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Accelerate Your Mac! News Archive for: 11/26/2001 Monday's NewsReturn to Accelerate Your Mac!


Top stories of Nov. 26th, 2001:

W32.Badtrans.B@mm Email Worm and Keystroke Logging Trojan Horse Spreading:
There's another email worm spreading like mad it seems. I've gotten at least 6 emails so far today from it. The email not only propigates itself using the target systems email addresses, but also installs a keystroke logger on the PC which can record/transmit passwords, etc. typed by the infected system's user. Windows users should see this Symantec page for more info on this worm, its payload and how to remove it.
(Note that it also seems to spoof the sender address in the header (as did a previous worm) - so you may get email from a ISP that says you sent infected mail if your email address is on an infected PC, when in fact you didn't actually send the email.)
I create a rule in OE to just delete any incoming mail with a .scr, .exe, .pif, etc. attachment and clean out my Outlook Express temp folder every so often.
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Orange Micro Firewire/USB 2.0 Combo Card Report from Beige G3 Owner:
As noted on the FW/USB (1.x) Combo card feedback page (one of the many articles on the Firewire topics page here), often combo cards can be problematic, but a Beige G3 owner sent a pretty positive report on a FW/USB 2.0 card from OM:

" Mike,
First off, I have to express my appreciation for your web site. It has been an invaluable resource so far and I'm glad that I can contribute a (very) little bit at long last.

Recently purchased and installed and OrangeLink+ FW/USB (2.0) combo card in my Beige G3 MT (350 mHz upgrade O/Ced to 400 mHz, 384 MB, OS 9.2.1). Installed in first PCI slot (recommended per documentation) and have Radeon PCI in 3rd slot. Had to go back to install USB card support from the 9.2.1 installer and after that it has worked perfectly to date with testing using Kensington USB mouse. I have also been able to use the Firewire port to enter Target Disk Mode with my Titanium PowerBook (550/256/OSX 10.1.1) successfully.
I have a VST SmartDisk 8/8/24 Firewire CDRW on order for use with both computers, so I will also update the CDRW compatibility DB when I get that info. Thanks and hope this is of use to somebody.
Doug Horstmanshof"

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How to Get a Free Sierra Pinball Game for Mac:
" I saw a Gateway commercial on TV on Friday and they said that they were going to give away a free pinball game from Sierra just for showing up at their store.
I remembered that the Sierra titles were also available for the Macintosh so I wondered if it was a custom CD disk or just the plain distribution CD from Sierra. So I stopped by and picked up a free CD disk and then placed it into my Macintosh and sure enough, it has the full Mac and PC installers on the same disk.
Wahoo! Thank you Gateway for the free gift!
Keep up the good work! Joe Ward"

I think this offer expires in December but not sure of the date. (I've seen it in a Gateway TV ad recently.)

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Wallstreet Owner notes Sonnet G3/500 Upgrade Running OK w/256MB RAM
The first report in our "Rate Your CPU Upgrade" database from a PB G3 owner using the Sonnet G3/500 upgrade reported problems running two 256MB dimms. (No problems with the system w/512MB before the upgrade.) Sonnet officially only supports 192MB of RAM (as does Powerlogix), but the latest report in the database from this weekend is from a wallstreet owner running 256MB OK.

" I bought the Sonnet Crescendo/WSG3 upgrade for my Powerbook [G3/250] , along with 64MB of RAM, thinking I would need to take one of the 2 128MB DIMMs out, because, like the PowerLogix upgrades for Wallstreet powerbooks, this upgrade is rated only for the max amount of Ram originally dictated by Apple at the time of release, which is 192MB. Well, it was the best $12 (with shipping) I've ever wasted, because I'm happy to say that the upgrade works without so much as a hiccup with 256MB. Been running in both 9 and X for the last two days, through restarts, sleep, and everything.

