News Archive for: 11/11/2005 Friday's News
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Quad G5 Tests (vs. Dual-Core 2GHz G5, other new and old Macs)
Jamie at OWC sent a note they've added apps, benchmark and games test results with their new Quad 2.5GHz G5 to their comparison pages of other new and old macs (incl. Dual-core 2GHz G5, iMac G5 1.9GHz/2.1GHz, PowerBooks, iBooks, G4 Towers, etc.) and various single and dual CPU upgrades. (You can select which Macs and/or upgrades to compare their performance to the new Macs.)
Note: After selecting the Mac models you want to compare on the pages below, also select at least one G4 tower from the top list and at least one CPU upgrade from the list at the bottom of the page.

Once you've selected the systems and CPU upgrade to compare, a later page has options to see results of Photoshop CS filter tests, Boot times, Xbench 1.1.3, Altivec Fractal Carbon and Let1KwindowsBloom, ripping Audio CDs, After Effects 6, Games, etc. (Select a maximum of 5 tests on that page at a time)

Curtis also sent a link to his page with Cinebench 2003 scores comparing a new Quad 2.5GHz G5 vs Dual 2.7GHz G5 and some PC systems:

"Here is a short page showing CINEBENCH 2003 v1 scores on a Quad 2.5GHz G5, three Dual 2.7GHz G5s (with different graphics cards), Athlon X2 3800+, and a Dell (dual 3.2GHz)
http://www.flyingsnail.com/20051011macsinebench2003.html
Best2U, Curtis"
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More info on SATA Drive compatibility/SSC, Mac SATA PCI cards
(In reply to a news post on updated info on SATA drive compatibility with some PCI SATA cards in Wednesday's news)

" Mike,
Seagate Barradcuda 7200.9's also have SSC and aren't working.
WD Raptor's have "factory set" jumpers for SSC, which are very confusing to set even with the manual and online help.
(he later wrote)
Just an update.
Learned that the Barracuda 7200.9 drives that Seagate OEMs to Apple come with SSC disabled. So Apple was already aware of SSC needing to be disabled being an issue.

That means it isn't just SeriTek or 3rd party SATA controllers. I don't know if Sonnet is working on a solution, or when FirmTek will have new controllers, which would be a better solution, seeing as how vendors aren't supplying a means to disable/enable SSC via jumpers.
Gregory "

A reader posted he's had problems with 2 new 7200.9 Seagate drives in 2 different G5s (onboard SATA), although the drives worked in a PC. Also the reader that first reported the 10.4 problem with SIIG's 4-Port SATA card wrote he was using two Seagate Barracuda 7200.9 drives with the card. (SIIG knows of the 10.4 problem with that 4-port card, but he also is worried about the issue of SSC on those drives.)

" I am also having problems I can confirm that the SIIG Serial ATA 4- Channel PCI-M (http://www.siig.com/product.asp?pid=887) also fails to boot with a Striped RAID of the WD4000KD.
(I asked him what OS version he's using as there was a report here last month in the news page on that very same SIIG card model (SC-SA4M12) noting it was not compatible with OS X Tiger. Some other PCI SATA cards like Highpoint's are not bootable either IIRC, but -Mike)
And the Initio 1623 fails to mount the drives at all. Has any one had success or failure with the WD4000YR?
Mark "

I don't remember if there's been any reports on that drive (but I've not searched the drive database for past reports.) There is a page here with several reports of onboard G5 SATA problems with the Western Digital WD4000KD drive. Most used a 2-port SATA card with it as a workaround if they could not return it for another brand/model.
Another recent reader mail also mentioned boot problems with a SIIG 4-port SATA Mac card:

" Mike, I have a Dual G5 Dual with 4 Gigs of Ram. I just purchased the kit to add 3 more drives to the Case.
I purchased 5 Maxtor Diamond 16Mb 300Gig drives and the Siig SATA 4 Channel PCI-M for Mac card.

