News Archive for: 9/8/2005 Thursday's News (later posted items first)
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More iTunes 5 feedback
" I just upgraded to iTunes 5 and now it no longer recognizes iPhoto 5 and I can't use iPhoto to load pictures onto my iPod! Very frustrating! I have a G3 Powerbook.
--Laura P "

Not sure what OS version she's running but has anyone else see this problem? ( I don't own a Photo iPod to check this.)

" I have discovered a bug in both the Windows and Macintosh version of iTunes 5.
If you uncheck the "Radio" check box in the General preferences pane of iTunes 5, then no shared music will show up in the Shared music section of the sidebar navigation. If you have "look for shared music" enabled only an empty folder for shared music will show up in the sidebar even if shared music is available. Toggling the check box for "Radio" in the General preferences on again will allow shared music to be seen in the sidebar and browsed again.

I have confirmed this on at least a dozen machines here at work, which is unfortunate since we want to deploy with no radio ability but shared music allowed on the local LAN.
- Jeff "

" I noticed that if you have the iTunes Music Store function disabled, installing iTunes 5 re-enables it. And the old Preferences tickbox is gone -- you must (re-)disable it under Parental Controls.
-Bruce "

" I've had a problem since day 1 with my AirPort Express - it would take several attempts for my iMac G5 (1.8 Ghz, 20", running OS X Sever 10.3 and now 10.4) to connect with the AirPort Express after a boot (I have iTunes set to come up in my login items). Many times I had to send iTunes away and try again. Then it would be fine - until I booted, and had to repeat the process.

iTunes 5.0 connected right up after I booted for the 5.0 and QuickTime 7.02 install. I didn't need to do anything. It came right up and latched onto the AirPort Express.
-Jack "

Earlier today an iPod Shuffle owner also reported iTunes 5 fixed a sync problem he had previously.
If anyone else finds iTunes 5 fixes (or breaks) anything, let me know.

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iPod Nano review
The WSJ has a positive review of the iPod Nano titled IPod Nano Combines Beauty, Function. Included are comments on features and battery life (which lived up to Apple's claims) as well as an (accidental) drop test.
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Powerbook G3 (Pismo) owner report on CPU Director 2.1 Dynamic Frequency Switching
" I have a PL G3 750FX 900 MHz in my Pismo, running 10.4.2 and CPU Director 2.1. DFS (Dynamic Frequency Switching for 750FX/GX and 7447 CPUs - see PL PR for more info-Mike) works like a charm but needs a different setting than CPU Director's default one to be active all the time. (I asked if he could comment more on the "different setting" he's referring to.-Mike)
Now DFS is active from the boot, and if I open CPU Director in background, I clearly see processor speed staying at 500 MHZ under load below 50% (from menumeter). Above 50%, it jumps to 900 MHZ.
It works like a charm, no permissions to modify, and temperature is lowered A LOT, so far no heavy continuous work is performed.
-Macfun "
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iPod Shuffle owner comments on iTunes 5 fixes
" I am pleased to report that with iTunes 5 (released yesterday), iPod shuffle now syncs the last played date. It sets it to the date & time of syncing. not perfect, but my playlist will work again.
Ryan L. "

If anyone else finds iTunes 5 fixes (or breaks) anything, let me know. (There were some problems in iTunes 4.9 with some filetypes IIRC, but that didn't affect my library.)

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Granite Digital FW400 case bridge problem w/Tiger (updated w/workaround)
(from a reader mail - updated with tip/workaround from Granite.)

" i have four granite digital firewire 400 bridge boards which have been fast and trusty for years, that is until tiger broke them. Granite have given up trying to come up with a firmware fix so my bigger than 128gb drives are now interfaceless thanks to tiger. grrrrrr.
it seems rather crazy that something as fundamental as firewire/drive systems can be so changed in what should be a relatively simple system upgrade. (some older OS X updates also caused some problems with some FW bridges, although there were usually firmware updates to fix that.-Mike)
this has been months of grief for me since tiger including getting my ram changed on two G4s thanks to crucial and all these drives becoming orphans.
even on my new G5 I bought in desperation (and slight resigned glee) when the memory from cucial in my two g4s was compounding the problems with the firewire drives. I opened a folder with 30GB of images from a recent trip to india and one by one they became scrambled, at which point the mac may or may not have frozen from the memory bug.... the larger drives appeared as normal but actually misread (but thankfully not scrambled) the data on them, leading me to believe I had lost all!
I sorted it out by trial and error but as you can imagine I'm not pleased after many months of tiggering around. I really just want to get on with my work and not play tech detective all the time .
I'm seriously thinking of going back to 10.3.9 as spotlight seems to have given up again. (not sure if he's referring to Spotlight Indexing becoming disabled as another reader reported.-Mike) grief grief grief.
Simon T.
(I asked him what chipset the bridge uses (LSI? Initio? Oxford?). He didn't answer that question but later wrote with a note/tip from Granite for the problem-Mike)

"Compatibility Fix for Granite's FireWire 400 ATA6 (larger than 120 gigs) and TigerX.
Larger than 120 gigabytes drives can be used with Tiger if you reinitialize the drive using the UNIX partition. This eliminates the SMART Failure and the limitation that our FW400 systems have with Tiger. Note: There is a 4GB file size limitation with UNIX... if you have files that are this size or larger, this solution will not work for you. We will continue working on a better solution for the future but we have discontinued trying to solve the issue in firmware... it will take a hardware change to make the current FW400 systems compatible. If you are a current customer who needs a solution today then please call Kenny at 510-471-6442 and he will offer discounted pricing to get our customers up and running with other technologies... including SATA.
Our FireWire 800 systems are not affected nor are our earlier ATA5 systems. "

I'm still using my FW drives OK with Tiger here (Oxford 911 based cases, some 3+ years old) but don't own any Granite cases. (I can't remember if I've tried a 200GB Maxtor FW400/USB cased drive with 10.4.x though - it's on loan to friend for several months now...)

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Apple posts Photo Gallery and QT webcast of Yesterday's Special Event
Missed it last night but Apple has posted a photo gallery and the webcast (Quicktime video) from the Apple Special Event in San Francisco where Steve Jobs unveiled iTunes 5, iPod nano and the iTunes-enabled Motorola ROKR mobile phone. Macitynet (Italian site) also posted a photo gallery.
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Reports on Spotlight Indexing becoming Disabled
(late posting this reader mail... playing catchup as usual)

" I'm wondering if any of your readers are having the same problem I am. I'm running Mac OS X 10.4.2 and Spotlight will disable indexing on all my volumes on it's own. There are no volumes in the Privacy tab in the Spotlight preferences pane. I end up having to re-enable indexing using the mdutil command in the terminal.
Also, here is a link to a Apple Discussion on the same topic.
Thanks, Sean P. "

I've not noticed this personally but have Tiger installed only on one system here.

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CDRW/CD/DVD/Hard Drive/Storage Compatibility Database Update Listing
The Drive Compatibility Database had 2 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 - 15,068 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.

    DVD+R/RW + DVD-R/RW Drives:
  • IDE Pioneer DVR-110 in (MDD) Single G4 DDR (OS X 10.3)
    (Using Patchburn 3 for 10.3.x iTunes burn support.)

    Hard Drives:
  • USB (cased) Samsung MP0804H 40GB used w/Powerbook G4 (OS X 10.4)
    (PC formatted drive, noted problems with OS X use. I've used FAT32 formatted drives w/OS X ok, but prefer to reformat them to HFS+ if used only with Macs.)

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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