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Accelerate Your Mac! News Archive for: 9/20/2001 Thursday's NewsReturn to Accelerate Your Mac!

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Top stories of 9/20/2001:

Return To Castle Wolfenstein MP Test Beta 5 Posted:
ID has posted a new Beta5 version of the OS X executables for Return to Castle Wolfenstein at ftp://ftp.idsoftware.com/idstuff/wolf/osx/.

Note: Increasing the "hunkmegs" setting in the Config file may improve performance and perhaps stability. (That was a past tip from ID for Quake3 also, if you have plenty of RAM.) I'm going to try increasing it to 128 (MB), since I have plenty of RAM in this machine (512MB). One reader noted using an even larger setting.

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Lightwave 7.0B Update for OS X:
Barney Buoy sent a note that Newtek has posted a Lightwave 3D 7.0B update for OS X. (Requires LW v7 of course.)
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Nimda Worm and Mac Users "Sent" Infected Emails
[Update- although mail may be returned to mac user's inbox as though sent from them - the actual cause must be that that user's email address was contained in either the address book or a html file on an infected PC. Other Mac owners have also reported the same thing I saw, but there's really no other logical explanation for this on a Mac. ]
Some of you may already heard this (reported at macfixit today also i'm told), but after just previewing an email today that an attachment sent by the Nimda worm noted in Tuesday's news, I have gotten bounced email notices (for mails I never sent) and a note that some email "from" me had the readme.exe (worm's) attachment. (Later I got one from me to me - since the worm forges email addresses I learned later, this had to be from an infected PC, not my Mac.)
This mail was not actually sent by me (nor are copies in my sent items folder)- but searching with Sherlock found copies of "readme.exe" in the Outlook Express temp folder, evidence that I had received infected mails). (No .eml files were found however, I also searched for invisible files.)

There's no updates to the Mac version of NAV for this (to delete the exe files) but you can manually search for readme.exe files and delete them, although they cannot execute on a Mac there's no reason to leave them on your system.
For PC users (or VirtualPC users running Outlook/Outlook express), beware of any emails with attachments, especially if the subject line has scrambled text (may not be typical, but was for the email I have seen). Also use Windowsupdate.com to get updates to Internet Explorer browsers for the preview vulnerability, if you have not already done so. (Symantec and other Antivirus companies have updates for this worm now also.).

This happened on my main work machine, a PowerBook G3 running OS 9.04 with IE 5 and Outlook Express 5.02. I do not have this PB on a network nor are there any networked PCs here (one reader assumed that was the reason for what I saw, that's not the case.) In case anyone gets an email from "newsNOSPAM@xlr8yourmac.com" - delete it. I never send email from that address. I realize that macs can't execute .exe files (except if running Virtual PC) and there's no DLLs, registry, etc. on the mac for it to affect, however I wanted to note what I had seen as far as bounced/returned emails (infected ones) and notes from an ISP that I had sent an infected email. The only explanation is that an infected PC had my email addresses either in html files or in an address book and the worm forged them in the "from" address.

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OS X 10.1 Final Should Be Available Very Soon - Have a CDR Disc Handy:
I've gotten several reports from trusted sources (and I don't use that term loosely) that OS X 10.1 will be available very soon. I'm waiting for confirmation, but the rumors of being able to bring a CDR to a dealer and get the 10.1 update burned for free may be a reality, at least at some dealers. (For owners of OS X 10.0.) This may not be practical for large volume dealers, and many would not want to go to the effort (or time). However I've had two dealers say they wanted to do this. (I did not post this info when it was at a rumors site, but did after receiving two mails from dealers wanting to provide this service to their customers.)
Note: a reader wrote that another web site said this was a "silly" rumor, but the day this was posted I had an email from an east coast Apple dealer noting he wanted to offer to burn 10.1 updates for customers, but pulled the press release awaiting an OK from Apple. Here's a clip with the company name and location removed:

" XXXXXXXX will be offering the Mac OS 10.1 upgrade for free at all of it's XXXXXXXX locations. All the customer needs to do is bring in a piece of blank CDR media, and we will burn them a copy. "

