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News stories of Sept. 30th, 2002:

Sonnet ATA/100 Card Beta Firmware for Jaguar/10.2
Neil of Sonnet Tech Support sent a note they have beta firmware available to address the issues many Tempo ATA/100 card owners noted here with 10.2/Jaguar.

" Mike,
Just wanted to let you and your readers know that we have Beta firmware available that addresses the intermittent Tempo ATA100 issues with Jaguar. If anyone is interested in testing it they can contact It will be posted on our web site as soon as the test cycle is completed.

We are in alpha testing for the Tempo ATA133, Tempo HD and Tempo Trio firmware and hope to go to beta with it later this week.

If your readers encounter any additional issues please have them contact Sonnet's customer support.
Sonnet Customer Service "

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Toshiba's SD-R6012 Notebook DVD-R/RW Drive
Although other mfr's including Pioneer are said to be working on notebook/laptop DVD recordable drives, it appears Toshiba is the first company to have a shipping product to OEM's (notebook computer manufacturer's, not end users/retailers). has a story today titled Toshiba drive burns DVDs on the run with more details on the Toshiba SD-R6012 drive that features 1X DVD-R/-RW speeds, 16X CDR speeds, and reads DVDs at 8X and CDs at 24X. (No CDRW speed was mentioned, but I assume 10x max.) No price was mentioned on the notebook version (OEM sales only currently) but they mention a desktop version (R5002) lists for $349.
The article says Pioneer's notebook superdrive is expected to be released in the 4th quarter. For some time it's been rumored the next PowerBook G4 will have an internal DVD-R/-RW drive.
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OS X Quake(1) v1.08 Adds FSAA Support and More
Macupdate lists a v1.08 update for Quake (1) for OS X.
    Version 1.0.8 fixes the following:
  • Added support for FSAA (10.1 or later for NVidia boards, 10.2 or later for ATI Radeon boards).
  • ATI Radeon users may change FSAA settings on the fly (see "video options" dialog).
  • Added texture RAM check. An error message is thrown out if out of texture memory.
  • Added support for multitexturing under MacOS X v10.2 or later (see "video options" dialog).
  • Added option to switch between normal and overbright gamma (see "video options" dialog, OpenGL only).
  • Added option to show the OpenGL startup dialog only when pressing the Option key.
  • Added textfield for command-line parameters to the startup dialog.
  • Added startup dialog for command-line parameters to the software renderer versions.
  • Added support for AppleScript.
  • Added the command-line tool "vispatch".
  • New help.
  • F12 key will no longer eject medias if you bind a command to it.
  • Fixed network compatibility with the Windows versions of Quake and GLQuake.
  • Fixed an issue with the console for display-ratios other than 4:3 at GLQuakeWorld. (Many minor changes.)

    Mac OS X 10.0 or later, Quake 1 (shareware or retail version).
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IBMs 180GXP IDE Hard Drives with 8MB Cache
Western Digital has been shipping 8MB cache "special edition" (JB suffix on model#) IDE drives for some time but Gregory sent a note that IBM has now announced their 8MB cache 180GXP drives. The press release notes "the world's fastest desktop hard disk drive with IBM-exclusive technology called "tag 'n seek"... Known technically as tagged command queuing, "tag 'n seek" technology enables the new IBM Deskstar 180GXP to perform nearly 25 percent faster than its predecessor". The 180GXP series has a 7200 RPM spindle speed, fluid bearings and capacities up to 180GB. They are shipping today according to the article. For more info also see this IBM 180GXP product page. No pricing details yet that I have seen.

Since the widespread reports on the web last year of problems with the older series 75GXP drives (see IDE articles page for links) and later getting two DOA 60GXP series drives in one shipment (not typical of course) I've generally avoided IBM desktop drives, buying primarily WD models in the last year or so, but I might try one of these next time I upgrade a hard drive.

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Reader Tips for iSync Beta Version
This weekend Apple posted a Beta version of iSync at available for download at oad/. I've not installed iSync, but a reader sent some tips for iSync users:

" Hi Mike,
I posted this on the Apple Discussions board and recieved a lot of favorable feedback from it. It might help a lot of your readers too:

I did some extensive troubleshooting of iSync on my own last night and this seemed to solve ALOT of problems, might work for you too.

1. If Possible, erase all data on your Palm/iPod (just make sure the data is backed up in Address Book and iCal first).

2. Go to your home directory, then to the Library Folder, then to the Application Support Folder and then throw the "SyncService" folder in the trash.

3. Go to your root directory and then navigate to your Library and then to Application Support and then throw the "SyncService" folder in the trash.

4. Open iCal and Address Book and make sure all of your information is perfect and the way you want it sync'd.

4a. If you are trying to sync with a Palm: Open HotSync Manager in your Palm Folder (should be in Applications). When it opens go to the HotSync Menu and go to "Conduit Settings...". When that opens double click on the following conduits:

-Address Book
-ToDo List
-Memo Pad (Optional)

And set them to "Do Nothing" and then press the "Make Default" Button and then press Ok. For the iSync Conduit, double click on it and choose your options but make sure "Sync Contacts" and "Sync Calendars" are selected.

5. Make sure your Palm and/or iPod are plugged into their respective cables.

6. Start a HotSync from your Palm, the Palm should initiate the sync, then it will open iSync for you and initiate the iSync Conduit. At this point you won't see your iPod in iSync.

6a. After the Sync is done, Go to the File Menu and select "Add Device..." and double click on your iPod. Initiate a second sync from your Palm and this time both your iPod and Palm Pilot will sync. From this point on your will be able to initiate a hotsync from your Palm and all of your devices will be sync'd if you so choose.

