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Accelerate Your Mac! News Archive for: 11/29/2001 Thursday's NewsReturn to Accelerate Your Mac!

Top stories of Nov. 29th, 2001:

Apple OS X DVD Player 3.01 Download Link:
For those that don't want to use OS X's Software updates, here's a link to Apple's page on the Apple DVD Player 3.0.1 which has a download link.
Readers noted this does work with B&W G3s and G4/PCI machines, but not Beiges. (see earlier news item for link to past mods page with some Beige G3 mod info.)
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Apple Updates OS X DVD Player to Support B&W G3 and G4/PCI Macs:
A reader sent an email on a new version of the OS X DVD Player that should avoid the need to make the mods noted here previously for B&W G3s and G4/PCI (Yikes) systems.

" There is a new Software Update in OS X for a DVD update. It says there is added support for oldler G3's and PCI G4's as well as some added performance and stability.

I ran software update in OS X on my AGP macs. (My B&W G3 with the modified player has no net connection currently ) and did see the DVD player 3.01 update which noted support for B&W G3 and G4/PCI models.
I welcome reader reports on the DVD player update. (Include your mac model, graphics card, etc. details in the email).

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Dual G4 in a Cube:
Ever since seeing the Cube I'd wanted to have a dual G4 version. Since the same G4/AGP module is used as the Sawtooth G4 towers, other than the issue of adding a contact block to make sure both CPUs had heatsink contacts - my only other concern was power use/heat. Although Sonnet told me their Duet (Dual G4/500) would not work (per my PR contact there earlier this year), a reader named Flemming sent photos of how he installed and is running a Dual G4/450 module in a Cube. I'll have a page with his photos and comments posted in tomorrow's news. (See the Cube section of the Systems page for the article link.)
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Under $20 (!?!) Firewire/USB Combo PCI Card Reports:
I first thought this was a mistake, or a specific price at one store, but two readers noted getting FW/USB Combo cards for under $20 at CompUSA recently:

" I went into a local CompUSA in Salt Lake today to get a CompUSA Brand #280284 USB/Firewire combo card that has received great compatibility reports on your site. I went to look for one, and asked an associate. After about 15 minutes of looking, he found 7 left. When I bought one, it rang up at $19.88. It looks like they are clearing them out, so if you need one for your Beige Power Mac, better get one while they last.
Chad Margetts "

Another reader also noted an under $20 price:

" Hey Mike,
The information that your site provides continues to amaze me. I was thinking about looking for a USB/Firewire card for my beige G3 when I came across the article (11/28/01)by Roger Smith. [iPod hard drive tests in 3 Macs article, incl. 8500 w/PCI FW/USB card-Mike] Thanks for the forum you provide for Mac users to share info.

Roger said the CompUSA card (SKU 280284) was backordered but I was at my local CompUSA store tonight and I found the card on the shelf for $19.99. Thought I'd pass this on others who might be interested in this card. Perhaps you or maybe Roger can tell me if this card will fit my G3's PCI slot. My other question is regarding the FireWire 2.8.1 SDK he downloaded. I checked the hyperlink to the site but what are the appropriate extensions that are needed.
Thanks again,
Chris "

Chris didn't note what G3 model he had (Beige? B&W?) but normally I've used PCI Firewire cards using only the Apple extensions (currently I'm using OS 9.1). The Firewire articles page has past reports from readers on FW/USB combo cards and even a page specifically on the various CompUSA models seen in the past.

If any other reader finds these cards at this price at their local store, let me know.

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Appleworks 6.2.2 Update:
Apple has a 6.2.2 update for Appleworks (OS X) at The list of changes has some comments that were noted in past updates I think, so not sure what the changes are for 6.2.1 owners. (6.2.2 updates only OS X installs, under Mac OS 8.1-9.1, AppleWorks 6.1.2 is the latest version.)
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Troubleshooting Tip for Sonnet PowerBook G3 CPU Upgrade:
Included in today's updates to the "Rate Your CPU Upgrade" database is this update from the Sonnet G3/500 for PowerBook G3 wallstreet owner that noted problems in Tuesday's news. He noted lowering cache speed helped using Powerlogix's cache control utility. (Sounds familiar doesn't it... previous tip used by some Sonnet G4 upgrade card owners also, and was a common tip noted for the Bluechip PB CPU upgrade.)

