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News stories of Sept. 9th, 2002:

Comments on G4 MDD Systems not adequately cooling CineWave card
(from a reader email - I also wrote Promax about this, see below.)
    "Hi Mike,
    Thought you might find this interesting. This was an email from Promax Sales. I'm sending you items 2 & 3. (Item 1 announced a Promax on-site sale of cancelled, demo and returned items (including G4s and lots of video equipment).)

    Item 2 was what caught my eye (new G4s too hot for CineWave card)
    regards, Brucie

    2 - CineWave and The New G4/1000DP DDR Apple Computers:
    The design of the new G4/1000DP DDR Macintosh computer places the PCI cards in the top of the computer, The new design does not move enough air around the cards. The Pinnacle CineWave card overheats. Our tests show it running as much as 30 degrees centigrade over its specified limit of 40 degress centigrade. This excessive heat causes the card to fail within a few hours. The CineWave is the only card that we have tested to overheat in the new computers. ProMax recommends the previous G4/1000DP for CineWave. Having learned about the heat issue we searched for previous G4/1000DP's and found about 40 of them. They are stable, proven, plus have a reduced price. If interested please call our sales department for a CineWave SD or HD system quote.

    (Comment on Kona Card follows)

    3 - AJA Kona Uncompressed SD and The New G4/1000DP DDR Apple Computers:
    The new G4/1000DP DDR Macintosh computers have three ATA ports. It is possible to add four 120 GB IBM ATA drives, plus keep the boot drive and the SuperDrive. Stripe the four drives using OSX 10.2 and the data rate is high enough for SD including Realtime previews. Our cost for installing the four drives is under $900 when purchasing a system from us. You can store 5.28 hours of 8-Bit SD and 4.30 hours of 10-Bit. This is remarkable. Before this one had to spend several times this amount for SCSI drives. There is no heat problems with Kona in the new G4/1000DP DDR computer. For more information please call our sales department. "

When they say a 4 drive stripe plus the boot drive - I guess they are putting the boot drive as a 2nd drive off the optical ATA/33 bus. (Since the 4 drive stripe would be using up all the drive connections on the ATA/100 and ATA/66 interfaces and I doubt they'd use the ATA/33 bus for one of the stripe set drives.)
I wrote Charles McConathy of Promax about the heat issue and he replied:

    " YES THIS IS CORRECT...A HEAT ISSUE WITH NEW G4/1000DP DDR model with CineWave only. Not near enough air moving in the top of the computer to keep the CineWave card within temp spec. Apple and Pinnacle are both aware and working to address the issue. We bought a bunch of older G4/1000DP which do not have the problem. I trust that Apple will fix the issue before the G4/1.25 GHz model ships.

    (I asked to confirm the boot drive would be slaved off the Superdrive in the configuration noted in #3 above-Mike)

    You are correct. The key here is to properly mount the boot drive in the lower optical bay and be able to use the cable for both. The fan that pulls air out of the optical bay area does a good job - no heat problem. And for booting reasons this port is fast enough as well. I would not want to use this port for a project with a complex time line. With video you want your boot drive and application to be separate from video data anyway.
    If any questions let me know...
    Charles F. McConathy"

