News Archive for: 9/7/2005 Wednesday's News (later posted items first)
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Quicktime 7.0.2 Update released
While checking for software updates today QuickTime 7.0.2 shows up. Here's a clip from the software update window:

" QuickTime 7.0.2 (33.2MB) delivers numerous important bug fixes and compatibility enhancements. This update is highly recommended for all QuickTime 7 users."

(They also repeat the previous notice to QT Pro users that v7 requires a new Pro key - keys from QT 6, etc. don't work and the update overwrites any previous QT Player versions unless you rename them. That saved -some- but not all Pro functionality in the past.) A restart is required after the update. I didn't check the current download at Apple's Quicktime downloads page to see if it's v7.0.2.

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iTunes version 5 released
Apple today also released iTunes 5. See this page for a complete list of features including a new look, "Adjustable random playback", Sync from Outlook/Outlock Express in Windows, Parental controls (new prefs item) and support for the Motorola ROKR E1 and iPod Nano products announced today. (That page also mentions the iTunes Music Store now offers the complete six-volume Harry Potter audiobook series if you're a Potter fan.)
As of appx 2PM Eastern time today it's not appearing here in software update but you can use the iTunes download page (OS X 10.2.8 and later, Windows 2000 or XP required). A restart is required after the install.
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Apple announces iPod Nano and iTunes enabled Cellphone
As expected, today Apple announced an iTunes enabled Mobile Phone from Motorola - the ROKR E1. (Matthew later sent a note that is a Cingular page also on the phone.)
Apple also announced the iPod Nano - very small and thin at 1.6 x 3.5 x 0.27 inches and only 1.5 ounces. It's flash drive based with up to 14 hours of battery life they say. (Up to 14 hours of music playback; up to 4 hours of slideshows with music.) Available in 2GB ($199) or 4GB ($249) models in White or Black. (Free engraving and shipping mentioned on Apple store orders.) Earbud headphones, USB cable and Dock adapter is included. (The Accessories page lists other items such as a Dock, AC adapter/charger, Lanyard Headphones, Armband, etc.)
The Specs page notes a USB 2.0 interface (no firewire) - a bit of a negative for older Macs without USB 2.0 ports (or PCI card) as USB 1.1 ports are very slow. Mac OS X v10.3.4 or later required they say. Looks pretty slick... I'd like to have one.
BTW - there's also a new iPod updater available, but the only new software included is for the iPod Nano. The software for other iPods is the same as the previous release from June.
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First feedback on Revolution 5.1 Beta Driver for Tiger
(Updated with 2nd report)

" Hi Mike,
Hooray, finally we have the revised driver (see link below) and it works 100% for me even as beta, on G5 dual 2.5 with 10.4.2 in iTunes, DVD, Finder, QT, HijackPro, GarageBand. No problems that I can discern and sound quality better than the 1.0 driver (a past tip from Tiger users was to run the v1.0 driver-Mike) and at least as good as it's ever been, which is to say superb.
Plenty of level, very clear, excellent sound stage. Better late than never, thanks M-Audio ... and to Xlr8yourMac for the timely info.
Cheers, Peter "

(earlier report follows)

"Hi Mike...
Downloaded new BETA driver today. So far DVD player works without distortions. Will try other apps tomorrow....

If any other 5.1 card/Tiger users find the beta helps with problems (noise, etc.) in Tiger, let me know. (I've added this to the previous page of Revolution 5.1 Audio Card reports and tips.)
Note: that drivers page lists new (Sept. 6 dated) drivers for other M-Audio products also including the 7.1 Audio card and some of their USB audio devices.

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Price Cuts on PL CPU Upgrades (G4 Towers and Cubes)
(from site sponsor OWC)

