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News stories of Dec. 9th, 2002:

Another Reader report on Pixela's CaptyDVD w/screenshot (iDVD alternative)
Another reader (Powerbook user) sent a report on using Pixela's CaptyDVD (sort of an iDVD alternative without the internal drive check) including a screenshot which I've added to the previous page on Pixela's CaptyDVD and PixelaDV.
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MacPlay Beta Test of Soldier of Fortune II 1.02 Patch
While at getting links for the holiday sale (below), I saw this note (I don't own the game for the mac yet but have been tempted after seeing this price of $34.95...):

" Help us beta test the Soldier of Fortune II: Double Helix 1.02 patch! Click here for more information "

The link goes to a page with a form for entering your name and email address with the following info:

":Soldier of Fortune II Beta Patch
Warning: The software that is part of this Public Beta may contain bugs or other problems. Use this software at your own risk. MacPlay cannot be held responsible for any damages which may result from the use of this software.
To be eligible for the Soldier of Fortune II 1.02 BETA patch, you need to supply your name and email address.... Shortly after signing up, you will receive an email containing the URL of the patch.
Your email address will only be used for the purpose of sending you the patch URL. It will not be given out to third party companies."

I wonder if this patch will address things like reader complaints on slow system performance (even with faster macs/graphics cards) in some areas of the game like the rain in the first level.

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MacPlay Announces Holiday Specials
(clip from their email press release)

"MacPlay... announced today that it will be celebrating the Holidays by offering a variety of specials during the month of December. To kick things off, MacPlay announced that it would be giving away a free stocking and a surprise product with the purchase of any two Value Series products.
In addition to the fantastic offers located throughout the Special Holiday Section of the website, MacPlay is giving away a free copy of its exclusive Holiday version of Pengy's Snowball Run. The game has a retail value of $20.00 but is free to the first 1000 customers placing their order at
There are a number of incredible offers happening this holiday season and the MacPlay Super Holiday sale includes everything from bundled software savings, great stocking stuffers and even free software giveaways. Here are a few more examples of the many deals that shoppers will find at

Pre-Order Freedom Force and get an ultra cool one of a kind Freedom Force T-Shirt absolutely FREE. Or, order Soldier Of Fortune II and receive a long sleeve T-Shirt absolutely FREE. Quantities are limited to 200 shirts for each promotion.
Many of the promotions will be running for a short period of time so visitors must keep clicking on the holiday banner, located at for the latest offerings."

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More HP comments on Printer Drivers and 10.2.2
(from an HP contact's email this weekend in reply to a post in Friday's news page)

" Mike,
Some clarification to some of the recent posts going up:

1. Deskjet printers do NOT use the Communications Application, therefore they aren't affected by the 10.2.2 cpu usage problem. If you use a Deskjet printer, you will not be affected by the problem. Deskjet customers should be able to print without the Communications Application running.

2. The purpose of the Communications Application is to negotiate the different functions of a multi-function device. For example, on a Photosmart device, there's the photo card reader slots and the printer. On an All-in-One, there's typically the printer, scanner, photo card reader, a fax, etc. Without the Communications Application running, the data can't be directed to the right device.

3. The problem is with 10.2.2 alone. This has been demonstrated (and verified) by taking the USB Kernel Extension from 10.2.1 and placing that file on a 10.2.2 machine - the problem goes away. This workaround is best done by those who speak in 2 character words (mv, cp, vi, ls, ..).

4. There are various scripts floating around that will toggle the Communications Application on and off - they do this by killing the process, and then restarting it. Before you need to print/scan/read cards, you launch the script, and then relaunch when you are done. This has been shown to greatly reduce the affect of the CPU consumption. This is probably the best workaround today.

