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News stories of September 2nd, 2002:

Logic Audio Platinum for OS X Released
A reader sent a note that Logic Audio Platinum (v 5.3.0) for OS X is now available. See Emagic's web site for more info. (That page links to this news page on OS X.) They note registered owners of Logic Audio Platinum can download the update for free here.
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OS X 10.2 Dev Note Mentions Large IDE Drive Support
    " Mike,
    Found this in the MacOS X 10.2 technote.

      " ATA
      The Apple's support for connected ATA devices.

      * Large ATA hard drives (over 137 GB - 48-bit LBA addressing) are now supported on systems with large ATA drive support in the boot ROM. All changes are documented in the relevant header files in IOATAFamily.

    Now, I'm not really sure which models have this support in the boot ROM, but perhaps people with access to large ATA drives would be willing to try a few different models.

    The technote URL is here.
    Mike "

From the boot rom comment, I wonder if this refers to 2002 Macs or the latest G4 towers. If anyone tries a large (160GB maxtor, etc.) drive with OS X 10.2 let me know your Mac model, drive used and what controller you're using. (onboard IDE or PCI IDE card - Acard ATA/133 card I thought had a driver update for OS X 10.1.x to enable large drive support, but I could be wrong. Intech's later HD Speedtools drivers adds large IDE drive support for onboard IDE Macs, but isn't OS X compatible.)

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More Reports on Cinema DVI Problems in 10.2 after Changing Screen Modes
In Friday's news I noted a serious problem in 10.2 with the GF3/Cinema Display setup with the Cube. Other readers wrote in reply to that post that they've seen a similar problem. Here's a reader's comments on the same 10.2 problem with his DVI Cinema Display with a G4/AGP system and Radeon AGP card (so it's not graphics card/driver specific apparently).

    " Mike,
    I'm glad to see I'm not alone. I just bought an open box 22" cinema display that I am using w/ a G4 450 agp radeon original mac retail model (soon to be a radeon 8500) with an apple adc/dvi adaptor, 10.2, and when I tried switching resolutions via menu bar my screen went black and the power light went into strobe mode. This continued through a restart. I freaked my new monitor was black. Not being sure how 10.2 worked i tried an old os9 standby and restarted with the shift key down and low and behold 10.2 booted in to "safe" mode, I never heard of this but it reset my monitor and everything has been fine since. I have not tried switching resolutions again yet.
    On a side note another 10.2 thing I haven't seen mentioned is that when an app becomes unresponsive, as IE often does, clicking on its dock icon already shows force quit instead of quit w/o having to hold down the option key as before.
    Todd "

The problem I saw immediately after the 10.2 upgrade (easily repeatable) is that after switching resolutions a few times (even in the OS X menu bar with no apps running, although it happens also in games that switch modes) - the Cinema Display (DVI model) goes black (no video). The problem appeared repeatedly although sometimes it would switch a couple of times ok, but eventually would black screen. Rebooting didn't help (I did not boot with shift key down though) - each time I fixed the problem by shutting down and disconnecting and reconnecting power to the display. (It's as if after switching modes at times the refresh rate is being set too high for the display perhaps.)
This never happened in OS 9.2.2 or in 10.1.5, but immediately showed up after the 10.2 upgrade. I've written a programmer at Apple but have not received a response yet.

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OS X 10.2/iTunes3 Plugin file for Sony CRX-195A1 40x12x48x CDRW
I don't own this drive personally but two readers with the Sony CRX-195 drive in a B&W G3s noted OS 9.2 problems in the database this weekend. They said the drive worked in 10.2 (using Toast 5 I assume, since it's not supported by iTunes3 normally). A reader with a CRX-195A1 model sent a modified plugin file for 10.2/iTunes3:

    As I reported some days ago my Sony 195A1 didn't work properly with Mac OS 10.2. Anyway I modified the SonyCDR.device-plugin with success! Apple system profiler now reports the drive as "Fully Supported" I have with success burned in iTunes, Diskcopy, Backup and Finder.
    The modified file is attached!
    /Thomas J"

Download his modified Sony Plugin file here.

NOTE: As with all modified files - these are provided "as-is" with no warranty or support. (If you're not comfortable using the Terminal in OS X, to avoid permissions issues in OS X you may want to boot into OS 9 to replace the OS X file.)

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Jaguar Battery Run-Time Reports Updated
I've updated the previous page on OS X 10.2 Battery Run-Time comments from PB/iBook owners with more reports.
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Asante PCI Network Card Driver Updates for 10.2
(from a reader email last Friday, just getting to post it)

    " I have an AsanteFast 10/100 Fast Ethernet (PCI) Adapter model 690 that was working under 10.1.5. It stopped working after 10.2 was installed and actually crashed my machine. Asante just released updated drivers and everything works great!
    Darryl Payne
    Site Developer
    Stone Oak Web Design "

I checked their main web site and found this OS X 10.2 driver link noted on the front page.
(I'll add this info to the previous page on OS X compatible PCI network card reports.)

