News Archive for: Monday Oct. 22, 2007 (later added items first)
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Apple reports fourth quarter results, sets new record for Mac shipments
" Announcing its fiscal 2007 fourth quarter results, Apple reported today that it had posted revenue of $6.22 billion and net quarterly profit of $904 million, or $1.01 per diluted share. These results compare to revenue of $4.84 billion and net quarterly profit of $542 million, or $.62 per diluted share, in the year-ago quarter. Gross margin was 33.6 percent, up from 29.2 percent in the year-ago quarter. In the fourth quarter, Apple shipped 2,164,000 Macs, representing 34% growth over the year-ago quarter and exceeding the previous quarterly record for Mac shipments by 400,000. Apple also sold 10,200,000 iPods (representing 17% growth over the year-ago quarter) and 1,119,000 iPhones, bringing cumulative fiscal 2007 iPhone sales to 1,389,000..."
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AL/2007 iMac owners with Firewire Problems (and Tips/Workarounds)
(from a reader mail today - also check the links below for notes/tips on FW issues mentioned previously here)

" Subject: Aluimac and firewire
Hello Mike, please post something about this here:
New iMac 20in Firewire Problems
My iMac and my collegues, both pro Photogs, are also affected. Our scanners are not seen by the iMac (Scanner driver/Twain plugin intel-mac compatible?-Mike) and Apple Support was unhelpful yet. Just a simple "...well if Your peripherals are seen by PPC Macs, then You have to understand it's a different architecture blablabla...
-Uli "

Tuesday's news had a couple tips for this issue, one similar to a previous tip here on FW target disk mode Migration assistant problems (see links below) - i.e. using another FW drive/device in the chain between the iMac and the target/problematic FW device, which Uli later wrote helped with his scanner problem:

(from Oct. 24th 3AM mail)
"Okay, update- here is the deal:
3 (scanner) machines (I found another one, the Polaroid) with Firewire:
  • Super Coolscan 9000ED Negative Scanner
  • Canon CanoScan 9950F
  • Polaroid Sprintscan 120 medium format film scanner

All are self powered (AC adapter powered)
The first two are NOT recognized, when plugged in directly. Tried everything imaginable. Now comes the paradoxon.
The POLAROID gets recognized instantly. Through System Profiler and thru software.
Thank God it has a second FW port.
Now, daisy chained, the other two get recognized too.
Whereas, let me repeat, ALL scanners get recognized plugged in directly on all my other Macs.
*scratches his head* what's happening here??
-Uli "

Sounds like the same thing as mentioned before from those with Migration problems using FW target disk mode (putting another device between the 2 helped). My guess is perhaps an issue with some specific bridge boards when direct connected. That's just a guess but having another (recognized) device between the 2 seems to be a common workaround.
Here are some previous posts on the subject of Firewire/Intel-based Macs:

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Wired still has some Wired4DVD PCI cards for $19
I thought they would have sold out by now, but got this mail today:

"Mike, I picked up an old Wired4DVD hardware DVD decoder. While looking for reviews (including yours from 2000), I saw that Wired is now selling a quantity of these cards at $19 including shipping in the US. A pretty good deal for someone with an old Mac looking to play DVDs.

To save you a click, here's the info from Wired, Inc. they sent back on July 26th

"We found a stash of our old Wired4DVD cards
Thought some of your readers with old Macs (G4 or earlier) might be interested in this. (See notes below.) We found some of our old, much-loved, Wired4DVD cards and are selling them for $19 including shipping (US only).
(here's some important notes/limitations-Mike)
  • These cards only work with OS 9 (version 9.2.2 recommended)
  • They require a standard PCI slot
  • They will not work in a G5 or Intel Mac!
  • Here's a link to the manual, if you want to check out how it works.
Let me know if you have any questions.
Mike Evangelist
Wired Inc. "

I haven't used it since but as a FYI I posted a Review of the Wired4DVD Decoder Card in Feb. 2000 that has some notes on conflicts reported with some FW/USB combo cards/Beige G3 owners. Review includes pages on Installation, Player Controls and Card Features/limitations.

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X1900 XT with Zalman VF900-Cu cooler swap (lower temps/less noise)
A Mac Pro owner that had commented on the recent X1900 XT firmware update sent some notes on improved cooling/less noise with a Zalman VF900cu, although it required a mod to install. (There's an article here from last fall on the Zalman VF-900Cu Cooler on a Mac Nvidia 7800GT)

" ...I install Zalman VF900-Cu coolers on the ATI X1900 cards with a modified mounting system that fits in the Mac pro case (Zalman's mount uses thumb screws too tall to fit in the bottom PCI-E slot of the Mac Pro case due to the case separator between the PCI-E and RAM compartments) and re-wire them to work off the variable speed header on the video card. (FYI - see this article for pix/info on Retainer Mods (and fan cabling) for a Zalman VF900 to fix in a G5 tower that might be of use to Mac Pro owners also. A 7800GT/VF900 Quad G5 owner article also mentioned changing some retainers to fit and a wiring mod.-Mike)

These coolers in my experience lower the operating temp of the Video card 15-20 Degrees Celsius (that's a huge drop) and operate nearly silently. That is a huge improvement in my opinion over the hot running, sounds like a turbine jet stock cooler. World of Warcraft pushes the card to 75 - 80 degrees Celsius with the stock cooler.

With the Zalman VF900-Cu the temp never goes above 63. My favorite Flight simulator Real Flight G3.5 (radio controlled airplane/helicopter sim) makes the card run at 85 to 90 degrees Celsius with the stock cooler and spins the fan up to a turbine like pitch. The Zalman lowers those temps to 70-75 degrees Celsius, all the while running whisper quiet.
All measurements were made using ATI Tray tools in Windows XP SP2 using Bootcamp 1.3.
-Dan H."

The video topics page here has some previous reports on other X1900 cooler swaps including the Arctic Cooling Accelero S1 (passive cooler - he didn't install the optional "Turbo Module" w/2 fans) and Accelero X2.

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Mac Drive Compatibility/Upgrades Database Updated
The Drive Compatibility Database had 6 more reports added today. Current total - 16,276. (Searching by drive type/brand, mac model etc. listed below will show the full reports, most recent first) iApps burn support mentioned in optical drive/burner reports unless otherwise noted.

    DVD+R/RW + DVD-R/RW Drives:
  • Firewire (and USB) cased Lite-on LH-20A1H used w/MacBook Pro (OS X 10.4.10)
    (includes notes on 2 FW/USB cases used, one had problems with the drive.)
  • IDE Pioneer DVR-112D in eMac (OS X 10.4.10)
    (FAQ's iMac section has a reader's eMac superdrive upgrade guide PDF file download)
  • IDE Pioneer DVR-112D in G4 Mirror Drive Doors tower (OS X 10.4.10)

    Hard Drives:
  • IDE Seagate 160GB (ST3160815A) in G4 Mirror Drive Doors tower (OS X 10.4.10)
  • IDE Seagate 250GB (7200.10) in eMac (OS X 10.4.10)
  • IDE SerialATA onboard Western Digital Scorpio 250GB in MacBook Pro (OS X 10.4.10)

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). The database includes reports on DVD +/-R, CDRWs, Combo DVD-CDRW, DVD-ROM, 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).
If you've added a IDE, SATA, Firewire, USB, or SCSI, hard drive, Optical drive/burner, NAS (including Airport Extreme base connected USB drive), tape drive, etc., send me the details (drive info/mac model/OS used, etc. - *Please take a minute to test for booting from CD with Optical drives*. Thanks.)

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Other News/Articles, Misc. Software Updates
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