News Archive for: 1/16/2006 Monday's News
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Disassembled Intel Core Duo iMac
" Hi Mike,
Disassembled iMac (Core Duo)
Mitsunobu T. "
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Apple kbase docs on iLife 06 Apps, iPods, iTunes

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Apple kbase docs on Intel CPU Macs
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Quicksilver owner report on Low-Cost USB Audio out dongle
" After I broke my headphone jack on my 733 Quicksilver 10.4.3, I looked at audio cards.
The problems listed (on xlr8yourmac) (assume he's thinking of the Audio topics page articles with reports on M-Audio USB Transit, and Revolution 5.1 and 7.1 cards) and the cost made me hesitate.
Instead I found a USB Audio dongle (USB to mini-stereo connector) from Soundmax technology part SD-102. $12.99 at Microcenter. The package doesn't list mac OS but inside instructions do.
No drivers, just change the audio out to USB in Sys Prefs. Sound is great, seems much less distortion than the headphone jack.
Bill S. "
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Notes on no Classic support with Intel CPU Macs
" I just thought with all the talk about the new Intel chips, your readers may want to take note that it does not appear Apple's Rosetta technologies will support using the classic environment. So this will be the final goodbye to OS 9.
( Intel Deal may mean End to OS9 Support
Michael T. "

A reader replied to this post:

" I read on your page today that Classic is not supported by Rosetta (the PowerPC emulator) on the Intel based Macs. There may be an alternative.

Users requiring MacOS 9 may still be able to use the Open-Sourced software called SheepShaver. Although does not directly integrate OS 9 applications into the OS X GUI (as Classic does) it does run any version of Mac OS from 7.5.2 to 9.0.4 within a Window, similar to how Virtual PC runs Windows within a Window. Sheepshaver is available for many plattforms including MacOS X, although I cannot comment directly on compatibility with 10.4, or with Rosetta. Since it is basically just another MacOS X application, Rosetta should allow it to run on Intel Macs.
-Aaron B. "

If any Intel CPU based Mac owner tries this let me know if it works.

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How to remove CPU Director software
Posting as a FYI (from a reader request - answer from PL)

" Just click on the info tab in CPU Director, and click on the link. It will bring up a page with instructions on how to deinstall. Scroll down until you see "De-installation Instructions (Mac OS X)" "
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Splinter Cell benchmarks w/Quad 2.5GHz G5 w/Nvidia 7800GT
The Mac System/Video Card Performance database has been updated with Splinter Cell benchmark results from a Quad 2.5GHz G5 tower w/Nvidia 7800GT PCI Express, 3.5GB RAM running OS X 10.4 (not sure if 10.4.3 or 10.4.4)

  • 640x480 - 57.62 (Avg), 39.13 (Min.), 84.93 (Max)
  • 800x600 - 53.44 (Avg), 22.03 (Min.), 84.04 (Max)
  • 1024x768 - 51.21 (Avg), 21.55 (Min.), 82.23 (Max)
  • 1280x960 - 49.17 (Avg), 22.13 (Min.), 83.75 (Max)
  • 1600x1000 (1600x1200?) - 46.99 (Avg), 21.00 (Min), 83.50 (Max)

If you haven't already, enter your results with any of the game titles or benchmarks listed on the entry page (details on how to test are there). If you're curious how a CPU upgrade or new Video card would help game performance, the search page options can help you find similar system/configurations to get an idea before you buy.

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CDRW/DVD/Hard Drive/Storage Compatibility Database Update Listing
The Drive Compatibility Database had 11 new reports added this morning. (Entries later 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 - 15,459 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:
  • Exp. Bay NEC ND-6650 in (Pismo) PowerBook G3 2000 (OS X 10.4)
  • IDE Pioneer DVR-K05 in iBook G4 (OS X 10.4)
    (noted problems (mechanical sounding) after little use)
  • IDE Pioneer DVR-110 (cross-flashed DVR-110D) in G5 Tower (OS X 10.4)
  • IDE Pioneer DVR-110D in iMac G4 (OS X 10.4)
    (although Tiger has basic iApps burn support for most drives he noted using Patchburn 4.
    iMac G4 15in take-apart article here)
  • Firewire (cased) Pioneer DVR-110D used w/iMac G5 (OS X 10.4)
  • Firewire (cased) Pioneer DVR-110D used w/Powerbook G4 (OS X 10.4)
    (although Tiger has basic iApps burn support for most drives (including the 110D) he noted using Patchburn 4.)
  • IDE Samsung TS-H552U in G4/AGP (OS X 10.3)
    (using Patchburn 3 for 10.3.x iApps burn support. Problems noted with DVD burns, even with Toast. Illustrated CD drive install guide here covers Beige G3, B&W G3 and G4 towers up to the Digital Audio model.)
  • Firewire Sony DRU-810A used w/Powerbook G4 (OS X 10.4)
    ( noted using Patchburn 4.)

    DVD-ROM Drives:
  • IDE ASUS E616P3 in B&W G3 (OS 8.6)
    (listed under "Other" brands. Noted problems booting from CD or HD in OS 8.6.)

    Hard Drives:
  • IDE Western Digital WD1600BB 160GB in (QS 2002) G4/AGP (OS X 10.4)
  • FIrewire (cased) Western Digital Caviaro 320GB used w/Powerbook G4 (OS X 10.4)

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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Rate Your CPU Upgrade Reports Database Updated
The Rate Your CPU Upgrade database has been updated with 3 new reports (entries later today are added the next newsday morning). Total to date: 10,163. Here's a summary of the reports added (search by brand/mac model for full reports - latest reports always shown first):

  • Giga Designs Dual G4 1.6GHz (7447A) in (Gigabit 450DP) Dual G4 (rated 8)
  • Powerlogix G3/900 in B&W G3 (rated 1)
  • Sonnet G4 1.3GHz in (Digital Audio) G4/AGP (rated 10)

    (Full reviews of G4 and G3 upgrades compared to stock CPUs, including real world apps/game tests, install info, etc. are linked at 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).

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