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Accelerate Your Mac! News Archive for: 11/5/2001 Monday's NewsReturn to Accelerate Your Mac!

Top stories of 11/5/2001:

Epson (USA) Posts OS X Printer Drivers for Photo 870, 875DC and 2000P:
Epson's OS X info page schedule promised drivers for several other models today (Nov 5th), and it appears they are adding some of them as I'm typing this. At first I found only drivers for the 875DC, but after searching again the Photo870 page for instance was updated to show an OS X driver that was not there just minutes before. Here's a list of the printers that were scheduled for Nov. 5th driver releases and links to any that I've found as of 6:45PM (eastern time) tonight:

Hopefully the drivers for the other models will be posted soon.
Last Monday's news here noted that the Epson UK FTP site had printer drivers for OS X not found at the USA site. (Not sure if today's driver release is a later version - the filenames are not the same for instance on the 870 drivers from the UK site last week and today's USA site 870 drivers.)

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Apple's Star Wars Episode II Movie Preview:
Star Wars fans will want to check QT Trailers page for a Quicktime preview of the Episode II movie due out in spring 2002.
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Apple Posts Recovery Tips for Lost Files with OS X iTunes 2.0 Installer:
Apple's OS X iTunes 2.0 installer Alert page includes tips on file recovery for those that lost files with the 2.0 installer. This may not work for all cases and especially if any other file writes were made to the affected volumes. Here's Apple's suggestions:

    "What to do if you have experienced data loss during the installation of iTunes 2 for Mac OS X

    Users who have experienced data loss during iTunes 2 for Mac OS X installation have reported successful restoration of files using file recovery applications. If you have experienced data loss during iTunes 2.0 for Mac OS X installation, it is important that you DO NOT perform any operations that would write data on the affected partition.

    There are a few products available that offer the ability to recover data:

    • Norton Utilities for the Macintosh by Symantec Corp.
    • TechTool Pro by MicroMat Computer Systems.
    They offer diagnostic software including hard drive diagnostics, data recovery, other utilities. When utilizing either of these products to attempt to recover your data, utilize the facilities to recover erased files and not the facilities to repair or recover volumes. Most of these products recommend you reboot your system from a CD before attempting to recover data.

    If you require further assistance, or have additional questions, please contact AppleCare at (800) 275-2273."

Some of the readers that had files erased noted they were not successful with disk utilities in getting the files back. (Based on comments from some readers on the OS X iTunes2.0 erased files feedback page here. ) If anyone has been able to recover erased files, let me know.

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Wanted: Any Sources for Slot Loading Combo DVD/CDRW Drives?
I often get asked for sources of slot-loading Combo DVD-CDRW drives (to use in iMac slot loading and Cubes). Of course one thin enough for the PowerBook G4 (notebook type) would be nice but I suspect there are none available that thin yet. In fact, I'm not aware of any sources for standard 5.25" slotted Combo drives.
If anyone knows a source of slot-loading DVD/CDRW drives, let me know.
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PowerCenter owner comments AV Optimizer solves Sonnet Tempo ATA/66 Card Stuttering Audio:
Stuttering audio has been a fairly common issue with PCI IDE cards in older Macs when playing back files from the IDE card's drives. (It's also been a common problem for older macs with PCI SCSI cards - the fix was to slow the card clock rate.)
A reader replied the Acard AV Optimizer recently released (noted in last Tuesday's news page) solved this problem with a Sonnet Tempo ATA/66 card in a PowerCenter. He included FWB benchmark test results with AV mode on and off. See this page for details.
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HP 1220C Owner Comments on OS X HP 1.2 Driver Update:
" Mike-
Just thought I'd drop you a quick note and let you know about my initial impressions of the HP [v1.2] driver.
In one word: Tremendous!

The one real issue that I have had with X has been my inability to print to my HP 1220C, especially the issue related to selecting different levels of quality. The new driver completely fixes that. I can now easily print the photos of my recent Kauai vacation. Even better is the speed at which the files print. In the previous driver versions, the printing would hesitate and stutter throughout the printing job. With this new driver, the printing continues on uninterrupted even when I tax the rest of the system with other tasks.

OS X is really starting to hit it's stride. I'm seeing more and more drivers written every day, and the amount of applications that are being released, or are in the works is great- especially the unix ports. The geeks really seem to like the underpinnings of the os and its mix with a true usable gui. Here we are at Steve Jobs self-confessed 6 o'clock on the development watch and the pundits rate it at least equal to XP (per [recent] cnet death match). It will be great to see what Apple delivers at 12.
Derek Vest "

The HP v1.2 driver update was noted/linked in Friday's news - available from this HP page.

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ShadowKiller 1.1 Update for OS X:
Unsanity.com has posted a 1.1 version of their freeware ShadowKiller utility for OS X. (Helps performance on some slower Macs.) V1.1 has the following changes:

  • ShadowKiller doesn't need to be running to kill shadows anymore.
  • Screen is refreshed when ShadowKiller enables or disables to ensure proper display of windows and their shadows.
  • New icon & about box.

It's available at this page. They also have a Windowshade utility for OS X (shareware).

