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News Archive for: 11/1/2001 Thursday's NewsReturn to Accelerate Your Mac!

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Top stories of 11/01/2001:

Firewire WebCam Driver for OS X on Sale:
IOXperts has released an OS X webcam driver and has a trial version (operates for 30 minutes) available for download at http://www.ioxperts.com/dcam.html. Current price for a registration serial number during the "beta period" is $14.95, a discount off the $19.95 retail price according to the press release. For those with more than one Webcam, they note a serial number is required for each
("Each serial number is uniquely associated with one camera. You can use the camera on as many machines as you like, but you need a separate serial number for each camera you want to use. ")

    System requirements
  • DCam-compliant FireWire camera (not DV)
  • Macintosh running Mac OS X 10.1 (or greater) and a FireWire port

    Tested and supported cameras (in alphabetical order)
  • ADS 1394 PYRO WebCam
  • AME Vcam IEEE 1394 (FireWire) PC Camera CF-2000
  • Aplux 1394 PC Camera - C102T, 1394 PC Camera - C104T
  • iREZ StealthFire 1394/FireWire Video Camera, iREZ KritterDigital FireWire Camera
  • FireWireDirect DV WebCam
  • Orange Micro iBOT FireWire Video Camera

The driver does not include a viewing application. IOXperts recommends using BTV or BTV Pro (Shareware).

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Reader Feedback on OS X 10.1 USB Audio Problems:
Several readers replied to the DP800 owner report on problems with USB audio/speakers (repeated below). Note that I mistakenly listed his problems as being in OS 9.2, but he saw the problems in OS X 10.1. I've posted a page with reader replies on USB audio problems which includes the original DP800 owner comments.
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Reader Notes Microsoft Sidewinder Precision 2 Joystick Works with OS X :
" Hi Mike,
I picked up Fly II recently, after seeing they had a beta version for OS X. The program works great, but I immediately wanted to get a joystick. After looking around a bit at the local Best Buy, I decided to drop $50 on a Microsoft Sidewinder Precision 2 (USB version, obviously!). Well, imagine my surprise when I plugged it in to OS X and Fly saw it immediately, even identified it correctly and everything. It works great, and I would recommend it to everyone.

And wouldn't you know. It did not install on my Win2K box! The included software failed on a 'can't find file error'! Oh well, I'm too busy playing Fly II on my Dual 800 right now to worry about it!
Thanks again for your great site!
Mike Caplinger
System Administrator
Dept of Physics and Astronomy"

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Reader's Tweaked Quake3 Config File for iBooks (and PowerBooks):
"This one is for the Q3 players out there on ibooks. (new) With default configuration, you'll get bad fps (30 more or less) and changing to fast doesn't do much at all. I've cooked up a Q3 config file that lets you play with high skin and geometric detail, and get 50.1 fps on the timedemo. (VM on, 192 ram)
http://home.earthlink.net/~voch/quake3/q3config.cf g

*important* turn VM on, no matter how much ram you have. Q3 and OpenGL in general LOVES VM, it will give you a 10 fps boost, so KEEP IT ON.

Also, do not go into system/graphics and make a change and hit "apply". This will revert the game to default default graphical settings, erasing all the underlying tweaking I've done.

Note, for comparison, locki's 1.3 config gives me ~60fps, this gives me 50.1, but with all the eye candy of an untweaked system. -- Doug Black "

The file at that URL is text, so for easier downloading I stuffed the file and posted it here.
I've not had time to test this on a PowerBook here but if his comments on the iBook are accurate, it should be useful with PowerBook G3 and G4 models. (Backup your original config file in case you have customized it .)

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Reader Notes Newer Tech Firewire2GO PCCard Supported in OS X:
" Hey Mike
I checked your site briefly to see if anyone had posted the following info...I didn't see anything, so I figured I'd drop a line.

I tried my Newer Technologies FireWire-to-Go pc card with my Powerbook Bronze keyboard (Lombard) running OS X 10.1. Worked right away! The card didn't mount on my desktop as it did in OS 9, but the drive partitions on my EZ Quest FireWire external hard drive mounted.

