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Top stories of 10/8/2001:

Western Digital's Special Edition 100GB IDE drive with 8MB Cache:
(Update: Later in the week there were benchmark test articles posted on this 8MB cache/100GB drive.)
Even high performance IDE drives have had a max of 2MB caches, but Western Digital has announced a Special Edtion of their fast 100GB IDE hard drive with an 8MB cache. See their press release for more details. The drive carries a premium over the 2MB cache 100GB model which is $299 list - the 8MB cache version lists for $379.
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Blizzard Announces OS X Patches for StarCraft In Progress:
" Greetings.
Blizzard Entertainment is pleased to announce plans to release a new patch for StarCraft and StarCraft: Brood War. Available this fall, the patch will bring the classic StarCraft gameplay experience to the next generation of Macintosh operating systems, allowing both games to run in Carbonized form under Mac OSX v10.1 and subsequent versions."
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Tip for Firewire Drive Problems in OS X 10.1:
I'm not sure how many that reported problems mounting Firewire hard drives in OS X 10.1 ran tests with the drive connected at powerup, but a reader noted that he had problems with the system hanging at boot if the drive was connected, but not if it was plugged in after OS X had loaded. I realize this is pretty obvious, but since some had not tried it I wanted to mention it. (This is the usual way I connect my Firewire drives, since I use them with many systems, I connect them with the OS already booted and running.)
Just a tip to try to if you've had problems with a FW drive in OS X 10.1.
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Adaptec SCSI Card OS X 10.1 Driver Update Install Info and D/L Links:
Rob Massung sent a copy of an email he received from Adaptec tech support listing the latest drivers for OS X 10.1 for use with their 2906, 2930, 29160/29160N and 39160 SCSI Cards. Instructions on how to apply the update is included as well as download links. They note Deep Sleep is not supported yet and SCSI Orb drives don't mount, but I've added a reader's forum post on how he got his Orb drive to work with a 2930 card in 10.1. Details.
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DVD-RW Support in OS X 10.1 (Updated):
Although Apple does not list DVD-RW disc support for the OEM Superdrive, Pioneer does (past reader reports have noted using DVD-RW disks and Toast 5 also notes support for DVD-RW as well as the write-once DVD-R discs). A reader noted in the forums that OS X 10.1's Disc Utility appears to also offer support for DVD-RWs (including erase options):

" I also have a DP 800 and the Superdrive firmware 1.49. I haven't tried it yet, but MacOS X 10.1's built-in disk burner recognized a Pioneer v1.1 DVD-RW as a viable blank, and Disk Utility gives an option to erase this disk... So with 10.1, Toast isn't needed to burn data DVD-RW.
Cadaver

(Update) Several readers replied to this post noting they'd used DVD-RWs. The details page lists two of the most detailed reports received this morning.

" I was the one posted the info about the DVD-RWs in the forums...
I did some testing last night and this morning, and here's what I've found.
Data DVD-RWs can be burned directly from the Finder in 10.1. A backup DVD-RW I made with a little over 3GB of data was also perfectly readable in my Pismo PowerBook's DVD-ROM drive (just FYI, the PowerBook has an LG mechanism. I'll try it later in a different machine).

OS X 10.1's Disk Utility will erase DVD-RWs with no problems at all. Interestingly, the progress bar while erasing runs backwards... a cute UI touch from the Apple folk.

DVD-RW burning, at least via the Finder, is pretty slow, though I don't think it's Apple fault.
[Note - Pioneer notes 1x DVD-RW speeds, but 2x DVD-R Speeds. DVD 1x speeds are 1,380KBytes/sec, not the same as CD 1x rates which are 150KB/sec.-Mike]
The actual data writing goes relatively quickly, but it takes a long time to "finish" the disk once all the data is written. It takes, what, 30 seconds to a minute for a CD-RW to "finish", so I guess this takes all that much longer given the data capacity. I have not tried burning any data DVD-Rs yet to see if it's faster on non-rerecordable media.

