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News stories of Sept. 12th, 2002: (light today due to other work)

XPostFacto 2.2.2 Update (OS X on Legacy Macs Utility) fixes Classic Mode Problem w/Jaguar
Ryan Rempel has again updated Xpostfacto. Version 2.2.2 [dated 9-12-2002] lists the following changes:

  • Fixes the problem starting Classic in Mac OS X 10.2. Remember to reinstall the extensions in order to apply the fix. (You can do this from within Mac OS X now by launching XPostFacto).
  • Uses a little less NVRAM when installing.
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Reader notes Maxtor 160GB Fully Recognized with DDR G4
Apple noted in the dev. docs ( see Sept. 2nd 2002 news here) that OS X 10.2 supported 48 bit addressing on certain macs with support in the ROM, but didn't specify what Mac models. (i.e. if it was only with the new MDD G4s - I'm talking about the onboard IDE controller, not an ATA/133 card, etc..) A reader with a new DDR G4 noted that a Maxtor 160GB drive was fully utilized.

    We just got a new Power Mac G4 with dual 866 MHz CPUs here at the University of Mississippi Physics Department. We tested its EIDE buses with a 160 GB Maxtor disk. The Power Mac sees the full capacity of the disk and passes the 137 GByte (28-bits x 512 byte) limit that that has been standard on all but a few of the newest PCs. These large disks might work in the Xserve as well. And since the new limit is 48-bits x 512 bytes, Maxtor's new 320 GB should work too. They have 4 platters, 3 year warranties, and an estimated million hour average life. See Maxtor's 9 September 2002 announcement.
    (linked in Tuesday's news item on Maxtor's MaxLine drives w/up to 320GB capacities.-Mike)
    Don Summers
    Dept. of Physics
    University of Mississippi "

I asked if the drive was fully recognized when booting into OS 9 also.
This means the Maxtor Maxline should be fully utilized (full capacity recognized/usable) on the new G4s onboard IDE without any addon drivers.
I've not gotten any reports yet of older (pre-DDR G4) Macs running 10.2 with large (>128GB) drives on the onboard IDE to see if they fully support the drive's full capacity. (As mentioned before here, there have been FW case bridges, ATA/133 cards and drivers like Intech's (OS 9 only for those drivers) that fully support large drives - what I'm looking for are reports using the onboard IDE controller - not a PCI IDE card, or FW case, or using Intech's v6 drivers that add support for any IDE mac in OS 9 - I know those options work to add large drive support.)

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Modified 10.2 Support File for USB Plextor PX-S88TU CDRW
(from a reader email/drive database report)

    After submitting the report (in the drive database here) I surfed around your excellent site some more, and found out how other Plextor drives have been made to work by editing the driver file.
    I did the required editing at /System/Library/Frameworks/DiscRecording.framework
    and now have a working CD-RW drive.
    The edited plugin for OS X is available at if you want to make it available.

    Thanks for providing all that useful data to the Macintosh community!
    Jari Lehtonen
    Unix & Network Services
    University of Turku, Computing Center "

FYI - this plugin is for 10.2 only - 10.2 plugins do not seem backwards compatible with 10.1.x (or vice version).
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 and to avoid permissions issues in OS X you may want to boot into OS 9 to replace the OS X file, or use the terminal as root. Although option is to get info on the plugin file and temporarily change permissions.)

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More Reader Reports/Impressions of Apple iCal
I've updated the page of reader comments on iCal with more user comments.
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Rate Your CPU Upgrade Reports Database Updated
The Rate Your CPU Upgrade database has been updated today with 4 new reports. Total to date: 7,449. (Entries made today are posted the next newsday morning.)
Here's a summary of the updates:

  • Powerlogix G4/550 in B&W G3 (rated 10)
  • Sonnet G4/500 in Beige G3 (rated 10)
  • Sonnet G3/400 in Starmax 4000/160 Minitower (rated 8)
  • G4/400 AGP OC report (@500mhz)

(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 24 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 8,424 reports. Here's a summary listing of today's new reports. (Does not include updates to previous entries)

    DVD-R DVD Recorder Drive Reports:
  • IDE Pioneer DVR-104 in G4/AGP (OS 9.2)

    DVD ROM Drive Reports:
  • Firewire (IDE drive in FW Case) Cendyne (actually Lite-On) 16x48x used w/eMac (OS X) (filed under "other" brands, and a copy under "lite-on" brand)
  • IDE LG DRD-8160B 16x/48x in G4/AGP (OS X)
    (used CD install guide linked below)

    Combo DVD+CDR Drive Reports:
  • Firewire (IDE drive in FW case) HP 9900ci (12x10x32x + 8x DVD ROM) in Dual G4 DDR (OS X)
  • IDE LG GCC-4320B (32x10x40x + 16x DVD ROM) in G4 no AGP (OS 9.2)
    (boot problems in OS 9.x, works in OS X 10.2 but w/o iTunes support.)
  • IDE LG GCC-4320B (32x10x40x + 16x DVD ROM) in G4/AGP (OS X)
    (no itunes support)
  • Expansion bay Matshita UJDA710 (8x4x24x + DVD ROM) in PowerBook G3 2000 (OS X)
    (missed past report on 8/25 that noted FAQ updated for 10.2 plugin file)
  • Exp. Bay MCE (toshiba) SD-R2102 (8x8x8x24) in PowerBook G3 2000 (OS X)
  • IDE Traxdata (16x10x40x + 10x DVD ROM) in G4/AGP (OS X)
    (listed under other brands)

    IDE CDRW Drive Reports:
  • Buslink 40x12x48 in G4/AGP (OS X)
    (listed under 'other' brands, not reported as Lite-on as some past Buslink drives were)
  • Lite-On LTR-48125W 48x12x48 in Dual G4 DDR (OS X)
  • Lite-On LTR-40125 40x12x48 (black) in Dual G4 DDR (OS X)
  • Lite-On LTR-48125W 48x12x48 in Dual G4 DDR (OS X)
  • Lite-On LTR-40125S 40x12x48 in G4/AGP (OS X)
  • Lite-On LTR-40125S 40x12x48 in B&W G3 (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)
  • IDE MCE 16x Internal iMac CD-RW Drive (OS 9.2)
  • IDE Polaroid BurnMAX40 40x12X48 in Dual G4 DDR (OS X)
    (no iTunes support)

    Firewire CDRW Drive Reports:
  • EZquest EZQK32660OB 32x12x40x used w/G4 AGP (OS X)

    SCSI CDRW Drive Reports:
  • HP CD-Writer Plus 9210i 8x4x32 in 8600 (OS 8.6)

    USB CDRW Drive Reports:
  • Plextor PX-S88TU 8x/8x/24x used w/PowerBook G4 (OS X)
    (noted no itunes or discburner support in 10.2)

    IDE Hard Drive Reports:
  • IBM Travelstar 32GB in PowerBook G3 2000 (OS 9.2)
    (FYI - PB G3 firewire/pismo illustrated HD install guide here)
  • IBM 60GB in Dual G4 DDR (OS X)
  • Seagate Barracuda IV 40GB in G4/AGP using IDE PCI card (OS X)

    Firewire Hard Drive Reports:
  • Lacie PocketDrive 30GB FW&USB 2.0 used w/PowerBook G3 2000 (OS X)

    SCSI Hard Drive Reports:
  • IBM DNES-309170 (80pin LVD/SE) 9.1GB in 9600 (OS 9.1)

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 and Warcraft III. Total Reviews (all titles): 974. 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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