5. HP is always working on and improving our software solutions for the Macintosh.

6. HP and Apple are working closely together to get this problem fixed and on customer's machines as soon as possible.

Hopefully this clarifies things, and doesn't stir up the hornets.
-Dan Richardson
hp Deskjet and All-in-One Support Engineering "

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More Audiophile 2496 owner comments on OS X Carbon Sound Mgr Update
Several other Audiophile 2496 owners replied to the previous post from Greg Gant in Friday's news regarding problems he saw after the OS X Carbon Sound Manager Update:

" Hi,
Just to confirm - I have had the same experince as Greg Grant with sound out not working anymore. I was running SPDIF to my reciever which worked just fine before the update. I've mailed M-audio about the problem but no answer yet.
Best Regards - Daniel Sandstrom - Sweden "

" Hi Mike,
I am responding to Greg Gant's email to you about his Audiophile 2496 not working after the Carbon Sound Manager Update. In short, my card still works but only when the Sound Output Preferences are set to Multichannel Delta-AP. While the Analog 1/2 Delta-AP doesn't work for me I can't remember if it ever worked since I use the built-in sound for output. I also have no way to test the Digital out on my end.
Brad "

" Hi Mike!
Just a quick note
Regarding the Audiophile 2496 card.

I don't know about sound in, but out functions fine in my QS 10.2.2 with the Carbon Sound update.

Perhaps he's not running the latest driver for the card?
Kind regards
Peter S. "

" Mike,
I also use the Audiophile 2496, and mine seems to be working fine after the sound manager update. I only use the analog IO, however.
Dual 533 DA
OS 9.22/OS X 10.2.2 (mostly osX)
1 gig ram
ACard ata 133
Initio Miles UW scsi
Aurora Fuse--os 9 only :(
Audiophile 2496

Note on audiophile: I purchased the audiophile to make life easier for serial (as in one instrument at a time) Multitrack recording, but found the card so difficult to get working that I've been sort of downtrodden about the whole thing. I've got Deck 2.7 (os 9) and it seems that I must fiddle with the sound control panel in tandem with the Delta control panel for 10 mins or so before I either give up, or it starts arbitrarily working. Then, once it does--sometimes with Monitor Mixer, sometimes with strictly analog in/out--it has a noticeable latency. Not as bad as with USB sound, but bad enough to eventually mess up a song. I havn't wanted to update Deck or even put any money into more computer sound equipment until I find out more about this subject, cause it is really frustrating.

On the other hand, it works like a charm a) for recording vinyl, b) with the Fuse card, and c) for voiceovers in FCP in OSX. The likely problem is some unknown demon that follows me around and randomly messes-up electromagnetic fields whenever I have a compulsion to record an inspiration. Oh wait, that is what computers do naturally!
slightly techno-sardonic,
Ted Calvin "

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Rate Your CPU Upgrade Reports Database Updated
The Rate Your CPU Upgrade database has been updated today with 4 new reports. Total to date: 7,806 (Entries made today are posted the next newsday morning.)
Here's a summary of the updates added today :

  • Sonnet G4 800 in 9600/350 (rated 10)
  • Sonnet G4 800 in 8600/200 (rated 10)
  • Sonnet G3/400 in 7500/100 (rated 9)
  • Sonnet G3/500 in 7300/200 (rated 1)

(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 searchable database had 33 new reports added this morning. The database includes reports on Combo DVD-CDRW, CDROMs, DVD-ROM, DVD-RAM, 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, adapters). Current total 9,229 reports.

