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Accelerate Your Mac! News Archive for: 11/15/2001 Thursday's NewsReturn to Accelerate Your Mac!

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Top stories of Nov. 15th, 2001:

OS X Quake I 1.02, Diablo II LOD and Warbirds III Mac Updates:
Tonight's software updates from Barney include Diablo II: Lord of Destruction v1.09C patch, Warbirds III 111401 and Quake I v1.0.2 for OS X
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FWB's Backup Toolkit for OS X:
(*Note* A reader replied to this post saying the download version was not 3.0, but version 2.2. I suggested he call/contact FWB about this.)
FWB's FWB Backup Toolkit 3.0 page notes OS X compatibility, file synchronization, compression, password protection and more. [When I visited their online store tonight a popup window noted a 10% off discount . Regular price is $49.95 for the download version (when I checked in IE 5), but after clicking the 10% off window in Netscape, my price was shown as $34.95 with a $3.50 discount. (?) A physical CD shipment adds about $10 to the cost.]
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Apple TIL on Mac OS X Update 10.1.1 Enhancement and Installation
Apple has a TIL titled Mac OS X Update 10.1.1: Enhancement and Installation Information which covers issues addressed and system software updated.
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Return to Castle Wolfenstein Goes Gold
Gamespot is reporting that Return to Castle Wolfenstein is complete and will be shipping to retailers soon. (Scheduled to be in retail stores by the end of the month.) ID has released two betas of the MP test version for OS X and I assume there will be a Mac version of the executable available for use with the PC version retail CD.
Gamespot also has a gallery of screenshots and previous previews/Q&A articles on the game.
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SCSI Orb Drive and OS X 10.1.1:
" hello mike! I'm pleased to tell you that after installing yesterday's release of El Gato's CDRW helper MY ORB DRIVE (SCSI) WORKS ON MY OS X 10.1.1 MACHINE!
Sorry for using all caps but i downloaded it this morning thinking maybe it can add functionality to my orb drive, today i came home from school, popped in a disk and it worked!
he later wrote
Mike, it appears that I was mistaken! I truly thought that it was the El Gato kext that made the use of my orb drive possible however now that I have deinstalled your extension, i see that it is actually OS X 10.1.1 that has allowed it to work! I'm sorry for misleading you earlier.
EITHER WAY, this is great news that OS X.1.1 allows the use of it!
Best wishes, Mike Diaz

If you've not tried SCSI helper, it's available here. (For install tips see this news item from yesterday.)

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Reminder on Que 24x Firewire CDRW OS X Support File Mods:
One of the recent drive database reports here from a Firewire Que 24x CDRW owner (Plextor 24x mechanism) said he could not perform the support file mods correctly (file errors). A reader sent a reminder that you must work on a copy of the original file in OS X:

" Mike -- noticed this guy had trouble with the Que! 24x w/Plextor mech. [drive database report added today]

He forgot one vital step in the instructions -- work off a backup copy, then replace the file via Terminal. You can't edit the file directly from the system location, as I believe the file is considered "busy" by the System. And I'm not sure that only Plextor mechs end up in these Que! 24x enclosures...

And I've upgraded to 10.1.1 and the "hack" still works fine... the only caveat I've noticed is that iTunes 2 only writes at 12x when I burn a CD with a "0" second gap. Same thing happens in OS 9. Suppose it's doing Disc-at-Once...
Steven H. "

For those that missed the mod info posted previously, it's at this FAQ CDROM/CDR question titled I have a Que 24x Firewire drive or Plextor 24/10/40 CDRW drive with no iTunes support.
Steven also commented on a sleep issue he's seeing in OS X 10.1/10.1.1:

" An entirely unrelated issue that's making me nuts:
I can't get OS X 10.1 (or 10.1.1) to enter "deep sleep" on my G4 500 DP. I have eliminated every common problem: removed all USB devices, all FireWire devices, no background apps, no file services or sharing, AppleTalk off, no applications open, and all "wake upon" options disabled in Sys Prefs. PRAM has been zapped, and Open Firmware reset. Funny thing is every once in a great while, it will kick in and work just fine. I've monitored logs to no avail.

