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News Archive for: 5/28/2001 Monday's NewsReturn to Accelerate Your Mac!

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Top stories of 5/28/2001:

Movie on Apple's Glendale Retail Store Grand Opening:

I'm not sure when this was posted, but one of Barney's news links today includes a QT Video of the Glendale California Apple retail store grand opening. Includes comments from customers and from staff at closing.
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Teac 16/10/40 IDE CDRW Drive $99.99 After Rebate (Ends Today):

One of today's Drive Compatibility Database updates from a reader noted good results with an IDE Teac 16/10/40 IDE CDRW drive in his Dual G4 system. He also mentioned that the drive has a net price of $99.99 after rebate (plus sales tax) at CompUSA but the sale/rebate ends today. (The CompUSA web site notes a price of $199.99, but I called the local store was told the drive is $139.99 today, with a $40 rebate). You must buy today as the rebate expires tomorrow I believe, and this must be an in-store only Memorial day sale.
Here's the reader report on the drive:

Reviewer's Name: FuKai Chuang
Date Submitted: 5/27/2001
Drive Type: CDRW
Drive Interface: IDE
Drive Brand: Teac
Drive Model Number: TEAC CD-W516EB (MMC) 16X/10X/40X
Mac Model: Apple G4 Dual CPU
Mac OS Version: OS 9.1
Reader Comments:
"16x/10x/40x CDRW bought in COMPUSA for 99.99 after rebate. Great's quiet, fast, BURN-Proof, Bootable by OS9.1, recognized by iTunes and Toast 5 Platium... (it's an IDE drive that I replaced the factory DVD-ROM)
my comp: G4 dual 500mhz, OS9.1 and OSX.
(he later wrote) it's sold under Teac's brand box...and it's 139.99 before a 40 dollars rebate...which brings the total price down to 99.99. i think you have to purchase the CDRW today, the offer expires on tuesday (5/29/2001) "

I assume tomorrow the drive will be back at $199.99 with no rebate. If interested, call your local store to see if they have this drive on sale today and to make sure they still have stock. (A reader noted the store's rebate center has the $40 rebate if the salesperson does not have one handy. I did not see it listed at their web site.)

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Reader Report on Asus PC GeForce3 in Mac:

I didn't expect it to happen so fast, but a reader (Nader) reported in the forums this weekend that he flashed a PC ASUS GeForce3 AGP card with the Mac GF3 ROM and it worked in his G4/733 system. (He used the 2.1 Nvidia driver extensions that ship with the Mac GeForce3.) I asked for more info and he replied:

" I flashed the Asus 8200 [GeForce3 PC model] with the original Mac bios of the GF3 (of course this was the most difficult on the whole project to find a Mac rom for the Card).

I flashed the Asus 8200 using a normal AGP PC and Nvflash.exe with the string :

    Nvflash.exe -m -f macbios.rom
( the option -m is very important to make sure that the card will be flashed in a mac compatible format)

I put the card in my G4 and works!!!!
The last Step was to copy the gf3 driver extentions to systemextentions .
I think this would work with almost all gf3 cards .
Please feel free to publish this on your site...
Nader "

Note: although apple lists a 4x AGP mac as required for the Mac Geforce3 card, it does work in 2x AGP Macs. I've used one in my CPU upgraded Cube also (See the Video Topics page Graphics card section for GF3 and other mac video card tests and articles.)

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Nvidia 2.1 Drivers Still Have Problems with Lightwave 3D 6.5:

I had hoped that the 2.0 or 2.1 Nvidia extensions and/or the OpenGL 1.2.2 (present on new 2001 iBooks and Mac GeForce3 systems) would solve the problems the GeForce2MX card has with Lightwave 3D 6.5 (missing features in previews, etc. shown in this Feb. 2001 article). This weekend I tested both the 2.0 and 2.1 drivers (and OpenGL 1.2.2) with my OEM Mac GeForce2MX card and saw the same problems as with the 1.1.1 drivers. I also updated Lightwave 6.5 to the latest 6.5B version which didn't help. The Radeon AGP card as noted in the previous article properly renders the scene.
After posting the article illustrating the issue back in February, other Lightwave owners with the MX card also noted the same thing. As before, a workaround for the problem is disabling the Nvidia OpenGL extension, but then of course there's no OpenGL hardware acceleration.
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Final Cut Pro 2.0 Upgrade Speed Boost:

Erik Lindahl sent some test results comparing performance between FCP 1.25 and v2.0.

    PowerMac G4/350, 320MB RAM, 10GB + 27 GB HD, Ati Rage 128 Pro card, MacOS 9.1, QuickTime 5.01.

