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News Archive for: 9/12/2001 Wednesday's NewsReturn to Accelerate Your Mac!

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Top stories of 9/12/2001:

Crisis Resources and How You Can Help in the Aftermath of this Tragedy:
I've refrained from web page commentary on the horrible events of yesterday but here are some ways you can help provide assistance to those in need.

  • Give Blood: Call the American Red Cross at 1-800-GIVE-LIFE (1-800-448-3543) to find the donation center nearest you if you don't know the nearest local Red Cross center. You can also sign up at their web site at

  • Volunteer: Depending on where you live, you may be able to volunteer to help in some way.

  • Provide Support: If you know anyone personally affected by this tragedy, do what you can to provide emotional or financial support if possible. If you'd care to donate to a general fund, there are pages at the Red Cross website, PayPal and Amazon (perhaps others).

  • Don't Panic: There are already fears that these events will trigger a flood of exits from the stock market and a global recession. Don't contribute to the panic which will only make matters worse.

TechTV has a Crisis Resources page with a list of agency phone numbers, web sites and contact information for those needing information or wanting to report information on these cowardly and horrible attacks on the United States. That page also links to a World Trade Center Survivor Database, the FBI Tip website and Disaster Area Missing Person Search Form.

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Remembering the World Trade Center Towers via Photos:
Dale Sorenson of Sorenson Services (makers of the Sorenson codec) sent a link to a page he's posted with photos of the World Trade Center Towers taken a few days ago.
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Detailed Comments on Dual G4/800 System w/ZIP Drive:
Jarod Wilson sent a detailed listing of comments on his new G4/800 Dual Processor system, comparing it to his previous Dual G4/500. He also included comments on the drive bay and ZIP drive bezel as well as some Quake3 tests with a GeForce 3 vs Radeon graphics card. He also said the keyboard has some changes over the previous model. I've posted a page with Jarod's comments and photos he sent comparing the two cases (front and back) and motherboards.
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iTunes/Discburner Support File for Que 24/10/40 IDE CDRW Drive:
Dave Corder was nice enough to make his modified SanyoCDR file for iTunes/Disc Burner support with the Que 24/10/40 IDE CDRW drive available for readers. There's no readme file but the modified file replaces the original one that should be installed already on your system (use Sherlock if necessary to find it.) As noted here previously the Que 24/10/40 drive mechanism is a Sanyo.
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iTunes Support Files for IDE Lite-On 16/10/40 CDRW:
Update: Jarod's mod file will only work with Lite-On 16101B models. Later 16/10/40 Lite-On Drives are often 16102B models. I've added another reader's modified file for the 16102B model also - click here to download it. (Thanks to Jose Gonzalez for the 102B mod file.) If in doubt, check your drive label for the model number. (Apple System Profiler may also report it as will Toast.)
Reader Jarod Wilson sent his modified Liteon 16/10/40 IDE CDRW [16101B model] iTunes/Discburner support files (OS 9 and OS X versions). ( These files are provided with no warranties or guarantees, although Jarod said they work fine for the drive in his system.) The download includes a text clipping readme file with info on them. (I've added this info to the FAQ's CDROM/CDR section also for future reference.)
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Audio Extraction Tests with Que 24/10/40 CDRW Drive in FW Case:
A reader with a dual G4 (OS 9.2) using the Que 24/10/40 in an ADS Pyro Firewire case sent results of audio extraction tests:

" Mike,
Here are the results of my testing. The CD I used to test digital audio extraction speed is the album "No Angel" by Dido. It's 12 tracks for a total time of 51:52 and a total size of 524.5 MB.

All individual track extraction times are an average of 3 consecutive attempts with Toast Audio Extractor, timed by hand with a stopwatch.

Track 1: "Here With Me," time of 4:14, size of 42.8 MB.
Time to extract: 14.49 sec ("overlap" setting ON), 14.58 ("overlap" setting OFF)
Speed: 2.95 MB/sec (overlap on), 2.94 MB/sec (overlap off)

Track 12: "Take My Hand," time of 6:42, size of 67.8 MB.
Time to extract: 14.33 sec (overlap on), 14.39 sec (overlap off)
Speed: 4.73 MB/sec (overlap on), 5.06 MB/sec (overlap off)

For comparison, here are the same tests performed on the stock Apple DVD-ROM drive (Hitachi GD-7000 8x drive):

Track 1:
Time to extract: 28.14 sec (overlap on), 27.92 (overlap off)
Speed: 1.52 MB/sec (overlap on), 1.53 MB/sec (overlap off)

Track 12:
Time to extract: 23.82 sec (overlap on), 24.11 (overlap off)
Speed: 2.85 MB/sec (overlap on), 2.81 MB/sec (overlap off)

So it seems from these tests that the Que drive is roughly twice as fast as the stock DVD-ROM drive at digital audio extraction.