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Dealer selling Macs with Linux pre-loaded
Cnet has a story about a dealer (QliTex Linux Computers) selling Powerbooks/iBooks and PowerMacs with both Mac OS X and Linux (SuSE PPC, Gentoo PPC, Debian PPC, or Mandrake PPC) pre-installed. (Without any additional charge over list price it seems.)
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Optipix 1.0.2 Photoshop Plugin Update
    " Reindeer Graphics, Inc., makers of Optipix, announce the release of Optipix 1.0.2. This free update for all registered users of Optipix adds functionality to two of the most well-received plug-ins in the suite. Our Blend Exposure plug-in now gives better results for bracketed exposures taken more than 4 shutter stops apart. Additionally, our Edge Enhancer plug-in has been rewritten to give better preview results, optional contrast autoscaling, and the option to selectively enhance light or dark edges. The online documentation for Optipix has also been updated.
    Optipix is available immediately from the Reindeer Graphics online store. The retail price of Optipix is US$99.95. More information about Optipix can also be found at the Reindeer Graphics website.
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OS X 10.2 Support file for Teac DW-224 Notebook Combo Drive
Stefan Horn sent a copy of his modified Teac plugin file for OS X 10.2 to support the Teac DW-224 Combo drive (24x10x24x + 8x DVD ROM). He had posted a drive database report this weekend, using the drive in an expansion bay of his Powerbook G3 2000. (Drive wasn't bootable he said.)
NOTE: As with all modified files - these are provided "as-is" with no warranty or support. These files replace the existing files of the same name.
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OS X 10.2/iTunes3 Support file for Sony CRX-175E2 CDRW Drive
Mike Walsdorff sent a modified Sony plugin file for OS X 10.2 to enable iTunes3 support for the Sony CRX-175E2 24x10x40x CDRW drive. I've updated the previous FAQ CDROM/CDR section item on this drive to include a link to this file for future reference. (Previously had links to OS 9 and OS X 10.1.x files).
Like all 'unofficial' mod. files - they are provided as-is with no warranty or guarantee. (You can't replace the existing file under OS X due to permissions unless you use the terminal to enable root user, or do a get-info on the file to change permissions temporarily, or just reboot into OS 9 and replace the file.)
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Grackle Probe X 1.3 Update for 10.2
Macupdate lists Grackle Probe X 1.3 today.

    What's New:
    The kext is now compiled twice: once for 10.1.5 and one more time for 10.2.0. The 10.1.5 version should work on at least all of 10.1.x, but should also work on 10.0.x. Loading mechanism changed to work as a StartupItem, or standalone by using the GrackleProbe script or the Resources/grackletool command line program.

For more info on this PCI controller tweak for Beige G3 and B&W G3/G4 PCI macs (same chip used in the iMac 233-333 and PB G3 wallstreet-lombards, but they have no PCI slots of course, although the graphics chip is a PCI device), see this August 29th news story.

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System Optimizer X 3.1.1 Update
Macupdate today also lists System Optimizer X 3.1.1 update that adds:

  • Mac OS 10.2 compatibility
  • Improved feedback
  • Bug fixes
  • Minor interface improvements
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SilverCreator v1.0.1 Update (Game Creation Software)
(from their email press release)

    " SilverNetworks today released a bug fix release for its free game creation program, SilverCreator, version 1.0.1 which fixes almost 20 bugs - from click-area complaints to socket sorrows, we've fixed them all. We've also added enhanced socket (online games) support, a paint fill tool, and script interpreter improvements.

    SilverCreator v1.0.1 enables anyone with Mac OS 7.5.5 to Mac OS X to create and develop your very own games for the Macintosh at a price that can't be beat. Creating a game is as simple as drawing some graphics, typing some text, clicking some buttons, and compiling! Advanced developers can take advantage of the powerful event-based scripting language to create advanced and engaging games. Full QuickTime support is included (including Flash and QuickTime VR support) as well as a fast sprite system with transparency support. You can even create online games where 2 players can play over the internet, with the built-in and easy to use socket support.

    One you've made your game, you can compile it for Classic PPC, Mac OS X (Carbon), and even for 68K machines. Unlike other game creators, there are no royalty fees on games you create - you are free to give them away or charge any price you see fit.
    You can download SilverCreator v1.0.1 now for OS 7.5.5 - 9.2.2 and Mac OS X by going to All of the runtime packages are included for easy compiling. "

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Rate Your CPU Upgrade Reports Database Updated
The Rate Your CPU Upgrade database has been updated today with 11 new reports. Total to date: 7,439. (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)
  • Other World Computing G4/450 in B&W G3 (rated 10)
  • Other World Computing G4/550 in B&W G3 (rated 10)
  • Powerlogix 1GHz in G4 Cube (rated 9)
  • Powerlogix 1GHz in G4/450 AGP Sawtooth (rated 8)
  • Powerlogix 1GHz in G4/400 AGP Gigabit Enet (rated 9)
  • Powerlogix G3/400 in 8500 (rated 5)
  • Powerlogix G3/400 in PowerCenter Pro (rated 10)
  • Powerlogix Bluechip G4/500 in PowerBook G3 wallstreet2 (rated 9)
  • Buffald 350Mhz in 8600/200 (rated 9)
    (listed under "other brand")
  • PowerBook 190 OC report (listed under "other models")

