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Accelerate Your Mac! News Archive for: 3/30/2001 Friday's NewsReturn to Accelerate Your Mac!

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Top stories of 3/30/2001:

Reader Notes Revised Apple GeForce2MX 1.1.1 Driver Update Available:
" Mike,
Just ran Apple's Software Update and Apple has "revised" the installer. It now works properly and automatically for those with older MX 2 cards/version 1.0.9 drivers that had the problem before.

Not only that, but it left the install folder behind so I can put it on other "non-networked" G4s...cool!

Drivers now at Version 1.1.1
And ROM is now 1027F
Card Revision is 161

Now to see if it fixes the sleep/scan problem I have been seeing. Our monitors scan rates freak out when the G4 display goes to sleep. (We are too busy to wait for the drive/system to sleep so that is disabled).
Also, I disabled the ATI drivers and the OpenGL ATI driver. Why need them if there is only an nVidia card installed? No performance hit that I know of and that bootup init (X) over the little display is now gone (OpenGL ATI init).
Ed- "

Good news that the updater finally works properly. This Nvidia driver/firmware version has been installed on new G4 towers for some time now (I used it in my tests on the video articles page) - but glad to hear that it now applies over early 1.09/early firmware cards/systems which the previous updater wouldn't without the Applescript trick noted here some time back.

The 1.1.1 drivers/1027f firmware does not solve the RAVE game issues or the problems in OpenGL Lightwave 3D 6.5 I noted in an article here however (that was the driver/firmware version I used). I hope Apple/nvidia addresses this soon.
As I noted in previous articles here - if you're not running an ATI card, there's no need for any ATI drivers or the ATI OpenGL renderer extension. If you've run a retail ATI card, check your extensions folder from the Finder - as the Extensions manager does not show all the ATI extensions as I noted in a previous article.

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XLR8 releases OS X Cache Enabler:
Here's a clip from the press release:

"We have released MACh Speed Control X(tm) due to overwhelming requests from our customers for Mac OS X cache control software. The installer will enable the backside cache to be run at 2:1 on all Macs upgraded with XLR8 upgrades and is available free of charge from the XLR8 web site at www.xlr8.com.

The supported upgrades include the MACh Velocity MPe, MACh Speed G3 and G4, MACh Carrier and Carrier ZIF families of processor upgrade cards."

(Note - this enabler may work with many non-XLR8 upgrades also, at least those with cache rated at 1/2 the CPU speed, and non-L2 cache slot models. There's a forum thread here with reader comments on the enabler with various cards and mac models.)
The full press release is here and the download form is here.

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Reader notes Appleworks 6.1.2 and iTunes 1.1JA in Public iDisk:
(Note: I later checked my iDisk and saw the Appleworks 6.1.2 update, but the iTunes update may be just a japanese version of the previous release. )
"Mike, I saw that the OSX update was circulating on the IDisk "public" area of iTools users. I took a look see at my iDisk and found these updates:

AppleWorks6.1.2.Updater.dmg (Have not run yet)
And an Itunes 1.1(JA).SMI

Please look at the extracted iTunes screen capture, never saw an update look like this.
Also check out the AppleWorks Screen Capture.
Are these files legit?
William"

The Apple OS X downloads page as of 1:52PM (EST) Friday didn't show an Appleworks 6.1.2 download link yet (still "Coming Soon"). The original 6.1 preview had some issues with the spreadsheet module, etc. as noted here in the news recently. If anyone has tried these updates or knows more about them let me know.

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Yamaha 2100 CDRW Firmware 1.0n Update - Mac Flashers
Earlier there was a link here for 1.0n firmware updates for the Yamaha 2100 (16/10/40) CDRW but they were PC exe files only. Reader Brian Beck sent a link to a page that lists Mac updaters. Scroll down that page to see the SCSI and IEEE1394 (Firewire) models. I did not see an IDE flasher there for the Mac. Newer drives may already have this firmware update in them. They have a page with a list of changes in 1.0n including:

  • Improved audio ripping performance of a scratched CD
  • Problem fixed so that the written data can be read properly when written incrementally in Track-At-Once mode.
  • Problem fixed so that cancel operation can be performed properly during simulation in Session-At-Once mode.

The changes page lists other firmware versions as well for those that may have a very early drive.
If you're not having any problems, it may be best to leave well enough alone since if a firmware update doesn't complete, it can result in a useless drive. I welcome any reports from owners that have tried these flashers.

*NOTE* - a reader sent an email on Saturday that he had problems with the update on his SCSI External 2100 drive:

"'If you're not having any problems, it may be best to leave well enough alone since if a firmware update doesn't complete, it can result in a useless drive.'

Hi Mike. I should read this before I take the Plunge and update the firmware to 1.0n on my Yamaha SCSI 2100 CD RW external. As I'm writing this, the drive is in a box ready to be shipped to Yamaha. Fortunately is under warranty. The tech support at Yamaha they didn't even know about the update for the Mac. Later, after a 10 minutes on hold I was told that this update is for the internal version of the 2100 only. The read me file does not specify this. But what's the difference? An external 2100 is just the same as the internal one that was put in a case to be used on the external bus of the Mac. Am I correct? I'm advising any one to stay a way of this update. Yamaha has a good tech support and good products but their interest and efforts for the Mac platform is a big minus.
Best regards
Evan I."

