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Accelerate Your Mac! News Archive for: 11/13/2001 Tuesday's NewsReturn to Accelerate Your Mac!

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Top stories of Nov. 13th, 2001:

OS X 10.1.1 Update Available Now - Many Improvements Noted :

Apple has released OS X 10.1.1 - available via OS X's software updates. Here's the listing of changes/fixes:

    " The 10.1.1 update delivers improvements for many USB and Firewire devices, including support for additional digital cameras and overall improvements to CD and DVD burning. Enhancements have been made to AFP, SMB and WebDAV networking, as well as improved support for printing.

    This update also delivers better application compatibility, including updates to the Finder and Mail application. In addition, hardware accelerated video mirroring has been enabled for the new Powerbook G4. "

Since Airport 2.0 didn't cure it - I'm wondering if the audio dropout issue may be fixed in this release, as well as the issues many saw with Firewire drives (primarily Oxford911 bridge based drives). 10.1.1 may fix that issue without needing the firmware update to the bridge released by OWC, Macway and granite.
I welcome any reader comments on OS X 10.1.1 as far as improvements/fixes, etc..

*Note* : I thought it was fixed, but after a cold boot, my Dual G4/500 still shows the date/time bug even after the 10.1.1 update. (Where the date/time would revert to Dec. 1969 after a restart if you didn't use the Sync to network time server option.) Build version is 5M28 after the update.

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Apple's new Airport Base Station w/128Bit Encryption, Firewall and 10/100 Port:
Apple's Airport page today shows details on their new base station with 128bit WEP support, a firewall and a 10/100 Ethernet port for sharing web access behind the base's firewall even for wired clients. (Not sure if the firewire does packet filtering however.) AOL support is also noted, although I thought that was added in a previous airport software update.
See the news item below for Airport 2.0 software updates.
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Airport 2.0 Update Available - Adds 128bit WEP Support:
Although it's not yet listed on Apple's recent downloads page, running Software update shows there's an Airport 2.0 update available. (for both OS X and OS 9). The OS 9 installer didn't show any info on the changes, but the OS X software updates included a note that it would add 128bit encryption support (firmware update) to all Airport cards, but older base stations don't support 128bit WEP. The OS X update info noted there's a base station firmware update (run Airport Admin), but it can't add 128Bit support to older Base's. (The wavelan card in base stations I have seen is the "Sliver" card, which does not support 128bit. The "Gold" wavelan card does as does many other brands of 802.11 PCcards - see the above news item for info on Apple's new Base Station.)
AirPort 2.0 also has RADIUS (Remote Authentication Dial-In User Service) client support as well as Cisco LEAP (Lightweight Extensible Authentication Protocol) support. (AOL is also supported, but I thought a previous Airport update added that also.) See Apple's network setup page for more details. Airport 2.0 also supports up to 50 users now per base station.

The Airport 2.0 update did not fix the audio dropouts issue (noted here previously) when downloading at high rates with Airport. I've noticed this again last night while playing MP3s in OS X iTunes 2 while downloading files via Airport from a browser. (I still see this on the PB G4 after updating to OS X 10.1.1 and Airport 2.0.)

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How to Copy MP3 files from the iPod to your Mac:
" Just wanted to report that my experience copying MP3's from my new iPod to my Pismo was a success. All that's required is using a utility like TinkerTool to allow hidden files to be shown. Afterwards, you'll see a hidden directory called iPod Control. Inside there is the Music directory and all of my songs seem to be arranged in subdirectories named F00, F01, F02, etc.

I just dragged the Fxx folders to my laptop and added them to the iTunes library. QED.
Ed A."

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More Comments on Lexmark X83 All-In-One with OS X (from iBook owner)
Another X83 user wrote with comments on using it with OS X. He's using an iBook:

" I have an iBook2USB running 10.1 and a Lexmark X83. I keep the printer in idle or sleep mode and only connect the USB to the iBook just before printing. No need to fuss with the printer or have it connected during a system restart or anything like that.
Still haven't personally tried scanning under 10.1
Joel Kopitz"

I'll be adding his comments to the previous page with Lexmark X83 OS X user feedback.