BTW - I found the comments on this being a silly rumor a bit ironic from the author of a story about "Rockoids"...which in my opinion is far more silly. ;-)

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G4/800 DP Owner Raves on Performance, DVD Studio Pro, Fractal Demo Scores:

A reader with a Dual G4/800 sent raving comments on performance, with DVD Studio Pro and some very impressive scores from the Altivec Fractal demo. He also commented on the issues of noise and heat. Details
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Apple Repair Service Impresses Me, Not Once, But Twice:
It's the nature of things, especially on the Net that you hear reports of problems far more often reports of things going well. (The databases here of owner reports on drives, CPU upgrades, etc. are exceptions perhaps). However I just wanted to say I have been very impressed with the turnaround time from Apple on system repairs recently and felt I should comment on it.

A few weeks back I had the firewire ports fail on my PowerBook G4/400. I called Apple and was delivered a shipping box the same day (normally it would have been the next day, but there was someone in the area that day). It was shipped to their Houston repair facility overnight, fixed in one day and shipped back overnight. I was impressed to say the least.
A few days ago my Gigabit G4/500 DP system developed some problems (lockups in OS X, and finally lockups booting even the hardware test CD). It was within a few weeks of being out of the warranty and beyond the 90 days of free phone support, so I was told to take it to an Apple dealer for repair. I dropped it off at Cavalier on Tuesday at about 2PM. Shortly after noon on Wednesday I was called to say it was ready to pick up. They had called Apple the same day I dropped it off, and the parts were delivered overnight. I realize that many dealers may not have been able to look at the system the same day, but I have to say I'm impressed with the speed at which Apple delivered. I know there are always horror stories on repairs from any company, but I wanted to note what I have seen recently with two system repairs that were resolved very quickly. In these times of cut-backs and reductions in services, I was surprised to see that overnight shipping was used in every case. (Due to the recent events, shipping may vary of course depending on location.)

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Apple posts page with Video based Tips and Tricks for Photoshop:

Apple has a page titled Adobe Photoshop Tips and Tricks that links to video tutorials on many tips and techniques.
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Return To Castle Wolfenstein Beta Issues with GeForce3 and OS X 10.0.4 build 4Q12:
Based on tests here (and other reader reports), there seems to be some issue with GeForce3 cards running OS X 10.0.4 build 4Q12. (The Quicksilver Macs ship with 4S10 which some say does not have the problem. ) After repeated problems (black screen, etc.) I switched to a Radeon AGP card and the game ran. Several other GF3 owners running build 4Q12 also noted the same problems I had. Since by the time Return to Castle Wolfensten ships, OS X 10.1 will be available (with GeForce3 drivers, which 10.0.x does not have), the problem should be solved. ( I've sent Graeme two emails on this problem, but not sure if updates to the beta of the game files can address this issue until later versions of OS X are available. 10.0.4 build 4S10 is not a publicly available update.)

The beta 4 version of RtCW as noted yesterday is available at ftp://ftp.idsoftware.com/idstuff/wolf/osx/.

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Comments on Video Capture to Firewire Drives with FCP 2.02 and QT 5.02:
Reader Mike Kramer does DV for a living and had noted dropped frame problems with capture in Final Cut Pro 2 with QT 5.0 (as had others). I had asked some time back if the updates to QT and Final Cut Pro solved this issue and he recently replied:

" ...I have finally had time to test batch capture on FCP2.0.2 and QT5.0.2 and a FW drive. Using the non-oxford portable drive, I was able to batch capture two 30 minute DV clips with no errors, even as the drive reached less than 1GB free. This was on a G4 533 DA machine. Can't verify that all issues are fixed, but in my other uses, I'd say that FCP2.0.2 and QT5.0.2 have fixed most of the major bugs that were causing havoc on my productivity when the "unfinished" FCP2.0 and QT5 RT were released.

