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News stories of Sept. 23rd, 2002:

G4 Gigabit in 9600 Case Conversion
I've posted pages w/photos of Robert Ward's Gigabit G4/AGP in a 9600 Case Project. Included is a page/parts list of prices/items needed for the build (using parts from various sources, a build from scratch is possible). There's been several Mac (G4/AGP, 8500, 7500, etc.) to PC ATX case converson articles here in the past year or two, but Robert went with the 9600 Mac case which has more external drive bays than the pre-DDR G4 cases.
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Sonnet ATA/100 Card Owner Tip for OS X 10.2.x
(from a reader email - many Sonnet ATA/100 (and ATA/133 promise chip based cards) noted problems with 10.2/10.2.1 as reported here in past news pages/feedback. A Sonnet "Trio" card owner later replied this tip helped. )

" Mike,
I am one of the people with the Sonnet ATA100 cards having problems with Jaguar. I may have come up with a solution for some people. It seemed to bring my system back to life, and maybe it can help others too.
Please post this if you feel it's appropriate.

Downgrading Sonnet ATA 100 kernel extension to work around Jaguar problems:

I brought my machine back from the dead, by downgrading the kernel extension for the Sonnet ATA100 card.

1) I am not a Darwin programmer.
2) Try it at your own risk.

First off, try booting up in verbose mode (Apple-V while booting)

You'll notice that the machine is using version 1.1.4 of the Ultratek100 PCI storage kernel extension. If you're like me, your machine won't boot.

Boot off an OS9 CD or another partition (get up into some OS). Go to the sonnet web page and download the OSX deep sleep extension from the support page. This download contains an OLD version of the Kernel extension (driver) for the ATA100 card.

Go to your boot volume-->System-->Library-->Extensions

Move the Ultratek100 package/folder to somewhere else safe, like the main directory of your OSX volume, or your home directory. (If this doesn't work, you'll need this to undo-it).

Take the Ultratek100 file from the sleep-download and then copy it into this location. (Just as described in the README for the deep-sleep-extension).

Change OSX to your startup volume an reboot.
Hit Apple-V to make sure you boot into verbose mode. You'll see that it is now using an older version of the Ultratek100 driver. Cross your fingers.

What you have just done is downgraded the Ultratek100 driver from 1.1.4 to 1.1.1.
(Note: the Sonnet Sleep Fix on their downloads page is version 1.1.3. I wrote Jim to ask if 1.1.1 was a typo, or if he had an older version of it-Mike)

For me, this gave me the first successful boot in about 5 or 6 days. I'm up and running 10.2.1, typing this in Explorer, while ITunes pounds on the hard drive in the background. "

I don't know if the 1.1.1 (or 1.1.3) driver is fully 10.2 compatible, but if this tip helps any of the Sonnet ATA/100 card owners that reported problems with connected drives being the 10.2.x install/boot disk, let me know.

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New G4 Towers Ship with OS X Build 6E31
(from a reader email today)

" hi mike just a little note to let you know i just got in my dual 1 gig and the osX ver is 10.2.1 (build) 6E31, the same unit just 2 weeks ago came with 10.2, the 10.2.1 update is only 6D52 (the public 10.2.1 build version)
this was a replacement unit the other unit would not except a 2nd hd or cdrw, apple traced the proplem to bad processors.
Steven "

No idea what's changed in build 6E31 compared to 6D52.

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Motorola 7455/7445 CPU Errata Doc Updated
Paul Apostolou wrote that the Motorola 7455/7445 CPU errata document (first noted here in the March 27th 2002 news) has been updated on 9/20 to include another error (18). CPU revision 2.1 is still shown as the latest in the document.
(The 7455 is the CPU used in 800MHz-1GHz CPU upgrades, and later Quicksilver and G4 MDD tower models. The PowerBook G4/DVI models are also reported by PPCchecker to have a 7455 CPU. Sometimes the lower power 744x version of the CPU has the same ID as the 745x version, but the DVI PB G4 has 1MB of L3 cache, and according to the Moto. 7445 specs, it doesn't support L3 cache. The 7455 supports up to 2MB of L3 cache.)
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IBM's PowerPC RoadMap Updated Recently
A reader's forum post noted there's been a recent update to the IBM PowerPC Roadmap that shows planned (future) CPUs of 2+GHz. (No timeline/estimated dates on future CPUs however.)
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Reader Notes on HP 900 AIO driver update and GIMP Print
(*Update* - see rebuttal to Adam's comments below this original post)
In reply to the HP 900 AIO series driver update noted in Friday's news page:

"Hi Mike, I had sensed that HP was about to release the drivers to work with 10.2 since a flurry of their updates started appearing yesterday. After dl'ing the new HP AIO driver for the 900 series and installing it under 10.2.1 initially it wouldn't work. The setup ran OK but I thought it weird to have to manually add the printer in Printcenter and even then I couldn't print. But, then I suspected GIMP print may have been holding on to something since I had been using it to print to my PSC until HP fixed their driver for 10.2.

