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Thunderbolt pricey accessories

30 December 2014 - 07:56 PM

Thunderbolt accessories are still far more expensive than usb 3.0 / usb 2.0 accessories, there is a big price tag just to be able to use the extra afforded bandwidth.


I got Belkin TB dock 1.0, it is a nice piece of kit, and allows me to get three USB 3.0 ports, as I have only USB 2.0 on mid-2011 Macbook Air.


My gripe, I cannot boot from them, as the driver is not in the firmware and only loads after the Mac boot process.


I also noticed it is not hot swappable within other OSes, only within the native Mac OSes, i.e. OS X and Windows through bootcamp.


If I want say to use Linux, I have to switch on the dock and connect it before I boot into Linux (or Android for that matter).


Now to boot from Thunderbolt, there is 2 solutions, one is a SATA hard disk dock which is from Seagate I think, and the other is dedicated external Thunderbolt hard drives, and all these are priced over 120 UK Pounds (around over 180 US Dollars), too pricey in my view.


Booting from USB 2.0 is OK but slow.


Having a post 2013 Macbook Air gets you USB 3.0, but again too expensive just to get the privilege of USB 3.0.


I wonder when will Thunderbolt accessories drop down to a more affordable price bracket, such as less than 100 pounds, maybe when USB 3.1 is finally released?

Macbook Air

21 December 2014 - 01:40 PM

Finally, I could manage to get a genuine Intel Mac, and a nice bargain on ebay allowed me so.


MacBook Air 13" mid 2011.


My first Mac experience was through emulators such as SheepShaver and pearPC in a Windows computer, in 2003+


Then I purchased a Mac Mini and iBook in 2004 only to see Apple abandon the PowerPC platform a couple years later, together with these I got myself the wheel Ipod 40 GB, and then the Ipod photos.


After that, I could not afford Mac products anymore, and so thanks to the Hackintosh community, still enjoyed the Mac experience with Tiger, Leopard, Snow Leopard on an Intel Dimension 8300 Pentium 4.


I could afford later on the cheapest iPod touch 4th generation with 8GB storage, and not long ago the iPad Mini 2 with retina, amazing device, which made me wish to get a MacBook.

Selling some of my old gear, I found this great deal on ebay for the MacBook Air, and grabbed it.


Now I could get my hands on installing Windows with BootCamp, I was always curious how they did it, and oh boy, it is seamless, with both windows seeing the Mac Drive, and vice versa.

Even second hand, it is still pricey, but the quality is great, and now no reason to feel guilty using Hackintosh, as this way,  I paid the Apple Mac tax ;).



Turn off Laptop LCD on hdmi external monitor

29 November 2014 - 12:23 AM

I have been posting a lot of queries for my Acer W700 HM77 hybrid tablet, and I managed to get it to operate Mac OS X Lion, Mavericks and Yosemite to external HDMI monitor (internal panel  LCD not working because eDP Intel HD3000 has no driver support).


With Lion and Maverick, the LCD screen stays switched off and I can use OS X on the external HDMI monitor.


For some reason, on Yosemite, the LCD panel of the Tablet switches on, and remains switched on, so the screen is blank, but consuming energy as the backlight light switches on on boot.


Is there a way to switch it off, why have it on if it is useless, and it affects the lifetime of the internal screen.


Any ideas on how to turn off mirroring and forcing only the external screen on.


Mavericks and Lion is lucky, I wish to have it on Yosemite.

Intel HD3000 using eDP (embedded display port)

14 October 2014 - 03:18 PM

This is more like a wish list for courageous competent devs...


My experience with trying to get Acer W700 with sandybridge hybrid HM77 with Intel HD3000 graphics ended up with failure on graphics because the LCD screen uses eDP instead of LVDS.


This is a stupid corner cutting decision by Acer, but I bought the Tablet, so I tried.


My experience of this are in these two threads:






If one can fool the Azul kext AppleIntelFramebufferAzul.kext into loading the 0x01168086 HD3000, that would be the trick to get eDP used, as Azul can deal with eDP connectors.


Any specialist comments on this?

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