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News stories of Sept. 26th, 2002:

Improvements in Toast 5.2 Update:
(Update - the email I received noted a 10/2 release, but the 5.2 updater is now available at VT, Macupdate or this direct download link from roxio.)
The Toast 5.2 update (first slated for 10/2, but then released early) should have the following changes/improvements:

  • CD-TEXT (now an available option for MMC-3 compliant recorders that support CD-TEXT):
  • Writes CD TEXT (reads track information from Internet music database or from ID3 tags)
  • Reads CD TEXT from audio CDs containing pre-recorded information
  • Adds CD TEXT information automatically during audio CD disc copy
  • Mac OS 10.2.x support

  • VideoCD - improved encoding performance for all systems
  • Optimization for multi-processor systems (up to 2x speed increase)
  • More accurate preservation of color detail
  • Enhanced Quartz text rendering throughout user interface.
  • Improved usability of "Record" speed selection list
  • Support for up to 52x recorders
  • Support for Yamaha CRW-F1 recorder (upgrade from Toast Lite version bundled with recorder)
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Internet Explorer (Security) Updates for OS X and OS 8-9.x
Microsoft has updated IE for OS X and OS 9 to address the security issue noted in this previous bulletin. (As of Noon Eastern Time today, there's still no Office 98/2001/X or Outlook Express updates that are needed per the bulletin.)

Hopefully the updates for Mac Office and OE will appear soon.

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Dual G4/867 Owner Overclocking Report
" ...I previously owned a QS867 that I attempted to OC and it was very flaky. I kept losing the L3 cache like everyone else did, so after a few hours I determined I wasn't in for a voltage tweak, so it remained an 867.

But, I recently purchased a new Dual 867, that after a couple days of fooling around with I decided to take a shot at overclocking it to 1GHz and see if any progress had been made. I dabbed some defroster repair paint on a couple places, restarted and lo and behold Dual 1GHz running reliably (so far 4-5 hours later).

During normal usage the fan stays somewhere between the lowest setting and the middle setting. It moves up and down fairly often. With dnet on it will move into the high sped setting every now and again. I'll leave dnet on for a few hours and see how it behaves.

Anyhow, thought I'd let you know that either I'm very lucky or the new models have a little more headroom than the older ones.
Lin P "

The Systems page, G4 Macs section here has Michiro Isobe's G4 MDD CPU Module speed settings article posted last month. (Of course mods like this void the warrany and may not be reliable short or long-term.)

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How to run Warcraft III in Windowed Mode
(*Update* - several readers replied to the reader request below to say "Command+M" toggles windowed mode in WCIII. One reader also noted holding down the Option key when launching the game will run it in a window at the start. Performance is slower in windowed mode was another common note. Thanks to all that replied!)

" Mike,
I'm trying to figure something out and am hoping one of your readers may know what the solution is. Google has been useless also. I am trying to figure out how to run Warcraft III in OS X in a Window. The review of the game says this is possible, but nowhere (Readmes, Blizzard's support site, et cetera) is there instruction on how to set this up. If you (or your readers) could help, it would be much appreciated!
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Handspring PDA OS X Software Available
(from a reader email)

" Hi Mike,
Thought readers may like to know that Handspring have _finally_ released a certified version of the PalmDesktop software for their handhelds thats compatible with OS X. Many people have been using the straight PalmDesktop 4 package, but hopefully this official version should clear up the few glitches that appeared when using the standard Palm version.
General info
Direct download.
All the best,
Ben B. "
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Still 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. (I don't have any of these Sonnet cards personally, but this is the 3rd ATA/100 or Trio card owner that said it helped. Yesterday's news had a reader's comments that removing the driver worked also.)

"Hi Mike,
I followed Jim ("I'm not a Darwin programmer")'s "fix" (see link above) and it seems to have worked for me. At least I'm now working out of Jaguar. As a real amateur, I was concerned about really screwing this up but taking each step, one at a time, it worked. Thanks to you, and to Jim for the help.
jim a."

This reader didn't note which tip he used but I wrote to ask and he said he replaced the driver with the older version (1.1.3 I assume).

" Hi,
This tip realy works. When I added my Sonnet ATA/100, my G3 B&W rev1 wouldn't boot either with 10.2. Now it works like a charm.
Kind regards,
Stefaan B.

Another reader mail on this from yesterday:

"Hi Mike, I just wanted to let you know that I also tried the suggestion of removing the Ultratek100.kext. (noted in yesterday's news.) I booted into OS 9 and then just manually dragged the extension to the OS 9 desktop, so I still had it in case anything went wrong. After re-hooking up my card and drives, I booted, set the start-up disk, rebooted, hoped for the best, and.... success! Same thing that Jed DiPaola reported happened. Verbose logging reported that it was "loading Ultratek100.kext from archive" and it booted flawlessly.

Now let's see what Sonnet plans to do as an official fix (since when I talked to them it didn't sound like they'll be waiting for Apple's next update to fix this problem.) For the meantime, though, this will do just fine.
-Christian W."

Another reader reported rumors of a sonnet 'fix' due soon (either driver or firmware update I assume) but nothing official from Sonnet so far.

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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: 7,510. (Entries made today are posted the next newsday morning.)
Here's a summary of the updates:

  • Newer Tech Pismo G4/500 in PowerBook G3 2000 (rated 9)
  • Powerlogix G4/550 in B&W G3 (rated 10)
  • Powerlogix Bluechip G4/550 in PowerBook G3 2000 (rated 8)
  • Sonnet G4/800 in 8600/250 (rated 9)
  • Sonnet G3/400 in 6400 (rated 10)
  • XLR8 CarrierZIF w/G3 350 ZIF in 73-75-7600 (rated 8)
    (didn't note specific mac model or ZIF module brand)

(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 11 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 8,552 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-103/A03 in G4/AGP (OS 9.2)

    DVD-ROM Drive Reports:
  • Expansion Bay Matshita SR-8176-C (8X/24X) in PowerBook G3 2000 (OS X)

    Combo DVD+CDR Drive Reports:
  • IDE LG GCC-4120B (12x8x32x +8x DVD ROM) in B&W G3 (OS X)
  • IDE LG 4320B (32x10x40x + 16x DVD ROM) in B&W G3 (OS X)

    IDE CDRW Drive Reports:
  • Lite-On 40x12x48x in Dual G4 (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:
  • Iomega 40x12x48 used w/iBook 2001 (OS X)
  • Yamaha CRW2100IX 16x10x40x used w/6400 (OS 8.6)

    IDE Hard Drive Reports:
  • Maxtor 40GB in Performa 6290 (OS 8.6)
  • Western Digital WD1200JB (8MB cache) 120GB in B&W G3 (OS X)
    (rev 1 motherboard, so problems seen)
  • Western Digital WD800JB (8MB cache) 80GB in Dual G4 (OS X)
    (FYI - Illustrated guide to adding a 2nd HD here for G4 towers up to the Quicksilver model and B&W G3 rev 2.)

    Firewire Hard Drive Reports:
  • Lacie 40GB used w/Beige G3 (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 two more reviews of Soldier of Fortune II and another review of Unreal. Total Reviews (all titles): 980. 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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