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Accelerate Your Mac! News Archive for: 3/7/2001 Wednesday's NewsReturn to Accelerate Your Mac!

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G4/667 Mhz System Owner Comments on Performance:
Although all the rage (and hundreds of forum posts here) have been on the G4/733, a new G4/667 owner wrote with first impressions and some performance tests he's ran.
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Sonnet Tempo 3.12 Firmware Update Comments and OS X Tests:
I received about a dozen reader emails with comments on the Sonnet Tempo IDE Card 3.12 firmware update (direct download link). Comments included OS X and Mac OS use. DETAILs.
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Confirmation on GeForce2MX/Lightwave 3D 6.5 Issues:
I noted missing features of scenes in Lightwave 6.5 when using the GeForce2MX card (1.1.1 drivers) in a recent article here comparing the ATI Radeon. (The Radeon didn't have this problem as shown in the screenshot comparisons.) A reader sent a note that others have seen this as well.

" Hi Mike,
I received this message from Pat Turner which shows similar problems with Layout OGL display using the nVidia card...
Take care.
The Mac Lightwave 6.5 Resource Page
(coments from Pat Turner follow)

Hi Julian,
I just ran the Hummer test on my 533 with the nVidia card. Some interesting results not related to how long the test ran.
With 400Megs allocated memory D1 (NTSC) (720x486) the preview took 3 mins 11 secs with the nVidiaOpenGL extension on. This resulted in similar missed tire tracks that Mike reported.
[note - the vehicle also seemed to sink down in some frames as shown in the article-Mike]

When I turned the nVidiaOpen GL extension off I wound up with a render time of 5 mins 18 secs but all the textures appeared normally.
I guess that says something. That the nVidiaOpenGL extension is responsible for more than just modeler crashes! :)
Pat Turner"

Hopefully this will be addressed in a future driver update. For images showing the issue in detail, see my GeForce2MX vs Radeon article.

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Note about Sony CRX-140 Retail Drives - Check Drive in the Box Before Buying:
I thought this was an isolated incident but now I'm not so sure. Last week a reader reported buying two CRX-140 CDRW drives at a retail store only to find the drive inside was a different model not supported by iTunes/Disc Burner. (I can't remember the exact model number in the box.) Another reader posted a warning in the drive database yesterday:

"I included an important tip in my own compatibility database posting... Sony is packaging the WRONG drive in some CRX140E boxes!
Fry's had a ton of them packaged incorrectly. If someone doesn't notice the incorrect model number on the drive itself (as I didn't with the first one I installed), they will soon be frustrated as to why it doesn't work...
Mark Booth
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More Comments on iTunes/Toast Errors with 320K MP3 Files:
A reader replied to the post in yesterday's news on 320KB MP3 file burn errors to note that was not the problem with his Sony CRX-140 CDRW.

" Mike:
I also have a Beige G3 desktop and a sony CRX-140 CDRW. I have also been getting -7932 errors when burning with itunes.
With itunes 1.0, this would usually happen in the 3rd track or so. With 1.1 it has been happening in the last track of the cd-r.

The problem a reader referenced with bitrates in not the case...these are all low bit rates (128 or so), and the MP3 files also work fine when burning with toast.

the only thing I can think of is the toast extensions (I have 4.1.2. OEM installed) are somehow interfering with itunes. I also was running itunes under 9.0.4; have since upgraded to 9.1 and will let you know if it makes a difference.
(name withheld by request)"

I reminded him of the past comments and notes at Apple's compatibility page that you should create a separate extension set for Toast use.

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CPU Upgrades Owner Ratings Database Updated:
The Rate Your CPU Upgrade database has been updated with 6 new reports (total to date: 5,359). [Entries from after midnight EST will be added the following day.]

  • Powerlogix G3/350 in PowerBase (rated 10)
  • Sonnet G4/500 in Beige G3 (rated 8)
    (Notes comments on Logic Audio Altivec accceleration and VPC 4)
  • XLR8 CarrierZIF w/G3 466 in 9600/300 (rated 8)
  • Beige G3/233 upgraded w/Apple (OEM) G3/350
  • Beige G3/300 OC report
  • Beige G3/333 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 15 new entries added this morning including CDRWs, DVD ROM, Combo DVD-CDRW, removables 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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Video Card/System Benchmark Performance Database Updated:
Updates to the Mac Game/Video Card Performance database included:

  • Quake3 1.27beta (1024x768) from 2001 G4/AGP 533 with GeForce2MX
  • Quake3 1.27beta (640x480) from Dual G4/500 with Radeon PCI
  • Quake3 1.27beta (640x480) from B&W G3/350 with Rage128
  • ThroughPut results from 85/8600 with G3/500 CPU and Rage128 card
  • ThroughPut results from B&W G3/350 and Rage128 card

Total entries in the database to date: 2,541. If you haven't already, enter your results with any of the game titles or benchmarks listed on the entry page (details on how to test are there). If you're curious how a CPU upgrade or new Video card would help game performance, the search page options can help you find similar system/configurations to get an idea before you buy.

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Software Updates, Apple TILs, Other Net News:
Reported By: Barney Buoy
    Software Updates:
    (none from Barney today)

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