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News stories of March 31st, 2003:

Quicktime 6.1.1 Update Notes Fixes for MPEG4 Streaming
The 19.4MB update is available via Software Updates (10.2.4 used here) . The software update panel noted "QuickTime 6.1.1 delivers important bug fixes to MPEG-4 streaming." (Thanks to Adam for the heads-up.)
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Mac Civilization III Editor Available, MOHAA Spearhead Expansion in Beta
Bluesnews today noted Westlake's Civilization III Game Editor News page has a March 30th update that links to a download of the latest Mac Civ. III editor version and includes comments from Brad Oliver:

"Working on the Civ3 Editor was almost as much fun as playing the game itself. Now that it's done, I look forward to seeing what the Mac community is capable of creating."

Brad has been posting his progress to the Forums at CivFanatics.com. As of today, the current build is version 1.32.1 and can be downloaded from here. If that link doesn't work, head over to the Mac forums at Civfanatics.com and check the latest news. "

Also noted at Blues' today were notes that Mac MOHAA Spearhead Expansion is in beta and that Mac Harry Potter/Chamber of Secrets is gold and will be on shelves soon.

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System Optimizer X v4.0
I've not used this personally but a friend from CA has so I thought I'd note that Macupdate lists System Optimizer X v4.0 today.

" System Optimizer X can speed up your system and internet, prioritize applications, and save RAM. System Optimization will greatly improve your system's speed and responsiveness and includes live feedback and a real-time progress bar. Internet Connection Optimization has nine presets, or you can adjust things yourself. You can save RAM by enabling window buffer compression which will increase your system's speed even more. (there was some question if this would be enabled by default last year after the manual tip for this was noted for OS X 10.1.x. A reader said it is enabled by default in Jaguar.-Mike) You can use Application Prioritizing to make sure what you want comes first. You can use the System Optimization Schedule to optimize your system automatically weekly, monthly, or bimonthly. Internet Version Checking will also check SOX's version with the mkd.cc web server to make sure you are always up-to-date.
Version 4.0 adds the following:
Manual running of Cron system maintenance scripts
System/application cache cleaning
Large ammount of code re-written
Other miscellaneous improvements
Requirements :
Mac OS X 10.1 or later. "

The System Optimizer X homepage is http://www.mkd.cc/. (Note that for those willing to learn terminal commands, you can do all these tasks manually of course. For those that don't want to learn terminal commands, there may be free versions of similar utils available.)

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WWII Online 1.8.2 Update
Versiontracker and Macupdate both list the 1.8.2 update to the Multiplayer WWII ground/air/sea combat sim with different list of changes.
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MacMAME 0.66.2 Update
MacMame 0.66.2 (Multi-Arcade Machine Emulator) has been updated again to fix some issues.

    Version 0.66.2 adds the following:
  • Start and Select were accidentally removed from the HID configuration dialog.
  • MacMAME now can configure up to 12 joystick buttons per player.
  • Screenshots are now rotated properly.
  • Fixed bad colors in Sega System32 games.
  • Added ability to wipe replay, cheat and language file selections.
  • Language files work again. [Brad Oliver] Cleaned up some auditing issues with hard disk images.
  • Clones for which no parent ROM set is found now show up in the front-end.
    Requirements :
    Mac OS 9.0 or later, CarbonLib 1.4 or later.
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Reader report on Sonnet Tempo ATA/100 card Beta firmware update solving 10.2.4 boot problems
When Jaguar/10.2.0 was first released there were reports on problems with the Tempo (promise chip based) IDE controller cards (booting from them) in Jag/10.2, but that was fixed with a firmware update last fall. A Tempo ATA/100 card owner wrote regarding a beta firmware update that helped with issues he had with 10.2.4:

"News about OS X 10.2.4 boot problems in combination with Sonnet Tempo ATA100
Since I bought the Tempo ATA 100 more than 6 months ago, I've experienced nothing but OS X boot problems.
Even firmware upgrade 2.3.9 didn't solve the problem.
Friday I contacted the Sonnet Helpdesk again. They aknowledged the problem: "OS 10.2.3 and 10.2.4 definitely created some problems with our ATA cards". Attached in their response there was beta version of firmware 4.1.0.
I applied the firmware upgrade, reinstalled OS X. For the moment all seems fine. But I can only be sure if the firmware fixed the problem after a week or 2, after intensive usage.