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OS X Root User Utility (Skeleton Key):
Always be careful running as root user in OS X and I personally don't usually run any 3rd party OS X utilities, but some may find this utility noted by a reader useful:

" http://www.indigox.dyndns.org/
This program, called Skeleton Key, allows you to open apps as root in the GUI. Just drag and drop the program you want to open onto it and enter the root password.

You can make a duplicate version of the finder, and drop it onto Skeleton Key. You will now be running 2 finders, one as root and one as you. Force quit to exit (its the one that says 'force quit' not 'relaunch'.)
Tom H"

The page with info on Skeleton Key is linked in the sidebar at the base URL above, or direct at this page.

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More Comments on FM Transmitter Device for MP3 Players:
A reader replied to my comments in yesterday's news on weak signal/problems with the Radio Shack FM transmitter used with a MP3 player to note he bought one from them in the mid-90s that had a higher transmit power and worked well. He said the later models had reduced power which may be why mine did not work well for me.

" I have a similar device from Radio Shack that was purchased sometime in the middle of 1990's. This item had to be pulled from the shelves after it was determined the signal was stronger then allowed by the FCC. It reappeared with reduced power. I have no experience with the "new" devices but mine performs fine in cars and I also use it around the house as wireless headphones. If the MP3 player is powered through the cigarette lighter plug it is possible to pick up noise.
You may want to try powering the MP3 player with batteries.
Alan Kim "

My Nomad II was powered by a AA battery (I do not have any cigarette lighter adapter.) Adding an RFI filter to my car would have helped with the ignition system noise, but I don't think it's worth me fooling with this one further.

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CDRW/CD/DVD/Hard Drive Compatibility Database Updates:
The Drive Compatibility searchable database had 15 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 5,399 reports. Here's a list of the reports added this morning. [Next updates are added the following newsday morning.]

    IDE CDRW Drive Reports:
  • Creative Labs 12x10x32x in B&W G3 (OS X)
    (filed under "other brands")
  • Sony CRX160E (12x8x) used w/iMac (OS X)
  • TDK VeloCD 24x10x40 in B&W G3 (OS 9.1)

    Firewire CDRW Drive Reports:
  • Lacie 24x10x40 used w/B&W G3 (OS 9.2)
    (drive not recognized on FW bus)
  • Que 24x/10x/40x used w/PB G3 2000 (OS X)
  • Yamaha 16x/10x/40x used w/G4 AGP (OS X)
  • Yamaha 2200EZ (20x10x40x) in Pyro FW case used w/PB G3 2000 (OS 9.2)

    IDE Hard Drive Reports:
  • IBM 60GXP 40GB in Beige G3 (OS 8.6)
  • IBM Travelstar 20GB in iBook (OS 9.2)
  • IBM Travelstar 20GB in PB G3 wallstreet2 (OS X)
    (noted no sleep issue with the lid magnetic sensor)
  • IBM Travelstar 20GB in PB G3 2000 (OS X)
  • IBM Travelstar 10GB in PowerBook 5300 (OS 8.6)
    (filed under "Powerbook other models")
  • Seagate ST340016A 40GB in iMac (OS X)

    Firewire Hard Drive Reports:
  • Lacie 60GB used w/7500 (OS 9.1)
    (updated report noting problems still exist when using USB devices)
  • VST 20GB used w/B&W G3 (OS 9.1)
    (problems noted mounting the drive)

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 7 new reports this morning. (total to date: 6,398). [Entires after midnight are posted the next newsday morning.]

  • Other World Computing G4/500 in B&W G3 (rated 10)
  • Powerlogix G3/375 in 7500/100 (rated 8)
  • Sonnet G3/400 in PowerTower 166 (rated 1)
    (would not boot)
  • Sonnet G3/400 in 6500/275 (rated 8)
  • Sonnet G4/400 in 9600/200MP (rated 9)
  • XLR8 CarrierZIF w/G3 366 ZIF in 9600/233 (rated 9)
  • OEM G3/500 ZIF in Beige G3 (rated 10)
    (filed under "other brand" category)

(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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Apple TIL Docs, Software Updates and Other Net News Links

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