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Accelerate Your Mac! News Archive for: 11/30/2001 Friday's NewsReturn to Accelerate Your Mac!

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Top stories of Nov. 30th, 2001:

Photos of Dual G4/450 Cube:
Flemming Kok sent photos of his Dual G4/450 Cube modification. He modified the heatsink and installed a dual G4/450 (sawtooth) CPU module in his Cube and says it seems to be running fine so far.
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Mods to OS X DVD Player 3.01 for Beige G3 Support:
(Still requires a Rage128 or Radeon PCI graphics card)
" System:
Beige G3 300 (last rev.)
OS X 10.1.1
Radeon PCI

So I just downloaded the DVD update, removed .pkg extension and restarted into OS9. I dug into DVDUpdate\contents\resources and removed the InstallCheck file. I then booted into OSX added the .pkg extension back, doubled clicked and installed the DVD Player. After the install I popped in "The Birdcage" and it played flawlessly. So I can now play dvds on my beige G3 with no CLI or hexing.
Joseph Kennelly Ullman"

My Beige G3 is a BBS server now so I can't test this personally. (I've added this info to the previous page of DVD Player mods.) Another reader posted a more involved procedure in the forums. Yesterday's news noted the Apple DVD Player 3.0.1 TIL page which has a download link.

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Wallstreet Owner with BlueChip G3/466 Running 512MB RAM w/Downclocked CPU:
(from one of the latest Rate Your CPU Upgrade database reports)

" Current machine specs: G3 433(2 to 1 ratio), 512MB Ram, 20GB (IBM) drive.
10 months ago I upgraded to the BlueChip 466. Initially the machine ran fine. About 2 months after installing the upgrade I experienced instability. Powerlogix replaced the processor (3 times), but nothing seemed to work. Finally, John Landis (Powerlogix tech supprot) asked me to send my Powerbook into to them to see if they could get a processor to run properly. After a couple of days they decided to slow down the processor to 433 from 466. They sent my Powerbook back and for the last 8 months I have been very happy. I recently added 512MB of ram and the larger hard drive. I have had no problems with the Ram or the drive. I am running OSX 10.1.1 exclusively.
Mike S. Williams"

You can search the database for other Bluechip owner reports from Wallstreet 1 and 2 owners. (My previous review of the Bluechip G3/500 includes performance tests and an install page, but was tested before OS X was released.)

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Retrospect Beta for OS X and OS X Server:
One of Barney's links in today's software updates listing is Dantz's Retrospect beta Client for OS X. Also read the OS X beta release notes for more info. (The beta expires March 30th, 2002.)
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More Comments on Under $20 Firewire/USB Combo PCI Cards:
Yesterday's news had two reader reports on getting FW/USB Combo cards for under $20 at CompUSA. At first I thought that might have been an isolated case, but I'd say nearly a dozen readers replied that after seeing the post here they went to local stores and found the cards. I've not had time to reply/read all these mails but here's one noting the card was also listed at their online store:

" Hi Mike,
Saw your notes about that CompUSA FireWire/USB combo card today (reading the end of Thursday's news, I guess). While I personally have no experience with the card, I wanted to pass along some info I found. The card is on the CompUSA web site priced at $19.88, but shows "backordered" as the status. It's entirely possible that you could order one and never get one, I suppose.
But you can use the site to give you a rough estimate of stock in the local stores. You plug in your ZIP code, and it will list the status as "In-Stock", "Limited Quantities" or "Out-of-Stock". Also of note is that it lists the manufacturer as "FMI" and the manufacturer part number as 10215013. It may be possible to find this elsewhere. The CompUSA URL is

Hope this is helpful. Thanks Mike, and take care.
Greg "

As I noted in yesterday's news, the Firewire articles page here has links to previous owner comments on the card (which was offered in several models).
(*Note* I've updated the previous page on Compusa FW/USB Card owner comments with more reader reports on using the card in various mac models.)