So, if anyone is experiencing problems with their Tempo ATA 100, contact the Sonnet Helpdesk and they will send you the new firmware.
Reagards,
Stefaan B., Belgium"

Just a FYI in case anyone else sees this problem. (The original Jag. issue affected other Sonnet Promise chip based cards like the ATA/133 non-RAID card and Tempo Trio - all had firmware updates to address this as noted on the previous page here on this issue now linked off the IDE articles page, Controllers section.)

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Another Article on Quicksilver Noise Reduction
" Mike,
I know there has been a lot of discussion lately about heat/noise inside last 12 months of G4s, so you probably get a billion emails on this subject. I removed the fan grilles and swapped the fan in my 2002 Quicksilver's PSU, with mixed results: I lost the temperature variability of the fan, but gained better air circulation and cooling. This project wasn't the raging success I had hoped, but it was an interesting exercise.
http://www.nmt.edu/~holstien/g4fanswap.html
Regards,
Karl H."

Back when the Quicksilver models were first released I posted several articles on reader noise/fan/grille mods - the first one is now linked on the Systems page G4 macs section. See this article which links to several other QS articles on noise reduction as well in the body and at the bottom of the page.

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$299 80GB Travelstar notebook Hard Drive, $389 in FW/USB Case
(from sponsor Trans-Intl)

"Hi Mike, We have in Stock...
80 GB Hitachi-IBM TravelStar 2.5 (9.5mm- 8MB Cache Buffer) Disk Drive...$299
Also FireWire Portable version (FireWire & USB 2.0) we are offering for $389
Other FireWire External Drives.....up to 200GB Capacity
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PowerBook G4 owner report on using Sprint Wireless PCS card
(from a reader email last Friday)

"Hey, love the site! I recently purchased a Sprint PCS Wireless PC Card (which is really a Novatel Merlin C201 card). There was some question about it working in a Mac. I have just tested it in a PowerBook G4 17" with OS 10.2.4 and it works great! When inserted, it identifies it correctly and in Network Properties, it will create a serial port. Simply add your username (typically the e-mail address given to you by Sprint), the phone number (#444), and your account password in the PPP options page. You can then connect just like any dial-up service, and you'll be connected at 230 Kbs! Disclaimer: I activated my card initially on a PC, so I don't know if that's required prior to plugging it into the Mac. A true wireless networking experience, and it works great. Just want everyone to know. Jason"
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Another report on Belkin USB/Wireless Networking Adapter
Last month I posted some comments and links on Belkin's USB to Wireless (aka Airport/802.11B) adapter (I bought one at Staples back then for $49.xx, plus a $10 rebate, noted in the Feb 28th news page). A reader missed those news items (also in the FAQ's networking section now) and sent a note about using the adapter on a B&W G3 :

"Hey guys,
i'm currently using a Belkin F5D6050 Wireless USB Adapter on my B+W G3 and it works great! the driver for the device is downloadable from the Belkin website_belkin.com. There is a downloadable driver for mac os 9, os 10.1, and os 10.2.x. (driver page is here-Mike) the adapter costs about 55 dollars and is an awesome alternative to the apple airport system, which is pretty expensive. i am connected to my neighbor's router address and it screams when i'm online... it's a great way for mac users on a budget to network. good luck and thanks for a great website!!
johnathan m."

I used the adapter with my B&W G3 in 10.1.5 and it worked well connecting to my 802.11B base (Seimens) that shares a cable modem.

