News Archive for: 5/16/2005 Monday's News (later posted items first)
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Reports on 10.4.1 breaking PL CPU Director 2.0beta, Dial-up Modem problem not fixed
Within an hour of posting the 10.4.1 update info (see below) I had mails that it broke Powerlogix's CPU Director 2.0beta (updated version for Tiger) and that it didn't fix the problem with dial-up modems some readers have seen since 10.4.0.

" Just installed 10.4.1 on my PowerLogix 1 gig G3 upgraded B&W, and CPU director is broken again. Tried to reinstall of CPU Director and rebooted no luck, still broken.
-Thomas C. "

I don't have a Mac running CPU Director but wrote PL about this tonight.
Another reader sent a note that the dial-up/modem problem seen with 10.4.0 wasn't fixed by the update.

"Hi, Lawrence R. from MC2 Computers here. I have confirmed that OSX Tiger has a major flaw with Dial up modems. (a reader also has seen this problem with his dial-up modem in a MDD G4 tower since Tiger was released and found no fix for it yet - even after repeated calls to Apple tech support-Mike) A client has come in with an iBook 700mhz and now with Tiger the modem will not dial out. Switching back to OS 9.2.2 will allow the modem to work. We even tried formatting an external hard drive, installing 10.4 and the modem still won't work.
We tried the 10.4.1 update as well, no change. We are now telling our clients to be careful upgrading to Tiger if they are using Dial up. 10 min later- CONFIRMED: In talking with Apple engineering, their statement is: "we are aware of the issue but do not have an ETA on a fix for the problem".
They also indicated that this problem is only affecting selected macs. Please tell all of your readers about this problem.
- Lawrence R."

Update - I asked for reports from Tiger users that were using a modem w/o problems and got 15 reports within hours, so it's apparently nmot a common problem. But if anyone finds a fix for those that do have a problem, let me know.

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OS X 10.4.1 update released
After a heads-up from Matthew, checking Software update in Tiger shows the update:

" The 10.4.1 Update delivers overall improved reliability for Mac OS X v10.4 and is recommended for all users. It includes improvements for:
  • file sharing using AFP and SMB/CIFS network file services using DHCP in wireless networks
  • user login when accessing LDAP and Active Directory servers
  • core graphics including updated ATI and NVIDIA graphics drivers
  • synchronization with .Mac
  • Address Book, iCal, Font Book, Mail, and Preview applications
  • Dashboard widgets: Address Book, Flight Tracker, Phone Book, and World Clock
  • creating and burning disk images using Disk Utility
  • compatibility with third party applications and devices
    For detailed information on this Update, please visit this website:
    http://www.info.apple.com/kbnum/n301517 "
  • As of 7PM ET I didn't see the update listed at Apple's support/downloads page yet but it should appear there soon. (Shortly after 8PM ET a page with the 10.4.1 update download appeared there.)
    I'm applying this now on a G5 w/10.4.0 but if any readers find this improves/fixes or breaks anything, let me know. Thanks.

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    More on Problems creating Dual Layer Projects with iDVD 5.0.1 w/non-Apple firmware drives
    Last Thursday's news had a post about owners of non-Apple firmware Dual Layer DVD burners not being able to set iDVD 5.0.1's project size to 8GB (for Dual Layer size projects), even though Tiger reported the drives as supporting "+R DL" burning. Here's a couple of mails since then on the issue. (Although it's not been used in the past - we could only assume that iDVD 5.0.1 may be checking for apple firmware in the drive before enabling that feature)

    " Just a quick follow up to last week's exchange on the 8GB (Dual Layer) feature of iDVD 5.01. I was in a CompUSA store today and spoke to the Apple Rep. They had a new G5 sitting there with iDVD displayed (on a Samsung HD monitor via DVI- very impressive looking). As I hoped, the G5 had the DVR-109 drive in it, and iDVD 5 reported an 8GB disk capability.

    The Apple rep hadn't been ware that older machines, even with DL drives could not get this feature. He called someone else on the phone and they concluded it was the Apple Firmware that enabled this. Apparently iDVD looks for a particular firmware before it will accept 8GB projects. Since one cannot even build a project of that size without the new G5's drives (Project Info doesn't show 8GB option), one can't even use Toast to burn iDVD disk images with.
    (Note - as mentioned last week here, Apple's kbase doc on iDVD 5.0.1 dual layer support mentions that even if you could save a DL (dual layer) image, using a utility outside of iDVD to burn it "will not set the layer break according to the DVD specification and may result in playback issues"-Mike)

    So even the very last G5 generation, if updated with a DL writer would not be able to do this. Of course Apple could unlock this capability in an update to iDVD, but currently it's part of their new G5 specs.
    William R. "

    I wonder if someone edited a firmware file of say the DVR-109 1.50 firmware update to change the version number to match the one in Apple's screenshot of their firmware version DVR-109 drive if that would show the option enabled.
    The reader that originally reported the problem wrote:

    "...There must be a checker in the 5.01 updater that withholds the package components for DL media... I figure I'll use PACIFIST to look in the 5.01 updater, see if there is anything obvious to extract...
    -Hussein "

    Related articles (for those that missed last week's post):

    The last doc above has a red arrow that points to the ASP report noting "+R DL" support - but again it appears that alone is not enough to enable the feature in iDVD 5.0.1 with non-apple firmware DL drives.

