read game reviews use the search page.
If you've not already done so - Enter a Game review. Please include as much detail as possible in your review comments. (If your game title is not in the long listing, select "other game" and note the title in the comments)
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