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News Archive for: 9/18/2001 Tuesday's NewsReturn to Accelerate Your Mac!

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Top stories of 9/18/2001:

OS X Beta 3 Version of Return To Castle Wolfenstein MP Test:
ID has posted a Beta3 version of the OS X executables for Return to Castle Wolfenstein at ftp://ftp.idsoftware.com/idstuff/wolf/osx/. This download is twice the size (4MB) of the first release noted earlier today. (The download links noted earlier today are probably not updated yet for the beta3 version at ID's FTP site.)
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Mirrors of OS X Return to Castle Wolfenstein App:
Martin sent a note that french site macgeneration has posted a copy of the OS X Return to Castle Wolfenstein executable at http://www.macgeneration.com/jeux/download/woldmp.sit. (See today's earlier post with comments from ID's Graeme Devine for details on requirements for this Multi-Player only beta test release. Requires the data files from the PC version.)

Other Mirrors: (direct download links)
Macadvocacy.com [*Note* 63MB download, must have the PC pak files included]
Extremesims.com
Extremesims.com also has mirrored the PC version for Mac owners with access to a PC to install it and then copy the files over to the Mac for use with the OS X executable.

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Nimda Virus/Worm Spreading - Microsoft Browser as well as Server Vulnerability:
A reader reported there's a new worm spreading on the net now, citing this slashdot thread on it. TechTV is also covering it today noting that IE 5.0 and 5.5 are vulnerable if not updated and claimed that even reading the email with the "readme.exe" attachment could infect the PC (never heard of that before). It's also said that once the server is infected, it not only attempts to infect other MS servers but also downloads a "readme.eml" file to any PC using Internet Explorer browser (not sure all versions are vulnerable, or if the Mac version is vulnerable, I assume not since it replaces DLL files and seems Windows specific as far as PC infections.)
Everyone running a Microsoft web server update their software with all available security updates. (There are still many MS servers that have not even been updated for the Code Red patch, despite all the publicity.)

Cnet has a related story titled PCs, servers hit by virulent worm. Symantec's Antivirus Research Center has posted an alert with details on the "Nimda" worm which includes this info:

  • Large scale e-mailing: Uses MAPI to send itself out as README.EXE
  • Modifies files: Replaces multiple legitimate files with itself
  • Degrades performance: May cause system slowdown
  • Compromises security settings: Opens the C drive as a network share

[Update: On Thursday I saw that this worm can affect Mac Outlook Express users - just previewing an infected email resulted in mails being sent out my inbox (even though no copies show in the sent items folder). Searching with Sherlock found "readme.exe" files in my outlook express temp folder which I deleted. I've disabled the "preview" pane in Outlook Express and hope that Microsoft releases a fix for this for Mac users. NAV has no updates for it on the Mac, not does scanning find any problems.]

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Reader Tip for IBM 60GXP Drives That Don't Power Up:
Yesterday I noted that two IBM 60GB 60GXP drives from the same shipment were DOA (clicking noise, disabling the entire IDE bus if they were connected). I've gotten several emails from readers (again) over failed/bad 75GXP and 60GXP drives, although the vast majority of users note no problems with them. One new 60GXP owner noted his drive would not spin up, which he said was due to a contact problem with the drive's power pins.

" I also thought I had a dead 60 GXP drive. Yesterday my 40GB drive arrived. Box was perfect, drive looked fine. When I installed it as my new master or slave drive I could not boot. Not even from the CD ROM drive. Then while the computer was still on and open I by chance touched the power cord into the new drive and it sprang to life and the machine booted up.

It turned out that the pins on the power connector seem to be a bit smaller than the ones of the stock Maxtor drive. With a pair of small pliers I tightened up the pins on the power card and plugged in the drive again. It started right up and has run fine since 9pm last night.
Elliot "

This was not the problem with the 2 drives I saw, but might help someone else if the drive does not appear to power up.

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Modification to make Matshita Combo DVD/CDRW Drive a Master vs Slave:
Bill D., the reader that originally sent the article and photo of how he modified a Matshita UJDA710 drive to set it as a Master, vs. Slave.

