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News stories of Sept. 25th, 2002:

Opera 6 Beta 1 Browser Update
"Opera 6 beta 1 for Mac is now available at
The press release:
-- egil h.
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OS X Dedicated Swapfile Partition article updated for Jaguar
Although I no longer use a dedicated swap file in OS X , Mike McNeil sent a note that the summer 2001 (OS X 10.0.x) based article here had info that didn't work with 10.2. I've updated the article with his info/mods for Jaguar, but have not personally tested them in 10.2.
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Reader Notes Sonnet G4 1GHz AGP CPU Upgrade Shipped
This is the first note I've seen about Sonnet shipping their 1GHz G4 CPU upgrades for AGP (and Cube) Macs:

" I placed an order for the 1GHz Sonnet ENCORE / ST Processor upgrade for my G4 450Mhz AGP a couple of months ago. I am told that it shipped and it will be delivered to me in a couple of days. I will mail in benchmarks as soon as I get a chance to install it.
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Sonnet G4/800 CPU Card Overclocking Info
(from a reader email)

"Hello Mike: While surfing tonight, I ran across the following Japanese site that has some information about the new Sonnet Crescendo/PCI G4 800 card. I don't read Japanese, but it certainly looks like this guy overclocked his card to 960MHz! Perhaps someone can translate this information?
Gordon H."

As noted in the past here, and Altavista's (Babelfish) have web page language translators - google doesn't currently list Japanese however as an option. The translations are not always good, but here's tthe english translated page using Babelfish.
The page notes adding a 2nd Fan and boosting the bus speed to 60MHz - since the bus/cpu multiplier is already at the max 16x, boosting bus speed is the only option for higher CPU speed. (Many macs won't be able to run a 60MHz bus speed reliably.)

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More Sonnet ATA/100 OS X 10.2 Driver Tip Comments
The latest reader comments on the Sonnet ATA/100 OS X 10.2 driver tip in Monday's news. (Yesterday's news had a Trio card owner reporting it helped also, but I don't have any of these Sonnet cards personally.)

"Hello. Today I read about the fix for the Sonnet ATA 100 card. I have one and have had it disabled since I first learned of this problem on your website. I followed the instructions for the fix. Upon verbose logging, I noticed that the Ultratek100.kext package was "not authentic and would be ignored" by the system. However, the system booted beautifully. So now the test....restart. I restarted with verbose logging. The very first line reported said "loading Ultratek100 from archive. The system booted beautifully. I then restarted without verbose logging. The system again started beautifully. I then decided to remove the Ultratek100.kext altogether. This seems risky, but remember if the system won't boot I would just shutdown and use the internal ATA33 bus (of my PCI G4)

Using the terminal command sudo rm -r "drag the file here for path" . I rebooted, verbosely, and yes, the line
loading com.firmtek.driver.Ultratek100 from archive
appeared. The system booted beautifully. System Profiler reports the presence of an Ultratek100 card on the PCI and alas! I enjoy the speed of my Segate Baracuda IV once again.

Dignosis: The Ultratek100.kext in 10.2 is to blame. AND, there is a driver included in the Mach kernel, no kext is needed. I reccommend simply deleting the Ultratek100.kext using the terminal and then happily using your Sonnet Tempo ATA 100 card.
Jed DiPaola."

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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: 7,504. (Entries made today are posted the next newsday morning.)
Here's a summary of the updates:

  • Other World Computing G4/450 in Beige G3 (rated 8)
  • Other World Computing G4/550 in B&W G3 (rated 10)
  • Sonnet G4/500 in B&W G3 (rated 10)
  • XLR8 CarrierZIF w/G3 300 ZIF in 7500/100 (rated 9)
  • XLR8 CarrierZIF MPe w/G4 550 ZIF in PowerTower pro (rated 1)

(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 3 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 8,541 reports. Here's a summary listing of today's new reports. (Does not include updates to previous entries)

    Combo DVD+CDR Drive Reports:
  • IDE Samsung SM332 (32x10x40x + 12x DVD ROM) in Dual G4 DDR (OS X)
    (no iTunes/DB support)

    IDE CDRW Drive Reports:
  • Lite-On LTR-48126S (48x12x48x) in G4/AGP (OS X)
    (no itunes support or discburner support)
    (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:
  • SmartDisk FWCDRW-V8 8x8x24x used w/PowerBook G3 lombard (OS 9.2)

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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