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News Archive for: 8/17/2001 Friday's NewsReturn to Accelerate Your Mac!


Top stories of 8/17/2001:

Quicksilver Adjustable Fan Speed Mod:
Rob sent another write-up and photos of his latest Quicksilver fan noise reduction mods . Part 2 has notes and photos on an adjustable fan speed mod. (He replaced the system speaker with an adjustable speed control knob.) Part 2 links to his original article on QS fan noise mods for those that missed the previous article.
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Another Quicksilver Owner's Fan Noise Reduction Mods Article:
William Rivas also sent a comments and photos of his Quicksilver fan noise reduction modifications. He also reused the fan grille for protection of the case's speaker.
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MacPlay Notes Baldur's Gate II has gone Golden Master:
MacPlay sent a press release that Baldur's Gate II has gone golden master and should be available at online stores and retailers within a few weeks. (They're also taking pre-orders at their web site.) A trailer is available at
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TechTV's Review of the G4/867:
TechTV had a G4/867 system on their TV show and has a web site review of the G4/867. The TV show included graphs of Photoshop filter tests comparing a G4/733 vs 867 vs Pentium4 1.8GHz, but the online review doesn't have these graphs that I could find. They rated the G4/867 system 4 out of 5 stars.
Update - a reader sent word that the PShop comparison graphs are in the "Video Highlights" link to the right of the review text.

    " The graphs are included in the video excerpt. Click the camera icon in the PowerMac G4 video highlight box.
    The scores:
    G4 733 MHz - 65.5 secs
    (not clear if this was the summer 2001 model)
    G4 867 MHz - 56.7 secs
    P4 1.8 GHz - 74.7 secs
    James Reid"

I've not watched the video, but the TV segment showed results of several different PhotoShop filter tests.

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ZDnet's Review of the G4/867:
ZDnet has posted a review of the Quicksilver G4/867. They rated it a 7.5 overall, but gave it lower scores for service and support. (The average user rating there as of today was 9.1.) I could not find any actual concrete results/comparisons of performance tests in applications, games or benchmarks in the review.
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Interview with Developer of Cross-Platform UT/Rune/Deus Ex Map Editor:
" [osX], THE Mac for UT website, has landed an interview with Paul Snively that should be of great interest to anyone hoping for an Unreal Tournament, Rune or Deus Ex map or mod editor for the Mac. Paul is a lead developer for Seppuku : a suicidally ambitous attempt to create a cross platform, open source map and mod editor for all Unreal engine-based games.

For anyone who wants to make maps or mods for any current and future Unreal engine games on a Mac, Seppuku may be their best and only hope.

The development team is also looking for some programmers and other staff to join the project. For the whole scoop and contact info, the interview can be read at
Andrew "Quetzal" Plucker
Webmaster, [osX]"

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CDRW/CD/DVD/Hard Drive Compatibility Database Updates:
The Drive Compatibility searchable database had 8 new reports added this morning. The database has reports on Combo DVD-CDRW, CDROMs, DVD-ROM, DVD-RAM, CDRW, Hard Drives and Removables (tape drive, ORB, ZIP, MO drives, etc.) in all interface types (IDE, IDE RAID cards, Firewire, SCSI, adapters). Current total 4,463 reports. Here's today's additions:

    Firewire CDRW Reports:
  • Lacie 16x10x40x (PowerCenter/Pro system)

    IDE CDRW Reports:
  • HP 8000 4x4x in Beige G3
  • Sony CRX160E 12X8X32 in B&W G3
  • Teac CD-W512EB (12/10/32) in B&W G3

    DVD-ROM Drive Reports:
  • IDE "Delta" 12x DVD in Beige G3
    (listed under "other brands")

    IDE Hard Drive Reports:
  • IBM 75GXP 45GB in 8600/300 (w/IDE PCI card)
  • IBM 60GXP 40GB in B&W G3 (w/IDE PCI RAID card)

    SCSI Hard Drive Reports:
  • Fujitsu 18GB in 4400

You can find full owner reports by searching the database by drive/brand/interface/mac models (the latest reports are shown first in searches).
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.]

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CPU Upgrades Owner Ratings Database Updated:
The Rate Your CPU Upgrade database has been updated with 9 new reports today (total to date: 6,097). [Entries after midnight eastern time are added the following day. Incomplete entires missing info are not posted.]

  • Newer Tech G4/400 in B&W G3 (rated 10)
  • Newer Tech G3/210 in 6100/60 (rated 10)
  • Powerlogix Bluechip G3/466 in PB G3 Wallstreet2 (rated 1)
  • Powerlogix Bluechip G3/466 in PB G3 Wallstreet2 (rated 2)
  • Powerlogix Bluechip G3/466 in PB G3 Wallstreet2 (rated 10)
  • Powerlogix iMac (iForce) G3/400 in iMac rev A (rated 10)
  • Powerlogix Zforce w/XLR8 G3/366 in PowerWave (rated 10)
  • Sonnet G3/300 in 61-71-8100 [didn't note exact model] (rated 9)
  • XLR8 CarrierZIF with G3/350 in 8500/8600 [didn't note which model] (rated 9)

(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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Blast from the Past - News pages from 1, 2 and 3 years ago:
(Sometimes these old pages are a bit embarrassing - and in many cases the offsite links may not work, and comments there were accurate on the date posted regarding upgrade availability, etc.)

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