" Pay even less for more speed!
PowerLogix G4-7447 Upgrades - featuring PowerLogix Exclusive DFS auto-efficiency monitoring which reduces power usage and heat generation with intelligent management, the same type management that current Apple systems have - but that no other processor upgrade brand supports.
G4/1.6GHz Single was $299.00, now $269.00
G4/1.8GHz Single was from $339.00, now $329.00
G4/2.0GHz Single was $399.00, now $369.00
G4/1.2GHz Dual was from $419.00, now $399.00
G4/1.6GHz Dual was $499.00, now from $459.00
G4/1.7GHz Dual was from $599, now from $549.00
G4/1.8GHz Dual was from $649, now from $599.00
Free UPS Ground and $5 2nd Day Air special shipping rates available for all above items. Above upgrades for PowerMac G4 AGP Graphics/Sawtooth & Gigabit Ethernet models listed here
Above upgrades for PowerMac G4 Digital Audio & QuickSilver models listed here
And - above upgrades for PowerMac G4 Cube listed here
Best Regards,
Lawrence R. O'Connor
Other World Computing"
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More Reports on Audio Noise in Tiger
Yesterday's news had a reader report on Audio noise in Tiger/10.4.2 when scrolling, etc. that he said didn't happen with OS X 10.3.x. (Disabling interface sounds didn't matter.) I had a lot of replies to that post that I've added to a separate page of Reader reports on Audio Noise in OS X Tiger. Even some owners of stock CPUs (and a Powerbook) mentioned they've noticed this.
(Note: I had several G5 owners write about the old issue of the Power Supply "chirping/squealing" (an issue noted here on the systems page since the first G5 towers were shipped in fall 2003). That is a separate issue usually fixed by disabling "NAP" mode on the CPUs using CHUD Tools as mentioned in the old article here on G5 PS Noise/NAP Mode fix.)
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More feedback on CPU Director 2.1 and 10.4.2
" I read your article about Josh's problem with XPostFacto 4.0 and CPU Director 2.1. (see report on problem/workaround in yesterday's news-Mike) I encountered a similar problem with CPUD 2.1, but it had nothing to do with XPF. I have a B&W G3 with a PowerLogix 1GHz G3 upgrade. To keep the background simple, I upgraded to Tiger at 10.4.2 and installed CPUD version 2.1 (had previously used 1.5.6f under 10.3.9 with no problems). When I first launched CPUD 2.1, it wanted to install the PL kext, which I allowed. I noticed that the clock speed on the CPU was set to 500MHz, so I changed the configuration to 1GHz (defaulting the CPU clock to half speed is a known issue documented in the CPUD ReadMe file). However, the change would never apply and the computer was noticeably sluggish compared to before.
Restarting the computer and relaunching CPUD took me back to square one: CPUD wanted to reinstall the kext, and still would not retain any changes to the settings. Uninstalling and reinstalling CPUD had no effect.
To keep it short, the problem seems to be related to the permissions set on the CPUD support files. As a workaround, I set the permissions on the folder containing CPUD to read and write for the owner, group, and others, and then applied these permissions to the contents. This is something of a security liability as I haven't had time to narrow down the exact permissions problem, but it works for me (DFS is also fully functional). I contacted PowerLogix about the problem, and their software engineer is looking into it, but I haven't heard back since Aug. 25th.
-Charlie "

If any other 10.4.2/CPU Director 2.1 user has a suggestion let me know. (I've run v2.1 on 7447 upgrades but don't have a 750GX CPU upgrade)

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CDRW/CD/DVD/Hard Drive/Storage Compatibility Database Update Listing
The Drive Compatibility Database had 6 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 - 15,066 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.

    CDRW Drives
  • IDE Liteon SOHR-5239S (52x32x52) in Beige G3 (OS X 10.3)
    (Using Patchburn 3 for 10.3.x iTunes burn support. Illustrated CD drive install guide here covers Beige G3 Minitower model.)

    DVD+R/RW + DVD-R/RW Drives:
  • IDE Pioneer DVR-110 in G5 Tower (OS X 10.4)
    (Although OS X Tiger has basic iApps burn support for most drives he mentioned using Patchburn 4.)
  • IDE Pioneer DVR-A09 (retail box DVR-109) in Beige G3 (OS X 10.3)
    (using Patchburn 3 for iApps burn support in 10.3.x. Problems noted burning dvds in toast.)

    Hard Drives:
  • IDE Fujitsu MHV2040AT 40GB in iBook 2002 (OS X 10.4)
  • IDE Hitachi HDS728080 80GB in (MDD) Single G4 DDR (OS X 10.3)
  • IDE Seagate Barracuda 120GB in G4/AGP (OS X 10.3)
    (Illustrated guide to adding a 2nd HD here in B&W G3 rev2 and G4 towers up to the QuickSilver models. IDE articles page RAID section has an illustrated guide for adding 2 more drives in the side bays and IDE PCI controller card)

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: 10,055. Here's a summary of the report added (search by brand/mac model for full reports - latest reports always shown first):

  • Apple (OEM) G4 400MHz in B&W 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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