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News Archive for: 3/11/2002 Monday's NewsReturn to Accelerate Your Mac!


Top stories of March 11th, 2002:

Red Hat developing GNUPro Linux toolchain/cross compiler w/Altivec Support
Jorge sent a link to a Red Hat press release today that announced a strategic agreement with Motorola to develop a GNUPro Linux toolchain and cross compiler. "Red Hat will provide a complete toolchain for the PowerPC instruction set architecture with full support for Motorola's AltiVec technology". See the press release for more details.
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Mac SoundBlaster Live - appx. $30 After Rebate
(from a reader post in the forums)

    " Fry's/ is selling the SBL for $80 but has a $50 mail-in rebate offer
    Sound Blaster Live! for Mac - PCI $50 mail-in rebate exp 3/30/02
    If for some reason you want a SBL this would be a good time to get it.
    (X704) "

The page linked lists "Call for Availability". [When I called at 1:45 PM, there were 4 backorders so far with delivery on stock overdue from Friday.] Price is $79.99 before rebate, plus shipping. The rebate PDF form notes offer good "on purchases from an authorized and participating Fry's Store from March 1,2002 to March 30, 2002. Offer valid only in the US." (See the rebate PDF form linked on the above page for more details.)
Note: Before buying make sure you read both the recent review/comparison of the SBlive Mac and the previous article on SBLive Feedback/Performance tests. (There's no OS X drivers and so far no OS 9 driver update since the original driver release which many owners noted some issues with in these articles.)

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OS X Benchmarking Utils from Apple:
A reader sent a link to some Apple developer tool/benchmarks for CPU, Cache and Graphics, including results of those tests with his G4/500. Details
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Toshiba R1202 16x Combo DVD/CDRW Drive Reports
There were 4 new reports over the weekend added to the Drive Compatibility Database from owners of the new Toshiba SD-R1202 (16x10x40 + 12 DVD ROM). The drive is too new to have any iTunes support (unless the support file is modified by users). All reported that Apple System Profiler listed "Apple disc burning: Supported" but 3 of the reports (all from dual G4 owners) noted they had burn problems using Discburner (either not burning at all, or stalling, etc.). The 4th owner did not comment if he had actually burned CDs using the Finder but I've written to ask. One of the reports noted burning data CDs with Toast Titanium 5.1.1 fine. (FYI - Toast 5.1.2 is the latest version.)
(Just posting this as a FYI to anyone considering this drive that does not search the database first. )
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Update to Midiman Audiophile 2496 vs Mac SoundBlaster Live Review
A reader sent comments in reply to Gary Gant's Midiman Audiophile 2496 vs Mac SoundBlaster Live comparison article posted this weekend. I've added his comments on ASIO drivers/lower latency to the bottom of the original review text.
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Sonnet Harmoni iMac CPU Upgrade Firewire Port Updater
One of this weekend's updates to the Rate Your CPU Upgrade database noted he obtained an updater for his Harmoni G3/500 that allowed the Firewire port to be used with his CDRW drive. Here's a clip from his database report:

    "I had some difficulty getting the Firewire port to recognize any device. After Tech Support emailed me Harmoni updater 1.1b1, things are up and running. Maybe Sonnet can update their support site to reflect this? Currently there is no way to learn this unless you call Tech Support. "

I checked Sonnet's Harmoni page, support page and processor card downloads page today and didn't see the update available there yet - unless it's included in the "Harmoni 1.1 installer" listed there. I suspect it will be added soon (it may be in beta test based on the version number, but I've written Sonnet to ask when it will be posted at their website.)

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Navy Seals Total Conversion for Quake3 is the site with the recently released Navy Seals Covert Operations TC for Quake 3. There's also a 1.0b update there to fix some issues including those with Macs. The download is huge (over 180MB) but this team-based mod appears very impressive. (There's an online manual there also.)
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CPU Upgrades Owner Reports Database Updated:
The Rate Your CPU Upgrade database has been updated with 12 new reports. (Total to date: 6,849). [Entries made today are posted the next newsday morning.]

