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Accelerate Your Mac! News Archive for: 9/14/2001 Friday's NewsReturn to Accelerate Your Mac!


Top stories of 9/14/2001:

Return to Castle Wolfenstein For OS X Comments by ID's Devine
Will OS X Test Version Be Released Tomorrow?:
There's some great news in comments from ID's Graeme Devine at this page:

" Mac stuff.

I've been playing the WolfMP test natively under Mac OS X. I've also got the OS X installer for WolfMP all wrapped up and standing by. "

Saturday (9/15) is the date when there's supposted to be a beta test version of Return To Castle Wolfenstein released. I first assumed it would be for the PC only, but if those comments are real, then there might be a Mac version also. [Note - there was a PC version released on Saturday, but no Mac OS version that I could find to date.]

For more info and screenshots of the game, see the Official website or this article at Gamespot.

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Apple Customer Installable Parts Guides for Quicksilver:
A year or more ago I linked to the Apple CIP pages (Customer Installable Parts) for previous models in the FAQ, but they now have added a CIP page for Quicksilver models. The guides include drive replacements (including ZIP drive), memory, Airport card, and more. PDF and QT movie versions of each are listed. They are not as detailed as the guides here for installing drives, etc. but I don't have a Quicksilver model to create my own. The ZIP drive guide for instance assumes an Apple replacement part which already has the jumpers set to slave. (As noted in the previous CDROM install guide here, the CD/DVD/CDRW drive is set as a "master" so the ZIP would be jumpered to a "slave".) The jumper settings are usually marked on the ZIP drive housing.
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OS X 10.1 Free CD Update May Be Available in Some Retail Stores:
Matthew Culmore just called to say there are reports (reportedly verified by Apple and in a recent Wallstreet Journal) that some stores will have a free OS 10.1 CD for owners of earlier versions of OS X 10.0. I'm not sure what the required proof will be (original CD, box, etc.) but Matthew indicated it will be a single CD with the 10.1 update, not including the 2nd CD of demos/apps/freeware/shareware that is said to be included in the "free" ($19.95 shipping and handling) version. Regardless, this is good news if it pans out. I've always thought that for those that bought the retail version (when there was little to no native software), they should get the 10.1 update for free.
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GeForce3 w/1045 ROM - No Widescreen Sony FW900 Modes Supported:
I've been able to test a new Sony GDM-FW900 (24" widescreen CRT) with an OEM GeForce3 w/rev 1045 firmware and the latest drivers included with OS 9.2.1. I'm sad to say there are nothing but 4:3 resolutions listed. The Radeon offered more than twice as many total modes, including some widescreen ones. However neither card was very sharp in my opinion at 1600 pixel and above resolutions that were tested. Granted I'm used to looking at LCDs which are razor sharp in comparison. (BTW - It seems almost impossible also to get perfect convergence on the FW900, at least at the edges/corners.)

I hope Apple will release a firmware update for the GeForce3 to address this. (There are reports of later than 1045 ROM versions in some recent GeForce3 cards - Jarod Wilson's Quicksilver w/GF3 shipped with v1055, but it's unknown if the later firmware supports any of the Sony's widesceen modes. And the later firmware versions are not available to existing owners of GeForce3 cards to date.) If anyone can extract a later GeForce3 firmware version (later than 1045), please let me know as I'd like to have it for testing.

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GeForce3 vs Radeon OS X Quake3 Performance in Dual G4/800 System:
Jarod Wilson sent results of GeForce3 vs Radeon Quake3 tests in OS X 10.0.4 on his new DP 800 system. (I created a graph of the results to more clearly show the differences).
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Dual G4/800 Owner Reports on Processor Error at Boot:
This makes the 3rd report I believe so far from a dual G4/800 system owner that reported an error regarding one of the CPUs. All reports so far indicate this was a one time error and they've seen no problems in use, but I wonder how common this is and what the real cause is. (Although this may be a software related issue, I still suggest anyone seeing any errors run the detailed tests option using the supplied Hardware Test CD.) Here's the first report and the most recent report of this error:

" I just got a delightful error on startup - "The Built-in processor test found a problem with one of your processors. Please contact a technician" Great. I checked around and found about a half dozen others having this problem also. Some people are saying that this means one processor has quit working, but mine both still work. I have the processor monitor open as we speak, and my Cinabench tests show the right scores. Since that error, I have restarted up 5 times and no error. I even ran the hardware check cd-no problems.