Just a note. OWC is now using the 911 chip set in all FW drives they assemble. I just got a 40GB 5400 rpm drive, and it is 20-25% faster than the 80GB 5400 drive I got from them without the 911 chipset. My computer is a G4 AGP 450, and I am getting real world write speeds of 10-11MB/sec with large files as opposed to 8-9MB/sec on the non-911 drive, and 6MB/sec on the portable non-911 drive. Both 3.5in drives are Maxtor, though the 40GB is newer, and may be faster for that reason alone. "

For reviews and build guides of Firewire drives (with real world and benchmark tests), as well as controller articles, Case kit reviews, etc. see our Firewire articles page.

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Send Creative Labs Your Comments on Mac SoundBlaster Live:
(Repeating this post from yesterday's news, for those that may have not read the news here yesterday)

"CreativeOne" posted this in the forums a few days ago)

" I don't want you to feel like your SB LIVE Mac was a bad decision. Realize that DevRel is concerned that the project will get killed if he isn't prodding them everyday like he has been. We both feel very strongly about the Macintosh platform, and want Creative's products to not only come to the platform, but should also be ported as a quality product. I think we are all to the point that the OS 9 update is long overdue. I guess it could be some what understandable in this time of cutbacks and tight budgets. The concern here is that the budget gets squeezed so tight, and Apple isn't doing enough to get the OS X info to us or help; that someone looking to squeeze the budget a little further will kill ALL Mac development. Especially without DevRel there everyday to lead the charge. I own a SB LIVE Mac too. I am seriously considering moving to OS X full time. We all know SB LIVE Mac is useless in OS X right now. Let's do something about this.

Please send your letters to me expressing your feelings about the Macintosh, Apple, and Creative. Be direct and to the point, but keep it clean and constructive since I want your letters to go into the corporate report. I'll turn them in each week with the rest of my feedback.
Address the letter to Creative management. Send the mail to: creativemail@mac.com

You can also give a shot to Apple here:
http://www.apple.com/macosx/feedback/

I want to see more of our products come to Mac, and SB LIVE Mac drivers sooner than later.
B
Thank you to the people that have already written.
(he later wrote) make sure you tell them the new $99 price tag is more appealing, but you can't find them anywhere!"

We all know the Mac OS 9 driver update is overdue and that there are no current OS X drivers (which would be a huge plus for owners of the card as well as prospective buyers (and for Apple in my opinion). Hopefully both these issues can be solved.
Yesterday's news (see the links below, or the archives page) had sources of Mac SBlive cards for about $80 plus shipping.

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CDRW/CD/DVD/Hard Drive Compatibility Database Updates:
The Drive Compatibility searchable database had 8 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 4,790 reports. Here are today's additions:

    IDE CDRW Reports:
  • Lite-on 12/10/32 in G4/AGP
    (lite-on listed under "other brands")
  • TDK 16/10/40 in Dual G4

    Firewire CDRW Reports:
  • Lacie 24/10/40 used with B&W G3
  • Plextor 16/10/40 used with G4/AGP
  • TDK 24/10/40 in FW Case used w/iMac slot loading
    (Includes comments on Toast, iTunes, Discburner support in OS 9 and OS X)
  • TDK 24/10/40 in FW Case used with PowerBook G4

    IDE Hard Drive Reports:
  • Fujitsu 40GB in B&W G3

    Firewire Hard Drive Reports:
  • Buslink 80GB used with 85/8600
    (Buslink listed under "other brands"
    noted drive failed and commented that he could not get warranty service since he was not a US customer)

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 3 new reports today (total to date: 6,229).

  • PowerLogix BlueChip G3/466 in PowerBook G3 wallstreet2 (rated 1)
    (startup problem, perhaps ram related)
  • PowerLogix BlueChip G3/466 in PowerBook G3 wallstreet2 (rated 9)
    (noted this was his 4th card, hopfully lasting longer than the previous ones)
  • XLR8 G3/400 in PowerCenter Pro 240 (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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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

    Gaming Related:
  • Fly! II 1.0 (godgames)
    [A reader noted he has it now]

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