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News Archive for: 10/29/2001 Monday's NewsReturn to Accelerate Your Mac!

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Top stories of 10/29/2001:

Reader's Link/Comments on Epson Photo 870 OS X driver:
Althought the Photo 870 OS X driver was not scheduled to be released until November, a reader noted he found a link for it at an Epson UK site:

" Hi Mike,
first of all, big thanks for! Got my beige G3 an OWC G4/400/ZIF upgrade, a LG DVD drive and a Teac CD burner - and everything works wonderful with MacOS X 10.1 - thanks to your database and news reports!

Now, something important - here's the link where you can get a MacOS X driver for your Epson Photo 870:

There are more drivers available on this FTP (more as on the USA server). [For those new to the net, use the URL above minus the "SP870_macosx_fill.sit" to see the full FTP directory file listing. -Mike] Since I have the Photo 870 too I just downloaded the driver.
[he later wrote]
well, just installed them and printed a photo (using DIN A4 paper size). Looks like you can not change the border settings in the printing dialog (printing region: normal vs. extended). Since I have not found a way to add a custom paper size, I think I can not print "borderless" (you know what i mean?). The bottom border is too large - you can change it in the OS-9-drivers, but I can't find it in the X-drivers... damn :-/

Print quality looks to be OK (tested with GraphicConverter 4.1 Carbon and a full A4 photo print). Haven't checked the ColorSync option yet. Please let me know if you find a way to get rid of the bottom border... "

I've not had time to try this driver yet but welcome any other reader tips/comments on it.

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Oni for OS X Download (beta):
A reader in the forums posted a note that OmniGroup has posted a page on how to download their Beta/patch to run Oni under OS X.
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Readers Report Maxtor 160GB IDE Drive Limited to appx 130GB Size:
Two readers have reported that the 160GB Maxtor drive is limited to about 130GB (even with multiple partitions) with Drive Setup. (One reader posted a drive database report, another posted a note in the forums about this). This is also an issue with PCs (limited to about 128GB as I remember with most PC IDE controllers.) The supplied Maxtor ATA/133 PC IDE controller in the retail box models won't work in Macs, but if anyone tries the Acard ATA/133 card to see if it allows full use of the drive please let me know.
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10 Hard Drives in a G4 Tower?
Don't try this at home folks, but a reader post in the forums linked to a photo showing a G4 with 10 hard drives installed. That's the most I've ever seen to date...and from the stacking shown in that photo, I'd not want to run that setup personally. (I guess the screw heads are keeping the drive circuit boards from shorting to the other drive covers, but I'd not want my drives stacked in the case like that.)

That's also quite a startup load on the power supply - in fact more than the supply is rated for. (Startup/spinup current on many IDE drives are 2 Amps max or so each on the 12V line per IBM's specs last I checked. That's 24 watts each (max/startup) x 10 drives = 240W total. My G4/AGP supply shows a max rating of 8Amps (continuous) on the +12V line.

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Mac Conversion of (Tom Clancy's) Black Thorn Demo:
" *DAMN has converted the recently released PC Demo of Black Thorn playable as mod in Urban Operations.

Furthers here is a small list of our latest conversions:
-[City Street Large3
-[10 -32's Bern
-[Operation Just Reward v2
-[June 6: Operation Overlord
-[US TAC Mod
-[R6 Ship for UO
-[Operation Crackdown
-[Operation Deep Tango
You can find all these conversions at
Have a nice day,
*DAMN Mauti
*DAMN - One worldwide gaming community"

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CDRW/CD/DVD/Hard Drive Compatibility Database Updates:
The Drive Compatibility searchable database had 31 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 5,236 reports. Here's a list of the reports added this morning. [Entries after midnight are added the following newsday.]