    Multi-Format Card Reader:
  • USB 2.0 INWIN 6-in-1 card reader CR-i500 used w/G4 AGP (OS X) (listed under "other" brands)
  • PCMCIA slot PNY 4 in 1 Adapter used w/Powerbook G3 wallstreet2 (OS X)

    CD-ROM Drive Reports:
  • IDE Lite-On CD/52 (52x) in B&W G3 (OS 9.2)

    DVD-ROM Drive Reports:
  • IDE LG DRD-8160B (16x/48x) in Dual G4 DDR (OS X)

    Combo DVD+CDR Drive Reports:
  • Expansion bay LG GCC-4240N (24x10x24x + 8x DVD-ROM) in PowerBook G3 2000 (OS X) (using modified plugin file)
  • Firewire (IDE drive in FW case) LG GCC-4320B (32x10x40x + 16x DVD-ROM) used w/iBook 2000 (OS X)
  • Expansion bay Toshiba SD-R2212 (16x10x24x + 8x DVD-ROM) in PowerBook G3 2000 (OS X)

    DVD-R DVD Recorder Drive Reports:
  • IDE Pioneer DVR-A05 (actually -105) in G4/AGP (OS 9.1)
  • IDE Toshiba SD-R5002 in Dual G4 DDR (OS X)

    IDE CDRW Drive Reports:
  • Acer Benq 40x12x48x in B&W G3 (OS X)
    (no itunes/db support, not bootable)
  • Aopen CRW 4850 (48x12x50x) in Beige G3 (OS X)
  • CenDyne "Lightning IV" 48x12x48x in Beige G3 (OS 9.2)
    (listed under "other" brands - not bootable/no itunes/db support)
  • LG GCE-8480B (48x16x48x) in G4/AGP (OS X)
    (using modified LG plugin)
  • Lite-On LTR-48125W (48x12x48x) in 8500 using IDE PCI card (OS 9.1) (problems noted)
  • Lite-On LTR-40125S (40x12x48x) in Beige G3 (OS X)
  • Lite-On LTR-48125W (48x12x48x) in Beige G3 (OS X)
  • Lite-On LTR-48246S BLK (48x24x48x) in Dual G4 DDR (OS X)
  • Lite-0n LTR-48246S in G4/AGP (OS X)
  • 2 reports on Lite-On LTR-52246S (52x24x52x) in Dual G4 DDR (OS X)
    (note - FAQ here has modified Liteon plugin for OS X 10.2/itunes support)
  • Sony CRX195A1 (40x12x48x) in G4/AGP (OS X)
    (using modified plugin file from FAQ here)
  • Philips CDRW48P (48x16x48) in Dual G4 DDR (OS X)
    (no itunes/db support)
  • TDK 48x Cyclone in B&W G3 (OS 9)
    (didn't note if bootable, no itunes support noted)
  • Teac CDW540E (40x12x48) in B&W G3 (OS X)
  • Yamaha 8424 (8x4x24x) in B&W G3 (OS 9.2)
    (not bootable)
    (FYI - Illustrated CD drive install guide here covers G4 towers up to the Digital Audio Model, Beige G3 MT, B&W G3 and 8600/9600 Macs.)

    Firewire CDRW Drive Reports:
  • Lacie PocketCD-RW (24x10x24) used w/Powerbook G3 lombard (OS X)
  • Lite-On LTR-48246S (48x24x48x) in FW case used w/G4 AGP (OS X)
  • Sony CRX215A1 (48x24x48x) in FW case used w/G4 Cube (OS X)
    (no iTunes burning support)

    USB CDRW Drive Reports:
  • Iomega ZipCD 650 (4x4x6x) used w/iMac (OS 9.1)
  • Philips Jackrabbit (24x12x40x) used w/iMac slot loading (OS 9.2) (no itunes/discburner support)

    IDE Hard Drive Reports:
  • Fujitsu 20GB in PowerBook G3 lombard (OS 9.2)
    (Case is similar to the Pismo so my illustrated HD install guide here for the Pismo may be of some use.)
  • Maxtor Diamondmax Plus 60GB in G4/AGP (OS 9.1)
    (Illustrated guide to adding a 2nd HD here in B&W G3 rev2 to G4 QuickSilver models)
  • Seagate Barracuda IV 60GB in iMac slot loading (OS X)

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.]
(Entries today will be added the following newsday. 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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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 only on the date posted regarding upgrade availability, etc.)

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