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News stories of Sept. 10th, 2002:

Request for Feedback on Classic w/unsupported Macs in Jaguar
(from an email from the author of XpostFacto)

    "As you have reported, there are problems loading Classic on unsupported machines in Jaguar. I've been trying to track down the source of the problem, and it appears that the problem affects only those machines with G4 upgrade cards (and not machines with G3 upgrade cards).

    What I would like to determine is whether there is anyone with a G4 upgrade card on an unsupported machine who has seen Classic working in Jaguar. Or, conversely, whether anyone with a G3 upgrade card has been unable to use Classic. If you could ask that question for me on your site, I would be most grateful.
    Ryan Rempel"

(Note - Ryan wrote on 9/12/2002 to say he had figured out the problem and that Xpostfacto 2.2.2 solves it.)

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Norton Utilities/Systemworks Update for OS X 10.2
I'm not using Norton Utilities for OS X, but I've had 2 readers tonight note that there's an update for it to address OS X 10.2 issues available via auto-update.

    "NU 7.0.2
    Mike, I see that an update is finally available for Norton Utilities 7 for use under Jaguar. The patch can be applied via Live Update. It seems to have solved all compatibility problems.
    Jeff R. "

This reader sent a page link, but I can't find any update download links there.

    " Hi, Mike.
    I just DL'd a large (+6mb) update for Systemworks!
    (Note - the link is only a list of OS X problem Q&A-Mike)http://service2.symantec.com/SUPPORT/num.nsf/docid/2002042914400911
    --Mike W.
    I don't see any download link at that page (just a long list of Q&A.) so I wrote him to ask what the story was:

    I got the DL by running Live update- Sorry that I didn't make that clear. The link was in the Systemworks directory after I updated, and I thought it was a list of fixes. I was in a bit of a hurry, and I didn't read the page at that time. So it's just a mistake on my part. Sorry about that! "

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Sims House Party and Tomb Raider Chronicles Updates
Macupdate last night listed the Sims House Party Updater 1.3.2 (see page for list of fixes/changes).
They also had the Tomb Raider: Chronicles Updater 1.0.2 that " fixes several gameplayer problems and a few crashes in version 1.0.1".
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Source for iBook CDRWs and Drive Faceplates
    " Just wanted to let you know that for anyone wanting to upgrade there dual usb ibook there is a site selling replacement drives and faceplates. I was especially excited to see the face plates because they were hard to find for me. Ebay is cheaper on the drives.
    ( http://www.wegenermedia.com/ibookcdrwhome.htm)
    I don't know about warranty of products or the reputation of business but at least it is an option for people.
    Luther"
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Apple Paris Expo Photos
Reader Jona Tallieu sent a link to several pages of photos from the Paris Expo.
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More Reader Reports/Impressions of Apple iCal (Updated)
Earlier today I posted the link to Apple's iCal and the first reader report on it. Since then I've have over 25 other readers write with their comments on iCal. (Updated again at midnight 9/11)
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Maxtor MaxLine drive capacities up to 320GB
A reader sent a link to a Maxtor press release that notes:

    "The MaXLine family features two critical differentiators: huge capacities up to 320 GB for corporate archiving and media recording; and unique manufacturing and quality for 24/7 operations with mean time to failure (MTTF) rates exceeding one million hours

    The MaXLine family includes the 5400-RPM MaXLine II, designed for capacities up to 320 GB and the 7200-RPM MaXLine Plus II, designed for capacities up to 250 GB. At these capacities, MaXLine offers higher storage density than many tape and optical solutions. These drives have also been tested and are projected to meet enterprise reliability requirements, already exceeded by prior drives employing the same robust Maxtor designs, which exceed MTTF of over one million hours. These drives will also carry a three-year warranty.
    ...Priced starting around $299.95 to $399.95 MSRP."
    (see Maxtor's web site for more info)

Large drives like this use 48-bit addressing, and for most onboard IDE macs the drive limit is 128GB without addon drivers or certain IDE controller cards. Apple noted OS X 10.2 supported 48 bit addressing on certain macs with support in the ROM, but didn't specify what models. (i.e. if it was only with the new MDD G4s. One DDR G4 owner reported the 160GB Maxtor drive was fully recognized for instance. With previous Macs as noted in the FAQ a year or so ago, large drives like this would only be recognized/usable up to 128GB, unless using Intech's v6 drivers for OS 9 or an ATA/133 card.)

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Apple Notes 2003 Macs will be OS X Boot Only
Apple's hotnews page today has a press release titled Apple Announces Mac OS X-Only Booting For 2003. (This has been rumored to happen for some time now.) The 2003 systems will still be able to run OS 9 via Classic mode, just not boot to OS 9. (Some will not miss booting to OS 9, but some will not buy because of it I suspect. There are still a lot of OS 9/pre-OS X fans out there, using it for daily work.)
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Apple releases iCal, Reader Comments on iCal
Apple's iCal is now available. Here's the first reader comment on using it:

    " Already using iCal. Outlook can E.S.A.D. (I will not expand that acronym.)
    Comments on iCal:

    1) It's SLOOOOOOOOW. Disappointingly so in some places. Screen drawing is poky (I have an AGP 4x GeForce 2mx which is fully Quartz Extreme'd). Furthermore, I've seen Photoshop 7 take fewer bounces to open.

    2) I realize this is a free, 1.0 product -- but not everyone uses the 7-day, 12-month, 365-day Gregorian calendar. (I also realize this limitation may have been imposed by the export file format)

    3) The interface is visually beautiful but the general Mac OS X problem of "14 point type in a 7 point space" is far, far worse in a calendar program.

    4) iCal hasn't crashed once yet, despite my having been beating on it pretty violently.

