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iTunes 2 Available for Download Now:
(Update - Several readers had partitions wiped from the OS X iTunes 2.0 installer (depending on volume names apparently -see the problem reports page). Apple pulled the 2.0 installer on Saturday and released a iTunes 2.01 installer for OS X on Sunday that is to address this issue.)
Apple has a link to download the new version. For more info on iTunes2, see the Apple iTunes2 page.
(Note the OS X version requires OS X 10.1 and the security updates, and the readme file says you should delete the previous OS X iTunes version and any icon you have on the Dock. The OS 9 version will overwrite the previous version without having to delete it.)
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First GeForce3 User Comments on Giants for OS X:
A reader that has received his Giants for OS X from MacPlay noted even with a GeForce3 that several graphics options of the game are not supported:

" Got my Giants today. Slick game!
However, there is a big problem.
I am running a Dual 800 G4 with a GeForce3, 1.5GB RAM and OSX 5L14. However half of the graphics options are unavailable! Enhanced water effects, bumpmapping, environment mapping - all unavailable.
Screenshot of options screen:
Screenshot of res screen showing GF3:

Also emailed Macplay support, we shall see if any help comes from that.
Anyone else have Giants yet?

Giants was said to be the first Mac game to take advantage of advanced features of the GeForce3 (pixel/vertex shaders, etc.) - odd that some of the standard options are not possible to enable. (unless OS X opengl doesn't support that yet?)
[Update: My suspicions were correct, at least according to the developers of the game. OS X OpenGL they say doesn't support these features yet. Here's a reader's email with the info

" Here's the reply i got from Tim Wood:

Subject: Re: Giants
From: "Timothy J. Wood" (omnigroup)
To: Ben Hines

As we've mentioned in several forums, we need Apple to update their drivers before we support all the options that Giants supplies. Once Apple does this, we'll almost certainly patch Giants. You can get a fps meter by entering the game and sending the message 'fr' in the chat window.-tim
Ben -- in addition to my previous response, here is a response addressing this issue from the publisher.

From: "Mark Dochtermann" []
I have been asked this question a lot and the best way I can answer it is to say that Giants has the potential to take advantage of a lot of GeForce 3 unique features but unfortunately these features cannot be accessed until Apple's OpenGL driver has been modified. On the PC, video card manufacturers are free to write their own OpenGL extensions and publish them for developers to use. This is good in terms of getting a vendor specific piece of hardware up and running in a hurry. This is bad in that every vendor writes their own extensions and it makes our job as developers that much harder to get a consistent feature set across all hardware. Apple takes a different approach, Apple controls everything that is added to their OpenGL drive. By doing this, they can ensure that only those extensions that would have maximum benefit are added to the driver but this also means that it often takes a bit longer to get extensions into the driver.
Right now the GeForce 3's stellar features are off limits until OpenGL catches up. I know that Apple is in the process of adding these extensions, so it shouldn't be long before we see the results which you can use for your comparison. "

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HP Releases v1.2 of Deskjet OS X Printer Drivers (w/Direct Download Link):
"We've been diligently working on the next release OS X deskjet drivers, and they're ready to roll!

Announcing v1.2 of the OS X hp deskjet Printer Software
This release includes a lot of fixes, improvements, expanded hardware support, and easier installation. It is recommended that all users install this update for best performance, as well as upgrade to OS X 10.1.
This driver is optimized for OS X 10.1 (also supports 10.0.4), has printing and spooling speed improvements, and supports the following USB printers:

  • deskJet 900-series printers
  • deskJet 800-series with USB on the Printer
  • deskjet 1125
  • deskjet 1200-series

As well as the 2 new high volume inkjet printers:

  • hp cp1160
  • hp cp 1700

-Dan Richardson
hp deskjet Mac Support Engineering"

He later sent a link to the page with the driver download link .

Tip: Drag the .sea file to OS X's Stuffit Expander (in the Utilities folder) to avoid it starting up Classic (which happens if you just double click on it.)

A reader with a HP 970CSe wrote with comments on the driver:

" Mike
The HP Deskjet 1.2 software works like a charm on my 970cse. It restores all the features that were always available in OS 9.2.1. It also speeds up printing.
Greg Sims "
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Reader Notes iDVD2 Arrived, Working with Retail Pioneer SuperDrive:
" My upgrade DVD just arrived today...
I installed it on a Yikes G4 400 with Pioneer DVD-R drive (internal)... No complaining about the machine not being an Apple supplied drive...
Everything seems to work fine...
( I asked if he had iDVD 1.x installed before applying the upgrade)

Yes...(but) At no point during the install was there an indication that it was looking for the original version. "

The OEM and retail Pioneer drives are both DVR-103 models, although the retail drive has later firmware (1.55 last I checked). It would be nice if Apple released firmware updates for the OEM Superdrives, since the retail Pioneer firmware updater won't work with the OEM drives in Macs even when installed in a PC to run the flasher.
iDVD 1 did not support external DVD-R drives, but not sure if iDVD2 does.
[Note - as with iDVD (v1), iDVD2 does not support external drives as verified by a reader. He also noted that it installed on a PowerBook G3 w/DVD ROM drive, even though it would not run on that system (no internal DVD-R drive detected). The update disc is a DVD , not a CDROM he said.) iDVD2 includes a tutorial that based on the iDVD TV commercial.

