News Archive for: 9/6/2005 Tuesday's News
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Report on XPostFacto 4.0/CPU Director 2.1 problem (and workaround)
Friday's news mentioned the XPostfacto 4.0 update. A reader sent a note on a problem and workaround he's seen with it and PL's CPU Director 2.1:

" Hey Mike, don't know if others might notice this but I seem to have found a problem with Powerlogix's CPU Director software and installing X.4 via XPostFacto on my Beige G3. If others ask, this is a slight work around that I found:

At least on my setup anyways, CPU Director will not function on startup on my Beige (PL800Z, can OC to 933Mhz) with OS X 10.4 or 10.4.2. Now this isn't older pre 2.0 CPUD versions. This is CPUD 2.1, the latest version. Which should work, right? Well, not exactly.

So anyway, everyone knows PL added DFS (dynamic frequency switching, See PL press release on CPU Director 2.1-Mike) support to CPUD. This enables the energy saver functions for the 750FX/GX and 7447s upgrades in the energy saver panel. A virtually useless function for me since I own a tower. (?-Mike) But on boot up with 2.1, it gave me the kext files was disabled message and after I reinstalled the PL kext files with 2.1. I noticed clock speed was 467Mhz on highest. Trying to clock back up to 933Mhz would result in a complete crash as well. So figuring CPUD's failure to load on startup was some problem with XPF's X.4 install, I decided to focus my attention on finding a way to turn off DFS so I could at least clock my CPU. Thankfully when X.4 was first booting for some reason it was in verbose mode (I didn't set it in XPF, it just did that after reboot). This told me the names and locations of the PL kext files, the ones that looked to be controlling DFS on startup. So I hunted them down, all 4 files have the name PLCore/etc and are easy to find. Once removed in OS9 (might be able to do this in safe mode OSX). I proceeded to test out OSX again. Sadly CPUD still will not load on startup, but I had successfully disabled DFS. However, when attempting to load the main PL kext file in OSX all it would show me is the accurate Mhz of what my CPU was running. It would not let me clock the CPU.

Which now leads into the next part of this work around. When I downloaded CPUD 2.1 I also got 2.0b1, just incase anything went wrong of course. After finishing some updated I finally decided to take a look at 2.0, which does not include any DFS files. So I figured to give it a shot to see what happened and, well it worked. I can now clock my FX back up to 933Mhz. Startup is still dead but at least the CPU will clock again.

Now on Powerlogix's website it states 2.0b1 will not function in X.4.2. I remember running 2.0 on other systems and seeing the message that I needed to update for X.4.2. So it seems to get this all to work you would need the 2.1 main PL kext file installed first before running 2.0. After that, it works just like normal, minus the disabled at startup messages. So all PLL control has to be done manually after startup unless you have your CPU already set for your desired speed via it's onboard controls. But those of us that sometimes need to boot OS9 know these upgrades do not do well with OS9 at high speeds (well known problem with firewire drivers/ATI drivers). Which is why mine is set to 733 so it doesn't go nuts in OS9 as quickly. Otherwise I would have my CPU set for 933 via the onboard switches.

Hope this might help someone if you happen to get a question about this. Hopefully XPF will see an update that might address this problem, or CPUD will be patched again soon. Whatever comes first, who knows.
-Josh W. "

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Report on Audio Noise in Tiger during Graphic/Video Tasks
" I wonder if I can ask you or the readers of Accelerate Your Mac if any else has experienced the problem which I have just noticed.

My G4 Digital Audio makes a noise thru the speakers when I scroll windows using my wheel mouse or if I scroll through menus or if I just drag a window around the desktop, if I stop all motion the noise goes away but I can still hear a tiny amount on static/white noise, if I begin movement again I can hear the RFI (that's what it sounds like), I first noticed the noise about a week ago after I'd been playing some mp3's on iTunes and left the volume up high by accident. Now the noise is bugging me as I don't recall hearing the noise before.

I can hear the noise as well if i use an Griffin iMac as the audio out with a pair of Sony Fontopia phones

Thinking it was something that I added to the G4 I took out all the PCI cards and just left the CPU upgrade in and the SATA card and AGP card but it still did it.

Having conducted some more tests from what I can tell it something related to Tiger 10.4.X & My Digital Audio G4, I have a firewire drive with Panther 10.3.7 on it when I boot off that I can't hear the noise at all.

