News Archive for: 9/13/2005 Tuesday's News
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Java Updates for OS X 10.3.x and 10.4.x
Running software update in 10.3.9 today shows a Java Security Update v4.0 (41.6MB):

" Java Security Update delivers a number of security enhancements and is recommended for all Macintosh users. This update includes the following components:

Java 1.3.1
Java 1.4.2

For detailed information on this Update, please visit this website:
http://www.info.apple.com/kbnum/n61798 (Apple security updates)"

The update is also available at www.apple.com/support/downloads/javasecurityupdate.html.
Running software update in 10.4.2 shows a similar update:

" Java 1.3.1 and 1.4.2 Release 2 (45.3MB)
delivers improved reliability and compatibility for Java on Mac OS X v10.4. This release includes Java 2 Platform Standard Edition versions 1.3.1_16 and 1.4.2_09. "

The update is also available at www.apple.com/support/downloads/java131and142release2.html.

(I've been working outside most of today and yesterday so updates have been light.)

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iPod Nano owner reports on USB 2.0 PCI card use
(Updated with 2 other reports below. Also see Wednesday's news for more iPod Nano/USB 2.0 PCI card reports)

" I'm having problems syncing my new iPod Nano with a USB 2.0 PCI Card. I bought a USB 2.0 / Firewire 400 PCI expansion card just to sync my Nano at USB 2.0 speeds but it doesn't seem to work. I have a Quicksilver 2002 DP 1GHz Mac. The card is question is an IOGear GUF320 (3 USB 2.0, 2 FW400.) It seems only the 2nd (center) USB 2.0 port will reliably show the Nano in iTunes and my desktop. The other two work VERY sporadically. The second port is the only port that syncing is possible, and it's highly sporadic. I can only sync a song at a time, and even then It will usually stop and hang my system.
The only thing that will stop it from hanging is to disconnect the Nano. USB 1.1 works fine on a powered external hub connected to the second built-in USB 1.1 port. I have tried changing the PCI slot 4 times amongst all open slots with very similar results. In a (perhaps) unrelated problem, I've had problems syncing or using my second built-in Firewire port for syncing my iPod mini. Also, when I click on "firewire" in Apple System Profiler it will crash every time. (?) My system specs are as follows:

Quicksilver Dual 1GHz 2002 model
1 GB PC133 RAM 3-3-3 (2x512)
2 Internal HD's on ATA bus
ATI Radeon 9800 128mb AGP - no mods
IOGear GUF320 3 port USB2.0 / 2 port FW400 PCI.
Apple System profiler:
USB High-Speed Bus:
Host Controller Location: Expansion Slot
Host Controller Driver: AppleUSBEHCI
PCI Device ID: 0x5239
PCI Revision ID: 0x0001
PCI Vendor ID: 0x10b9
Bus Number: 0x72

Any help with similar experiences, or possibly USB cards from other vendors that may work, would be appreciated.
- Jeremy Y. "

If any other Nano owner is using it with a USB 2.0 PCI card, let me know the details. (There's a previous page here with USB 2.0, FW and Combo card reports but the last update there was before the Nano was released.)
Update - 2 other readers sent comments on using a Nano with a USB 2.0 PCI card:

" I received my iPod Nano yesterday and it syncs and charges fine with my Sawtooth G4 with 5 port USB 2.0 PCI card. It's a generic card I bought on eBay a year or so ago.

USB High-Speed Bus:
Host Controller Location: Expansion Slot
Host Controller Driver: AppleUSBEHCI
PCI Device ID: 0x00e0
PCI Revision ID: 0x0004
PCI Vendor ID: 0x1033
Bus Number: 0x43

For what it's worth I previously had an IOGear USB 2.0 card and found it very unreliable... crashing the Mac or crashing the USB driver...
I assumed it was just a defective card.
-Karl "

" I have a similar setup to Jeremy Y:
- Quicksilver 2002 1GHz DP
- 1.5GB RAM
- 2 x 160GB Seagate ST3160023A ATA drives
- 2 x 160GB Seagate ST3160827AS SATA drives
- Pioneer DVR-A109XL DVD-writer
- ATI Radeon 9000 Pro AGP
- ATI Radeon Mac Edition PCI
- SIIG 4-port SATA PCI card
- IOGear GIC251U 5-port USB2.0 PCI

I am happy to report that the iPod nano (4GB, white) syncs and charges properly with this setup. Initially I connected the nano to a Macally USB2.0 hub, which remains bus-powered because I never got around to finding a spare power socket for the included power brick, and it sync'd but didn't fully charge even after 8 hours. Plugging it directly to a port on the PCI card charged it fully in under an hour. The usual caveats: the Mac hard crashes (monitors and hard drives turn off but fans remain on, power LED does not pulsate) when put to deep sleep. But I get that with all USB mass storage devices, even with card readers without media being inserted.

As an aside (since I am writing to you now):
(1) The Imation Disc Stakka (common here in Australia, not sure about the U.S.) still hard crashes my PowerMac (whether connected to the built-in USB1.1 ports or to the IOGear card) when I put it to deep sleep. Requests for a firmware update from Opticom (which provides the software) has so far been largely ignored. They still advertise the Disc Stakka as "Mac Compatible".

(2) I've had a serious problem with the NewerTech replacement battery for the iPod 2nd Generation. After four months of light use the battery developed a leak and started to bloat within its foil packaging, putting pressure on the hard drive and causing it to crash. Pictures available on request. OWC has agreed to an RMA exchange (NewerTech did not respond to my email), but I am apprehensive about putting the replacement hard drive to risk. Any readers having problems with NewerTech iPod batteries?
Regards,
Ka-wei "

I installed one of their hi-cap batteries in a 1st Gen (5GB) iPod about a year or so ago and haven't had a problem yet (although this spring it got "borrowed" for a day by a relative and I've still not gotten it back....)

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Toast 7.0.1 Update
MU lists Toast 7.0.1 today with these changes:

  • Includes French, German and Japanese versions of the software.
  • Includes help files for CD Spin Doctor and Motion Pictures.
  • Resolves an issue with audio input selection in the CD Spin Doctor recording widget.
  • Resolves issues with exporting movies from Motion Pictures HD.
  • Resolves an issue with using FLAC audio files in CDs and DVDs.
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CDRW/CD/DVD/Hard Drive/Storage Compatibility Database Update Listing
The Drive Compatibility Database had 5 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 - 15,078 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 I/O Magic idvd16dd in G4/AGP (OS X 10.4)
    (listed under "other" brands)
  • IDE Pioneer DVR-110D in Dual G4 (OS X 10.4)
    (Illustrated CD drive install guide here covers G4 models up to the Digital Audio.)
  • Firewire (cased) Sony DRX-800UL used w/Mac Mini (OS X 10.4)

    Hard Drives:
  • IDE SerialATA PCI card connected Western Digital Raptor (10K RPM) 74GB in B&W G3 (OS X 10.4)
  • IDE Maxtor 300GB in G4/AGP (OS X 10.4)
    (noted limited to 128GB formatted so it must be an older tower model (2002 QS and later macs are reported to have native big drive support (i.e. 48bit addressing), older towers do not. Options are PCI controller, speedtools driver or FW case bridge with big drive support.)

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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