" Sonnet G3/500 (Cresendo/WS)
PB G3 233/512K w/ 14.1" LCD
" Hey, Thanks for the comments Mike. I read through your review on the Powerlogix [Bluechip] upgrade and something struck me: The cache control application.

First of all, let me say I tried some of your recommendations: 1: install MacOS 9.2.1 on the old CPU. 2. Run it with less than 192MB of RAM. Niether one improve the stability of the system. But, when I tried PowerLogix's Cache Control app, and turned off speculative access as well as turned the Cache speed down to 166, all of the sudden all the crashes stopped. CPU ran perfectly fine and the laptop hasn't crashed since.

There are a few oddities that I've noticed. I've got an older version of Norton Utilities (5.0) that runs on 8.6, it will crash ALL THE TIME if I have the cache set at anything above 166. Also, the system will run stable at 2 cache speeds, 250 and 166, but not 200. It's perfectly stable at running 256MB or ram now too.

I think Sonnet should include the PowerLogix Cache Control program along with their install CD. And thanks again Mike. I will try to run the cache at 250 when I have some free time (when I'm not working on anything critical).

Odd that it runs at 250mhz cache speeds and not 200. I wonder what the cache chips are rated for (mhz wise). (My Bluechip review's specs page includes the part numbers of the cache (200mhz rated) on that sample.)
In addition to reducing cache speed, the FAQ here has other troubleshooting tips noted for the Bluechip upgrade like disabling Speculative Access that some owners noted solved problems. Setting cache modes (write through vs write back/copy back) helps with some older Macs at times also. (These are other options in the PL cache control.)

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CDRW/CD/DVD/Hard Drive Compatibility Database Updates
The Drive Compatibility searchable database had 10 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 5,630 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 Recorder Drive Reports
  • Pioneer DVR-A03 in G4/AGP (OS X)

    DVD-ROM Drive Reports
  • IDE Hitachi GD-3000 6X32 in Beige G3 (OS 9.2)
    (originally selected OS X, but commented only on OS 9.2.x)

    IDE CDRW Drive Reports
  • Lite-On 1201B 12x10x32 in B&W G3 (OS 9.2)
  • Lite-On LTR-16102B 16x10x40 in Beige G3 (OS 9.2)

    Firewire CDRW Drive Reports
  • Lite-On LTR 24102B (24x/10x/40x) in FW case used w/G4 AGP (OS 9.2)
    (problems noted)
  • Ricoh 7060S (SCSI drive using Firewire/SCSI adapter) used w/iBook 2001 (OS X)
    (using El Gato SCSI CDRW helper driver didn't work - may be due to the lack of support for the adapter in OS X)

    IDE Hard Drive Reports
  • IBM 20GB in PowerBook G3 wallstreet2 (OS X)
    (comments on wake from sleep, etc.)
  • Maxtor DiamondMaxPlus D740X 40GB in B&W G3 (OS 9.2)
  • Seagate Barracuda IV (ST 360021A) 60GB in Beige G3 (OS 9.1)

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 5 new reports this morning. (total to date: 6,452). [Entries after midnight are posted the next newsday morning.]

  • Metabox G3/250 in 7300/200 (rated 8)
  • Newer Tech G3/466 in iMac (rated 6)
  • Other World Computing G3/333 in Beige G3 (rated 10)
  • Sonnet G3/500 in PowerBook G3 Wallstreet2 (rated 7)
  • B&W G3/400 OC report (@450mhz)

(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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Software Updates, Apple TILs and Other Net News Links

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