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Top stories of March 12th, 2002:

Sacrifice Multiplayer Beta Update Released
(from the email press release)

    "We have Multiplayer support for Sacrifice!
    To ensure that we live up to our promises, MacPlay is releasing a beta version of the Multiplayer patch for Sacrifice. The patch is available for download at www.macplay.com/downloads. Keep in mind that it is a BETA. We chose to release this patch in beta form because we know how many people are eagerly awaiting multiplayer capabilities within Sacrifice. ...
    Thank you, to everyone for your continued support of MacPlay.
    Henry Price
    MacPlay
    Director, Sales and Marketing"

    Changes to this version:
  • Multiplayer support through GameRanger now active.
  • Minor speed and stability improvements.
  • This is an unsupported beta version.

    Known Issues:
  • LAN button is inactive at this time.

See the Macplay downloads page and readme for installation instructions.

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IBM Hard Drives with 333Hours/Month Ratings - Notes on Travelstar (Notebook) Drives
I've noted here in the past that the IBM 120GXP IDE drives spec's file lists a recommended 333 hours per month usage rating (see the links/notes in this past article on 75GXP drive failures that included this info). After some web articles recently on this issue again I checked the IBM Travelstar (60GB, 40GB (40GN), 48GB, 30GB and 15GB) drive specs at IBM and see that they also note this rating for those models. But the specs there for the 60GB/40GB models list a higher rating for a special "Enhanced Availability" version for those two models. The "Enhanced Availability" models (per the spec doc) are denoted by "X05" vs "S05" in the model number suffix on the 60GB model and "X04" vs "S04" for the 40GB model. The "Enhanced Availability" models in the spec sheet note a "recommended power-on hours (monthly)" rating of 732 hours vs 333 for the standard models.

Checking a 60GB Travelstar drive here (from Dell, when they had that limited time 20% off sale noted here in January) shows the drive was the 333hr/month standard version I've never heard of a dealer selling the "X" series ("Enhanced Availability") model and I suspect it's a) a special order and b) much more expensive. Here's a quote from the 48GN/30GN/15GN specs (v2.0) document. Note the assumptions on actual read/write/seek usage of less than 20% of rated power on hours.

    " (from 6.4.4 "Service life and usage condition")
    Service life of the drive approximately 5 years or 20,000 power on hours whichever comes first under the following assumptions:
    • Less than 333 power on hours per month
    • Seeking/Writing/Reading operation is less than 20% of power on hours.

    This does not represent any warranty or warranty period. Applicable warranty and warranty period are covered by the purchase agreement. "

Just as a FYI - I have several Travelstar drives in use -one more than 2 years old with at least 16 hours a day of use in a PowerBook G3 without any failures so far - but I back it up often and it has gotten much noisier (much louder bearing whine at idle than when it was new - but the PB G3 literally bakes drives inside the case and this drive does not have fluid bearings as do many of the later models.)

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There's really no data (that I know of) on how the IBM Travelstar drives compare (failure-wise) to other brands in actual long term use, but this should serve as a reminder to backup your data regularly regardless of what drive brand you use. I always suggest readers post any drive failures/long term use reports in the Drive Database here as a way for readers to search for experiences with various drives in Macs before buying.

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OS X Running Quake1, Quake2 and Quake3 Simultaneously
Leo Porkstacker posted a link to a Quake3world page showing all 3 versions of Quake running at the same time under OS X.
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Update to Midiman Audiophile 2496 vs Mac SoundBlaster Live Review
Another 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 Creative card's sample frequency and using headphones to check audio quality below the original review's text.
(If you missed yesterday's news there was a note on a limited time $50 rebate offer (USA customers only) with a net price of $29.99 on the Mac SoundBlaster Live orders from Frys/Outpost.)
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Reminder on OS X Server Install Tips for 2002 Quicksilver Macs
I've had another reader write about problems installing OS X server on a 2002 Quicksilver Mac. On Feb 1st, 2002 the news page here had a copy of an email from Apple I received with a link to the Kbase doc on this subject. (It's also linked in my FAQ's OS X Server section - remember to check the FAQ here). See this Apple Kbase article titled Mac OS X Server 10.1: How to Install on Power Mac G4 (QuickSilver 2002) Computer.
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CPU Upgrades Owner Reports Database Updated:
The Rate Your CPU Upgrade database has been updated with 4 new reports. (Total to date: 6,853). [Entries made today are posted the next newsday morning.]

  • Apple Dual G4/450 in G4 Cube (rated 6 - problems noted)
    (See the www.xlr8yourmac.com Systems page, Cube section for dual G4 cube mod articles from last year)
  • Powerlogix BlueChip G4/500 in Powerbook G3 Lombard (rated 9)
  • Powerlogix BlueChip G4/500 in Powerbook G3 Lombard (rated 10)
  • XLR8 CarrierZIF w/G3 400 ZIF in 8500 (rated 9)

(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 15 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 6,810 reports. Here's an itemized summary of today's additions:

    DVD-R DVD Recorder Drive Reports:
  • IDE Pioneer DVR-A03 in B&W G3 (OS X)
  • IDE Pioneer DVR-A03 in G4/AGP (OS9.2)

    DVD-RAM Drive Reports:
  • IDE Matshita PD-2 LF-D110 in G4/AGP (OS 9)
    (noted pops in audio cd playback - see comments for firmware update tip to solve it.)

    Combo DVD+CDR Drive Reports:
  • USB (using USB/IDE adapter/case) Samsung SM-308b (8x4x32 +8x DVD ROM) used w/G4 AGP (OS X)
    (no OS X support)

    IDE CDRW Drive Reports
  • HP CD-Writer+ 8200 4/4/24 in Beige G3 (OS X)
  • Sony CRX160E (12x8x32) in 8600 using IDE PCI Card (OS 9.1)
  • Yamaha CRW3200 (24/10/40) in B&W G3 (OS X)

    Firewire CDRW Drive Reports
  • Ikebana Fireblaster 16x10x40 used w/iBook 2001 (OS X)
    (listed under "other" drive brands)
  • Yamaha CRW3200FXZ (24x10x40x) used w/G4 AGP (OS X)
  • Yamaha CRW3200 (24x10x40x) in FW Case used w/8500 (OS X)

    SCSI CDRW Drive Reports
  • Yamaha crw6416sx (6/4/16) used w/Dual G4 (OS X)
    (burn problems/errors noted)

    USB CDRW Drive Reports
  • HP 8210e (4x4) used w/iMac slot loading (OS X)
    (not working in OS X 10.1.3 even with Toast.)

    IDE Hard Drive Reports
  • Seagate ST360021A 60GB in Beige G3 using IDE PCI card (OS 9.2)
  • Western Digital WD600BBRTL 60GB in Beige G3 (OS 8.6)
    (used Beige G3 MT illustrated HD upgrade guide here)

    SCSI Drive Reports
  • Western Digital WDE9100N 9.1GB in 6100 (OS 8.6)

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 and Other Net News Links

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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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