(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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CDRW/CD/DVD/Hard Drive/Cardreader Compatibility Database Updates
The Drive Compatibility searchable database had 26 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 8,386 reports. Here's a summary listing of today's new reports. (Does not include updates to previous entries)

    Multi-Format CardReader Reports:
  • PCMCIA slot Dazzle 4 in 1 Adapter used w/PowerBook G4 (OS X)
    (listed under "other" brands)

    SmartMedia Reader Reports:
  • USB Dazzle (model no. not on case) used w/G4 AGP (OS X)

    DVD+RW Drive Reports:
  • Firewire Shecom Ikebana FireBlaste DVD+RW used w/Dual G4 (OS 9.2) (problems noted - no itunes/DB, support, etc.)

    Combo DVD+CDR Drive Reports:
  • IDE LG GCC-4320B (32x10x40x + 16x DVD ROM) in G4 no AGP (OS X) (no iTunes support, problems noted with modified file)
  • IDE LG GCC-4120B (12x8x32 + 8x DVD ROM) in G4/AGP (OS X)
  • Expansion Bay (IDE) Teac DW-224E (24x10x24x + 8x DVD ROM) in PowerBook G3 2000 (OS X) (Toast only burn support)
  • IDE Toshiba SD-R1202 (16x10x40 +12x DVD ROM) in eMac (OS X)
    (using modified plugin file - see FAQ's CDROM/CDR section.)

    DVD-ROM Drive Reports:
  • IDE Toshiba SD-M1102 2xDVD/24xCD in B&W G3 (OS X)
    (problems noted)

    IDE CDRW Drive Reports:
  • Buslink 40x12x48x in Dual G4 DDR (OS X)
    (problems noted)
  • Lite-On LTR-40125S (40x12x48x) in Beige G3 (OS 9.2)
    (OS 9 boot problems, OK in OS X.)
  • TDK 121040b in Beige G3 (OS X) (didn't note drive speed, no 10.2 support. No TDK support for any mechanism listed to date at Apple's itunes page)
  • Yamaha CDR-F1E (44x24x44) in G4/AGP (OS X)
    (no iTunes or discburner support in 10.2)
    (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:
  • Lacie 32x12x40 used w/Powerbook G3 wallstreet2 (OS X)
  • Que 32x10x40x used w/PowerBook G4 (OS X)
  • Que (Mitsumi) CR-48xate 32x10x40x used w/PowerBook G4 (OS 9.2) (No iTunes support)
  • Samsung SW-240 40x12x40x (IDE drive in FW case) used w/Dual G4 (OS X)
  • Smartdisk FWCDRW-V8 8x8x24 used w/PowerBook G3 2000 (OS X)
  • Sony CRX195A1 (40x12x48) in FW case used w/Dual G4 (OS X)
    (no itunes support - he noted modifid plugin file didn't work for him, it did for others)

    SCSI CDRW Drive Reports:
  • Yamaha CRW2100SXZ 16x10x40x used w/B&W G3 (OS X)
    (includes tips on getting the drive to work in OS X/iTunes - but didn't note the OS X or iTunes version used.)

    IDE Hard Drive Reports:
  • IBM Travelstar 40GNX 40GB in PowerBook G3 2000 (OS X)
    (PB G3 2000/Pismo illustrated HD install guide here)
  • Fujitsu FUJMHR2020AT 20GB in PB G3 wallstreet2 (OS X)
    (Wallstreet illustrated HD install guide here)
  • Maxtor (5400 rpm) 120GB in iMac slot loading (OS X)
  • Western Digital WD800JB 80GB in B&W G3 (OS 9.2)
  • Western Digital WD400BB 40GB in B&W G3 (OS X)
    (Illustrated guide to adding a 2nd HD here for rev 2 B&W G3 and G4 towers up to the QS 2002 model)
  • Toshiba GAX40 40GB in Powerbook G3 lombard (OS 9.1)
    (note - the case is similar to the Pismo, so my HD install guide for that model may be of some use.)

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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Reader Game Reviews Database Updated:
The Rate Your Mac Games database updates today included more reviews of Giants and Warcraft III. Total Reviews (all titles): 967. 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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