I also performed a couple ripping tests with SoundJam MP 2.5.2 on the same CD.

Rip to 160 KHz MP3
DVD: 5:35
Que: 6:02

Rip to AIFF
DVD: 5:31
Que: 3:05

It appears that SoundJam's two-stage encoding (extract, then encode) on the external Firewire drive (I blame it on the Toast drivers, but I'm not sure) limited the overall performance when ripping to MP3s. I could here the drive spin down when the extraction was complete and the encoding started, then spin back up to extract the next track. The internal drive extracts and encodes in one pass, boosting performance a bit. But when ripping straight to AIFF, the Que whoops up on the DVD-ROM, even though SoundJam is still doing two-stage ripping (extract, save, extract, save, etc...).

I saw pretty much the same behavior with iTunes ripping to 192 KBps MP3s, with similar results. (5:36 time with the DVD drive, 6:36 with the Que drive).
And that's all the tests I feel like performing tonight. :-) ...
Dave Corder"

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CDRW/CD/DVD/Hard Drive Compatibility Database Updates:
The Drive Compatibility searchable database had 20 new reports added since Monday (last news update here). 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 4,727 reports. Here are today's additions:

    DVD-R + DVD RAM Drive Reports:
  • IDE Panasonic LF-D311 in Dual G4
    (noted Beta version of OS X Toast worked with it)

    Expansion Bay Combo DVD/CDRW Reports:
  • Matshita UJDA710 in Powerbook G3 2000

    Expansion Bay CDRW Reports:
  • Matshita UJDA-330 in Powerbook G3 Lombard

    IDE CDRW Reports:
  • HP cd12ri in Beige G3
  • HP 8250i CD-Writer+ 4/4/24 in G4/AGP
  • Que 24/10/40 in Dual G4
  • Samsung SW-212 12/8/32 in Beige G3
    (problems noted)
  • Sony CRX140E (Apple OEM version from OWC) in Beige G3
  • Teac CDW516E (16X10X40) in Beige G3
  • Yamaha 2200E-VK (20/10/40) in Beige G3 [2 reports]
  • Yamaha 2100 (16/10/40) in G4/AGP
    (noted OS 9.2.1 boot problem fix was to use OS 9.1 CD/DVD extension, which another 2100 owner noted wasn't a fix in Monday's news.)

    Firewire CDRW Drive Reports:
  • Lacie CDBP 121032A (12/10/32) used w/iBook

    SCSI CDRW Drive Reports:
  • Yamaha CRW6416SX (6/4/16) external w/8600

    IDE CDROM Drive Reports:
  • Digital Research Drive 52x in Beige G3
    (listed under "other brands")

    IDE Hard Drive Reports:
  • Hitachi 30GB in PowerBook G3 wallstreet2
  • IBM 48GB Travelstar in Powerbook G3 2000
    (used my PB G3 firewire HD upgrade guide)
  • Maxtor 40GB in Beige G3
    (used my 1998 Beige G3 HD install guide)

    Firewire Hard Drive Reports:
  • Maxtor 80GB used with Beige G3 (w/FW PCI card)

    Firewire DVD ROM Drive Reports:
  • Toshiba SD-M1502 (16x/48x) in ADS Pryo case (used w/G4 Cube)

    IDE DVD ROM Drive Reports:
  • BTC BDV 212B in G4/AGP 2001
    (filed under "other brands")

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 Reports Database Updated:
The Rate Your CPU Upgrade database has been updated with 6 new reports today (total to date: 6,206).

  • Sonnet G4/450 in 8600/300 (rated 10)
  • Sonnet G3/390 in 6100/60 (rated 10)
  • Sonnet G3/300 in 7500/100 (rated 10)
  • XLR8 CarrierZIF w/G3 466 ZIF in PowerTower Pro 225 (rated 10)
  • XLR8 G3/366 ZIF in Beige G3 (rated 10)
  • B&W G3/400 OC report

(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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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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Software Updates, Apple TILs, Other Net News

    Apple TIL Updates: [not able to determine changes lately]

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