While the screen dims after the set amount of time, the machine never enters deep sleep on it's own. If I use "Sleep" from the Apple Menu, it works like a charm.
In OS 9.2.1, no issues. Sleep works as it should.

I've not tried deep sleep on my DP 500 since the 10.1.1 update, but it worked under 10.1. (Even with the Acard ATA/66 RAID card installed, but the card has no attached drives at the moment.) I've been sick with some sort of Flu bug the last few days, but will test sleep mode with the DP 500 in 10.1.1 as soon as I can.

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More Reports on OS X SCSI CDRW Helper from El Gato:
Yesterday's news had notes and tips on El Gato's SCSI CDRW Helper. I've updated the page of OS X 10.1.1 CDRW reports with more SCSI drive owner comments, including those using this utility.

I've also added "El Gato" as a driver selection for searching the Drive Compatibility database for SCSI CDRW reports with OS X. (See today's update listing below, which were entered with El Gato as the driver.)
If you own a SCSI CDRW drive and try OS X with the El Gato utility, post a Drive database entry for your SCSI CDRW drive brand and select OS X as the operating system. (Include in the comments if you're running OS X 10.0.x, 10.1 or 10.1.1 and any burn tests you run.)

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More OS X 10.1.1 Reader Reports:
I've updated the page with OS X 10.1.1 feedback to include more reader reports. (I'm very behind on email so I'll be adding more reader email comments on 10.1.1 to this page as I can get to them.)
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OS X 10.1 Dual G4 Date/Time Bug Common, but not Universal:
Although I have seen it and many readers (w/Dual G4/450s, 500s, 533s and 800s), I had two reports from Dual G4 owners that have not seen the date/time bug. (Where the date is not correct unless selecting the Sync to a Network Time server.) One reader replied that his iMac DV also had the problem, but I have not seen it here on other than dual G4 systems. The date/time is correct (retained) in OS 9, so it's not a battery issue as some think. A clean install/update did not solve the problem for a daul G4/533 owner either (another tip some suggest for the problem). If anyone has a fix for this or a reason why many but not all are affected, let me know
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XBox Available Today - How Many Mac Owners will Buy One?
The Microsoft X-Box is available today (in limited quantities, many stores already sold out from preorders or from those waiting for doors to open this morning). Here's a comment from someone that waited at the door of the local Wallmart this morning to buy one:

    " I arrived at 5AM (they open at 6AM) and was 10th in line. About 30 people waiting when the doors opened. They had 36 or 38 Xboxes for sale - a mad scramble to get them and all were sold within the first 1/2 hour. Walmart was one store that did not require you to buy games or a bundle, selling the system alone ($299.xx).

    One guy (who looked to be in his mid-50s at least) slept in his van all night to be there first. Another lady eager to get one was clearly in her 60s. The others were a mix of teens, 20s, 30s and 40s. One guy commented he could not return home without one.

    Halo seemed to be the main attraction for many, although Shrek and Sports games were also snapped up by some buyers. Halo looks impressive in some areas, drab/so-so in others, but still is a great game I think and I can't wait to play it."

I saw two Xbox demo machines locally in the last week - both had what I think is the worst image quality TV/monitor I've seen. I can't believe they included such a poor quality monitor for the demo systems - it looked bad compared to the monitors for other systems on display. Sound output was impressive however. I hear MS is losing money on every unit and won't show a profilt many say until 2004. (It's basically a PIII 733mhz w/GeForce 3 and advanced sound, ethernet port, etc.).
I wonder how many Mac owners will buy an Xbox for gaming... or will they wait for the Mac version of Halo.

