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News Archive for: 9/13/2001 Thursday's NewsReturn to Accelerate Your Mac!

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Top stories of 9/13/2001:

Reader's Quicksilver in PC ATX Case Article:
A reader sent a link to a page with photos of his conversion of a Quicksilver G4 into a PC ATX Case.
(The Systems page here has various other previous articles on ATX case conversions for G4s, Beige/B&W G3s and even an 8500.)
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Photos of Dual G4/800 System w/ZIP Drive compared to Dual G4/500:
There have been lots of us curious about the bezel of the ZIP drive in the Quicksilver G4s. Jarod Wilson sent photos of his Dual G4/800 with ZIP drive to add to his detailed listing of comments/comparisons on the system vs. his previous Dual G4/500. The photos are of the ZIP bezel, front/rear case views, and DP800 vs DP500 motherboards.
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iTunes/Discburner Support File for Matshita UJDA330 Expansion Bay CDRW:
Reader Chi sent a copy of his Matshita UJDA330 support file mod for the low-cost CDRW expansion bay drive several readers have bought at auctions on ebay.
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(Updated) iTunes Support Files for IDE Lite-On 16/10/40 CDRWs:
[For those that may have missed last night's update]
Update: Jarod's original mod file posted yesterday will only work with Lite-On 16101B models. Later 16/10/40 Lite-On Drives are often 16102B models. Another reader sent a modified support file for the 16102B model - click here to download it. (Thanks to Jose Gonzalez for the 102B mod file.) If in doubt, use Apple System Profiler or Toast to check the model number. (It's on the drive label but that's not visible once installed in the Mac or in a Firewire case.)
Jarod later sent a revised mod file that should support both the 16101B and 16102B models in OS 9, but the included OS X file only supports the 16101B.
Jarod's modified Liteon 16/10/40 IDE CDRW 16101B iTunes/Discburner support files (and the later download above) include OS X support file mods for the 16101B drive only. See the download's text clipping readme file for more info.

(As with all these modified support files, they are provided as a service to others, but as-is with no warranties or guarantee. However just because the support files are edited to list the drive's model number, that does not mean that iTunes/Discburner will fully support the drive. It may or may not be reliable or fully support all features of the drive. For the Lite-On drives, it seems to work well based on reports so far.)

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CDRW/CD/DVD/Hard Drive Compatibility Database Updates:
The Drive Compatibility searchable database had 13 new reports added today. 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 4,740 reports. Here are today's additions:

    IDE CDRW Reports:
  • Matshita UJDA330 8x4x24x in iMac
  • Que 24/10/40 in G4/AGP
  • Teac W58E 8x8x32 in Beige G3
  • TraxData 161040 in G4/AGP
    (listed under "other brands")
  • Yamaha 2100Ez 16x10x40 in G4/AGP
  • Yamaha 2100Ez 16x10x40 in Beige G3

    Firewire CDRW Drive Reports:
  • Que 24/10/40 IDE in ADS Pryo FW case (used w/iBook 2001)
  • Que 24/10/40 IDE in ADS Pryo FW case (used wDual G4)

    SCSI CDRW Drive Reports:
  • Lacie 12x/10x/32x external w/Beige G3

    IDE CDROM Drive Reports:
  • Delta 50x in Starmax
    (listed under "other brands")

    IDE Hard Drive Reports:
  • Maxtor 60GB in Beige G3 (w/IDE PCI Card)
  • Western Digital 20GB in Beige G3

    SCSI Hard Drive Reports:
  • Seagate ST318417N 18GB in 7300

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 2 new reports today (total to date: 6,208).

  • PowerLogix BlueChip PB G3/466 in PB G3 wallstreet2 (rated 9)
    (report after 6 months of use)
  • Quicksilver G4/733 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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Software Updates and Other Net News

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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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