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News Archive for: 9/4/2001 Tuesday's NewsReturn to Accelerate Your Mac!

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Top stories of 9/4/2001:

Illustrated Guide to Upgrading the PowerBook G4 Hard Drive:
I've had several readers ask if I would write a guide for PowerBook G4 internal hard drive upgrades as I did for the PB G3 Wallstreet and Firewire models. This Sunday I finally made time to write an illustrated Hard Drive Upgrade Guide for the PowerBook G4. Includes tips on securing those frustating rubber grommets and a page on drive setup (formatting). The article is also linked on the Systems page (PB section) and IDE articles page (hard drive section) for future reference. (There are previous guides there for the PB G3 wallstreet and PB G3 firewire.)
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More Reports on $99.99 (net) Que 24/10/40 IDE CDRW :
I've updated the page with Mac owner comments on using the $99.99 (net price after rebates) Que 24/10/40 CDRW drive. (Reports from Beige G3, B&W G3 and G4/AGP system owners.) Based on the Toast report of a 1500 BP, the Que 24x is believed to be a Sanyo mechanism. (Note - one reader sent a note that CompUSA's specs page lists a 4MB cache, but another reader said the box notes a 2MB cache, the same as the TDK 24x drive. As noted in my Formac 12/10/32 FW drive review, Toast will report the drive's cache size also for verification.)

Note If any readers with this 24x drive or the TDK 24x ($149.99 noted in the recent news here) could time how long it takes to burn a full CD, including closing the disk with and without BurnProof enabled I'd appreciate it. Most 24x drives only write at 24x rates on the outer 1/3 of the Disc and burn-proof may increase the times to burn the CD. If you test this, let me know the details and results via email or post a drive database report.

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TDK 24/10/40 CDRW in ADS Pyro Firewire Case:
Date: 9/3/2001
Drive: TDK VeloCD 24x10x40x (IDE drive in FW case)
System: G4/AGP running OS 9.2
" I just bought my 24x10x40 with an ADS enclosure and everything worked great. I picked up the whole set for $250 from CompUSA. All I did was put the drive in the enclosure, and hook it up and using the existing drivers in both OS 9.2.1 and OS X the drive worked. Toast 5.0.2 also would burn at the full 24x speed as well as the Toast Preview Version, both would support BURN-Proof.

Not sure how long the $149.99 CompUSA sale will last (noted in the recent news here), but that is an amazing price. (The drive sold for $100 more at Ckt City here and most other stores.) And there's no rebate hassles. Compusa has the ADS Pyro case for $99.xx for some time now - perhaps the lower price is due to a faster bridge version coming soon, but even the original bridge is plenty fast for any CDRW or CD drive.

Another reader wrote via email with comments on the drive in a Firewire case:

" Hey Mike. I just wanted to say that I was able to grab one of these 24x/10x/40x burners today and I guess I'll be testing it for compatibility issues in the coming days.

I went to Circuit City because the closest CompUSA was out of stock. I had to go through 3 ranks in their chain of command (check-out, main counter, and manager) before they decided to call CompUSA and verify that it wasn't a special circumstance like a close-out or a misprint. They also informed me that it costs them $200 to put the drive on the shelf, so I felt kind of weird snatching it up for $150. They were nice about it vicious glances or anything. That just made me feel more weird. Heh.

I placed the drive in a QPS FireWire enclosure, replacing a TEAC CD-W512E. I just successfully burned at 24x on 12x media (not recommended) in Toast 5.02, but iTunes doesn't recognize it. Hot-plugging seems a bit quirky as well. I'll put a more detailed report in the drive database after putting the drive through its paces these next couple of days.

I don't know what mechanism this burner uses. Plextor's 24x IDE drive has a 4 MB buffer while this one has half that.
Thanks for the heads-up!
Eugene Chan "

Interesting they matched the price even when it was out of stock at the local store. I think the CCity here only matches if it's in stock at the competitor, but I could be wrong. I asked Eugene if he could time burns to see how long they took. (I also asked if he used Toast's verify function on the burns to 12x rated media). I've seen 16x rated media work at 24x before and still pass a Nero verify. (PC system with a TDK 24x drive .)

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TDK 24/10/40 IDE CDRW ($149.99) in G4/AGP:
The reader that posted a report on using the VeloCD 24x installed in an ADS pyro Firewire case (above) also commented on using it inside the G4/AGP system on the IDE bus.

" ...I just wanted to let you guys know that this went into my mac (via IDE) as well without a single problem. The biggest two issues was that the drive tray would catch on the original Apple spring loaded cover for the cd-rw, but other then that it was perfect. Drivers support was there, and it would also support bootable CD's (Via IDE or via FireWire). Only complaint is that it takes forever to burn an Audio CD with all the data that needs to be sent to the buffer (still burns at 24x though) ...

I assume he means the time it takes to copy files from the Audio CD to the hard drive (using a single drive to copy an Audio CD). There's no iTunes support for this drive that I know of so I assume he's using Toast 5.02 as he noted in the comments with the drive in a Firewire case.