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Microsoft OS X Drivers for USB Mice and Keyboards:
" Hi Mike,
I just got off the phone with a Microsoft support rep. who tells me that OS X drivers for Microsoft USB mice (such as my Intellimouse Optical) and USB keyboards (like my Internet Pro) should be posted by mid-December.
These USB mice and keyboards do work currently under OS X, but only with a most limited feature set.
Joseph Snodgrass"
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CDRW/CD/DVD/Hard Drive Compatibility Database Updates:
The Drive Compatibility searchable database had 18 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 5,430reports. Here's a list of the reports added this morning. [Entries after Midnight are added the following newsday morning.]

    Combo DVD/CDRW Drive Reports:
  • IDE Matshita UJDA-710 (8x4x24x + DVD) in iBook 2001 (OS X)
    (no iTunes/DB support - see FAQ here for mods/download of OS 9 support file mods, which should be able to be applied to OS X support file also)

    IDE CDRW Drive Reports:
  • Sony CRX160E-A1 (12x8x24) in Beige G3 (OS 9.2)

    Firewire CDRW Drive Reports:
  • APS 16x10x40 used w/G4 Cube (OS X)
    (noted OS X 10.1 support out of the box)
  • Plextor 161040A (16x10x40) is Oxford911 FW case used w/G4 AGP (OS X)
    (noted 10.1.1 fixed FW issues)
  • Que 24x/10x/40x used w/G4 Cube (OS X)
    (Noted still no support in 10.1.1, not able to modify the support files as others had done from the news/FAQ info here.)
  • Sony CRX1600L (Spressa 12x8x32) used w/iMac slot loading (OS X)
    Noted OS X 10.1.1 solved problems with Finder disc burning and recognition in Toast OS X PR2 beta.
  • TDK Velocd 24/10/40 used w/G4 AGP (OS X)
    (no itunes support in OS X, but noted Discburner/Toast worked)

    SCSI CDRW Drive Reports:
  • AcomData CDE121032SE in 8x00 (OS X)
    (listed under "other brands" - El Gato SCSI helper didn't work)
  • Lacie CDRW-12432S (12x/4x/32x) External w/Dual G4 (OS X)
    (using El Gato SCSI helper)
  • Yamaha 6416S 6x4x16x in Dual G4 (OS X)
    (using El Gato SCSI helper)
  • Yamaha 6416S 6x4x16x in Beige G3 (OS X)
    (using El Gato SCSI helper)
  • Yamaha CRW2100SX (16x10x40x) in Beige G3 (OS X)
    (noted working with Toast PR2 for OS X)
  • Yamaha 8424S (8x4x24x) external used w/PB G3 Lombard (OS X)
  • Yamaha CRW4260 4x2x6x used in Beige G3 (OS X)
    (using El Gato SCSI helper)

    USB CDRW Drive Reports:
  • Sony CRX-120E used w/G4 AGP (OS X)
    (noted still no support even in OS X 10.1.1)

    IDE Hard Drive Reports:
  • IBM 60GXP 40GB in B&W G3 (OS 9.1)
    (problems noted - may have a rev 1 B&W G3 ide chip)
  • Seagate ST340824A 40GB in B&W G3 (OS 9.2)
    (problems noted - may have a rev 1 B&W G3 ide chip)

    Firewire Hard Drive Reports:
  • Que M3 60GB used w/B&W G3 (OS X)
    (noted OS X 10.1.1 solved FW errors, but now seems slow to read files. Using OM FW/USB PCI Card, not onboard FW)

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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Reader Game Reviews Database Updated:
Today's Reader's Rate their Mac Games database updates included a reviews of Giants, The Sims, Warcraft II and Myth II. Total Reviews (all titles): 801. To read game reviews use the search page.
If you've not already done so - Enter a Game review. (If your game title is not in the long listing, select "other game" and note the title in the comments)
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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: 6,404). [Entires after midnight are posted the next newsday morning.]

  • Sonnet G4/500 in B&W G3 (rated 1)
    (software/firmware patcher problems noted)

(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 TILs, Software Updates and Other Net News Links

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