I installed one of the drives on top of the Optical Drive giving me a total of 6 drives in case. 4 Maxtor Diamonds connected to the SATA card and the original 160Gig and a Maxtor Diamond in the onboard drive bay.

The card will not boot any Striped drives. I mirrored the 4 drives in pairs and then striped the mirrored pairs and the machine will start up to the initial Grey apple and then hang. I tried to strip just two drives and installed OS 10.4.3 and still no go.

I'm hoping that SIIG will come up with a firmware update to allow this card to boot with Stripped configurations.
Thanks, Travis W. "

Just for the record i asked Travis if the card worked in 10.4.3 even with a single drive/non-raid setup.
Note - See Monday's news page for Sonnet notes that all their SATA cards are SSC compatible.

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Belkin F5D7050de USB Wireless Adapter Drivers for OS X 10.3.x
" Just the other day I installed a Belkin F5D7050de WLAN USB adapter on my Apple Cube (MacOS X 10.3.9) via an USB hub. At first nothing happened, no WLAN interface was available.
Then I did some research on The Net, and stumbled across a forum entry pointing to the appropriate driver for my 7050 and my OS X 10.3.9. (Belkin F5D7050_v2- OS X.3 Drivers) Next thing was downloading this piece of software and installing it. After restarting the Cube it reported: New hardware found!

In the Apple System Preferences Network panel the Belkin adapter showed up as new ethernet device (en1), and the just recently installed Belkin USB WLAN Monitor application displayed all available WLANs.

So far the Belkin works perfectly fine, it even reports a better, stronger signal then the original Apple AirPort card! (I asked if he had no Airport card installed - with the 802.11g PCI/PCcards with native support you configure them using the standard OS X Airport prefs so no Apple airport card should be installed if you're using one of them.-Mike)

Though there is one issue, which is rather inconvenient: every time the Cube is sent to sleep, the Belkin is not available after waking up the Cube, some kind of '...missing USB connection...' is reported.
Cheers, Martin "

I'd try connecting/disconnecting the USB adapter (or try turning airport off then back on - which helps sometimes with this issue and natively supported cards.) The FAQ's networking section has some past reports on Broadcom chip based PCI and PCcard 802.11g adapters which have native Airport 3.x support (although as warned before - often vendors change chipsets used without warning so it's best to buy from a dealer with easy returns just in case.)

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Mac America's Army 2.5.0a hotfix (for auto-login bug/performance drop)
Eddie sent a note that programmer Ryan Gordon has posted a Mac AA 2.5.0a hot-fix (patch) that fixes the "auto-login" bug (big performance drop) mentioned here last week. (There was a tip/workaround in the Nov. 4th news page for v2.5.0.)
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CDRW/DVD/Hard Drive/Storage Compatibility Database Update Listing
The Drive Compatibility Database had 3 new reports added. (Entries later today are added the next newsday morning.) The database includes reports on CDRWs, Combo DVD-CDRW, DVD-ROM, DVD Burners, Hard Drives and Removables (tape drive, ORB, ZIP, MO drives, NAS, CF/Smartmedia readers, etc.) in all interface types (IDE, IDE RAID cards, SATA, Firewire, SCSI, USB, adapters). Current total - 15,255 reports. (searching by drive type/brand, mac model etc. listed below will show the full reports, most recent first - does not include updates to previous reports) iApps burn support mentioned in reports unless otherwise noted.

    DVD+R/RW + DVD-R/RW Drives:
  • IDE Lacie Lightscribe 16x (actually toshiba drive) in G5 Tower (OS X 10.4)
    (using lacie drive profile, ASP didn't list DL or DVD+R/+RW support.)
  • Firewire (cased) Pioneer DVR-110D used w/Mac Mini (OS X 10.4)
  • IDE Sony DW-Q28A in G5 Tower (OS X 10.4)
    (shown as "Apple Supported" in Apple system profiler - I think apple used these as an OEM drive)

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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