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Accelerate Your Mac! News Archive for: 3/8/2001 Thursday's NewsReturn to Accelerate Your Mac!

Top stories of 3/8/2001:

Apple's Comments and Test Results on G4/733:
I received a reply from Apple's performance products manager regarding the G4/733's performance compared to other systems. Included are comments and suggestions on testing as well as comparisons from their Photoshop, MediaCleaner and Final Cut Pro testing. Details.
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Dues Ex Mulitiplayer Update Released:
There's a 35MB Deus Ex multiplayer update at Scott Kevill of GameRanger noted it also has support for this mod in a press release today.
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Reader Reports Modem Timeout Bug in Airport 1.3:
I'm looking for confirmation on this from other Airport 1.3 users.

" Mike,
Do you know how to get a message to someone who matters at Apple? The reason is a major bug in the Basestation software in Airport 1.3. I noticed that overnight, the Airport modem never hung up, despite my computer being off. I had it set to 5 minutes. So, in the morning, it had been logged on for 11 hours! The new Airport panel tells you remaining time to disconnect. It counts down from 5 minutes, gets to 3:02 and wraps BACK TO 5:00! So, I tried 20 seconds. It hung up after 20 secs. So I set it to two minutes, then got called away. Three hours later, still logged on. Gets to 0:02 remaining, and resets to 2:00. So I checked the 1 minute setting, and it works fine.

There is some magical reason that 1:58 into the countdown, it resets the countdown. I upgraded to 1.3 yesterday, and I don't think you can downgrade the basestation software, so now I am stuck. This did not happen under Airport 1.0, 1.1, or 1.2, and therefor I am sure it is just one errant line of code in the new version, probably a mistake added when they added the countdown. However it happened, this is BAD and needs to be fixed right away. One minute is too short a time (it logged off while I typed this), but I don't want to have to manually disconnect each time I leave for a few minutes.

Maybe you or one of your readers could help direct me to the right person.
Mike Kramer"

If anyone else running Airport 1.3 can verify this please let me know.

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More Sonnet Tempo 3.12 Firmware Update Reports:
I updated the Tempo 3.12 Firmware Update Feedback page with more reader reports. Included is another Umax S900 owner problem report with the update.
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Info on Resedit Mods to iTunes Drive Support File:
" Hi Mike ,
Concerning iTunes and CD-burners I think i have found the way to make any burners "unsupported" --> "supported" which DOES NOT Mean that they will burn correctly , however iTunes will report them supported : all you have to do is open the "xxxxCDR" file in the authoring support files Folder in the extensions folder with ResEdit and Open the Data fork (You need Forker for Resedit to do that). Then go to the bottom of the data fork code and look at the ASCII code ( right column) , there you will notice the name of the burners supported . For example , i have a yamaha 4260 cdr which is reported unsupported by iTunes , but the yamaha 4416 IS supported ,
so i change the 4416 number in the ASCII part of the datafork to 4260 save the changes and ... it WORKS ! iTunes now reports the burner supported , however i tried to burn a cd , it burned well , but the cd will not play in my cd player .... but i think it may work for others burners ...
excuse my english , i'm french !!
see ya
Riviera from France"

If this works to add support for your drive let me know.

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Burning Data Files on DVD-R Discs - Not Possible?
I honestly hadn't thought of this but a G4/733 owner reported there's apparently no way to use the DVD-R drive for data backups, etc. He said all the software he tried including Disc Burner wouldn't work for this. (CDRW/CDR is an option of course, but the DVD-R disc has much higher capacity.) If anyone knows a workaround for doing this let me know.
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CPU Upgrades Owner Ratings Database Updated:
The Rate Your CPU Upgrade database has been updated with 5 new reports (total to date: 5,364). [Entries from after midnight EST will be added the following day.]

  • Powerlogix G3/375 in 7300 (rated 10)
  • Powerlogix Z-Force using Newer Tech G4/400 ZIF in Umax S900 (rated 7)
    (Includes comments on temperatures, Audio apps problems w/Altivec)
  • Sonnet G4/500 in Beige G3 (rated 10)
  • Sonnet G3/500 in 7600 (rated 10)
  • Beige G3/233 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 7 new entries added this morning including CDRWs, removables and Hard Drives. (Current total 3,165 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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Software Updates, Apple TILs, Other Net News:
Reported By: Barney Buoy

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