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Accelerate Your Mac! News Archive for: 3/6/2001 Tuesday's NewsReturn to Accelerate Your Mac!

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Top stories of 3/6/2001:

iTunes/Disc Burner Mod File for Que Teac 12/10/32 Drive:
A reader's entry in the Drive Compatibility Database noted he'd found a modified support file that added support in iTunes/Disc Burner for the Teac 12/10/32x mechanism equipped Madlogix Firewire drive. (Also works with Que 12/10/32 Firewire CDRWs that use the Teac drive). He noted the file was available here (direct download link). Todd later wrote that he only burned at 8x rates but I asked if he had tested using the "max" rate setting. (He noted using 8x as it was the fastest speed under "max" but didn't say if he had tried the "max" setting, which might be 12x ). There were other issues with some Teac based Que 12/10/32 drives noted in the database here, which were reportedly solved by later firmware updates (which are PC updaters unfortunately).
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Reader Comments on iTunes/Toast Errors with 320K MP3 Files:
A reader replied to a Drive Compatibility Database report here with a note on iTunes and Toast errors buring 320KBs MP3 files. He also notes a mounting tip for the Sony CRX-140 in Beige G3s:

" Mike,
A recent posting by Mike Wolfe in the Drive Compatibility Database reports problems getting -7932 errors when attempting to burn CD-Rs using iTunes with the Sony CRX140E installed in his Beige G3.

My testing reveals that iTunes suffers from the same problems that Toast 4.1.2 has, namely, generating errors when attempting to burn MP3s that were ripped at a 320K bitrate. My bet is that Mike is attempting to burn some 320K MP3s and the errors are happening when iTunes gets to those files.

Also, if Mike inserts a bit of folded cardboard above the CRX140E at the right corner (between the top of the drive and the chassis), this will force down the drive just enough to perfectly clear the bezel. Works like a charm and you can't see the cardboard with the bezel in place.

... I will also post my own Drive Compatibility report, now that my 140E has been installed for a week or so.
Mark"

I've added Mark's tips as comments to Mike's database entries.

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Comments on Backups Using Disc Burner (Modification Dates)
A reader noted that he liked Disc Burner, but that files on burned CDs show a modification date of the day of the burn, which is not desired for file backups.

" Mike,
I don't think I have read any other reports, but my brother and I both have this problem. When using Disc Burner on 2 separate, but similar systems (B&W 350 rev b with Sony 12x8x32 CDRW), Any files burned receive a Modification date of the burn date. Not good when you catalog your disc and need to go back and search the most recent files. Anyone else having this problems. The only other feature I would like for Disc Burner to have is the ability to burn multiple copies of the same image. We back up 2 CDs at once for off site storage. I guess all in all Disc Burner was not meant as a replacement for toast. I do like it for quick burns, though.
Thanks,
Mark Neal "
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Sonnet Tempo IDE Card Firmware Update - tentative OS X support?
A reader wrote about an update to the Sonnet Tempo PCI IDE Controller Firmware:

"Mike, Sonnet Tempo has a firmware upgrade for their ATA/66 card:
www.sonnettech.com/downloads/software/tempo_a66_rom312.hqx

Supposedly offers "tentative OS X support" (?). I'm very curious as to whether I can use this to upgrade an Acard ATA/66 card, my understanding was that they were the same card. Acard has not posted such an update.
Jim Weisbin

If anyone tests this update with OS X Beta, or with an Acard ATA/66 (should be same card) let me know.

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Airport 1.3 Adds PPPoE and DHCP Client ID Support:
Airport 1.3 adds Point-to-Point Protocol over Ethernet (PPPoE) and DHCP client ID support. (Does this mean it will work with AOL now?) A reader sent comments about the update:

" Noticed that Airport 1.3 is out tonight 3/5/01, downloaded it and installed it. Everything was updated in less than 3 minutes. The update recognized my EnterNet settings for PPPoE and is beautifully allowing my home network on the 'Net over DSL through the Airport Base Station. Problems with Timbuktu over TCP/IP are gone and everything is very quick. Two matters of note though, my WaveLAN card is now recognized as an AirPort PC Card (with icon on the desktop) and there appears to be no way to disconnect the DSL through the control strip as you can do with the modem connection other than through an inactivity setting through the Airport Admin Utility program. All in all very slick. Another reason Apple programming is the best!
Gene Melchionne"

The Airport 1.3 update (7.4 MB) is available at http://asu.info.apple.com/swupdates.nsf/artnum/n12021

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G4/733 Owner's UT Performance:
Jeremy Hansen sent results of tests in Unreal Tournament Wicked400 demo with this G4/733 and GeForce2MX. (I've added results of my tests at 1024x768 max settings with a G4/500 DP AGP system (100Mhz bus/2X AGP) with GeForce2MX card for comparison)

"Also posted on the BBS:

**********************
UT Results
**********************

Ok, finally got UT results. This is with VM off, reduced extensions, filesharing off.

All tests performed with medium textures, decals off, dynamic lighting on, 0 min for framerate setting, and reduced Gore unless otherwise noted.

Numbers listed are average framerate.

Single G4/733 with nVidia GeForce2MX card.

..............................RAVE......OpenGL 
----------------------------------------------
800x600x16bit.................30.74.....32.41
800x600x32bit.................27.28.....32.25
1024x768x16bit................27.97.....31.43
1024x768x32bit................21.96.....31.53
1024x768x32bit(MAX)...........17.42.....21.62

(my results with a G4/500 AGP w/GeForce2MX card
this is a 100Mhz bus system w/2X AGP-Mike)
1024x768x32bit(MAX)...........13.74.....17.67

(MAX) result is for maximum settings - high textures, decals on, lighting on, normal gore.A lot of texture swapping was obvious while watching the demo play (as seen by momentary pauses.)

So the OpenGL is faster overall for average framerates. So what about my earlier statement about one being faster under one condition, the other faster under another? Well, if you look at minimum framerates (which I was doing at the time), that is a true statement. I prefer to look at minimum framerates because I want to know how bad it can get. However I have posted average here because the standard measuring stick is average numbers and I don't want to start mixing up numbers and confusing things even more.
Jeremy"

Last week Jeremy sent his first G4/733 performance notes which touched off a flurry of posts in the forums here on lower than expected Applications (iMovie, Photoshop, Cinema 4D) performance (not just benchmarks).

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CPU Upgrades Owner Ratings Database Updated:
The Rate Your CPU Upgrade database has been updated with 8 new reports (total to date: 5,353). [Entries from after midnight EST will be added the following day.]

  • Motorola G4/350 ZIF in Beige G3 (rated 8)
    (listed under "other brand" - OEM ZIF)
  • Newer Tech G4/450 in Beige G3 (rated 9)
  • Newer Tech G3/500 in Beige G3/233 (rated 1)
    (noted it's still running at 233mhz)
  • Sonnet G3/400 in 7500 (rated 10)
  • Sonnet G3/500 in 9500 (rated 9)
  • Sonnet G4/500 in Beige G3 (rated 9)
  • XLR8 CarrierZIF w/G3 33 ZIF in 9500 (rated 10)

  • B&W G3/300 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/HD Compatibility Database Updates:
The Drive Compatibility searchable database had 10 new entries added this morning including CDRWs, DVD ROM, Expansion Bay drives and Hard Drives. (Current total 3,143 reports). Entries from after midnight are added the following day. [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 here and/or the FAQ. 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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Reported By: Barney Buoy

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