" Chuck, Mike: After sleeping on this, I'm sure that pin 47 (CSEL) can be safely tied directly to ground (no "pull-down") resistor. Therefore, an equivalent, and slightly simpler means of pulling pin 47 low would be to build a solder bridge between pin 47 and the adjacent pin 45 (ground) on the interface board.
Bill D."

Chuck later replied to this mail:

" Bill, you're a freakin' genius. I decided not to wait till school started up again next week and took the adapter down to a computer repair shop and had them solder pins 45 & 47, and it now correctly shows up as "0" (master) instead of "1" (slave), and better yet, it's now BOOTABLE (holding down "C" key)!

One odd thing I noted, though. It takes about a minute for the "Happy Mac" icon to appear and it to start booting off of the CD with the UJDA710 drive. I had begun to wonder if it was frozen or wasn't going to work."

The previous two articles on this drive (mods and caddy swap info) are linked on the IDE articles page CD/CDRW/DVD section or below in the list of recent site articles and reviews.

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Return To Castle Wolfenstein OS X MP Test Available:
(several readers sent this info - thanks!)

" Name: Graeme Devine
Email: zaphod@idsoftware.com
Description: Designer / Project Manager
Last Updated: 09/18/2001 01:37:26 (Central Standard Time)
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Mac stuff.
The OS X build is looking good. On my G4 dual 800 with a GeForce 3 card I get 90fps in game, while on my P3 dual 800 with a GeForce 3 I get 30fps on the same settings.

I've been running it on my machine without problem, in game and out. However, I'm using a developer build of 10.1 (5G48), and I've not tested across anything else. I'll continue to do that tomorrow before putting out a general public release. Meanwhile, if you want to play the BLEEDING edge client, you can grab it from my iTools public folder (graemedevine). You'll need to have downloaded and installed a full PC build because this is just the app, so this limits the # of you that can play it to experts and desperate types.. I've been updating the build here for people to test on since I only have a few OS X machines here to play with.

Please ONLY send bug reports on this build to me (zaphod@idsoftware.com) and try to include a clear step by step way to replicate the error you have. Please also include the OS X build you have running and what kind of video card you have installed.

I was finally able to get it from Graeme's public folder at the Apple iTools page after several tries. (Not sure I'll get time to even test this for awhile however.) For a list of PC version download sites click on the link at the Official RTCW website.

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CDRW/CD/DVD/Hard Drive Compatibility Database Updates:
The Drive Compatibility searchable database had 11 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 4,773 reports. Here are today's additions:

    Combo DVD/CDRW Drive Reports:
  • IDE Toshiba SD-R1102 (8x8x32x + 8x DVD) in Beige G3

    IDE CDRW Reports:
  • HP 9150i 8x4x32 in Beige G3
  • LG CED-8120B in G4/AGP
    (listed under "other brands")
  • Samsung 212B (no speed noted) in Beige G3
  • Sony CRX-140E/CH2 (8/4/32) in Beige G3
  • Sony CRX1611 (16/10/40) in B&W G3
  • TDK Velocd 12/10/32 in G4/AGP

    Firewire CDRW Reports:
  • TDK VelocCD 24/10/40 in Firewire case (used w/iBook 2000)

    IDE DVD ROM Drive Reports:
  • Toshiba 1502 16x/48x in Beige G3

    IDE CDROM Drive Reports:
  • AOpen CD-936E/AKW 36x in 4400 PowerMac
    (listed under "other brands")

    SCSI Hard Drive Reports:
  • Hitachi 18 GB in Ext. case used w/B&W G3

You can find full owner reports by searching the database by drive/brand/interface/mac models (the latest reports are shown first in searches).
For guides to installing CD/CDRW/DVD drives or Hard drives in many mac models, see the IDE Articles page. The Firewire articles page also has guides on case kits, installing drives, etc.
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 6 new reports today (total to date: 6,223).

  • Newer Tech G4/400 in Beige G3 (rated 10)
  • Powerlogix Bluechip G3 in PB G3 wallstreet 1 (rated 1)
    (noted several didn't work)
  • Powerlogix Bluechip G3/500 in PB G3 wallstreet2 (rated 10)
    (updated report after 8+ months of use)
  • Sonnet G4/450 in 7500/100 (rated 7)
  • Sonnet G4/400 in PowerTower Pro 225 (rated 10)
  • Sonnet G3/500 in 8600/300 (rated 9)

(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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