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Accelerate Your Mac! News Archive for: 11/27/2001 Tuesday's NewsReturn to Accelerate Your Mac!

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Top stories of Nov. 27th, 2001:

iPod Hard Drive Performance Tests - Comparisons w/PB G4, iBook and 8500:
Roger Smith sent test results of iPod hard drive performance compared to the PB G4/550, iBook 600 and 8500 (G3 upgrade+PCI FW card+ATA/66 card). He also comments on the $99 SIIG FW/USB PCI card used in the 8500.
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Programmer offers to Port Jedi Knight to Mac for Free, Needs Publisher:
I'm not sure when this petition was started, but Mac game programmer Brad Oliver of Westlake Interactive has reportedly offered to do the port for free, but needs a publisher. If Brad does the port for free - that should allow the game to be budget priced. Petition Online has a page with a petition to Aspyr to get the game published.
If you'd like to see this game on the mac - sign the petition. There are 1,349 signitures when I signed up tonight. (I know that many feel petitions don't work, and I had one petition with over 10,000 that didn't get results, but it only takes a minute and it can't hurt.) For a review of Jedi Knight (PC), see this Gamespot page, which has a full review link, strategy guide and other related articles.
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Articles Cite Apple Opposition to Microsoft Settlement:
Included in tonight's news links from Barney are two articles on this subject. See Quicken's Apple Opposes Microsoft Class Action Settlement and Newsbytes's Apple Tears Into Microsoft Settlement Plan.
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iPod Diagnostic Mode Trick, plus More iPod Disassembly Pictures:
A reader sent a note there's another site with pictures of the iPod disassembled at (See the sidebar link there.) Today that site also listed how enter diagnostic mode on the iPod.
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More Wallstreet Owner Reports on Sonnet G3/500 Upgrade:
The latest Sonnet G3/500 owner report from a PB G3 wallstreet2 owner in the "Rate Your CPU Upgrade" database noted severe problems when trying to upgrade the hard drive after installing the CPU upgrade. (He had 256MB of RAM installed.). Yesterday's news had a report that was positive (Wallstreet 1 G3/250 w/256MB RAM), but there's been mixed reports. Here's the latest one:

" Sonnet G3/500 (Cresendo/WS)
PowerBook G3 Wallstreet 233/512K 14.1 ActiveMatrix, 2 GB hd
"First of all, did EVERYTHING the instruction says, inlude remove all peripherals. System booted up fine and blazed...At first. Then I started crashing on a consistent basis, once every half hour or so.

Fine, no big deal, I was ready to upgrade a few other things (hard drive, MacOS 9.2.1...etc), so I did the hard reset, swapped out the hard drive and tried to install 9.2.1. Crashed during install. Reformatted disc and again, crashed during install. It would give me a lot of "XXX file not found" or "install tome does not match XXX" errors. Simply could not get the system installed with the new CPU. So I swapped the old CPU back and got everything installed that way, put the Sonnet card back in...Crash. Crash. Crash. Crash upon crash. It would crash when booting up, crash when done booting up, crash when running Photoshop...You name it, it crashes. The only time it didn't crash over an extend period was when I watched "Crouching Tiger" on the DVD-ROM...That's a little over 2 hours.

Finally I got so pissed I swapped the old CPU back in and have been running it ever since. I will be calling Sonnet to demand a fix.

My comments were to try installing the OS on the new drive with the original CPU module and then trying the Sonnet G3/500 (as a test). This could also be a CPU temperature issue also perhaps. (It would be good to know the reported temperatures after cold boot, then some period of use, etc. to see if they are extremely high - although the software utils are not always accurate, they could show a relative trend/any dramatic rises, etc.) I include some install tips in my Bluechip review but have not seen the sonnet upgrade.
Sonnet officially only supports up to 192MB (max) of RAM. To see if that is the problem (having 256MB installed), you might try removing to top dimm on the module to see if it runs more stable with less RAM. (May not help but just a suggestion).