    Combo DVD-CDRW Reports:
  • IDE Toshiba R1102 (8x8 CDR/CDRW + 8X DVD in Dual G4 (OS 9.2)

    IDE CDRW Reports:
  • Lite-On 1610 (16/10/40) in G4/AGP (OS 9.1)
  • Sony CRX-175A 24x10x40x in G4/aGP 2001 (OS X)

    Firewire CDRW Drive Reports:
  • Lite-On 12102C (12/10/32) in FW case used w/G4 AGP (OS 9.2)
  • Matshita CW-7586 8X4X32 (Addonics Mobile Series ) used w/PowerTower Pro (OS 9.1)
  • Plextor 1210a 12/10/32 used w/Dual G4 (OS 9.2)
    (problems noted arter OS 9.2 update - suggested disabling "SDAP" extension and updating to Toast 5.02)
  • Que 24/10/40 in Starmax (OS 8.6)
  • Que 24/10/40 in ADS Pyro FW case used w/iBook (OS 9.2)
  • Que 525 (16/10) used with iMac slot loading (OS X)
    (problems noted)

    SCSI CDRW Drive Reports:
  • HP 9600se (external) used w/B&W G3 (OS 9.2)
  • Yamaha CRW8424S 8/4/24 in 9600 (OS 9.1)
    (noted firmware update helped - update linked last year in this 8424S feedback page here)

    USB CDRW Drive Reports:
  • Archos 4x4x24 mini cdrw used w/B&W G3 (OS 9.1)
    (Listed under "other brands" -updated report with comments on drivers)

    DVD ROM Drive Reports:
  • IDE Hitachi GD-7500 (12x-40x) in G4/AGP (OS X)
  • IDE Samsung SD-608 (8x32?) in Beige G3 (OS 8.6)
  • IDE Toshiba 1212 (no speed listed) in Beige G3 (OS X)
  • IDE Toshiba SD-M1502 (16X/48X) in B&W G3 (OS X)

    IDE Hard Drive Reports:
  • IBM Travelstar 20GB in PB G3 wallstreet 2 (OS 9.2)
    (updated report noting the shielding tip on the install guide solved problems)
  • IBM 60GXP 40GB in B&W G3 rev 2 (OS 8.6)
    (noted problems on reboot after formatting drive. slave to Quantum drive)
  • IBM 60GXP 40GB in B&W G3 w/IDE PCI Card (OS 8.6)
    (noted problems getting it working w/Acard ATA/100 card)
  • Maxtor 160GB in Beige G3 (OS 9.1)
    (2nd reader to note that only appx 130GB of the drive can be used, even with multiple partitions.)
  • Quantum Fireball Plus AS 40GB in G4/AGP (OS 9.2)
  • Samsung SV6004H 60GB in G4/AGP (OS X)
  • Seagate Barracuda ATA IV 40GB in G4 Cube (OS 9.1)
  • Western Digital WD400BB 40GB in G4/AGP (OS 9.1)
    (used the illustrated install guide here)
  • Western Digital WD400BBRTL 40GB in iMac Slot Loading (OS 9.1)

    Firewire Hard Drive Reports:
  • Firewire Depot FHD-252 enclosure w/10GB drive used w/PowerBook G4 (OS X)
  • Maxtor 60 GB used w/B&W G3 (OS 9.1)
    (problems noted)

    SCSI Hard Drive Reports:
  • Seagate ST34573N 4GB in 7600 (OS X)

    Removable Media Drive Reports:
  • USB EZquest Anaconda I-Z250 (ZIP 250MB) used w/B&W G3 (OS X)
    (updated report with notes/link to OS X driver)

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: 6,354). [Entires after midnight are posted the next newsday morning.]

  • Newer Tech G4/450 in B&W G3 (rated 9)
  • Newer Tech G3/500 in Umax S900 (rated 10)
  • Powerlogix Zforce w/G3 333 (Apple ZIF) in 7600/132 (rated 7)
  • Sonnet G3/400 in Performa 6360 (rated 10)
  • XLR8 CarrierZIF w/G4/450 in 8500/8600 (rated 10)
    (didn't note specific mac model or brand of G4 ZIF used)

(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 and Other Net News Links

(No TIL updates today)

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