I hope these instructions helped. As always back up your data before trying this (export iCal files and vCard from Address Book) as to not loose any data. Happy Syncing.

Apple also has posted a Kbase doc on iSync Beta Release notes. For general info on iSync, see

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Apple Updates Online Developer Hardware Docs for New G4 MDD Systems
For those that are not a member of Apple's Developer Connecton (it was noted in the latest ADC email this weekend), Apple has now updated the online PowerMac G4 Developer docs to reflect the current Mirrored Drive Door (MDD) models. (As of last week they still reflected the QS 2002 model). Ben Boffee wrote to suggest owners of the new G4s that have problems utilizing the new audio features (i.e. audio input) read the docs for more info on the new audio subsystem.
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OS X 10.2/iTunes3 Support file for USB TDK 40x CDRW Drive
Mike Eckhoff sent a modified TDK plugin file he's using with OS X 10.2, edited to add support for the TDK USB 40x12x48x CDRW . (Model# reported by ASP is CDRW401248UEX - if any IDE VeloCD 40x and 48x drive owners want to send their exact model# reported by ASP or Toast's recorder info menu item, he's willing to mod the file with Hexedit for that model#. Normally FW/USB cased drives report the standard IDE model# inside the case, but from the model# he sent, it appears TDK has a revised firmware/ID for the USB cased version of this drive.)
I've added this info/link to the FAQ's CDROM/CDR section for future reference.
Like all 'unofficial' mod. files - they are provided as-is with no warranty or guarantee. (You can't replace the existing file under OS X due to permissions unless you use the terminal to enable root user, or do a get-info on the file to change permissions temporarily, or just reboot into OS 9 and replace the file.)
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More Comments on Logic Audio Pops/Noise with G4 Upgrades in G3 or Older Macs
Several readers replied to the post in Friday's news where a reader noted Logic audio pops/noise with a G4 upgrade in Beige G3. Although the same issue was noted by others, one of the replies noted running an OWC G4 in a B&W G3 with logic audio without any problems like this (even with Altivec enabled). I asked what QT/Sound Manager version he was using, since this may be a factor based on some past comments. One Beige G3 owner w/G4 upgrade noted disabling the cache also solved audio problems in FCP (but performance drops of course with cache disabled.) Details.
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Rate Your CPU Upgrade Reports Database Updated
The Rate Your CPU Upgrade database has been updated today with 11 new reports. Total to date: 7,528. (Entries made today are posted the next newsday morning.)
Here's a summary of the updates:

  • Newer Tech G3/500 in 7300/180 (rated 9)
  • Other World Computing G3/400 in Beige G3 (rated 9)
  • Other World Computing G4/550 in B&W G3 (rated 9)
  • Other World Computing G4/550 in B&W G3/450 (rated 10)
  • PowerLogix BlueChip G4/500 in PB G3 2000 (rated 10)
  • PowerLogix G4/550 in B&W G3 (rated 10)
  • Sonnet G4/800 in 8600/300 (rated 6)
  • Sonnet G4/1GHz in G4/AGP (rated 10)
  • Sonnet G4/800 in PowerWave (rated 3)
  • Sonnet Cresendo/WS G4 in PowerBook G3 wallstreet2 (rated 5)
  • 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 17 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 8,579 reports. Here's a summary listing of today's new reports. (Does not include updates to previous entries)

    SmartMedia Reader Reports:
  • PCMCIA Slot Simple Technology SmartMedia adapter used w/PB G3 Wallstreet 1 (OS X) (Noted worked in 10.1.x, but not in 10.2/10.2.1)

    DVD-R DVD Recorder Drive Reports:
  • IDE Pioneer DVR-A03 (103) in Dual G4 (OS X)
    (comments on using firmware update noted in ourSept. 17th, 2002 news page)

    DVD-ROM Drive Reports:
  • IDE Pioneer 116 (16x/40x) in G4/AGP (OS 9.2)

    IDE CDRW Drive Reports:
  • Lite-On 40x12x48x (didn't note model#) in G4 no AGP (OS X)
    (boot problems in OS 9 noted)
  • Lite-On LTR-40125s 40x12x48x in Beige G3 (OS X)
  • Memorex 40x12x48 in Dual G4 DDR (OS X)
    (listed under "other" brands, no itunes support)
  • Mitsumi CR-48X8TE (4808TE) 16x8x40 in G4/AGP (OS X)
    (no itunes/DB support)
  • MSI DragonWriter MS-8348 48x16x48 in Dual G4 DDR (OS X)
    (listed under "other" brands, no itunes/DB support)
  • Sanyo CRD-BP1700P 40x12x48x in Dual G4 DDR (OS X)
  • Sony CRX175A2/CRX175E2 24x10x40x in G4/AGP (OS X)
    (see FAQ here for 175 model iTunes support files)
    (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)
  • Teac W516EB (16x10x40x) in Dual G4 DDR (OS 9.2)
    (problems noted)

    Firewire CDRW Drive Reports:
  • LG GCE-8320B (32x10x40x) in Pryo FW case used w/PB G4 (OS X) (problems noted)

    IDE Hard Drive Reports:
  • IBM Travelstar 20GB in PowerBook 3400 (OS 9.1)
  • Maxtor 40GB in iMac slot loading (OS X)
  • Seagate ST380021a 80GB in iMac slot loading (OS X)
  • Western Digital WD800JB (8MB cache) 80GB in B&W G3 using IDE PCI card (OS X)
  • Western Digital WD800JB (8MB cache) 80GB in G4 no AGP (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.)

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 another review of Soldier of Fortune II and Deus Ex. Total Reviews (all titles): 983. 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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