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About Jasara

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  1. It does not really have anything to do with a budget really, regardless of age, this is not a basic desktop pc, it is a workstation that still runs faster than my wife's new $2,200 Windows 8.1 "doorstop", as I have come to call it. If nothing else, it will be an educational experience and at best, I will have a third Mac ... which leads me to another question, I have a dinosaur mac mini here that I use for a media server, it runs 10.4, is it possible that it would have the video drivers I am looking for or do you know where they are located? Thanks again
  2. Clonezilla looks very interesting, thank you, I will try that out with an external HD.
  3. Excellent, thank you for your time. I will cautiously proceed and hopefully post a positive result when I am finished.
  4. I do not know if it has AGP but it does have an open PCI-E. I do not play games on this and I do not watch movies either so I do not really need an ASUS GTX660, it is basically for school (software engineering) and research but I also do web development on the side so I need Snow Leopard or I cannot install Adobe CS5.5. No CRT monitors ;-) I have Dual 32" LED's. I do not mean to pester you with questions, I am basically wanting to know if I can use a tut like this: http://www.insanelymac.com/forum/topic/280756-guide-the-all-in-one-guide-to-vanilla-os-x-including-chameleon-dsdt-for-beginners-updated-for-mavericks/ to get my current configuration running 10.6 or if I will need to make extensive hardware changes (in which case I would probably break down and order a Mac Pro in the spring). Thanks again for your help
  5. Thanks for your suggestions, I have Macbook Pro that came with Snow Leopard, I also have Adobe CS5.5 Master Collection and Office 2011. I simply prefer Mac over PC and XP support will be gone soon so it makes sense to me to try this out. I have no problem with buying a new video card as long as I can get Snow Leopard, I have the original video card still: NVdia Quadro FX 1400 but I pulled it because I needed VGA. And yes Gringo, I am aware of the fact that Windows cannot use all 8G RAM installed but it was in there when I bought it. What I would like to do is install Adobe CS5.5, Office 2011, MAMP and XCode on the empty drive but I would not be able to use anything less than Snow Leopard because of my software requirements and obviously the version of OS X that I already have. If all I need is a video card, I will pick up one and go for it but I obviously do not want to invest too much in to a machine of this age.
  6. I would like an assessment on my HP Workstation xw8200. I need to keep Windows for school as I have many projects that will require me to use Visual Studio but I also have XP as an OS so she is getting old. I have 2 hard drives and able to dedicate one of them for OS X. My concern is that HP did not send a copy of Windows XP with this and no recovery partition is available so I want to be pretty confident that I can successfully accomplish the install without losing XP. Thanks in advance. My current setup includes ... Motherboard: HO 08B4h BIOS: HP 786B8 v2.10 (05/31/2006) Memory: 8 x 1G PC2-3200 (ECC, 200 MHz) CPU: Dual Intel Xeon 3.2G (Irwindale, bus:200MHz, rated FSB:800MHz) Video: NVIDIA GeForce FX 5200 (256MB, DDR) Attached is an export from Device Manager (.pdf)Device Manager Report.pdf