    2 second Cross dissolve 60% faster
    Final Cut Pro 1.25:   15.6 sec
    Final Cut Pro 2.0:  9.3 sec

    5 second text on video with 1 second cross dissolve 20% faster
    Final Cut Pro 1.25:   25.2 sec
    Final Cut Pro 2.0:   20.6 sec

    4 second video clip scaled 50% in size 25% faster
    Final Cut Pro 1.25:   22.1 sec
    Final Cut Pro 2.0:   17.7 sec

    4 second gaussian blur filter (50 to 0) on DV-stream, 130% faster
    Final Cut Pro 1.25:   72.0 sec
    Final Cut Pro 2.0:   31.1 sec

The Final Cut Pro 2.0 upgrade is $249 at the apple store for owners of the previous version.

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Reader's iBook Ethernet Port Problem Solved:

The reader that reported a problem with intermittent Ethernet connections on his new 2001 iBook sent a note that the tip posted last week solved it. The reader tip about checking for bent pins inside the Ethernet connector port was the cause of the problem. Straightening out the pins solved the problem he said.

" mike, hey I was the one who talked to you about the faulty ethernet jack in my iBook. well as suggested i checked to see if any of the pins inside were out of wack relative to the others, and I'll be damned if the second pin from the right wasn't 1/16th inch lower. after poking at it for awhile with an exacto knife i pushed it up even with the others, and now my ethernet works beautifully. In fact I am sending you this from Eudora beta for X on my iBook. anyway thanks to your post, i don't need to send my machine to apple to be fixed (or destroyed).

As I am sure you have heard, this new iBook is a real gem, especially at the price. with 320 of ram, it runs OS X like a dream and overall I am very happy with it. the higher res monitor really makes OS X gorgeous, and I think maybe apple was planning on higher res monitors when it made everything in OS X so damned big.

Oh, and yes, it scratches real easy. Once i resigned myself to that it was no problem. the scrathes aren't very noticeable, but there are lots of 'em already.

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Epson Printer Owners Frustrated at Lack of OS X Drivers for Some Models:

I guess I'm not the only one disappointed that there's still no OS X printer drivers for my Epson Photo 870 (which I like a lot). Even though it was replaced by a model with a PC card slot within weeks of me buying it, I've been happy with it under OS 9. The 870 is not the only Epson printer with no OS X support right now. Readers have posted notes in the forum and sent email expressing frustration and disappointment that there's not some indication if there will ever be OS X drivers for currently unsupported printer models. Here's a clip of one reader email on the subject from this weekend:

" I just checked out your long e-mail from HP related to their new drivers [now on this page-Mike]

What impresses me most is not that the drivers are out. And that is plenty exciting. But more impressive is the excitement exuded by their engineers in their message.

To our chagrin, we use mostly Epson printers here. And most of our models---many of them less than 6 months old---do not have OS X drivers. WhatĖs worse is that Epson doesnĖt seem to care. Their tech support people even say they may never have drivers for our 900 models that we bought about six months ago!! ...

I can tell you plainly that we will drop them for Lexmark, and possibly even HP if we don't see better behavior from them than we have so far.
Thanks, Susie "

I've sent an email, but I doubt it will help. As I commented on in the forum - in my opinion companies need to divert some of the resources from producing more and more new printer models and put more effort into better support for existing customers. I don't plan on buying another printer for some time, but I will certainly consider support more heavily in my next purchase.

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CPU Upgrades Owner Ratings Database Updated:

The Rate Your CPU Upgrade database has been updated with 6 new reports (total to date: 5,717).

  • Powerlogix G3/375 in 7600 (rated 10)
  • Powerlogix Bluechip G3/500 in PowerBook G3 Wallstreet1 (rated 9)
  • Sonnet G3/500 in 9500 (rated 5)
  • Sonnet G3/400 in PowerCenter 150 (rated 10)
  • XLR8 CarrierZIF w/G3 400 ZIF in Umax S900 (rated 10)
  • B&W G3/350 OC report

You can find these 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 Compatibility Database Updates:

The Drive Compatibility searchable database had 14 new entries added this morning. The database has reports on Combo DVD-CDRW, CDROMs, DVD-ROM, DVD-RAM, CDRW, Hard Drives and Removables (tape drive, ORB, ZIP, MO drives, etc.) in all interface types (IDE, IDE RAID cards, Firewire, SCSI, adapters). Current total 3,867 reports. [BTW - the drive database is not a place to post questions, it's for reports on drives you've used. For guides to drive installs, see the IDE, SCI or Firewire articles linked above and/or the FAQ. 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.]
You can find full owner reports by searching the database by drive/brand/interface/mac models (the latest reports are shown first in searches).
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.
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Software Updates, Apple TILs, Other Net News
(Light today due to the holiday)

    Apple TIL Updates: (none today)

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