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News Archive for: 9/5/2001 Wednesday's NewsReturn to Accelerate Your Mac!

Top stories of 9/5/2001:

Retrospect Driver Update Adds Support for some Apple OEM CDRW Drives:
See Dantz's comments on Apple CD-RW Drives and Retrospect and then visit their listing of downloads including the latest Retrospect Driver Update. (Note - although it's only a driver update, you still have to fill out a form and enter your license code/registration number.)
Barney's news feed tonight also included a link to Retrospect Backup Solutions for Mac OS X and Mac OS X Server.
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Burn Speed Tests with Que 24/10/40 CDRW Drive:
Digging through the email backlog I found these reader replies to my request for timed burn tests with 24x CDRW drives (both from Que 24/10/40 owners):

" Hi Mike,
Just wanted to update my report on the Que Internal 24/10/40 drive from CompUSA. [Note - Dave has the drive in an ADS Pryo Firewire case, using a Dual G4 running OS 9.2. Note he's using 12x rated media; some forms of burn-proof vary the burn rate based on sensing of the media, so that may be a factor.-Mike]
I've just burned several copies of the OS X 10.0.0 Install CD to use as a benchmark for the drive.

Disc Info: OS X 10.0.0 Installer CD, 566.3 MB.
Time to extract to Toast disc image on Que Drive: 2:25.

Burn as Session, Buffer Underrun Protection OFF
Toast reported burn time: 2:40
Actual time to burn: 4:59
Time to verify disc: 2:51

Burn as Session, Buffer Underrun Protection ON
Toast: 2:40
Actual: 5:31
Verify: 2:52

Burn as Disc, Buffer Underrun Protection OFF
Toast: 2:40
Actual: 5:00
Verify: 2:50

Burn as Disc, Buffer Underrun Protection ON
Toast: 2:40
Actual: 5:31
Verify: 2:52

It appears that the BURNProof on the drive adds about 30 seconds to the burn time in either Disc or Session mode.

All tests were performed at 24x on KHypermedia 12x CD-R discs purchased from Outpost.com. The Mac is a Summer 2000 G4/500 DP with 384 MB RAM, stock 20 GB 5400 RPM IBM drive (DTLA-305020) and 45 GB 7200 RPM IBM 75GXP drive (DTLA-307045) running 9.2.1 and Toast 5.0.2. For what it's worth, the 45 GB IBM drive has been working wonderfully in this machine for nearly a year, with none of the problems others have reported with the 75GXP series. I also had a couple other programs running in the background (Entourage, iTunes, and Internet Explorer).

Toast reports model as "QPS CRD-BP1500P" with firmware version 6z34, a 2MB cache, and buffer underrun protection as a special feature.

Overall, I'm very happy with the drive. It worked right out of the box in my ADS Pyro case with Toast 5.0.2. Now I can gloat to all my friends for having the fastest burner available :-)

I love your site...keep up the good work.
Cheers,
Dave Corder "

Another reader sent his audio CD test burn results, which showed in his system, the drive was slower than a 12/10/32 Plextor.

" Hi again,
Quick shootout.
73:16 minutes of audio, Toast 5.02, DAO, Ram cache 64meg

  • Plexwriter 12/10/32a 7:32
  • Que 24/10/40 9:45

So much for 3 minute disks....these times are from "write disk" to "disk finished"

If I have time I'll do some data disks, but probably not soon 'cause I'm still at work and I don't wanna get busted..:)
S.B. "

I asked him for his system details.

I don't have a drive to test in a Mac, but I saw the TDK 24/10/40 drive ($149.99 now as noted in the recent news) running Nero 5.5 on a 1.4GHz Athlon PC. A 680MB (appx) CD data burn (to an 80Min CDR) took just a few seconds under 4 minutes, with 4:18 to 4:20 (minutes:seconds) including closing the disk. (Test repeated twice, once with the bundled TDK 24x CDR disk and once with a 16x rated iMation CDR). Burn-Proof was enabled for those tests. (No Verify done in those test times.) Those tests don't relate to how the drive does with a Mac, but just a FYI on what the TDK drives are capable of.

