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News Archive for: 10/31/2001 Wednesday's NewsReturn to Accelerate Your Mac!

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Top stories of 10/31/2001:

Perfboard 1.2 (renamed Dashboard OS X Performance Monitor)
" To avoid potential confusion with a prior similarly named application, Dashboard is now named Perfboard. Please update any references you may have to Dashboard to Perfboard. We apologize for any inconvenience.

We are also announcing the release 1.2 of Perfboard. In addition to the name change, Perfboard now uses auto-scaling for the network input/output displays. The metrics are displayed in bytes/second if less than 1024 and kbytes/second if 1024 or greater.

Perfboard is free and available from
As a reminder, Perfboard provides an extensive readout of system performance data for Mac OS X. Areas monitored include CPU load metrics, memory statistics, network bandwidth, and disk I/O operations. Feel your system has bogged down? Run Perfboard and check at a glance for problems such as excessive virtual memory paging, high network activity, lack of free memory, runaway processes and more.
Best regards,
Ronald Guest
Pepsan & Associates, Inc"

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More Comments on Epson UK Site OS X Printer Drivers:
I've updated the reports page with more reader comments on using the UK Epson site OS X printer drivers (which include drivers for models not on the USA site yet).
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Feedback on Reader Comments on OS 9.2 Slowdown when using ADB Keyboard:
In reply to Frank Bernier's comments on OS 9.2 slowdowns using an ADB keyboard I received a lot of reader reports on this issue (many not seeing a problem, but some did.)
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iDVD 2 for OS X Update Orders/Features:
As most may already know by now, yesterday Apple started taking orders for iDVD2 for OS X ($19.95 upgrade) at the Apple Store. Shipping time as of yesterday was 2 days after the order. (Delivery time varies depending on shipping option chosen.)
Jobs demoed iDVD2 at the MWNY keynote in July and I was impressed with the features for such low-cost software. See Apple's iDVD 2 pages for more info on the new features.
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Acard ATA/133 RAID with OS X 10.1:
A reader sent an update with OS X 10.1 RAID comments to add to the previous article with G4/867 and B&W G3 test results with the Acard ATA/133 IDE controller.
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Dual G4/800 Owner Comments on USB Audio Problem in OS X 10.1:
I don't know if this is typical (I'm not lucky enough to have a Dual G4/800 :-) but an owner wrote with problems he's seen with his USB speakers. (Note - I mistakenly listed OS 9.2 in this original post, but his problems were in OS 10.1. I've posted a page with USB audio feedback with other reader reports on USB audio problems.)

" I was listening to a song in itunes while in Netscape 6.2 (it's really good by the way) and suddenly my keyboard stopped working and the music stopped. I unplugged the keyboard from the back of the screen to the back of the g4. it worked. But no way of making working back the speakers and i noticed that iTunes wasn't continuing playing, i mean it wasn't paused but the songs still was at 3:52. trying to pause unpause didn't change anything.
I tried to move the speakers again then i had this kernel panic related to the module USB.IO_audio if i'm right (somthing like that anyway).
I hope Apple will do something quick. Because i can't listen to music for very long with my harman kardon speakers. (istick and iSub)

If anyone else has seen this problem or has a tip for Gregory, let me know.

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CDRW/CD/DVD/Hard Drive Compatibility Database Updates:
The Drive Compatibility searchable database had 17 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 5,261 reports. Here's a list of the reports added this morning. [Entries after midnight are added the following newsday.]

    IDE CDRW Reports:
  • Lite-On LTR-16102B 16/10/40 in B&W G3 (OS 9.2)
  • Plextor 24/10/40A in Dual G4 (OS 9.2)
  • Que 24101B 24x10x40x in B&W G3 (OS X)
  • Sony CRX-160E (12x8x24) in Beige G3 (OS X)
  • Sony CRX-160E (12x8x24) in G4/AGP (OS 9.1)
  • TDK 16/10/40 in Dual G4 (OS 9.2)
  • Teac CD-W516EB (16x/10x) in G4/AGP (OS 9.1)

    Expansion bay CDRW Reports:
  • Matshita UJDA330 8x4x24x in PB G3 lombard (OS 9.1)

    Firewire CDRW Drive Reports:
  • Que 24/10/40 in ADS Pyro case used w/PB G3 2000 (OS X)

    USB CDRW Drive Reports:
  • Que (no model listed) used w/iMac (OS X)

    DVD ROM Drive Reports:
  • Matshita (from slotted iMac) in G4 Cube (OS 9.2)
    (problems noted installing OS X)

    CDROM Drive Reports:
  • SCSI Plextor PX-32TI (32x) in Umax (OS 9.1)

    IDE Hard Drive Reports:
  • Fujitsu MPC3102AT 10GB in B&W G3 (OS X)
  • IBM 75GXP 75GB in G4/AGP 2001 (OS 9.2)
  • Maxtor 40GB in B&W G3 (OS 9.2)
  • Quantum 80GB in G4/AGP (OS X)
    (noted diamondmax as drive model - may be maxtor drive - maxtor owns quantum now.)

    Firewire Hard Drive Reports:
  • OWC 60GB used w/B&W G3 (OS X)
    (problems noted - didn't get the firmware update yet)

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 2 new reports this morning. (total to date: 6,356). [Entires after midnight are posted the next newsday morning.]

  • Other World Computing G4/500 in B&W G3 (rated 10)
    (this upgrade was recently reviewed here vs G4/400 vs G3/500 ZIFs)
  • Powerlogix G3/375 in 7600/120 (no rating given)

(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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