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News Archive for Tuesday, April 27th, 2004Return to Accelerate Your Mac!

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News stories of April 27th, 2004: (later posted items first)
Mac Unreal Tournament 2004 Update
MU lists the Mac Unreal Tournament 2004 3186.1 updater today.

    " Version 3186.1 fixes the following:
  • Game no longer crashes at startup if you have an iSight or USB microphone plugged in.
  • Fixed a serious crashbug buffer overflow in the VoIP code.
  • Servers should no longer kick you for cheating (unless, of course, you're really cheating).
  • Fixed the crappy colors on the splash screen (hey, it was bothering me!).
  • Other less notable fixes. "
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First Impressions from iBook G4/1GHz owner
" I wanted to let you know I got my 1GHz iBook G4 today. It actually shows 1.07GHz in the system profiler! Some other changes of note from the previous low-end:
Boot ROM is now 4.85f0 was 4.77
Now reads "PowerPC G4 (1.1)" instead of (3.3) in the 800Mhz model. (G4 CPU chip changed, now has onchip 512KB L2 vs 256KB)
Radeon 9200 card is ROM is now 113-125, was 113-115.

I will pass along some benchmarks when if I get a chance to run them, but I can say that it does feel faster in general tasks. More to come.
Don B.
Macintosh Consultant "

Real-world apps tests (vs just pure benchmarks) are preferred. (Examples of common apps and game tests are included in full reviews of CPU upgrades and system tests here on those topics pages. Also there's a past review of the original iBook G4/800 here with some performance test examples.)

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CockTail 3.4.6 update
MU lists the CockTail 3.4.6 update today.

    Version 3.4.6 changes:
  • Significantly improved startup time
  • Fixed "System version stamp is missing" error
  • Added Log Out option to Pilot
  • Added possibility to stop scheduled Pilot tasks
  • Added new features to Specifications
  • Added compatibility with Unsanity ShapeShifter
  • Added Commands (BSD General Commands Manual) reader
  • Other minor fixes and improvements

    Requirements: Mac OS X 10.2 or later.

For more info on this utility, see

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MDD Overclocked to 1.66GHz
(from a reader mail earlier this week)

" Hi Mike, Just wanted to let you know that I overclocked my MDD up to 1667MHz. Perhaps the only 1667MHz G4 in existence. A bit of temporary modding (voltage boost + large fan moved to blow direct on HS) was involved to cool it but it got there. More info here
Cheers, Paul "
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Virtuoso MC-500 Digital Media Player
Neuston Corporation sent a note about their Mac compatible Virtuoso MC-500 Digital Media Player. Not much info in the email and no pricing is mentioned at their website that I can find quickly at least (for comparison to the El Gato Eyehome at $249, although it has some features the EyeHome does not). I seached google and found only an Australian site selling them for A$399 (down from $A499) and a Cnet Asia review dated Feb. 27th, 2004 that mentioned a much lower price. (That review also comments on pros and cons they saw).
I checked their MC 500 FAQ which mentions there's a limit of 2000 sounds in a playlist. (Early EyeHome software reports here also noted similar issues with large playlists from some readers that had large song collections.)
I asked them about pricing and if the MC-500 can play iTunes Music store protected AAC files. (Early versions of the EyeHome software could, but the latest software won't per info on the EyeHome owner reports page and El Gato's EyeHome FAQ.)
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Mireth Technology updates iVCD to version 2.0
Mireth Technology sent a press release on iVCD 2.0 ($29.95) for OS X listing these features added:

  • Video CD Playlists and Menus for authoring Video CDs that include a menu so you can make a more interactive presentation
  • TV Safe Border effect for rescuing videos that appear clipped to the TV Screen
  • Kiosk mode for making VCD that play continously
  • Lighten video effect to lighten up movies that appear too dark when encoded as MPEG
  • One-Step Video CD Convert+Image+Burn operation
  • Encoded MPEG Preview using the Movie window
  • Improved performance through enhanced threading
  • Support for more CD-RW drives with Apple Disk Recording APIs (requires OS X 10.3)

See their website for a demo download and upgrade pricing for owners of v1.0.

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Apple KBase docs on GarageBand, Final Cut Pro HD, AirPort Management Utility/Optimizing Reception, PB/iBook PMU reset
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Rate Your CPU Upgrade Reports Database Updated
The Rate Your CPU Upgrade database has been updated with 6 new reports this morning (entries from Monday, entries today are added the next newsday morning). Total to date: 9,332. Here's a summary of the report added today (search by brand/mac model for full reports - latest reports always shown first):

  • Apple eMac 1GHz OC report (at 1.2GHz)
  • Apple eMac 1GHz OC report (at 1.27GHz)
  • Apple Beige G3/233 OC report (at 300MHz)
  • Other World Computing G4/1.25 GHz-1.467 in (Digital Audio ) G4/AGP (rated 8)
  • Sonnet G4/1GHz in B&W G3 (rated 9)
  • Sonnet G4/1.4GHz in G4/AGP (rated 10)

    (My reviews of G4 and G3 upgrades w/apps/game tests, install info, etc. are linked on 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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CDRW/CD/DVD/Hard Drive/Cardreader Compatibility Database Update Listing
The Drive Compatibility Database had 3 new reports added (reader entries from Monday, entries later today are added the next newsday morning. Entries with no comments are not posted). 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 12,943 reports. (searching by drive type/brand, mac model etc. listed below will show the full reports, most recent first)

    DVD+R/RW + DVD-R/RW Drives:
  • IDE Matsushita UJ-825 (4x DVD burner) in PowerBook G4 (OS X 10.3)
    (report on the new 4x OEM superdrive in the new PB G4 models)

    Hard Drives:
  • Firewire Maxtor One-Touch 160GB used w/96/9600 (OS 9.1)
    (noted problems with maxtor os 9.x extensions)
  • IDE Maxtor 160GB in Dual G4 (OS X)
    (no big drive support in pre-2002 QS models, so limited to 128GB formatted unless using Intech's driver, a PCI IDE card w/big drive support or a firewire card w/big drive support.
    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.)

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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Reader Game Reviews Database Updated
The Rate Your Mac Games database update this morning included another review of Warcraft III. Total Reviews (all titles): 1140. To read game reviews use the search page.
If you've not already done so - Enter a Game review. Please include as much detail as possible in your review comments. (If your game title is not in the long listing, select "other game" and note the title in the comments)
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Listing/links to recent articles and reviews you may have missed.
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