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News Archive for Tuesday Nov. 4th, 2003Return to Accelerate Your Mac!

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News stories of Nov 4th, 2003: (later posted items first)
OS X 10.3 Security Update 2003-11-04 and Xcode 2003-11-03 Update
Running Software Updates in 10.3 today shows a new Security update and Xcode update. Here's the info from the SU panel on the changes/fixes:

"Security Update 2003-11-04 addresses a potential vulnerability with the Terminal application in Mac OS X v10.3 and Mac OS X Server v10.3 that could allow unauthorized access to a system."

"Xcode Update 2003-11-03 The Xcode Update addresses an issue in the Xcode IDE that could potentially lead to data corruption or the loss of files particularly when source files contain illegal characters. This update is strongly recommended for all Xcode users."

I suspect (hope) the 10.2.8 security updates should be available soon.

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Register article on possible FileVault keychain damage
The Register has a story today titled Panther bitten by second data damaging bug that says Apple has admitted that if allowed to regain lost disk space in the encrypted directory, FileVault's reclamation process damages the user's keychain data. I haven't seen where Apple has mentioned this bug but I could have easily missed it at some other website. (I searched apple's knowledge base, etc. and didn't find any info on this bug today.) Makes me glad I never enabled FileVault security in 10.3..
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Warcraft III Bonus Map available
Halloween has passed, but Macgamer has a story today on a "Jack O Lantern" map released by Blizzard for Warcraft III available at http://www.battle.net/war3/maps/war3xbonusmaps.shtml.
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Televio TV Tuner (NTSC) PCI Card for $137.99
Site sponsor OWC wrote in reply to the review link on the Televio TV Tuner PCI Card (earlier today) noting they have this card (NTSC) for $137.99 on the xlr8yourmac site specials page. (Note - card not currently compatible with G5s.)
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Prosoft comments on Data Rescue/Data Recycler/Data Backup/NetWare compatibility with 10.3 and G5
Prosoft Engineering sent a press release saying they've tested their OS X products with 10.3 and the G5:

"Prosoft Engineering, makers of professional-grade software for the rest of us, announces all products, including Data Rescue, Data Recycler, Data Backup and NetWare for Mac OS X, are compatible with Mac OS X Panther and the Power Mac G5. Prosoft has thoroughly tested its products on the Power Mac G5 with no complications. Each product also works smoothly with the new Mac OS X Panther. "

Although I've not used their products personally (yet) - in the past I had several readers report positive results with their Data Rescue utility, some noting it recovered files when nothing else (for the mac) would. See the previous page of Data Rescue reader reports (posted before 10.3 was released.)

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PB G3 Lombard owner comments on 10.3
(I've been unable to keep up with all the 10.3 related mail in the last week but here's one from a Lombard owner that might be of interest since several readers asked for lombard/10.3 feedback. In the past I posted several reports from Pismo owners w/G3 and G4 upgrades but this is the previous PB model, the oldest "officially" supported PB G3 model.)

" Mike,... Haven't seen any postings about 10.3 and Lombards, but i threw caution to the wind and well...here are the results.
System:
Lombard G4 400 (stock CPU), 30 gig Fijutsu 4200 rpm drive, 320 meg memory,

I just upgraded this system to 10.3 with the Up-To-date CD's and just did the update. Took about 2 hours - did a full install with X11 and other languages, but works GREAT!!! In the past, I have been bummed out by the sluggish performance of the Lombard in 10.1.x and 10.2.x even with the QE hack. (Note - the PCI quartz extreme mod only works with radeon cards/chips - the Lombard has a Ragepro LT chip and is not supported by quartz extreme regardless, even the later Rage128 graphics chip in the Pismo isn't supported. Radeon or later chip required since the Rage128 and older ATI chips do not support texture sizes that are not a power of 2.-Mike)
I knew it was a video problem so really didn't want to to sink money into a CPU upgrade especially with heat, battery and technical issues. But in 10.3, WOW. The screen redraws quickly, no Radeon 9800, but it is now certainly acceptable. Expose works pretty darn good, although not perfectly silky. Auto Hide Dock looks great as does the magnification. (Animated apps I have turned off). If 10.3 would just allow the DVD player to work, I would be overly satisfied. (no Apple OS X DVD player support for pre-Rage128 graphics chips, and no support for the Lombard G3/400's onboard DVD decoder chip in OS X. 3rd party DVD players like Mplayer and VLC/Video lan have been used by readers in the past however. See this older article on Non-Apple OS X DVD players here on the Misc/OS topics page.-Mike)

I am confused about the QE hack. I applied it, but the checker (2.1) says it is not enabled. Strange because I thought Expose required it. I will re-download both the patch and checker and look further into it (see my comments above - PCI QE mod still requires a radeon grapics chip to work.-Mike)

USB ports work well. Printed to my Brother 1240 fine. Haven't plugged in the fire wire 400 PCMIA card and drives with music yet because I am afraid of losing data, even though now it looks like a FW 800/Oxford 922 issue. Let someone else test it out.

