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Accelerate Your Mac! News Archive for: 3/9/2001 Friday's NewsReturn to Accelerate Your Mac!

 
News stories of 3/9/2001:

Photoshop 6.01 Update Released:
There's an official 6.01 Photoshop update at Adobe's web site today. Download the 12.4MB update at this Adobe page which also lists what's changed/fixed. That page also notes if you applied any "unofficial" updates, you need to reinstall 6.0 for this update to work.
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Deus Ex Multiplayer Update Comments:
A thread in the game forums here noted several readers have had problems installing the Multiplayer update noted in yesterday's news. Tom Koons also noted the Readme file also mentions that:

"There is no "Configure Input Device" button in the Keyboard/Mouse settings. This button normally would have brought up the InputSprocket dialog to configure your mouse or gamepad. To access this functionality, use the old version of Deus Ex (InputSprocket settings are carried over to the multiplayer app automatically). You may also use the "talk" keyboard command during a multiplayer game to get to the console prompt, then backspace over the "Say" and type "configisp"

This is reportedly due to the porting of the update code from the PC. (I believe Westlake did this update port for free, so I suspect this is the reason for the missing Mac specific features.)

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Harman Kardon iSub Price Cut to $59:
I just received an iCard from Apple noting that the Harman Kardon iSub (subwoofer) has been reduced $40 in price to $59. Click on the "Rock Your World" Ad in the sidebar of the Accessories page at the Apple Store for details and compatibility info.
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Reader Tip on MP3 Burning -7932 Errors in iTunes:
In reply to some past posts of -7932 errors burning MP3 files, a reader sent some comments and tips that he's found.

" Mike,
I think I have a piece to the puzzle. When I used soundjam for playing mp3's the cute little eye candy things like the equalizer readout in the display would'nt bounce up and down, it wouldn't work, unless the mp3 was created by soundjam. The CD that I tried to dreate had two songs that were imported by iTunes into iTunes mp3 format and three mp3's from the web and soundjam. The disc wouldn't burn.
HOWEVER!!! When I Isolated the two iTunes tracks two its own folder and burned them, it worked. I then tried to burn an mp3 from soundjam by itself, it gave me the error -7932.

I think the problem is, unless its an iTunes created mp3. You can't burn it. Now I have to figure out how to import all mp3's into iTunes so it converts it to iTunes format. This has nothing to do with the ability to play it, just burn it. Same thing with Soundjam. I could play any mp3 but unless I converted it, the display equalizer readout (whatever its called) and the crazy design plugin thingy would not work. Maybe its the same case. Ideas anyone?
Joe "

iTunes is said to be based on SoundJam technology so not sure why this would be a problem but I've been so swamped I've not used iTunes very much. (I did rip and burn some files for a future PB G4 review and bured MP3 files I had to an audio CD without problems on my Sony 10/4/32 firewire drive.)

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Reader Feedback on Modem Timeout in Airport 1.3:
Yesterday's news had a report from a reader on lack of modem timeout he saw after updating to Airport 1.3. I asked for other reader feedback to see if this was a common issue and received several reports. DETAILS.
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Sonnet G4/500 in Beige G3 - Owner Tip on Altivec Programs:
One of today's CPU upgrade database entries was an update from a Beige G3 owner running a Sonnet G4/500. He had reported problems previously with altivec aware programs (Logic Audio and VPC 4), but noted a solution was using Powerlogix's cache and Altivec enabler in his updated post.

(Beige G3/266 w/Sonnet G4/500 ZIF upgrade)
"Virtual PC 4 and Logic Audio Platinum did not work with the upgrade unless I disabled the Altivec support.

Both applications are accelerated for Altivec, so it's a bit of a loss not being able to use it. Sonnet say they are working on it. Well, I have found a way to get Altivec working in these apps. It's very simple actually. I just went to PowerLogix website and downloaded the latest software to enable altivec and secondary cache (both were beta, but seem very stable) on their processors.

I had no idea if it would work. But when I checked with Newers Gauge Pro it said Altivec was supported. I tested Fractals and indeed it was, I got 1570 MFlops.

I then tested Logic Audio Platinum and it did not crash even once and I could notice a speed boost when enabling lots of effects and softsynths.

I have also run Virtual PC 4 reliably for more than one hour, although I couldn't really notice any direct speed increases - it now runs on Altivec. Perhaps the increase in speed is only noticeable when watching movies or playing games - I have done neither.

What do you think of this Mike? Could it damage anything? At least we now know for sure it's just a software thing.

Regards,
John"

Software can't damage anything (unless you overclock the cache speed perhaps) so if it's working I'd be happy, at least until Sonnet can provide something equivalent.

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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.
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More on DVD-R Drive Data File Burning:
Several readers replied to the post recently from a G4/733 owner noting the inability to burn regular files and programs (backups) to the DVD-R drive. Many noted that Toast 5 Titanium will be one option (when released).
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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: 5,372). [Entries from after midnight EST will be added the following day.]

  • Metabox G3/260 in Starmax 4000 (rated 10)
  • Newer Tech G3/500 in Beige G3 (rated 10)
  • Sonnet G4/500 in Beige G3 (rated 8)
    [updated report on Altivec issues solved with PL's software]
  • Sonnet G3/500 in Beige G3 (rated 9)
  • XLR8 CarrierZIF w/G3 333 ZIF in 7500 (rated 10)
  • XLR8 CarrierZIF w/G3 333 ZIF in 8600 (rated 10)
  • XLR8 CarrierZIF w/G3 466 ZIF in 9600 (rated 8)
  • 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 14 new entries added this morning including DVD-ROM, CDRWs, removables and Hard Drives. (Current total 3,179 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:

  • Unreal (640x480,800x600,1024x768 at 16bit & 32bit) from B&W G3/400 with Radeon PCI card
  • Unreal Tournament (640x480,800x600,1024x768 at 16bit & 32bit) from B&W G3/400 with Radeon PCI card
  • Unreal Tournament (1024x768) from Beige G3/280mhz with Voodoo3 3000 PCI card

Total entries in the database to date: 2,554. 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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