I was going to check Newer's website to check for OS X drivers, but decided to give it a shot first. Pleasant surprise indeed!
Alex"

I asked Alex if he could post a drive database report on this (noting whatever drive type he used with the card.)
While on the subject of Newer Tech, since they went out of business early this year, if you're looking for their software/drivers, see OWC's Newer Tech software listing. OWC also had the Firewire2GO card for $29.97 currently at the site specials page.

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iBook Dual USB Owner Reports iMovie 2.11 Import Problems w/long Movies:
[Update - This reader later noted he was capturing to the Firewire drive, and had no problems capturing to the internal drive. This is likely just another issue that Oxford911 bridge drives have with OS X 10.1 (at least those without the Oct 2001 firmware updates to the drive's bridge.]

" iBook dual USB Combo CDRW/DVD 384G RAM
Macsmith Firewire 80GIG 7200 drive with Oxford 911 chip
Sony TRV7 DV Camcorder

Dear Mike
I just got my new firewire drive from MacSmith and started importing a 1 hr movie from the sony camcorder using iMovie 2.11 in OSX 10.1. The realtime movie displayed in iMovie window is jerky and unstable and after 20 seconds to 2 minutes of downloading, the process hangs and I get a blue empty screen in the iMovie window. I stop the camcorder via the iMovie controls and start up again. This problem just repeats and I am unable to import more than 2 minutes at a time.

I switched back to using OS 9.21 and have no problem with the same process and setup. iMovie realtime import is very stable and no jerky images. I can import a continuous 1 hour DV tape with no drop out, flawlessly.

This is either a bug in OSX 10.1 or I have a setting that needs to be changed. I have no other apps open except iMovie and am not logged in to iDisk. I have not tweeked OSX since I don't understand it as well as 9.21, i.e allocating memory to apps or changing extensions in the manager in 9.21.

I would like to use iMovie in OSX rather than re boot back to 9.21 when I want to edit my movie, any suggestions?
Steve Finlay"

I asked Steve if he's capturing to the Firewire drive, since most Oxford911 FW drives have problems with OS X 10.1 as noted here in past articles and database reports. [He was.] (OWC and Macway have firmware updates for this for their customers and are shipping drives since Oct 20th with the new firmware. I hear Granite also had a firmware update for their drives.)

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CDRW/CD/DVD/Hard Drive Compatibility Database Updates:
The Drive Compatibility searchable database had 8 new reports added this 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, etc.) in all interface types (IDE, IDE RAID cards, Firewire, SCSI, adapters). Current total 5,269 reports. Here's a list of the reports added this morning. [Entries after midnight are added the following newsday.]

    IDE CDRW Reports:
  • Samsung SW-408B 8x8x32 in B&W G3 (OS X)
    (comments include info on modifiying iTunes/DB support file)

    Firewire CDRW Drive Reports:
  • Ricoh 7040A used w/B&W G3 (OS 9.2)
    (modified support file for iTunes using BBedit Lite 6.1)

    USB CDRW Drive Reports:
  • HP 8220e/8230e used w/G4 no AGP [Yikes] (OS 9.2)

    IDE Hard Drive Reports:
  • IBM 1.3GB in PowerBook 5300 (OS 8.1)
    (listed under "PowerBook other models")
  • Western Digital WD800BB (x2) in G4 no AGP [yikes] w/IDE PCI RAID card (OS 9.1)
  • Western Digital WD600AB 60GB in B&W G3 (OS X)

    Firewire Hard Drive Reports:
  • Oxford911 Firewire case w/Toshiba 30GB notebook drive used w/PowerBook G4 (OS X)
    (problems noted w/OS X 10.1)

    SCSI Hard Drive Reports:
  • Seagate ST32550W 2GB in 7300 (OS 9.1)

You can find full owner reports 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.]

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CPU Upgrades Owner Reports Database Updated:
The Rate Your CPU Upgrade database has been updated with 1 new report this morning. (total to date: 6,357). [Entires after midnight are posted the next newsday morning.]

  • Sonnet G3/500 in Beige G3 (rated 10)

(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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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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Software Updates:

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