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Beta Umax OS X 10.1.5 driver for 6400/6450 Firewire Scanners
(from a reader email this weekend)

    "For UMAX 6400 and 6450 (1394) Firewire scanner owners there is a WORKING beta driver on their UK website that is compatible with 10.1.5 and above. The only limitation thus far is that the front buttons on the scanner are not functioning, small issue though. I have verified that the driver is not compatible with 10.2 as the Vista Scan application quits unexpectedly shortly after launch. The driver is extremely late beta as I have scanned numerous documents, used the GUI's ability to import them into Photoshop and Entourage and it worked without a hitch. Vistascan also has the ability to export graphics formats accordingly i.e. Jpeg for email etc., it and seems very stable. After a year of waiting for a 10.1.5 compatible version I wonder how long it will be before a 10.2 compatible version is released.
    Love the site keep up the good work
    Thanks, Jason"
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CDRW/CD/DVD/Hard Drive/Cardreader Compatibility Database Updates
The Drive Compatibility searchable database had 19 new reports added this morning. The database includes reports on Combo DVD-CDRW, CDROMs, DVD-ROM, DVD-RAM, DVD-R, CDRW, Hard Drives and Removables (tape drive, ORB, ZIP, MO drives, CF/Smartmedia readers, etc.) in all interface types (IDE, IDE RAID cards, Firewire, SCSI, adapters). Current total 8,306 reports. Here's a summary listing of today's new reports. (Does not include updates to previous entries)

    Multi-Format Card Reader Reports
  • USB Dazzle DM-8400 6-in-1 Reader used w/G4 AGP (OS X)
    (noted compatible with 10.2 without any added drivers)
  • USB Dazzle DM-8400 6-in-1 Reader used w/Powerbook G3 2000 (OS X)

    DVD-RAM Drive Reports:
  • Firewire Panasonic LF-D211 (IDE drive in FW Case) used w/Dual G4 (OS X)

    Combo DVD-CDR Drive Reports:
  • IDE Matshita CW-8121 (8x8x24x + 8x DVD ROM) in PowerBook G4 (OS X)
    (noted 2nd failure of the OEM combo drive. Mine has failed once also.)
  • IDE Toshiba SD-R1102 (8x8x32x + 8x DVD ROM) in B&W G3 (OS X)
  • IDE Toshiba SD-R1202 (16x10x40 +12x DVD ROM) in B&W G3 (OS X)
    (see FAQ for modified 10.2/iTunes3 plugin file)

    DVD ROM Drive Reports:
  • IDE Toshiba SD-M1612, (16x/48X) in Umax J700 using IDE PCI card (OS 9.1)

    IDE CDRW Drive Reports:
  • Lite-On LTR-40125S - 40x12x48x in Dual G4 (OS X)
  • Lite-On LTR-40125S - 40x12x48x in B&W G3 (OS X)
  • Lite-On LTR-40125S - 40x12x48x in Beige G3 (OS X)
    (noted resetting nvram/pram fixed boot problem with drive set to master)
  • Mitsumi 4802TE 4x2x8x in Beige G3 (OS X)
    (problems burning in OS X)
  • Samsung SW-232B 32x10x40x in B&W G3 (OS X)
    (modified plugin file for 10.2 in the FAQ here)
  • Sony CRX195E1 40x12x48x in B&W G3 (OS 9.2)
    (problems noted)
  • Sony CRX195E1 40x12x48x in B&W G3 (OS 9.2)
    (also noted problems in 9.2, but not OS X)
    (FYI - Illustrated CD drive install guide here covers G4 towers up to the Digital Audio Model, Beige G3 MT, B&W G3 and 8600/9600 Macs)

    Firewire CDRW Drive Reports:
  • Lite-On 48x12x48w (Cendyne retail box IDE drive in FW case) used w/Dual G4 (OS X)
  • Que QPCDRW4012401 (40x12x48x) in ADS PYRO case used w/7x00 (OS X) (he got lucky and the mechanism in the box was a Teac 40x, not all boxes have this model inside - the ones from a local store here had a no-name mech. that I found out was the same mech. as the Aopen 4048).
  • Yamaha CRW2200FXZ 20x10x40 used w/Beige G3 (OS 9.2)

    IDE Hard Drive Reports:
  • IBM Travelstar 40GN 20GB in PowerBook G3 wallstreet 1 (OS X)
    (used illustrated HD install guide here)
  • Seagate ST380021A Barracuda ATA IV 80GB in G4 Cube (OS X)

You can find full owner reports (latest shown first) 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.]
(Entries today will be added the following newsday. Incomplete entries are deleted. Do not post questions in the database, it's for drive reports not questions on what drive to buy - for that try searching the database for reports from owners of your mac model on the drive type/brand/interface, etc. you're interested in.)

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Rate Your CPU Upgrade Reports Database Updated
The Rate Your CPU Upgrade database has been updated today with 5 new reports. Total to date: 7,400. (Entries made today are posted the next newsday morning.)
Here's a summary of the updates:

  • Apple G3/450 in B&W G3/300 (rated 10)
  • Newer Tech G4/450 in 8500 (rated 6)
  • 'Other' brand G4/350 in Beige G3/300 (rated 10)
  • PowerLogix G4/1GHz in G4/AGP (rated 7)
  • Sonnet G3/500 in 7500/100 (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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Reader Game Reviews Database Updated:
The Rate Your Mac Games database updates today included more reviews of Medal of Honor Allied Assault and Falcon 4. Total Reviews (all titles): 963. To read game reviews use the search page.
If you've not already done so - Enter a Game review. (If your game title is not in the long listing, select "other game" and note the title in the comments)
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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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