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MacPlay Install Script for Giants for those with OS X 10.1.1 Install Problems:
" Not sure if you've noticed or not but there is an install script on MacPlay's Giants support page along with instruction on how to use it for people having problems with installing under 10.1.1 (Haven't had the chance to test it as I didn't have any problems with the install)
[I asked for a link and he later wrote]
Here's the link:
Blake Skinner

*Note* as of Saturday the above link does not work. (Error trapped by Macplay's ISP apparently.) It looks like their site is now PHP driven, not ASP. There's a Giants support page link (working as of Sunday 12/2/2001) but the item there on OS X install problems mentions a "giants-untar.scr" file that is not at their downloads page as of 12/2/2001.
A reader commented about the bad link above and macplay support:

"I went to macplays support page and there is a description of how to resolve the install bug in 10.1.1. They state "Download the file "giants-untar.sit" from the Downloads section of the MacPlay website" However this file is not available in the download section.

I also would like to comment that I'm very unimpressed that MacPlay is requiring people to manually download a new file, copy files from both CDs into a new folder and then try to explain how to install it from the terminal using unix commands. I think a new installer app that would handle this all for the user should have been provided as soon as possible instead of asking users to jump thru all these hoops.
Jeff Q"

Hopefully they will post the referenced file soon. I try to avoid that site completely as it always seems very slow and redraws are glacially slow in my Netscape browser (even on a Sunday when traffic should be down and using my cable modem).

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CDRW/CD/DVD/Hard Drive Compatibility Database Updates
The Drive Compatibility searchable database had 12 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 5,643 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.)

    IDE CDRW Drive Reports
  • Digital Research DR-CDRW161040 16x10x40 in Beige G3 (OS X)
    (listed under "other brands")
  • Hival 16x10x40 in B&W G3 (OS X)
    (listed under "other brands")
  • Sony 1611-82U (16x10x40x) in G4/AGP (OS 9.1)

    Firewire CDRW Drive Reports
  • Lite-On LTR 24102B (24x/10x/40x) in FW Case used w/G4 AGP (OS 9.2)
    (2nd report with more comments on problems)
  • Ricoh 7060S 6x/4x/24x (using FW to SCSI Adapter) w/iBook 2001 (OS X)
    (updated report)
  • Sony 1611-82U (16x10x40x) in FW Case used/G4/AGP (OS 9.1)

    SCSI CDRW Drive Reports
  • Yamaha 8424S 8x/4x/24x used w/G4 AGP (OS 9)
  • Yamaha 2100S (16x/10x/40x) w/B&W G3 (OS X)
    (using El Gato SCSI CDRW helper driver)
  • Yamaha 2100S (16x/10x/40x) in 95/9600 (OS 8.6)
    (didn't note specific mac model)

    Firewire Hard Drive Reports
  • Lacie 60GB used w/PowerCenter (OS 9.1)
    (noted freezes copying files)

    IDE Hard Drive Reports
  • Maxtor 5T020H2 20GB in 54/64/6500 (OS 9.1)
    (didn't note specific mac model)
  • Seagate ST360021A 60GB in G4/AGP (OS 9.1)

    Removable Media Drive Reports
  • SCSI Castlewood Orb 2.2 GB with Dual G4 (OS X)
    (updated report noted getting the drive working)

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 9 new reports this morning. (total to date: 6,461). [Entries after midnight are posted the next newsday morning.]

  • Other World Computing G3/500 in B&W G3 (rated 10)
  • Powerlogix Bluechip G3/466 in PowerBook G3 wallstreet2 (rated 8)
    (noted downclocked to 433mhz by PL, running 512MB RAM)
  • Powerlogix Bluechip G3/500 in PowerBook G3 wallstreet 1 (rated 8)
  • Powerlogix G4/450 in 9600/300 (rated 5)
    (updated report, noted apparent cache failure)
  • Sonnet G4/400 in 8500 (rated 7)
  • Sonnet G3/450 in PowerTower Pro (rated 10)
  • XLR8 CarrierZIF w/G3 450 in 7500/100 (rated 10)
  • XLR8 CarrierZIF w/G3 500 in 9500/132 (rated 10)
  • PB G3/400 (2000 model) OC report (@500mhz)

(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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Software Updates, Apple TILs and Other Net News Links

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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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