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Accelerate Your Mac! News Archive for: 9/7/2001 Friday's NewsReturn to Accelerate Your Mac!


Top stories of 9/7/2001:

More Quicksilver Noise Reduction Mods + A Surprisingly Easy Tip
I'm about a week behind on getting some reader sent articles posted but have just finished another one on Quicksilver fan noise reduction mods from Kelly. (The 4th article here on Quicksilver fan noise reductions.)
This article links to a $16 Panaflow brand replacement main case fan (the large internal fan) plus Kelly's comments and photos of how the CPU fan shroud slot was responsible for a lot of noise (and easily fixed he said using electrical tape to cover the slot). Here's the latest of 4 articles here on Quicksilver fan noise reduction mods. (The related links at the bottom of the article lists the others.) Thanks to readers for sending their mod info and photos.
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Reader Article on Making Quicksilver G4 Speaker Protective Grille:
It seems some people just can't resist putting their fingers into the Quicksilver front speaker. I've posted an article with photos by Melvin Astrahan of how he made and installed a protective speaker grille for his Quicksilver.
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Reminder to Lombard Owners (PB G3/1999) regarding DVD Player Requirements
(I had posted this info in the previous articles on the Matshita Combo DVD/CDRW drive here but forgot to repeat it on the feedback/problem reports page.)
If your Lombard (Powerbook G3 1999 model) did not come with the DVD decoder chip option (standard only on 400mhz models I believe) - a DVD ROM drive will not add DVD player compatibility. The 1.x DVD players require a hardware decoder (Apple's Lomboard dvd decoder option, PCcard decoder, or the OEM Mpeg daughtercard for Rage128 B&W G3 and Yikes, etc.). The 2.x DVD players are software decoders but require a Rage128 or later graphics chip, which the 1999 PB G3 does not have. (It has a RageProLT, not the Rage128 Mobility of the PB G3 2000 and PB G4 models, which use the DVD 2.x players). I've added this note to the latest feedback page. It has been on the two previous articles on this combo drive but may not have been noticed.

Just a FYI for those that may think adding a DVD ROM drive alone (of any brand) will add DVD player support on a Lombard without the decoder chip on the motherboard or a PCcard decoder.

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Aspyr Taking Preorders for Spider Man:
In today's newsletter from Aspyr they noted that Spider Man for the Mac is due to be released in November and their web site is taking pre-orders now. (For more info on the Spiderman game, see
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More Reports on Matshita Expansion Bay DVD/CDRW Combo Drives:
I've updated the page of Problem Reports on the Matshita Combo drive. The latest additions include comments/suggestions from the reader (Bill D.) that first sent the photos/info on the drive (who has had no DVD problems). Bill suspects that most having problems may be owners of the OEM LG DVD ROM drive (for Pismos) and noted he had previously applied the PB G3 firewire firmware update (v4.1.8). I don't know if the firmware update would be a factor, but just a FYI on Bill's comments. The build guide has been updated with a note that the LG DVD ROM drive caddy does not have the same removable side cover as noted in the article which used a Matshita drive (Apple used more than one OEM source for the original DVD ROM drive.)
If any owners of this drive have comments or tips, let me know.
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Acard ATA/100 IDE Controller in Quicksilver - Sleep Issues Noted
There have been a few posts recently from owners of the new Acard ATA/100 IDE controller card (one noted it worked with OS X). A Quicksilver G4 owner wrote to say it does not support deep sleep:

" Hi Mike,
Just wanted to pass on some details regarding this card. I just installed it and attached a Maxtor DiamondPlus60 ATA 100 drive to it on my DP 800.

I have two Western Digital Caviar (80 and 100GB) drives attached to the onboard bus. I can't provide you with hard numbers at this point, but I can tell you that it doesnít appear to provide any real world speed increase over the onboard bus from what I have seen. Similar to your other Acard review.

It also disables sleep totally in OSX and disables deep sleep in OS9. In fact, with my GF3 attached to a Mitsubishi Diamond Plus 200 monitor it actually pushes the monitor out of sync when the Mac does sleep, and I get an out of range error. The error disappears on waking. Strange. It does ship with everything in the box you might need: screws ATA cable, fairly decent manual even a beige mounting sled and power cable Y-splitter. I attached a screen shot of the rev number of the card from ASP just FYI. Feel free to pass along any info to your readers. God Bless.
Don B.
Macintosh Consultant"

Perhaps they can address this in a future firmware update.