Installation is, for parts these tiny and connections these snug, relatively easy. Don't notice any difference in sound or temperature, but thes speed is great! Really makes OS X usable, although I didn't upgrade it from 10.0.4 until after this upgrade. One thing I was bummed to see, and hadn't seen mentioned anywhere ales, is that the 83MHz bus speed which the orignal Wallstreet series ran at, is reduced to 66MHz with the upgrade. Oh, well, can't have everything, I guess. But it was nice because with the 83MHz, I was able to keep pace with a friend who had a Wallstreet 2 with a 266MHz processor at 66MHz...not that that matters now ;~)

I give it a 10. Installation is easy. The price is good (cheaper than the Powerlogix...and their 500MHz models are hard to find), and the fact that it's working with 256MB of RAM is icing on the cake! Between this and my 20Gig Travelstar upgrade (thanks Mike...your hard drive upgrade page for the Wallstreet was excellent), my beloved Powerbook should last me a few more years. Now, if only we can get OrangeMicro to release OS X drivers for their forthcoming OrangeCombo USB/Firewire PC card...
Jamie McKee"

Some Bluechip owners noted using more than 192MB I think, but many noted problems with that upgrade of one kind or another in the database here. (I noted a cache speed issue in my Jan 2001 review of the Bluechip 500 in my PB G3/250).
I wondered if the quality of the ram mattered (or even if low-profile dimms helped). Since I reviewed the Newer Tech G3/466 fine in my wallstreet running two 256MB dimms, I had hoped sonnet's would also work with more than 192MB. After the first Sonnet owner report here noted problems, good to hear that it may not be a universal one.

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Beige G3 Desktop Manual w/Info on Opening Case, Adding RAM, etc.
I've posted several articles on upgrading RAM, VRAM, Hard drives, even installing an internal modem in the Beige G3 using my minitower model for photos in these guides. (See the sidebar links at the G3-ZONE for links to the articles.) However I don't own the Desktop case and have gotten several emails in the last week from owners of DT models asking how to get at the RAM dimm slots. This info is usually in the original Apple owner's manual, but for those that don't have a copy of it, I searched Apple's support page and found where you can download Power Macintosh G3 manuals. Here is one manual link there that has info that should help (setup/expansion guide for desktop G3 model).
Chapter 3 covers adding RAM. Page 38 is the start of the section for adding ram, and later pages show pictures, etc. as a guide to opening the case and getting access to the ram slots. (page 41 starts the pictures/guide of opening the case, etc.). The manual download is a PDF file that requires adobe acrobat reader (free from but it's usually already on most Macs)
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Another B&W G3 Owner Notes PCI Firewire Card Solves Problems:
" Hello, I just wanted to give you some info on a problem I found. I own a B&W G3 rev 1 with a G4/500 upgrade card. I was having a problem with the firewire ports and a firewire CDRW. To fix the problem I bought an ADS case to replace the original QPS (their support stinks), which did fix the problem of the drive not being able to burn. Over the weekend I purchased an iPod (great little device) but as I was transferring about 500MB of songs to it iTunes would cause a kernal panic. At that point I remembered your comments about B&W G3 firewire controller issues and wondered if this may be the same.
This time I decided to forgo the the internal controllers all together and buy a PCI card. I purchased the Adaptec 4300 and plugged my now working CDRW and the iPod in. I just finished transferring over 1GB of songs to the iPod and burning a number of CDs without incident. I know the ADS fixed my original problem with the CDRW case but the new card also sped the burning process. I don't have any hard numbers but it certainly is faster.
Keep up the good work, without this site I would pull what is left of my hair out in no time.
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CPU Upgrades Owner Reports Database Updated:
The Rate Your CPU Upgrade database has been updated with 10 new report this morning. (total to date: 6,437). [Entries after midnight are posted the next newsday morning.]

