News Archive for: 9/15/2004 Wednesday's News
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Apple posts SpiderMan 2 Demo and discount on full version for .Mac users
(from a reader mail tonight)

" Just noticed that the .mac page is offering an exclusive demo of Spiderman 2! As well as a discount which sells it at only $19.99!
Thought you would like to now
Regards, Bob B. "

Bob said the demo download link wasn't working earlier but it is working now.

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iMac G5 Disassembly Photos (new URL/2nd page added)
Yesterday's news page had a link to a photo gallery of a disassembled iMac G5, but as of today the site had problems, so he's moved the page to http://mactree.sannet.ne.jp/~kodawarisan/imacg5/imacg501.html and there's now a 2nd page with a few more photos.
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Pro Tools 6.4.1 Update
Don't own the software, but there's a Pro Tools Updater 6.4.1 at MU that mentions Support for 23.976 fps, +12 dB Fader Gain, Support for the new Command|8(tm) control surface, new Clip Meter features, support for "SCSI Rescan/Hot Swap" and more.
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M-Audio Transit USB 1.5.9 driver update
MU today lists the Transit 1.5.9 driver (dated yesterday):

" M-Audio Transit USB 1.5.9 Updater adds the following:
  • Fixed a problem that could cause a system hang when a Powerbook is put to sleep with the Transit active.
  • Fixed a problem that caused the Transit to report to CoreAudio that it supported AC-3 when AC-3 mode was not selected in the preference pane.
  • Fixed problem that caused a memory leak when the Transit was unplugged.

    Requirements: Mac OS X 10.2 or later."
  • If you visit the m-audio website, remember to have the browser set to allow cookies, otherwise it just loops constantly here in Safari.
    I don't own a Transit personally but I'm hoping this update may fix some of the problems owners reported here in the past on the Transit feedback page. If any Transit owners try this driver update, let me know if it helps. (Include your OS version, system details and Transit driver version used in reports. Thanks.)

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    Price cut on Neptune 200GB Firewire drive
    (from site sponsor OWC)

    " Neptune 200GB price tweak
    OWC Neptune 200GB was $199.99, now $189.99
    Complete Oxford911 based FireWire 400 External Solution including all cables, Intech HD Speedtools, Dantz Retrospect Express, preformatted/pretested and includes a full 1 year warranty.
    Best Regards,
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    Pioneer DVR-108 1.14 Firmware Update
    As with the 1.10 firmware update, the USA Pioneer page trails this Pioneer Japan page which now has v1.14 firmware updates listed. (There's 3 drive model/versions of the 108 listed there. As before, owners of OEM DVR-108 drives should use the "BK download version to flash their drives.) As before, the 108 updaters are PC flashers so you'll need a real PC to update the drive (although VirtualPC was used to flash some optical drives if installed in a USB case - VPC will not flash onboard IDE or Firewire drives.)
    Here's the change info for the 1.14 firmware from their Firmware version history page which has the same notes as the previous 1.10 firmware update:

    • Reduction of 12X/16X DVD-R Writing time
    • DVD-R Writability Improvement
    • Reduction of 12X/16X +R Writing time
    • +R Writability Improvement
    • CD-R Writability Improvement
    • DVD Playability Improvement
    • CD Playability Improvement

    Hopefully soon DVRflash will be updated to support the 108 drive. (The FAQ's DVD section links to it as an OS X flasher for DVR-107 and older model drives.)

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    More Mac Radeon 9200 PCI Feedback on Display Artifacts
    I've updated the page of Mac Radeon 9200 PCI tests/user feedback with two more 9200 PCI owner reports noting display artifacts (one included a sceenshot example, as has some previous reports).
    Note: If any users seeing this problem have PCI Quartz Extreme enabled - try disabling it to see if that matters. Also toggle the PCI High Performance setting in the ATI control panel just as a test.
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    Overview of Final Cut Pro HD/Training Book
    Erik of IT-Enquirer wrote to say he's posted an Overview of Final Cut Pro HD and its latest training book and said they are giving away a copy of Final Cut Pro HD to members of their site. (Drawing will be in a month's time he said.)
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    Interview with Logitech on the diNovo keyboard and mouse
    Erik also wrote he's posted an Interview with Logitech on the diNovo keyboard and mouse regarding Mac support.
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    More G5 owner reports on Optical Audio
    I've updated the page of G5 owner reports on Optical Audio with another Logitech Z-680 owner's comments (noting hiss from the amplifier).
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    CDRW/CD/DVD/Hard Drive/Cardreader Compatibility Database Update Listing
    The Drive Compatibility Database had 4 new reports added this morning. (Entries from Tuesday, entries today are added the next newsday morning.) The database includes reports on Combo DVD-CDRW, CDROMs, DVD-ROM, DVD-RAM, DVD-R, 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, USB, adapters). Current total 13,590 reports. (searching by drive type/brand, mac model etc. listed below will show the full reports, most recent first - does not include updates to previous reports)

      DVD-ROM Drives:
    • IDE Panasonic SR-8686-c (16x/48x) in B&W G3 (OS X 10.3)
      (Illustrated CD drive install guide here covers B&W G3)

      DVD+RW Drives:
    • IDE NEC ND-1100A in B&W G3 (OS X 10.3)
      (no native iApps burn support, suggested using Patchburn II for Panther.)

      DVD+R/RW + DVD-R/RW Drives:
    • IDE Pioneer DVR-A07XLA (DVR-107D) in (MDD) Single G4 DDR (OS X 10.3)
      (native burn support in 10.3.3 and later. FAQ's DVD section links to firmware updates. Illustrated CD drive install guide here covers G4 towers up to the Digital Audio model)

      Hard Drives:
    • IDE Toshiba HDD2193 40GB in iBook 2001 (OS X)
      (see iBook section of the FAQ for links to drive upgrade guides/take-apart articles)

    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.)
    (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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    Rate Your CPU Upgrade Reports Database Updated
    The Rate Your CPU Upgrade database has been updated with 1 new report this morning (entries from the last 24hrs), entries later today are added the next newsday morning). Total to date: 9,549. Here's a summary of the report added today (search by brand/mac model for full reports - latest reports always shown first):

    • Apple G4/AGP (Quicksilver) G4/733 OC report (1 trace cut to 800MHz - see systems page for past article)

      (For full reviews of G4 and G3 upgrades compared to stock CPUs, including real world apps/game tests, install info, etc. - see the CPU upgrades page. OC/CPU module articles are on the Systems page.)

    (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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