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Revised OS X iTunes 2.01 Installer Released Sunday:
For readers that did not see Sunday's news update, yesterday Apple released an iTunes2.01 installer for OS X 10.1 at their iTunes2 download page. This revised installer should not have the problem several readers reported with the original 2.0 (11/2/2001) version where files were erased on some partitions. Apple has a note on the download page that anyone with the OS X iTunes 2.0 installer file should delete it.
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CDRW/CD/DVD/Hard Drive Compatibility Database Updates:
The Drive Compatibility searchable database had 32 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 5,314 reports. Here's a list of the reports added this morning. [Entries after midnight are added the following newsday morning.]

    DVD-R DVD Recorder Drive Reports:
  • IDE Pioneer DVR-A03 [actually -103] in G4/AGP (OS 9.1)
    (wake from sleep/mounting issues noted -fixed by setting energy saver to never sleep)

    Combo DVD/CDRW Drive Reports:
  • IDE LG GCC-4120B (12x8x32x +8x DVD in Beige G3 (OS X)
    (LG listed under "other brands" )
  • IDE Ricoh MP9120A-DP (12/10/32 + 8X DVD) in G4/AGP (OS 9.2)
  • IDE Toshiba SD-R1102 (8x8x32x +8x DVD) in G4/AGP (OS X)
  • Expansion bay Matshita UJDA710 (8x4x24x + DVD) in PB G3 2000 (OS X)

    IDE CDRW Reports:
  • Lite-On 16102B 16x/10x/40x in B&W G3 (OS X)
    (noted no support for DB/iTunes in OS X - conflicting report with some previous owners)
  • Lite-On LTR-12102C (12x/10x/32x) in G4/AGP (OS X)
  • Matshita 3564 in iMac slot loading (OS 9.1)
  • Plextor PX-W2410A (24x/10x/40x) in G4/AGP (OS 9.2)
  • Que 24x10x40 in Beige G3 (OS 9.1)
  • Que 24x10x40 in Beige G3 (OS 9.1) [2nd report]
    Sony CRX 1611-82U (16/10/40) in Beige G3 (OS 9.1)
  • Sony CRX 1611-82U (16/10/40) in Dual G4 (OS 9.1)

    Firewire CDRW Drive Reports:
  • Lite-On 24102B (24/10/40) in Oxford911 FW case used w/B&W G3 (OS 9.2)
  • Lite-On 12102C (12x/10x/32x) in FW case used w/B&W G3 (OS 9.2)
  • Lite-On 16101B (16x/10x/40x) in FW case used w/iMac slot loading (OS 9)
    (some problems noted)
  • Plextor PX-W2410A (24x/10x/40x) in ADS Pyro FW case used w/G4 AGP (OS X)
  • Plextor PX-W2410A (24x/10x/40x) in ADS Pyro FW case used w/iBook 2000 (OS 9.2)
  • Que 24x10x40 used w/G4 Cube (OS X)
    (noted no iTunes/DB support - didn't note mechanism brand)
  • Que 24x10x40 used w/PowerBook G4 (OS X)
    (noted no iTunes/Discburner support. Mechanism was a Plextor, not the sanyo model they used for the IDE 24x model which is supported)
  • Sony CRX140E 8x4x32x in G4/AGP (OS X)
    [using internal FW port in first model G4/AGP system with a FW/IDE internal adapter)

    SCSI CDRW Drive Reports:
  • Yamaha CRW2100S (16x/10x/40x) in 95/9600 (OS 9.1)

    CDROM Drive Reports:
  • SCSI Plextor PX-40TS (40X) in Umax S900 (OS 9.1)

    IDE Hard Drive Reports:
  • IBM Travelstar 30GN 30GB in PB G3 2000 (OS 9.2)
    (see the illustrated install guide)
  • Western Digital WD450AA 42GB in Beige G3 (OS X)
    (used CDROM cable tip noted in my 1998 Beige G3 MT hard drive upgrade guide.)

    Firewire Hard Drive Reports:
  • EZquest Cobra 40GB used w/PB G3 Lombard (OS X)
    (Using Newer Tech Firewire2GO PCcard)
  • Western Digital 80GB in OWC FW case used w/B&W G3 (OS 9.1)
    (problems noted)

    SCSI Hard Drive Reports:
  • IBM Ultrastar 18XP 18GB in 73-7600 Mac (OS 7.5.5)
    (didn't note specific mac model)
  • Fujitsu MAH3182MP 18.2GB in 8600 (OS 9.1)
  • Quantum Atlas 10K Series 3 36GB in Dual G4 (OS 9.1)
  • Seagate St336705LW 73GB (ext.) used G4/AGP (OS 9.2)
    (may just be a report of two 36GB drives, not clear - same reader as report below)
  • Seagate St336705LW 36GB (ext.) used w/G4/AGP (OS 9.2)

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 6 new reports this morning. (total to date: 6,367). [Entires after midnight are posted the next newsday morning.]

  • Newer Tech G3/466 in iMac (rated 5)
    (noted frequent freezes, etc.)
  • Newer Tech G3/250 in 7100 (no rating - system doesn't boot)
  • Other World Computing G4/500 in B&W G3 (rated 10)
    (noted originally having the heatsink clip reversed, causing high CPU temperatures. See the install page of my OWC G4/500 vs G4/400 vs G3/500 review for info on the heatsink clip and other tips.)
  • Sonnet G3/300 in 6500/275 (rated 7)
    (problems noted with Voodoo3 card)
  • Sonnet G3/450 in 7500/100 (rated 10)
  • B&W G3/450 OC report

(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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