He later mentioned he's seen no other problems in use.
The most recent report with a similar error noted was yesterday:

" Dear Mike
... I just bought a Dual 800 from apple, Tonight when I started up my computer in the classic OS [9.2.1] my computer is telling me that one of the process is no longer working. Although it did boot into the OS without any more problems, but when I open the "Apple System Profiler" the 2 process become 1!!!

I was shocked, after that I restarted my computer again, this time without a problem I booted back into the Classic OS [without any error msg.]. and when I open the system profiler again it has 2 rather than one processes in the window...

I just wondering, should I call apple or this is "normal" in the dual process computers, or my computer is on the edge of dying (I hope not)...

This happened about 3 hours ago, I did boot back into OS X again and the process meter shows two meters rather than one and both works :)

I hope maybe you can ask other users on your website if the have the same problem or not :)
Jin W.

Dual 800
1.12 GB Ram
two 40GB HD one is 7200 and one is 5400 both made by IBM "

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Report of OS X Server Install on Dual G4/800:
" Hello,
Just thought there might be some who would be curious to know that, despite many recent reports on MacFixIt and elsewhere, it is indeed possible to boot and install Mac OS X Server (10.0.3) to a Quicksilver G4-800DP.

1.5GB RAM (third party)
Master: IBM 60GXP 60GB (five partitions; MOSXS to 1st; third party)
Slave: IBM 40GB (stock 5400RPM)
Apple OEM Ultra SCSI card
D-Link 570TX 4 Port Ethernet (third party)

CD Info:
Mac OS X Server (10 User) 10.0 (has 10.0.3 4P13 on it)

The installer process zips right along; updates to v.10.0.4 (and other stuff) just fine. No configuration or running issues to report at this time; NetBooting a dozen iMacs and G3/G4s as we speak. Still have to configure advanced settings, sharepoints, users, Web server, FTP, etc.; expect the common issues noted by many MOSXS admins, but nothing we can't live with until OS X 10.1 arrives. And, yes, the OS is seeing and (apparently) using both processors.

For those with CD versions unable to boot and complete the installation on a Quicksilver, just take your server's hard drive to a pre-Quicksilver G3 or G4 and install your license there, apply updates, then return the drive to your Quicksilver. We have tested this and it works (we had an older g4-400 all set up whose hard drive we moved in to test; it works). If you don't have access to an older G3/G4, call Apple and explain you simply need a newer release of the CD.

Further details on request.
SQ Docent"

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OS X Classic Rave and Voodoo3 Rave Extension Conflict Noted:
" Just sending this in to see if anyone else has seen this:

I run a dual monitor machine with the OEM RAge128 and a V3 2000, and after installing OS X I was having major problems trying to boot back into OS 9. After extensive troubleshooting, I realized that the 3dfx RAVE driver was conflicting with the Classic RAVE file that was installed by OS X into my OS 9 system folder for use in Classic. I just wanted people to know this, and I'm also curious to see if anyone else has seen this problem, or could backup/refute my solution.
Thanks for the top-notch site,
Keil J."

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CDRW/CD/DVD/Hard Drive Compatibility Database Updates:
The Drive Compatibility searchable database had 6 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 4,746 reports. Here are today's additions:

    Combo DVD/CDRW Drive Reports:
  • Expansion Bay Matshita UJDA710 in PowerBook G3 Lombard

    IDE CDRW Reports:
  • Que 24/10/40 in Dual G4

    IDE DVD ROM Drive Reports:
  • Samsung SD-612 12X/40X in B&W G3

    IDE Hard Drive Reports:
  • IBM Travelstar 30GB in PowerBook G4
    (Used my illustrated PB G4 HD upgrade guide)
  • Fujitsu 40GB in iMac
  • Western Digital 30GB in iMac

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: 6,210).

  • PowerLogix G4/450 in 7300/7500/7600 (rated 1)
  • PowerBook G4/400 Overclocking 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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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 and Other Net News

    Apple TIL Updates: [not able to determine changes lately]

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