    Verdict: like everything else about Mac OS X, iCal is visually beautiful, uncluttered, stable, mostly useful; and ranges from disappointingly to painfully slow.
    -- w
    (I asked for his system details and he wrote)
    QuickSilver 2001 G4. Running 733/133 MHz 7450 and 1.12 gigs of RAM (512 + 512 + 128) on 10.2 retail release.
    No apps open except iCal. No FruitMenu, ASM, etc. No menu extras. No kexts. No 3rd party hardware."

Update - I've now gotten many other reader reports on iCal.

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PR on Apple's new Printer Support for Rendezvous
Curtis sent a link to a Yahoo press release titled Apple launches software, announces printer deals that comments on iCal (see above news item) and iSync as well as noting printer makers Canon and Xerox have joined Hewlett-Packard Epson and Lexmark in embracing its Rendezvous protocol that enables products to discover each other automatically over a network. (Apple has their own PR page on this also titled Developers Rapidly Adopt Apple's Rendezvous Networking Technology)
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Rotary Switch Settings for PowerLogix G4 ZIFs
(from a reader email - these settings may not apply to all/future Powerlogix ZIFs)

    "Hi Mike,
    Since this information isn't available in your FAQ --nor indeed, in PowerLogix's documentation for this upgrade, nor anywhere else on the web, as far as I know! -- I thought you might be interested in the results of my trial-and-error experiments with the rotary dial on this card. (Older PowerLogix ZIFs had different rotary dial settings -- this was presumably changed with the release of the 550/533 to accommodate the higher bus multipliers necessary to achieve 533+ MHz on a Beige.)

    Anyway, the new rotary settings run from 0 to F:

    • 0 = ??? (would not boot)
    • 1 = 4.5x
    • 2 = 5.0x
    • 3 = ??? (would not boot)
    • 4 = 6x
    • 5 = 6.5x
    • 6 = 5.5x
    • 7 = 7.5x
    • 8 = 3.5x
    • 9 = ??? (would not boot)
    • A = 4.0x
    • B = 7.0x
    • C = 8.0x
    • D = ??? (would not boot)
    • E = ??? (would not boot)
    • F = 9.0x

    "What, no 8.5x setting???"
    - Thad"
    (Note - the G4 7400 and 7410 CPU chips have no 8.5x ratio setting in the design.-Mike)

I've added this info to the CPU upgrades section of the FAQ also for future reference. (The FAQ had notes on settings for the Newer Tech switches, but not Powerlogix's until today.)

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Rate Your CPU Upgrade Reports Database Updated
The Rate Your CPU Upgrade database has been updated today with 6 new reports. Total to date: 7,445. (Entries made today are posted the next newsday morning.)
Here's a summary of the updates:

  • Other World Computing G4/500 in B&W G3 (rated 10)
  • Other World Computing 500MHz in Beige G3 (rated 10)
    (didn't note if G3 or G4 CPU)
  • Powerlogix G3/350 in PowreCenter 150 (rated 10)
  • Powerlogix 1GHz in G4/AGP (rated 9)
  • Sonnet G3.450 in 7300 (rated 9)
  • Sonnet G3/400 in 7100/66 (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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CDRW/CD/DVD/Hard Drive/Cardreader Compatibility Database Updates
The Drive Compatibility searchable database had 14 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 8,400 reports. Here's a summary listing of today's new reports. (Does not include updates to previous entries)

    Multi-Format CardReader Reports:
  • USB SanDisk ImageMate Dual Reader CF-SM #SDDR-75 used w/Dual G4 (OS X)

    CompactFlash Reader Reports:
  • Firewire Datafab MDCF-FW used w/PowerBook G3 Wallstreet2 (OS 8.6)
    (listed under "other" brands)

    Combo DVD+CDR Drive Reports:
  • IDE GCC-4320B (32x10x40x + 16x DVD ROM) in B&W G3 (OS X)
    (no itunes support)
  • IDE Toshiba SD-R1202 (16x10x40x+12x DVD ROM) in Dual G4 (OS X)
    (using modified plugin file in FAQ here)

    IDE CDRW Drive Reports:
  • Lacie CDBP-121032A 12x10x32x in G4/AGP (OS X)
  • LG (no model# given) 24x10x40 in G4/AGP (OS 9.2)
    (noted working in 9.1, not in 9.2. perhaps drive has failed)
  • Lite-On LTR-40125S (40x12x48) in Beige G3 (OS 9.2)
    (problems noted)
  • Lite-On LTR-48125W 48x12x48 in G4/AGP (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:
  • Polaroid BurnMAX40 (40x12x40x) in FW case used w/Dual G4 (OS X)
    (no iTunes support)

    SCSI CDRW Drive Reports:
  • Plextor PX-W4220T (4x2x20x) in 9600 (OS 9.1)

    USB CDRW Drive Reports:
  • LG GCE-8240B 24x10x40x (IDE drive in USB case) used w/iMac slot loading (OS 9.2) (No discburner or iTunes support)

    IDE Hard Drive Reports:
  • IBM Deskstar 120GXP 80GB in G4/AGP (OS X)
    (strange problem noted.)
    (Illustrated guide to adding a 2nd HD here for rev 2 B&W G3 and G4 towers up to the QS 2002 model)
  • Maxtor 740DX 40GB in Beige G3 (OS X)
    (Beige G3 MT illustrated HD upgrade guide here)
  • Seagate ST380021A 80GB in B&W G3 using IDE PCI Card (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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Reader Game Reviews Database Updated:
The Rate Your Mac Games database updates today included more reviews of Medal of Honor Allied Assault , Red Faction and Warcraft III. Total Reviews (all titles): 971. 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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