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Info on PowerBook Upgrade/Memory Size Problems:
I'm not sure this is really directly related, since my very early PB G3/250 ran 512MB of ram flawlessly with the Newer Tech G3/466 I reviewed (before OS X was released though) so I'm not sure the CPU upgrade issues seen with Wallstreets are related to the memory controller or CPU chip version, but I could be wrong. (If so I should have seen it with my very early 1998 first series Wallstreet but then OS X was not released to test it with that system, however problem reports are not limited to OS X.) However the info is still interesting in this reader's email. (Sent in reply to the post in yesterday's news on Sonnet/Wallstreet upgrades.)

" Mike,
Here's a link to an article from the darwin-development list (fortunately the list is searchable now, my copy of the article is long gone). I'm not sure this is directly applicable since you're talking about a different model, but it's possible this is a 2.2 G3 problem or maybe they share the same memory controller (the "Grackle"). I meant to send this before since it seemed to validate what BDAqua and I had gone through with our Beige G3s but...
The relevant part is basically:

    "The problem appears on Lombard woth a rev 2.2 processor. This has been and still is discussed on the Apple site under "Discussions >> Mac OS X > Mac OS X (10.0 - 10.0.4) Discussions > Installation > Lombard > Powerbook incompatible with OS-X?!? "
    I got my PowerBook "repaired" and the procesor replaced by a 3.0 version for free after numerous calls to Apple and multiple attemps with different memory chips. My machine was no more under warranty.
Steve a.k.a. Jethro from the forums"
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Sonnet Cache Enabler Early Loading Tip:
" I didn't know of any way to comment on this guy's post so I thought I may email you just in case you think the tip is worth it. He complained of a slow start up because the G3 acceleration doesn't kick in until the Sonnett extension loads. I simply typed a space in front of the extension and now it loads first and the speed kicks in immediately.
I posted my review of the Sonnet in a 5500/275.
Cheers for a great site.
Hugh "
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CDRW/CD/DVD/Hard Drive Compatibility Database Updates - 5,600 Total Reports!
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 5,600 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-103 in G4/AGP (OS X)
    (comments on burning and iDVD2, etc.)

    DVD-R + DVD-RAM Drive Reports:
  • IDE Panasonic LF-D311 in Dual G4 (OS 9.1)

    DVD-RAM Drive Reports
  • Lacie LF-D291 4.7GB (per side) w/Beige G3 (OS 9.2)
    (noted stuttering/poor DVD movie playback)

    SCSI CDRW Drive Reports
  • Plextor PX-W 4220T (4x2x20x) w/G4 AGP (OS X)
    (using El Gato SCSI CDRW Helper)
  • Plextor W1210TS (12x10x32x) ext. w/G4/AGP 2001 (OS 9.2)

    Firewire CDRW Drive Reports
  • Formac 24x/10x/40x used w/iBook 2000 (OS 9.2)
    (noted drive and iBook FW port failure. Formac listed under "other brands")

    Firewire Hard Drive Reports:
  • Maxtor 60GB w/B&W G3 (OS 9.1)
    (noted drive failure)

    IDE Hard Drive Reports
  • Fujitsu MHN2300AT 30GB in PowerBook G3 2000 (OS X)
    (used step-by-step guide to PB HD upgrade)
  • IBM 60GB in Beige G3 (OS 8.6)
    ( used Beige G3 MT hard drive upgrade guide)
  • Maxtor 40GB in iMac (OS X)
  • Maxtor D740X-6L 40GB in Beige G3 (OS 9.2)
  • Quantum 6GB in 5400 (OS 9.1)
  • Seagate ST380021A 80GB in Dual G4 (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 4 new report this morning. (total to date: 6,441). [Entries after midnight are posted the next newsday morning.]

  • Bottom Line Railgun G3/400 in 7500 (rated 9)
  • Phase 5 G3/400 in 9500 (rated 8)
  • Powerlogix Zforce w/G3/350 OWC ZIF in PowerCurve 601/120 (rated 10)
  • Sonnet G3/500 in PowerBook G3 wallstreet1 (rated 2)
    (problems noted during HD upgrade, system has 256MB of ram)

(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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