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    More Feedback on Mac Radeon X800 XT 108 ROM Update
    I've updated the Mac ATI Radeon X800 XT feedback page with 4 more reader reports on the -108 ROM updater. Also includes a note from a 30in Cinema display owner that the display artifacts he saw were due to the display apparently as swapping it for a new one solved the problem.
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    Applejack (OS X repair tool) reports page updated
    I've updated the page of AppleJack (OS X troubleshooting/repair tool) user feedback with a reminder to owners of Wireless keyboards (applejack runs in single user mode, wireless keyboard not working in SU mode.)
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    Other Net News
    (from PR emails - see Macupdate or Versiontracker for more complete listings of daily software updates.)

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    CDRW/CD/DVD/Hard Drive/Cardreader Compatibility Database Update Listing
    The Drive Compatibility Database had 9 new reports added this morning. (Entries later today are added the next newsday morning.) The database includes reports on CDRWs, Combo DVD-CDRW, DVD-ROM, DVD Burners, Hard Drives and Removables (tape drive, ORB, ZIP, MO drives, NAS, CF/Smartmedia readers, etc.) in all interface types (IDE, IDE RAID cards, SATA, Firewire, SCSI, USB, adapters). Current total - 14,691 reports. (searching by drive type/brand, mac model etc. listed below will show the full reports, most recent first - does not include updates to previous reports) iApps burn support mentioned in reports unless otherwise noted.

      DVD+R/RW + DVD-R/RW Drives:
    • IDE Pioneer DVR-109 in G5 Tower (OS X 10.4)
      (another report on IDVD 5.0.1 not allowing DL projects. Noted Toast 6.1 DL problems also.)
    • IDE Pioneer DVR-109 in (MDD) Dual G4 DDR (OS X 10.4)
    • IDE Pioneer DVR-109 in G5 Tower (OS X 10.3)
      (Using Patchburn 3 for iApps burn support. )
    • IDE Sony DW-D22A in G4/AGP (OS X 10.4)
      (Illustrated CD drive install guide here covers B&W G3 and G4 towers up to the Digital Audio Model)

      Hard Drives:
    • IDE SerialATA PCI card connected Hitachi 160GB in G4/AGP (OS X 10.4)
      (Illustrated guide to adding a 2nd HD here in B&W G3 rev2 and G4 towers up to the QuickSilver models. IDE articles page RAID section has an illustrated guide for adding 2 more drives in the side bays.)
    • IDE (SerialATA onboard) Maxtor 300GB in iMac G5 (OS X 10.4)
    • IDE Samsung MP0402H 40GB in Powerbook G3 wallstreet2 (OS X)
      (PB G3 1998/wallstreet illustrated HD install guide here)
    • IDE Toshbia MK8026GAX 80GB in (Pismo) Powerbook G3 2000 (OS X)
      (PB G3 Pismo illustrated HD install guide here)

      PenDrives:
    • USB Lexar 128MB used w/iBook (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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    Rate Your CPU Upgrade Reports Database Updated
    The Rate Your CPU Upgrade database has been updated with 2 new reports this morning (entries today are added the next newsday morning). Total to date: 9,920. Here's a summary of the reports added (search by brand/mac model for full reports - latest reports always shown first):

    • Powerlogix Dual G4 1.7 GHz (7447A) in G4 Cube (rated 7)
    • XLR8 G4/550 in (Pismo) Powerbook G3 2000 (rated 10)

      (Full reviews of G4 and G3 upgrades compared to stock CPUs, including real world apps/game tests, install info, etc. are linked at the CPU upgrades page. OC/CPU module articles are on the Systems page.)

    (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).

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    System/Video Card Benchmark Performance Database Updated:
    The Mac Benchmark/Game Performance database has been updated with Cinebench 2003 results from Dual 2.3GHz G5 w/9600 Pro card and Unreal Tournament 2004 Botmatch results at 1024x768 from Dual G4/1.7GHz upgraded Cube w/Geforce3 card (min and max quality settings).
    If you haven't already, enter your results with any of the game titles or benchmarks listed on the entry page (details on how to test are there). If you're curious how a CPU upgrade or new Video card would help game performance, the search page options can help you find similar system/configurations to get an idea before you buy.
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    Listing/links to recent articles and reviews you may have missed.
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