The page listed a Firewire version of the updater (which is an external drive) and I'm surprised an external SCSI would matter (vs internal). I've asked Evan for more info on his system (mac model, if the drive was terminated, any errors seen during the flash, etc.).

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Comments on AOL Instant Messenger for OS X:
The first release of AIM for Mac OS X was released yesterday. The first reader comments on it were not good, but another reader had more positive coments:

"Overall, I think that AOL did a decent job, especially for a beta. The screen name import is a godsend. Most carbonized applications (iTunes, ICQ, etc...) require you to hunt around in your OS 9 settings and folders and make aliases of settings and put them somewhere. The transition to AOL IM was VERY simple. Just select which screen name to import, and it does it without any complications at all. Thatís what I was most impressed with. The small things make a big difference. AOL IM for OS X needs improvement, no question about that. Iím on a 350 G4, and the typing shows up very slowly. This seems to be a running trend with chat clients on OS X (just look at ICQ 2.6 for X). The font anti-aliasing is horrendous, even when using OS Xís default Lucida Grande font, although still not as bad as Internet Explorer 5.1 for X. There is a lack of features, but I really couldnít care. I donít use AIM for file transfers, Buddy Icons are nifty but ultimately superfluous (and even the Classic version of AOL IM doesnít have full support for Buddy Icons). Smileys, who cares? IM images Iíve used maybe once in a few years of using AOL IM. Like I said, AOL did a pretty good job. My only major quips are with the speed and font anti-aliasing. Fix those, and Iím perfectly happy.
-- Damien S."

The first reader comments were:

" I've used AIM for about half an hour, and I don't like it. The anti-aliasing is horrible compared to the font quality in fire, mail, and every where else in OS X. On top of that, typing is just plain slow. I have to wait for the computer to catch up to me when i type. Granted, I'm using a 233 MHz G3, but that's not something I like to see on any G3 or above. On a Mac Classic, yes. On a Powermac G3, absolutely not. It's back to fire for me. I can live without file transfers- just means I get to get files over email and use Mail even more! (I'm absolutely in love with Mail)

Compared with Fire, AIM for OS X seems like a half-assed clunky port, unlike a quality app. The interface is very crowded and nasty. In any case, I hope they come to their senses, and let Fire connect to their servers again.
(name withheld by request) "

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More PB Wallstreet OS X Install Reports:
I've added more owner reports to the PB G3 Wallstreet owner comments on OS X installs. Although some CPU upgraded owners reported no problems, the latest reports included some that did have errors apparently related to the CPU upgrade.
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OS X and AppleTalk File Servers (Updated with Tip):
(Several readers replied to this post saying to make sure the other computers had "Enable file sharing clients to connect over TCP/IP" enabled in the File Sharing control panel as the default for OSX is appletalk over TCP/IP).

"Hi Mike,
Just wanted to provide a bit of feedback on OS X since I'm testing it at work on a Beige G3/300 with 256MB RAM. It installed perfectly and I was able to set up my various network settings fine, including printing to shared printers. One problem I've run across though is that I can't access file servers (a mixed NT/Novell network) that I was previously able to access from the Chooser under OS 8.5/8.6/9.0. I'm still able to access these servers using the OS 9.1 that shipped with OS X except when in 'Classic' mode under OS X, and I'm unable to access them from the 'GO' menu of OS X directly. Frankly, given that both OS versions ship together, I would've thought there'd be more consistency. These servers have never needed any special setup to access as UAM volumes.
Jeff"

I can't check this personally but welcome any tips or other feedback from those using OS X.

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OS X Docking Maneuvers Utility Updated:
Austin Shoemaker wrote he's updated Docking Maneuvers (noted in yesterday's news) to v1.1. The new version enables support for changing the orientation and pinning of the Dock for every language supported by Mac OS X.. Get it at http://homepage.mac.com/isleep/ or direct download at http://homepage.mac.com/isleep/docking.tar.gz. [284 kb]
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Turning Off Anti-Aliasing in OS X Carbon Apps:
(from a reader post in the forums here)

"As seen on comp.sys.mac.sys :

make a .OpenStep directory in your home directory
then a file called "environment" in it containing :

QDTEXT_ANTIALIASING=0; QD_MINSIZE=18

Niconono

I've not tried this personally.

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Marathon Archives Site:
There's a site with addon maps and mods for Bungie's Marathon game called the Lh'owon Ar'kives. Check it out at http://marathon.evihcra.com/. (There was recently a huge new mod for Marathon called Rubicon which probably is available there and is available at this Macgamefiles page.
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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: 5,463). [Entries from after midnight EST will be added the following day.]

  • Apple 604/180 card in 7500/100 (rated 10)
  • Sonnet G3/400 in Umax C500 (rated 9)
  • Sonnet G3/400 in 8500/120 (rated 9)
  • Sonnet G4/400 in Beige G3 (rated 5)
    [problems noted]
  • XLR8 CarrierZIF w/G3 333 ZIF in 8600/300 (rated 10)
  • B&W G3/350 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 11 new entries added this morning including Combo DVD-CDRWs, DVD-ROM, CDRWs, Removables and Hard Drives. (Current total 3,422 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 linked above 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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