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News stories of March 11th, 2003:

Mac Patch for Ghost Recon Island Thunder Expansion Pack
Brett posted a note/info on the Mac patch for Ghost Recon Island Thunder Expansion pack (a month or so ago there was a note in the news here on installing this using VPC, issues to overcome, etc.). A reader also sent an email on the patch for Macs now available:

Damn R6 has completed a patch for Ghost Recon that has fixed all the problems with Island Thunder textures due to the limit on file names in Carbon apps. Of course, you need to buy the Island Thunder pack and find a way to bring it to the mac (by VPC or other program).
The patch can be downloaded from their website:

For those that don't check the first link above (forum thread) there's also a how-to/guide page.

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Medal of Honor 1.1.3 Update adds FSAA, Dual CPU/SMP Support, More
Here's the info from Aspry's MOHAA support page (thanks to Jamie Dresser for the heads up)

This update adds support for SMP on dual CPU computers, adds FSAA support, upgrades the sound library to fix a crash and be more compatible with dual CPU computers, and also fixes a problem where Macintosh servers were not listed in the GameSpy browser.

Download now
Site 1 - ExtremeSims
Site 2 - Aspyr Media FTP

In a simple test with show FPS enabled, I'm seeing about a 20% drop in FPS rates (idle or firing) after the update w/r_smp enabled (and a restart) on a dual 1GHz system under OS X 10.2.4.

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Reader report on Safari/Java 1.4.1 Update Bug
A reader sent a note about a Safari browser problem with a Java stock site that occurrs after the Java 1.4.1 update from yesterday:

"Hi, I just thought I would let you know that in some cases Java 1.41 breaks Safari. I installed Java 1.4.1 via software update and now wish I had not. Java quotes at worked great with Safari before Java 1.41 now they are very garbled. If anyone knows a way to remove Java 1.41 without wiping the drive clean I would like to know it. Beware to all who install 1.41. Your Safari may not work right afterwards.
Mike Bean
(he later sent more info )
If you want to see it break go to:
You can view it (using the) BookViewer java just click java and put in a symbol.
Put in INTC or any symbol and then push go. You will see the time, order and volume and bottom text become more and more garbled as it runs. Worked perfect before 1.41.
(the main body figures/text updates ok, but some numbers at the top and bottom display overwritten as it updates.)"

I verified the same thing is seen here with Safari and also tried changing/reducing text fonts/sizes. Using Internet Explorer 5.x in OS X does not show the problem here, so I suggested he report it to Apple using Safari's bug reporting.
Note - a reader replied to this post to say he's not seeing the problem with Mozilla 1.3b either - but someone else wrote to say that those browsers are still using Java 1.3.x. A user of an unreleased beta Safari version said he's not seeing the problem either.

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Apple OS X Design Awards
Apple has recently posted a page regarding their eighth annual Apple Design Awards, this one focusing on OS X. One of the prizes is a new PowerBook G4 17in.

" The Apple Design Awards recognize innovation, advanced Mac OS X look and feel, use of Apple technologies in our developers' Mac OS X-based products, and new, exciting, and high quality product entries to the Mac OS X market, including an all new Server Solution category.
Seven Apple Design Award winners and seven runners-up will be announced in the following categories:
Best Mac OS X Product
Best Mac OS X Student Product
Best Mac OS X User Experience
Best Mac OS X Technology Adoption
Best Mac OS X Use of Open Source
Best Mac OS X Server Solution
Most Innovative Mac OS X Product "

See the linked page for more details.

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Reader Mini-Guide on adding external IDE CDRW to early iMac
Athough I know some readers will write that they already posted reports in the drive database here on this in the past (iMac and even Cubes using external IDE drives with tips, links, etc. - with so many drive brands, omitting drive brand and OS version - selecting only a drive type - CDRW, Combo drive, DVD-R, etc.- and mac model will provide more search page results), an early iMac owner sent an email with a mini-guide to using a long IDE cable to use an IDE CDRW drive externally with an early (233-333MHz) iMac. See this page for the guide.
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UMax S900 owner report on problems with Acard 6280M IDE card and CPU upgrades
seeing that there are report on similar problems with the ACard 6260 in an UMAX S900, makes me think that my problem isn't due to some erratic behavious of my UMAX S900, and you may want to post it:

I have problems with an ACARD 6280M IDE controller in connection with CPU upgrade cards an a UMAX S900 (784MB, IBM-DPTA-353750 disk-drive, ATI Radeon Mac Edition, 50MHz bus clock). The System runs stable with the 6280M, under MacOS 9.x using various CPU cards. Under Linux (Debian, kernel 2.4.18) and MacOS 10(.2.4) however the system is stable only, when using relatively slow G3/300MHz card. With a XLR8 G4/450MHz CPU I find occasional file corruption in particular when transferring large files. With a Sonnet G4/800MHz the system becomes almost unusable with frequent disk-I/O stalls. Under Linux I can circumvent the problem, by disallowing DMA transfer (at the cost of fast disk-I/O of course). For MacOS 10.2.4 I wouldn't know of such an option. Sonnet's Promise chip based IDE-card seem to work well in all configurations. An old Turbomax 33 IDE card is also working well under Macos 9.x and Linux but lacks support under MacOS X.

As far as I have tested, this problem cannot be resolved by using different PCI-slot for the ACARD-6280M (for the S900, as noted in an older S900 tips page here years ago the preferred slot for SCSI cards and graphics cards has been one of the top 2 PCI slots-Mike), shorter IDE-cables, disabling memory interleaving, different hard-drives, ACARD driver updates.
Neither the old ACARD firmware version 2.11 nor the current version 2.14 is working. Strangely the firmware for the 6880M (version 2.42) fixes the problem under Linux (but not for MacOS X)!?
I have contacted ACARD on this issue, but haven't received any reply (yet).
All the best
Dietmar H."

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Rate Your CPU Upgrade Reports Database Updated
The Rate Your CPU Upgrade database has been updated with 6 new reports this morning (reader entries from yesterday; entries today are added the next newsday morning). Total to date: 8,153. Here's a summary of the updates added today :

  • Giga Designs G4/800 in G4/400 AGP (rated 9)
  • Giga Designs G4/800 in G4/350 AGP (rated 9)
  • Other World Computing G4/533 in Beige G3 (rated 10)
  • Powerlogix G4 1.2GHz in G4/400 AGP (rated 1)
  • Sonnet G3/500 in Beige G3 (rated 10)
  • Apple B&W G3/350 OC report (@400MHz)

(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 Update Listing
The Drive Compatibility searchable database had 8 new reports added (reader entries from Yesterday; entries today are added the next newsday morning). (*Entries missing info, having no useful info, etc. are deleted. I'm just tired of emailing over and over for missing info, sorry. Also Search for answers, don't post questions there.*) 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 10,028 reports.

    DVD-R DVD Recorder Drives:
  • IDE Pioneer DVR-104 in Dual G4 AGP (OS X)
    (noted a finder disc problem mounting/eject after 10.2.4 update)
  • Firewire (IDE drive in FW case) Pioneer DVR-105 used w/B&W G3 (OS X)

    Combo DVD-CDR Drives:
  • IDE LG GCC-4320BI (32x10x40x + 16X DVD-ROM) in Beige G3 (OS 9.2)
    (FAQ's CDROM/CDR section has burn support files)
  • IDE LG GCC-4320B (32x10x40x + 16X DVD-ROM) in G4/AGP (OS X)
    (FAQ's CDROM/CDR section has burn support files)
  • IDE Toshiba SD-R1202 (16x10x40x + 12x DVD-ROM) in G4/AGP (OS X)

    IDE CDRW Drives:
  • Lite-On LTR 48246S (48x24x48x) in Beige G3 (OS X)
    (FYI - Illustrated CD drive install guide here covers G4 towers up to the Digital Audio Model, Beige G3 MT, B&W G3 and 8600/9600 Macs.)

    IDE Hard Drives:
  • Toshiba MK4019GAX 40GB in Powerbook G3 wallstreet2 (OS 9.2)
    (Noted the magnet/shield was required -an issue first noted with IBM travelstats. See illustrated HD install guide here for PB G3 wallstreets)

    Firewire Hard Drives:
  • "Other" brand 60GB used with 9600 (OS 9.1)
    (problems noted but no specifics on FW PCI card, Case/bridge or drive brand used.)

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.)
(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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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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