One note, DVD-R & RW disks from the Finder can only be formated as 4.2GB HFS+ disks, which means they probably won't mount in a PC's DVD-ROM drive. But, as I said above, a DVD-RW data disk was perfectly readable in my PowerBooks's DVD-ROM drive.
[Note: Pioneer's Superdrive manual notes that the 4.7GB disks "equates to 4.37GB of recordable data". They note this is due to the same reason why a 20GB, etc. Hard Drive actually has less formatted capacity reported by the computer - primarily the decimal vs. binary (computer) numbering system (noted in the FAQ here for years). For example 1GB in decimal (base 10) is 1,000,000,000 bytes, in computer (base2) 1GB = 1,073,741,824 bytes.-Mike]
All tests were done using Pioneer DVD-RW 4.7GB version 1.1 media. SuperDrive has v1.49 firmware. "


" Hi Mike,
Just a quick note to let you know I have successfully written data to a Pioneer DVD-RW (Ver. 1.1) disk using OS X 10.1 and Disk Burner. I was able to format the disk using the Apple Disk Utility. I have done this repeatedly now and am satisfied that it is working correctly. The drive is a Pioneer DVR-A03 (DVR-103 as reported by Apple System Profiler) with firmware version 1.44. I have it installed in a Dual 533 digital audio G4 with 1.2Gb RAM, 2x 60GB 7200RPM Maxtor drives, and an internal Zip 250 atapi on the same bus as the DVD-R.

When I visited the Tyson's Corner Apple Store I checked the Superdrives and found that they had version 1.49 firmware installed. Pioneer's website lists 1.55 (The 1.55 firmware updater needs to be run from DOS) as the latest firmware for the A03 but they caution against using it on an OEM drive. However, I would prefer to install the Apple firmware (v1.49) on my A03. I doubt Apple will ever make it available for a non-OEM drive. The information at the Pioneer site lists information about the A03 and 103 drives but is very obscure about the differences between them. Apparently Pioneer does not want people to update the drivers on the OEM equipment using their firmware, which would be foolish for obvious reasons. The Apple system obviously recognizes the A03 as a Superdrive (103) in every way. Disk Burner, and iDVD work just fine with it. I just hope iDVD 2 works.

I have 2 annoying problems though. With Mac OS X 10.1 the F12 key functions as a media eject key. Great for those without pro keyboards but very annoying for me since I tend to hit it when I go for the delete key. I have not found a way to turn it off. Also, I have 5 old FUJI CD-RW disks that I have formatted with Disk Utility and with Toast preview 2. I was repeatedly able to format and burn one of the disks with Toast and with Disk Burner. The other four repeatedly fail to write with either. I can format the disks but the disks fail the verification process in Disk Burner with an unexpected error (error code 6).
Best Regards,
Fred Argilan"

I've had some reports in the past that even the retail Pioneer DVR-A03 (per the manual, etc.) was actually reported (in Apple System Profiler or the PC's Windows Device Manager) as a "DVR-103". Makes me wonder how many A03 models they actually shipped. I can verify that the OEM superdrives cannot be flashed on a PC with the Pioneer 1.55 firmware update (a kernel error is reported in DOS during the attempt.)

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List of Supported Ink-Jet Printers in OS X 10.1
A reader sent a listing of the supported Epson printers in OS X 10.1 and how to check for support of other brands:

"It looks like these are the current Epson printers supported under 10.1.

SC680
SC740
SC760
SC777
SC860
SC880

You can easily find out if your printer is supported by going here:
localhost/Library/Printers/[your printer manufacturer]
Look to see if there's a driver for your printer. -- Damien Sorresso"

Another reader noted this Apple Knowledge Base article lists all ink-jet printer drivers (Canon, Epson, HP) included with 10.1. That list noted a few more Epson printers than listed above and also noted that Lexmark has some OS X printer drivers at their web site. (I checked there and there's no easy way I could find to list all OS X drivers, you're asked to select a printer model. You can use their drivers page to search for specific printer model drivers. I searched for OS X drivers for their X83 all-in-one model and saw the current OS X drivers for it were noted as not supporting 10.1 or CarbonLib 1.4 in the current version.)

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Printing Via Classic with Unsupported Epson Printers in OS X 10.1:

Friday's news had a listing of Epson's 10.1 driver update schedule by model. The Epson 800 was not in that list, but a reader sent a note he can at least print in Classic now with OS X 10.1:

" Hello, Mike
... With 10.0 up to 10.0.4, I could not print in any way shape or form to my Epson 800. Not even through Classic. But now, with 10.1 I can print to it through Classic. So no more rebooting into 9 just to print. Yay!!
BB "

I need to try this with my Photo 870...