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Matshita Expansion Bay DVD/CDRW Drive Problem Reports:
Although the first owner comments in the build guides here were very positive (noting OK DVD playback and including a modified iTunes/Discburner support file) - I've had some recent problem reports from owners of these drives in PowerBooks. Some noted not being able to play a DVD movie (the player did not recognize the drive had the disc inserted and another reader noted the drive would not play a burned DVD-R disc. Waking from sleep also generates an error where the mac thinks the expansion bay drive was removed owners say. For more details, see the Problem Reports page.
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CDRW/CD/DVD/Hard Drive Compatibility Database Updates:
The Drive Compatibility searchable database had 42 new reports added this morning. The database has reports on Combo DVD-CDRW, CDROMs, DVD-ROM, DVD-RAM, 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 4,631 reports. Here are today's additions:

    Combo DVD Recorder Drive Reports:
  • Pioneer DVR-A03 in Dual G4 AGP

    Combo DVD/CDRW Drive Reports:
  • IDE Matshita UJDA710 (Expansion bay) in PB G3 2000
    (Problems noted playing DVDs. The articles on swapping this drive in a PB exp. bay caddy did not note that problem)
  • IDE Toshiba SD-R1002 (4x4 CDR + DVD) in G4/AGP
    (noted problems with drive slowdown, almost sounds related to the issue noted here on this page)
  • IDE Toshiba SD-R1002 (4x4 CDR + DVD) in B&W G3

    IDE CDRW Reports:
  • HP 9510i in 7300 w/PCI IDE Card
    (problems noted with Toast 4.1.2 and Toast 5.01)
  • LG CED-8120B in Beige G3
    (listed under "other brands")
  • Lite On LTR-12101B (12/10/32) in Beige G3
    (updated report noting tip here for sleep issue worked.)
  • Lite On LTR-12101B (12/10/32) in Beige G3 [different user]
    (listed under "other brands")
  • Plextor 16x10x40 in Beige G3
    (some problems noted - asked if Toast v5.02 was used)
  • Que 24/10/40 in G4/AGP
  • Que 24/10/40 in B&W G3
  • Que 24/10/40 in Beige G3 [postive report]
  • Que 24/10/40 in Beige G3
    (problems noted - see the Que 24/10/40 owner comments for more info)
  • Sony CRX1611-82U (16x10x40x) in G4/AGP
  • Sony CRX-168B (16/10/40) in Beige G3
  • TDK VeloCD 24/10/40 in G4 AGP
  • Teac CD-W58E 8x8x32x in Beige G3
  • Yamaha 2100E (16/10/40) in B&W G3
  • Yamaha 2100E (16/10/40) in B&W G3 [different owner]

    Firewire CDRW Drive Reports:
  • Liteon 24102B 24x10x40x in ADS Pyro case
    used with 73-75-7600 mac (didn't note which)
    (Lite-On reports are filed under "other brands")
  • Que QueFire 16/10/40 w/G4 AGP
  • Que 24/10/40 IDE drive in ADS Pyro case w/G4 AGP
  • Sony CRX160E 12X8X32X in ADS Pyro case
  • TDK VeloCD 24/10/40 in ADS Pyro case (w/G4 AGP)
  • Teac CD-WS16EB 16X10X40 in Firewire case
    (used w/G4 AGP system)
  • Yamaha CRW2200BFU (20/10/40 IDE) in Logitec FW case
    (used w/Beige G3)

    USB CDRW Drive Reports:
  • Iomega Predator USB 4x4 used w/7600 (and USB PCI card)
  • Teac CD-WE54E used w/Beige G3

    SCSI CDRW Drive Reports:
  • Yamaha 2100s (16/10/40) in 9600/350
  • Yamaha 2100s (16/10/40) in 61/71/8100 (didn't note which)
  • Yamaha 8424S (8x/4x/24x) in 8100/80

    DVD ROM Drive Reports:
  • IDE Acer DVP 1640 (16/40) in B&W G3
  • IDE Matshita SR-8587-B in G4/AGP
  • Firewire - IDE Pioneer 115F in FW case (used w/G4 AGP 2001)

    IDE Hard Drive Reports:
  • IBM Travelstar 48GB in Powerbook G3
  • IBM Travelstar 20GB in Powerbook G4
  • IBM 60GXP 40GB in 9600/350 w/IDE PCI Card
    (no stuttering audio noted)
  • IBM 60GXP 40GB in B&W G3 rev 2
    (problems noted w/drive as slave to Quantum)
  • Maxtor 15GB in 95/9600 w/PCI IDE card
    (noted stuttering audio issue seen, didn't note if 9500 or 9600 or what IDE card brand or IDE card firmware version used.)

    SCSI Hard Drive Reports:
  • Fujitsu 2GB in Performa 6116CD
    (not supported by OS 8.1's drive setup he said)
  • Seagate Cheetah X15 18GB in B&W G3
  • Seagate 4GB in Umax J700

    Firewire Hard Drive Reports:
  • Firewiredirect 10GB w/PB G3 2000

You can find full owner reports by searching the database by drive/brand/interface/mac models (the latest reports are shown first in searches).
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 9 new reports today (total to date: 6,174).

  • Metabox G3/400 in Beige G3 (rated 8)
  • Metabox G4/400 in PowerTower Pro 225 (rated 9)
  • Newer Tech G4/400 in Beige G3 (rated 8)
  • NewerTech G4/350 in PowerWave 120 (rated 8)
  • Other World Computing G3/500 in Beige G3 (rated 10)
  • Powerlogix G4/450 in B&W G3 (rated 8)
  • Sonnet G3/400 in PowerCenter 132 (rated 10)
  • Sonnet G4/400 in Beige G3 (rated 10)
  • Sonnet G4/400 in Umax S900 (rated 8)

(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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Blast from the Past - 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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