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News Archive for: 9/6/2001 Thursday's NewsReturn to Accelerate Your Mac!

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Top stories of 9/6/2001:

Retrospect Driver Update Tests with Plextor IDE CDRW:
" Dear Mike,
Just a quick note to give you an update on my testing of Retrospect 4.3 (with Driver Update & Extensions Update) and my Plextor 12/10/32A drive installed in a Beige desktop G3. I had talked to Retrospect several times asking about future compatibility with my drive and was told that they didn't have plans to support anything but Apple drives. I upgraded to 9.2.1 and got the necessary updates for use with 4.3 of Retrospect Express and voila! it worked. I have successfully backed up my drives to CDRW media and Retrospect shows my interal burner as an available backup device. I am able to use it in the background also while doing other tasks.

My G3 is originally a 266 upgraded to a 500 mhz G3 with 280mgs ram and the factory CD replaced by the Plextor drive. I thought you might like to pass this on to your readers. As always, thanks for maintaining the most informative site on the net for Macs!
Mark C."

If any readers test the Retrospect driver update with other brands of IDE CDRWs, please let me know the details (drive model, etc.) and system info.
The Retrospect driver update was listed in yesterday's news software updates (available from this Dantz page). I've added this info to the FAQ's CDROM/CDR section for future reference.

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Digital Audio Extraction Rate Tests w/TDK 24x CDRW in Firewire Case:
A reader replied to my request for DAE speed tests with 24x CDRW drives in yesterday's news with a report on his TDK 24/10/40 drive in a Firewire case. (I asked to test inner and out tracks of the Audio CD):

" 500 MHz iMac DV SE
512 MB of RAM / VM Off
Mac OS 9.2.1
Toast Titanium 5.02
iTunes 1.1
TDK CDRW241040X in a QPS Que! Fire enclosure.

DAE results:

CD #1 (Chanticleer - Wondrous Love)
Track 1 (1:57) - 0:14 in Toast [appx 8.36x] - 0:20 in iTunes
Track 23 (8:29) - 0:55 in Toast [appx 9.25x] - 1:16 in iTunes

CD #2 (Chanticleer - Our Heart's Joy)
Track 1 (5:01) - 0:35 in Toast [8.6x] - 0:48 in iTunes
Track 15 (3:21) - 0:25 in Toast [12.84x] - 0:32 in iTunes

I also burned a 24x rated CD-R w/burnproof off 694.4 MB - 131 files and folders
Counting RAM caching and closing the disc, burn time was 5:56.
Eugene Chan"

If anyone has the drive on an IDE interface and runs any DAE tests, let me know the results.

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Tips for Toast Interface Unstable Errors with IDE CDRW Drives:
A reader replied in a drive database report yesterday that my suggestion to disconnect the IDE ZIP (slave) drive and disable the Iomega extension solved his Toast "interface unstable" errors.
There were other reports about long IDE cables also causing problems. Just a FYI on something to try if you see errors like this with IDE CDRW drives. (The reports were from Beige G3 owners but may be of help to other IDE based Macs.)
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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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CDRW/CD/DVD/Hard Drive Compatibility Database Updates:
The Drive Compatibility searchable database had 13 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 4,659 reports. Here are today's additions:

    IDE CDRW Reports:
  • IDE Plextor 16x10x40 in Beige G3
    (includes comments on cable connections)
  • Que 24/10/40 in Beige G3
    (Noted my tip to disconnect the ZIP drive helped with Toast "connection unstable" errors)
  • Que 24/10/40 in Beige G3
    (issues noted with G4 upgrade/software)
  • Cendyne/Lite-on LTR12101B used with IDE to SCSI Adapter with 54/64/6500 Mac
    (didn't note specific mac model - listed under "other brands" and "IDE to SCSI" adapters)
  • Teac CD-W516EB 16/10/40 in Beige G3
    (noted issues due to long cable plus verification problems)

    Firewire CDRW Drive Reports:
  • Que 24/10/40 in ADS Pyro FW case (used w/G4 AGP system)
  • Yamaha CRW2100FXZ (16/10/40) w/PB G3 2000
    (updated report after buying Toast 5)

    DVD ROM Drive Reports:
  • IDE Matshita SR-8583 (5x) in Beige G3
    (followup report)

    IDE Hard Drive Reports:
  • Hitachi 20GB in PB G3 Wallstreet1
    (see the Systems page, PB section for an illustrated HD upgrade guide)
  • Maxtor 7200 rpm/60GB in B&W G3 rev 1
    (noted data corruption test util passed but hangs at large video file copies)
  • IBM 60GXP 40GB in 8500 w/PCI IDE Card

    Firewire Hard Drive Reports:
  • IBM 60GXP 60GB in OWC Elite Case (used w/8500 system)
    (noted problems were solved by switching to Intech drivers)

    Tape Drive Reports:
  • SCSI Seagate 4586NP in 54/64/6500
    (didn't note specific mac model)

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 8 new reports today (total to date: 6,189).

  • Metabox G4/450 in 9600/200 (rated 9)
  • Other World Computing G4/500 in Beige G3 (rated 10)
  • Sonnet G4/450 in 9600/233 (rated 10)
  • Sonnet G4/400 in Beige G3 (rated 10)
  • XLR8 G4/500 in B&W G3 (rated 9)
  • XLR8 CarrierZIF w/PL G3/500 ZIF in 9500 (rated 8)
  • XLR8 CarrierZIF MPe w/G3 400 ZIF in Power Tower Pro 200 (rated 4)
  • OEM G3/500 ZIF (macselect) in Beige G3 (rated 8)
    (listed under "other brands")

(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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Software Updates, Apple TILs, Other Net News

    Apple TIL Updates: [none today - Apple has had Kbase problems recently]

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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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