  • Apple Dual G4/500 module in G4/AGP (rated 9)
  • Formac (rated 3)
  • Other World Computing G4/450 in Beige G3 (rated 10)
  • Powerlogix BlueChip G4/500 in Powerbook G3 wallstreet2 (rated 9)
  • Powerlogix BlueChip G4/500 in Powerbook G3 Lombard (rated 9)
  • Powerlogix G3/375 in 8500 (rated 10)
  • Powerlogix G3/400 in 8600 (rated 10)
  • Sonnet Harmoni G3/500 in iMac (rated 8)
    [noted Harmoni updater 1.1b1 required for Firewire port use]
  • Sonnet Harmoni G3/500 in iMac (rated 10)
  • Sonnet G3/500 in PowerBook G3 wallstreet2 (rated 10)
  • Sonnet G4/400 in Beige G3 (rated 8)
    (updated report noting problems with bus overclocking)
  • Sonnet G3/500 in PowerCenter (rated 10)
  • Sonnet G3/400 in PowerTowerPro (rated 7)

(Warning - Overclocking may not be reliable and could lead to hardware failure or corrupted data.) You can find the 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/Hard Drive /Cardreader Compatibility Database Updates
The Drive Compatibility searchable database had 17 new reports added today. [entries today will be added the following newsday.] The database includes reports on Combo DVD-CDRW, CDROMs, DVD-ROM, DVD-RAM, DVD-R, CDRW, Hard Drives and Removables (tape drive, ORB, ZIP, MO drives, CF/Smartmedia readers, etc.) in all interface types (IDE, IDE RAID cards, Firewire, SCSI, adapters). Current total 6,795 reports. Here's an itemized summary of today's additions:

    Combo DVD+CDR Drive Reports:
  • Toshiba SD-R1202 (16x/10x/40x + 12x DVD ROM) in G4/AGP (OS X)
    (also includes comments on OS 9.x. No iTunes support.)
  • Toshiba SD-R1202 (16x/10x/40x + 12x DVD ROM) in Dual G4 (OS X)
    (noted some burn problems)
  • Toshiba SD-R1202 (16x/10x/40x + 12x DVD ROM) in Dual G4 (OS X)
    (another report of stalling during finder burning)
  • Toshiba SD-R1202 (16x/10x/40x + 12x DVD ROM) in Dual G4 (OS X)
    (another report of burn problems)

    IDE CDRW Drive Reports
  • Cyberdrive CW058D 32x12x48 in B&W G3 (OS X)
    (Cyberdrive listed under "other" brands. Used CD install guide here.)
  • LG GCE-8240B 24x10x40 in G4/AGP (OS 9.2)
    (LG listed under "other" brands. No iTunes/DB support)
  • Plextor 24/10/40A in Beige G3 (OS 8.6)
  • Teac 524e (24x10x40) in Beige G3 (OS 9.2)

    Firewire CDRW Drive Reports
  • Lite-On 24102B (24X10X40) in FW case used w/Powerbook G4 (OS 9.2)
  • NEC NR-7800a (16x/10x/40x) in FW Case used w/PowerBook G4 (OS X)
    (NEC listed under "other" brands)
  • VST/SmartDisk Firewire 8x8x24x used w/PowerBook G4 (OS X)

    USB CDRW Drive Reports
  • Mitsumi CR-4804-TU 4x2x8 used w/G4 AGP (OS 9.2)

    IDE Hard Drive Reports
  • IBM Travelstar 20GB in PowerBook G3 2000 (OS X)
  • Seagate ST380021A 80GB in G4/AGP (OS 9.2)
  • Western Digital 120GB in B&W G3 using IDE PCI Card (OS X)

    SCSI Drive Reports
  • Fujitsu mag3091lp 9GB in Beige G3 (OS 9.1)
    (no apple driver support, boot issue noted)

    Removable Drive Reports
  • SCSI Iomega Jaz 1GB in Dual G4 (OS 9.2)

You can find full owner reports by searching the database by drive/brand/interface/mac models (the latest reports are shown first in searches).
For guides to installing CD/CDRW/DVD drives or Hard drives in many mac models, see the IDE Articles page. The Firewire articles page also has guides on case kits, installing drives, etc.
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. [If you post an updated entry - make sure you use the same name, etc. as you did before so I can find your past entry. Thanks.]

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Software Updates, Apple TILs and Other Net News Links
(Includes several OS X troubleshooting Docs)

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News pages from 1, 2 and 3 years ago:
(Sometimes these old pages are a bit embarrassing - and in many cases the offsite links may not work and comments there were accurate only on the date posted regarding upgrade availability, etc.)

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