  • Apple Dual G4/450 swapped into G4/400 AGP
    (noted 1969 date/time bug in OS X - same thing seen here)
  • Powerlogix Bluechip G3/466 in PB G3 wallstreet2 (rated 10)
  • Powerlogix G3/350 in 8500/132 (rated 9)
  • Sonnet G3/500 in PowerBook G3 wallstreet1 (rated 10)
    (noted working with 256MB of ram)
  • Sonnet G4/500 in Beige G3 (rated 10)
  • Sonnet G3/400 in 5500/225 (rated 9)
  • XLR8 CarrierZIF w/OWC 450Mhz ZIF in 8600/250 (rated 10)
    [didn't note if the CPU was a G3 or G4]
  • XLR8 CarrierZIF w/G3 500 ZIF in 9500/150 (rated 10)
  • XLR8 CarrierZIF w/500Mhz ZIF in 9600/350 (rated 10)
    [didn't note if the CPU was a G3 or G4 ZIF]
  • B&W G3/350 OC report (@400mhz)

(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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CDRW/CD/DVD/Hard Drive Compatibility Database Updates:
The Drive Compatibility searchable database had 21 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 5,586 reports. [Entries after Midnight are added the following newsday morning.]
(Note - ** Please include your CD/CDRW drive speed in the entry **. And Please do not post questions in the database, use email for that and check the database and articles here for answers/tips/guides first. Incomplete entries, those with no comments, etc. are deleted.)

    DVD-R DVD Recoder Reports
  • IDE Pioneer DVR-A03 in G4/AGP (OS 9.1)

    DVD-R + DVD-RAM Drive Reports
  • Firewire Que QPDVRPN1F used w/Dual G4 (OS 9.2)
  • IDE Que QPDVRPN1i in Dual G4 (OS 9.1)

    DVD-ROM Drive Reports:
  • IDE EZQuest SR 8582 in B&W G3 (OS 9.2)
  • IDE Lite-On LTD-163 16x48 in G4/AGP 2001 (OS 9.2)

    IDE CDRW Drive Reports
  • Hi-Val 1610 (16x/10x/40x) in G4/AGP (OS X)
    (listed under "other brands")
  • Lite-On 16102B (16x10x40x) in G4/AGP (OS X)
  • Sony CRX1611 16X/10X/40X in G4/AGP (OS X)
  • Teac VeloCD 24x10x40x in Beige G3 (OS 9.2)
    (some problems noted)
  • Teac CD-W524E (24X/10X/40X) in Beige G3 (OS 9.2)
    (Que retail box - they used to use 24x Sanyo drives but he noted a Teac. Noted some problems in OS 9.2, but better luck in OS X)

    SCSI CDRW Drive Reports
  • Yamaha 8424 (8/4/24) in Beige G3 (OS X)
    (using El Gato SCSI CDRW Helper)

    Firewire CDRW Drive Reports
  • Lacie CDBP-241040A (MMC)-24x10x40 used w/PB G3 2000 (OS X)
  • LG GCE-8160B 16x10x40x in FW case used w/PB G3 2000 (OS 9.2)
    (problems noted - LG filed under "other brands")
  • Que 16/10/40 in FW case used w/PB G4 (OS X)
    (problems noted)
  • Yamaha CRW2200FXZ 20x10x40 used w/B&W G3 (OS X)
    (noted no iTunes 2.02 support, but did burn with Discburner)

    DVD-ROM Drive Reports:
  • IDE Pioneer SV-116 in B&W G3 (OS 9)

    CDROM Drive Reports:
  • SCSI Teac 532S in 9500 (OS X)
    (problems noted)

    IDE Hard Drive Reports
  • Fujitsu MHL2300AT 30GB in Powerbook G3 2000 (OS 9.2)
    (used the illustrated HD upgrade guide here)
  • Maxtor D740X 40GB in iMac (OS 9.1)
  • Quantum Fireball Plus 40GB in G4/AGP (OS X)
  • Seagate ST320413A 20GB in G4/AGP 2001 (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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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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