Here's what I did to fix:
1. Uninstall the HP software
2. Remove GIMP print. Go here for how:
3. Reboot
4. Reinstall HP drivers


Another reader replied to this post:

" Mike,
I would like to respond to your reader who pondered that Gimp-Print was causing him problems. First, I am sorry that the output quality was less than he had hoped; HP has not revealed the full specifications for putting their printers into the highest quality mode, which limits the output quality of Gimp-print for HP printers. Epson printers are not limited in this fashion.

Regarding his difficulties restoring the HP driver: I think that Gimp-Print is not to blame here. Installing Gimp-Print only adds new capabilities, it neither removes nor confounds existing capabilities. I do not doubt that your reader, Adam, solved his problems by going through the 4 steps he listed, but I can assure you that step 2 (unistalling Gimp-Print) was unnecessary, as the files Gimp-Print installs are completely unrelated to the vendor-supplied printer drivers. The easiest way to remove a Gimp-Print printer is to simply delete it from the Print Center Printer List.

I hope this info helps to clear things up. Anyone with further questions about Gimp-Print that aren't answered in the FAQ should try the project forums:
Tyler B. "

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Battery Life in Jaguar Reports Updated
I've updated the page of reader reports on Battery Life in Jaguar with the latest reader comments.
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Rate Your CPU Upgrade Reports Database Updated
The Rate Your CPU Upgrade database has been updated today with 12 new reports. Total to date: 7,495. (Entries made today are posted the next newsday morning.)
Here's a summary of the updates:

  • Apple Dual G4/533 in G4/AGP (rated 10)
  • Other World Computing G4/550 in B&W G3 (rated 10)
  • Other World Computing G4/466 in Beige G3 (rated 9)
  • Other World Computing G4/550 in B&W G3 (rated 10)
  • Other World Computing G4/550 in B&W G3 (rated 10)
  • Powerlogix Bluechip G4/550 (?) in PowerBook G3 2000 (rated 9)
  • Powerlogix G4/800 in G4/AGP (rated 8)
  • PowerLogix G4/1GHz in G4 Cube (rated 8)
  • PowerLogix G4/1GHz in G4 Cube (rated 10)
  • Sonnet G3/500 in 6500/250 (rated 7)
  • Sonnet G4/500 in B&W G3 (no rating given)
  • B&W G3/300 OC report

(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 18 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 8,528 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 4 in 1 used w/PowerBook G4 (OS X)
    (listed under "other" brands)

    Tape Drive Reports:
  • USB Aiwa TD-U8000 Travan TR-4 used w/PB G3 2000 (OS X)
    (Listed under "other" brands, drive on Retrospect's OS X incompatible device list )

    CDROM Drive Reports:
  • IDE Sony CDU5221 52X in Dual G4 DDR (OS X)

    DVD-R DVD Recorder Drive Reports:
  • IDE Pioneer DVR-104 in G4/AGP (OS X)
    (noted drive sleep issue in 10.2 despite energy saver settings)

    Combo DVD+CDR Drive Reports:
  • IDE Toshiba SD-1202 (16x10x40 +12x DVD ROM) in G4/AGP (OS X server) ? (noted DVD player problem, not sure if he used the modified support file in FAQ here)

    IDE CDRW Drive Reports:
  • Digital Research 40x12x48x in G4/AGP (OS X)
    (no itunes or DB support - filed under "other" brands)
  • LG GCE-8240B - 24x10x40x in Beige G3 (OS 9.1)
  • LG 8120B 12x8x40x in Beige G3 (OS X)
    (using modified support files)
  • Lite-on LTR-40125S (40x12x48x) in Beige G3 (OS X)
  • Sony CRX185A1 32x10x40x in Beige G3 (OS 9.2)
    (using modified support file, various problems noted)
    (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:
  • Teac CD-540E 40x12x48x in FW case used w/G4 AGP (OS X)
  • Yamaha CRW2100 16x10x40x used with 85/8600 (OS 9)

    USB CDRW Drive Reports:
  • LG 16x10x40 in USB Case used w/G4 Cube (OS X)
    (no LG model# mentioned, no support in OS X)
  • TDK 40x12x48 used w/iMac slot loading (OS X)
    (no itunes support)

    IDE Hard Drive Reports:
  • IDE Hitachi DK23DA-20 20GB in PowerBook G3 wallstreet1 (OS X)
    (Wallstreet illustrated HD install guide here)
  • IBM TravelStar 40GNX 40GB in iBook 2001 (OS X)
  • Western Digital WD800BB 80GB in iMac Slot Loading (OS X)

    Firewire Hard Drive Reports:
  • Maxtor 120GB in MacPower "Ice Cube" FW Case (OS X)
    (noted drive failure/IC damage)

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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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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