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Sonnet Ships New Version of Cresendo/7200
(from the press release)

" September 5, 2001. Sonnet Technologies ships improved versions of its Crescendo/7200 processor upgrades, achieving compatibility with industry-standard 168-pin EDO or Fast Page Mode 5 volt DIMMs. Crescendo/7200 G3 and G4 PCI cards have always included on-board RAM expansion, supporting a doubling of total system memory. The original Crescendo/7200 had not been compatible with some varieties of DIMMs.

Sonnet is concurrently shipping updated Crescendo/7200 software which supports virtual memory up to the full 1GB supported by the native Mac OS, up from the previous limit of 256MB. The new software version also includes broader support for third party PCI cards. Users are encouraged to check Sonnet's Crescendo/7200 compatibility matrix at www.sonnettech.com/support/matrices/c7200_matrix.html for information on any particular card. Users of all versions of the card can download the software update at www.sonnettech.com/downloads/proc_upgrds_sw.html#c7200

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iTunes/Discburner Support File Mod for Que 24/10/40 CDRW:
Not sure if this works 100% reliably, but a reader commented on a mod to add support (a clip from his drive database report noted in full below):

    " Here's my modified SanyoCDR file for iTunes/Disc Buner. I simply changed the only occurence of the string "1400" to "1500" (as in BP1400P to BP1500P). I guess that removes support for the BP1400P based drives, but oh, well. I don't have one of those :-)
    Dave Corder"
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Problems with the Alice Demo? Read This Tip from Westlake Interactive:
Brad Oliver of Westlake Interactive posted the following in the forums here:

" For those of you having problems with the Alice demo, like the game running in a window, showing the menu bar/dock or having no mouse control, please do the following:

Go into the "demo" folder that came with Alice and delete the "config.cfg" file. Restart Alice and everything should be OK.

This fix is only necessary if you downloaded Alice from macgamefiles.com (not Aspyr's ftp) last week before Friday. It seems they had a broken copy of the config.cfg file already in the archive which was crippling the demo. This is not an issue for the full retail version of Alice.

If you are having any other problems with the demo, make sure you have a Rage 128 or better video card, at least 220 megs of RAM free, 140 of which is assigned to Alice in the Finder (virtual memory is fine) and current versions of CarbonLib and OpenGL.
Hope that helps,
Brad Oliver
Westlake Interactive "

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More Reports on $99.99 (net) Que 24/10/40 IDE CDRW:
I've updated the page of Mac owner comments on using the $99.99 (net price after rebates) Que 24/10/40 CDRW drive.
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More Reports on Matshita Expansion Bay DVD/CDRW Combo Drives:
I've updatd the page of Problem Reports on this drive listing all of them that I've seen so far from emails and drive database reports (I'm still a few hundred emails behind in the last 48 hours, so the page will be updated with any new info I receive). I've posted a positive report also on that page. (The original build guides/articles here were postive also, but later owners have noted several problems with their drives.)
If any owners of this drive have comments or tips, let me know.
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Comments on IBM's Regatta Server w/Power4 CPU Chip:
" IBMs Reagatta server will be here early October.

They will be the first machines from IBM for sale open, with POWER4
www-1.ibm.com/servers/eserver/pseries/projectregatta/power4/index.html
(Notice that the ad movies include quicktime-version)

Not that Macs will use POWER4, but I sure hope that the teams behind POWER4 have been working together with the teams behind PowerPC. And PowerPC is coming from the POWER-architecture, so features in POWER4, might later on move over to PowerPC. POWER4 is completely compatible with PowerPC-code, according to IBM.

