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News stories of September 5th, 2002:

PR on Maxtor 80GB/Platter Drives, Desktop Drive Warranty Reduction to 1 Year
Tyler Blessing sent a note that this Press Release on Maxtor shipping 80GB per platter hard drives has a note that desktop drive warranties after October 1, 2002 will be 1 year. (Was 3 years typically.)
The last paragraph under "Availability" notes:

    " Effective October 1, 2002, all Maxtor desktop drives will carry a one-year standard warranty. "
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Jaguar Tips Weblog from Apple's OS X Product Manager
I'm late in posting this - spotted it two days ago from a reader post in the forums:

    "Ken Bereskin, Apple's Mac OS X product manager, has a weblog with Jaguar-related tips and obscure (but cool) new features.

    Today's (03 September) beefed-up screen capture tip blew me away, and the Character Palette tip from 27 August has got to be one of Jaguar's coolest new features.
    Check it out!
    - Steve"

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WingNuts 1.2.1 Update (10.2 and Force Feedback Controller Support)
Versiontracker lists the game's 1.2.1 update with the following changes:

    " What's new in this version:
    Improved Mac OS X 10.2 (Jaguar) support as well as support for Force Feedback controllers and other numerous tweeks. "
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Microtech/ZIO Cardreader OS X 10.2 Drivers Coming/Notes on MicroTek Scanner Drivers
(from a reader email last night)

    "Hi Mike,
    According to Microtech's support (who was very friendly), 10.2 compatible drivers should be available by "end of next week". Upon hearing that I use 10.2, we both chuckled b/c Microtech must have received so many inquiries about this. She already knew what I was going ask question. LOL!
    (Microtech should have updated their website w/10.2 issues in order to avoid this.)

    I own a CamerMate and a Zio, and was told that 10.2-compat. drivers should be released simultaneously for their various products.
    I would expect Microtech to be 10.2 compat. by mid-Sept. Until then, boot into OS9 (been a while? ;-)) and deal w/temporary inconveniences.

The Drive Compatibility Database can be searched for OS X reports on cardreaders (Smartmedia, CompactFlash, and Multi-Format readers) as well as drives of any type.

While on the subject of 10.2 drivers and another "Microtek" (not Microtech) - a reader wrote expressing extreme disappointment in the fact there is no 10.2 support for his USB ScanMaker V6USL. (email from a few days ago.)

    "I just received the following from Microtek "Mac Support" regarding my relatively new USB scanner (ScanMaker V6USL) and OSX 10.2.

    We do not have plans to support this model on OS X. It will run if you boot up on OS 9.2 disk.
    Thank you,
    Customer Service & Consulting Group
    Microtek Lab, Inc.

    I guess they don't want our business.
    M. Beckley Roberts"

FYI: Microtek has an OS X scanner driver release schedules page that lists several other models.

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Lexmark Z42 Drivers for OS X 10.2
Macupdate today has a page with Lexmark Z42 Drivers X v2.0.7 that notes 10.2 compatibility.
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BBEdit 6.5.3 Update
(from their press release)
    "Bare Bones Software today announced the release and immediate availability of BBEdit 6.5.3, the latest version of the award-winning HTML and text editor for the Macintosh. This update has been enhanced to improve compatibility with Mac OS X 10.2 Jaguar and incorporates various interface refinements and fixes for reported issues.
    A detailed list of changes included in this update is available on the company's web site. The BBEdit 6.5.3 update is available free of charge to all registered customers who own BBEdit 6.5. An update package is available for download from the Bare Bones Software web site: "
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First Reader Report on Sonnet G4/800 CPU Card Upgrade
I wish I had some before/after performance tests, but here's the first report from a reader in the database on the Sonnet G4/800 CPU card upgrade:

Reviewer's Name: Jim Mavrogenis
Date Submitted: 9/4/2002
Rating (1 to 10): 5
Manufacturer: Sonnet G4
Rated Speed (CPU/Cache MHz): G4 800
Max Speed (CPU/Cache MHz): 800Mhz CPU, 800MHz L2, 200 MHz L3 (not adjustable)
Cache Size: 256KB L2, 1MB L3
Mac Type: 8500/Sonnet G4/800
Comments: I've spent the last 3 days trying to get my new Sonnet PCI/G4 800 processor upgrade to work with AOL 5.0 in my 8500. The card works fine with the internet (IE 5.0) and all my applications: now, Virtual PC 4.02 really flies. But, when I start AOL 5.0 the Mac freezes just as the "Welcome" startup screen appears. I access AOL via my TCP/IP connection with DSL. I have 3 hard drives with different MacOS' so I was able to try different OS' to fix the problem. Nothing worked. I started with OS 9.1 and 8.6 with base extensions (even removed the Sonnet enabler & extension per Sonnet Tech support recommendation) : AOL froze at the same point in the AOL startup process. Can't turn off all extensions because AOL won't run without the base Mac OS extensions enabled.