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Pricing Info on Formac ADC 17.4 inch LCD Display:
A reader replied to Friday's post on the Formac 17.4" LCD display with ADC connector option:

" Mike,
It looks like resellers in the UK have the Formac 17.4" LCD for 600 (about $890 US at the current exchange). If that price holds when it appears in North America, then it'll be in line with other 17" LCDs like ViewSonic's VG175 and NEC's 1700M+
Sincerely,
Derrick A. Yamaura"
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3Dfx PCI Card Drivers for OS X Project:
Adam Thayer has started a project to develop 2d/3d drivers for OS X for PCI 3dfx cards at http://homepage.mac.com/krevinek/voodoox.html.
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CDRW/CD/DVD/Hard Drive Compatibility Database Updates:
The Drive Compatibility searchable database had 32 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 4,979 reports. Here's a list of the reports added since Friday:

    DVD Recorder Reports:
  • OEM Pioneer Superdrive in Dual G4
    (ordered the OEM drive from Apple dealer)

    Combo DVD/CDRW Reports:
  • IDE Toshiba SD-R1002 in G4/AGP
    (See my OS X 10.1 DVD player, CDRW burning, etc. article for my experiences with faster R1102 model)

    IDE CDRW Reports:
  • HP 9710i 16x10x40 in B&W G3
    (noted had to disable SDAP extension in 9.2 to have drive recognized as CDRW)
  • Iomega ZIPCD 12x10x32 in PowerBase
    (tried to use it as slave, but there's no slave support w/PowerBase onboard IDE)
  • Lite-On 16102B (Buslink retail box) in B&W G3
  • Lite-On 16/10/40 in Beige G3
  • Lite-On 16/10/40 in B&W G3
  • Plextor PX-W1210TA 12/10/32 in Beige G3
  • Que 16/10/40 in B&W G3
    (noted he could not use any HD as slave on the same cable)
  • Samsung SW-212B in G4/AGP
    (did not note speed rating of drive)
  • Sony CRX175A-A1 24x/10x/40x in B&W G3
    (first report of a 24x Sony I've seen)
  • Sony CRX160 12x8x32x in G4/AGP
    (noted tests with OS 9 and X in most every burning app)
  • Sony crx14e/ch2 (?) in B&W G3
    (noted not bootable, didn't list drive speed)
  • TDK VeloCD 12/10/32 in Beige G3
    (noted problems burning 80min/700MB audio CDs)
  • Yamaha 8424E 8x/4x/24x in G4/AGP

    Firewire CDRW Reports:
  • Addonics AEPCDRW4XFM and AEMCDRW8XFW used w/iBook 2001
    (listed under "other brands")
  • Formac 24/10/40 used w/iBook 2001
    (noted drive was DOA. Formac listed under "other brands")
  • Lacie 24/10/40 used with PowerBook G3 2000
  • Que PX-W8432T 8/4/32 used w/G4 AGP
    (noted not recognized by OS X 10.1)

    SCSI CDRW Drive Reports:
  • Ricoh RW7060S 1.7 6x4x24 in 85/8600
  • Yamaha 8424SZ 8x4x24x in PowerCenter Pro

    USB CDRW Drive Reports:
  • Iomega Predator used w/G4 Cube
    (noted OS X support)

    Firewire Hard Drive Reports: (See my prev. OS X/FW Drive tests article for more info on the issue with 10.1 and some FW drives)
  • Firewire Direct 12GB used w/PowerBook G4
    (sounds like his PB firewire port has failed)
  • IBM Travelstar 48GB in portable Oxford911 case used w/PB G4
    (noted similar issues as seen in my 10.1/FW drives article)
  • Granite Digital 10GB used w/iMac Slot Loading
    (noted no issues with 10.1 using latest firmware updates for bridge)
  • Maxtor 100GB (Transintl) used w/PowerBook G4
    (noted will not always mount with OS X 10.1)
  • OWC 80GB used w/G4 Cube
    (noted worked in 10.0.4, but not in 10.1)
  • Que Que! M3 80GB used w/B&W G3
    (noted it mounted but had problems with freezes during capture in OS X 10.1, and

    IDE Hard Drive Reports:
  • IBM Travelstar 30GB in PowerBook G3 2000
    (used the PB G3 Firewire illustrated guide to HD upgrades)
  • Maxtor 20GB in B&W G3 rev 2
    (see this article for an install guide)
  • Seagate ST380021A Barracuda IV 80GB in G4/AGP

    SCSI Hard Drive Reports:
  • Seagate ST318404LC 18GB in B&W G3
    (odd comments on reduced speeds with different IDs)

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 today (total to date: 6,283).

  • Powerlogix G3/375 in 7500/100 (rated 7)
  • Sonnet G3/366 in PowerTower Pro 225 (rated 9)
  • Sonnet G3/266 in 7100/80 (rated 8)
  • Sonnet G3/500 in 6500/300 (rated 10)
  • XLR8 G3/500 in Beige G3 DT (rated 10)

(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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