IBMs changed roadmap for PowerPC, shows they must be working on something far better than just another revision of PPC750CXe.
At the launch of PowerPC 750CXe, when Apple released the Flower Power iMac, did IBM tell that they were going to release 64-bit PowerPC processors this year. But they kept quiet about every other detail.
sincerely
Orjan Larsson
Sweden"

We all hope for advances in the desktop/consumer PowerPCs in the near future. I'd also like to see some 3rd parties offer something new. (Not really any faster 3rd party upgrades now than we had 18 months ago.)
While on the subject of PowerPC companies, if you missed yesterday's "other net news" page there were stories on Motorola's discovery of how to combine silicon with gallium arsenide to create a high-speed optical chip that's cost-effective. See the stories titled Motorola Unveils New High-Speed Chip Technology and Motorola makes historic breakthrough.

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Contrary to Some Reports - No Preorders Yet for OS X 10.1
Matthew Culmore wrote that despite some reports to the contrary, Apple is not yet taking orders for OS X 10.1:

" Mike,
Just talked to the Apple Store and as of this AM you can not pre-order the CD yet, contrary to some reports. The sales rep said they are having a huge amount of pre-order requests and they are told to ask people to call back around the end of the month. Any contradictory reports would be appreciated.

Looks like a blockbuster. Also, today's Wired, CNBC, and Motley Fool's Daily email newsletter are praising Apple's coming opportunities and the abundance of UNIX apps ready to be ported to OS X. Actually, one analyst on CNBC this AM said he only expects Apple and Dell to remain standing when all the crying is over in the PC wars. Message: slowly and on dips, buy Apple stock, and when you pick up your next Apple product, buy an extended warranty: Apple stock.
Matthew Culmore "

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CDRW/CD/DVD/Hard Drive Compatibility Database Updates:
The Drive Compatibility searchable database had 15 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 4,646 reports. Here are today's additions:

    Combo DVD/CDRW Drive Reports:
  • Matshita UJDA710 in PB G3 lombard
    (problems noted)
  • Matshita UJDA710 in PB G3 2000

    IDE CDRW Reports:
  • Que 24/10/40 in Beige G3
  • Que 24/10/40 in B&W G3
  • Que 24/10/40 in G4/AGP
  • Que 24/10/40 in Dual G4/AGP
    (included comment on iTunes support file mod)

    Firewire CDRW Drive Reports:
  • Lacie 2100e (1610/40) w/B&W G3
  • Yamaha CRW2100FXZ (16/10/40) w/PB G3 2000
    (notes bundled Toast 4.x did not work with the drive ?)

    DVD ROM Drive Reports:
  • IDE Acer DVP 1040A (10x/40x) in B&W G3
    (includes comments on firmware)
  • IDE Pioneer 106s (16x/40x) in G4/AGP

    IDE Hard Drive Reports:
  • IBM 60GXP 60GB in Beige G3
  • IBM 20GB in rev 1 B&W G3
    (corruption/problems noted)
  • IBM Travelstar 30GB in iBook 2001
  • Toshiba 30GB in iBook 2001
  • Western Digital 30GB in 6500
    (noted FWB drivers didn't support drive, used Apple Drive Setup)

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 7 new reports today (total to date: 6,181).

  • Formac (carrier card) w/G3 450 ZIF in 9600/300 (rated 1)
    (problems noted)
  • Metabox G3/400 in 8500/120 (rated 10)
  • PowerLogix G4/450 in Powertower Pro 225 (rated 1)
    (problems noted )
  • Sonnet G4/500 (Duet Dual G4/500 upgrade) in G4/AGP (rated 10)
  • Sonnet G3/300 in 8500/120 (rated 1)
    (problems noted)
  • Sonnet G4/450 in 8500/120 (rated 5)
    (problems noted with PCI Radeon card and the upgrade)
  • Apple iBook 2001 OC report

(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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Software Updates, Apple TILs, Other Net News

    Apple TIL Updates: (none today)
    [problems recently make kbase access almost impossible now]

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