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Reader Comments on OS X Firewire WebCam Drivers:
Yesterday's news included a note that IOexperts has relased a firewire Webcam driver for OS X 10.1 (trial version available). A reader posted some comments on using them with his Orange Micro iBot firewire webcam:

" I downloaded and installed the driver and viewer from your links. They work great!! Better than OS 9 ever was. I even did a self-view at full screen resolution with only a slight frame rate loss. I will have to wait for OS X native video conferencing software, but at least I can use my ibot again for video mail.

These two pieces of software combined with the Onkyo MSE-U33 digital audio processor I bought yesterday work well together. The Onkyo gives you one regular mic, as well as two red and white line in and out ports. I am using it for my speakers and my mic. It was cheaper than the iMic, so it might be a good choice for others looking for a cheap, high quaility USB audio connector.
Awood "

Another reader also replied with comments and a note on Video conferencing software for OS X.

" The IOexperts driver does work with the Ibot, I downloaded it yesterday. I have been looking for a cheap solution for audio in and out on my ibook, My plantronics USB headset only works for output and they state no Mac OS X drivers are planned. So thanks for the heads up on the Onkyo MSE-U33, Andrea Electronics has an in/out usb adapter that they say supports Mac OS X also at just under 50 dollars, I saw the IMic cheaper then that. Has anyone tried all of these yet?
P.S. Orange Micro Tech support stated on the phone yesterday that their OS X drivers should be ready by the end of this month. As far as Mac OS X native Video conferencing there is one available. Try ISPQ, not as good as Ivisit but it is carbon.
Zoraster "

ISPQ's homepage is
Yesterday's news item has a list of cameras supported by the driver and pricing info from their press release. The list of cameras is not currently on their downloads page (as I'm typing this at least).

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Reader Comments on OS X 10.1 Audio Skipping w/Analog Speakers during Downloads using Airport:
(Note - I've received several other reader mails in reply to this problem report that noted this same issue .)
Recent news here has reports on USB audio problems in OS X 10.1 but this reader noted he's seen some issues even with analog speakers during high transfer rate downloads via Airport:

" Like many 10.1 users, I have been having strange audio problems; however I am not using USB speakers. My problem is that whenever any type of sound file, be it MP3 or even CD audio is playing under 10.1, using iTunes or Audion 2.6, and data is going in or out over the airport network, my sound skips and glitches. When I plug it into Ethernet the problem completely disappears, but I need to use the machine with airport. It also seems that the problem intensifies with an increase of data transmission over airport, what I mean is if I am downloading a file at 5k/sec the skip is hardly noticeable, however if a file is coming down at 500k/sec the skipping is terrible.

Among the discussion boards there are others with this issue, and Apple does not have an answer for us. I personally spent 2 hours on the phone with them and got no where. I am using a DP533 that has a fresh install of 10.1 and is stock with the exception of a 1.5gb ram upgrade. Any help or suggestions from readers would be greatly appreciated.
-John Balint"

I will try to test my DP500 during downloads (but I don't get near 500KB/sec rates with my cable modem usually). If any other readers with analog speakers have noticed this or have any tips, let me know. (Include your system details in reports.)

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Cnet's OS X 10.1 vs Windows XP OS Deathmatch:
Cnet has posted an OS Deathmatch comparison of OS X 10.1 vs. Windows XP. The result was a tie, but they gave OS X the nod due to pricing, etc. and the fact you can install it on more than one computer without having to buy another copy.
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CDRW/CD/DVD/Hard Drive Compatibility Database Updates:
The Drive Compatibility searchable database had 13 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 5,282 reports. Here's a list of the reports added this morning. [Entries after midnight are added the following newsday which will be Monday.]

    Combo DVD/CDRW Drive Reports:
  • IDE Matshita UJDA710 (8x4 + DVD) in iBook 2001 (OS X)
  • IDE Toshbia SD-R2002 (4x4 CDR/CDRW + DVD) in iBook 2001 (OS X)
    (promised to send photos of the install)
  • IDE Toshiba SD-R1102 (8x8 + DVD) in G4/AGP (OS X)
    [The R1102 works great with OS X 10.1 in my G4/500 DP system.]

    IDE CDRW Reports:
  • LG/Goldstar CED-8120B in Umax S900 w/IDE PCI Card (OS 9.1)
    (LG/Goldstar reports filed under "other brands")
  • Plextor 8432T 8x4x32x in Beige G3 (OS 9.1)
    (noted problems trying to boot OS X using startup disk control panel)

    Expansion Bay CDRW Drive Reports:
  • Matshita UJDA330 8x4x in PB G3 2000 (OS 9.1)

    Firewire CDRW Drive Reports:
  • Lacie 24x10x40x used w/PB G3 2000 (OS X)
  • Lacie U&I (16x10x40x) used w/iMac slot loading (OS X)

    USB CDRW Drive Reports:
  • Que (no model listed) used w/iMac slot loading (OS X)
    (noted compatibility issue)

    IDE Hard Drive Reports:
  • IBM 60GXP 60GB in iMac (OS X)
  • Maxtor 60GB in G4/AGP (OS 9.1)

    Firewire Hard Drive Reports:
  • IBM 75GXP 75GB in Granite FW case used w/PB G3 2000 (OS 9.2)
  • IBM travelstar 32GB in Oxford911 case used w/PB G3 2000 (OS X)
    (problems noted - doesn't have firmware update)

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 4 new reports this morning. (total to date: 6,361). [Entires after midnight are posted the next newsday morning which is Monday.]

  • Other World Computing G4/400 in Beige G3 (rated 9)
  • Powerlogix G3/375 in 7300/200 (rated 9)
  • Sonnet G4/450 in 8600/300 (rated 10)
  • XLR8 G3/500 in B&W G3 (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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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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