News Archive for: 11/14/2005 Monday's News
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Report on flashing OEM DVR-127D (apple OEM drive) to DVR-109
(from a reader mail this weekend)

" The DVR-127D is marketed as a 8x superdrive that comes with late- model eMacs. Taking it apart revealed an eerie similarity to the DVR-109. (reminds me of the past notes on apple OEM "DVR-117" drives that some readers flashed to DVR-108's-Mike) Successfully flashed to a DVR-109 using DVRFlash 2.2. (available here-Mike). 16x speeds and DL recording unlocked. Havent tested DL yet, however, 16x recording does work. Drive reports as a plain-jane DVR-109, "supported/shipped" in tiger. (10.4.3-Mike)
Methodical "

I added the 10.4.3 note since that update made the DVR-109 and DVR-K05's "Apple supported/shipped" with native iDVD 5.0.1 DL project support. (They were not in 10.4.2 and earlier.)

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Sonnet notes their eSATA PCI controllers compatible with SSC Enabled SATA Drives
Last week there were several posts on problems with SerialATA hard drives with SSC (Spread Spectrum Clocking) enabled when using the onboard G5 SATA and with some (not all) Mac PCI SATA cards. Sonnet sent a note that their eSATA cards do not have a problem with SSC enabled drives:

" Mike,
I have seen the ongoing discussion about SSC and have now seen Sonnet products questioned, so I would like to clarify things.
All Sonnet Tempo-X SATA products have always been fully functional with SSC as stated in Sonnet's (eSATA) FAQ.
Sonnet has had at least one customer with eight (8) new Seagate 7200.9 500 GB disk drives and he has done extensive benchmark testing with these drives. "

Since that FAQ item is for their "eSATA" cards, I asked if the same was true for their earlier Mac PCI SATA card, the Tempo SerialATA (2port) model which I think was based on the Firmtek Seritek 1S2 2-port card and he said yes, those cards also were SSC compatible.
As mentioned previously, Firmtek has notes at the bottom of some of their PCI SATA cards product pages (the 4 port card models for instance) about SSC drives not being compatible , although the 2-port card models -do not- have that note and should be SSC compatible.
(For recent posts on this issue see the previous week's news summary.)

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Apple Bundles Slipcover with new iPod Nanos
This weekend a reader sent a link to a yahoo news page titled Apple Bundles Cover To Stymie iPod Nano Scratching. The article also links to a page with photos of the slipcase.
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Apple Knowledge Base Doc Updates
(from apple's weekly list)

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Other Net News
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CDRW/DVD/Hard Drive/Storage Compatibility Database Update Listing
The Drive Compatibility Database had 17 new reports added. (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 - 15,272 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 Emprex DRW10161M in eMac (OS X 10.4)
    (listed under "other" brand - problems noted)
  • IDE LG GSA-4167B in G4/AGP (OS X 10.4)
    (Illustrated CD drive install guide here covers G4 tower models up to the Digital Audio.)
  • IDE Liteon SOHW-1693S in B&W G3 (OS X 10.3)
    (Using Patchburn 3 for 10.3.x iApps burn support. Illustrated CD drive install guide here covers B&W G3 model.)
  • IDE NEC 4550A in G4/AGP (OS X 10.3)
    (Using Patchburn 3 for 10.3.x iApps burn support. Illustrated CD drive install guide here covers G4 models up to the Digital Audio.)
  • IDE NEC ND-3550A in G4/AGP (OS X 10.4)
  • IDE Pioneer DVR-110D in (MDD) Dual G4 DDR (OS X 10.4)
  • IDE Pioneer DVR-110D in G5 Tower (OS X 10.4)
    (flashed to DVR-110 using DVRflash 2.2 - see FAQ's DVD section for download)
  • IDE Pioneer DVR-110DBK in G5 Tower (OS X 10.4)
  • IDE Pioneer DVR-K04 in iMac G5 (OS X 10.4)
  • Firewire Sony DW-Q28A used w/Mac Mini (OS X 10.4)
    (Although OS X tiger has basic iApps burn support for most drives, he noted using Patchburn 4.)
  • IDE Teac ts-h552b in (MDD) Single G4 DDR (OS X 10.4)
    (Problems noted. Although OS X tiger has basic iApps burn support for most drives, he noted using Patchburn 4.)

    DVD-R + DVD RAM Drives:
  • IDE LG GSA-4163b in (MDD) Single G4 DDR (OS X 10.3)
    (Using Patchburn 3 for 10.3.x iApps burn support. )

    Hard Drives:
  • IDE Hitachi 60GB (7200rpm I assume) in Mac Mini (OS X 10.4)
  • IDE Seagate ST98823A 80GB in (Pismo) Powerbook G3 2000 (OS X 10.4)
    (PB G3 Pismo illustrated HD install guide here)
  • IDE Seagate ST3400832AS (7200.8) in G5 Tower (OS X 10.4)
  • IDE Seagate ST9100823A 100GB in PowerBook G4 (OS X 10.4)
    (Reader FYI - PowerBook G4 Ti 15in. LCD illustrated Hard Drive install guide here
    PB G4 15in (Aluminum) Disassembly guide here.
    Powerbook G4 12in LCD illustrated Hard Drive install guide here
    FAQ's Powerbook section has links to other model take-apart guides.)
  • IDE Western Digital WD800JB 80GB in Beige G3 (OS 9.2)
    (Beige G3 MT illustrated HD upgrade guide here)

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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Mac Game Reviews Database Updated
The Rate Your Mac Games database update this morning included another review of Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic. Total Reviews (all titles): 1243. To read game reviews use the search page.
If you've not already done so - Enter a Game review (reviews of newer titles encouraged). Please include as much detail as possible in your review comments. (If your game title is not in the long list of titles, select "other game" and note the title in the comments)
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