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Top stories of March 28th, 2002:

Alias cuts price of Maya 3D Complete to $1999, Maya Unlimited to $6999
Alias|Wavefront has a press release today on dramatic price cuts starting April 4th, 2002 on their Maya 3D packages. Maya Complete is now $1,999 (down from $7,500) ; Maya Unlimited is now $6,999 (was $16,000). Here's a clip from the press release:

    "Pricing and Availability
    Maya Complete 4 will be priced beginning April 4 at $1,999 (US) and will include modeling, rendering, animation, dynamics, Artisan, Paint Effects and Maya Embedded Language (MEL), an open interface for programming and scripting. Maya Unlimited 4 will be priced at $6,999 (US) and include Maya Fur(tm), Maya Cloth(tm) and advanced modeling features.
    Maya is available through the Alias|Wavefront network of authorized resellers or may be purchased online beginning April 4, 2002 at:"
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Widescreen Cinema Display (1600x1024) mode Tips for Quake3
Although I knew it was possible (the config file lists r_customwidth/customheights for 1600x1024 mode) I could not get that widescreen mode to work with a Cinema display recently (using those console commands/vid_restart, etc.). I had just installed a GeForce3 in the Cube and wanted to test peformance at 1600x1024 ( which BTW with some minor sound tweaks runs 76.7 FPS with the DP500 CPU at that resolution.)
I even searched the web for about an hour and found no detailed info on setting that mode in Quake3, but a reader posted a tip that worked by creating small config files and executing them. In case there are any other readers looking for this info, I've added the information on how to do this to the Gaming and Displays section of the FAQ.
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Reader Reports on OS X Patches for Diablo II and L.O.D.
Last night's news update had links to OS X updates for Diablo II (and the L.O.D expansion pack). I've received more reader feedback on the updates including notes on some issues. (I've also added another mirror site for the updates.)
See the OS X Diablo II update reports page for details.
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Positive Feedback on Tip for OS X with Legacy Mac Onboard Video and PCI Graphics Card
Two readers replied that the Legacy Mac OS X/PCI Graphics card/onboard video tip in yesterday's news helped performance.

    " Hi, I just wanted to confirm that the 'Reader Tip for OS X with Legacy Mac Onboard Video and PCI Graphics Card' tip works great on my Powermac 7500.
    Here is my setup...
    Powermac 7500 (using xpostfacto to run OSX.1.3)
    Voodoo 3 Video card
    XLR8 G3 @ 400mhz

    I can run up to 1280x1024 on my Sony 17" Multiscan Monitor in thousands of colors. Switching to millions causes the screen to go completely grey with some weird artifacts at this resolution...need to test this some more.

    I just wanted to thank you and Andrew V for bringing me this great tip. I was just about to throw out my Voodoo card in disgust.
    Phil "

There's no OS X drivers for the 3dfx card of course (they can't run OS X native OpenGL games, etc.). Another reader wrote:

    " Hi Mike,
    I tried the Legacy Mac/OS X/Onboard video/PCI graphics card tip in my 7600, and it worked!
    My setup:
    XLR8 G4/450
    448MB ram
    OS 10.1.3
    Radeon PCI
    Macally USB/FW
    Promax Turbomax ATA/66
    SGI 1600SW

    As the original tip said, the screen savers are fluid (even at 1600x1024). Before, they were incredibly choppy. Having the computer think there was an extra monitor was a nusciance; I'm glad there's such a simple workaround.
    Thanks for the great site!
    Steve "

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Clear Airport Base Station Mods with Lighted Base
Last month I posted a note/link on Jamie Dresser's mods for a totally clear Airport Base station housing. Here's another reader's page on the mod where he also added a lighting to the base. The article/photos on the mod start at
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CDRW/CD/DVD/Hard Drive /Cardreader Compatibility Database Updates
The Drive Compatibility searchable database had 11 new reports added today. 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 6,972 reports. Here's a summary listing of today's new reports:

    CD-ROM Drive Reports:
  • Firewire (IDE drive in FW case) Acer CD 656A-002 (56x) in G4/AGP (OS X)
    (not seen in OS X 10.1.3 he said, ok in 9.x)

    IDE CDRW Drive Reports:
  • Lite-On LTR-24103S (24x10x40x) in G4/AGP (OS X)

    Firewire CDRW Drive Reports:
  • Lacie 32x10x40x used w/Beige G3 (OS 9.1)
    (no itunes support)
  • Lacie 16x10x40 (U & I) used w/B&W G3 (OS 9.2)
  • Que 24x10x40 (mitsumi CR-48X9TE) used w/Dual G4 (OS X)

    IDE Hard Drive Reports:
  • IBM TravelStar 20GB in PowerBook G3 2000 (OS 9.2)
    (FYI: illustrated HD install guide here)
  • IBM TravelStar 32GB in PowerBook G3 2000 (OS X)
  • IBM TravelStar 20GB in PowerBook G3 Wallstreet2 (OS X)
    (used Wallstreet illustrated HD install guide here)
  • Maxtor D740X 40GX in iMac slot loading (OS X)
  • Maxtor 25GB [?] in PowerCenter/Pro using IDE PCI card (OS 8.6)
    (Had audio stuttering issues and said the Acard AV Utility did not work with SIIG ATA/133 card - even though that card is reportedly made by Acard. )

    Firewire Hard Drive Reports:
  • Western Digital Caviar 4.5GB (in FW Case) used w/7500 (OS 9.1)

You can find full owner reports (latest shown first) 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.]

(Entries today will be added the following newsday. Incomplete entries are deleted. Do not post questions in the database, it's for drive reports not questions on what drive to buy - for that try searching the database for reports from owners of your mac model on the drive type/brand/interface, etc. you're interested in.)

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CPU Upgrades Owner Reports Database Updated:
The Rate Your CPU Upgrade database has been updated with 5 new reports. (Total to date: 6,920). [Entries made today are posted the next newsday morning. Incomplete entries, those with not comments, missing info, etc. are deleted]

  • Newer Tech G3/500 in Beige G3 [AIO] (rated 9)
  • Other World Computing G4/500 in B&W G3 (rated 9)
  • Sonnet G3/500 in B&W G3 (rated 7)
  • Sonnet G3/500 in 9600/350 (rated 10)
  • Sonnet G3400 in 7200/75 (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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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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