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More Comments on non-Apple CDRWs and Retrospect Driver Update:
" Just replaced the original CD Drive with a Plextor 16/10/40A ATAPI drive. Toast Titanium can burn CD's, also Retrospect 4.3 (with Driver Update & Extensions Update) sees the drive as well. I have a Beige G3 tower, upgraded to 500 mHZ G3, 768mb ram, running System 9.2.1.
Steve "

" I have an NEC NR-7700A 12X10X32. It works perfectly with the new Retrospect version and also works with Disk Burn, it was a deal for under $100. It is installed internally in a B&W G3/350 with OS 9.2.1.

" I have a HP 9350 10x4x(forgot) [32x I suspect-Mike] that I installed in my B&W g3 400 and this update finally recognized my drive. Funny thing though it said it was on SCSI 2:1 when it on ATA 2:1. It works, no complaints."

" Just wanted to let you know that my internal 12x8x32 CDRW (Teac CD-W512EB) works fine with Retrospect since updating the software.
I'm running macos 9.2.1 on a B&W G3.
Gary P."

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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Latest Comments on OS 9.2.1 Installs on Unsupported Macs:
I've been so overloaded lately that I've not posted most of the later feedback from readers that tried the install tips, etc. noted here when OS 9.2.1 was released. Here's one of the most recent comments received:

" I want to report that I have used Scott Boone's patcher on my 9.2.1 System Suitcase and have now substituted this for the 9.1 Suitcase that I was originally forced to use after updating to 9.2.1. I have a Power Tower Pro 225 with an upgraded G3 400 cpu. After applying the patcher, the 9.2 splash screen comes up and everything seems to be working fine. If I have any problems I will let you know. I have verified that I can print (Laser Writer 360).

For those interested in using Scott's patcher (located in his iDisk) , the large one is the one needed. As I understand it, the small patch is another method for getting the updated to run. Since I was successful with GestLab, I did not need the small patch but I was confused about what it does. Scott's patcher operates on the 9.2.1 Suitcase that is produced from running the update. When you activate the patch it will ask for the location of system 9.2.1. It wants the location of the suitcase. Be patient when it runs, you will hear a lot of disk activity, then silence. Then you will get a screen saying it was successful.

I also had the same or very similar trouble as as others have posted with Eudora. I deleted Open Transport Preferences, AppleShare Prep, and AppleTalk Preferences - and left TCP/IP alone, then restarted. This worked for me. I suspect open transport is the main offender.
Bruce R. "

I've added Bruce's comments to the original page on the OS 9.2.1 install mods and reader comments.

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CDRW/CD/DVD/Hard Drive Compatibility Database Updates:
The Drive Compatibility searchable database had 18 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 4,677 reports. Here are today's additions:

    DVD Recorder Drive Reports:
  • Pioneer DVR-A03 in Firewire case (used w/PowerBook G4)

    IDE CDRW Reports:
  • Plextor 12/10/32 in Beige G3
  • Samsung SW-212BE 12/8/32 in Beige G3 (problems noted)
  • Sony CRX160E in Dual G4
  • Teac CD-W58E 8X8X32 in Beige G3
    (noted no support in iTunes yet another report said otherwise.)

    Expansion Bay CDRW Reports:
  • Matshita UJDA 330 8x4x24 in PowerBook G3 2000

    Firewire CDRW Drive Reports:
  • Lacie 16/10/40 used w/Dual G4 (problems noted)
  • Plextor W2410TA (24x10x40A) in Firewire case (used w/Dual G4 system)
  • Sony 140e (IDE) in ADS Pryo case (used w/Dual G4 system)
    (Noted Retrospect 4.3 w/updates worked with the drive)
  • TDK 16/10/40 used with Powerbook G4

    USB CDRW Drive Reports:
  • Lacie 4x/2x/8x w/G4 AGP system

    DVD ROM Drive Reports:
  • IDE Toshiba SDM-1502 in Beige G3

    IDE Hard Drive Reports:
  • IBM 30GB in Powerbook G4
    [used my Illustrated Powerbook G4 Drive Upgrade guide]
  • IBM 60GXP 40GB in Beige G3
  • Maxtor 100GB in G4/Cube
    (I reviewed the Maxtor 100GB tested in my G4 Cube here previously)
  • Maxtor 40GB in Beige G3
  • Western Digital 80GB in iMac
    (noted startup problems - due to the drive not being set to "single drive" jumper setting)

    Firewire Hard Drive Reports:
  • FWdepot oxford 911 case used with G4/AGP

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 G3/400 in 8500/120 (rated 10)
  • Newer Tech G4/400 in PowerTower Pro 200 (rated 1)
  • Other World Computing G3/450 in Beige G3 (rated 10)
  • Powerlogix Bluechip PB G3/466 in PB G3 Wallstreet 2 (rated 8)
  • Powerlogix Bluechip PB G3/500 in PB G3 Wallstreet 2 (rated 10)

(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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