Thinking it was something wrong with my Tiger install I cloned my iBook G4 1.33 (10.4.2) onto the G4 in target disk mode and it still makes the noise. The iBook G4 is noiseless.

G4 Digital Audio w/Giga Designs Dual G4/1.2GHz over clocked to 1.4GHz, 768MB ram, 320GB SATA Raid 0 (2 x 160gb Maxtor DM+9), Firmtek 1S2 SATA Card, ATI Radeon 9800Pro, Alchemy DVR, GeeThree Sweet MultiPort
I'm not sure but I don't think the noise was there under 10.4.1 or .2
I'd welcome any thoughts opinions on this as I have no idea what's wrong
Thanks, Mick B.
(I asked if disabling the Sound Prefs setting for "Play user inferface sounds" changed the behavior-Mike)
I tried to disable "play user interface sound effects" but it did not make any difference.
I've also done an OF nv-ram reset as well and set-defaults
I logged in as root and removed all the audio kexts and then booted again and sure enough I had no audio at all, but I did have silence. I then put all the Panther audio kexts in the Extensions folder of Tiger and booted but still had the same audio problem.
I'm at a bit of a loss with this one. "

Almost makes me think it's PS related, but he said it doesn't happen in 10.3.x.
(Update - I had about a dozen readers reply to this and posted a separate page of them.)

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SerialATA Cardbus (PCcard) Adapter for Powerbooks
Late posting this (missed it Friday) but FW Depot sent a press release announcing a SATA Cardbus card for Mac users said to ship in mid-late September. The 2-port card lists for $59.95 and OS X 10.2 or later is required they say.
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Apple Kbase doc updates
(from Apple's weekly list)

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CDRW/CD/DVD/Hard Drive/Storage Compatibility Database Update Listing
The Drive Compatibility Database had 10 new reports added. (Entries today are added the next newsday morning.) The database includes reports on CDRWs, Combo DVD-CDRW, DVD-ROM, DVD Burners, Hard Drives and Removables (tape drive, ORB, ZIP, MO drives, NAS, CF/Smartmedia readers, etc.) in all interface types (IDE, IDE RAID cards, SATA, Firewire, SCSI, USB, adapters). Current total - 15,060 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) iApps burn support mentioned in reports unless otherwise noted.

    Combo DVD(ROM)-CDR Drives
  • IDE Sony CRX320E (52x52x32x + 16x DVD-ROM) in G4/AGP (OS X 10.4)
    (Although OS X Tiger has basic iApps burn support for most drives he mentioned using Patchburn 4. Mentioned problem waking from sleep. Illustrated CD drive install guide here covers G4 towers up to the digital audio model.)

    DVD+R/RW + DVD-R/RW Drives:
  • IDE Liteon SOHW 1693S in G5 Tower (OS X 10.4)
  • Firewire (cased) Pioneer DVR-109BK used w/Mac Mini (OS X 10.3)
    (using Patchburn 3 for iApps burn support in 10.3.x. Problems noted burning dvds in toast.)
  • IDE Pioneer DVR-110DBK in G4/AGP (OS X 10.4)
    (Although OS X Tiger has basic iApps burn support for most drives he mentioned using Patchburn 4.)
  • IDE CUSA (CompUSA?) SKU 320105 in Beige G3 (OS X 10.3)
    (listed under "other" brand. Noted system would not boot with drive installed. Illustrated CD drive install guide here covers Beige G3 Minitower model.)

    Hard Drives:
  • iDE Hitachi Travelstar E7K60 (7200rpm) 60GB in Powerbook G4 (OS X 10.4)
    (PowerBook G4 Ti 15in. LCD illustrated Hard Drive install guide here
    PB G4 15in (Aluminum) Disassembly guide here.
    Powerbook G4 12in LCD illustrated Hard Drive install guide here
    FAQ's Powerbook section has links to other model guides.)
  • IDE (serialATA PCI card) connected Maxtor 80GB in G4/AGP (OS X 10.3)
  • IDE Samsung MP0402H 40GB in Powerbook G4 (OS X 10.4)
  • IDE Seagate ST9120821A 120GB in Powerbook G4 (OS X 10.4)
  • IDE Western Digital WD2500JB 250GB in iMac G4 (OS X 10.4)
    (iMac G4 15in take-apart article here)

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 (entries later today are added the next newsday morning). Total to date: 10,054. Here's a summary of the report added (search by brand/mac model for full reports - latest reports always shown first):

  • Other World Computing G4/500 in Beige G3 (rated 10)

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

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).

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