BTW, Sonnet claims that the G4 card will work with all MacOS' from 7.5.2 thru 9.1. I could not get the Mac to boot from my MacOS 7.6 drive. "This startup dis will not work on this mac..." is the message that I see a few seconds after power on. Both Sonnet and AOL tech support have tried to help and we've tried reinstalling s/w, resetting the CUDA, but nothing works. Any ideas? I'm going to reinstall my old processer card so I can get my e-mail

(He wrote later with another update)

... When AOL 5 is modified per Sonnet Tech Support discovery, i.e, remove the Appearance PPC file from the AOL folder, AOL will start but when I log on all I can do is read my e-mail if I have any. I can't review saved mail, can't sent mail. Basically AOL is unusable. So, no solution. Trying to get AOL to fix the problem is hopeless. I'm now ready to return the card. It's not ready for primetime.
BTW here are the MacBench 5 scores: All are compared to a PPC G3/300. Processor score: 193% vs G3 100%
Floating Point score: 253% vs G3 100%
I only ran those 2 tests but I timed how long Virtual PC 4.02 takes to load WIN95. From start to the desktop is less than 2 minutes: actually 1min 30 secs until the startup music begins. Shutdown from WIN95 until the VPC list appears is 13 secs
Hope this helps

(About two dozen readers sent tips for AOL like deleting prefs, using AOL's webmail, trying a clean AOL install, etc.)
I'd really be interested in Before/After performance tests (apps tests, etc.) to see what performance gain in general is seen with this upgrade. If any other readers have or buy this upgrade, please run tests in apps/benchmarks, etc. before and after the upgrade and post a report in the "Rate your CPU upgrade" database. (see lower sidebar links or use the entry page link on the database search page.)

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Terminal Command to report Uni-N Revision
I commented on the Uni-N revison requirements to run Dual CPUs in Tuesday's news page item on the Powerlogix Dual G4/800 and Dual 1GHz upgrades, mentioning the past method of using Apple System Profiler to generate a text report with hardware details that lists the revision. A reader replied with a faster way to get this info via the OS X terminal:

    " Mike,
    For those people that don't want to go through the trouble of rebooting their system; but would still like to determine their Uni-North version:

    from the command line in a terminal window:

      ioreg -l | grep -A 12 'uni-n@'

    and just look at the entry called "device-rev"
    Charles "

Note - Lionel of macbidoulle (french site) later sent a note that he posted a utility to check this without using the terminal. See this page.

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Reader Comments on DVD Playback on 2nd Monitor of Dual Head Card
    "Thought people might be interested in this, especially those with powerbooks trying to display DVD's to a 2nd display. I've found a way to finally do this. By accident while playing with my newly flashed 8500 and watching DVD's thru transparency's, I found that on 10.2 with "Virtual Desktops" from Codetek (website product page here) installed I'm able to drag the playing DVD movie to any desktop, and any monitor on the system and watch them. The only thing that you're not able to do is move the window while it's playing on the second desktop, but you can resize to full any size, including full screen.
    Not sure if this is something that came about by having the 8500 instead of two rage 128's, if it's a QE thing, or if this worked before with 10.2 and I just never played with it to try. Don't really feel like sticking the rage 128's back in to check but it does work the way things are now.
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OS 9 iTunes2 Support file for Plextor 40x CDRW Drive
Paul Younger's sent a modified Plextor plugin file for OS 9 to enable iTunes2 support for the 40x drive. I've updated the previous FAQ CDROM/CDR section item on Plextor iTunes 2 support to include a link to this file. (The OS X plugin file listed there is for OS X 10.1.x/iTunes 2 - I don't have a 10.2/iTunes3 modified file for the drive yet.)
Like all 'unofficial' mod. files - they are provided as-is with no warranty or guarantee.
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Jaguar Battery Run-Time Reports Updated
The OS X 10.2 Battery Run-Time reports from PB/iBook owners has been updated again with more reader reports.
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CDRW/CD/DVD/Hard Drive/Cardreader Compatibility Database Updates
The Drive Compatibility searchable database had 12 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 8,347 reports. Here's a summary listing of today's new reports. (Does not include updates to previous entries)

    SmartMedia Reader Reports:
  • USB SanDisk SDDR-55 used w/PowerBook G4 (OS X)

    IDE CDRW Drive Reports:
  • Lite-On LTR-40125S 40x12x48 in Beige G3 (OS X)
  • Sony CRX185A1 32x10x40x in G4/AGP (OS X)
    (as usual 10.2 didn't work with prev. 10.1.x modified support file)
  • Sony CRX210A1 (48x12x48x) in G4/AGP (OS X)
    (using modified plugin file - see FAQ's CDROM/CDR section here)
    (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:
  • LG GCE-8320B 32x10x40 used w/Dual G4 (OS X)
    (Problems noted with drive in Pyro FW case)

    SCSI CDRW Drive Reports:
  • Yamaha 2200s 20x10x40x used w/ G4/AGP (OS 9.1)
    (problems noted, using Neromax and older Toast 3.x version)

    USB CDRW Drive Reports:
  • HP 8200 used w/PowerBook G3 lombard (OS 9.1)
  • Que 4x (no model# given) used w/iMac (OS X)
    (noted 10.2 broke support that was working in 10.1.5)

    IDE Hard Drive Reports:
  • IBM 120GB 120GB in G4 no AGP (OS 9.2)
    (Illustrated guide to adding a 2nd HD here)
  • IBM Travelstar 40GNX 40GB in PowerBook G4 (OS X
    (used PowerBook G4 illustrated Hard Drive install guide here)
  • Seagate Barracuda IV 80GB in Beige G3 (OS X)
    (Beige G3 MT illustrated HD upgrade guide here)

    Removable Media Drive Reports:
  • SCSI Mitsubishi MCA 230GB in G4/AGP (OS 9.1) (listed under "other" brands)

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: 7,418. (Entries made today are posted the next newsday morning.)
Here's a summary of the updates:

  • Other World Computing G4/550 in B&W G3 (rated 10)
  • Powerlogix G4/1GHz in G4/500 Cube (rated 10)
  • Powerlogix G4/1GHz in G4 Cube (rated 10)
  • Powerlogix G3/400 in 8500/120 (rated 9)
  • Sonnet G4/800 in 8500 (rated 5)
    (noted problem with AOL 5.0)

(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 a review of Unreal Tournament Mod/TC "Tactical Ops: Assault on Terror". Total Reviews (all titles): 964. 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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