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Comments on Sceptre X7 17in LCD/TV Display
"Mike, Your site has been very helpful to me both in deciding what to buy (upgrade) but also how to correct problems that crop up on my B/W G3. My reason for writing today is to sing the praises of the Sceptre X7, combination 17" LCD monitor/TV/Video panel. I just picked it up (new) at a swap meet and this thing is great. Like all of the better Macintosh accessories, it's plug and play, and my System 9.2.2 recognized it right away, calibrated the color, and adjusted the screen size (using an ATI Rage Orion 128, I get resolution of 1280 x 1024 75Hz and the picture, resolution, crispness, and color is excellant!

I've always run (2) two monitors (using (2) two Ati Rage Orion 128 cards, I've been driving a Sony 17" & a Hiatachi 21". The picture is so good and the resolution so high that I've given away the Hatachi 21". Talk about freeing up desk space...my computer area seems barren now.
Now is I could only get my hands on a ATI 7000 card I'd be set. Keep up the good work. I love work you're doing.
--Tom O."

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Rate Your CPU Upgrade Reports Database Updated
The Rate Your CPU Upgrade database has been updated with 8 new reports this morning (reader entries from 9AM Friday until midnight Sunday; entries today are added the next newsday morning). Total to date: 8,244. Here's a summary of the updates added today (search by brand/mac model for full reports - latest reports shown first):

  • Apple OEM G4/333 (350 Maybe?) in Beige G3 (rated 10)
    (but problems noted - perhaps jumper setting or HS clip related)
  • Apple G4/350 AGP OC report
  • Apple Beige G3/233 OC report
  • Powerlogix G3/800 in B&W G3 (rated 9)
    PL G3/800 full review here)
  • Powerlogix G4 800MHz Series233 in G4/400 AGP (rated 10)
  • Powerlogix G4 1.2GHz Dual in G4/450 AGP (rated 9)
  • Powerlogix iMac G4 500MHz in iMac 233 (rated 9)
  • Sonnet G4 700MHz in 8500/120 (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 Update Listing
The Drive Compatibility searchable database had 11 new reports added (reader entries from from 9AM Friday until Midnight Sunday; entries today are added the next newsday morning). 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 10,173 reports. (searching by drive type/brand, etc. will show the full reports, most recent first)

    DVD+RW Drives:
  • IDE NEC 1000A in Beige G3 (OS X)
    (Listed under "other" brands, no itunes or iDVD support - but Toast 5 supports DVD+R/+RW)

    DVD-R DVD Recorder Drives:
  • IDE Pioneer DVR-105 in G4/AGP (OS X)

    Combo DVD-CDR Drives:
  • Expansion bay Toshiba SD-R2312 (24x10x24x + 8x DVD ROM) in PowerBook G3 2000 (OS X) (FAQ's CDROM/CDR section has burn support files for OS 9 and OS X)

    IDE CDRW Drives:
  • BusLink 52x24x52x in Beige G3 (OS X)
    (listed under "other" brands, no iApps support)
    (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.)

    USB CDRW Drives:
  • LaCie d2 48x12x48x used w/PowerBook G3 wallstreet2 (OS X)
  • Sony CRX2100U used w/G4 no AGP (OS X)
    (no itunes burn support, problems noted after Jag upgrade)

    IDE Hard Drives:
  • Maxtor DiamondMax Plus 9 120GB in Dual G4 DDR (OS X)
  • Maxtor DiamondMax Plus 9 80GB in Beige G3 (OS 8.6)
    (Beige G3 MT illustrated HD upgrade guide here)
  • Seagate Barracuda IV 40GB in Beige G3 using IDE PCI card (OS 9.2)
  • Western Digital WD600JBRTL 60GB in Beige G3 (OS 8.6)

    SCSI Hard Drives:
  • IBM UltraStar 36LZX 36GB in 8500 (OS X)

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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