Haven't unplugged it to deal with battery issues yet. I will let you know. Under 10.2 I got around 1.5 hours and 9.2 I got about 1.25 of DVD playing time. Will keep you posted.
Thanks, Doug "

No Apple OS X DVD player support in OS X (any version) for the RagePro chip so I assume his battery time tests in 10.2 were just on use in general. (The OS 9 1.x DVD player does support the hardware decoder chip - the OS 9 v2.x DVD player doesn't - a software only decoder, but Lombards w/DVD chip and B&W/Yikes with the mpeg option card (on Rage128 OEM card) shipped with the 1.x DVD player which supported it.
From his comments it sounds like there's a driver loaded for the RagePro chip, but there's an article here from the 10.1.5 era (last updated for 10.2.8 report) on a href="/OSX/osx_ragepro_driver_tip.html">ATI RagePro OS X driver loading tip/mods. (The FAQ's Video cards section has copies of recent tips from the news page here for other 10.3/graphics card problems - including GF4/GF2MX issues in older G4 towers and the 'too old rom' issue with some older cards like the pre-Rage128 models, IXmicro and 3dfx cards.)

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Review of Televio TV PCI Card
Cyril wrote he's posted comments/tests on the Televio TV PCI card for Macs at this page. (It's a forum thread and the info is contained in several postings down the page - the first post has a "rest of the article" link that just repeats back to the top forum thread, so just scroll down and ignore that link in the first post.) They noted the card is not currently G5 compatible however but otherwise were very positive about it.
As noted in a press release last month, this product lists for $149.95 and is sold through Dr. Bott. (Update - sponsor OWC later wrote they have this card (NTSC) for $137.99 on the xlr8yourmac site specials page)
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MMI updates One Trick Ponies, quickWebAlbum, JPEGCleaner and webSiteCleaner for 10.3
(from their press release)

" MMISoftware has updated the 'One Trick Ponies', quickWebAlbum, JPEGCleaner and webSiteCleaner, to reflect recent changes in Panther (Mac OS X 10.3). All programs are available for immediate download at http://www.mmisoftware.co.uk and it is recommended that all users update to the new releases. "
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Rate Your CPU Upgrade Reports Database Updated
The Rate Your CPU Upgrade database has been updated with 3 new reports this morning (reader entries from yesterday; entries today are added the next newsday morning). Total to date: 8,863. Here's a summary of the update added today (search by brand/mac model for full reports - latest reports always shown first):

  • Apple Powerbook G4/500 OC report (533/133mhz bus mod)
  • Apple G4 single CPU DDR OC info (OF mods - not sure they really work - reader did not actually try this - if anyone does please include before/after tests to see if performance actually improved)
  • Other World Computing G4/500-550 in B&W G3 (rated 8)
    (My reviews of G4 and G3 upgrades w/apps/game tests, install info, etc. are linked here. OC/CPU module articles are on the Systems page.)

(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/Cardreader Compatibility Database Update Listing
The Drive Compatibility Database had 11 new reports added (reader entries from Yesterday; entries later today are added the next newsday 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, CF/Smartmedia readers, etc.) in all interface types (IDE, IDE RAID cards, Firewire, SCSI, adapters). Current total 11,653 reports. (searching by drive type/brand, mac model etc. listed below will show the full reports, most recent first)

    CDRW Drives:
  • USB HP 4x4x6 used w/B&W G3 (OS 9.2)
    (no itunes/db burn support)
  • IDE Sony CRX6111 (16x10x40x) in Beige G3 (OS 9.2)
    (disc burner supported, bootable from CD he said)
  • IDE Sony CRX160E (12x8x32x) in B&W G3 (OS X 10.3)
    (Illustrated CD drive install guide here covers G4 towers up to the Digital Audio Model, Beige G3 MT, B&W G3 and 8600/9600 Macs)

    Combo DVD-CDR Drives:
  • IDE Toshiba SDR-1312 (32x10x40x +12x DVD-ROM) in G4/AGP (OS X)
    (didn't note if bootable from CD, or comment on iApps burn support)

    DVD-R Drives:
  • IDE Pioneer DVR-105 in 7600 using IDE PCI Card (OS X)
  • Firewire (IDE drive in Fw case) Pioneer DVR-105 used w/7600 (OS X)

    DVD+R/RW + DVD-R/RW Drives:
  • IDE Pioneer DVR-106D in Dual G4 DDR (OS X)
  • IDE Pioneer DVR-106D in G4/AGP (OS X 10.3)

    Hard Drives:
  • IDE Maxtor 80GB in iMac (OS X)
  • SCSI Seagate ST336704LC 36GB in 7600 (OS X)
    (noted OS X boot problems)
  • SCSI Seagate ST118273LC 18GB in 7600 (OS X)

You can find full owner reports (latest shown first) 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.)
(Incomplete entries are deleted. Do not post questions in the database, it's for drive reports not questions on what drive to buy - for that try searching the database for reports from owners of your mac model on the drive type/brand/interface, etc. you're interested in.)

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Recent Reviews and Articles:
Listing/links to recent articles and reviews you may have missed.
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News pages from 1, 2 and 3 years ago
(These older pages in some cases have off-site links that may no longer work. Remember comments were accurate only on the date posted regarding producs/availability/pricing, etc.)

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